21 best Christmas gifts for men 2019
Be they your brother, your dad or your other half, here are 20 of the very best Christmas present ideas for men – from perfectly practical to novelty niche, with prices to accommodate all budgets
Gifts for men under £10 | Gifts for men under £20 | Gifts for men under £50 | Gifts for men under £150
If the men on your list always * present * (sorry) a bit of a problem, you're in the right place. As you can imagine, Christmas is a pretty big deal on Mumsnet with 25% of users starting planning in September. But if that's not you, don't panic. We've trawled the Christmas Talk board to find the gifts pretty much guaranteed to get great reactions – recommended by Mumsnet users. Just try to conceal your smugness on the big day when you get your [insert recipient here] something he actually wants. Perhaps to help him out, you could direct him towards our round-up of this year's top gifts for women?
Best Christmas gifts for men under £10
1. Wallet Ninja, £4.99
Lots of Mumsnet users have been recommending this neat little stocking filler – it's a screwdriver, a ruler and (most importantly) a bottle opener all in one, and it will fit snugly into his favourite wallet. So many gadgets in one simple and convenient tool. Win!
“Thanks to this thread, my DH’s Christmas stocking has a Wallet Ninja (best four quid spent this Christmas).”Buy now from Amazon
2. Ronhill Classic Running Gloves, £9.60
Looking for a gift for a runner? Specific running gloves are something they might not already have – and will keep them well protected against the elements on wintery outings. These sleek and stretchy gloves are fast-drying, long-lasting and made from a lightweight Thermalite fabric that regulates the temperature of your hands during intensive exercise.Buy now from John Lewis
3. Dead Fred Pen Holder, £7.50
For a bit of light-hearted (if grotesque) fun, why not give the gift of a Dead Fred? Not only is he a tidy pen holder, but his silicone rubber body is designed to be “stabbed again and again by your pen”. So, very handy for anyone looking for an outlet for stress – be it in the office or at home… Basically, the novelty gift option that keeps on giving.Buy now from Amazon
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Best Christmas gifts for men under £20
4. Star Wars KeepCup, from £14.50
With the final instalment of the latest Star Wars trilogy out this Christmas, what better gift for an Ewok enthusiast than some merchandise in a practical guise? From Chewbacca to R2-D2 designs (and either lightweight plastic and toughened plastic options), not only do these reusable coffee cups look great, they're also a step in the right direction to saving our own galaxy.
“I bought my DP a Star wars KeepCup for Christmas as I kept nagging him about buying coffee every week in disposable cups. He loved the comments he got from the Costa staff!”
“DS will be travelling to uni on the train daily and likes a coffee. I thought a nice insulated cup for him to fill and take with him on the train would make a nice gift.”Buy now from Amazon
5. Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur, £14.39 (50cl)
This incredibly versatile gin liqueur has an intense rhubarb aroma and warming ginger aftertaste. It works well with tonic, soda, lemonade or even fizz to make an excellent festive cocktail or simply served simply over ice. A crowd-pleasing gift that may well be shared with
you the crowd.
“I was given some Edinburgh Rhubarb and Ginger Gin for Christmas – I bloody love it with some fiery ginger beer.”Buy now from Amazon
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6. TP-Link Smart Wifi Plug, £15.99 (was £19.99)
Did you know that you can turn electronics off and on using your phone or tablet (and with your voice if paired with Alexa or Google Assistant)? Yep, the future is here. As a fun gadget, the Smart Plug makes a great pressie but also has the added bonus of preventing those age-old arguments about who left the lights on. You can also pay a bit more for 'energy monitoring' which analyses a device's real-time and historical power consumption. Helping the planet and saving money off your bill. Boom.
“If we're talking simple things that have made our lives better, my husband would probably say smart sockets so he can turn the bedroom lamps on and off with his voice.”Buy now from Amazon
7. The Body by Bill Bryson, £15.97 (was £25)
One Mumsnetter sticks religiously to the Holy Trinity of Christmas presents for the men in her life – something to drink, something to wear, and something to read. Bill Bryson's new offering (a 'successor' to the bestselling A Short History of Nearly Everything) is fascinating as well as funny and is packed full of so-mad-they-could-only-be-real facts and stories all about the very vessels we occupy. Excellent conversation fodder and one to borrow too. And at over 450 pages, it's sure to keep him entertained for a little while after Christmas day.
“You should get the new Bill Bryson book about the human body – it's fascinating and actually does explain some of those weird and wonderful goings-on.”
“I love Bill Bryson! I'm constantly amazed that he can write so well about so many different subjects – travel, science, language, Shakespeare, history. I've always enjoyed his books.”Buy now from Amazon
8. Cocoon GRID-IT Organiser, £15.95
GRID-IT draws praise from Mumsnetters year on year for its pleasingly simple yet effective way to store
and show off all your gadgets, bits and/or bobs. It's always a surefire winner as a gift too.
“Got DH a GRID-IT organiser on Amazon last year which was recommended on here and it has proved very popular. Really handy for travelling if you have loads of charger cables etc (like us!).”
“Have just bought one for my dad. I can see him enjoying it when he goes on holidays when he has everything in a zip plastic wallet. He can use this instead. Makes a change from socks.”Buy now from Amazon
9. Tile Mate, £19.98
If your dad or partner regularly misplaces his keys/wallet/marbles, then Tile Mate – the self-dubbed 'anything finder' – is an absolute godsend. Simply attach it to the oft-disappearing item, programme the tile and presto – its Bluetooth tracker means you'll instantly be able to hone in on it using an app on your phone, and 'call' it to reveal its hiding place.Buy now from Amazon
10. Aesop Post-Poo Drops, £20
Whether your, ahem, subtle hints haven't been working or your air freshener just doesn't cut it, a few drops of this
magical Aesop formula in the bowl should be enough to keep your bathroom smelling clean and fresh. Made from a blend of zesty citrus and Ylang Ylang essential oils, they really do smell divine. A couple of drops sprinkled into the washbasin is also a great tip for keeping your bathroom beautifully fragrant.
