Rimowa x Off-White is a dream holiday gift, but for something slightly more affordably priced, this new aluminum style from Away is very cool. Aluminium not only looks great but it can take a beating—an important detail for the guy who doesn’t fly business class.
Away aluminium carry-on bag
These anti-microbial silver filament socks will be appreciated by outdoor types who know that rag socks are a recipe for sweaty feet, hypebeasts into the construction worker look, and dads. Just all kinds of dads.
American Trench sport socks with silver
There’s a middle ground between your high school-era canvas backpack and one of those luxe leather ones. It’s Coach’s Academy backpack. Durable but nice enough to wear with a suit, and patterned but not childish, it can sit on any set of shoulders.
Coach Academy backpack
Some people hate receiving weird, impractical gifts for the holidays. Do not indulge their complaints. Presents should evoke emotion, not save someone a trip to Target. These highfalutin crayons? These are gold.
Keetra Dean Dixon glassy retooling crayons
Of a Kind
A lot of guys want Nike’s cool new sneaker, but not all of them had the time or intel to snag a pair when they first hit shelves. That’s OK because you, a sneaker intellectual, know that secondary-market prices are reasonable. And you, a dope gift-giver, will remedy the situation.
Nike React Element 87 Sneakers Thunder Blue/Total Orange
Things we could all stand to do a little more of: exercise, be outdoors, save money, have fun. Give him a $59 ticket to well-balanced-human town by gifting this night-game friendly basketball, then challenging them to a season of after-work games.
Chinatown Market x Smiley for UO smiley basketball
You don’t have to be deep into aromatherapy to appreciate this, the world’s first-ever badass essential oil diffuser. Any mildly stressed out or reasonably pretentious person would enjoy the hell out of this $97 Zen machine.
Campo ceramic essential oil diffuser
This is the best drone out there for most people. It’s super-easy to fly, with features in the app that make capturing beautiful cinematic footage with its stabilized 4K camera as easy as it could ever be. Most importantly: It’s really, really hard to crash.
DJI Mavic Air
We’re not sure if these vegan organic Australian supplements will actually help you achieve clarity and balance as they promise, but they sure do look good in this handsome set. (Most folks won’t stress the details.)
Bear Perform and Explore supplement gift set
Fancy meal deliveries are the new artisanal popcorn tins: it might seem like a cop out on paper, but your recipient will absolutely annihilate it upon opening. This one will please even the pickiest eaters in your life, even the paleo bros.
Sun Basket organic meal delivery (1 week)
If you’ve ever been tempted to buy someone bitters as a holiday gift simply because the little bottles look cool, you will appreciate this CBD “tincture.” It has the same curb appeal but is infinitely more useful, claiming to dull pain and reduce anxiety.
Lord Jones high CBD paint and wellness tinctures
Paleo vegan organic chocolate might seem like a big, dumb waste of money, until you try paleo vegan organic chocolate and realize it is transcendental. Enlighten someone with this 8-bar gift set from New York’s Hu Kitchen. Hopefully they’ll be kind enough to share.
Hu paleo vegan chocolate bar gift set
It’s hard to find a pair of well-made cowboy boots that aren’t either ridiculously expensive or just plain ridiculous but Austin-based direct-to-consumer brand Tecovas is solving for that. Save a fellow cowboy from going down the wrong path.
Tecovas Shane suede boots
If you’re going to buy someone a wallet for the holidays, don’t play it safe with medium brown leather. Even a classic brand like Coach doesn’t think that’s a good idea anymore: that’s why they made this extremely dope cowboy-stamped version.
Coach double billfold with rodeo print
Part denim trucker jacket, part super-soft denim shirt, there are few people that wouldn’t open this gift and promptly wear the hell out of it. In fact, we recommend getting it wrapped immediately so you don’t steal it for yourself.
Buck Mason two pocket field shirt
These traditional Mexican blankets always come in handy, whether they’re used for outdoor activities or making a couch look less destroyed. Plus, they’re one of few gifts for men you can get away with not wrapping. Just roll it up, add some ribbon, and you’re golden.
Open Road Goods Mexican thunderbird blanket
No one wants a cheap watch, unless it’s a Timex in which case, yes, they absolutely want one. Even better when it’s one designed in collaboration with Todd Snyder and done in a color combination that goes with absolutely everything.
Timex x Todd Snyder maritime sport watch
Nice headphones are one of our favorite gift ideas for men, especially when they’re wireless and done in crowd-pleasing matte black. We’re all for making a statement but c’mon, buying $300 headphones in cherry red or rose gold is a sin.
Beats Solo wireless on-ear headphones
From Brooklyn to Paris to Japan, stylish guys and striped shirts have a thing going on.
Entireworld striped T-shirt
Pendleton blankets are crowd-pleasers because they’re warm and last forever. Buy one in shades of gray and the staple will work in virtually any home or apartment, not just the log cabins and Brooklyn lofts.
Pendleton Nova throw blanket
Put coal in everyone’s stocking this year with Baxter of California’s charcoal bar soap. Not only does it look cool in the shower, but it does an excellent job of deep-cleaning your skin. Even better than those spinning brushes, and for a fraction of the cost.
