March 3, 2024

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Choosing a gift for your boyfriend might seem easy at first. Then you start to consider details like how long you’ve been dating, your budget, and his actual interests, and suddenly it’s a lot harder. But finding the right gift for a boyfriend doesn’t have to be rocket science.

If you need a little assistance discovering that special something, this list of gifts at a variety of prices should help, whether your boyfriend is an aspiring chef who needs new kitchen tools, a guy who misplaces his stuff and could use some organization, or a fitness fanatic who would enjoy a fresh set of workout clothes.

Having been a boyfriend myself for most of my 20s, I can vouch for the selection of thoughtful gift ideas below. While most of the items on this list are available on Amazon, I’ve found some of them elsewhere for those who like to shop around.

Joseche Sleep Bluetooth Headphones Eye Mask
Very Good Deal

This “game-changing” eye mask equipped with Bluetooth speakers is what one globe-trotting celebrity facialist swears by for shutting out the world around her whenever she flies. If your boyfriend gets the jitters on the plane, it should help him relax — and hopefully get some shut-eye while he’s at it.

Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen

This Strategist-favorite fountain pen was ranked No. 5 in our list of the 100 best pens for its feel, looks, and writing quality. It’s beloved by AOC and one of the nine things writer André Aciman can’t live without.

Microsend Magnetic Route Setting Kit

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These tiny plastic magnets look like the holds you’d see on the walls of a climbing gym. Now he can turn the fridge into his own rock wall.

Ayoba Droewors Beef Sticks

Tuck a package of these celebrity-approved beef sticks in his bag so that he’ll never have another food emergency — or hunger-related meltdown — ever again.

Leuchtturm1917 Hardcover Notebook

Amigo 'Saboteur' Strategy Card Game

Weekly game nights mean that he has mastered Bohnanza and Raccoon Tycoon, so fire up his competitive streak with this card game that Strategist writer Erin Schwartz says has made them enemies on both sides of the Atlantic. Similar to the games Mafia and Among Us, the objective of Saboteur is to discover which individual is working against the collective goal. “It can get downright Machiavellian,” Schwartz says — but that’s part of the fun.

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

Smartwool Men's Classic Hike Light Cushion Crew Sock

If talking to cis straight men has taught us anything, it’s that most are not great about buying themselves socks. If that sounds like your boyfriend, he’ll appreciate the widely beloved SmartWool socks more than you know.

Kinto Travel Tumbler

The double-lid system on this tumbler, which seals in any potential dripping or leaks, is why I take it with me everywhere. It keeps my coffee hot for hours. And it’s one of the Strategist’s favorite travel mugs.

Chinya Milk Frother

The Chinya frother was our best-overall pick in our “Best in Class” guide to milk frothers.

‘The Creative Act,’ by Rick Rubin
Very Good Deal

Legendary music producer Rick Rubin compiled 78 different essays and meditations on the creative process into this book, which is just as much about mindfulness as it is about creating.

Main Street Forge Leather Valet Tray

Great for keys, loose change, headphones, and various other bits and bobs, this leather valet tray will encourage him to organize his desk — or at least keep the mess a bit more contained.

Black Diamond Midweight Screentap Fleece Gloves
Strategist Tested

Merz B Shwanen Men's Loopwheeled T-Shirt

If he’s a white-T-shirt guy, you can’t go wrong with this tee, which we identified as the same one Carmy (Jeremy Allen White) wears in the FX show The Bear.

‘Masa: Techniques, Recipes, and Reflections on a Timeless Staple’
Very Good Deal

This was one of our favorite coffee-table books this year. Strategist writer Katherine Gillespie described it as a “delectably designed photographic recipe collection dedicated to all things corn flour.”

Geyes Portable Bluetooth Keyboard
Strategist 100

Strategist writer Katherine Gillespie packs this seven-ounce keyboard for international travel, and loves it for its ease of use and “decidedly non-Apple” aesthetic.

Stanley Camp Pour-over Coffee Set

Just because he’s roughing it doesn’t mean he can’t still enjoy his favorite pour-over brew.

