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The Ultimate List of Gift Ideas for Husbands

by Amy Schlinger
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From Prevention

Some men might be constantly dropping not-so-subtle hints about products they'd love to own, dog-earing catalog pages featuring items that interest them, or even outright telling you what they want for the holidays, an upcoming birthday, or another special event. Chances are, your husband is not one of those guys, or you wouldn't be reading this! Fear not. We're here to help you come up with ideas for gifts that he'll be really excited to receive.

When it comes to shopping for gifts for husbands (or anyone, really), it's a good idea to start by brainstorming a list of things that he may want but wouldn't necessarily think to buy for himself. That might include practical items that he could use every day, if only he realized they existed or found the time to purchase them: What would make his day-to-day life at home, at work, or on-the-go run just a little bit smoother? Depending on your budget, you might also consider pricier items that he wouldn't feel justified shelling out the money for himself, but you think he deserves to own.

Still stumped? Don't panic. We've rounded up a list of awesome gifts—from incredibly soft boxers and a motorized grill brush to the coolest TV tool and a truly smart smartwatch—that most men would be thrilled to unwrap. Depending on your guy's interests, he's bound to love one (if not a handful) of these. We found something for everyone in just about every price point, so read on and get ready to cross one more person off your shopping list.

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Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Headphones

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Wires are so last year. Help him cut the cord with these earbuds that allow for complete freedom of movement without sacrificing on sound. They’re both sweat- and weather-resistant, too, so they’re great for the gym and commuting, as well as travel.

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Bose QuietComfort Wireless Headphones

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This pair of wireless, noise-cancelling headphones will come in handy whether he's working, flying on a plane, or playing video games. The built-in Google Assistant allows him to verbally control the music, take calls, and respond to texts, and the mic is also compatible with Amazon Alexa. With 20 hours of battery life, cushioned ear pads, and premium sound quality, he'll take these headphones everywhere.

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Personalized Leather Wallet

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If he's still carrying around the same wallet he had 10 years ago and it's fraying at the seams, surprise him with this sturdy upgrade made with high-quality leather. Even better: you can personalize this wallet as much as you'd like, from color and style to even engraving his name or initials on the front.

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YETI Hopper Flip Portable Cooler

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Perfect for road trips, tailgates, or overnight adventures, this soft cooler will keep food and drinks cold for days, thanks to its deluxe construction and insulation. The Hydrolock zipper eliminates any leaks, and the cooler itself is waterproof and resistant to mildew and tears. Perfectly spacious, this cooler holds up to 13 cans of beer, and the wide-mouth opening makes for easy access to a cold brew.

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TASC Performance Carrollton Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

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One of Nordstrom's customer faves in the men's department, this shirt is made with a stretchy, cotton-blend jersey material that wicks away sweat and blocks UV rays.

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Fossil Grant Chronograph Leather Strap Watch

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If he thinks the Apple Watch is so basic, he'll love this classic-looking wrist watch with a sporty feel.

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Polo Ralph Lauren Pony Print Pajama Pants

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Upgrade his at-home loungewear with these comfy, tapered fit pajamas. They're perfect for Christmas morning!

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Sperry Striper 2 CVO Sneaker

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Made from durable canvas, these sneakers go with just about anything and can be dressed up or down. They also come in navy and Nantucket red.

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Tumi Luggage Tag Lightning Power Bank

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Tumi is a favorite brand among frequent fliers, and this gift will soon become a travel essential of his: It's a handsome luggage tag with charging potential that will never leave him unable to text you back (muahaha).

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Peter Millar Stripe Stretch Jersey Performance Polo

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Another go-with-anything shirt, this Nordstrom bestseller can be dressed up or down. And if he's on the golf course, it's made to wick away sweat no problem.


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'47 Clean Up NY Yankees Baseball Cap

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Any baseball fan has to pay their respect to the Yankees, but the Yankees diehard will love sporting this vintage-looking baseball cap year-round.

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Cole Haan 2.ZeroGrand StitchLite Water Resistant Wingtip

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These shoes from Cole Haan might just be the perfect kicks to gift—they're dressy enough to wear to work, but they're also sporty enough to wear on weekends. Shop 'em in gray, too. He'll never take them off!

