55 Best Gifts for Husbands 2021 | The Strategist


imageWhether you’ve been together for five years or five decades, it can be hard to shop for your husband, especially if he’s a has-everything, doesn’t-want-anything kind of person.To make things a little easier on you, we’ve rounded up picks for all types of guys with all types of interests from our archive of delightful products that double as great gifts.We divided up these presents by different price points — click here for those under $25 , under $50 , under $100 , under $200 , and over $200 .

Under $25 For the husband who’s more into DIY-ing than buying

Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocketknife $22 now 23% off $17 It’s a classic for a reason — as we heard from hikers, adventurers, and people who like to fix things in our guide to the best multi-tools .The knife features scissors, a nail file, a screwdriver, a key ring, a toothpick, and tweezers: all the essentials for any emergency.Arborist Alex Vaught describes the knife as both small and light, easily fitting into a pocket and “unlikely to look intimidating to anyone.”

$17 at Amazon Buy For the husband who’s skin-care curious

Verso Deep Hydration Mask $15 This mask comes recommended by men’s-grooming editor Garrett Munce , who says that it “comes in two parts (so you don’t have to use the bottom if you have a beard), is made from thick biocellulose that’s never left sticky paper fibers on my face (the way cheaper masks can) and imparts crazy amounts of moisture without feeling sticky.”

$15 at Amazon Buy $15 at Dermstore Buy For the husband who’s a new dad

Kicking Horse Coffee, Dark Roast, Whole Bean $11 A full night’s sleep might be a thing of the past, but a strong cup of this dark-roast brew will give him the energy he needs to make it through the day.As one satisfied Amazon reviewer writes, “If you like coffee that kicks you in the butt, this is that coffee.”

$11 at Amazon Buy $11 at Amazon Buy For the husband whose favorite part of the meal is the bread basket

Nuñez de Prado $24 Like different bottles of wine, olive oil has distinct notes — experts previously explained to us that some are more mild while others are peppery.

This tin comes courtesy of James Beard Award–winning chef Jonathan Waxman , who uses it for roasting meats and making marinades.And if you need even more reason to get it, New York City institution Zabar’s sells the olive oil, describing it as “bright and fruity with just a hint of pepper.”

$24 at Amazon Buy $24 at Amazon Buy For the husband who’s also a beginner chef

‘How to Dress an Egg: Surprising and Simple Ways to Cook Dinner’ $21 $30 now 30% off $21 Photo: Courtesy of Publisher This cookbook from Houseman chef Ned Baldwin will teach your husband the most basic recipes that he can expand upon once he masters them.

$21 at Amazon Buy For the husband who’s hyperspecific about ramen toppings

Maggi Masala 2-Minute Noodles $15 for 12 Photo: Retailer For a grab-and-go lunch or a quick make-ahead dinner, these instant noodles come highly praised by New York Times food reporter and Indian-ish author Priya Krishna.

“They are India’s answer to instant ramen, and they are perfect — spicy, salty, and equally delicious whether prepared really soupy or more like a loose sauce,” she says.Krishna adds aromatics like cracked black pepper and sautéed ginger and garlic.

$15 for 12 at Amazon Buy $15 for 12 at Amazon Buy For the husband who always craves something sweet after dinner

Cocomels Bites From $15 for 3 Strategist contributor Steven John has tried to find healthier alternatives to the sweet treats he has known and loved over the years.These caramel bites remind him of Rolos but have about half the sugar.John describes them as “tasty little spheres [that] are a great choice for anyone who wants a candy that really does taste like candy.”

From $15 for 3 at Amazon Buy From $15 for 3 at Amazon Buy For the husband looking to spice things up (in the kitchen)

‘Ottolenghi Flavor: A Cookbook,’ by Yotam Ottolenghi $23 $35 now 34% off $23 Several chefs cited this cookbook as the best for vegetarian recipes .

