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24 awesome gifts men actually want this year

Reviewed.com logo Reviewed.com 10/24/2019 TJ Donegan
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Shopping for guys can be tricky business. Though “traditional” men's gifts—think neckties and whiskey stones—seem like safe bets, in truth, men have a wide variety of tastes and those “safe” gifts rarely get real use.

This year, we’ve got you covered with the best gift ideas for all the men in your life: the home chef, the student, the traveler, the gamer, the outdoorsy athlete, and plenty more. These are the best gifts for men of 2019, according to Reviewed:

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1. For the home cook: Philips Airfryer

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$299.95

Whether it’s game day or just a busy Wednesday, sometimes you just want something quick, easy, and delicious. Airfryers aren’t the most health-conscious products in the world, but they do a good job of providing crispy food without the mess or hassle of frying in oil. This Philips model won our roundup of the best airfryers, excelling in most of our testing. Want something a little more adventurous? You could set this person up with a gift card to Home Chef, which won our roundup of the best meal kit delivery services, giving them tasty ready-to-make meals a few times a week.

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2. For the podcast addict: Apple Airpods

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$144

We’ve tested nearly every pair of headphones on the market, and Apple’s Airpods have consistently been the top pick in our roundup of the best true wireless earbuds. They are incredibly easy to use with any Apple product, they sound great, they charge easily in the included carrying case, and they have absolutely zero wires. Best of all? They’re actually cheaper than most of the competition—rare for any Apple product.

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3. For the Netflix binge-watcher: Roku Ultra

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$99

If you own a TV, you need a streaming box. The Roku Ultra (2019 edition), our top-rated streaming device, costs a lot less than an Apple TV device, but it’s easier to use and works with all the major streaming services. The best trick? The 2019 version of the Ultra has added the Apple TV app, so you'll have access to all your iTunes purchases.

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4. For the student: Asus Chromebook Flip C434

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$554.99

If you’re buying a laptop for a student (or anyone who needs a great laptop), the 13-inch Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is just about the best all-around option for the money. With its zippy performance, vibrant display, and chic aesthetic, the Asus Chromebook Flip can really walk the walk. Its performance is good enough for everyday tasks like surfing the web and checking email, and its bezels are practically nonexistent (meaning you’re getting a ton of screen space). But what we like best is the sophisticated design. Need something to protect it? We recommend the Timbuk2 Authority Laptop Backpack ($129), a stylish and ultra-functional backpack anyone will love.

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5. For the aspiring chef: Henckels Zwilling Pro 8-Inch Chef’s Knife

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$149.99

Ask any chef or serious cook: an 8-inch Chef’s Knife is a must-have. This Henckels model is almost universally praised by online shoppers and won our roundup of the best chef’s knives, easily slicing through the competition in our testing. If you want something to go with it, I personally love the $50 Epicurean Gourmet Series cutting board, which is beautiful, functional, excelled in our testing, and is even dishwasher-safe.

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6. For the tech-savvy: Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

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$29.99-$49.99

At Reviewed, we love voice-controlled smart speakers like the Amazon Echo, but the diminutive (and affordable) Echo Dot is a perfect way to bring that functionality to other rooms in your house. It's our top pick if you're a beginner looking for an entry-level Echo. I use mine in the kitchen, where it’s perfect for streaming music while I cook, setting timers, or entertaining my kids.

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7. For the always prepared: Leatherman Wave Plus Multitool

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$99.95

Even if he doesn’t  *need* a multitool, most every guy wants one—or at least to have one when the moment calls for it. The Leatherman Wave Plus easily won our roundup of the best multitools. It looks great, offers impressive performance, has excellent user reviews, and comes with a 25-year warranty.

If you go this route, we also highly recommend picking up a pair of the best work gloves we’ve tested: Carhartt Men’s Grain Leather Work Gloves.

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8. For the new homeowner: Logitech Circle 2 Indoor/Outdoor Camera

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$151.90

As someone who just got the keys to my first home, there’s one thing I wish I had at all times: a wireless camera to keep an eye on things. The Logitech Circle 2 is the best pick, as it ran away with our roundup of the best smart indoor security cameras. It’s affordable, easy to use, comes with free 24-hour storage, works indoors and out, and is compatible with Apple HomeKit, Alexa, and Google.

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9. For the well-traveled: Grafomap Custom Framed Map

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$49

I’m in love with these custom maps from Grafomap. Just type it in any location, move it around to frame it how you want, and you’ll get a killer map in one of a number of eye-catching designs. You can customize the labels, get it framed, or have it printed directly onto canvas. Posters start at just $49 with framed versions costing $60 more—way less than it’ll cost to have anything custom framed at a store.

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10. For the movie aficionado: TCL 6 Series Roku TV

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$529

The TCL 6 Series is simply jaw-dropping. It has 4K and HDR compatibility, awesome picture quality, and even Roku's streaming platform built right in. It’s the best TV under $500 we’ve tested this year (the 55-inch version hovers just around $500 depending on when you look).

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11. For the perpetually late: Skagen Signatur Watch

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$95

Smart watches are fun and all, but a traditional wristwatch is still a timeless way to complete an outfit. This Skagen Signatur watch is simple, but pairs perfectly with casual and formal outfits. I own two Skagen watches myself and I wear them all the time. If you’re buying for someone who likes a little more pizazz in their wardrobe, MVMT Watches also makes a huge array of stylish, affordable timepieces with great reviews.

