The perfect tech gift all depends on who you're thinking of gifts for — boyfriend, husband, dad, etc. Is he someone who loves using tech to explore and see things in new ways? Introduce him to the aerial photography craze with our huge selection of drones. Maybe he's more of a hands-on adventurer who'd enjoy capturing his exploits on an action cam. Or perhaps he's a pragmatist who likes to have information at his fingertips, in which case wearables like smartwatches and activity trackers could be right up his alley. While we can show you the best gifts for men based on our expertise, you're the one who knows the guy you're shopping for and what will make him happy.
A genuine fashion miracle is happening here—cashmere basics at affordable prices, like this Quince Mongolian Cashmere Tee ringing in well under $50. Before you run off thinking that it’s a blended fabric and not fully cashmere, think again. The brand uses 100 percent grade-A Mongolian cashmere at a 15.1-micron thickness sourced from Hircus goats in Inner Mongolia. It comes in a variety of colors and only requires a modest amount of extra laundry care. But don’t worry: Here’s how you can unshrink a sweater if you forget to read the label.
Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to hear "Hotel California" for the umpteenth time in a row, but Dad’s got his boombox out and he’s ready to rock. Entice him to isolate the experience with this pair of slick earbuds. These little pods have an incredible 10 hours of battery life and feel great in the ear, so they can be worn comfortably for as long as he feels like it. Now he can blast his beats to himself until he falls asleep. Read the review here.
Philips Hue A19 smart light bulbs make it easy for Dad to create a relaxing environment for when he’s at home, and they’re even easier to control using Bluetooth and his smartphone. If your dad is particularly tech savvy, we recommend adding a Hue hub, which will allow him to set Schedules, as well as integrate the light bulbs with motion sensors and wireless switches from the Hue family of accessories. The White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit includes four bulbs (and a Hue hub) to get dad’s system off the ground and running.
The SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II provides terrific sound anywhere you go, be it from the pool to the park to the patio. Enjoy quality music up to 8 hours with its Lithium-ion battery which is also rechargeable with USB power sources. Need to keep the music flowing? The Bose speaker is easy to use. You don’t have to guess what device you’re paired to, thanks to the voice prompts feature. With these Bluetooth speakers from Bose, you’re covered with up to 8 hours of music as your day unfolds. This wireless speaker is available in Aquatic Blue, Coral Red, Soft Black or Polar White and comes with an easy-touch texture that is non-slip, keeping your speakers in your hands as you move.
If you’re looking to splurge on a special woman in your life, this Dyson hair dryer, engineered for all different hair types, is a worthy investment. It’s been known to drastically reduce hair-drying time without using extreme heat, and its cool, space-agey design is a nice bonus to boot. We tested it ourselves, and were truly blown away by how easily we were able to get a salon-quality blowout right at home.
Among the drippers we tested for making great pour-over coffee, the Kalita Wave 185 Dripper produced the most consistent, flavorful, and balanced coffee, perfectly suited to your dad’s sophisticated taste buds. After brewing 150 cups, we found the Kalita Dripper’s flat-bottomed design promoted more-even water drainage and made it easy for beginners to get consistent results (for example, it made great coffee even when we just eyeballed the amount of water per pour, or when our aim and timing were off).
While many women are happy with "traditional" gifts like candy, flowers, or jewelry, it can sometimes be a bit harder to find a gift that resonates with a man. The best birthday gifts for him include everything from a new luxury watch to a stylish slim fit suit to a healthy supply of his favorite protein powder. The Ringside 100-pound Muay Thai Punching Heavy Bag is another great gift choice.
This Cubcoats Pimm product is a T-shirt and a stuffed animal all in one! It’s a fun way to get little ones excited about new clothes because it’s also a toy. In a few quick seconds, the comfy tee transforms into a gender-neutral plush toy that’s great to play with, show off to friends and loved ones, or use as an impromptu pillow on long-haul flights and road trips.
If the dad on your list loves beer, then he is going to really love making his own. A beer brewing kit is a gift that continues to give long after he has thrown away the wrapping paper. Getting him a brewmaster kit will give him a new hobby and a goal to reach, making a beer that he and the rest of the family loves. He'll be dying to invite his friends over to taste the new brew that he made from scratch. Watch in awe as he registers this gift when he opens it. Listen closely because you are about to hear him say, "oh this is so cool!"
Whether your dad is a hunter, a hobbyist nature observer, or someone who just wants to know what goes bump in the night outside his rural home, an inexpensive trail camera is a surprisingly effective tool for capturing clear images and videos of wildlife. Our testing showed that the Wildgame Innovations Mirage 18 is the best trail camera under $100 because of its 720p resolution and ability to detect movement from up to 40 feet away. Just be sure to avoid its watchful eye when you’re sneaking out at night.
Having a functional golf bag can rekindle any flickering love one has for the game. The Callaway Golf Capital Stand Bag features five pockets that store a water bottle, gloves, full-length apparels, your valuables and a full-size golf ball. This 5-way top divider system and padded shoulder strap which provides extra comfort as you move can play crucial a part in your performance. Get this bag for Daddy this Christmas in their preferred colour and watch them carry this lightweight beauty to victory on the golf course!
As a working man, you must be ready for anything. The Leatherman Super Multitool from Tim Leatherman’s brand is an ideal tool to have within your reach always when you’re prepared to work. The first multi-tool was created in Oregon, the place for people who love to get stuff done. With a handle made for gripping with gloves and 19 tools built with a pair of the strongest pliers ever to exist, the Leatherman multitool comes complete with knives, pliers, a saw, ruler and an awl for more functionality. The all-locking feature that accompanies this toolbox ensure that all your valuable tools are securely in place at all times.