Stacy Seebode , a Michelin-trained private chef, says it’s “truly globally forward and flavored: You will see Korean and Syrian ingredients living harmoniously together, all with texture and ‘of the season’ highlights in one recipe.”

$23 at Amazon Buy $23 at Amazon Buy For the husband looking to spice things up (in the bedroom)

Überlube Luxury Lubricant $18 Packaged in a surprisingly tasteful glass bottle, this fancy lube is one of our readers’ favorites.We learned about it from Samantha Bard, co-owner of Brooklyn-based Shag, who says it’s “one of the highest-quality silicone lubes out there.” Plus, it’s compatible with most sex toys .

$18 at Amazon Buy For the husband who’s always jotting down his great ideas

Moleskine Ruled Volant Journal $15 for 2 Minimalist notebook-maker Moleskine is a favorite with our Strategist staff.

New York editor Katy Schneider calls these Moleskine journals “the Frances McDormand of notebooks: handsome, no-nonsense, and timeless.” They were one of the best-rated styles in our ranking of 100 notebooks .

$15 for 2 at Amazon Buy $15 for 2 at Amazon Buy For the husband with just a little peach fuzz on top

Claus Porto Musgo Real Shaving Cream $24 $24 In our guide on how to care for a bald head , both a dermatologist and a barber told us that shaving foam doesn’t have the moisturizing properties to protect the skin from stripping.

So they say to look for a thicker shaving cream.Barber Hung Nguyen of Fellow Barber uses this moisturizing cream from statusy soap brand Claus Porto on all of his bald clients, saying that it lathers nicely.

$24 at Amazon Buy $24 at Amazon Buy For the husband who hates putting on sunscreen

Supergoop! Super Power Sunscreen Mousse With Blue Seakale $19 $19 He’ll be much more likely to use a spray-on sunscreen than a greasy one that’s hard to rub in.We crowned this Supergoop! mousse the easiest to apply because it “isn’t sticky like lotion, absorbs on the spot, and provides full coverage.”

$19 at Amazon Buy $19 at SuperGoop Buy For the husband who always borrows your lip balm

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 From $8 He won’t mind toting around this hydrating balm that contains sunscreen to prevent further chapping.

From $8 at Amazon Buy From $8 at Amazon Buy For the husband who always falls asleep on the couch

DII Rustic Farmhouse Cotton Chevron Blanket Throw with Fringe $26 now 27% off $19 Cuddle up together under this throw blanket that’ll also look nice casually draped over the sofa .

$19 at Amazon Buy $19 at Amazon Buy For the husband with a grout vendetta

Drillbrush Bathroom Surfaces Cleaning Kit $15 $19 now 21% off $15 Strategist editor Maxine Builder discovered this unlikely tool for giving her bathroom a deep clean.A power-tool attachment, the Drillbrush erases years of built-up grime and soap scum.

$15 at Amazon Buy $15 at Amazon Buy For the husband who’s perfecting his capsule wardrobe

Russell Athletic Men’s Basic Cotton T-shirts From $7 From $7 Senior writer Liza Corsillo’s fiancé only wears these Russell Athletic T-shirts, which he first found out about on a trip to Modell’s during a “health Goth” phase.His uniform usually consists of black jeans and T-shirts, and he hates shopping for clothes.

“So the fact that he found something he likes enough to buy over and over again is a big deal,” Corsillo writes .It’s a T-shirt your husband will definitely keep around in his closet.

From $7 at Amazon Buy From $7 at Amazon Buy For the husband with no matching socks

Hanes Ultimate Men’s 6-Pack FreshIQ Crew Socks $19 now 37% off $12 Stock up on these basic pairs that our Resident Cool Guy and columnist Chris Black calls “perfect for the gym or daily wear.”

$12 at Amazon Buy $12 at Amazon Buy For the husband whose sweatpants have holes in them

Southpole Men’s Active Basic Jogger Fleece Pants From $15 Photo: retailer This will be his new favorite pair in no time.