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Ray-Ban 61mm Gradient Lens Aviator Sunglasses

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Keep the husband looking fly on sunny days with these customer favorite's at Nordstrom. They'll go with almost anything—and look nice on women, too!

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Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II

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He can take this into his den or out on the deck and enjoy the music or podcasts he loves (but can never get the family on board with). Bose in unmatched in quality sound.

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1000 Record Covers Coffee Table Book

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Another gift idea for the music lover in your life, this coffee table book features album covers from the 60s up to the 90s. It's a #1 bestseller on Amazon for a reason, folks!

Clue Board Game: Game of Thrones Edition

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Game of Thrones may have seen its series finale, but you can keep the family fun going with this special edition of a classic board game.

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Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker

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If he's more of a Star Wars enthusiast, this might just tempt him to make you breakfast in bed more often.


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Fitbit Ionic GPS Smart Watch

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If your husband loves technology and being active, this is the smart watch of his dreams. This sleek accessory measures heart rate to optimize workouts, stores over 300 songs, has over five days of battery life, and includes a built-in GPS—meaning he can go for a run and stay connected while leaving his bulky phone behind.

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Personalized Leather Toiletry Bag

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If he shoves his toothbrush, contact solution, and hair comb into a Ziploc bag every time you travel, this chic leather toiletry bag will change his life forever. Inside is a water resistant liner to protect the outer leather; plus, you can even have the bag engraved with his initials for an added loving touch.

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UGG Ascot Suede Slipper

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This classic slipper not only hugs his feet with a plush interior lining; the rubber sole also grips the floor to keep him from slipping. The outer suede also comes in five different colors and will stretch to fit his feet perfectly with time.

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Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action Camera

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If he loves to go on epic adventures, help him capture those memories with this small action camera. It can shoot HD 4K footage, which can immediately be reviewed on its display screen. The voice-control feature allows you to shoot hands-free, which is helpful mid-bike ride or climb. It also has GPS to track and record exactly where a video was shot.

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TRX All-In-One Suspension Training System

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If he’s looking to get back into shape but doesn’t want to join a gym, this home gym suspension system is a great option. Just anchor it to a wall, ceiling, or door, and get moving. Over 300 exercises—from push-ups to rows and pikes—can be performed using these straps. He can also download the TRX app, which provides over 80 workouts.

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Patagonia Lightweight Better Sweater Pullover

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He might not like to admit that he gets chilly, and he'll never need to thanks to this warm, cozy topper. With a sweater-knit outer and fleece interior for a soft next-to-skin feel, this pullover easily blends style and comfort. It also has flat seams to eliminate any chance of chafing.

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Viking Revolution Ultimate Beard Grooming Kit

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Whether he's new to growing a beard or has proudly nurtured his beard for years, your husband will appreciate having all the necessary tools to keep his facial hair soft, trimmed, and neat. The Ultimate Beard Care Kit includes a boar hair brush, dual-sided comb, unscented beard oil, citrus-scented beard balm, and scissors.

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Men's Taco Socks

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The man loves tacos, and now he can let the world know it!

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Star Wars Graphic T-shirt

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I mean, what guy wouldn't love a Star Wars t-shirt?!

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Kiehl's Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer

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Working long hours can leave anyone with puffy eyes and dark circles. This dermatologist-recommended eye cream makes a world of difference by reducing puffiness and moisturizing dry under-eye skin. The formula is lightweight, smooth, and pleasantly cool—even men who have never thought about skin care will enjoy using this cream.

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Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

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Stream Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video by simply placing this stick into a port on the side of your television. You can add channels like HBO, Showtime, and ESPN, and, if you’re a Amazon Prime member, you'll get access to even more movies and TV episodes for free. Plus, the Alexa voice remote will allow him to simply speak what he’s looking for, and voila, it appears!

