The 25 best gifts that men actually want in 2020
Let's face it, men aren't the easiest to shop for
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Neckties, whiskey stones, another Amazon gift card—while "traditional" gifts for men are always a safe bet, this year, take your gift-giving up a notch by giving the guys in your life something they'll actually like (and actually use).
Whether it's for your dad, your husband, your boyfriend, or your brother, these are the best gifts for men of 2020, based on our experts' knowledge and testing along with shoppers' ratings and reviews. Some of the top picks this holiday season? Our favorite noise-cancelling headphones, the Gravity weighted blanket everyone's obsessed with, and the crazy popular Nintendo Switch.
1. For the coffee drinker: Yeti Rambler
While Yeti makes our all-time favorite cooler, you might not want to shell out nearly $1,000 (!!) for his gift. Fortunately, you can get him the Yeti he loves at a more affordable price point (i.e. less than $25) with the popular Rambler mug. Made of double vacuum-insulated stainless steel, it has nearly 12,000 reviews on Amazon for keeping coffee steaming hot (or their water ice cold) for hours.
2. For the podcast addict: Apple AirPods Pro
Maybe he's an audiophile or maybe he likes not dealing with a pesky wire when he's out for a run. No matter his reason, every guy appreciates a good pair of wireless earbuds—and according to our experts, it doesn't get any better than Apple AirPods Pro. Not only do the recognizable white earbuds have a more comfortable fit, but the upgraded AirPods Pro also use active noise cancellation technology so he can listen to his tunes in peace.
3. For the homebody: Ugg Slippers
If they're good enough for Tom Brady, they're good enough for the guy in your life. With over 3,000 rave reviews at Nordstrom, these suede slippers are lined with the plush shearling that Ugg boots are so famous for and that will keep his feet warm and comfortable all day long.
4. For the Netflix binge-watcher: Roku Ultra
If you own a TV, you need a streaming box. The Roku Ultra (2019 edition), our top-rated streaming device, costs a lot less than an Apple TV device, but it’s easier to use and works with all the major streaming services. The best trick? The 2019 version of the Ultra has added the Apple TV app, so you'll have access to all your iTunes purchases.
5. For the one who appreciates the finer things: Mark & Graham Personalized Leather Wallet
Upgrade his old worn-in wallet with this luxe one from popular leather brand Mark & Graham. The wallet has tons of rave reviews for being incredible quality and the perfect size for holding all his cards and cash without being too bulky. Bonus: You can even get it personalized with his monogram.
6. For the audiophile: Sony Noise Canceling Headphones
While Bose’s excellent Quiet Comfort headphones have owned the noise-canceling space for years, Sony is the new champ in town, topping our ratings. Now widely regarded as the best all-around noise-canceling headphones you can get, the Sony 1000XM3s offer superb sound quality, cancel out ambient noise beautifully, and are supremely comfy for long flights, train rides, or just working at your desk.
7. For the avid reader: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Amazon has finally updated its best all-around Kindle with more storage, a more even backlight, a lighter and thinner design, and waterproofing. The Kindle Paperwhite was already the no-brainer choice for anyone who wants the best e-reader you can buy, and the newest updates just cement that reputation.
8. For the gamer: Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch has become quite the hot commodity in 2020 and has been selling out all year long. Whether you’re buying for a young gamer looking for family-friendly titles, a young person who wants to play the latest and greatest, or a classic gamer jonesing for a nostalgia fix, the Switch has it all.
9. For the guy who wants to relax: Gravity Weighted Blanket
Cozy blankets have always been a great gift but this year, it's all about the weighted blanket. They're very popular right now because they're said to be super comfortable, reduce stress, and even help you fall asleep faster. We tried some of the top-rated weighted blankets and found that the Gravity Blanket provided just the right amount of pressure and feels extremely luxurious.
10. For the meat-eater: ButcherBox Subscription
Steak, burgers, bacon, oh my! He'll get all of the above—and plenty more—with a subscription to ButcherBox. The trendy meat delivery service offers a vast selection of high-quality meat and seafood (it's all grass-fed and organic) that he can pick and choose from each month. I've used it myself multiple times and loved how convenient it was and how tasty all of my cuts were (the burgers were arguably the best I've ever made!).
11. For the one who's always on his phone: Jackery Bolt Portable Charger
Let's be real: No man has time for a dead phone. Keep his device fully charged with our experts' top portable charger, the Jackery Bolt. Not only does its slim design make it easy to tote around on the go, but it can also charge multiple devices at once so he can power up his iPhone and his tablet at the same time.
12. For the home cook: Philips Airfryer
Whether it’s game day or just a busy Wednesday, sometimes you just want something quick, easy, and delicious. Air fryers aren’t the most health-conscious products in the world, but they do a good job of providing crispy food without the mess or hassle of frying in oil. This Philips model won our roundup of the best air fryers, excelling in most of our testing.
Want something a little more adventurous? You could set this person up with a gift card to Home Chef, which won our roundup of the best meal kit delivery services, giving them tasty ready-to-make meals a few times a week.