From $15 at Amazon Buy From $15 at Amazon Buy For the husband whose jeans are falling apart

Levi’s Men’s 501 Original Fit Jean $60 now 42% off From $35 No matter his style, a pair of straight-fit Levi’s 501s is still “the gold standard,” according to denim nerds .

From $35 at Amazon Buy From $35 at Amazon Buy For the husband who’s decidedly a sneakerhead

Sneaker Lab Shoe Wipes $9 Cleaning wipes aren’t the most romantic of gifts, but if he’s in love with his sneakers , he’ll love these, too.They come recommended by Joe Rocco of Jim’s Shoe Repair in Midtown.“They’re almost like baby wipes , but for sneakers,” he explains.“There’s no doubt.

These will get the dirt off,” he says.

$9 at Amazon Buy $9 at Amazon Buy Under $50 For the husband who’s a spontaneous backpacker

Wise Owl Hammock $40 now 15% off From $34 Whether he’s actually camping or just going to the park for the afternoon, he can take this top-rated hammock with him.This comes in both single and double sizes, so maybe he’ll let you hop in there with him, too.

From $34 at Amazon Buy From $34 at Amazon Buy For the husband who’s decidedly not a sneakerhead

Crocs Classic Lined Clog From $45 Or into any fancy footwear, frankly.Serving the purpose of both a slipper and quick-errand shoe, these shearling-lined Crocs are perfect for the guy who would just rather stay in socks.

From $45 at Amazon Buy From $45 at Amazon Buy For the husband who’s always late to meetings

Sharper Image Light Up Electronic Word Clock $25 $25 This word clock is a fun upgrade from his phone screen and is beloved by former Strategist senior editor Anthony Rotunno.

According to him, there’s something “inherently calming about its soothing display.”

$25 at Amazon Buy $25 at Amazon Buy For the husband who’s into the classics

Postcards From Penguin: 100 Book Covers in One Box $25 Like Nicole Lamy, the New York Times “ Match Book ” columnist, your husband could use one of these vintage-book-cover postcards as a bookmark (or he can actually send them as snail mail).

$25 at Amazon Buy $25 at Amazon Buy For the husband whose stir fry is legendary

Lodge 12-Inch Cast-iron Skillet With Dual Handles and Sloped Sides $60 now 25% off $45 We’ve long loved the Lodge cast iron skillet, which is both affordable and incredibly high quality.This one, with double handles and gently sloping sides resembles a wok and according to chef Daniel Cutler , will last you forever.

$45 at Amazon Buy $45 at Amazon Buy For the husband who consistently burns his fingers on the grill

Artisan Griller Insulated Cooking Gloves $32 $32 These insulated gloves will protect your grilling newbie from any potential accidents as they learn their way around the grill.Writer Caitlin M.

O’Shaughnessy mentioned that she was introduced to these gloves from her mother, who would use them to take a turkey out of the oven.These are “designed for true-blue barbecuers who have to handle hot meat on the smoker — that means they’re waterproof, stainproof, and (most importantly) greaseproof,” she explained.

$32 at Amazon Buy $32 at Amazon Buy For the husband who’s always on his last pair of undies

Calvin Klein Men’s Cotton Stretch Multi-Pack Boxer Briefs From $28 From $28 A new set of boxer briefs is both a useful and sexy thing to give.Consider it a twofer.

From $28 at Amazon Buy From $28 at Amazon Buy For the husband trying to be more ecoconscious

Bamboozle Food Composter (Natural) $50 now 10% off $45 If he’s green when it comes to sustainability, this surprisingly nice-lookin g compost bin is the right start.It’s made from biodegradable bamboo fibers instead of plastic.

$45 at Amazon Buy $45 at Amazon Buy For the husband who’s always on one percent

Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 From $30 Anyone who’s frequently on the go knows the importance of a good charge — and this Anker portable charger gives just that.

It’s a favorite of many a Strategist writer and comedian Jacqueline Novak , who told us : “It’s both the thing that plugs into the wall and the battery all in one … the wall charger is the battery.”

