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46 Gift Ideas for Your Boyfriend When You Don't Know What to Give

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When I typed "what to buy your boyfriend" into Google, I received over 887 million search results. Not particularly surprising—buying presents for guys is kind of difficult!—or helpful. If your S.O. isn't particularly materialistic or vocal about his wish list, you have nothing to go on. The best thing to do in this case is make a list of things he might like or reach out to his closest guy friends to figure out his hidden wishes. Before you send that mass group text, however, I brainstormed 46 gift ideas, from the surprisingly affordable to the super luxe, to help get you started. Whether it's the holidays, his birthday, or your anniversary, we promise you won't be stuck wrapping up a tie. Once you're done finding a present for your guy, check out the best gifts for your mama and sister—you are on a gift-giving roll this year.

For the Eco-Friendly Guy
Lightweight Recycled Cotton Hoodie
Pangaia thepangaia.com

If your guy is dedicated to environmental causes and living with an eco-friendly mindset, then a gift from Pangaia is well suited for him. This hoodie checks off the boxes for using environmentally-friendly dyes and being made from both recycled and organic cotton. The label's pieces sell out quickly, for both men and women, so get 'em while they're still available, 

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For the Guy Who Uses All-In-One Products
PeaceFull Organic Body Wash
Organic Bath Co. organicbath.co

Convince him to give up the idea that "one product does it all" by getting him hooked on this sulfate-free body wash from Organic Bath Co. It's infused with moisturizing plant oils and comes in several scents such as lavender and peppermint, though fragrance-free options are available too.  

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For the Guy Who Runs Cold
Signature Retro Patch Knit Scarf
Coach coach.com

If he's always complaining about the temperature, he just needs to give in and wear a scarf already. He won't have to worry about the wind climbing down his sweater or dress shirts anymore when he wraps this warm patch knit scarf around his neck. 

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For the Amateur Chef
Always Pan
Our Place fromourplace.com

New kitchen gear like this popular pan from Our Place is just the thing he needs to remind him that cooking can be fun and easy. He'll enjoy experimenting with a new recipe (you'll enjoy reaping the delicious rewards) once he finds out that this space-saving pan comes with a steam tray and a wooden spoon. The pan can braise, sear, steam, strain, sauté, fry, boil, serve, and more. 

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For the Snoozer
Cotton Pajama Pants
Polo Ralph Lauren nordstrom.com

Your S.O. might spend most nights sleeping in his boxers, but he'll change his mind when he feels these comfy pajamas. The navy windowpane-plaid print will fly with even the pickiest dressers. 

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For the Art Collector
Keith Haring "One Man Show"
Goodee goodeeworld.com

Tap into his artsy side with this piece by Keith Haring, an American artist whose pop art and graffiti-like work grew out of '80s NYC street culture. This piece, in particular, uses graphics inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphics while the artwork itself is printed on responsibly-made skateboards by The Skateroom, which merges impactful artists, museums, buyers, and non-profits with skate culture to create social change.  

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For the Time Keeper
Citizen citizenwatch.com

Whether he is an early bird or late comer, this watch will keep him on schedule. The all-black face is sleek with stainless steel accents and the watch features eco-drive technology that's powered by any type of light so it never needs a battery. 

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For the Guy Who Layers
Slim-Fit Flannel Shirt
Banana Republic bananarepublic.gap.com

His winter uniform is a flannel over a t-shirt and jeans. Gift him this cozy slim-fit piece that will satisfy all his flannel needs. It's perfect for wearing while sipping hot chocolate indoors or for layering under with a jacket on outdoor hikes.

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For the First One Off the Plane
Gancini Hand Luggage
Ferragamo ferragamo.com

He doesn't believe in checking in bags and frankly, he might be on to something. Since his carry-on could definitely use a refresh from all his trips, get him this fashionable Ferragamo carry-on. It looks luxurious and smart.

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For the Hat Wearer
Heavy Knit Beanie Dodger
Bricks & Wood bricksandwood.us

He survived all summer in his baseball cap, but come winter it'll be time to trade that in for something a little warmer like this knit beanie. The hat is made from 100 percent cotton and when it's too stretched out, simply put the beanie into the dryer to shrink it back to its original snug fit. 

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For the One With the Poker Face
Two-Pack Playing Cards
William & Son mrporter.com

He loves poker night with the guys, so surprise him with a brand new deck of cards. Then, recycle his beer-stained, sticky old deck.

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For the Non-Briefcase User
Miller Backpack
Herschel herschel.com

He works in a casual office environment, so he's not the briefcase-toting type of guy. In fact, he swears by backpacks. Gift him with the latest style from Herschel, which can hold up to a 15-inch laptop, water bottles, and more.  

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For the Android User
Pixel 4a
Google store.google.com

He's been a fan of Androids since day one, so you'll have to get him Google's latest phone: the Pixel 4a. Not only is the camera amazing at 12.2 MP (you'll find yourself stealing his phone to take pics), but the smaller size is great for slipping into his back pockets. Other pluses to this device include a headphone jack, a crisp display, and 3 plus years of software updates.

