100 Realistic & Awesome Gift Ideas for Men – Most Under $100!

A gift guide for things men actually want, organized by price.

The older you are, the harder it is to ask for gifts. If you want or need something that’s reasonably priced … you’ve probably already purchased it. If there’s a big-ticket item you’ve got your eye on, you probably don’t feel comfortable asking for it. You’re self-sufficient, and proud of it.

‘Tis the season for gift-giving and receiving, however, and it’s important to remember that gifts are an opportunity for people in your life to express how much they care. It’s gentlemanly to suggest things that will mean something to you.

Don’t expect any help from traditional men’s gift guides. Most are a useless mish-mash of trendy overpriced, unrealistic, and plain weird things magazine editors *think* look cool on a page.

So we’ve created a practical gift guide for practical guys with 100 suggestions for gadgets, essentials, apparel, and household upgrades – items you probably don’t have, but could definitely use. Check it out, share it, and even use it for birthdays, graduations, etc. Pretty much everything was selected because it’s useful year-round, not just in December.

Our best gift guide ever.

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Gift Ideas for Men Under $30

a set of two paracord survival outdoor bracelets

5 in 1 Survival Bracelet (2 Pack)

Wear it on a hike or stash it in your bag or glove box.

a hand held laptop and screen cleaner

Sweep & Swipe Laptop Cleaner

With a brush on one end and a microfiber pad on the other for your screen, up your computer cleanliness.

two leather cord keeper holder

Personalized Leather Cord Holder

A handsome and minimal holder for stashing your cords in your bag.

aesop deoderant

I would never justify spending $35 on deodorant, but I received this as a birthday gift and absolutely love it – the perfect gift!

Nordstrom

an aluminum oil sprayer can

Brushed Aluminum Oil Sprayer

Perfect your grill game.

werewold party game for devious people

Werewolf: A Party Game for Devious People

A fun group game where everyone is lying.

eames coffee table book

Eames Coffee Table Book

A beautiful book celebrating the quintessential mid-century designer.

universal socket tool

Universal Socket Tool

A genius upgrade that makes housework easier.

a woven elastic accessory organizer

Cocoon Accessory Organizer

Make the commute or work travel organized with this board that slips into your bag.

fire starter and striker tool

Firestarter and Striker

Fire is the earliest discovery, and in an emergency, still the most important.

rothko coffee table book

Rothko Coffee Table Book

An exploration of the influential abstract artist.

wood and acrylic record holder organizer

Vinyl Record Storage Holder

An attractive way to keep your records at arms length with a minimal footprint.

beardbrand grooming products

The internet’s favorite beard grooming line has premium scents and works great. Makes a great kit or stocking stuffer.

Beardbrand

apple airtag in case

Add it to your briefcase, your camera bag, your luggage – heck some even use them on dog collars.

Apple Airtag / Airtag case

The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures book

The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures

A handbook on enjoying the finer things in life.

battery organizer with tester tool for batteries

The Battery Organizer and Tester

Get your junk drawer sorted.

heavy duty bbq grill mat for outdoor grill

BBQ Grill Mats (Set of 2)

Grill mats help give you more control over temperature and flareups.

rechargable hand warmer and pocket heater

Rechargeable Hand Warmer

A more sustainable and convenient upgrade for keeping winter at bay.

Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook recipe book

Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook

Learn surprisngly simple techniques and dispel kitchen myths to finally make eating at home a pleasure.

time cube time management productivity timer

Time Cube Productivity Timer

Simply flip the cube to the amount of time you want to focus and the alarm will buzz when it’s time for a break. One of our best productivity tools.

back to the future vanity prop license plate

Back to The Future Prop License Plate

Where you’re going, you don’t need roads  – which is good since this isn’t street legal.

brass key ring

Areaware Brass Contour Key Ring

An EDC upgrade that follows function and form.

cocktail glassware

Crystal Negroni Tumblers (Set of 2)

A low, wide rocks glass to up your cocktails.

a pair of patterned socks

Flint and Tinder Southwest Socks

Made in the USA, these patterned socks add a splash of color to any outfit.

office desk headphone stand

Office Desk Headphone Stand

Give the gift of an organized desk.

an edc keychain led flashlight

Rechargeable Keychain Flashlight

A tiny, powerful flashlight regarded by EDC enthusiasts.

brass fish hook style key holder

Billykirk Fish Hook Key Holder

A slim keychain, made in the USA of solid brass.

leather two cigar holder travel case

Two-Cigar Travel Case

A sharp travel case for two 54 ring gauge cigars.

an over the door folding hanging coat rack

Folding Hanging Coat Rack

Give yourself a morning prep station.

a set of three vintage cocktail bitter bottles

Bitter Bottles Set (Pack of 3)

These vintage-looking bottles will look great on your barcart.

grill pant

Grill Pan

Improve everything from grilled cheese to chicken to hamburgers to steak.

Calphalon

fellow carter mug

Fellow Carter Mug

This vacuum-sealed, ceramic-coated wide-mouthed travel mug won’t take on the smell and taste of the liquids you put in it.

Fellow

bamboo drawer divider organizer

Adjustable Bamboo Drawer Dividers

An easy way to add much-needed organization to your drawers.

customizable silicone ice tray for cocktail beverages

Custom Cocktail Ice Cube Tray

A personalized gift for any cocktail lover.

a black novelty bullet style space pen

Bullet Space Pen

Writes at any angle – even if you find yourself in zero gravity.

a halulite tea kettle

GSI Outdoors Halulite Tea Kettle

Designed for hard-traveling adventurers, sharp enough for your kitchen.