From $30 at Amazon Buy From $30 at Amazon Buy For the husband who’s a cat dad

SmartCat the Ultimate Scratching Post $50 When we talked to cat behaviorists and pet-store owners about the best gifts for cat lovers , several recommended this SmartCat scratching post.Nora Wood, adoption-event coordinator for volunteer cat-rescue group and nonprofit Anjellicle Cats , says it’s a perfect gift because “cats can’t knock it over — very important! — and the cat can stretch out her back while scratching.”

$50 at Amazon Buy $50 at Chewy Buy Under $100 For the husband who always handles the aux cord

JBL Clip 4 $80 $80 Strategist tech writer Jordan Bowman initially believed there was no way a speaker this small would be good.He was proven wrong — the sound was clear even on a California beach with loud waves.Plus the design is perfect for commutes, walks, or just getting around.“The clip design allows you to attach it to nearly anything — it held just as well to a hiking pack as it did a bike basket,” Bowman writes .

$80 at Amazon Buy $80 at Target Buy For the husband who likes to get a workout during Zoom calls

TFD Spintray Desk Tray $60 $60 Senior writer Karen Iorio Adelson talked to Peloton obsessives about the presents to give fellow frequent riders ahead of the holidays.Several of them mentioned they like putting their bikes on “Just Ride” mode — so no instructor — to multitask.

And this tray can be put on top of a Peloton along with his laptop and preferred beverage.

$60 at Amazon Buy $60 at Amazon Buy For the husband who’s perfecting Grandma’s pasta recipe

LaGondola Professional Pasta-Cutter Wheel, Ravioli Cutter $98 $98 According to professional pasta-makers , rolling cutters are worth the investment.Linda Miller Nicholson, the author of Pasta, Pretty Please , told us that lesser-quality cutters aren’t as ergonomically comfortable, resulting in poorly cut pasta.Nicholson likes this one in particular for its heavy enough wooden handle that helps slice without putting your hand in an awkward position.Thomas McNaughton, the author of Flour + Water: Pasta , says this tool can last for generations.

$98 at Amazon Buy $98 at Amazon Buy For the husband who’s perfecting Grandpa’s waffle recipe

Cuisinart WAF-F10P1 Waffle Iron $60 $110 now 45% off $60 This waffle-making Cuisinart machine is the only iron that Moon Juice founder Amanda Chantal Bacon uses to make her favorite grain-free waffles.She went through six waffle irons before she found Cuisinart’s.These keep her waffles fluffy and spongy so that syrup can easily seep through.

$60 at Amazon Buy $60 at Amazon Buy For the husband who needs a reminder to floss

Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser From $67 From $67 There are some spots where a toothbrush just can’t reach.

A water flosser can help keep pearly whites in tip-top shape.When we talked to dentists and dental hygienists about them, 23 out of 29 prefer flossers from Waterpik.“They are the holy grail of Waterpiks and flossers, and I recommend their product to all my patients,” said Brooklyn-based dentist Elliot Eskenazi .The brand’s Aquarius flosser got several shout-outs, especially for its ten different pressure settings and strong engine for cleaning in between teeth.

From $67 at Amazon Buy From $67 at Amazon Buy For the husband who needs to relax

YNM Bamboo Weighted Blanket $75 He might like the comforting embrace of a weighted blanket .Strategist writer Jenna Milliner-Waddell calls the YNM blanket a worthy dupe of Gravity Blanket’s (much pricier) option.“I now define my life as pre–YNM blanket and post–YNM blanket.Pre-YNM, it took me what felt like forever to fall asleep,” she writes.This blanket is cooling , too.

Dani Donovan, creator of ADHDDD , a community platform for adults with ADHD, told us that it “gently cools me off without being too cold.”

