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25 best Christmas gifts for men who already have everything

Best Christmas gift ideas for your boyfriend, your dad, your husband and anyone else left on your list.

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Best unique gifts for men in 2023 (photo via Harry Rosen, Amazon, Best Buy Canada, Mountain Hardwear & Under Armour).

More than 15 years ago, findings from a study suggested that women and men shop differently. Women tended to browse in shopping centres for longer and often purchased items they had not set out to buy in the first place; whereas men were more likely to beeline in and out of malls, rarely straying from the shopping list. Yes, it’s now 2023, and gender norms may be out of style, but I cannot stop thinking about how those observations continually manifest in my parents, friends, and cousins — not to mention in my own relationship. Men — myself included — are laser-focused buyers: when we want something, we hop into our F150s (maybe), drive to the store, purchase it right away, and go home.

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That makes many of us men an absolute pain to shop for come Christmas and the holidays — most of us already have what we think we need. Fear not, if you simply cannot figure out what exactly to buy for the men in your life, this list may come in handy, no matter your budget. Here are 25 gift options for this holiday season that are bound to make your boyfriend, son, dad, husband or friend smile, and save them yet another mission to the mall.

Best unique Christmas gift ideas for men under $50

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Set

The Lamy Safari fountain pen is a fun, staple gift for the sketcher, collector or bureaucrat in your life. This set, which also comes with five matte black ink cartridges, is durable and sleek enough to justify the cost. Besides, $35 is a breezy price point in the sophisticated — if not arcane — world of fountain pens.

The Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Set includes five black ink cartridges.

$35 at Amazon

FurZapper Glove

I grew up in a cat-friendly house, which meant fur-covered pants and woolly pea coats. When things got hairy, we used a roller. This year, I tried a FurZapper Glove: a more tactile, natural hair remover that works well not only on clothes but also on couches, beds, and rugs. It’s a fun stocking stuffer for the animal-loving men in your life.

Amazon shoppers promise the glove "works great."

$28 at Amazon

Adidas Fragrance Gift Set for Men

You can’t go wrong with deodorant — it’s really a gift for you, too. This hygienic set from Adidas keeps smells at bay throughout the day and comes in a neat three-pack of fragrances: Moves for Him, Dynamic Pulse, and Ice Dive. It’s a solid — and necessary — gift for the athletes in your life.

This three-piece fragrance set is a great affordable gift idea.

$20 at Walmart Canada

Goodr Sunglasses

These lightweight and polarized sunglasses have boomed in the running world for how comfortably they rest on the nose without bouncing (I wear them on every run), but to typecast them as running glasses only would be throwing major shade. Their more muted styles in particular make for terrific everyday specs at an affordable price.

Amazon shoppers say these sunglasses "look and feel great."

$50 at Amazon

Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity

The longevity movement gained significant steam in 2023, in part due to fringe actors like Brian Johnson who are trying to reverse their biological clock by decades, but also because of scientists and public intellectuals like Andrew Huberman and Peter Attia who are sharing cutting-edge health research with millions of people. The latter’s new book is a New York Times Bestseller that challenges how we think about aging and offers tangible advice on how to care for our physical and mental health well into our lives.

This New York Times bestseller has over 8,400 reviews on Amazon.

$28 at Amazon

Columbia Travel Lightweight Packable II 21L backpack

For just $40, this backpack is perhaps the best deal on this list. It has all the basics of a sturdy travel bag, with back straps, a top zipper closure, an internal divider sleeve, and a front accessory pocket. It’s a remarkable bargain and a surefire gift for the student or commuter in your life.

This lightweight backpack is perfect for travelling and commuting.

$40 at Mark's

Best unique Christmas gift ideas for men under $100

MyFitnessPal Premium Subscription

We rarely think of subscriptions as holiday gifts; but now that many goods live behind a paywall, these digital presents are total Santa hacks. There are many fragmented fitness and dieting apps out there, but the best all-in-one platform I’ve encountered for less than $100 comes from MyFitnessPal. Their one-year premium subscription allows for basic nutrition and fitness tracking, but also food comparison, meal scanning, and guided, tailored meal and workout plans. It’s applicable for athletes and beginners alike and useful for anybody who wants to take their fitness to a new level.

The Annual Plan offers 67 per cent savings compared to a month-by-month plan.

$80 at MyFitnessPal

Ekster Aluminum Cardholder

This smart wallet is a sleek and functional choice for the scatterbrained cardholder in your life. The Ekster Aluminum Cardholder, thicker but no wider than a credit card itself, combines space-grade aluminum with quick card access. It can hold 1-12 cards and bills, and the expandable backplate keeps it slim and trim; plus, the RFID-blocking feature also prevents wireless theft. Bonus: add a Tracker Card to make it impossible to lose.

