2017 Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Gifts for Men

The Manual Holiday Gift Guide best gifts for men

Let’s be honest: Gift giving (and gift buying) is pretty stressful. Chances are you have no idea what to get your brother who has everything, your dad who wants nothing, or the uncle you barely know. And that’s perfectly okay, because you have us–and we’re here to help.

We’ve compiled the best gifts for men for the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide into one easily accessible place. Got a foodie in your family? A whiskey connoisseur? An outdoorsman? Sock lover? Traveler? We’ve got you covered.

Read on for some major gift-giving inspiration to get you galvanized for the season. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find something for yourself.

Men’s Basic Gift Guide

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If we’re being honest, buying clothing for guys is not the easiest thing to accomplish. So, instead of overthinking, simplify. Opt for a few men’s basics instead of a the latest sneaker or the biggest brands. From underwear to t-shirts to beanies and bags, any man will appreciate a few of these options.

Dad’s Gift Guide

Gifts for Dads: Perfect Presents for Your Papa

What do you give the man who gave you life? The answer to such a broad question, should be narrow: something nice. Since no gift can ever repay the fact that this man played half the part in your very creation and then contributed to keeping you fed, clothed, and generally alive for the past thirty years, not just anything will do. Instead, offer up a luxe briefcase, a stunning timepiece, a luxurious robe, or far-flung travel. Again, your pops made you, the least you can do is make his holiday season fantastic.

Bar and Barware Gift Guide

The Ultimate Bar and Barware Gift Guide

What good is having an entire liquor cabinet stocked with top-shelf spirits if you only have a boring Ikea tumbler to drink it from? If you have a friend or family member like this (or maybe even yourself) you’re in the right place. Because we’ve got all the best bar and barware gifts money can buy inside. From pairing knives to aprons to glasses to cocktail books, we’ve rounded up all the fancy cocktail refinement requirements. As a thank you, we’ll take an Old-Fashioned, please.

Bearded Guy’s Gift Guide

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Whichever beardly beast has taken the shape of your father, brother, husband, boyfriend, or other loved one, he would likely appreciate a few good products to tame it. We’ve assembled a healthy list of gifts for bearded men, including beard oils, balms, brushes, shampoos, and other high-quality beard accessories to consider this holiday season.

Stocking Stuffers Gift Guide

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Stocking stuffers lie on both ends of the holiday gift spectrum. From the terribly mundane (oranges) to the terribly expensive (keys to a new car), stocking stuffers run the gamut from okay to standing-ovation worthy. Take the middle ground this year and check out our guide to the best stocking stuffers for guys.

Spirits Gift Guide

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Just so we don’t disappoint you right away, this guide does not include whisk(e)y. That’s further down the page. So, if you’re looking for the brown stuff, scroll away, but if you’re looking for excellent vodkas (martini-fans raise your hands), tequilas, gin, rum, and even a few bottles of bitters, then this is where you stop.

Wine Lover’s Gift Guide

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It’s pretty standard in this country to bring a bottle of wine when attending a holiday party. If you’re at a loss as to what to bring with you, read our handy Wine Lover’s gift guide to get the lowdown on the best reds, whites, and accessories out there this holiday season. Who knows, maybe you’ll even discover your new favorite vino.

Whiskey Gift Guide

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If you’ve got a whiskey lover in your life, you can sometimes be at a loss as to what brand to buy. Let our list be your guide to the greatest whiskeys from around the world. Trust us when we say, he’ll love any (or all) of these selections.

Made in America Gift Guide

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Buying American-Made gifts is one of the most patriotic things you can do as a citizen of the US. Products manufactured here in America often meet rigorous standards of excellence that are not often found in other manufacturing countries (we’re looking at you, China). So you can be sure what you buy here is built to last. To truly be an American Made product, the Federal Trade Commission states that “Made in USA means that ‘all or virtually all’ the product has been made in America. That is, all significant parts, processing, and labor that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. Products should not contain any – or should contain only negligible – foreign content.” USA, baby.

Do-It-Yourselfer’s Gift Guide

For the man who tiles his own bathroom, hangs his own kitchen cabinets, builds his own shed, and brews his own beer, a $100 bathrobe just won’t cut it. Instead, he wants utility and practicality. He wants tools! From screw sets to power cords to space heaters, we put together a pile of products any DIYer would be proud to own.

The Motorcycle Lover’s Gift Guide

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If you have a biker in your life, slam on the brakes now, because we’ve got all the gifts any motorcycle enthusiast could want. From helmets to leather jackets to gloves, your road warrior is taken care of.

Gift Guide for the Modern Traveler

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Travel is expensive. Your accessories don’t have to be. Check out our guide to the best travel gear under $50 and walk away with dopp kits, battery packs, and of course, a neck pillow.

Food Lovers’ Gift Guide

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If you’ve got a major chowhound in your family, look no further, because we’ve rounded up all the best food gifts for your favorite glutton. From actual food to kitchen goods and accessories, this food lover’s gift guide will not only keep your guy happy, but also well-fed.

Outdoors Gift Guide

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Chances are the outdoorsman in your life already has a fantastic tent (or three), a backpacking pack, and hiking boots. So why not help him flesh out his outdoor supply with some of these outdoor-oriented gifts that he might not otherwise choose for himself.

Lady Adventurer Gift Guide

Holiday Gifts for the Wild Outdoorswoman

If you want your lady to get outdoors with you (or if she already does) this is the gift guide you’re looking for. From practical outdoor purchases like duck boots to an extreme e-board, the outdoorswoman in your life (whether that be your mom, grandma, wife, girlfriend, or sister) will be sure to thank you.

Outdoor Gadgets Gift Guide

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If you’ve got a serious outdoor addict in the family, then you know how hard it can be to find a gift for the guy who has every little piece of gear for a weekend in the woods or a month long excursion into the wilds. These time tested Outdoor Gadgets are our go to favorites for both personal use (who doesn’t deserve a little gift to themselves with all the holiday stress), and to brighten up the day of your favorite gear head.

Watch Gift Guide

The Watch Gift Guide

Nothing says class quite like a watch. With digital time-tellers everywhere in the form of phones, computers, and TVs, it’s nice to let the eyes fall on a physical machine that keeps tabs on the hour. With prices ranging from just over $100 to many thousands, there’s a timepiece for every budget (and man).

Ultimate Sock Gift Guide

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As a child, receiving socks for Christmas was just as bad as getting that mythological lump of coal. But as an adult, receiving a few pairs of well-made, well-designed socks is a much more welcome experience. Get the guy in your life a few pairs of these feet friends and watch him slide through the house Risky Business style.

Home and Living Gift Guide

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For a lot of guys, putting together an aesthetically pleasing apartment or home is a difficult proposal. Help him out this holiday seasons with one of these great gifts for the house.

Luxury Gift Guide

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This year we felt the need to go above and beyond your typical gift guide and include a blowout, no-holds-barred, money is no object luxury gift guide. But, while we could have gone crazy and included million dollar yachts and entire breweries, we toned it back a bit and kept (most) of these picks under a million.

Gifts that Keep on Giving Guide

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Sometimes it’s just nice to get into the actual holiday “spirit” and provide a gift that not only benefits the recipient, but also someone in need. Here are our top picks for gifts that give back in 2017.