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Everybody likes to joke about not knowing what women want, but in all seriousness, what do men want? If you're shopping for a friend, boyfriend, husband, or an in-law this holiday season, you might be struggling to figure out what to get them as a gift, and nobody would blame you.
Never fear: Reviewed is here! We test all kinds of things—from home beer kits, to smart watches, to $3,000 TVs—all year round to find the best of the best when it comes to products, and every holiday season we're like a full Santa sack of opinions and recommendations for even the most difficult-to-shop-for person.
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1. For the homebody: Ugg Slippers
No matter how your guy feels about Christmas, there's no denying it's usually the kick-off event before a full game of cold weather, and a nice warm pair of slippers might be the perfect gift. And if they're good enough for Tom Brady, they're good enough for the guy in your life. With over 3,000 rave reviews at Nordstrom, these suede slippers are lined with the plush shearling that Ugg boots are so famous for and that will keep his feet warm and comfortable all day long.
2. For the Netflix binge-watcher: Roku Ultra
If you own a TV, you need a streaming box. The Roku Ultra (2019 edition), our top-rated streaming device, costs a lot less than an Apple TV device, but it’s easier to use and works with all the major streaming services. The best trick? The 2019 version of the Ultra has added the Apple TV app, so you'll have access to all your iTunes purchases.
3. For the techy type: Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen.)
If you're shopping for a tech generalist or somebody who just really loves asking Alexa to tell jokes, why not pick up the Echo Dot? This tiny smart speaker integrates with your Amazon account, meaning you can ask it for shopping recommendations, what the weather's going to be, to play music, or to integrate with your existing smart home fixtures (like turning lights on and off). This isn't the ideal music-lover's smart speaker (it's a bit too small for great sound), but as an all-around device it's a great addition for any technophile you're shopping for.
4. For the one who appreciates the finer things: Mark & Graham Personalized Leather Wallet
Upgrade his old worn-in wallet with this luxe one from popular leather brand Mark & Graham. The wallet has tons of rave reviews for being incredible quality and the perfect size for holding all his cards and cash without being too bulky. Bonus: You can even get it personalized with his monogram.
5. For the book lover: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Amazon's latest Kindle Paperwhite, technically the 10th generation model, is the best one yet. Not only does it continue to do what Kindles do best—hold hundreds, perhaps thousands of novels, short stories, poems, comics, and PDFs—it's also waterproof, and features multiple colors and storage options with a battery that lasts weeks. It's no wonder the Paperwhite is #1 in our Best Kindles roundup.
6. For the picky carnivore: Crowd Cow monthly boxes
If your man loves meats, a monthly box (or even one-off purchase) from Crowd Cow might just be the perfect gift for the holidays. Whether your guy wants a quality New York Strip, some wagyu beef, chicken, pork, or sustainable seafood, Crowd Cow's eco-friendly, curated cuts are sure to satisfy that appetite.
7. For the one who's sick of wires: Samsung Galaxy Buds+
If your giftee has been pining for the pure wireless freedom of true wireless earbuds, Samsung's Galaxy Buds+ make a great gift. These are some of our favorite headphones that we reviewed in 2020, and they deliver high-quality sound, excellent features, and a comfortable fit for a price that notably undercuts the competition. In fact, they're altogether a better choice than Apple AirPods, and they're cheaper, too.
8. For the guy who wants to relax: Gravity Weighted Blanket
Cozy blankets have always been a great gift but this year, it's all about the weighted blanket. They're very popular right now because they're said to be super comfortable, reduce stress, and even help you fall asleep faster. We tried some of the top-rated weighted blankets and found that the Gravity Blanket provided just the right amount of pressure and feels extremely luxurious.
9. For the one who's always on his phone: Jackery Bolt Portable Charger
Let's be real: No man has time for a dead phone. Keep his device fully charged with our experts' top portable charger, the Jackery Bolt. Not only does its slim design make it easy to tote around on the go, but it can also charge multiple devices at once so he can power up his iPhone and his tablet at the same time.