Shop the Aluminum Cardholder in 16 colours.

$88 at Ekster

Best unique Christmas gift ideas for men under $200

ABC 5-Pocket Utilitech Pant

Last year, I rebuilt my work wardrobe around four pairs of Lululemon’s ABC Pants. I work from home and could easily opt to wear sweats, but these business casual slacks are just as comfortable while being appropriate for a range of outings. The Utilitech version has a four-way stretch, a hidden zippered pocket, and allows for a full range of motion unlike jeans or dress pants. The ABC pants may very well be Lululemon’s greatest feat of athleisure: the made-up word that sent their stock soaring in the first place.

Shop the ABC Slim-Fit 5 Pocket Pant 32" Utilitech in eight colours.

$138 at Lululemon

Fitbit Charge 5 Advance Fitness Tracker

I’ve previously written about Fitbits and why I like them: they have morphed into affordable exercise watches with robust fitness and sleep-tracking abilities since their first iterations. It comes with a pace and distance tracker, an app that tallies workouts, a sleep feedback function, and even a setting that helps to nail down optimal workout intensity levels. It’s a good, cheaper alternative to most GPS watches to gift the fitness buff in your life.

Shop the Fitbit Charge 5 in two colours.

$200 at Amazon

Under Armour Slipspeed

The shoe market is completely saturated: there are dress shoes, casuals, workout shoes, running shoes, racing shoes, running shoes that also work as racing shoes — just to name a few. If the man in your life needs a new pair of kicks, and you’re not sure for what, the Slipspeeds are a great place to start. They have an adjustable heel that instantly converts the shoes from workout to recovery mode and have enough style to pass as out-and-about footwear.

Shop these training shoes in eight colours.

$190 at Under Armour

DUER Fireside Denim Slim

Not long after becoming an ABC pant absolutist, I walked back my position one small step. The DUER insulated jeans offer a warmer, almost-as-comfortable alternative. Made in Vancouver, these “performance denim” pants have a winter lining that protects against the worst of chills. I’ve never been a big denim wearer, but I’ve also never been a fan of the cold, so these come in handy in chilly outdoor hangouts and are a great investment for someone who wants to withstand frigid temperatures in style.

Shop these DUER jeans in three denim shades.

$179 at DUER

Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2

The Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2 is tiny (like an iPod shuffle — remember those?) yet powerful with a 140-degree field of view capable of capturing crystal-clear 1080p HD video. It also packs an impressive roster of specs, like a handy backup video vault and voice-activated controls. It’s a zero-weight, content-collecting powerhouse and a valuable tool for any excursion.

This "Amazon's Choice" dash cam has over 3,000 reviews. 

$180 at Amazon

Manscaped Perfect Package 4.0

If $160 feels steep for a grooming product, think of Manscaped as an investment. The Perfect Package comes with an electric trimmer, ball deodorant, ball spritz, all-over body wash, four-piece nail kit, shaving mats, and a luxury travel bag. The materials are sleek and built tough and will save your man a dozen trips to Shoppers in the new year.

This "Amazon's Choice" kit has over 2,400 reviews.

$160 at Amazon

Abeo Katana Shoes

These kicks are a great choice for the exercise-curious, yet injury-prone man. ABEO Katana is made to provide excellent foot support and comfort, with its B.I.O. orthotic system aligning and balancing the body to reduce joint stress. With a Vibram Rolling Gait midsole and Ecostep rubber outsole, it's both supportive and eco-friendly. It’s ideal for workouts and keeps its structural integrity for at least a year.

Abeo Footwear

Shop these men's shoes in four colours.

$109 at Abeo Footwear

Best unique Christmas gift ideas for men under $400

Davek Solo Umbrella

Davek Umbrellas are for walkers to work who want a bit of chic on top of their suit: and who appreciate a rain protector that doesn’t completely flip inside out in a gust of wind as would a contact lens. These umbrellas are sturdy, easy to open and close, and impressively compact; and they come at a range of price points. The Solo is a staple: a widely set one-person rain shield with a handy belt clip. Bonus: it comes in a sleek gift box.

This umbrella is built to endure.

$202 at Amazon

Blundstone Classic 585 Chelsea Boots

I’ve outed myself as a Blundstone fan in the past — I simply think there are no better boots on the market for $250. They are easy to slip on and off, the fit is comfortable, and the outer withstands Canada’s two worst winter pests: cold and salt stains. In a way, they are the winter version of the Under Armour Slipspeed shoes: a safe bet for any occasion. They also transcend age and are as good an option for your grandfather and little nephew alike.

