Getting a gift for a man can be a tough thing to swing, especially if he’s an eccentric and unique individual. (And what man isn’t?) You don’t want to get your brother something boring that he’d only use once and never again, or see the look on your dad’s face when you realize he already owns the thing you just gave him.
We are here to eliminate a lot of the guesswork when it comes to finding unique gifts for your brother, father, cousin, boyfriend, husband, or male friend who has tastes that are just off the beaten path. We have gift ideas for just about any man for just about any occasion, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or holiday.
From “dumb” phones to magic wand remote controls and video game coasters to caffeinated aftershave, we found gifts that will give him a chuckle, but then open him up to the possibilities of something different.
This gift guide is full of unique ideas that he surely doesn’t have, but once he unwraps it, he’ll wonder how he could have ever lived without it. Even if he doesn’t love it at first, he’ll appreciate it all the more because it came from you.
Here are 20 of the most unique gifts for men:
Punkt. MP01 Type-A Mobile Phone
Digital technology is great, but it’s also very overwhelming with how much data, news, and updates you’re getting all the time. However, there is a simpler way to make phone calls and texts on the go. The MP01 Type A America Mobile Phone from Punkt. is a “dumb” phone that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of modern phones, but harkens back to the bygone era of the late ’90s.
Old Factory scented candles
Old Factory’s scented candles are for anyone who wants to enjoy hyperbolically masculine scents made with natural soy, organic cotton wicks, and premium fragrance oils. Are you curious what makes a “masculine scent”? It’s the scent of straight razors, leather, and mahogany, of course. These candles have a burn time of up to 30 hours, so you can fill a wood shop or man cave with scents that would surely make Ron Swanson proud.
Kymera magic wand remote
Ever wish you went to Hogwarts? Although the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is fictional, you can do your best Harry Potter impersonation with the Kymera Magic Wand Remote Control from The Wand Company. This remote control doesn’t have buttons, but can be used to control your TV with the flick of the wrist thanks to 13 easy-to-learn gestures that play, pause, rewind, turn the TV on (or off), and more.
Taco serving kit
This taco serving kit is perfect for any fiesta with friends and family. It features six glass bowls of various sizes for fillings, condiments, and shredded cheese, while it also comes with four taco holders for hard and soft shell tacos. The kit comes in a beautiful storage box made of pine and birch, so your gift recipient will always be prepared for their next Taco Tuesday.
This anti-theft backpack from XD Design features a number of cleverly hidden pockets for quick access, while its hidden zippers will keep potential bad guys away from the backpack. It’s made from slash-proof and water-resistant materials with plenty of space for laptops, books, pens, and computer peripherals and accessories neatly organized and easy to find. The backpack even has a handy USB port for mobile device charging on the go.
A night mask made by NASA
Want to sleep like an astronaut? The Illumy GTS-3000 is a specialized sleeping mask that uses the same technology as NASA, so astronauts can have the same sleep cycle on the international space station as on the planet Earth. The sleeping mask features a gradual dimming setting to nudge its wearer to sleep, while it also gently wakes with a gradual wake up call instead of an annoying alarm clock.
Mini flip cup game
If the man you’re buying for loves playing flip cup but wants more of a challenge, this game from SCIENZ miniaturizes the experience with tiny red cups on a wooden plank. Instead of using his hands to flip the cups, he’ll have to use his fingers and the plank’s flippers. This is a fun game for anyone who is a beer lover or anyone who wants to relive college on a smaller scale.
iFetch ball launchers
If the man you’re gifting to is a pet owner who’s just too tired to play fetch with his dog, the iFetch Interactive Ball Launcher is great. It comes with mini tennis balls and a launcher that can throw the balls as far as 30 feet away. All he has to do is place the mini-balls inside of the launcher and his dog will do everything in their power to retrieve the ball and bring it back.
Electric pizza oven
Who doesn’t love pizza, right? The NutriChef Upgraded Electric Pizza Oven is a great way to make a lot of pizzas quickly and efficiently in minutes while also having fun at the same time. The pizza oven, which looks like a traditional Italian pizza oven, comes with a Terracotta oven dome, a pizza stone, three pizza peels, and pie cutout. Be careful though: This oven heats up to 464°F with 1100 watts of power behind it.