Gerber Gear 31-003941 Ultimate Knife With Fire Starter, Sharpener, and Knife Sheath

Apollo Tools DT9706 BL General Tool Set

Consider this highly rated tool set an ideal starter kit for the guy who wants to build more than Ikea furniture (though it would be good to have on hand for that too).

Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm

If you’re dating a man who doesn’t currently own a moisturizer, this is a good one to start him on. It’s lightweight, vegan, not too perfumy, and doesn’t leave a heavy residue.

'Mountain Gazette' Gift Subscription

Printed on large, 11-by-17-inch paper, this biannual magazine (its heft and size feel more like a coffee-table book) showcases beautiful photography, art, and longform stories on outdoor culture.

Western Hydrodynamic Research Nylon Promotional Hat

This durable, nylon hat has a bungee-cord closure in the back.

Outdoor Voices Men's CloudKnit Slim Sweatpant

He’d be much more comfortable — and look better — in a fresh set of sweatpants. These CloudKnits are our favorite pair of men’s performance sweats. “They’re sleek, soft, sweat-wicking, comfortable, and just as good for sitting on the couch, running errands, or working out,” writes the Strategist’s Liza Corsillo.

JEF Golf Gifts and Gallery Collapsible Chipping Net
Very Good Deal

This collapsible net makes chip shots more like a fun Skee-Ball-like game.

Global Classic Chef’s Knife
Very Good Deal

Strategist kitchen and dining writer Emma Wartzman selected the Global G-2 as the best overall chef’s knife. Strategist editor Maxine Builder called it “comfortable to hold,” and noted it had “enough arc to the blade that you can really get into a rhythm with chopping and dicing, but the tip is sharp enough for some scoring and more delicate knife work.”

Razer Kishi Mobile Game Controller

Show him he doesn’t have to hide his hobby (and buy yourself some me time) with the gift of this mobile-gaming extension that was super-popular over the holidays, according to trend expert. As one explains, the Razer Kishi “snaps in place on your iPhone, and the format mimics design best practices from the Nintendo Switch, converting your phone into a true gaming device.” While the product shown is iPhone-compatible only, you can get a Razer Kishi for Android phones at the same price.

Waterpik Cordless Water Flosser
Very Good Deal

Patrick Schwarzenegger swears by this Waterpik and says he has convinced “everyone” to get one. Maybe that next person will be your boyfriend?

Fire Sense Large Yakatori Charcoal Grill
Very Good Deal

This compact yakitori grill is great for tight spaces, according to Leslie Roark Scott of Ubon’s Barbeque in Yazoo City, Mississippi. “It’s the perfect size for a couple of steaks and holds heat like a champ,” she says.

Naadam the Essential Cashmere Sweater (Navy)

You can’t go wrong with gifting a buttery-soft cashmere sweater. This crewneck from Naadam is our overall favorite.

Nordic Ware 3-Piece Baker's Delight Set
Very Good Deal

Spend time together making a sheet (or three) of his favorite cookies with these Nordic Ware pans that come recommended by countless chefs and bakers. According to one chef, they’re made from “a heavy-duty aluminum with solid rims that prevent warping,” and several more experts say they’re durable enough to last for years.

Marcato Atlas Pasta Machine

If he wants to take his home cooking to the next level, he’ll appreciate this “pasta artist”–approved hand-crank pasta-maker from Marcato Atlas, an Italian company that has been making pasta machines for nearly 100 years.

Vinglacé Wine-Bottle Insulator

Pastry chef Jacques Torres loves a chilled rosé and swears by this wine cooler to keep his bottles “very cold.” He even travels with it.

Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro Single-Serve Blender

Snowboarder Shaun White loves this single-serving blender from Ninja for his daily smoothies. “It’s just so easy,” he told us. “The blender isn’t a nightmare to clean, either.”

Manduka ProLite Yoga and Pilates Mat

Three different yogis recommend this mat for being “indulgent,” as yoga instructor Kyle Miller puts it. “It’s grippy, soft, and breaks in very well,” she adds.

