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Just 26 Great Gifts To Give Your Boyfriend, Brother, Husband, Son, Or Dad

(Or your girlfriend, sister, wife, daughter, or mom!!!)

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I tend to side-eye all gift guides "for men" or "for your boyfriend" (and "for women" and "for your mom") because most focus exclusively on items that are tied to normative gender roles in a way that I find incredibly frustrating. BUT I also know that people are looking for help finding gifts for men, gifts for boyfriends, gifts for dads, and gifts for brothers, and who am I to turn away a person in need of a great gift? So! Below you'll find some cool gifts that my coworkers and I love, own, and have actually given men (and women!) we know, not a bunch of gifts "for men" based on dumb stereotypes. (No whiskey and no bacon!) They would also be great gifts for women!
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I tend to side-eye all gift guides "for men" or "for your boyfriend" (and "for women" and "for your mom") because most focus exclusively on items that are tied to normative gender roles in a way that I find incredibly frustrating. BUT I also know that people are looking for help finding gifts for men, gifts for boyfriends, gifts for dads, and gifts for brothers, and who am I to turn away a person in need of a great gift?

So! Below you'll find some cool gifts that my coworkers and I love, own, and have actually given men (and women!) we know, not a bunch of gifts "for men" based on dumb stereotypes. (No whiskey and no bacon!) They would also be great gifts for women!

Gender is a construct!!! Let's go shopping!!!

1. A great book about being a good human at work.

This book, published by Harvard Business Review, is one of my favorite non-fiction reads from this year. Get it from Amazon for $20.40, Barnes & Noble for $27, or your local bookstore through Indiebound.
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This book, published by Harvard Business Review, is one of my favorite non-fiction reads from this year.

Get it from Amazon for $20.40, Barnes & Noble for $27, or your local bookstore through Indiebound.

2. A 6-foot charging cable.

Who doesn't need an extra (extra-long!) charger? Get them from Amazon — a single charger for $12.99, or a 10-pack (to stuff everyone's stocking) for $122.86 (available in silver, gold, dark gray, and pink).
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Who doesn't need an extra (extra-long!) charger?

Get them from Amazon — a single charger for $12.99, or a 10-pack (to stuff everyone's stocking) for $122.86 (available in silver, gold, dark gray, and pink).

3. A couple of smart plugs.

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I own and love these, and I love giving them as a gift because it's something a lot of people want to try, but aren't willing to pull the trigger on themselves.

Get them from Amazon — a single outlet $16.99, dual outlets for $32.89, or a power strip with six outlets and three USB ports for $69.99.

4. A stylish deck of cards.

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Get them from Amazon for $14.99.

5. Some minty-fresh toothpicks.

Just a good lil' stocking stuffer! They also do a surprisingly great job of freshening your breath when you can't brush your teeth. Get a two-pack from Amazon for $7.36 (also available in cinnamon).
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Just a good lil' stocking stuffer! They also do a surprisingly great job of freshening your breath when you can't brush your teeth.

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $7.36 (also available in cinnamon).

6. A new pillow.

I'm a huge fan of giving bed-related gifts/upgrading people's bedding — it's both practical and intimate. Get it from Amazon for $49.99.
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I'm a huge fan of giving bed-related gifts/upgrading people's bedding — it's both practical and intimate.

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

7. A book of 50 difficult crossword puzzles.

That cover art is 🤩Get it from Amazon for $9.48, Barnes & Noble for $11.38, or a local bookstore through Indiebound.
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That cover art is 🤩

Get it from Amazon for $9.48, Barnes & Noble for $11.38, or a local bookstore through Indiebound.

8. A nice puzzle and a puzzle mat.

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Get them from Amazon: United Eats of America for $16.99, vintage matchbooks for $13.99, and the mat for $19.99.

9. A pair of compression socks that are perfect for travelers, nurses, athletes, teachers, and people who work in restaurants.

Read a full review of these socks from one of our editors here.Get them from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in nine colors and two sizes).
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Read a full review of these socks from one of our editors here.

Get them from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in nine colors and two sizes).