A CuriosityStream subscription
If you’re buying a gift for a guy who has already binged How to Make A Murderer and every iteration of Planet Earth — twice — CuriosityStream would be a perfect gift. With more than 2,000 shows and documentaries to choose from, featuring flicks by the world’s best filmmakers and experts across science, nature, history, technology, society, lifestyle, travel, and more, he’ll never run out of content to fascinate his curiosity. Try it free for a month using the code winter2018, then it’s just $2.99 after that.
The BottleLoft from Strong Like Bull Magnets is a clever magnet system that places beer bottles (or soda bottles) on the very top of a refrigerator’s ceiling instead of on the shelf. Now that the bottles are hanging from the ceiling, more space can be devoted for food. Don’t worry about the bottles falling either. The magnet system is made with 3M very high and tough bond adhesive for a tight grip.
Hi-Fi tube amplifier
It might seem really antiquated, but listening to music on a classic Hi-Fi tube amplifier is one of the best ways to get a clean and natural sound out of your stereo system. The GemTune GS-01 Class A Integrated Hi-Fi Tube Amplifier has a retro look and sound with old school tube and amp technology for a crisp and clear audio experience. It’s also a great conversation starter for music lovers.
The Machete Spatula is exactly what it sounds like. It combines the slicing ability of a machete with the useful functions of a spatula, especially while grilling and barbecuing. Why have a number of different tools while grilling when you can just use one? The Machete Spatula from Dunk also can be used as a bottle opener, so the guy who gets this will always be the center of attention at any BBQ.
Caffeinated shaving set
If the man you’re buying for needs another source of morning caffeine instead of a cup of coffee, this caffeinated shaving cream and aftershave from the Pacific Shaving Company is something to consider. The set is fortified with antioxidants that are naturally derived from caffeine with aloe and spearmint to put a little pep in his step. It might be a strange way to start a day, but it will keep his skin feeling healthy and bright.
Poe Dameron and Finn’s brown waxed jacket
Finn and Poe Dameron from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi are two of the coolest new characters introduced in the sequel trilogy. While both characters are brave, they also look good with their shared brown leather waxed pilot’s jacket. Luckily, leather company BlingSoul makes a good looking replica of the jacket, which is a great gift for any Star Wars fan.
Super Nintendo coasters
If you’re getting a gift for a gamer, these Super Nintendo coasters will surely please him. The set features four cork-backed coasters for bars and coffee tables. They also feature the covers of four classic SNES games from the early ‘90s, including Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past. Honor gaming history and enjoy a drink without staining a table at the same time.
Rainbow Batman collectibles
Who doesn’t love Batman? DC Collectibles now offers a limited edition pack featuring six action figures of the Caped Crusader in all the colors of the rainbow. Detective Comics #241 inspired the set with its storyline involving Batman wearing a different Batsuit every time he showed up in the comic book. “Rainbow Batman” wanted to distract people from Robin and his alter ego Dick Grayson’s broken arm, which would link the two together.
‘The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book’
If you ever wanted to eat one of Bob’s Burgers like “Bleu is the Warmest Cheese Burger” and “Bruschetta-Bout-It Burger,” now is your chance to make your own in the comfort of your own home with The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers. Recipes from the hit Fox animated TV show are now available in a handy cookbook from the show’s creator Loren Bouchard and fan blogger Cole Bowden.
Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook
The Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook is a fast and efficient way to automatically convert handwritten notes and sketches to digital copies in an app, such as Google Docs, DropBox, iCloud, Evernote, Slack, and more. The notebook works best with friction pilot pens that erase under heat, which means the entire notebook is reusable if placed in a microwave for a few minutes. Science!
Samsung POWERbot Star Wars vacuum
Samsung’s limited edition POWERbot is the perfect gift for the Star Wars fan in your life, especially if they’re also a neat freak. The robot vacuum, which is Wi-Fi enabled, delivers a powerful suction system for remote cleaning on almost any surface, like hardwood and carpet. It comes in two varieties: Darth Vader and Stormtrooper, both with fun sound effects from the movies. Sorry, no Rebel Alliance here, only the Dark Side of the Force.
A fannypack with speakers
This outrageous fannypack from Super RB will not only carry belongings with ease, it also cranks out the tunes as a Bluetooth speaker with subwoofer. It’s the perfect accessory for any beach outing, picnic at a park, campsite retreat, or fun summer music festival. It works with Android and iPhone devices via Bluetooth with a rechargeable battery life of four hours.