No matter how well you know your husband, boyfriend, father, brother, or male best friend, figuring out what to get them for the holidays somehow always feels impossible.
Whereas with your mom, sisters, and female friends, you can rely on standbys like cosmetics and jewelry, most dudes probably wouldn’t know what to do with, say, a fancy Sephora face mask (though props to the ones who would).
That’s why we surveyed real guys of varying ages, backgrounds, and interests on the gifts they’d most like to receive for the holidays. While some gave cheeky answers like “for Santa to repay my student loans” (um, same), others had some surprising suggestions that you may want to keep in mind for birthdays and anniversaries, too.
Read on for guy-approved gifts from clothes to electronics.
Junya Watanabe duffle bag bomber jacket, $1,158, SSENSE.
“A fresh jacket that isn’t practical for winter.” – Zach, 25
Gucci Guilty Black Pour Homme, $88, DERMSTORE.
“I’m more of a cologne type of guy. There’s nothing better than smelling good… like a man!” – Alejandro, 28
SiriusXM Onyx Plus satellite radio receiver with PowerConnect vehicle kit, $45, Amazon.
“Satellite radio for the Subaru. I travel a lot.” – David, 60
Adidas 2018 FUFA World Cup relique soccer ball, $40, Dick’s Sporting Goods.
“Adidas 2018 World Cup soccer ball.” – Micah, 30
Fendi black faces sweater, $360, SSENSE.
“A nice sweater, a cool (and low maintenance) houseplant, or a ticket to see the sold-out Jungle show would all make me ecstatic.” – Evan, 26
Nintendo 3DS XL, Super NES edition, $200, Amazon.
“I want a Nintendo 3DS so I can play 20-year-old Zelda games.” – Arthur, 27
iRobot Roomba 690 robot vacuum with Wi-Fi connectivity, $325, Amazon.
“A Roomba. Or a maid. Or a trip to someplace warm with good surf.” – Seldon, 42
Leather satchel, $450, Saddleback Leather Co.
“This man bag.” – Evan, 27
Ray-Ban Clubmaster, $123, Amazon.
“Sunglasses. Most people tend to give wooly stuff for winter, but hey, the sun still shines sometimes and it’d be nice to get a head start on the yearly tradition of buying sunglasses at the beginning of the summer to replace the ones I lost at the end of last summer.” – Dan, 30
Rag Bone x Star Wars card case in Vader, $150, Rag Bone.
“Rag Bone x Star Wars.” – Matthew, 26
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712R in rose gold, $39,350, Chrono24.
“Vintage Patek Philippe Nautilus watch, please. If you’re going cheap on me, some of that fancy Keihl’s moisturizer.” – Ben, 46
Custom Adidas sneakers, $130+, Adidas.
“I want some custom Adidas [sneakers] like I saw Robert Pattinson wearing tonight at MoMA. Suede, black with the orange stripes, not those shell-toe nonsense ones that will be back out of style come spring.” – Nathan, 30
LEGO Star Wars Yoda’s Jedi Starfighter 75168, $20, Amazon.
“Tasteful Star Wars paraphernalia, Apple Watch, Legos, clothing selected by my wife because I can’t be trusted.” – Chris, 31
Marlborogram Hoodie, $70, Publicspace.xyz.
“Sweaters from publicspace.xyz.” – Sam, 28