$75 at Amazon Buy $75 at Amazon Buy For the husband with a bad back

Office Star Ergonomically Designed Knee Chair $99 $99 Strategist contributing writer Alice Gregory turned us on to this kneeling chair as an alternative to the standard desk chair that’s probably contributing to your husband’s bad posture.“Unlike a regular chair, the shape forces you to engage your core and naturally keeps your spine upright,” she says.“Your back muscles strengthen, and circulation improves.”

$99 at Amazon Buy $99 at Amazon Buy For the husband who spends weekends on trails Danner Mountain 600 4.5” Hiking Boot From $210 Support his hiking habit with a new pair of waterproof boots that are easy to break in and that wouldn’t look out of place with a casual outfit.

From $210 at Amazon Buy From $210 at Amazon Buy For the husband hoarding receipts

M-CLIP Stainless Blackout Money Clip $85 Snowboarder Shaun White is a fan of this money clip, which he says is more secure than any other he’s tried.It’s thick enough to hold cash, an ID, and two credit cards, and has a no-stretch guarantee.

$85 at Amazon Buy $85 at Amazon Buy Under $200 For the husband who can’t even keep his snake plant alive

Click and Grow Smart Garden 3 $119 He wants that elusive green thumb but doesn’t always remember to water your monstera .

Sera Rogue, owner of Brooklyn gardening company Red Fern , told us about this easy-to-use planter that she recommends to clients in our guide to the best indoor garden kits .“Generally, city kitchens do not have the full sun required to keep herbs alive,” Rogue says.“Also, the roots of herbs are somewhat simplistic.They require daily watering.” Fortunately, he can get his own little herb garden with this self-watering planter that comes with a built-in light.

$119 at Amazon Buy $140 at Click & Grow Buy For the husband who wants to start a podcast

Blue Yeti X Professional Condenser USB Microphone $140 $140 An actual professional microphone might increase the chances of his “super-original idea” taking off.

$140 at Amazon Buy $170 at Best Buy Buy For the husband whose beard care is self-care

Wahl Professional Cordless Magic Clip $120 When we spoke to 20 barbers, stylists, and guys with good beards about the best beard trimmers out there, almost half of them called Wahl’s Cordless Magic Clip the most powerful of the bunch.(And it doubles as an equally good hair clipper , experts say.) “It’s the top product to own if you want to re-create a barbershop experience in the comfort of your home,” Miles Wood-Smith , the head barber at Murdock London, told us.

$120 at Amazon Buy $120 at Amazon Buy For the husband who has an eight-step shaving routine

Feather AS-D2 All-Stainless-Steel Safety Razor $175 $238 now 26% off $175 Not nearly as ubiquitous as drugstore cartridge razors, safety razors are actually what professionals recommend for the home shaver.A few barbers told us these types of razors help with irritation and getting a closer cut (especially if you find yourself covering your cuts with pieces of toilet paper).

This high-end Feather model — the brand is a favorite of barbers — is worth getting, according to Heather Manto, the owner of Austin’s Independence Barber Co .The high-quality stainless steel is similar to vintage razors, she adds.

$175 at Amazon Buy $175 at Amazon Buy For the husband who still doesn’t have a Nintendo Switch …

Razer Kishi Controller for iPhone + Hammerhead True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds $200 now 27% off $146 … Or the latest Xbox or a PS5, this device will turn their cell phone into a controller, allowing them to get their hands on at least one of the latest gaming technologies.Plus the set includes earbuds so his games don’t echo through the house.

$146 at Amazon Buy $146 at Amazon Buy For the husband with sore feet

Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager $140 Even if he’s more likely to give a foot rub than request one, we can guarantee he’ll enjoy this heated foot massager that’s been a hit among Amazon reviewers and Strategist readers .

$140 at Amazon Buy For the husband nursing a flag-football injury

Theragun Mini $199 $199 Our beauty contributor Rio Viera-Newton describes the Theragun Mini as “a touch bigger than my hand and a lot lighter than my MacBook Air.” And she was surprised at how much of a powerful punch it has when massaging her sore spots.“Now, any time I feel a pinching or tension, I reach for my Theragun, and within minutes it alleviates my pain,” she writes.

