Right up there on the list of things that should be easy but are actually surprisingly tricky (think at-home waxes, remembering every single thing on the shopping list and being online for a specific purpose without ending up scrolling endlessly on your favourite app), is choosing the best Christmas gifts for men. Look, we get it. It’s easy to default to socks or a gift card, especially if he seems happy with them.
But we’ve rounded up 25 of the best Christmas gift ideas for men that aren't your usual stuff. Whether you’re buying for your dad, boyfriend, granddad or other special guy, we’ve got 25 gifts to suit all budgets and menfolk. (With no socks in sight.)
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Trees on his feet
Even if he's more of an ambler than a runner, his feet will still look the part in a pair of Allbirds Tree Dashers. Not only do these sneakers look amazing, there's a range of limited edition colours so they make unique gifts for him. Looks aside, Allbirds is all about using as many natural, planet-friendly materials as possible. These use tree material that's durable and breathable plus have sugarcane midsoles for the ultimate sweet feet.
Decent coffee, on the go
If you're looking for gifts for men who travel, we reckon we've found a good one - the AeroPress Go. This surprisingly robust mini coffee maker whips up 1-3 cups of hot coffee, espresso or cold brew in a few minutes. It's ideal for on the go because it includes a travel mug and lid, which the AeroPress and its accessories neatly fits in. It's quality coffee, in his bag, and it's top of coffee addict and Cosier co-founder Daniel's Christmas wishlist.
He'll never be late again
The HorseShop now
Nothing says I love you more (or quit being late) than a quality watch. The Original from The Horse is one of our top personalised gifts pick - you can engrave their initials or a short message on the back of this watch. As well as providing the personal touch, this watch is a classic design staple. It comes in a variety of colours and features a stainless steel case, dial with minimalist grey markers, and a genuine leather band.
Sunnies never go out of style
Clubmaster Classic Sunglasses
Need Christmas gifts for men who have everything? Look no further than the absolute classic - a pair of Ray-Ban sunnies. And not just any pair, but the Clubmaster Classic Sunglasses. These babies will instantly elevate any man's look. Their timeless, 50s-inspired design boasts a square shape (ideal for oval and round faces), a bold dark frame and gold trims. They come in 5 colours to suit every style or you can really push the boat out (hey, he deserves it) by customising the lenses and frames and engraving them.
Whip his hair into shape
Stainless Steel Beard Trimmer
Drop a not-so-subtle hint about the state of his facial hair with the Wahl Stainless Steel Beard Trimmer. Waterproof, he can use it in the shower or bath, making grooming a breeze. Coming with 4 different attachment heads including a detail shaver and vertical trimmer, it's a hard worker capable of trimming ear, nose and eyebrow hair too. One hour of charge will get him 6 hours of runtime. There's also a 1-minute quick charge feature for speedy trims.
Stress no more
Tech Kit Organiser
If nothing stresses him out more than the sight of tangled cables, you're going to want to treat him to this Tech Kit Organiser by Bellroy. This clever zip pouch neatly stores away all those annoying tech accessories in stretch mesh pockets or hugged by elastic. Think a mouse, cables, chargers and more. The magnetic slip pocket can even hold a power bank. Ideally sized, it'll fit into his hands. It's made of environmentally certified leather and recycled woven fabric, making it durable and water resistant.
Spice things up
Melbourne Smoked Jalapeno Hot Sauce
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It doesn't have to be tricky to find gifts under $20 as this Smoked Jalapeno Hot Sauce from Melbourne Hot Smoked proves. Coming in under $10, this sauce features green jalapeno cold smoked for 6 hours over Victorian apple wood to give it a distinctly smoky Aussie taste. Blended with aged cider vinegar and wild roquette for a peppery tang, it's handcrafted in small batches in Port Melbourne. Gluten and dairy-free, it's suitable for vegans.
Writing but make it 2021+
Bluetooth Smart Pen+ & Notebook Set
Paper and pen is so 2020. Or that's what Moleskine reckons with this update to their timeless notebook - a Smart Writing Set including a Bluetooth Smart Pen+ and Notebook. At around $500, this definitely falls under the luxury gifts category. It's so smart that we don't really understand how it works. But basically he writes in the Paper Tablet (er notebook) and then the Pen+ transfers it to his phone screen. If you've got a gadget lover, this is the kind of wizardry that'll delight him.
Walnut Wireless Charging Station
Devices, devices everywhere and not a charger to be found. Well, not anymore thanks to Alldock's Walnut Wireless Charging Station. This attractive piece of kit has a dizzying amount of charging capacity with enough charging space for all his devices. This includes 3 docking rails with 2 wireless fast charging decks, a 6-point USB charger and a dedicated charging notch for Airpods. Wireless, there are no ugly wires dangling down to ruin the sleek walnut looks. He'll never run out of juice again.
A gift for you too
Nintendo Switch Console
Cool gifts for him don't get much cooler than a Nintendo Switch Console. This clever console offers both at-home big screen gaming and on-the-go play. The controllers can be used in multiple ways too. What we really love is how you can share the game play - even if you're not in the same building, state or country as him, you can play together. (So, this is kind of a present for you too.)
Scrubs up nicely
Face and Beard Kit
The Groomed Man Co.Shop now
The Groomed Man Co. is on a mission to get Aussie men scrubbed up. Their Australian made skin and body products contain sustainable, natural ingredients so he can feel good about doing good for the planet. While also looking, er, good. This Face and Beard Kit contains everything he needs to take care of his skin and facial hair. This includes face moisturiser, face wash, face scrub, beard oil and beard balm.
