Stop us if this guy sounds familiar: He already has everything he needs (and a lot of things he doesn’t). He seems to own every book ever written about his favorite subject and definitely doesn’t need another sweater. You feel like it’s impossible to figure this guy out or surprise him with anything short of a monogrammed hovercraft. He is… Mr. Impossible-to-Shop-for. At times, even the savviest shoppers can feel stumped by a member of this elusive subspecies. Never fear—read on for some of our most uncommon offerings, from mind-bending fractal puzzles to great-smelling solid colognes, tackling your trickiest guy-gifting conundrums.
Like a lot of guys, his personal grooming goods may be best described as “utilitarian.” Here’s your opportunity to help spruce him up with this manly collection of salves, scrubs, and balms in no-nonsense packaging that fits his Spartan style.
If he’s intimidated by any snack more exotic than a pretzel and could use some help cultivating his green thumb, try this grow kit. It’s cleverly disguised as a glass of Japanese beer and produces tasty edamame to complement his favorite brew.
He loves puzzles, but receiving a traditional jigsaw set might elicit puzzled looks. The mind-bending pattern of this fractal challenge will delight his fidgeting side while offering an easy gifting solution for you.
When in doubt, remember this old adage: The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. These sweet and savory snacks feature surprising ingredients like rosemary and almonds, rum extract and Mexican vanilla with cashews and pecans, and curry with almonds and pecans.
If he enjoys whiskey, take note: This unique pen is made from malted barley gathered from a Tennessee distillery. Presented in a maple gift box, it will help him distill meeting minutes or keep up with his tasting notes.
Speaking of bourbon, these 100% Arabica beans are infused in small batches with a touch of Kentucky’s signature spirit, giving them an irresistible aroma and unique flavor.
Is it painfully obvious that his sock drawer could use a makeover? Start with these wild socks hand-knit from skeins of recycled cotton yarn. Their funky palette with coordinated yet mismatched designs offer an instant infusion of playful style.
Remember that unusual anatomy lesson from the butter crunch above? If pistachios are more his style, this solid maple design is tailor-made to encourage tidy snacking.
Head for the Guy Gift Hall of Fame with this set of tumblers featuring “unbreakable” records from baseball history. They might just set a record for the number of times he says “thanks!”
Help him rock out with these creatively crafted ceramic guitar picks. Harry Leaf incorporates dichroic squares into the glazed picks for a bit of laser-light-show style.
He may not wear his heart on his sleeve, but you know he’s got all the feels. Help him emote with this kinetic sculpture that “beats” through the interaction of gravity and water.
For the grillmeister who likes to go off the grid, this bio-fueled system incorporates a camp stove and charger for a great gadget-guy gift (alliteration not included).
Speaking of gadget guys, if you’ve got one on your list, you can’t go wrong with a watch-and-eleven-tool combo. You never know when you might need a 7mm hex driver, right?
Seems we can’t emphasize these words enough: beer snacks. This classic popper makes tasty popcorn over a wood fire, charcoal, or gas grill.
He probably doesn’t want to mess around with wasteful sprays or scents that leave him smelling like he was ambushed at the department store perfume counter. These concentrated balms feature travel-inspired scentscapes— sea, air, and land.