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

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Design by Morgan McMullen

When I typed "what to buy your boyfriend" into Google, I received over 408 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. We brainstormed 44 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.

For the Homebody
Fleece Hooded Robe
Soho Home mrporter.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 fleece hooded 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 the Sake Lover
Sake Set
Supreme farfetch.com

Every time he tries to get his hand on a Supreme item, it seems to be sold out. Surprise him with this branded sake set, which is better than all those Supreme white tees combined. Cheers to one of the best gifts he's ever received. 

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For the Jewelry Lover
Silver Simple Ring
Ann Demeulemeester ssense.com

He's been thinking about getting a ring, but not sure about the style. Start him off with this simple not-completely-rounded band from Ann Demeulemeester. It looks like a rare vintage find. 

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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 Board Game Lover
Tabletop Backgammon Set
Wolfum Games fortyfiveten.com

This beautifully crafted and designed tabletop backgammon set makes it worth staying in on Friday nights. Pour yourselves some wine, invite some friends over to play, and get ready for a challenge. This set is available to shop online, but if you want to check it out IRL, get it at FortyFiveTen at Hudson Yards in NYC.

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For the One Who Says "Can You Hold My Wallet?
Saville Logo-Stripe Canvas Cross-Body Bag
A.P.C. matchesfashion.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 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 Green
Stutterheim stutterheim.com

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 five sizes and features adjustable velcro straps around the neck and stomach.

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For the Time Keeper
Axiom 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 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
$25.99 (31% 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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For the Guy Into Fashion
Pinstripe Wool Pants

He knows what works on his body and loves to shop. Surprise him with a pair of pinstripe drawstring trousers. They'll be his new favorite going-out bottoms.

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For the One Who Loves Long Showers
Super-Plush Towel Move-In Bundle
Brooklinen brooklinen.com

Shower time is sacred to him, so help him make the most of it with a set of plush towels. There's no cozier feeling like coming out of the bath and wrapping yourself up in 100 percent Turkish cotton. 

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For the Flannel Lover
Farson Buffalo Check Regular Fit Shirt Jacket
Flag & Anthem bloomingdales.com

His winter uniform is a flannel over a t-shirt and jeans. Gift him this cozy navy and gray piece from Flag & Anthem 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 NYTimes Fan
New York Times Custom Birthday Book

An avid reader of the Times will love this coffee table book. It shows you what was on the front page of the newspaper the day you were born, followed by every other birthday in your life. Gift this for the holidays or save for his next big birthday celebration. 

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For the One Who Wants to Match You
Mr. Super Puff

You already love Aritizia’s women super puffs and he’s been looking at yours with envy. Now he can finally buy his own because the brand has officially launched a “Mr. Super Puff” in six different colors. Have him match you in a bright color or if he’s new to this whole puffer game, play it safe with black.

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For the Candle Lover
Cannabis Candle
Malin + Goetz malinandgoetz.com

Candle and non-candle lovers alike will be intrigued by this “cannabis” option from Malin + Goetz. This natural wax candle balances rich, spicy and herbaceous aromas with soft, floral notes of muguet and magnolia. It’s free of THC but heavy on the black pepper and bright bergamot and has a base of earthy cedarwood, patchouli, and sandalwood. Estimated burn time: 60 hours.

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For the Gamer
Pokémon Sword Nintendo Switch

His Pokémon card-collecting days might be over, but he’s still obsessed as ever with playing the virtual games. Help him become a Pokémon master with this latest game to come to the Nintendo Switch system. You can watch along as he embarks on a new adventure with one of three new partner Pokémons: Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble.

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For the Commuter
Workman Gloves
Canada Goose

Once you slide your hands into these gloves, you’ll never want to take them off. The inside is so soft while the durable leather exterior keeps the wind and cold out. The index finger has touch screen capabilities so you can access your phone without taking off your gloves, perfect for the guy who always checks his email or the news when he commutes.

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For the Guy Who Likes Feeling "Comfortable"
BB Sweatpants

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 Adidas bottoms. They play right into the whole athelsiure trend. 

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For the First One Off the Plane
Khaki Norfolk Hold All Bag
Saturdays NYC ssense.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 khaki nylon canvas duffle bag. It looks sleek and smart thanks to the twin handles and leather detailing.

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For When He Least Expects It
Baby Scalloped Lace High Leg Teddy
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 lace bodysuit. 

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For the Technie
AirPods Pro
Apple Apple

According to my boyfriend, the best gift I’ve given him are AirPods—Apple's game-changing wireless headphones—so I’m here to spread the word. Buy them. Apple just released its newest model the pro, which has noise cancellation features and an all-new design.  

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For the One Who's Always Cold
Double Plaid Scarf
Coach New York

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 tartan scarf around his neck. The colors are easy on the eyes and the fringe makes the accessory a little more interesting.

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For the Health Guru
Versa 2

Fitbit's latest watch, the Versa 2, is here to help everyone maintain a healthy lifestyle. The new strap designs and features (the watch has Amazon Alexa built-in, Spotify connectivity, and a sleep score tracker) will appeal to both old and new users. This fun but functional gadget will help him achieve his fitness goals in no time.

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For the CEO
Black Monogramme iPad Pouch
Saint Laurent ssense.com

This luxe Saint Laurent pouch is perfect for the guy who loves understated designer pieces (he knows they'll help him look sharp in the boardroom). The accessory has a minimalist, high-end feel thanks to the black logo lettering. You won't be surprised when he ditches his oversize backpack for this sleek, compact pouch.

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For the Beer Enthusiast
Beer Cap States
Uncommon Goods

Beer might not be your drink of choice, but if it’s his, gift him this display board so he can properly showcase his love of brew. Instead of throwing the caps into the junk drawer (every home has one) the holes in this Baltic birch plywood turn them into a work of art for his kitchen wall.

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For the Skier or Snowboarder
X2 Snow Goggles

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 comes in four intensely bold prints and will ensure he stays safe and comfortable on the mountain. Grab yourself a pair while you're at it.

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