13. For the student of life: MasterClass
A subscription to MasterClass is the perfect gift for anyone who loves to learn (or someone who just doesn't need any more stuff in their house). MasterClass is an e-learning platform in which extremely famous people present a series of video lectures about their working methods. "David Lynch Teaches Creativity and Film" and "Annie Leibovitz Teaches Photography" are just a few. There's a staggering level of talent to be found within these virtual ivy walls. MasterClass's roster contains over 65 of the most high-achieving people in their respective industries.
14. For the one who needs a massage: Theragun
He doesn't have to leave the house to get a spa-worthy massage—all he needs is the very trendy Theragun. One of our staff members put the handheld massager to the test and liked that it was powerful (perfect for kneading out knots) and could get to even the hardest-to-reach spots.
15. For the sporty yet stylish man: Allbirds or Adidas Sneakers
Sneakers are having a major moment right now—so get him in on the trend with a sleek pair that all the influencers are wearing. Maybe that's Allbirds, washable wool sneakers that you see on every third person walking down the street (and that our editors are obsessed with!). Or maybe it's a pair of classic Adidas sneakers like the Stan Smiths which have hundreds of five-star reviews and that are giving us all the nostalgic feels.
- Get the Men's Wool Runners from Allbirds for $95
- Get the Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers from Amazon for $51.66
16. For the student: HP Envy 2-In-1 Laptop
If you’re buying a laptop for a student (or anyone who needs a great laptop), the HP Envy x360 is just about the best all-around option for the money. Its performance is good enough for everyday tasks like surfing the web and checking email, and its long eight-hour battery life means your giftee can use it all day long. But perhaps what we like best is its 2-in-1 form function that allows you to use the Envy as a tablet, too.
17. For the sweatshirt collector: Patagonia Better Sweater
Name a sweatshirt that's more recognizable than the Patagonia pullover... we'll wait. The knit fleece is so popular for a lot of reasons besides the fact that it looks good—it's also cozy yet breathable, high-quality (so he can wear it for years to come), and made with recycled materials.
18. For the aspiring chef: Henckels Zwilling Pro 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
Ask any chef or serious cook: an 8-inch Chef’s Knife is a must-have. This Henckels model is almost universally praised by online shoppers and won our roundup of the best chef’s knives, easily slicing through the competition in our testing. If you want something to go with it, I personally love the $50 Epicurean Gourmet Series cutting board, which is beautiful, functional, excelled in our testing, and is even dishwasher-safe.
19. For the fashionable but cold: Canada Goose Chateau Slim Fit Down Parka
Yes, it's possible to look good even when the temperatures drop below freezing. Canada Goose continues to be a favorite with our readers. The "Chateau" is a more form-fitted alternative than some of the bulkier coats that Canada Goose makes, but the 625-fill-power duck down will easily contend with blustery winter winds. Drawstrings at the waist and hood help seal in the warmth.
20. For the tech-savvy: Amazon Echo Dot
At Reviewed, we love voice-controlled smart speakers like the Amazon Echo, but the diminutive (and affordable) Echo Dot is a perfect way to bring that functionality to other rooms in your house. It's our top pick if you're a beginner looking for an entry-level Echo. I use mine in the kitchen, where it’s perfect for streaming music while I cook, setting timers, or entertaining my kids.
21. For the always prepared: Leatherman Wave Multitool
Even if he doesn’t need a multitool, most every guy wants one—or at least to have one when the moment calls for it. The Leatherman Wave easily won our roundup of the best multitools. It looks great, offers impressive performance, has excellent user reviews, and comes with a 25-year warranty.
22. For the guy who likes convenience: Dollar Shave Club
The last thing any man wants to do after a long day at work is go back out to the store because he ran out of razors (or worse, realize it in the morning when it's too late and he has a 9 a.m. meeting). Enter a subscription to Dollar Shave Club, which is one of our favorite subscription boxes of the year. It'll keep him stocked with all the necessary shaving essentials delivered right to his doorstep.
23. For the outdoorsy man: Carhartt Beanie
Experts are predicting it's going to be colder than usual this winter. Help him stay warm with a knit beanie from Carhartt. According to its nearly 24,000 (!!) reviews on Amazon, this stretchy one-size-fits-all hat is equal parts comfy and cozy and has the durable quality that Carhartt is so famous for.
24. For the beer connoisseur: GrowlerWerks uKeg
Fact: Beer tastes better poured out of a tap. If he agrees, get him the uKeg from GrowlerWerks. Made of vacuum-insulated stainless steel, the growler/keg combo has gotten a thumbs up from over 1,000 reviewers who say it keeps their beer ice cold and carbonated (you can even customize the carbonation level) all day long. And whenever he's ready for happy hour, Dad can use the tap dispenser to pour the perfect pint.
25. For the movie aficionado: Vizio M Series Quantum TV
The Vizio M Series Quantum is simply jaw-dropping. It has 4K and HDR compatibility, awesome picture quality, and offers quantum dot performance at an affordable price. It’s the best TV under $500 we’ve tested this year (the 55-inch version hovers just around $500 depending on when you look).
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.