Baxter of California charcoal facial soap
It’s a valet for your keys and wallet — and also a wireless phone charger. Because the same person who always loses stuff is the same person who leaves their house with their phone at 7% battery.
Courant Catch:3 wireless charging valet
If you’re going to buy someone linens, they should be nice ones. Like Brooklinen’s Luxe Core sheets, which are some of the finest we’ve ever slept on. Doesn’t hurt that they come in luxury hotel-inspired stripes and solid colors.
Brooklinen luxury sheet set
For the chef that doesn’t shy away from recipes that take several months to prepare, there’s Copenhagen restaurant Noma’s new book on fermentation. Eater describes it as a “biochemistry book with a side of theory.” So, it’s a cinch.
“The Noma Guide to Fermentation”, 2018
The best gifts are the ones the person will use and enjoy but wouldn’t necessarily have bought for themselves. Like say, $65 hand soap from ultra-hip fragrance brand Byredo. Instead of scents like “lemon verbena” you can wash with “suede”, “rose”, and “vetiver”.
Byredo suede hand wash
Pared down design details and an extra thick fabrication take the iconic fleece jacket to luxury town. This is one of the best gift ideas for men who like camping and Italian tailoring, or the Snap-T diehard that deserves to be spoiled.
Best Made Co wool fleece jacket
We are living in the Golden Age of Man Bags. Take advantage of the moment and buy the camper, hiker, or outdoorsman in your life a fanny pack that looks as good as it performs, like this handsome option from Japanese brand Indispensable.
Indispensible canvas belt bag
James Beard Award-winning chef Thomas Keller teaches the fundamentals of cooking in this 36-lesson course by Master Class. If you know someone who loves good food and still makes Hot Pockets for dinner, consider this $90 well spent.
Master Class Thomas Keller cooking class
For the person in your life who can’t resist the urge to line up for some deep-friend, unicorn, mermaid concoction, there’s Truff, the new black truffle “luxury lifestyle” hot sauce that’s carried by Neiman Marcus and counts Pharrell, Pusha T, and Oprah as fans.
Truff hot sauce
People who love food don’t want weird flavored salts or infused olive oils. They want the mother of all pepper mills, the Unicorn Magnum Plus, which grinds like you’re cooking for 200, even when you’re just seasoning an omelet.
Unicorn magnum plus pepper mill
Help the Red Sox fan in your life commemorate this year’s World Series win with this limited-edition Levi’s trucker jacket. This spectator swag might look unassuming from the front, but the back spells out “Boston Red Sox” loud and clear.
Levi’s x MLB denim trucker jacket
This is the ultimate holiday present for stylish Yankees fans, sporty Gucci fans, and regular guys who know a great jacket when they see one. Yes, $2,450 is dream money but what good would a holiday gift guide be without an opportunity for some magical thinking?
Gucci jacket with NY Yankees patch
This herringbone hat is the perfect gift for the guy that loves his Mets—and his menswear. Designed by Todd Snyder for New Era, this collection spans a range of teams and handsome fabrics. There’s something for every (stylish) MLB fan.
Todd Snyder x New Era NY Mets herringbone hat
It’s hard to find a gift that is extremely sentimental and also swaggy AF, but the pinky signet ring manages to check both boxes. Miansai makes them in a range of metals and monogram styles for under $500.
Miansai 14K gold signet ring
Great sound, great power, all in a tiny package with lots of wild color options. The Bluetooth connection is seamless. And the Wonderboom is waterproof, making it the perfect shower or beach speaker, too.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom waterproof Bluetooth speaker
If cashmere sweaters give you sticker shock, these 100% wool sweaters also make great gifts for men. Especially when they come straight from Scotland and are made by a family-owned business that’s been in operation since 1890.
Jamieson’s of Shetland crew knit
Nice Laundry makes a very strong case for monogrammed dress socks with this ocean-hued gift set. They even do single-letter varsity monograms for the guys who want to wear theirs with Bass Weejuns.
Nice Laundry personal edition socks
For the guy that’s too cool for travel neck pillows, hipster mattress brand Casper makes a square nap pillow that gets the job done. When that guy becomes a father and stops being too cool for travel neck pillows, he can give it to his kid.
Casper nap pillow
They’re not new, or especially luxurious, but if you’ve got a wireless headphone virgin on your list, AirPods are a gift they’ll deeply appreciate. Getting rid of that tangle of wires around your neck adds ten years to your life.
Apple wireless AirPods
No one over the age of 9 wants Christmas pajamas that match everyone else’s Christmas pajamas. What they want is Nike joggers in some simple, nondescript color like black. Be a hero and make that wish come true.
Nike club jogger
Grooming travel kits are never a bad gift to give or receive, especially when they come from luxe-y brands like Le Labo, who package their sets in bags you’ll keep using long after the shampoo empties out.
Le Labo body and hair travel set
Buying someone a clothing gift is an iffy idea unless you know for sure that your taste is like “muah.” If DIY Los Angeles T-shirt line Come Tees is on your radar, your taste is like “muah.” (Now all you need to do is justify buying someone other than yourself a $170 T-shirt.)
Come Tees mood control T-shirt
GQ for Gap MSGM double hood logo hoodie
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