The sound of music
Roam Portable Speaker
Fill his life with the sound of sweet music by grabbing him a Sonos Roam Portable Speaker. Wireless and compact, he can take it with him wherever he goes. Bonus, it's waterproof if rain unexpectedly makes an appearance. Oh and it's drop-resistant too for those fumbles. In-built wireless means seamless connection to his home network and it offers up to 10 hours of play time.
An elevated basic
Cane Key Ring
When is a keyring not a keyring? When HAY gets their hands on it and produces the Cane Key Ring. A true style statement, it also doubles as one of our best cheap gifts - it's around $30. Taking a classic and practical snap hook, it's been updated with a 2-tone coating so it'll always stand out. Choose from 3 modern colours and prepare for him to be impressed with how durable and beautiful a keyring can be.
The gift of words
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
By Yuval Noah HarariShop now
Give him a spot of bedtime reading with Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Promising to expand his mind, this multi-million bestseller will help him understand the past and what makes us uniquely human. If you're hunting for gifts for men online, a book is the ideal solution. Simply order, sit back and then let him bore you silly with all the knowledge he's gained from this read.
S'mores on the beach?
Man. Make. Fire. Or man just lights this Radiate Portable Campfire. He can have fire wherever he goes with this 24cm portable campfire that's infused with natural oils, including eucalyptus, lemon and soybean. It gives around 3-5 hours of burn time and is made from recycled soy wax with recycled paper briquettes so it's eco-friendly too. We reckon this is one of the most unique gifts for him you'll find.
Ice ice coffee
Brewing Coffee Bottle
For the coffee addict in your life, there's the Brewing Coffee Bottle by Hario. This silicone bottle makes whipping up cold brew or iced coffee a breeze. Simply put coffee grounds in the strainer, add some water, put in the stopper and gently shake the bottle. Then pop it in the fridge so it can extract the coffee goodness and about 8 hours later, he can enjoy his fresh cold brew. It makes up to 5 cups at once so ask nicely and you might get a iced coffee too.
Guaranteed conversation starter
Cards Against Humanity
You can stop looking, we've found one of the best funny gifts. There's a reason why Cards Against Humanity is so popular - it's absolutely hilarious, especially if he's got a dry sense of humour (that'll be all Aussie men, then) and is over 17. Make his next dinner party super awkward with this game that'll ensure he never looks at his mates / rellies the same way.
Spread the love
Beer CartelShop now
Who says Christmas comes just once a year? I mean, it does. But that doesn't mean you can't extend the gift giving throughout the year. Like with a Beer Subscription from Beer Cartel. Australia's longest-running beer subscription, he'll get handpicked brews from local and international breweries delivered straight to his doorstep every month. You can choose between 6- or 12-packs and to pay for 1, 3, 6, 9 or 12 months. Cheers to being the best gift giver, ever.
Keeping things cool
Roadie 24 Hard Cooler
There's nothing worse than warm drinks on a hot day, am I right? Make sure he keeps his beer at the ideal temperature with the Roadie 24 Hard Cooler from YETI. This compact, portable esky holds up to 18 cans of beer. It's even tall enough to take wine or 2L soda bottles, so all his drink bases are covered. With no fiddly drain plug to use (or lose), simply flip it over to get rid of any excess water or ice. Its tough rotomolded construction will keep even the drop bears out.
Channel his inner Bear
Cardsmart Credit Card Sized Multitool
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This one's for wannabe Bear Grylls: the Cardsmart Credit Card Sized Multitool by True Utility. This pocket-sized tool has everything he needs for his adventures, including 4 screwdrivers, 20 wrenches, a bicycle spoke spanner, can opener and bottle opener. Heck, it's even got rulers and a protractor for when things get really serious. Made from stainless steel, he can hang this strong, lightweight tool around his neck with the lanyard attachment. Even better, we reckon it's one of the best gifts under $50 so you don't have to blow the budget.
His own little world
Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Help him block out everything other than the sound of his choice with these Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones from Sony. These sleek headphones are packing a lot of tech, whether he's using them for business or pleasure. Think a built-in mic for taking phone calls hands-free, an enabled voice assistant, personal noise cancelling, a quick attention mode and touch controls. They'll give him up to 3 hours of noise cancelling bliss.
The name's Bond
Rauk Heavy Tumbler
Sophisticated Christmas gifts for husbands (and other lucky men) don't come much better than the Rauk Heavy Tumbler by Norlan. With serious James Bond vibes, this heavy crystal tumbler will elevate his whisky game and allow him to savour his favourite tipple. With its 4 crystal point base, it appears like it's floating - seriously fancy stuff. If clear crystal is too vanilla, treat him to a grey or black lacquer finished one.
Siri in his ear
Luxury gifts don't get much more luxurious than AirPods by Apple. Iconic, they're often spotted in the ears of pretty much every famous person - and now they can be in his too. These wireless in-ear earphones act as an extension to Siri. Simply say 'hey Siri' and assistance will be right in his ear. He'll get up to 5 hours' listening time on 1 charge and there's a 15-minute quick charge feature too. Easy to set up, they'll work seamlessly across all his Apple devices.
Grab and go (or store)
Black Hole 40L Duffle Bag
Let him store all his sports kit in 1 easy to grab place with this Black Hole 40L Duffle Bag by Patagonia. He can either hold it by the top handles or stick it on his back like a rucksack. It even stuffs into itself when he's not using it, making it ideal for storage or travel. Made from 100% recycled fabric, it's durable and lightweight and has heaps of lash-on points for attaching extra gear.
Summer camp calling
Linen Camp Shirt
It's summery vibes all year-round with this Linen Camp Shirt from Everlane. Known for their 'radical transparency', this linen shirt is ethically and sustainably made in Vietnam from 100% linen. Cool, loose-fitting, breathable and effortlessly wrinkled, it's the ideal summer shirt. With its laidback stripes, you won't blame him for wearing it all the time (although you might get sick of seeing it).