20 best Christmas gifts for men 2021
12 January 2021
Looking for festive treats that he won’t want to return on Boxing Day? Read our selection of the top Christmas gifts for men to buy this year.
If you have a fussy man to buy for, who insists he already owns everything he needs, don’t panic. Here are the best Christmas presents for men. We guarantee he won’t have to fake his delight on 25 December.
1. Best overall Christmas gift for men: Blumtal Pizza Stone and Paddle
“The pizza stone is used a lot. DH makes amazing garlic bread and pizza on it.”
Our favourite Christmas gift idea for men is the Blumtal Pizza Stone and Paddle. For blokes who like getting busy in the kitchen, this professional-looking kit will let them live out their pizza chef dreams.
Made from moisture-absorbing cordierite, the stone can be used in standard kitchen ovens and on BBQs. Warning: the paddle is described as ‘huge’ by some reviewers – but that just gives you an excuse to make huge pizzas too, surely?
Price: £34.99Buy now from Amazon
2. Best budget Christmas gift for men: Wallet Ninja
“Wallet Ninjas went down well with my DH, dad and grandad.”
A favourite stocking filler for men according to Mumsnetters, this nifty little gadget is a screwdriver, a ruler and a bottle opener all in one. It also slots perfectly into his favourite wallet. Talk about value for money.
Price: £4.98Buy now from Amazon
3. Best stocking filler for men: Fleece Chunky Slipper Socks
“Lovely slipper socks to keep their feet toasty warm at home!”
Seriously, though, is it even Christmas without the gift of new socks? These cosy fleece slipper socks from M&S will keep his feet warm and snuggly over the festive season and beyond. Not the most exciting gift, granted, but definitely one of the most useful.
Price: £9.50Buy now from M&S
4. Best gift for dads: LEGO Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R Kit
“A recent successful gift for my DH was some ‘grown-up’ LEGO for adults. He loved putting it together so much that I’m going to get him some others in the series for future gifts. Great lockdown/socially-distant activity too!”
This LEGO Technic Ducati set isn’t cheap, but it’s challenging enough to keep any adult busy and would also be a great Boxing Day activity for dads to complete with their kids. More complex LEGO sets like this make great Christmas gifts for teens too.
5. Best Christmas gift for men with beards: Beard Straightener and Hot Hair Brush
“Surprise hit with my DH recently was a heated beard straightener. Obviously only works if you have a beardy DH, but mine has been preening his lockdown beard carefully so the straighteners went down brilliantly. He thinks his beard looks much more well kept now that he’s straightening it once or twice each week.”
One for those with beards, this beard straightener and hot hair brush pampering set will get your man’s facial fluff looking immaculate. Ideal if they’ve been channeling Hagrid during lockdown. Just don’t let him hog the bathroom mirror.
Price: £12.99Buy now from Amazon
6. Best Christmas gift for music fans: Bold & Noble Tea Towels and Art Prints
“This website does really stylish prints of music stars onto tea towels or as regular prints.”
The Thin White Duke probably never envisaged ending up on a tea towel, but these printed rock ‘n’ roll designs of icons including David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and Bob Dylan certainly make washing-up much cooler. You can also order matching art prints. Rock on.
Price: From £12Buy now from Bold & Noble
7. Best booze Christmas gift for men: Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur
“It's a liqueur and if you haven't tried it yet with prosecco then you must. It's delicious.”
“I’ve got the Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur and find it goes well with ginger beer and prosecco (separately – not all three together)."
Brimming with festive cheer, Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur is an absolute favourite with Mumsnetters. It’s versatile too, as it mixes well with prosecco or ginger beer. Just the ticket for curling up on the sofa when the snow’s falling outside – or, let’s be honest, more likely the rain.
8. Best Christmas gift for tech fans: Cocoon GRID-IT Organiser
“Got DH a GRID-IT Organiser on Amazon, which was recommended on here, and it has proved very popular. Really handy for travelling if you have loads of charger cables etc.”
GRID-IT draws praise from Mumsnetters every year. It’s the ideal way for your favourite tech
geek guru to show off all their gadgets and other random bits. It’s also a great low-cost stocking filler too.
Price: £15.95Buy now from Amazon
9. Best Christmas gift for male co-workers: Hotel Chocolat The Classic Christmas Sleekster
“Hotel Chocolat Classic Christmas Sleekster – a great gift idea for colleagues working from home.”
“Make it something that'll go through the letterbox so people don't have parcel trouble. Chocolate always seems like a safe bet.”
A fail-safe Christmas gift, this box of chocolate goodies is postable – ideal when you can’t meet up with the gift recipient face to face. Hotel Chocolate is a long time favourite with chocoholic Mumsnetters who certainly know their stuff on this particular topic.
10. Best game for men: Cards Against Humanity
“We bought it for DS a couple of Christmases ago – it was an instant hit and everyone from grandparents downwards played. It was definitely worth the money for the entertainment.”
Warning: this close-to-the-knuckle game is absolutely not for children. But providing your recipient is over the age of 17 and not easily offended, he’s bound to enjoy it – as will the rest of the family once the kids are in bed, obviously.
Price: £27.99Buy now from John Lewis & Partners
11. Best Christmas gift for coffee lovers: AeroPress
“I bought my coffee-mad boss an AeroPress for Christmas and he raves about it! I think I might get one for myself now.”
Much cheaper than a fancy schmancy coffee machine, the budget-friendly AeroPress is ideal as a travel coffee gadget too. Mumsnetters reckon that this is the perfect Christmas gift for the coffee enthusiast in your life and it also gets rave reviews from coffee maker reviewers.