10. For the home cook: Philips Airfryer
Whether it’s game day or just a busy Wednesday, sometimes you just want something quick, easy, and delicious. Air fryers aren’t the most health-conscious products in the world, but they do a good job of providing crispy food without the mess or hassle of frying in oil. This Philips model won our roundup of the best air fryers, excelling in most of our testing.
Want something a little more adventurous? You could set this person up with a gift card to Home Chef, which won our roundup of the best meal kit delivery services, giving them tasty ready-to-make meals a few times a week.
11. For the student of life: MasterClass
A subscription to MasterClass is the perfect gift for anyone who loves to learn (or someone who just doesn't need any more stuff in their house). MasterClass is an e-learning platform in which extremely famous people present a series of video lectures about their working methods. "David Lynch Teaches Creativity and Film" and "Annie Leibovitz Teaches Photography" are just a few. There's a staggering level of talent to be found within these virtual ivy walls. MasterClass's roster contains over 65 of the most high-achieving people in their respective industries.
12. For the one who needs a massage: Theragun
He doesn't have to leave the house to get a spa-worthy massage—all he needs is the very trendy Theragun. One of our staff members put the handheld massager to the test and liked that it was powerful (perfect for kneading out knots) and could get to even the hardest-to-reach spots.
13. For the one who loves to game: Nintendo Switch
If you're shopping for a gamer and they don't have a Nintendo Switch yet, now's the time. Nintendo's latest home console delivers fun for kids of all ages, and doubles as both an on-the-TV device and a handheld device, giving it an unsurpassed amount of flexibility where gaming goes. With award-winning titles like Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey at hand, the surprisingly hard-to-track-down Nintendo Switch is a winning gift for any gamer in 2020.
14. For the music lover: Sonos One SL
Sonos has been a leading name in home audio solutions for years, and the Sonos One SL is a testament to that legacy. We loved the One for its clean audio presentation, including crispy trebles and booming bass, as well as how easy it is to set up and interface with existing Sonos speakers in the home. While it's not a take-it-to-the-park speaker, as a home solution it offered better audio than anything we tested, and will definitely impress any music lover you might be shopping for.
15. For the sporty yet stylish man: Allbirds or Adidas Sneakers
Sneakers are having a major moment right now—so get him in on the trend with a sleek pair that all the influencers are wearing. Maybe that's Allbirds, washable wool sneakers that you see on every third person walking down the street (and that our editors are obsessed with!). Or maybe it's a pair of classic Adidas sneakers like the Stan Smiths which have hundreds of five-star reviews and that are giving us all the nostalgic feels.
16. For the student: HP Envy 2-in-1 laptop
If you’re buying a laptop for a student (or anyone who needs a great laptop), the HP Envy x360 is just about the best all-around option for the money. Its performance is good enough for everyday tasks like surfing the web and checking email, and its long eight-hour battery life means your giftee can use it all day long. But perhaps what we like best is its 2-in-1 form function that allows you to use the Envy as a tablet, too.
17. For the podcast addict: Apple AirPods Pro
While they've been on the market for a couple of years, Apple's AirPods Pro are still some of the best true wireless earbuds you can buy—especially for iPhone users. While we've had some qualms about the comfort and audio quality of the original AirPods, the Pro variant is a major upgrade: much more comfortable, with better audio and great noise canceling.
18. For the home theater enthusiast: 55-inch TCL 6 Series TV
If you've got a giftee on your list this year who has been hoping to upgrade to a 4K/HDR TV, the 55-inch TCL 6 Series is an awesome pick. You're not paying nearly as much as you normally would for a bright, colorful, crisp picture bolstered by fancy tech like microLEDs and quantum dots. The 6 Series is HDR compatible, too, meaning it can play the latest and greatest video format. And to sweeten the pot, the built-in Roku platform is still our favorite TV smart platform, both robust and very easy to use.
19. For the music lover on the go: JBL Flip 5
JBL's "Flip" line of portable, waterproof Bluetooth speakers continue to top our list of the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy. These rounded, meticulously designed speakers produce warm audio with plenty of bass and midrange, and with their rubber-capped ends and water-sealed inputs can be toted along on hikes, beach trips, or just out to the backyard without fear of damage. If your giftee likes to bring the jam wherever they go, a Bluetooth speaker may be the perfect gift.
