Guys will always appreciate understated gift ideas that express a timeless sensibility. These are gift ideas for men that don’t choose style over substance, but rather have style because of their substance.
If you are looking for simple gift ideas for men that will always be in style, here are fifteen of the best gift choices you can make.
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15 Classy Gift Ideas for Men
1. Fine Spirits
Bourbon, whiskey, gin, scotch… these are the timeless classics that will always be a winning gift. Sniff out his preference and give him a bottle of a classic favorite or a top-shelf variety that might be outside his typical budget.
Or consider an interesting gift that keeps on giving, like a membership to the Flaviar Whiskey Club which will send them a monthly selection of premier spirits.
2. Pocket Knife
This gorgeous old-fashioned pocket knife comes with a rosewood handle custom etched just for him. Classic simplicity at its finest. This is a tool he can (and will!) use, and it is all the more personal not just because it says his name or a special message, but because of the spirit in which it was given.
You can also go with a more contemporary style with a great tactical knife, like these.
3. Coffee Pour Over
A taste for the finer things in life often includes coffee. Good coffee, brewed the right way.
The Chemex coffee pour over system is crafted from non-porous
Borosilicate glass. This means that the pour over will not absorb odor or retain residue, keeping the container as pure as possible. Purity in the brewing process ultimately leads to better tasting coffee, easily made and just as easily consumed.
4. DSLR Camera
Everyone loves taking photos. Some people love to take snapshots and portraits of friends, family, and activities; others enjoy the solitude and artistry involved in a quiet pre-dawn hike to attempt to capture a stunning sunrise landscape.
If he’s already into photography, he will probably have a wish-list of cameras and lenses and other accessories. But if he’s just expressed an interest and you want to surprise him with a good-quality professional camera, the Canon EOS Rebel T6 is the perfect introductory model.
It comes with a solid “main” lens (18-55mm) plus wide-angle and telephoto lenses, as well as memory card, tripod, filters, and other basic accessories.
This is a great package to get anyone started on a lifelong photography hobby.
Along with keys, a wallet is one of the few things a man will always take with him no matter where he goes. It’s a pretty important accessory, perhaps the most oft-used in his pantheon of goods.
So consider giving his wallet an upgrade. This personalized wallet is made from Crazy Horse leather, custom laser engraved, and arrives in an elegant plywood gift box.
Yes. If you want to blow his mind with a gift of surprising class and grace, you can’t beat the gift of a sword. This Katana samurai sword is hand-forged from 1045 carbon steel and includes saya and scabbard.
7. Consumable Treats
Consumables are an underrated gift. From the giver’s perspective, food or beverages do not feel very permanent or lasting. However, being on the receiving end of something absolutely delicious that you would probably never buy for yourself… well now, that’s a tasty treat.
You can go with sweets, beer, wine, specialty ice cream, jerky and nuts, cheese, and more.
- Candy Club – Surprising treats delivered monthly
- The Original Craft Beer Club – Craft beers any connoisseur would love, delivered monthly
- The Hayley Cakes – Personalized and creatively decorated cookies
- Chocolate, Caramel, and Crunch Grand Gift Basket – A delicious and decadent choice
Men’s jewelry can go across all styles and trends, but the one piece that will always be in style is a good watch.
This classic watch from Vincero is a classy and premium wristwatch at a modest price. Features include an Italian leather band, ultra-reliable Japanese Miyota Quartz movement, 316L surgical grade stainless steel, scratch-resistant sapphire-coated mineral crystal glass, 5 ATM water resistance, and a timeless design.
If the classic ‘dressy casual’ look isn’t his thing, here are some popular watches that may be more suitable:
- Casio G-SHOCK Military Watch (outdoor, tactical)
- Timex Expedition Chronograph Watch (outdoor, hiking)
- Casio Stainless Steel Solar Watch (solar powered, multi-function)
- Wild Watches Custom Wooden Watch (personalized engraving, wood)
9. Dopp Kit
Guys tend to have just a handful of grooming accessories, but those few are very important. Shaving kit, deodorant, cologne, comb, and other necessities get used every day whether at home or when traveling. So a durable toiletries bag just might be that perfect gift he didn’t know he needed.