$199 at Amazon Buy $199 at Amazon Buy For the husband with a serious “no pets in bed” rule

Casper Memory-Foam Dog Bed $139 now 10% off From $125 Why shouldn’t your pup enjoy the luxury of a memory-foam bed ? When we asked veterinarians to recommend their favorite, this one got top marks, with one vet saying, “Because it’s engineered by Casper, it’s basically a human-grade mattress.”

From $125 at Amazon Buy From $125 at Casper Buy For the husband who’s always wanted to learn to play the guitar

Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Flat Top $179 If your husband not so secretly harbors a desire to pluck out his favorite Beatles tunes — but also has a tendency to change his interests — this super-affordable guitar is a great bet.

$179 at Amazon Buy Over $200 For the husband who wants to “hear” the silence in every A24 movie

Yamaha YAS-109 Soundbar $220 $220 The best budget pick in a sea of soundbars , sound engineer Nicholas Radina actually forgoes fancy equipment at home and uses this Yamaha model.

“I strive to keep it simple at home and gravitate toward brands I use often,” he told us.“A brand I trust day in and day out is Yamaha.” He tipped us to this trick: Put the subwoofer in a corner to give a “loudness bump” to what you’re listening to.

$220 at Amazon Buy $220 at Best Buy Buy For the husband who doesn’t want the latest big screen

Anker Nebula Capsule Smart Wi-Fi Mini-Projector $300 If he doesn’t have a dedicated space to turn into his personal immersive theater, this portable projector — a favorite of Amazon reviewers — will help him set up wherever and whenever he gets the chance.

$300 at Amazon Buy $300 at Amazon Buy For the husband who wears shorts all winter

YETI Hopper Flip Portable Cooler From $250 Just thinking about using this Yeti cooler come summer should be enough to get him through the winter ahead.

From $250 at Amazon Buy From $250 at Amazon Buy For the husband who refuses to splurge on a Peloton

Sunny Health & Fitness Exercise Cycling Bike $399 now 7% off $370 Many Amazon reviewers refer to it as a Peloton dupe (for a lot less money).

$370 at Amazon Buy $370 at Amazon Buy For the husband who likes his brownies with some green

Lēvo II $300 $300 Your husband might know a thing or two about space brownies already, but if he wants to take his tried-and-true recipes up a notch, a cannabis infuser can be easier than traditional stove-top methods.

Six experts recommended the Lēvo II to us.“You can even get extra chef-y and play around with making non-cannabis infusions in it as well: Basil finishing oil, lavender honey, pandan coconut cream — you’ll find yourself wanting to infuse everything,” says Stephanie Hua, founder and chief confectioner of Mellows .And it’ll look especially stylish on a countertop.

$300 at Amazon Buy $300 at Amazon Buy For the husband who has misophonia

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones $348 Photo: retailer If he thinks his Bose noise-canceling headphones are great, wait until he tries this Sony pair that Strategist associate editor Louis Cheslaw thinks is even better and that Bowman — who has tested close to over 50 pairs of headphones — included in his guide to the best headphones this year .Cheslaw describes the noise-canceling feature as a “sound cocoon.” And Bowman is “amazed by how bright and vibrant they sound” as soon as they’re turned on.

$348 at Amazon Buy $348 at B&H Photo and Video Buy For the husband who’s over his old console

Oculus Quest 2 $299 Bowman included the Oculus Quest 2 in his guide to the tech gifts to buy this year before they sell out.Susanna Pollack, president of Games for Change , says that the headset “offers a premium consumer experience in virtual reality, with stunning visuals and controls that let you interact naturally.” And our colleagues over at Polygon say it’s the best value currently offered in VR.

$299 at Amazon Buy From $299 at Oculus Buy The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape.Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments , rolling luggage , pillows for side sleepers , natural anxiety remedies , and bath towels .

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