8 Best Gifts For Guys, According To Actual Guys

One holiday season, I found myself dating a guy who wore suits every day for work. A couple frantic Google searches later, I wound up buying him custom monogrammed cuff links, thanks to some gift guide I found online. Despite having the opportunity to wear them daily, I don't think he ever wore them once. The best gifts for guys aren't the random items that magazines and sites curate for you — they're thoughtfully chosen presents that you know the dude in your life will actually appreciate.

To help you avoid feeling as awkward and useless as I felt that winter... and spring... and summer... with my eyes glued to my boyfriend's unadorned cuffs, I asked guys in relationships about the presents they'd legitimately love to receive from their significant others.

I'm not saying you should run out and buy wireless headphones because Steve (below) says so, or a frying pan because Xander vouches for it. Rather, I'd take their ideas to heart, and encourage you to pick out personal gifts that you know your dude would love, rather than the first thing you see at the mall that happens to be on sale. A little thought goes a long way.

1. Wireless Headphones

SoundBuds Curve Wireless Earbuds




Especially now that iPhones don't have headphone jacks and this time of year, people get new phones.

— Steve, 30

2. Bedding To Share

Expressive Palms Duvet Cover



Urban Outfitters

I'm usually not a shopping type, but my girlfriend and I recently bought a super comfy duvet cover recently, and it's enriched our life way more than I could have imagined a duvet cover could. And it's really great that we get to experience it together. If I got that as a present last year, I'd be super stoked.

— Evan, 23

3. A Cool Razor

The Give Winston Set




I've been talking about Harry's razors for a while. It's a great gift because it's low-cost and something I've been meaning to try and constantly need.

— Noah, 24

4. A Big Frying Pan

Circulon Momentum 12-in. Hard-Anodized Nonstick Deep Skillet




My current good one needs to be replaced. I cook almost every day.

— Xander, 26

5. Vinyl Records

Born In The USA (Vinyl)




I recently took my girlfriend to my favorite music shop that is packed full of vinyl. I'd love to get two or three records for Christmas.

— Chris, 25

6. Custom-Painted Baseballs

Ray Savignano
My girlfriend actually bought me a baseball a while back that was custom-painted. I liked it so much, she started grabbing me one for every special occasion, so every ball has a story. One we got during our first Red Sox date at Fenway Park, one she got on her way to her military training, one she got down South to let me know she was OK there. My mom saw my collection and wanted to think of a cool way to display them, so thanks to the two women in my life, I got the ultimate bro gift for the holiday.

— Ray, 24

7. Tools

18-Volt ONE+ Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver and Impact Driver Combo Kit with (2) 1.3Ah Batteries, Charger and Bag



The Home Depot

Tools. Or a gift card for tools. Can never have enough tools.


8. Lingerie And Cookies

It's Your Confidence Chemise Set - Black



Fashion Nova

Have her dress up in some sexy lingerie, followed by sex. Homemade cookies wouldn't hurt either.


Still stuck for ideas? Consider replacing a beloved item of theirs that's wearing out, tickets to a show or game you know they'd love, or a winter necessity you know they need. And when in doubt, text their best friend for insider advice.

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