Whether or not your dad already plays a lot of board games, we think he’ll like Codenames (one of our favorite board games for adults). It’s quick to play, easy to learn, and flexible on how many people can participate. It’s also popular across generations, so you, your dad, your dad’s dad, and maybe even your dad’s dad’s dad can all play together.
A pair of Nest security cameras for the outside and one for the inside will be a home security lover’s dream come true. The system works with Google Nest Max and Alexa, and can be monitored from a smartphone just about anywhere there’s Internet access. That means frequent travelers, parents with kids getting home before them, or just about anyone else can feel safer. These are more of the top-reviewed home security cameras.
These JLab Audio Go Air True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds are a great budget-friendly gift for smartphone users. The charging case is included, and a sweat-resistant design makes them the perfect choice for active types, those living in warm climates, and anyone prone to keeping their earbuds in for long periods of time. They’re surprisingly high-end for the price, offering bass boost, sound balance, and a Bluetooth 5.0 connection. Here are another 15 cell phone accessories you’ll end up using every day.
If you're not quite sure what kind of hot sauce your dad likes, or if he isn't committed to this or that variety of the spicy stuff, then The Good Hurt Fuego Hot Sauces Sampler is a great gift idea. It features sauces made with peppers that come from India, Mexico, and beyond, and it has flavors ranging from Chipotle Pepper to Garlic Herb to Whiskey Habanero.
These Dearfoams women’s Mama Bear buffalo plaid slippers are definitely among the cutest holiday gifts for mom, and she’ll wear them just about every day. The cozy, cushioned foot bed is lined with plush faux fur, and the slide-in style means she won’t need to have a coffee before putting them on. They’re also machine washable, which any mom will tell you is the hallmark of good slippers.
Whiskey just hits different when it's poured from a 1920s-style decanter instead of the bottle—and he knows that, so he'll be excited to break out this gift the next time he has his colleagues over for a glass of scotch. According to hundreds of reviewers (who give the set a 4.7-star rating), the handcrafted glass is as sturdy and durable as it is luxe and distinguished.
Whether you’re celebrating your granddad, your dad, or your favorite “zaddy,” you may need some gifting inspiration. Dads often don’t help in this regard; the most common refrain from my own father as we approach any holiday is a gruff “I don’t want anything.” But of course he does, and even if you can’t pull it out of him, you can still get your dad something he’ll appreciate. Send him one of these great, Wirecutter-recommended gifts for dads—none of which is another boring tie.
For the fitness-minded father, here’s a full-body bodyweight system that fits in a carrying pouch and weighs less than a pound. The system includes a suspension training strap and anchors so he can easily attach it to a door or tree. He’ll be lunging, rotating, pushing, and pulling in no time, and with six months of free access to the TRX app included, he’ll have plenty of workouts to keep him in shape during this long, gym-free winter.
This camera from Canon is a great gift to give this Christmas. The Canon PowerShot offers high-resolution photos in a portable digital camera. With a great sensor and processor, all images and videos taken with this camera are of high quality. Great for snapshots, this camera is easy to carry around and can store thousands of photos on its memory card. Also for sharper handheld shooting, lens benefits from Digital IS, which helps to minimise the appearance of camera shake. A sleek design with excellent image output, the Canon PowerShot Digital Camera is a sight to behold. Make sure you also check our selection of the best travel cameras on the market today.
Protect against strokes or other heart conditions and look stylish doing it. The Withings Move is a hybrid smartwatch that can detect atrial fibrillation (arrhythmic heartbeat) due to its built-in electrocardiogram. Even without this potentially life-saving feature, the Move is still a solid watch. It auto-detects fitness activities, has connected GPS, and can track sleep. Plus, it’s nowhere near as expensive as some other smartwatches on the market. Read our full review here.
Founded in a garage by bike messenger Rob Honeycutt 25 years ago, the Timbuk2 is an original San Francisco brand known for the design of quality accessories, bags and packs that last for a lifetime. All products created by Timbuk2 are made with style and a passion for durability and functionality. The Timbuk2 Q Laptop Backpack is an original backpack that comes complete with a padded laptop compartment secure enough to fit a 17” Macbook. Keep yourself hydrated and your laptop safe with a side pocket that can contain your water bottle. The Timbuk2 Q also comes with the industry-leading brand’s legendary lifetime warranty. Be sure to also check out our list of the best laptop bags for more great items like this.
Take, for example, the D.I.Y. Laguiole Toothpick Knife Kit: Like a pocket knife, a traditional toothpick knife can be used for a wide variety of everyday tasks, from opening a package (video) to chopping fruits and veggies. (If your dad is so daring, he can even take its name literally and use it to floss.) With this knife kit, your dad will have all the parts necessary to make his own Occitan-style pocket knife (so it’s a mini assembly project, where building it is half the fun). This gift is craftier and requires a bigger time commitment than if you simply got your dad Wirecutter’s favorite budget pocket knife, the Sanrenmu 710 (aka 7010). But the 710 is a great choice, too, if your dad doesn’t have time for crafts.
This coffee maker is both high-tech and elegant. The unique brewing process uses a vacuum to pull water through the coffee grounds. The crema—the white foamy part—is separated from the final brew, resulting in a smoother, less bitter blend. Oh, and it’s quick too. The FrankOne brews a cup of hot coffee in 30 seconds. Cold brew takes just four minutes, rather than the usual overnight process.
Most high-quality drones will cost you $500 and up, which can be pricey if you aren’t sure you are going to get a lot of use out of it. The Potensic T25 is our favorite drone under $200, making it an awesome way to practice flying (and crashing), without spending a ton of money. Despite the price, you’re still getting an included 1080p camera and smart features like hovering, decent battery life, and a “Follow Me” mode.