If you need a little assistance discovering that special something for your special someone, I’ve put together this list of thoughtful gifts at a variety of prices. To compile it, I scanned our story archives for the unusual, useful, and occasionally splurgy items — the stuff your boyfriend wouldn’t normally buy himself — rounded up all the surefire hits, and included some picks of my own. And to make it even more convenient for you, all of the items on this list are available on Amazon. Whether your boyfriend is a coffee snob, a bookworm, an aspiring grill master, or a guy who likes to golf, there’s a gift that will satisfy his specific hobby or obsession. I even have a few options for the guy you’ve recently started dating and don’t know much about yet. Everything is organized by price, so you’re bound to discover a gift for your boyfriend that he’ll find delightful, no matter how many dates you’ve been on.
For the boyfriend who’s serious about his Delta status
For the boyfriend who actually reads Sally Rooney
This series of travel guides covers all the best local literature, art, and photography of his destination.
For the boyfriend who’s the letter-writing type
For the boyfriend who’s getting into rock climbing
Now he can re-create the one gym route he won’t stop talking about — on the fridge.
For the boyfriend who gets hangry
For the boyfriend who writes feverishly
If he finds the paper in his Moleskine notebooks too thin, this notebook — which is available with dotted, squared, and ruled lines or plain — will do the trick. It also has a table of contents and each page is numbered, so he’ll never lose track of his ideas.
For the boyfriend who craves competition
For the boyfriend with holes in his socks
These socks offer just the right amount of stretch for equal comfort in a Chelsea boot or a trail-running shoe. Plus, their wool construction naturally cuts down on odor.
For the boyfriend who wants to perfect his grilled cheese
For the boyfriend who sips coffee on his commute
For the boyfriend who prefers to make his coffee at home
With these clear, double-walled glass mugs, his morning cup of joe can finally look like it does in commercials.
For the boyfriend with “creative director” ambitions
In this inspiring collection of essays, legendary record producer Rick Rubin intersperses poetic meditations on creativity with more practical advice on how to approach the creative process.
For the boyfriend who’s always looking for his keys (and wallet and headphones)
This leather valet tray will encourage him to organize his desk — or at least keep the mess a bit more contained.
For the boyfriend with chronically cold hands
For the boyfriend who’s always tap-tap-tapping away on his phone
For the boyfriend who likes to camp
This inflatable solar-powered lantern emits warm, ambient light.
For the boyfriend who’s an actual prepper
When he needs to make a fire — whether that’s during the apocalypse or at the state-park campsite — he’ll be ready with this knife.
For the DIY boyfriend
The ideal starter kit for the guy who wants to build more than Ikea furniture (though it would be good to have on hand for that as well).
For the boyfriend who just realized he has dry skin
For the boyfriend looking to improve his short game
This collapsible net makes practicing chip shots more like a fun Skee-Ball-like game.
For the boyfriend who keeps complaining about his dull knives
For the boyfriend who is always finishing a level on Candy Crush
For the boyfriend who hates flossing (but hates the dentist more)
We like this water flosser for smaller bathrooms because it’s cordless and doesn’t take up much space on the bathroom-sink counter or medicine cabinet.
For the boyfriend who’s always wanted to grill on the patio
For the hygge-loving boyfriend
For the boyfriend who has tennis elbow (or types all day)
Just a few minutes spent gripping this orange-size gyroscope is a simple way to get a forearm workout from the desk — or help prevent arm-related injuries.
For the boyfriend who wants to perfect Grandma’s recipe
For the boyfriend who loves his Weber
For the boyfriend trying to break his phone addiction
For the outdoor-gearhead boyfriend
The Gobox is fully submersible and will withstand scratches and dings if he decides to fill it with fishing gear and throw it in the back of his trunk.
For the guy who wants to smell like something new
This cologne from Tom Ford has a woody scent with notes of leather, violet, and jasmine.
For the boyfriend who keeps raving about the hotel toilet
For the boyfriend who hates mornings
For the boyfriend who can’t fit that extra hardcover in his carry-on bag
For the boyfriend who prefers his sandwiches hot
For the boyfriend who just discovered pour-over coffee
For the boyfriend with (literal) cold feet
Slippers might seem a little obvious, but any boyfriend would be happy to receive this timeless wool pair that will double as “picking up the mail” or “walking the dog” clogs in a pinch.
For the anxious boyfriend who runs cold all over
This blanket is very breathable and actually sort of chic.
For the boyfriend who always brings the party wherever he goes
Here’s a musician-recommended speaker that’s “portable but still loud enough to make the neighbors jealous of your sick-ass barbecue.”
For the boyfriend who prefers an outdoor La-Z-Boy chair
For the boyfriend who just wants a jacket to throw on
This fleece-lined jacket with a waxed coating is a cozy staple that he’ll reach for any time the weather dips below 50 degrees.
For the boyfriend who loves to tailgate
He’ll keep the party going with this 33-liter cooler that can hold up to 28 cans — with ice (that will stay frozen for days on end).
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