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Men Are Sharing The Things They "Actually Want" For Christmas, And Wow, I'm Taking Notes

Now you'll actually know what to get your boyfriend, dad, or even yourself.

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We asked men in the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what they actually want for Christmas this year. Here are the must-have responses.

Not all submissions are from Community users.

1. A compact, reliable, and easy-to-use meat thermometer from Lavatools, which will genuinely make them excited every time they cook with it.

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"I’m getting my dad a wireless meat thermometer so he can sit and drink a beer while his steaks cook lol." —toki13

The Javelin is a wireless meat thermometer that'll honestly make you a better cook. It gives pitch-perfect temperature readings in just a couple of seconds, is splash resistant, and even has a magnetic back for easy storage. The best part is that the battery lasts over 4,000 hours, so trust me when I tell you that this will last a LONG time.

Get it from Amazon for $26.99 or from Lavatools for $26.99 (available in seven colors).

Lavatools typically fulfills all orders within 24–48 hours. Standard shipping typically takes between 7–10 business days. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. Free two-day shipping is available for Prime members; check the listing for an estimated delivery date.

2. A subscription box from Bokksu, which offers the ultimate collection of sweet and savory treats from Japan without actually having to fly there.


"I got it for my boyfriend last year, and he loved it. All the snacks were really tasty!" —murderboard

Each box contains at least 20 curated items and a booklet that details exactly what's inside/where they're from. They also ship for free directly from the family-owned business in Japan, so you'll be able to experience the culture or feel less homesick no matter where you are in the world.

Subscribe to Bokksu starting at $39.95+/month (available in 1, 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions) or subscribe through Amazon for $44.95/first month + $49.95/month for each month after.

Bokksu orders typically ship within one week of ordering.

3. A classic bedding set from Brooklinen, which will make them feel like an actual adult and impress anyone who visits.


"I asked my grandma for new bed sheets. That's all I want." —fruity21

This particular set (one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases) of 100% long-staple cotton is great for people who tend to sweat at night. They'll keep you cool and comfortable, and they're incredddddibly soft. Just a super simple case of quality, sleekness, and functionality.

Get the Classic Core set from Brooklinen for $87.20+ or from Amazon for $135.00+ (available in several colors/patterns and in sizes twin–California king).

Brooklinen's processing time is about 1–4 business days. For Amazon, check the listing for an estimated delivery date.

4. A Hybrid Smartwatch from Fossil, which does everything a normal smartwatch does...except it actually looks nice.


"My boyfriend really wants a watch that has a pedometer on it so he can track his steps, but it's so hard to find one that actually looks nice. I found this one from Fossil while researching online, and I'm absolutely getting it for him."—sarahwainschel

The truth is that some smartwatches just don't look pretty, but people with style and taste shouldn't have to suffer. Fossil's Hybrid Smartwatch connects through Bluetooth, so it has all the same features as a normal smartwatch – text/email/app notifications, an alarm clock, the ability to control your music, etc. – but it's especially great for people who want to track their daily activity, steps, and heart rate.

Get it from Fossil for $199 or from Amazon for $162.91+ (available in four colors and compatible with up-to-date iOS and Android phones).

Fossil offers free shipping on orders over $50. Standard shipping orders will typically arrive in 5–7 business days. Two-day and overnight shipping options are available at an additional cost. Amazon offers free two-day shipping for Prime members; check the listing for an estimated delivery date.

5. A simple, stylish, and durable backpack from Herschel, which has so many convenient pockets and won't make them look like a little kid while wearing it.


"To be honest, this backpack is one of only two things that I want for Christmas." —minhncao

This Herschel bag is perfect for everyday use, whether it's for your daily commute to work or just lugging books around campus. It has a bunch of different compartments, including a separate section for your laptop and a cushioned one at the top to safely store sunglasses. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more convenient, cool, and stylish bag.

Get the Pop Quiz Backpack from Herschel for $79.99 or from Amazon for $79.99 (available in various colors/patterns).

