Ah, the ever-elusive, confusing guy gift. Each holiday season, it stares you in the face as you try to find the perfect present for your brother, boyfriend or papi. Cross him off the list early this year with these 16 great gifts — expertly put together for all the different types of guys you might know.
1. Chow Hound
Take his backyard BBQ game to the next level (after all, you’ll eventually reap the benefits of that delicious pernil).
La Caja China Roasting Box, $349.95, williams-sonoma.com
2. Mysterious Man
You’ll score extra points with papi here if he’s a Bond fan — and really, what guy isn’t a fan of 007? Champagne Bollinger’s bottle (the same brand James has ordered in over 14 Bond films) comes encased in a limited edition chill box for the holidays, which will keep it cool for two hours after refrigeration.
Champagne Bollinger SPECTRE Limited Edition 2009 Vintage, $229, champagne-bollinger.com
3. Tech Titan
The perfect travel companion, it’s a laptop when he needs it to be (complete with Intel 6th generation processors and Windows 10) or a tablet when he’s cramped up in the last row of coach.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Starts at $899, microsoftstore.com
4. Man About Town
These shoes literally go with everything — so he'll find a way to style them with a suit just as easy as he does with a pair of shorts.
Tretorn Nylite Canvas Sneaker, $65, eastdane.com
5. Regular Joe
Sometimes, the best gifts for guys are purely practical. Dollar Shave Club is a subscription service that will take his shaving game up a notch, first with a shipment of a brand new razor handle and cartridges, shave butter and after shave cream. Razor blades are then sent automatically each month for a designated amount of time, meaning this gift can keep him thinking about you daily.
Dollar Shave Club, $40-140, dollarshaveclub.com/gift
6. Iced Out
Watches are to guys what shoes are to women; the better their wrist looks, the better they feel. Daniel Wellington makes timepieces that are equal parts luxe and timeless, and they’re affordable enough that you can make it a special gift for a special guy. Bonus: DW’s straps are interchangeable (which means he can invest in future gifts for himself).
Daniel Wellington Dapper Bristol Watch, $299, danielwellington.com
This stylish little speaker — which uses Wifi to deliver endless music options from streaming services like Spotify and TIDAL — packs a whole lot of sound and makes a great gift for your guy’s office or living room. It’s currently available for pre-order in the U.S., which means he’ll be one of the first guys to have one when it’s shipped out on 2/1/16.
Raumfeld One S, Pre-order for $189 (Ships 2/1/16), raumfeld.com
8. Hospitable Host
Port is oftentimes overlooked as a gift for the guy who's always organizing the party, but it’s great around the holidays, especially when he gets your family together for large gatherings on Christmas and New Year’s. Your guy will enjoy breaking out the bottle as an after-dinner drink — think of it as the classy way to end the night before your tio brings out the tequila shots.
Cockburn's 20 Year Old Tawny Port, $40; Cockburn's 2009 Late Bottled Vintage Port, $23, cockburns.com
9. Man Bun
Because A) you’ve hit your quota on buying him hat and scarf sets and B) guy hair is secretly there for you to enjoy. The best part: This strong-holding product will keep his mane in place without leaving it sticky, which means all the more reason for you to run your fingers through it.
Style Sexy Hair Hard Up Holding Gel, $8.97, jcp.com
10. Dapper Dude
What is it with Latino men loving a blazer? That said, when it comes to finding him something to wear, we all know it can be tricky, but this Herringbone option will look great on all different types of guy bodies (which are confusing, right?) and fit well with his wardrobe as a dressier piece even if he falls on the more casual side.
Ben Sherman Original Herringbone Blazer, $124.50, bensherman.com
11. El Jefe
Think of it as a more useful version of Siri (who actually understands what you’re saying). Amazon’s Echo listens to his voice for a variety of controls — everything from his house lights to the music playing as he whips up an Arroz con Pollo. The device will even read him an audiobook before bed and tell him a joke when he’s bored.
Amazon Echo, $179, amazon.com
12. Gym Rat
If he’s the type of guy who adds #fitfam to 80% of the pics he uploads, this all-elements workout gear will keep him warm and dry throughout the upcoming winter months.
Mizuno Men’s Breath Thermo Windtop Half-Zip, $99.99, mizunousa.com
13. High Roller
This fancy box is to cigars what a wine cellar is to wine. All you need to know is that his cigar collection is going to be very happy.
Elisabeth Weinstock Humidor Box, $2350, elisabethweinstock.com
14. Pretty Boy
Everything your guy needs in a special-edition gift set to keep that mug looking good for selfies, Snapchat, and Instagram.
Kiehl’s Costello Men’s Energizing Collection, $65, exclusively at nordstrom.com & Nordstrom stores
15. Thrill Seeker
Paired with his Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and Note 5, it makes virtual reality — including skydiving, exploring different parts of the world and playing interactive video games — a reality.
Samsung VR Gear, $99, samsung.com
16. Señor Smooth
Noticing a theme here? When in doubt with a guy, booze is always a good option — particularly when said bottle is embellished with the iconic Patrón bee in a luxurious pure pewter that will stand out in any bar.
Patron Silver 1L, $79.99, qualityliquorstore.com