Adidas Originals Men's Stan Smith Sneaker

While it’s definitely appropriate (and encouraged) to scuff up white sneakers, there’s a not-so-fine line between their looking lived-in and on their last breath. If your boyfriend’s have crossed that line, a new pair of Stan Smiths — a timeless style still beloved by cool people — will freshen up his wardrobe without costing too much.

Ten Thousand 7-Inch Lined Interval Shorts
Strategist Tested

We selected the Interval as the best overall pair of men’s gym shorts. I love my pair, which I’ve had for almost two years. I’ve worn them not only for workouts and runs, but for summer hikes and beach trips, and they show no signs of wear. They also come in five- and nine-inch inseam lengths.

Yeti Loadout Gobox 15

Yeti is known for coolers (see below) and drinkware that can keep ice frozen for days on end, but the brand makes equally burly storage containers for all types of gear (that you don’t need to keep cold). The GoBox is fully submersible and will withstand scratches and dings if he decides to fill it with fishing gear and throw it in the back of the trunk.

Loftie Clock
Very Good Deal

The Loftie is more than an alarm clock — it’s like a calming bedside companion with a speaker and a soft night-light that will encourage him to keep his phone (and phone alarm) away from the nightstand. Its easy-to-navigate interface lets him choose from soothing wake-up tones, entire playlists of ambient noise, breathing exercise, and meditation guidance.

These cooling percale sheets are a favorite of sleep experts. They’re made from organic cotton and have a light, breathable feel.

Tom Ford Ombré Leather Eau de Parfum

As a Formula 1 racing driver, Lando Norris is a frequent flier, which means he often stops by airport duty-free shops to test scents. He swears by this cologne from Tom Ford that has a woody scent with notes of leather, violet, and jasmine.

Tushy Classic 3.0 Bidet
Very Good Deal

Maybe it’s time to get him a bidet like this one from Tushy, whose users rave about how effective it is at keeping them clean down there (and how easy it is to install).

Hatch Restore Smart Sleep Assistant

If he’s always a little groggy when he wakes up, the solution might be swapping his phone alarm for a gentle wake-up light like this one, which, according to sleep experts, helps “ease the users into wakefulness instead of jolting them awake with an alarm.” The Restore not only mimics a natural sunrise but works as a bedside light and sound machine.

When it comes to e-readers, the Paperwhite is the gold standard. Strategist tech writer Jordan McMahon has tested every Kindle model since 2013, and this model is the one he carries with him most often thanks to its “best-in-class reading experience.”

Breville — The Sear & Press Grill

He’ll be excited to make paninis at home, but when you tell him this press can cook burgers, waffles, and Korean barbecue, he’ll be downright thrilled. This Breville machine was named the best high-end model in our review of panini presses for its precise temperature control (down to the degree) and wide range of functions (including “Super Sear” and a “Burger” button). Food writer and editor Alyse Whitney praises the versatility of this model, which allowed her to get rid of other equipment.

Masienda Tortilla Starter Kit

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This starter kit comes with two two-pound bags of Masienda’s Heirloom Corn Masa Harina (one blue corn and one white corn), and a sleek tortilla press that comes in three colors.

Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle

Strategist kitchen and dining writer Emma Wartzman called the Stagg the “gold standard of electric kettles.” It’s our top pick and came recommended by baristas, coffee-shop owners, and celebrities like classical pianist Jeremy Denk, who packs one in his suitcase when he travels.

Haflinger GZ Classic Grizzly Clog

Slippers might seem a little obvious, but any boyfriend would be happy to receive this timeless wool pair that will double as “picking up the mail” or “walking the dog” clogs in a pinch.

KUHL Hot Rydr Pants

I practically live in these pants during the winter — especially on frigid days. They’re made from a cotton-spandex blend that’s super-durable (I liked chopping wood in them when I lived in New Mexico), and they’ve got a soft flannel lining on the inside that’s downright cozy.

