Maybe it’a just me, but I relish the challenge of finding the perfect gift for everyone for birthdays and Holidays, but when it comes to the men in my life the challenge can start to overshadow the fun part.
Shopping for my daughter, mother, sister and female friends is generally a breeze, but when it comes to figuring out the best gift for Father’s day, or my husband’s, son’s or father’s birthdays – I can admit that I am frequently stumped.
While the ever present “golf gift”, “gag gift” , “gift card” and/or “grill master” gifts are always an option, a more personal or unique gift shows that you actually know the men in your life, and that you understand what would make their lives easier, funner or more comfortable. A good gift is one that shows someone you love that you ‘get’ them.
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In anticipation of Father’s Day and to help with year-round gifting challenges, we’ve done the hard work for you! I travelled to the ends of the internet – collecting gift ideas, reading reviews and researching unique gifts for men so you don’t have to.
Consider this your ultimate guide to THE TOP 10 best gifts for men. All of these products have great reviews, real life usefulness, and have been approved by the men in my life!
Whether you’re shopping for luxury, tech, or practical, read on for inspiration and find the ideal gift that you know he’ll love!
Top 10 Gifts Guys Will Actually Love
- 1. Lights That Sync to the Colors on Your TV
- 2. A Watch for Every Day Wear
- 3. A Unique and Practical Wallet
- 4. Extreme Comfort
- 5. The Perfect Pair of Sunglasses
- 6. Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones
- 7. A Security Camera with Night Vision
- 8. A Wi-Fi Extender Bundle
- 9. A Cute Little Personal Assistant
- 10. The Ultimate Travel Mug for Coffee Lovers
1. Lights That Sync to the Colors on Your TV
In order to achieve this awesome effect, Philips Hue has introduced a HDMI Sync box that syncs the colors you see on your screen and projects them onto the wall around your TV with a Philips Hue Light Tube or Light-strip. So cool! If you do not have any Philips Hue products, you will also need a Philips Hue Bridge Hub.
Hue Bridge Hub + Hue Play Sync Box + Hue Lights = AWESOME!!!
Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box – This is an HDMI 4K Splitter that can connect to 4 HDMI devices like game consoles, streaming dongles, and set-top boxes – (Philips Hue Bridge and Philips Hue Colored Lights Required)
Philips Hue Bridge Smart Lighting Hub – Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant
This is a another option. It bundles the Hue Sync Box with a light-strip that attaches to the back of your TV. The bundle does not include the Hue Bridge Hub, so you will need to add that if you do not have one already.
Philips Hue Play TV Gradient 65″ Light-strip + HDMI Sync Box – Perfect gift for the movie lover and/or gadget lover
Phillips Hue products have been a go-to gift for my husband for the past number of years. This light strip and sync box provide a perfect TV or Movie watching lighting experience.
Smart Home Connectivity
The Sync box and Hue Bridge hub allow you to sync your Philips Hue smart lights to the content on your TV screen. Once synced the light strip or light tube will dance, flash, dim, and brighten with the content on your screen – making your next movie night an immersive experience! In addition, with the Philips Hue Bridge you can connect Hue lighting to your phone and smart speakers. This allows you to choose your color, set scenes, and control your lights with the Hue app on your phone or with your voice on a smart speaker!
*If you don’t have a Philips Hue Bridge hub, you will need to purchase that in addition to the Sync box and light tube or light strip. Believe me, though, it is well worth the investment! Phillips Hue has a variety of super cool products that work with the Hub, meaning you will have gift ideas for years!
2. A Watch for Every Day Wear
The functionality and design of smart watches seem to be ever-evolving, and there are many, many options to choose from.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro 45mm BT Black Titanium gets top marks for stylish yet simple and rugged design paired with useful daily use functionality.
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The Pro BT Black Titanium includes a heart rate monitor, work out tracking, advanced sleep coaching and body composition analyzer.
For men who lead active lifestyles or do work that involves more than sitting at a desk, some smart watches can be a bit too delicate for that kind of lifestyle. As the below review details, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is an excellent gift for the man who is on the go and needs a watch that can handle an active lifestyle – the perfect luxury gift for a hard working man.
“I got this because I needed hands free notifications, texts and call answering. I can’t stop and take a phone out every time i get a message. Media playback controls are great. Skip, volume etc changes without having to take my phone out.