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12. For the frequent flyer: Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones

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$348

While Bose’s excellent Quiet Comfort headphones have owned the noise cancelling space for years, Sony is the new champ in town, topping our ratings. Now widely regarded as the best all-around noise cancelling headphones you can get, the Sony 1000XM3s offer superb sound quality, cancel out ambient noise beautifully, and are supremely comfy for long flights, train rides, or just working at your desk.

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13. For the avid reader: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

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$129.99

Amazon has finally updated its best all-around Kindle with more storage, a more even backlight, a lighter and thinner design, and waterproofing. The Kindle Paperwhite was already the no-brainer choice for anyone who wants the best e-reader you can buy, and the newest updates just cement that reputation.

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14. For the guy who loves games: Nintendo Switch

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$299

The Nintendo Switch took a little time to get going, but it’s been out awhile now and there is a long list of new and classic games available for it. Whether you’re buying for a young gamer looking for family-friendly titles, a young person who wants to play the latest and greatest, or a classic gamer jonesing for a nostalgia fix, the Switch has it all.

Buying for someone who already has a Switch? We highly recommend some newer games like Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening ($59.99), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ($59.99), our favorite Switch case ($17.74), and the best USB battery backup we’ve tested ($49.99) for extra battery life on the go.

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15. For beards of all shapes and sizes: Wahl Clippers Beard Trimmer

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$53.97

The Wahl Clippers Stainless Steel Beard Trimmer won our roundup of the best beard trimmers, with its top-notch battery life, trimming ability, and professional-quality build. It’s not waterproof, but it is easy to keep clean, so if you’re buying for someone with a beard, they’ll appreciate this one.

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16. For the gym rat: Herschel Supply Co. Sutton Duffle Bag

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$59.99

Duffle bags are definitely the black sheep of the bag family—that’ll happen when you mostly stuff dirty, smelly things in them—but they don’t have to look bad. This Herschel Supply Co. duffle looks good enough you could bring it to the office, but it’s functional enough to work as a daily gym bag or on as a day trip carry-on.

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17. For the coffee lover: SterlingPro Double Wall French Press

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$30.57

If you’re buying for someone who really loves coffee, the Sterling Double Wall French Press is perfect. It is double insulated so it keeps coffee nice and hot, it looks fantastic, it works for everything from frothed milk to hot chocolate, it's dishwasher safe, and it's the best French press we've ever tested. Best of all, it’s about a third the price of many other stainless steel French presses, meaning it’ll feel like your gift cost way more than it actually does.

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18. For those who always put off cleaning: Ecovacs Deebot N79S

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$229.99

Robot vacuums aren’t enough to keep your whole place clean, but they do a good job of keeping it looking neat on days where you just don’t have the time. This model from Ecovacs did well in our testing and it has some fancier features like compatibility with both Alexa and Google Assistant, customizable schedules, and a “max mode” that increases cleaning power temporarily—all despite being one of the more affordable robot vacuums around.

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19. For the music lover: Sonos One SL Wireless Speaker

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$179

People _adore_ their Sonos systems, and the Sonos One SL is the best way to get in on the act. Just a single One SL can fill a room with beautiful music that is so, so much nicer than what you get from basic smart speakers like the Amazon Echo. The One SL can stream from all the most popular music services, works with Alexa, and can even be paired with a second One SL for wireless stereo sound.

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20. For athletes and fitness addicts: Fitbit Charge 3

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$139.98

Whether you’re buying for a hardcore athlete or someone just trying to get up off the couch more, the Fitbit Charge 3 is the way to go in our opinion. It has a seven-day battery life, activity tracking, a heart-rate monitor, and sleep tracking, as well as one of the better apps of any smart fitness tracking watch we've tested.

Buying for someone truly hardcore? The Garmin Forerunner 235 offers much better activity and heart rate tracking as well as GPS for tracking your runs.

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21. For the guy who wants a drone: Potensic T25

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$118.98

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 Potensix 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.

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22. For the guy constantly traveling: Samsonite Flexis Softside Luggage with Spinner Wheels

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$121.61

Our top-rated carry-on luggage, the Samsonite Flexis 21" Spinner features tough, nimble wheels that should last for years of hard use. It offers 2,520 cubic inches of packing space. The inside of the suitcase boasts a large open area with elastic retention straps for securing your clothes or packing cubes into place, as well as mesh stash pockets for organizing smaller items. On the inside of the bag’s lid, you’ll find a zippered, mesh compartment that’s perfect for jamming socks or underwear in. We were particularly impressed with the self-healing YKK Strong Grip Zip. If one of the bag’s zippers gets messed up (but doesn’t break), zipping and unzipping it should make it as good as new.

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23. For guys who love a hot sauce kick: The Good Hurt Fuego Hot Sauce Sampler Pack

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$37.99

With 7 different flavors of hot sauce and a clever packaging design, this sampler pack from Thoughtfully is a standout gift idea for any guy. It has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon with over 93 reviews. The spices range from mild to very hot, including even the fabled Ghost Pepper.

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24. For the student of life: Masterclass

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$199 per year

A subscription to Masterclass is the perfect gift for anyone who loves to learn (or someone who just doesn't need any more stuff in their house). MasterClass is an e-learning platform in which extremely famous people present a series of video lectures about their working methods. "David Lynch Teaches Creativity and Film" and "Annie Leibovitz Teaches Photography" are just a few. There's a staggering level of talent to be found within these virtual ivy walls. MasterClass's roster contains over 210 of the most high-achieving people in their respective industries. 

The product experts at Reviewed have all your shopping needs covered this holiday season. Follow Reviewed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.

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