20. For the sweatshirt collector: Patagonia Better Sweater
Name a sweatshirt that's more recognizable than the Patagonia pullover... we'll wait. The knit fleece is so popular for a lot of reasons besides the fact that it looks good—it's also cozy yet breathable, high-quality (so he can wear it for years to come), and made with recycled materials.
21. For the aspiring chef: Henckels Zwilling Pro 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
Ask any chef or serious cook: an 8-inch Chef’s Knife is a must-have. This Henckels model is almost universally praised by online shoppers and won our roundup of the best chef’s knives, easily slicing through the competition in our testing. If you want something to go with it, I personally love the $50 Epicurean Gourmet Series cutting board, which is beautiful, functional, excelled in our testing, and is even dishwasher-safe.
22. For the serious cinephile: 55-inch LG CX 4K OLED TV
If you want the best of the best in TVs, it isn't cheap, but for dedicated, movie-loving, AV-club-attending, home-theater-having cinephiles, price might be no object. LG has been the uncontested leader in OLED TV production for many years now, and the company's 2020 CX series OLEDs continue the tradition of being one of the best TVs you can buy. OLEDs use emissive display technology that allows each pixel to produce its own light, making for purer colors and truly black shadows. That's not to mention the CX OLED is kitted out with a fetching design, snappy smart features, and all of the HDR/Dolby Vision/HDMI tech you can shake a stick at.
23. For the fashionable but cold: Canada Goose Chateau Slim Fit Down Parka
Yes, it's possible to look good even when the temperatures drop below freezing. Canada Goose continues to be a favorite with our readers. The "Chateau" is a more form-fitted alternative than some of the bulkier coats that Canada Goose makes, but the 625-fill-power duck down will easily contend with blustery winter winds. Draw strings at the waist and hood help seal in the warmth.
24. For the always prepared: Leatherman Wave Multitool
Even if he doesn’t need a multitool, most every guy wants one—or at least to have one when the moment calls for it. The Leatherman Wave easily won our roundup of the best multitools. It looks great, offers impressive performance, has excellent user reviews, and comes with a 25-year warranty.
25. For the outdoorsy man: Carhartt Beanie
Experts are predicting it's going to be colder than usual this winter. Help him stay warm with a knit beanie from Carhartt. According to its nearly 24,000 (!!) reviews on Amazon, this stretchy one-size-fits-all hat is equal parts comfy and cozy and has the durable quality that Carhartt is so famous for.
26. For the coffee drinker: Yeti Rambler
While Yeti makes our all-time favorite cooler, you might not want to shell out nearly $1,000 (!!) for his gift. Fortunately, you can get him the Yeti he loves at a more affordable price point (i.e. less than $25) with the popular Rambler mug. Made of double vacuum-insulated stainless steel, it has nearly 12,000 reviews on Amazon for keeping coffee steaming hot (or their water ice cold) for hours.
27. For the perpetually late: Skagen Signatur Watch
Smart watches are fun and all, but a traditional wristwatch is still a timeless way to complete an outfit. This Skagen Signatur watch is simple, but pairs perfectly with casual and formal outfits. I own two Skagen watches myself and I wear them all the time. If you’re buying for someone who likes a little more pizazz in their wardrobe, MVMT Watches also makes a huge array of stylish, affordable timepieces with great reviews.
28. For beards of all shapes and sizes: Wahl Clippers Beard Trimmer
The Wahl Clippers Stainless Steel Beard Trimmer won our roundup of the best beard trimmers, with its top-notch battery life, trimming ability, and professional-quality build. It’s not waterproof, but it is easy to keep clean, so if you’re buying for someone with a beard, they’ll appreciate this one.
29. For the guy who lives in sweatpants: Zella Joggers
These days, it seems like loungewear is most people's everyday uniform. If he loves being comfortable yet stylish when he's hanging out at home, give him a pair of these trendy Zella joggers. They have a high rating on Nordstrom for being great quality and super soft.
30. For the gym rat: Herschel Supply Co. Outfitter Convertible Duffle Bag
Duffel bags are definitely the black sheep of the bag family—that’ll happen when you mostly stuff dirty, smelly things in them—but they don’t have to look bad. This Herschel Supply Co. duffel looks good enough you could bring it to the office, but it’s functional enough to work as a daily gym bag or on as a day trip carry-on.