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Touch Screen Winter Gloves

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There's nothing worse than having to remove your gloves in below-freezing weather just to use your phone. The material in these gloves will let him use touchscreen devices without getting cold hands in the process. Whether he's cycling, hiking, running, or driving, tech-friendly gloves are a necessity when the temperatures drop.

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Le Labo Face Mask

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Most people—guys included—want to have nice, clear skin. Surprise him with this detoxifying face mask, which is formulated with charcoal to draw out impurities, bitter almond to deeply cleanse, and radish seed to repair the skin. Plus, it won't dry out his skin, and it has a lovely almond smell. Pair it with a moisturizer that has SPF, and you've just upped his skincare game with two simple products he'll love.

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GRILLART Grill Brush and Scraper

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Cleaning the grill is never fun, but it has to be done, so why not make it easier with a do-it-all grill brush? The stainless steel bristles are tightly bound, increasing its durability and preventing wire detachment, while the 18-inch, no-slip handle grips and protects his hands. This handy tool works on all types of grills, so if he loves hosting a barbecue, you can't go wrong with this one.

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Fish Slippers

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Yes, these are actual slippers meant to go on his feet. You may regret purchasing these when he attempts to wear them outside the house, but you knew he was weird when you married him. Let him live!

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Costa del Mar Reefton Polarized Iridium Sunglasses

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Perfect for the fisherman in your life, these polarized lenses will help him spot fish easier in the water, whether he’s on a boat or fly fishing in a stream. The nylon frame will hold up to wear and tear while snugly fitting around his face without squeezing. Bonus: They’re prescription-ready, so he can easily have Rx lenses added if needed.

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Under Armour Ultra Comfort Sleepwear Pants and Shirt

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Made in collaboration with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, these pajamas aren’t necessarily ones that he’d buy for himself, but he’ll appreciate the fact that you picked them up—especially if he’s active. They have a pattern printed on the inside that uses far infrared technology to reflect his own energy back onto him while he sleeps. The result? Better sleep and better recovery for his muscles. Plus, the top matches perfectly with Under Armor's gray sleepwear pants for a nighttime outfit he'll love wearing again and again.

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Personalized Wooden Cutting Board

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Anyone who spends a significant amount of time in the kitchen knows you can never have too many cutting boards. If your husband is the chef of the family, he'll appreciate this high quality cutting board that you can personalize to suit him perfectly. You can select from multiple sizes and wood types and detail exactly how you'd like it engraved—his last name or his initials would make this gift truly special.

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Eddie Bauer EverTherm Down Jacket

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Hauling around a bulky jacket on vacation is never fun. Tell him to ditch the heavy parka and hand him this lightweight jacket. It easily packs into any suitcase or bag, and it's filled with 30 grams of down insulation to keep him warm on brisk days. The DWR (water repellent) outer sheds moisture, so it’s great to wear in the rain, too.

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SAXX Underwear Men's Vibe Boxer Brief

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Comfort starts with the first layer! This Canadian-based brand knows exactly what a man is looking for when it comes to underwear—moisture-wicking, loose fit, breathable fabric, and a silky-like hand against the skin. Chances are these will become his favorite pair, so you might as well buy a two-pack. And if for some reason he’s not totally satisfied, the company will refund your purchase.

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Personalized Acrylic Scarf

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If his winter wardrobe is sorely lacking in cozy accessories, look no further than this soft, striped scarf, which he can throw on whether he's headed to a business meeting or the grocery store. Make this gift even more special by having his initials embroidered on it, and he'll think of you every time he puts it on.

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Merrell Chameleon 7 Mid Waterproof Hiking Shoes

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These hiking boots take little to no time to break in—which is unheard of for a hiking shoe. The flexplate provides stability and protection against rocks and roots, and the rubber pods on the sole keep slippage at a minimum. Bonus: The boots are waterproof but still allow moisture to escape, so things never get too hot and sweaty inside.

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Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffel

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Tired of him hauling a ratty old backpack whenever you head out of town for a night or two? This stylish duffel bag features a sleek design with leather top handles and an interior shoe compartment to store his favorite pair. Perfect for a weekend trip or even for the gym, this bag is big enough for all of his essentials, but just compact enough to take on a plane.

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