Price: £29.67Buy now from Amazon
12. Best men’s fragrance gift: The White Company Noir Eau de Toilette
“One of my well-off managing directors has a large premium fragrance collection and he literally spends hundreds per bottle yet always raves about this little gem.”
There’s nothing nicer at Christmas than a new bottle of scent and this White Company treat hits the spot. It will fit snugly into his Christmas stocking and also works well as a gift for male co-workers or boss.
Price: £30Buy now from The White Company
13. Best men’s grooming gift: Cornerstone Shaving Kit
“A posh shaving kit from Cornerstone went down well last year.”
If you’d like to treat your OH to a subscription with a difference, a Cornerstone Shaving Kit could be the solution. He’ll receive a personalised razor handle, high-quality blades and shave gel from £9, or you can spoil him to the pre-shave scrub and post-shave balm too.
You can order as a one-off, or get the goodies delivered straight to his door every 12 weeks. As a Mumsnet user, you can also claim an exclusive £11 off your first box.
Discount: £11 off your first boxBuy now from Cornerstone
14. Best men’s fashion gift: John Lewis & Partners Cotton Cashmere Sweater
“John Lewis cashmere has always been good.”
Cashmere is a spendy sort of Christmas gift, but this John Lewis & Partners Cotton Cashmere Blend Sweater (it contains 5% cashmere) is much more affordable. It also supports ethical not-for-profit organisation, the Better Cotton Initiative. A great budget-but-feels-luxe treat for the stylish dudes in your life.
Price: £33.75Buy now from John Lewis & Partners
15. Best Christmas gift for beer drinkers: Beerwulf The Sub
“If he's into his beers, he may enjoy a draft beer tab called The Sub. This was a hit present for DH for Christmas – you can buy the torps via Beerwulf.”
Beer fans can enjoy freshly poured beer – from big names such as Amstel and Heineken – with The Sub. This home draft kit can hold two litres of chilled amber nectar and keep it ready to drink for 15 days. If ever there’s been a year to install your own private boozer at home, 2021 is surely it. Sticky floors and packets of pork scratchings not included.
Price: £99Buy now from Beerwulf
16. Best Christmas gift for cyclists: Garmin Edge Bike Computer
“How about a Garmin bike tracker? My bike guy loves his Garmin.”
If you have a man in lycra in your life – and we’re not talking about your Zumba instructor – then this nifty gadget will get them on their bike (quite literally). The Garmin Edge Bike Computer uses GPS to track his route, telling him how far and fast he’s gone – as well as how to get home!
17. Best Christmas gift for music fans: Sennheiser Wireless Headphones
Wireless, with noise cancellation, musos will love these slick, easily portable Sennheiser Headphones. He won’t have to worry about getting wires tangled and there’s an integrated microphone so he can swap to phone calls – perfect for working from home.
Price: £99Buy now from Amazon
18. Best alternative to a Fitbit: Withings Steel HR Watch
“DH wouldn’t wear a Fitbit but loves his Withings Steel HR Watch. It looks a lot more like an actual watch than a sports monitor, but does exactly the same thing.”
Smart and classic enough to wear to a business meeting (remember those?), you’d never guess that the Withings Steel HR Watch is capable of measuring fitness levels, heart rate, activity and sleep tracking. It may be expensive, but it’s very clever too.
Price: £153.44Buy now from Amazon
19. Best subscription gift for men: MasterClass Virtual Class Subscription
“I now tell DH not to buy me ‘things’ (unless I specifically ask for them), so instead we buy each other things like a baking class and subscriptions.”
If you’re trying not to fill your house with more stuff this Christmas, this online subscription will bring knowledge, not clutter. Subscribers can enjoy exclusive online tutorials from the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Samuel L Jackson, Ru Paul, Anna Wintour and Martin Scorcese without getting up from the sofa.
Price: £170 for a year’s subscriptionBuy now from MasterClass
20. Best home speakers for men: Bang & Olufsen Waterproof Speaker
“If he likes music and is working from home, then these are superb. Lovely portable speaker and a really good speaker phone.”
“I got DH a really good bluetooth speaker for his birthday and he loves it. Especially now it looks like he'll be working from home forever, he can have his music on all day!”
Our priciest pick, Bang and Olufsen’s stylish speaker gets great reviews and is a treat for music lovers. Compact and portable, it’s fully waterproof and dust-proof, and has a long battery life. It’s a great addition, whether he has his own fully kitted out home office or is working from the comfort of the shed.
What is the best gift for a man?
The best Christmas gift for men to buy is the Blumtal Pizza Stone and Paddle, which allows your favourite foodie to recreate restaurant-level pizzas at home. It’s a good option to please the most impossibly choosy of men – because let’s face it, most of us love pizza, right?
What's the most popular Christmas gift?
Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur gets many recommendations on the Mumsnet forums, making it one of the most popular on our Christmas list. The Hotel Chocolat Classic Christmas Sleekster is also very popular with chocoholics and Mumsnetters alike.
What gifts do dads want?
We think the LEGO Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R is a unique Christmas gift for dads, especially if they don’t have a particular hobby. It’s a fun activity for them to enjoy with their kids. The AeroPress Coffee Maker is also a brilliant gift for all tired dads in need of a regular caffeine fix.
How we chose our recommendations
All our Christmas gift ideas for men came from recommendations on the Mumsnet forums. We also checked independent review sites for opinions about each product to ensure we were bringing you an honest, detailed summary of Christmas gifts for husbands, partners, dads, teens and male co-workers.
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