My lifestyle destroys watches. I gave up wearing watches a decade ago. I was worried about spending so much on something I might break. But this watch is surprisingly rugged. It’s bulky, but that works in its favor. The elevated ridge has saved my watch face more times than i can count. So many of the low profile smart watches I have seen in my circle of associates have cracked screens.“
A smart watch isn’t the best gift for every man, however. Even the most rugged smart watch can’t stand up to every lifestyle.
For the man who lives life like a perpetual adventure, the NIXON 51-30 watch is a great option.
The NIXON 51-30 is a waterproof watch that’s built with a stainless steel/Acetate band, a double locking clasp, and strategically placed crown and pushers that prevent “wrist bite” during activities like surfing.
This watch is a leader in the Oversized trend. It is fun, stylish, comfortable, easy to read and will stand up to just about anything!
3. A Unique and Practical Wallet
Secrid mini wallets are just way too cool. Secrid is a socially responsible and carbon neutral company from Holland.
Secrid describes their mini wallets as “small in size and surprisingly large in storage capacity. The Miniwallet combines the best of both worlds. The exterior holds banknotes, receipts and cards, while the aluminium RFID Card Protector allows you to slide out cards with one simple motion and protects them from bending, breaking and unwanted wireless communication.”
This review really sums up why these little wallets are so cool:
“I don’t like bulky wallets. I’ve been there for years, putting a big lump in my rear right pocket. Sitting on Something the size of 2 McDonalds Hamburgers stacked on one other… This little guy is compact, and when you need a card, you don’t need to do acrobatics to get it out. Boom. It slides out and done. Boom, stowed away again. Small enough so it fits in my front pocket without walking funny. Should you get it? Yes.”
Secrid wallets are a great gift for the man who loves practicality.
4. Extreme Comfort
Saxx underwear is a must have gift for men with active lifestyles or men who just like to be as comfortable as possible.
As the name somewhat cheekily suggests, Saxx underwear offers “ballpark support” – a pouch that reduces friction and keep the man-parts in place with breathable mesh panels for chafe-free comfort. Despite the innovative technology, Saxx underwear are light and soft and, most importantly, machine washable.
The Saxx commitment to comfort has earned them thousands of die-hard fans, one of which perfectly explains the joy of Saxx in this review:
“I was looking for underwear since the quality of the store bought ones (Hanes, Jockey, etc.) have gone down significantly while the price goes up. After doing some research and reading many reviews , I decided to try these as well as a few others. Bar far, these are the best. Love the way they feel and support. Don’t bunch up at all and the waist band doesn’t roll like the way Everlane, Bombas and most others do. Surprisingly comfortable and supportive given it almost feels like I’m not wearing much…”
5. The Perfect Pair of Sunglasses
Sunglasses are not only for summer!
Good quality sunglasses protect your peepers from the detrimental effects of UV rays throughout the year. A good pair of sunglasses are a perfect gift for the man who works or plays outside on a regular basis, or spends more than a couple hours a week commuting or driving for any reason.
Ray-bans have stood the test of time when it comes both form and function.
Form, Function and Practicality
Designed in Italy, the RB4264 Chromance Mirrored Ray-Bans boast a classic and timeless style and features an innovative six-layer, anti-reflection treatment that eliminates reflections and glare, while maximizing contrast to provide more vivid texture and contour.
The sturdy, lightweight plastic frames provide maximum comfort. and the polarized lenses drastically reduce the brightness of shiny surfaces, like chrome, wet roads, and large bodies of water.
The Chromance lenses fine-tune light, making everyday colors brighter, clearer, and more extraordinary.
6. Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones
Noise cancelling headphones are practically a must in today’s world. If the man in your life ever attempts to listen to podcasts, watch sports or checks the news amidst the chaos of every day family life, he’ll love noise cancelling headphones.
These Sony headphones are reasonably priced and come with a host of cool features:
Noise cancellation automatically senses your environment with Dual Noise Sensor Technology
Long-lasting battery with up to 35 hours of listening time, and quick charging
Smartphone compatibility for hands-free calls and use with your voice assistant
Wireless Bluetooth streaming with NFC one-touch
Millimeter driver units so he’ll hear all of the detail
- Ultra-comfortable design with adjustable metal sliders
These SONY headphones have 4.5/5 average rating with over 25,000 reviews.
One such review:
“I work from home and my wife homeschools. The sound on music and bass is great. But let me tell you something! The noise cancelling-and ambient noise reduction settings alone are amazing. I’ve had other companies say they’re noise cancelling, but this is crazy. Add a little music to the noise cancel feature and you have officially left the room. This is the best pair of headphones-overall- that I’ve ever owned.”