These unisex Blundstones are available in several colours.

$250 at Amazon

Skylight Digital Calendar & Daily Planner

The busy bodies in your life, in the absence of a proper calendar, are drowning. They must keep track of their work schedule, social commitments, family events, and in some cases fitness programs, medication appointments, and more — worse, these commitments are probably scattered across Google Calendar, Apple Calendar, Outlook, and that physical calendar left untouched since October. This Skylight Digital Calendar, an all-in-one smart family calendar, renders life easier by synching every commitment into one tablet. It’s on the pricey side, but think of it as a one-and-done antidote to your man’s organizational chaos.

This touchscreen display is ideal for busy individuals and families.

$400 at Amazon

Beats Fit Pro True Wireless Earbuds

Yes, I’ve come across several earbuds that were cheaper than the Beats Fit Pro, but none that even come close to their stunning size-to-sound ratio. They also have a tiny wing tip that, while not looking like much, secures their fit during workouts. I recommend these earbuds as a gift for the frequent gym goer: unless he is your gym partner. Then, don’t buy — he will ignore you.

Gnarwhal 25L Backpack

I have included two backpacks on this list, for two levels of backpackers. The Gnarwhal is not for the fairweather commuter: it’s for the vagabond man who camps, skis, country hops, and who has an idea what the word “portage” means. It comes with a sternum strap, hydration reservoir, helmet stows, large side pockets, and even a shovel and probe section. It’s originally conceived for the ski hill, but can accommodate most outdoor adventures.

Mountain Hardwear

Shop the Gnarwhal 25 Backpack in two colours.

$220 at Mountain Hardwear

Best unique Christmas gift ideas for men: Luxury

Frame Grid Merino Wool Crewneck Sweater

For the fashion fan in your life. The Frame Grid Merino Wool Crewneck Sweater, with its intricate grid pattern crafted from pure merino wool, is a contemporary twist on a classic garment. The neutral, understated beige hue makes it a year-round wardrobe staple, and the thick construction makes it Canadian winter-friendly. At that price, expect a durable piece that will last a generation.

Frame Grid Merino Wool Crewneck Sweater in beige/neutral.

$665 at Harry Rosen

Hugo Boss Hyde Slim-Fit Virgin Wool-Cashmere Overcoat

Looking your best in the dead of winter — be it due to a lack of motivation or a need for warmth — is never easy. This svelte overcoat from Hugo Boss, which looks like it belongs on the shoulders of the male protagonist of every Hallmark movie ever made, can help. The three-button cashmere coat, fully lined and insulated with virgin wool, is a staple for nights out, business functions and downtown winter walks. Its slim fit and lower-cut construction invite a stylish boot pairing, scarf combination and the occasional smoulder.

Shop this BOSS coat in two colours.

$805 at Harry Rosen

Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber Humanature

This jacket, inspired by the impenetrable garments of post-war bush pilots, keeps you warm while making a statement (especially if you get it in white). Thick and insulated all the way to the chin, with a down snorkel hood with customizable trim, the Chilliwack is also surprisingly nimble due to its rib-knit wrists cuffs and hemline. The material quality (85 per cent polyester and 15 per cent recycled cotton) and Canada Goose's lifetime warranty, meanwhile, make it worth the price.

Chilliwack Bomber HUMANATURE in Greige.

$1,295 at Canada Goode

Nespresso Vertuo Lattissima

For the indiscriminate coffee drinker who enjoys an espresso, cappuccino and long coffee, sometimes all in the same day. The Vertuo Lattissima is an extension of Nespresso's excellent Pop+ machines and is the company's first Vertuo machine to whip up milk coffees like macchiatos and cappuccinos with the push of a button. Quick, versatile and barista-grade.

This Nespresso has a 4.9-star rating.

$630 at Amazon

Apple Watch Ultra 2 Smartwatch

While I have been an Apple User for nearly 15 years and have a bias, I do think the Ultra 2, while expensive, is the best wristpiece available. It’s not a beginner’s watch — the myriad features are enough to confuse a village — but it’s a Godsend for a tech junkie, Apple lover, fitness fan, or busybody (I use it for my runs, and to help organize my work day.) Those graduating from the original Ultra will notice a few changes: a brighter display, a fun double-tap functionality, better altitude and deep sea range for explorers and — supposedly — a neural engine that can process machine learning tasks better than its predecessor.

Apple Watch Ultra 2 with ocean band.

$1,099 at Amazon

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