Believe it or not, guys love getting gifts as much (if not more) than women. That’s because they don’t spend hours browsing online, tracking sales or checking social media influencers. Pricey gadget presents like AirPods, massage guns, a weighted blanket and noise-canceling headphones are trendy, but it’s the more affordable grooming and style swag that gets a smile every time. Here are the 33 of the best ideas ranging from $14 to $88. That’s a wrap!
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1. The traditionalist
He prefers percolator coffee to espresso pods, vinyl records to streamed music and a real a.m. newspaper to online media. However, when it comes to clothes and grooming, he likes classics with a modern twist. Add some 2022 attitude to his gifts with the Gap Merino Shaker-Stitch Mockneck Sweater in Pine Green or New Classic Navy ($80, gap.com), a sophisticated chill-chaser; The Hudson Blue Light Reader in Blue/Grey Fade ($18, readers.com), angular in shape in contemporary two-tone frame; and the L.L.Bean Men’s Scotch Plaid Flannel Robe in Grey Stewart or Indigo Tartan ($79, llbean.com) to make merry in style.
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2. The natural
He takes long daily walks even on rainy, snowy days for body and mind … and then posts the photos on Facebook and Instagram. (It was last year’s New Year’s resolution!) Give his outdoorsy routine a stylish boost with The North Face Men’s Etip Recycled Gloves in Dark Sage Green ($45, dickssportinggoods.com), iPhone-friendly warmers; the Old Navy Dynamic Fleece Full-Zip Hoodie for Men in Sage Green ($50, oldnavy.gap.com) with zip pocket for the smartphone, plus hand-warming pockets, too; and the Cremo Blue Cedar and Cypress Men’s Spray Cologne ($23, target.com), a woodsy forest scent that smells fresh and cheery indoors and out.
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3. The working guy
He may be working from home — part time or at his usual nine-to-five, and loves the way it keeps his mind challenged and mood upbeat. But here’s the catch: Work clothes for men have changed. Help him bridge the gap between casual and business with updates like the Goodfellow & Co Men’s Standard Fit Denim Long-Sleeve Button-Down Shirt in Night Blue ($25, target.com) in soft stretch denim that’s perfect under a blazer, with a tie or with the sleeves rolled up over a white tee, and available in men’s big, big and tall and tall; the Uniqlo Cashmere Scarf in 55 Green, 69 Navy ($50, uniqlo.com/us/en), a polished add-on; and the Jack Black The Triple Play ($49, ulta.com), a trio of face scrub, moisturizer SPF 20 and face/body/hair wash to speed up his morning routine.
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4. The socializer
He’s a selfie sender who makes FaceTime a daily do and looks forward to being back in party mode. Make his holiday season a crowd-pleaser with gifts like the L.L.Bean 1912 Sweatshirt, Crewneck, Colorblock in Rosewood/Classic Navy or Sycamore/Classic Navy ($50, llbean.com), an elevated on-trend sweatshirt (available in regular and tall) to pair with jeans or khakis; Remington’s The Virtually Indestructible Haircut & Beard Trimmer ($43, ulta.com) to keep his short-locks and beard neat; and the Calvin Klein Defy Eau de Toilette ($88, ulta.com), a light scent with citrusy bergamot oil, lavender and vetiver that’s sure to get “You smell delicious” comments from all.
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5. The throwback
He plays in a garage band with old high school buddies, lives in sneakers and jeans and has a playlist of 1960s and ’70s tunes going 24/7. Give him gifts with a hint of nostalgia — like the Uniqlo Fluffy Yarn Fleece Full-Zip Jacket in 03 Gray, 08 Dark Gray or 69 Navy ($30, uniqlo.com/us/en), a sustainable update to his favorite basic layering piece; The North Face Bones Recycled Beanie in Aviator Navy or Asphalt Grey ($26, dickssportinggoods.com), a new-again knit hat; and the RockDove Men’s Aiden Wool Lined Full Ridge Clog Slipper in Coffee, Tan or Slate Gray ($25, target.com), furry clogs to jog his hippie-boho memory.