31. For the coffee lover: SterlingPro Double Wall French Press
If you’re buying for someone who really loves coffee, the Sterling Double Wall French Press is perfect. It is double insulated so it keeps coffee nice and hot, it looks fantastic, it works for everything from frothed milk to hot chocolate, it's dishwasher safe, and it's the best French press we've ever tested. Best of all, it’s about a third the price of many other stainless steel French presses, meaning it’ll feel like your gift cost way more than it actually does.
32. For athletes and fitness addicts: Fitbit Charge 4
Whether you’re buying for a hardcore athlete or someone just trying to get up off the couch more, the Fitbit Charge 4 is the way to go in our opinion. It has an easy-to-navigate menu, activity tracking, a heart-rate monitor, and sleep tracking, as well as one of the better apps of any other smart fitness tracking watch.
Buying for someone truly hardcore? The Garmin Forerunner 235 offers much better activity and heart rate tracking as well as GPS for tracking your runs.
33. For the guy-on-the-go: Brita Water Bottle
Whether he's heading to work, the gym, or the store, he needs to stay hydrated when he's out and about. Of all the reusable water bottles out there, we recommend this one from Brita. Not only will it keep his water cold for hours on end but it also filters his water while he drinks.
34. For the one who likes to relax: Parachute Classic Bathrobe
He might not be at a five-star resort in the middle of the Caribbean but he can feel like he is with this luxe robe that everyone's buying right now. Made of super soft Turkish cotton, it's so cozy that some reviewers even compare it to being wrapped up in a cloud.
35. For the pit master: Cuisinart Grill Set
There's something about the bond between a man and his grill that can't be matched. So you can't go wrong with a barbecue-themed gift like this highly-rated 20-piece set of grilling tools, which has over 2,000 positive reviews. People like that it has everything you could ever need for a backyard BBQ (from spatulas to tongs to skewers to even corn cob holders) and that the tools are made of high-quality, durable stainless steel.
36. For the guy constantly traveling: Samsonite Flexis Softside Luggage with Spinner Wheels
Our top-rated carry-on luggage, the Samsonite Flexis 21" Spinner features tough, nimble wheels that should last for years of hard use. It offers 2,520 cubic inches of packing space. The inside of the suitcase boasts a large open area with elastic retention straps for securing your clothes or packing cubes into place, as well as mesh stash pockets for organizing smaller items. On the inside of the bag’s lid, you’ll find a zippered, mesh compartment that’s perfect for jamming socks or underwear in. We were particularly impressed with the self-healing YKK Strong Grip Zip. If one of the bag’s zippers gets messed up (but doesn’t break), zipping and unzipping it should make it as good as new.
37. For the guy who loses everything: Tile Mate
If his favorite phrase is "Has anyone seen my keys?!" he will benefit from a Tile Mate. The number one item finder on Amazon, the Bluetooth tracker clips right onto his key ring and can locate things over 200 feet away. Users praise its long battery life and the loud volume of the ringer (no way those keys are going to get away from him next time!).
38. For the guy who values comfort: Bombas Socks
Never underestimate the value of a good pair of socks. He—and his feet—will be more than happy with these ones from Bombas, the highly talked-about brand that's known for its comfortable (and colorful) socks. The best part? For every pair purchased, another pair is donated to someone in need.
39. For the wannabe bartender: Decanter Set
Whiskey just hits different when it's poured from a 1920s-style decanter instead of the bottle—and he knows that, so he'll be excited to break out this gift the next time he has his colleagues over for a glass of scotch. According to hundreds of reviewers (who give the set a 4.7-star rating), the handcrafted glass is as sturdy and durable as it is luxe and distinguished.
40. For the one who has everything: AncestryDNA Kit
Is he really Prince William's long-lost second cousin? Probably not—but he can find out who he is related to, along with other fascinating genetic and family info, with a home DNA kit. AncestryDNA is one of the most well-known (and most popular) ones available because it's very detailed and all he'll need to get started is a simple saliva sample.
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