7. A Security Camera with Night Vision
Wyze Cam v3 with Color Night Vision – This security cam is wired and has 1080p, HD video quality. It can be used Indoor or Outdoor (with outdoor adapter – not included) and offers 2-Way Audio – (Works with Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTT – If This Than That)
Color night vision: An all-new Starlight Sensor records night time video in full, vivid color. The Starlight Sensor can see full color in environments up to 25x darker than traditional video cameras and the new f/1.6 aperture captures 2x more light.
Indoor/Outdoor: Wyze Cam v3 is a wired video camera with an IP65 rating so you can confidently install it outside in the rain or inside in the kids’ room. Wyze Outdoor Power Adapter (sold separately) required for outdoor use. Phone Compatibility – Android 5.0+, iOS 9.0+.
Motion & Sound detection: Wyze Cam records video when motion or sound is detected and sends an alert straight to your phone. Motion Detection Zones and custom settings allow you to adjust the sensitivity of detection or turn it off completely.
24/7 Continuous Recording: Continuous video recording with a 32GB MicroSD card (sold separately). Just insert the MicroSD into the base of the Wyze Cam and you’re all set.
8. A Wi-Fi Extender Bundle
There was a time not that long ago when households had one or two lonely computers.
These days, with phones, tablets, computers, and smart TVs it can be hard to even keep track of the total number of household devices.
Unfortunately, the convenience of having a computer in every room – and everyone’s pocket – can create a strain on your wireless internet.
Say goodbye to dead spots and buffering with the eero 6+ dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 system. The TrueMesh technology of this Wi-Fi extender system intelligently routes Wi-Fi signal strength to reduce drop-offs, so your family can stream 4K , game, and video conference all at the same time!
This bundle includes three eero 6 routers and two eero 6 extenders for whole-home Wi-Fi coverage that covers up to 5,000 sq. ft. with Wi-Fi speeds up to 500 Mbps for up to 75+ devices simultaneously!
Honestly, this all sounds like magic to me, but set-up is surprisingly simple. The eero app walks you through setup in minutes, and allows you to manage your network from anywhere. And if you do run into trouble, the purchase comes with free customer support, 7 days a week.
Smart Home Connectivity
The eero system can connect to Alexa, and doubles as a smart home hub, making it easy to connect and control compatible devices on your network with Alexa.
While this gift is an investment, it will improve the ease of technology used everyday and for years to come! The system updates automatically, ensuring you experience the latest and greatest in Wi-Fi while also keeping your network safe and secure.
If the man in your life is a technology nut, this might just be the best gift ever!
Another option is the eero Pro 6E mesh Wi-Fi System – Fast and reliable gigabit + speeds – 3 Pack – Connect 100+ devices – Coverage up to 6,000 sq. ft.
9. A Cute Little Personal Assistant
Sticking with the techie theme, the new Echo Dot 5th generation is an adorable and super functional home assistant.
The 5th Gen Dot is the best sounding Echo Dot yet. Enjoy clearer vocals, deeper bass and vibrant sound when listening to music, podcasts or audio books.
The LED clock display is also improved from previous generations, and can display the time, alarms, weather, song titles and more.
Smart Home Connectivity
Echo dots can be used to control compatible smart home devices with your voice (like Philips Hue) and routines are triggered by built-in motion or indoor temperature sensors. Routines can be created to automatically turn on lights at a certain time or when you walk into a room, or to start a fan when the inside temperature reaches a certain point.
The Echo Dot 5th Generation actually has eero Wi-Fi built in, so if you have eero mesh routers you can use this to extend the range of your Wi-Fi by 1,000 square feet!
10. The Ultimate Travel Mug for Coffee Lovers
A Yeti mug is always a win – whether the man in your life commutes, drinks coffee or needs to keep a cold drink handy throughout the day.
Yeti mugs have double-walled vacuum insulation that keeps drinks hot or cold for hours. They are also dishwasher safe – which is a bonus, as not all vacuum insulation mugs have this convenient feature.
The Best Yeti
My favorite Yeti style is the YETI Rambler 20 oz Travel Mug. It is Stainless Steel, Vacuum Insulated with Stronghold Lid and is also very easy to clean.
This style fits perfectly in a car cup-holder while still holding enough coffee for long commutes or long days. It features 18/8 stainless steel that resists dents, and has a stronghold lid with dual slider magnet technology to prevent spills and leaks.
It also comes in a variety of colors!
Good luck on your gift shopping endeavors, and let us know if there is anything you would add to this list!