“The Aesop post-poo drops are properly amazing. I bought some for DH as a jokey Christmas present ages ago and was so impressed I got a second bottle for the downstairs loo. Lasts ages and gets rid of bad smells immediately. Much more effective than air freshener.”Buy now from Space NK
Best Christmas gifts for men under £50
11. BFI Play Streaming Subscription, now £49.90
Move over Netflix, there's an arty player in town. The BFI Player gift subscription offers 12-month complete access to subscription-only titles from over 600 classic, cult and landmark films. You can even choose your suitably niche film gift card cover – from Metropolis to Pink Narcissus (we hadn't heard of them either).
“I'm quite pleased with my idea for DH this year. He loves films and is always bemoaning the fact we don't have a decent art-house cinema anywhere near us. We have a 50 quid limit so I have change for a penny-chew or two too.”Buy now from BFI
12. Lego London Building Toy Set, £34.08 (was £44.99)
This architecture-focussed set has a more grown-up feel to it, but would still make a great Boxing Day activity for all ages. A good Christmas gift for teens and adults alike.
“Lego! No matter the age I've had great success with Lego Technics.”Buy now from Amazon
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13. Stemless Wine Glasses, £26.46 (were £36)
They're much harder to break, they pack away more conveniently than traditional wine glasses and they fit oh-so-well in any wine-lover's hands. They're also “all the rage right now,” according to one glassware convert, adding “if wine is their thing.” (Ahem.) Perfect for christening on Christmas Eve, if you ask us.Buy now from Amazon
14. Cornerstone Shaving Kit (£11 off your first box)
You've all heard of beauty boxes, and now you can treat the OH to a shaving subscription with Cornerstone. He will receive a personalised razor handle, high-quality blades and shave gel from just £9, or you can go the whole hog and get the pre-shave scrub and post-shave balm too. You can order as a one-off, or get this delivered straight to his door once every 12 weeks – just as he starts to run low. And now, as a Mumsnet user, you can get an exclusive £11 off your first box.
“My DH absolutely loved it… Says it’s the best shave he’s ever had.”Buy now for £11 off your first box
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15. Aeropress, £29.87
If caffeine is a non-negotiable aspect of your day, you'll understand why Mumsnetters rate the portable, affordable and effective Aeropress for an outstanding cup of coffee. It's “dead easy to use”, plus it's “very easy to clean up too – no mess.”
“I can definitely recommend the Aeropress coffee thing. My husband loves his and there isn't precious worktop space taken up by his coffee machine anymore.”Buy now from Amazon
16. Cards Against Humanity (UK Edition), £25
A word of warning: Cards Against Humanity is definitely one of the most offensive games you'll ever play. But, as long as you're not too easily shocked, it's also one of the funniest. Just make sure you hide it well from your kids (and any pearl-clutching relatives, naturally).
“The biggest hit of last year was Cards Against Humanity. We've also discovered a whole new wicked side to some family and friends!”
“I am obviously a horrible person because I love it and laughed so hard I cried, got hiccups and very attractive snot bubbles.”Buy now from Amazon
17. Hotel Chocolat The Chocolate and Gin Gift Collection, £20
Gifting chocolates may seem like a cop-out to some (not us), but it's certainly not when you pair it with gin. Enter Hotel Chocolat's great value mini hamper that includes gin-flavoured chocolates, 'Supermilk' (a milk-dark chocolate cross) giant buttons AND two 50ml bottles of cocoa gin. For just £20, this chocolate and alcohol combo is full of spirit and looks pretty swanky too.
“Hotel Chocolat do a nice selection – various prices.”Buy now from Hotel Chocolat
Best Christmas gifts for men under £150
18. Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch, £89.40
If you're looking at getting a smartwatch as a gift but don't want to pay the earth, the Fossil Hybrid is a good bet. It looks stylish with its classic watch face but is also packed with smart features to keep you up to date. It has built-in activity tracking and is compatible with Android and iOS.
“Fossil do a nice hybrid smartwatch – it’s less than half the price and has a normal watch face but does your steps and sends notifications. It doesn’t have a screen you can read messages on, but I like it because the battery doesn’t need charging constantly as it works with a normal watch battery.”Buy now from Amazon
19. John Lewis Lidded Casserole Pot, £75
We're not ones for hints, however if this is a gift for your partner, it would be rude for them not to use it to make some delicious cockle-warming creations, wouldn't it? This beauty is made of a grade of stainless steel that contains chromium and nickel, making it both corrosion-resistant and magnetic so perfect for use on an induction hob. They'll be on a casse-roll (sorry) in no time.
“It's the best all-round pan I own. I've used it to make stews to feed 10 people.”Buy now from John Lewis
20. Divoom Timebox Bluetooth Speaker, £60.23
Perfect for geeks who aren't keen on Alexa, the Timebox Bluetooth speaker seems to have just about everything. It plays music, obvs, but you can also programme it to notify you about your Twitter feed, set it as an alarm clock, customise the pixel art, record messages, use the build in FM tuner and more.Buy now from Amazon
21. Sennheiser Headphones, £116 (were £149.99)
These are some of Sennheiser's most popular noise-cancelling headphones. They're wireless – so no more frustrating tangles – and have a considerably better battery life than you'd expect. They even have a built-in mic for when you need to swap to a phone call.Buy now from Amazon
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