10. A handheld fabric steamer.

The small size makes it great for frequent travelers (or anyone in a dorm/small apartment). Get it from Amazon for $19.99.
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The small size makes it great for frequent travelers (or anyone in a dorm/small apartment).

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

11. An encyclopedia of all things home.

A great book for anyone who owns a home...or who just lives in a dorm or apartment! (Read more about why I love it so much here.) Get it from Amazon for $15.21, Barnes & Noble for $19.80, or a local bookstore through Indiebound.
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A great book for anyone who owns a home...or who just lives in a dorm or apartment! (Read more about why I love it so much here.)

Get it from Amazon for $15.21, Barnes & Noble for $19.80, or a local bookstore through Indiebound.

12. A blind-spot mirror.

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $6.97.
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Get a two-pack from Amazon for $6.97.

13. A classy and practical dot grid notebook.

I love the navy blue Leuchtturm1917 hardcover dot grid notebook. (It also comes in 14 other colors!)Get it from Amazon for $19.95.
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I love the navy blue Leuchtturm1917 hardcover dot grid notebook. (It also comes in 14 other colors!)

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

14. A cozy and classic college or team sweater.

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Get them from Hillflint (for men and women) for $90.

15. A neck, back, and shoulder massager.

This one has great reviews, a 4.5-star rating on Amazon, an A on Fakespot, and people I know personally have tried it and loved it.Get it from Amazon for $44.95.
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This one has great reviews, a 4.5-star rating on Amazon, an A on Fakespot, and people I know personally have tried it and loved it.

Get it from Amazon for $44.95.

16. Some good knee pads.

A great gift for anyone who gardens, does chores, is doing a bunch of DIY projects around their house. Read a full review of them here, and then grab them from Amazon for $23.95.
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A great gift for anyone who gardens, does chores, is doing a bunch of DIY projects around their house. Read a full review of them here, and then grab them from Amazon for $23.95.

17. A shaving cream that feels *Italian chef kissing fingers gesture*.

Seriously — I have this stuff and it's so great.Get it from Amazon for $25.
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Seriously — I have this stuff and it's so great.

Get it from Amazon for $25.

18. A clay mask that basically vacuums out pores.

Read more about it here.Get it from Amazon for $10.95 and add an applicator brush to your gift for $4.97.
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Read more about it here.

Get it from Amazon for $10.95 and add an applicator brush to your gift for $4.97.

19. An organic face oil that reduces redness and breakouts and soothes dry skin.

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.
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Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

20. A countertop greenhouse that is perfect for anyone who likes to cook or who wants to start a garden.

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This is one of my favorite gifts for this year — it's SO nice IRL!

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $129 (available in white and black).

21. A fascinating book that will inspire more meaningful meetups.

Get it from Amazon for $19.04, Barnes & Noble for $22.40, or a local bookstore through Indiebound.
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Get it from Amazon for $19.04, Barnes & Noble for $22.40, or a local bookstore through Indiebound.

22. A bamboo Squatty Potty.

✨💩✨Get it from Amazon for $79.99. (You can also get it in plain white for $19.99.)
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Get it from Amazon for $79.99. (You can also get it in plain white for $19.99.)

23. An unfussy candle.

This one smells very clean, and I love how simple and elegant the candle itself is. Get it from Williams-Sonoma for $19.95.
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This one smells very clean, and I love how simple and elegant the candle itself is.

Get it from Williams-Sonoma for $19.95.

24. Some cozy work socks.

These socks are VERY GOOD. Get a pack of four pairs from Amazon for $19.96+ (available in four colors).
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These socks are VERY GOOD.

Get a pack of four pairs from Amazon for $19.96+ (available in four colors).

25. A couple of charcoal-infused bath towels.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $42 each (available in green, white, gray, and tan).
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Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $42 each (available in green, white, gray, and tan).

26. And a book that'll help them connect with the natural world more.

Get it from Amazon for $9.79, Barnes & Noble for $13.56, or a local bookstore through Indiebound.
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Get it from Amazon for $9.79, Barnes & Noble for $13.56, or a local bookstore through Indiebound.