Gift Ideas for Men Under $50

a resin ring with real juniper and birch bark

Juniper Resin Ring

Real juniper cast in resin for a unique, organic piece of jewelry.

two pairs of merino wool socks

10″ Merino Wool Socks (2 Pack)

Made in the USA of itch-free 100% merino wool.

an acacia wood valet tray

Personalized Acacia Wood Valet Tray

Every guy needs somewhere to stash his carry at the end of the day.

victorniox chefs knife

I’ve had this Victorinox chef’s knife for years and it’s still as sharp as when I got it. But don’t take my word for it, look at the impressive average rating and number of reviews.

a marble design pastry board with various food items

Marble Pastry Board

A serving board for charcuterie or coffee and cocktail prep.

atlas obscura

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders

If you’re a person that hates tourist traps, this book will help you find new destinations.

a pair of black tactical safety gloves

Mechanix Wear Tactical Safety Gloves

Touchscreen capable and recommended by hard-workers who use their hands.

a tan surplus style wool blanket

Rothco European Surplus Style Wool Blanket

A neutral blanket that looks great stashed over the back of a chair.

a bedside tray table caddy

BedShelfie Wood Bedside Shelf

No tabletop storage near your bed? This neat little shelf puts your essentials at arm’s reach.

a bento style box for packing food

Dual Layer Bento Box

Give yourself the gift of healthy, homemade lunches that stow properly with 3 large compartments and room for the included fork.

Mag blok multi purpose magnetic holder

Mag-Blok

Whether it’s hanging up your EDC at the end of a long day or putting kitchen tools conveniently out of the way, this powerful magnetic block looks great.

a kodak instant print camera

KODAK Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera

A small, portable memory maker.

wonder valley olive oil

Wonder Valley Olive Oil

Upgrades to things like cooking essentials are wonderful gifts. I first discovered this delicious (and well-designed) olive oil while in Joshua Tree and have given it as gifts myself.

Wonder Valley

catan board game

Catan Board Game

Kind of like Monopoly – but faster, lots of fun, and better strategy – so I guess nothing like Monoply, really. Just don’t roll a 7.

Amazon

Gift Ideas for Men Under $100

a black leather wallet with charging feature

Apple Leather Wallet with MagSafe

A magnetic sleeve that sticks right to the back of your phone.

a set of all weather trim to fit floor mats for car

WeatherTech Universal Trim to Fit Floor Mat

If your day sees a lot of slush or mud, do your vehicle a favor and make keeping it clean a breeze.

peak design camera strap

I get compliments on this camera strap every time a photographer sees it. Beyond it’s soft, thick feel and cool pattern, the Slide features Peak Design’s patented quick release system so you can take it off or put it on other cameras easily.

a rocket shaped salt and pepper shaker grinder

Rocket Salt Shaker and Pepper Grinder

Playful but stylish.

a dog eating from a set of personalized pet bowls

Personalized Pet Bowl Kit

Not all of your gifts have to be for yourself.

a black leather office desk mat organizer

Office Desk Mat Organizer

Bring order into your life in the new year; featuring a magnetic cord holder and stowaway document sleeve.

a selfie action figure novelty item

Hasbro Selfie Series Figure

For the child in all of us, get an action figure with your face on it for Ghostbusters, Marvel, Star Wars, and more.

a vinyl record washer cleaning kit

Vinyl Record Washer Complete Kit

Maintain the pristine condition of your favorite albums.

PHAIDON The Men’s Fashion Book

PHAIDON “The Men’s Fashion Book”

A monster of a book, covering 200 years of men’s fashion.

ring video doorbell device

Ring Video Doorbell

Bring your home security into the future.

a portable external solid state drive storage device

SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable SSD

Tiny and super fast, offload your media storage to an SSD.

Gift Ideas for Men Under $200

a cocktail smoker set with torch and glass topper

Glass Topper Cocktail Smoker with Torch

The next step in bringing the fanciest of cocktails into your kitchen.

a mini dashcam device

Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2

Featuring voice control and 1080p, this dash cam even lets you monitor your vehicle while you’re away.

a garden dump cart

Gorilla Cart

This ingenious little cart isn’t your kid’s red wagon.

an automatic stereo turntable

Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable

Dive into the world of analog.

a blue multi color dog bed

If he’s anything like you, your pup has great home taste too.

a kindle paper white electronic reader device

Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle

Read more, carry less.

aesop room spray trio

These premium room sprays from Aesop will have your home smelling like your favorite men’s store. This pack of 3 gives you different scents to stash in different parts of your place. Great, masculine smells that last.

a color ambiance light bulb set

Philips Hue Ambiance Starter Kit

I converted my place over to Hue smart lights years ago and still love it. 

a bowflex dumbbell

Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbell

No room for a full garage gym doesn’t mean you can’t get a great workout at home.

a ring spotlight camera device

Motion detection, 2-way talk, and review live from your phone.

Gift Ideas for Men Over $200

a black and white photo of sean connery in a james bond movie

Connery in “Goldfinder” Framed Print

An iconic portrait of Connery with the DB5.

a brown leather briefcase

Full Grain Leather Briefcase

A simple, attractive design made of full grain leather and brass hardware.

an oura gen 3 ring

The closest thing we have to tech-driven body maintenance.

a black apple watch

Apple Watch Series 8

Stay connected with important texts and notifications without the distraction of your phone.

fellow electric kettle black

The electric pourover kettle from Fellow is the top name in the game with premium construction, a digital temperature wheel, and a sleek modern design you’re proud to have on your countertop.

epson ls 300 projector

Ultra Short Throw projectors give you the size and fun of a projector while being able to sit it right up against the wall you’re projecting it on. The Epson LS300 balances features, price, and trust in a brand name. (Something not common in the burgeoning home projector segment.)

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