Herschel offers free ground shipping on orders over $30. Orders are typically processed in one business day and delivered in 2–5 business days with standard shipping. Express shipping is available at an additional cost. Amazon offers free two-day shipping for Prime members; check the listing for an estimated delivery date.

6. A pair of Mako shorts from Rhone, which will quickly become the only workout shorts they'll ever need or want.


The Mako shorts are super durable and long-lasting, but the coolest part is that the fabric is actually water-repellent. In addition to regular pockets, it also has a small zipper pocket for keys or an AirPod case or other valuables, which prevents them from getting loose. The fit is great, they're quick drying, and they have just the right amount of stretch, so you'll always be comfortable. They're also available in both 7" and 9" inseams, so even your dad will like them.

Get a pair from Rhone for $68 (available in eight colors, two inseam sizes, and sizes S–2XL) or from Amazon for $68 (available in five colors and sizes S–2XL).

Rhone offers free standard shipping on orders over $100. Standard shipping usually takes about 4–8 business days. Expedited and next-business-day shipping options are available at an additional cost. Amazon offers free two-day shipping for Prime members; check the listing for an estimated delivery date.

7. A pair of Project Rock 4 training shoes from Under Armour, which are so comfortable that they'll start wearing them even when they aren't working out.

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To be honest, all I really need to say is that these super comfortable workout shoes were handpicked and approved by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson himself, so that should be enough to convince you.

Get a pair from Under Armour for $150 (available in three colors and sizes 7–15).

Under Armour offers free standard shipping on orders over $60. Standard shipping typically takes 5–7 business days. Express shipping options are available at an additional cost.

8. A credit card multi-tool from Guardman, which is basically a handheld survival kit that will help them if they're ever stranded on a desert island or just stuck in the apartment without a can opener.


"Besides a watch, this is the main thing my boyfriend wants. It fits in the credit card slot of your wallet." —sarahwainschel

This is the ultimate stocking stuffer. It's basically an 11-in-1 survival tool that'll solve every problem you could think of...AND it'll easily fit in your wallet. Can opener? It's got it. Saw blade? Yup. A ruler? Check. A screwdriver? Oh, yeah. And so much more.

Get it from Amazon for $8.99/one or $12.99/two.

Amazon offers free two-day shipping for Prime members; check the listing for an estimated delivery date.

9. A container of CocoShea Revitalizing Cream from Buttah Skin, which will help to hydrate their face, soften their skin, and protect it at all costs.

Buttah Skin

"Aside from money, good face lotion is on my list and is so important." —itsallinyrhead1

The natural and organic facial moisturizer from this Black-owned business will be your new go-to, especially if you have dry skin. It'll keep you hydrated and glowing, but most importantly it won't feel greasy (like other moisturizers occasionally do). A little truly goes a long way with this revitalizing cream, so a tiny dab is all you need to make it last.

Get a two-ounce container from Buttah Skin for $16.11 or from Amazon for $19.

Buttah Skin offers free shipping on orders over $75. Orders typically process in 24–48 hours, and standard deliver time is 4–7 business days. Amazon offers free two-day shipping for Prime members; check the listing for an estimated delivery date.

10. A giant container of Whey protein powder from Promix Nutrition, which is made from the highest quality ingredients, tastes incredible, and will help to build muscle and improve recovery.

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This has been my go-to protein powder for more than half a decade. All of the ingredients are whole-food-based, so there's nothing fake or artificial about them, and the flavor is great (the chocolate one is my favorite, and it's so good on its own that I can mix it with just water and still be satisfied post-workout). You can also add it to smoothies or while baking, so it's a great way to eat well, stay on track, and hit whatever health/fitness goals you have. For reference, their largest five-pound container typically lasts me a couple months.

Get a five-pound container from Promix for $79.99 (available in four flavors) or from Amazon for $89.99.

