Us women may be picky about gifts, but let’s face it, there are thousands of timeless options that even the most candid boyfriend can buy last minute, like a scented candle, a fragrance or a jewelry set. Now with men, it’s a whole different story. Men love receiving gifts as much as we do, but their preferences are often one huge mystery. If you have a birthday or anniversary coming up and your boyfriend told you that he doesn’t want to receive anything in particular, you’ll definitely find something he’ll enjoy from this list:
1. Nintendo Switch
Is your boyfriend a gamer? Did you see him rage quit on Dark Souls more than you can count and the end of BioShock was the only time you saw him shed a tear? In this case, if you have the budget, a Nintendo Switch will top every gift he’s received so far. With so many awesome Nintendo Switch games to choose from, like Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, he’ll be entertained for weeks.
2. A complete skincare and grooming kit
Although they might not be too open about it, men love to look good and take care of themselves. What they don’t like is having to browse drugstore aisles in search of the right products. So why not make your boyfriend’s job easier and buy him a complete skincare and grooming kit with facewash, toner, moisturizer, and beard oil.
3. A quality leather belt that he can wear for years
Whether your boyfriend wears hoodies or smart shirts, he always needs a belt. He can wear it with casual outfits, wedding attire, and everything in between. Although you’ll find $10 belts for men at any fast fashion store, go for a classic genuine leather belt instead. It’s more expensive, but he’ll use it for years!
4. A gym bag
Does your boyfriend hit the gym or think of doing so? There’s nothing more practical than a large gym bag with plenty of space for towels, a change of clothes, and a water bottle. And don’t worry, even if he stops going to the gym, he’ll still be able to use it when you go on vacation.
5. A fancy designer leather watch
A classic timepiece can take a men’s outfit from zero to a hundred and even if your boyfriend isn’t big on accessories, he’ll appreciate the timelessness of a designer watch. Bonus tip: if you’ll be spending a lot of money on this gift, don’t waste it on a trendy designer like Michael Kors or Daniel Wellington, which go out of style and break easily. For the same amount, you can get him a classic timepiece from an established brand, such as Rolex, Cartier, or Certina.
6. Beer subscription
If your boyfriend has already passed the stage where drinks whatever Pilsner’s on tap at the bar and he’s starting to look into foreign brews, he’ll love a beer subscription. You only pay only once and every month he receives something new, so he’ll be pleasantly surprised every time!
7. A romantic city break
If you both have busy lives and don’t remember the last time you spent some time away together, don’t even question it. Book a three-day city break to a romantic European destination like Paris, Rome, or Venice to rekindle the spark. Experiences make the best gifts, so you won’t regret this one.
8. Goofy socks
Whether you have a small budget or you’re just looking for some fun filler gifts to add to the main gift, you can’t go wrong with goofy socks. You can find them in packs of three in the nearest fast-fashion shop, or you can buy them online at Amazon or Happy Socks. Chances are he already needed some new pairs, and he’ll have a good laugh too.
9. High-end cufflinks
High-end cufflinks are to men are what pearl earrings are to women. Even when we’re not old enough to wear them, we want to have them and we appreciate the sophisticated charm they give off.
10. A new pair of headphones
From gamers to music addicts, everyone can appreciate a new pair of headphones, even more so if it’s wireless and has some impressive specs. Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro, Sennheiser HD 800, and Sony WH-1000XM3 are three value-for-money models that your boyfriend probably already has on his wish list.
11. Boyfriend coupons
We’ve all in that tight situation where we want to offer a thoughtful gift, but our account balance says think again. Don’t worry, you don’t have to spend anything on this one. Print out some coupons with fun things that your boyfriend can ask you to do together and set a date by which they can claim them. Some ideas? Breakfast in bed, movie night, a candle-lit dinner… the reaction will be more positive than you’d expect!
12. Some toys that will make your life more exciting
If you’re feeling naughty and want to try out some new things? Men’s sex toys can be a fun gift idea! You’ve been together for a while now and you probably already know a bit about his fantasies, so you have nothing to lose! One word of warning though: if you’ve never used sex toys before, start with something more classic and non-intimidating and keep the more advanced stuff for the occasions to follow.
13. A set of chef knives
Not every man will appreciate this gift, but if your boyfriend loves to cook, he will be over the moon with you for offering him a set of chef knives. Be careful with drugstore products, however, because they don’t deliver the level of quality a chef expects, so stick to professional brands for this gift.
14. A cozy winter jacket
Outdoorsy or not, a cozy winter coat is a staple in any man’s wardrobe. The Patagonia Topley Jacket is a nice overall option, but if your boyfriend does winter sports, you should look at more “specialized” designs like the Mountain Hardware Absolute Zero Parka or the Caterpillar Heavy Insulated Parka.
15. An electric razor
If you want to be practical, a high-end electric razor like the Braun Series 9290CC or the Andis T-Outliner will make your boyfriend’s shaving routine a little less stressful and he’ll definitely appreciate not having to shop for disposable razors anymore!