No matter what time of year it is, whether you’re looking for a unique gift for Father’s Day, the perfect anniversary present for your other half, a special birthday gift, or you are struggling to find the ideal gift for the man who has it all, we know how hard it can be to shop for men.
Unique Gift Ideas for the Men in your Life (that they’ll actually like!)
So we’ve put together a short guide to help you find inspiration whether you’re struggling to buy for the adrenaline junkie in your life, the sustainable soul (or the one you want to encourage to be sustainable), the foodie, or the gamer. Along the way, we’ll try to answer some of your questions too.
For instance, if you’re asking yourself; what surprise gifts do guys like, what are cool gifts for guys, or how can I find a unique gift for the man who has everything, look no further!
Adrenalin filled ideas for any adventurer
You know the man in your life better than anyone, but if you’re wondering what surprise gifts guys like, or how to find unusual gifts for men, this section features some great ideas.
The advantage of choosing an adrenalin filled gift experience is that you can often book for two. You could turn a day-trip into a long-weekend adventure, whether for yourself or a gift.
If you’re wondering how to choose a unique 21st birthday gift for him, or simply want to give your dad, brother, boyfriend, or son a unique driving experience but can’t decide on the type of car, this package is perfect!
It combines the chance to drive an American Truck, muscle car, super car, and a classic car. This experience is bookable through Virgin Experience Days and is available at 18 UK locations.
For the daredevil thrill seeker in your life, this Tandem Skydive Experience is a brilliant choice. The plane will climb to 13,000 feet before the doors open and those inside jump while attached to an experienced instructor. This activity is available at four locations around the UK.
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If zip lining is an experience the man in your life has always wanted to try, or already loves, this is a fab gift to book. Based in Bangor, Gwynedd, it could tie in with a weekend trip or mid-week break. Zip World Velocity for Two provides the chance to glide along the fastest zip line in Europe while taking in the stunning scenery of the Snowdonia mountains.
Near Epping Forest, North London, this activity for two offers different options to choose from. This includes white-water rafting, hydrospeeding, or Hot Dogs. It aims to offer the ultimate water adventure experience with a challenging course to navigate. You can expect rapids, bumps, twists and turns.
This experience takes place in the scenic setting of the Lake District. The adrenalin lover in your life can climb waterfalls, jump into pools, and abseil in areas that are usually inaccessible. Over two-and-a-half hours, participants will have the chance to plunge into pools they never knew existed while taking in the surroundings.
Foodie (and drink!) favourites
If you’re wondering how you can surprise your boyfriend with a thoughtful gift or want a unique gift for the man who has everything, this is the section for you!
The food and drink gift market has exploded in recent years with many subscription boxes, foodie experiences, and delivery options available. We’ve picked a selection of our favourite ideas to suit all tastes and budgets.
Has your dad, husband, partner, son, or uncle built a back garden bar during lockdown? Do they aspire to have their own shed pub? If you’re searching for unusual gifts for men, this three-month whisky cocktail subscription box from The Cocktail Man is the ideal gift. Plus, there are other cocktail options available - find your favourite via the website.
Summer is finally here, which also marks the beginning of BBQ season. Is the man in your life a pro-cook or does he just love to BBQ? Either way, this is the ideal personalised hamper that includes tongs, a fork, basting brush, and more. The convenient size means it can be easily packed to take on holiday.
Hot sauce is a great gift option for any time of year, whether as part of a theme or standalone gift. This unique sampler set includes four flavours from Mild Habanero, to Garlic Pepper, Jalapeno Pepper, and South of the Border. The sauces can be added to any meal to add flavour or saved for special BBQ occasions.
For the cheese lover and foodie aficionado, The Cheese Shed offers a range of subscription options. The classic option can arrive between 3-12 times per year and each box contains around 200g of quality cheese. Options vary because of the season and availability. There is also a flexible pay-as-you-go scheme.
If you find yourself panicking and thinking, ‘I don’t know what to get my husband for our anniversary,’ have you thought about ordering in a special meal you can cook fresh from home? Rick Stein has a range of luxury at-home menu boxes you can choose from and enjoy. There’s a lobster box, luxury breakfast box, steak box, and an Indonesian curry box. There is something for all tastes and it allows you to create a special meal at home.
Eco gifts (that prove there are cool sustainable gifts he’ll love)
If you support sustainability and want to encourage the man in your life to embrace it too but don’t know where to begin, we have the perfect selection of gifts that prove sustainable gifts can be cool.
The suggestions in this section are also great if you’re wondering what guys want for their birthday as many of these options include a practical element, which means they can be used or worn, rather than simply being stored.
This is the perfect gift for the biker in your life. The stylish belt is vegan and made from reclaimed rubber from worn tyres. Each handmade belt is unique because of the materials used and is available in sizes S-XL with a custom size option also available.
Designed with bike commuters in mind, this eco-friendly vegan laptop messenger bag is made from a combination of durable, water resistant reclaimed materials. It suits any active lifestyle and features a padded compartment to keep laptops protected while commuting.
Another great gift for the cyclist, engineer, or handyman in your life. The cufflinks are handmade using bike chains sourced from repair shops around the UK. Each pair is unique and comes with a luxury gift box. Three colours are available to choose from including black, blue, and silver.
Any skaters out there will appreciate this keyring bottle opener that is made from reclaimed skateboards. It features a unique colour design on the surface with layers of plywood colour underneath. Each keyring is unique in appearance because of the materials used and the handcrafted processes.
Wallets may seem like a classic gift for men, but this is a wallet with a twist. Aside from being eco-friendly and made from recycled rubber from tyre inner tubes, this wallet is durable and provides ample space for cards, coins, and notes. Plus, there are eight different lining colours to choose from.
Gaming Gifts for all ages
Most people have a gamer in their life, whether they love their Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, PC, or all of the above.
If your other half is into gaming and you’re wondering ‘how can I surprise my husband on our anniversary’ or ‘what special birthday gift can I get my son,’ this section is for you! We’ve included a selection of gaming gifts suitable for all ages and gaming styles.
This light up gaming chair includes LED lights and built-in sound for the ultimate gaming experience. It provides comfort and can easily connect to an Xbox One, PS4, or Nintendo Switch.
Etsy has several gaming gifts to choose from socks to wall art, t-shirts, and controller holders - many with personalisation options. This LED colour changing light is ideal for any dark gaming space and can be personalised to include a name or gamer tag.
This is one of the most popular wired headsets according to Game and features a lightweight design for maximum comfort. It is compatible with PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and TV monitors, which makes it ideal for the men in your life with multiple consoles.
Ideal for the gamer who needs to release stress during intense gaming sessions. This official PlayStation product is designed to look like a classic controller. It is suitable for all ages and is the perfect addition for any gaming station.
For PC gamers, the mouse is an essential accessory. The Razer Naga X is ergonomic and features 16 buttons that can be programmed for maximum gaming efficiency. Razer prides itself on utilising a 5G Advanced Optical Sensor, which is designed with tracking accuracy in mind.
We’d love to know if you choose any of these gift options!