A good dopp kit like this one is make from full-grain leather with a lasting zipper and is custom branded with his name or initials. This is a modish men’s gift that will last a lifetime.
10. Oak Aging Barrel
A personalized oak aging barrel shows classy taste, helps kickstart a new hobby, and is a one-of-a-kind gift because it’s custom engraved just for him.
These authentic whiskey barrels are made from American White Oak wood and feature a medium interior char. The wood and char combine to flavor and age any wine, whiskey, or other spirits you put inside. Invite a man in your life into the time-honored tradition of small-batch liquors with a personalized oak barrel and he will thank you for it.
Browse all custom engraved oak barrels here.
11. Record Player
Modern music players still can’t quite recreate the sound of a needle on vinyl. That’s why vinyl records – and record players – will never go out of style.
Upgrade his music listening experience with a Victrola Vintage Suitcase Turntable. On a personal note, I was surprised with this as a gift just last year and I adore it.
When giving a record player you’ll want to include some vinyl albums to make sure you’re giving a well-rounded gift. Here are ten sophisticated can’t-miss albums that will never go out of style:
- Frank Sinatra – Sinatra at the Sands (double vinyl)
- Ray Charles, 24 Greatest Hits
- Elgar, Cello Concerto
- Dvorak, Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”
- Paco de Lucia, Fuente Y Caudal
- Ella Fitzgerald, Gold
- Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
- Bob Dylan, The Essential Bob Dylan
- Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
- Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton: The Musical
But what about music when he’s on the go? Upgrade his headphones.
The best gift idea for any man whose playlists are always on repeat, the Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Wireless Headphones offer premium sound quality, noise cancellation, voice activation, and supreme comfort with a stylish look.
13. Chess Set
Chess is the ultimate thinking man’s game. A good chess set will never go out of style. But a handcrafted and personalized all-wood chess set – that is a great gift which will be long remembered.
If he’s not into chess or already has a great board, consider some other classic games:
- Backgammon: Classic // Personalized
- Mancala: Classic // Personalized
- Cribbage board: Classic // Personalized
- Poker set: Classic // Personalized
14. Messenger Bag or Briefcase
It doesn’t matter if he’s the toughest or most sophisticated guy you know. At some point, he will need a bag to carry stuff.
Some gents prefer messenger bags, which are the more casual over-the-shoulder cousins of the traditional briefcase. If that’s his style, check out these popular messenger bags.
Other men would appreciate something a little more timeless. These types will no doubt love to receive a classic handcrafted leather briefcase. You’ll find the Full Grain Calfskin Leather English-Style Briefcase shown in the photo above here.
15. Classic Men’s Accessories
Choose an accessory he uses often and upgrade it from a Ross Dress for Less clearance rack item to something of lasting and durable quality. Think “buy it for life.”
For most men’s accessories you can get something of enduring quality at a very reasonable price. For many gents, these are the things they keep meaning to get but never actually get around to purchasing on their own.
When you get him a high-quality and lasting accessory, it shows that you “get” his style, care about him, and care about giving a classy and stylish gift.
Here are some suggestions.
- 100 Year Full Grain Leather Belt from Hammer Creek Leather
- Everyday No-Break Thick Leather Belt from Hanks Belts
- My Tie Shop – Handmade floral men’s ties
- Frederick Thomas – Handmade linen, tweed, and wool ties
- Cyberoptix – Ties with creative themes like molecular structures, brainwaves, diagram of the Apollo cockpit, Tiger stadium, circuit boards, and much more
- Nappa Leather Men’s Driving Gloves
- Classic pure wool knitted gloves
- Sentry mittens with fold-over top and fingerless gloves