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6. The cool man
He has hipster scruff, a black leather jacket and the best dance moves … even at 50-plus! Keep his edge going with gifts that sharpen his trendy image, such as the Fulllight Tech Upgraded Bluetooth Beanie Hat with Headphones in Light Gray, Black or Bright Orange ($32, amazon.com), a techy head warmer; the John Varvatos XX Indigo Eau de Toilette ($74, ulta.com), a subtle, sexy scent with hints of peppermint, vetiver and patchouli; and the Goodfellow & Co Men’s Standard Fit Plaid Lightweight Flannel Long-Sleeve Button-Down in Red or Thundering Gray ($18, target.com), also available in men’s big, big and tall and tall sizes.
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7. The traveler
He’s back on track with a to-do list of jet-bound jaunts and road trips this year. Make every trek a trip with gifts like the Goodfellow & Co Thin Trifold Wallet in Brown ($19, target.com), with room for eight credit cards, ID and bills — with RFID technology to foil digital thieves; the Old Navy Gender-Neutral Rib-Knit Scarf & Beanie Hat Set for Adults in Gray Marl ($25, oldnavy.gap.com), a sporty goes-with-everything duo; and the Uniqlo Men Ultra Light Down Jacket in 58 Dark Green, 68 Blue or 69 Navy ($70, uniqlo.com/us/en), a water-repellent travel piece cut wide for easy layering.
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8. The handy guy
He’s great at building a fire pit and caulking the tub, and knows his way around Home Depot like a fashionista knows a mall. But when it comes to clothes, he’s all thumbs. Give him a few things he’d never buy on his own — like the Old Navy Thermal-Knit Long-Sleeve T-Shirt 3-Pack for Men in Deep Blue, Dark Green, Butterscotch ($50, oldnavy.gap.com), a seasonal update of his tees; L.L.Bean Men’s Wicked Good Slippers, Venetian in Carbon Navy/Saddle or Chocolate Brown ($79, llbean.com), shearling-lined suede slippers with a rubber traction sole for relaxing evenings; and the Duke Cannon Supple Co Prescott Proper Cologne ($25, ulta.com), a clean, citrus and mossy scent that’s as down-to-earth as he is.
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9. The home-happy guy
He loves the quiet of winter when stormy weather and freezing temperatures encourage his love of reading and cooking. Don’t give him a DIY hot sauce kit or the latest best seller … just some comfy basics to hang out in — like the Old Navy Matching Plaid Flannel Pajama Set for Men in Red & Green Tartan or Blue/Red Plaid ($40, oldnavy.gap.com), because who says no to new PJs? Add the Fireside by Dearfoams Melbourne Moccasin Slippers in Dark Brown ($80, dsw.com), another soother; and the L.L.Bean Men’s Athletic Sweats, Quarter-Zip Pullover in Navy Fair Isle ($70, llbean.com), a retro and trendy topper to pair with sweatpants or jeans by the fire.
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10. The do-gooder
Volunteer is practically his middle name, and winter weekends mean helping at a local food pantry or animal shelter. He’ll love anything that’s environment friendly. Give him sustainable, clean, green gifts like Every Man Jack Men’s Sandalwood Cologne ($24, target.com), an amber, vetiver and vanilla mix that’s minus parabens, phthalates, dyes — and also cruelty-free; Everlane’s The Forever Sneaker in Corduroy Dark Sage or Toasted Coconut ($65, everlane.com), made from sustainably sourced materials; and the L.L.Bean Men’s Organic Cotton Sweater, Turtleneck in Vintage Indigo or Dark Cinder ($79, llbean.com), a waffle knit with raglan sleeves and soft lived-in color.
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11. The sports enthusiast
He loves nothing better than watching his favorite teams on TV … or at the game in person. A gym membership with health spa isn’t in the cards, so give him gifts that make neighborhood bike rides, frosty days and stadium seating swell — like Hot Feet Thermal Socks, 2 pack in Solid Denim Heather/Dark Navy ($17, amazon.com) for toasty tootsies; the Old Navy Dynamic Fleece 2-in-1 Puffer Zip Hoodie for Men in Olive Camouflage or Black Jack ($70, oldnavy.gap.com), a one-piece hoodie that looks like layers; and the Blind Barber Bryce Harper Beard Balm ($14, ulta.com), a skin-and-scruff soother with botanical oils and butters and a light coconut/vanilla scent created with the famous MVP baseball player.
Lois Joy Johnson is a beauty and style editor who focuses on women 50 and older. She was the beauty and style editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and a founding editor of More magazine. She has written three books: The Makeup Wakeup, The Wardrobe Wakeup and The Woman's Wakeup.
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