Baloo Living Weighted Blanket, 15 lbs Full/Queen

We dubbed this Baloo blanket as one of the best weighted blankets to gift because it’s very breathable and actually sort of chic. (If you want to spend less — or more — we rounded up lots of other giftable weighted blankets at all sorts of prices here.)

JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Very Good Deal

Logitech Slim Folio Pro Keyboard Case for Apple iPad Pro

We-Vibe Pivot

This sex toy is particularly great for couples, according to Dr. Emily Morse, host of the podcast Sex With Emily. She describes it as “kind of a twofer”: It can function as a regular ring toy or a handheld vibrator that either partner can “hold during intercourse” and use for further stimulation thanks to its “really strong vibrations.” (It can be controlled remotely via an app, should you ever be apart for a stretch.)

Elgato Key Light

If he’s just getting into streaming on Twitch, he might want some high-quality lighting to “elevate the look and feel of their camera feed,” according to Strategist contributor (and Twitch streamer) Jennifer Mulrow. That’s why she recommends this key light that’s not only sleek and sturdy but customizable via an app. It’s ultrabright without being too hot.

Kelty Low Loveseat Chair

I’ve tested dozens of camp chairs in the past decade, and the Kelty Low Loveseat is the most comfortable one I own. It was our favorite two-seater in our roundup of the best camp chairs.

Corridor Knit Slouchy Polo

Corridor makes simple, nice quality clothes. I’ve written about the brand’s knitwear before, and this slouchy knit polo is a testament to the brand’s subtle, clean aesthetic. This is one of my most worn summer pieces, and when it gets cooler, it still looks good layered under a jacket.

Hyperice Hypervolt 2
Very Good Deal

Buck Mason Dry Waxed Canvas N1 Deck Jacket

This has been my most-used jacket this winter. I like that I can dress it up with a button-up and scarf or go more casual with a hoodie underneath. Its weight and heft — it has a bomber waxed-cotton outer that I have yet to scratch or scuff up — makes it much warmer than it seems. (I generally run hot, so I’ve found its ideal temperature range is anywhere below 40 degrees.) But the best feature is the soft Bemberg lining that never catches on my sleeves and makes sliding it on and off a breeze.

Blundstone Men's Classics Chelsea Boot

We’ve written about Blundstones many times on our site. These slip-on boots are a year-round staple and compliment most outfits, but are best suited for the cold and wet.

Jabra Elite 85t
Very Good Deal

After testing the best wireless earbuds, former Strategist writer Jordan Bowman called the 85ts from Jabra the best noise-canceling option for Android users. “The 85t had some of the best sound out of all of the earbuds I tried,” he says. “If you don’t like the way they’re tuned out of the box, or if you’re switching from a podcast to a bass-heavy playlist, adjusting the settings is easy in the app.”

Technivorm Moccamaster
Very Good Deal

The sleek Moccamaster is built from high-quality parts, and the coffee it brews is high-quality, too. That’s why we picked it as one of the best coffee makers. It gets two thumbs up from Jim Munson, founder and president of Brooklyn Roasting Company. “I taste coffee from all types of brewers, and this one gives a consistently better cup,” he says.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones
Very Good Deal

YETI Tundra 45 Cooler

Yeti makes consistently high-quality, durable insulated containers that keep ice frozen for literal days on end, and the Tundra 45 is one of the brand’s most recognizable products. He’ll keep the party going with this 33-liter cooler that can hold up to 28 cans — with ice.

Big Agnes Sidewinder SL 35 Sleeping Bag

Sleeping bags are generally hostile to side sleepers (imagine a zipper pressing into you all night long). Enter this Sidewinder sleeping bag, recommended by Strategist contributor James Lynch and designed with extra down cushioning in the hips and foot box for those who find lying on their backs a recipe for insomnia. There’s more-than-standard room in the shoulders to account for the space taken up when someone is curled on their side.

Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Outdoor Pizza Oven

Ooni’s ovens can achieve temperatures above 900 degrees, which is hot enough to fully cook a pizza in under two minutes. This model can be powered by either gas or wood and charcoal, but the brand makes four other models of different sizes and fuel types.

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