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For the Guy Who Lounges
Snowball Plush Robe
Majestic International nordstrom.com

He likes to walk around the house in his boxers and that's fine, but when guests are over he can still feel just as comfortable (but covered up) in this soft robe. Be prepared to get him a second one, because he'll wear this plush piece down to the very last thread.

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For Him to Unwind
Medium Gucci Marble Print Candle
Gucci gucci.com

Candle and non-candle lovers alike will be intrigued by this decor piece from Gucci. The black marble print porcelain lid with a hand and key detail are the first things to grab your attention before your eyes wander to the Gucci logo. The candle will give off aromas of Seville oranges,  jasmine, leather, and salt.  

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For the Casual Guy
Tan Fleece Lounge Pants
Fear of God Essentials ssense.com

You’ve accepted the fact that sweats will always be his go-to (sigh). Get him a pair you won’t be embarrassed for him to leave the apartment in, like these Fear of God fleece bottoms. They play right into the whole athelsiure trend. 

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For the Shoe Lover
Broome High Top Trainer
Armando Cabral armando-cabral.com

For a pair of sneakers he can wear on the weekends and to the office, gift him these black kicks. He can match this to everything in his wardrobe, from a full suit to sweats. Come Monday, he'll walk into that meeting armed with brilliant ideas and style.

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For the Old Soul
Crosley C6 Record Player
Crosley urbanoutfitters.com

When the '40s meets 2020, you get this record player. It has a low-vibration synchronous motor, shock absorbent feet, steel platter, manual tonearm and dual speeds in addition to a minimalist MDF plinth. Just connect to speakers and sit back with a glass of wine while enjoying the music.

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For When He Least Expects It
Lace Corset
Savage X Fenty savagex.com

After you’ve gotten him a gift, tack on this little side piece for something he won’t be expecting. Channel some of Rihanna’s sultry and fierce energy on date night in this Savage x Fenty white lace corset.

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For the Guy Without Pockets
Black Logo Fanny Pack
Off-White ssense.com

He always makes fun of you for over stuffing your purse, but he's also the first one to ask "hey, can you hold this in your bag?" Put a stop to this by gifting him a bag of his own. This fanny pack is stylish, cool, and just the kind of accessory he needs to step up his fashion game.

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For the Guy Who Wants to Get Into Jewelry
Le 7 Brushed Sterling Silver Ring
Le Gramme mrporter.com

He's been thinking about getting a ring, but not sure about the style. Start him off with this simple ring made by artisans in France from recycled, hand brushed sterling silver. 

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For the Winter Sports Enthusiast
OTG Ski Goggles
OutdoorMaster amazon.com

He hasn't stopped talking about that ski trip with his boys since he booked it, so just wait until he unwraps this baby. He will be ecstatic. These mirrored goggles come in plenty of colors and will ensure he stays safe and comfortable on the mountain. Grab yourself a pair while you're at it.

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For the Scent Lover
"Kings" Gift Set for Men
Kimberly New York kimberlynewyork.com

A little spritz goes a long way with any fragrance, so he'll be set for months to come with this set of four bottles. The travel-size-appropriate sprays contain notes such as orange zest, dewy magnolia blossom, black peppercorn, leather, mahogany, and more. If you find you're in love with the fragrances, too, dab some on.

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For the Messy Packer
The Mini
Away awaytravel.com

Help him pack in an organized manner with this Away mini case that resembles the brand's iconic suitcases. Not only is it adorably cute (hm, I might get one for myself) but it also ensures he doesn't just toss everything into his carry-on—like he usually does.  

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For the Marvel Lover
Cable Guys Groot Device Holder
Cable Guys urbanoutfitters.com

Your guy has seen every Marvel movie...twice. He'll love this realistic-looking Groot device holder that will keep his gaming controllers off the coffee table. (The latter part is more for you though, you hate when he leaves those things lying around.)

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For the Guy Who Doesn't Shop Much
Andres All Weather Boot

Shopping isn't his favorite activity, so his shoe collection is abysmal. Give him this fashionable but functional all-weather boot from Nisolo to help give his outfits a little style boost. Not only is the boot handmade in an ethical, family-run factory in León, Mexico, but it'll also last for years to come and is perfect for walking in in any terrain.   

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For the One Without a Green Thumb
Snake Plant
Ansel & Ivy anselandivy.com

His apartment is lacking some serious greenery, so you'll rectify that with this snake plant. They're easy to care for and low maintenance, which is perfect for his busy schedule and his lack of a green thumb. 

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For the Dog Owner
Stutterheim Dog Raincoat Navy

Don't forget about his dog when gifting! After you've presented him with his present, pull out this cute Stutterheim dog raincoat for his furry BFF. The outerwear is available in a few sizes still and features adjustable velcro straps around the neck and stomach.

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For the Umbrella Forgetter
Men's Original Waterproof Cotton Hunting Coat

Somehow, he always forgets an umbrella. Gift him this Hunter waterproof coat, which will make sure he stays dry, whether he's biking in the rain or walking from the train to the office. 

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For the Cook
Appetites: A Cookbook Hardcover by Anthony Bourdain
Amazon amazon.com
$23.99 (40% off)

So he spends all his time in the kitchen and loves Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations? Then he will definitely appreciate this cookbook from his culinary hero. Help him test drive the recipes by offering to cook a meal together or let him take the reins and make you dinner. 

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