Promix orders are typically shipped within 24–48 hours and arrive in 5–7 business days. Amazon offers free two-day shipping for Prime members; check the listing for an estimated delivery date.

11. A stunning screenplay book about one of their favorite movies from A24, which will actually have their coffee table thanking them.


These coffee table books are just plain beautiful, and they're available for six of A24's cult-classic movies, like Hereditary, Moonlight, and the suuuuuper underrated 20th Century Women. Aside from the actual script, each book includes a bunch of bonus features, like essays from famous writers, prologues written by celebrities in the biz, interviews with directors and screenwriters, and stunning original concept art. They're a true must-have for anyone who loves pop culture.

Get a screenplay book from A24 for $60.

A24 offers free shipping on orders over $75.

12. The world's softest pair of underwear (with pockets!) from Jambys, which will honestly change their current definition of comfort.

@jambys / Via, Jambys

I'm not lying when I tell you that I've been living in Jambys for the last two years – I've truly worn them almost every single day during the pandemic. Yeah, they're more expensive than regular underwear, but you're allowed to own one nice pair of fancy underwear (hey, some things in life are worth splurging on). They're so soft, comfortable, and durable, and the pockets are honestly a game changer. I know they're branded as underwear, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't occasionally wear them as shorts too.

Get a pair from Jambys for $35 (available in 18 colors/patterns and sizes XS–3XL).

Jambys will process and ship most orders on the same day they're ordered, but they recommend allowing 1–3 business days for orders to process and ship.

13. A warm pair of Inverno Gloves and Varsity Runner's Cap from Tracksmith, which will actually make you want to run outside, even if the cold weather suggests otherwise.


The Inverno Gloves are touchscreen-friendly, so you won't have any issues if you need to change the song, look up directions, or track your progress mid-run. But the best part is that the fabric on the thumb and forefinger is reversed, so when you inevitably wipe away your snot on a cold day the softer fabric is guaranteed to be "less irritating, which will prevent you from flying through Chapstick and Vaseline." Their Varsity Runner's Cap is also super soft, stylish, and an overall must-have whenever it's cold.

Get them from Tracksmith: the Inverno Gloves for $32 (available in four colors and in S/M–L/XL) and the Varsity Runner's Cap for $38 (available in four colors).

During holiday season, Tracksmith's order processing time can take up to six days. They offer two-day and overnight shipping options at an additional cost.

14. A weighted workout vest from Power WearHouse, which will help to build strength, muscle, and endurance, all without having to pay for a monthly gym membership.

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I got this vest over the summer, and I really can't express how big of a motivator new equipment can be when trying to get/stay in shape. I haven't been to a gym since before the pandemic, so my consistent workout routines basically turned into a "maybe I'll do one half-assed workout this month...but probably not" routine. I lost a lot of stamina and strength because of that, but this vest has been a great way to build that back up and push my body in ways I couldn't without actual equipment. It's also super high quality and fits well without being too tight or irritating on my body, which is an issue I know other people have had with different weighted vests.

Get a unisex workout vest from Power WearHouse for $199 (available in two weight options and sizes XS–3XL).

Most items will be delivered with 2–3 business days of placing your order. Shipping to the US and Canada is free.

15. And a weighted blanket from YNM, which will calm their body and may help to relieve some stress and anxiety.

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"As far as material things go, the number one thing that I'm asking my parents for is a weighted blanket!" —tiger24

The cotton blankets come in just about every size, weight, and color you could want, but the best part is that they basically calm your body into a deep sleep. Whether you're relaxing, taking a nap, or shooting for eight hours, this blanket just may give you the best rest you've ever had...over and over again.

Get it from YNM for $89+ or from Amazon for $54.90+ (available in various sizes).

YNM offers free shipping in the US. Orders will typically arrive in 3–5 business days but can take longer during busy seasons. For Amazon, check the listing for an estimated delivery date.

Do you have a favorite go-to Christmas gift idea? Tell us about it in the comments below!