51 clever, affordable gifts from Amazon under $50 that anyone would love

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Wake up early and make mini heart-shaped waffles for a breakfast together.

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Your friends and family don’t necessarily need or want an expensive gift. And it’s a myth that a higher price tag equals one that’s more meaningful. It doesn’t take more than $50 to pay homage to an interest of theirs or to improve day-to-day life by fixing the squeaky cupboard or replacing a beat-up coffee thermos with a much, much better one.

Finding a perfect gift also doesn’t necessarily need to require an hour of your time in the trenches of Amazon search results. Below, we’ve rounded up 51 of the best finds on Amazon – with all the perks of easy, fast shipping and saved payment information.

Check out all 51 cool gifts under $50 on Amazon:

A coffee table that’s more than just decor

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“Humans” by Brandon Stanton, $17.50

A coffee table book is a great housewarming gift. But this hardcover book does more than just look pretty. It’s an expansion of Brandon Stanton’s “Humans of New York” photography project. Page after page follows Stanton’s travels across the world, documenting portraits and short, but impactful stories of the people he’s encountered. 

The gift of light

LED Ring Light

AIXPI LED Ring Light, $19.35

Give the gift of light with Insider Reviews’ best budget ring light. This simple, easy-to-use light has everything that phone videographers need to get started. It includes a tripod setup that’s easy to move and adjust to your angles. You can also toggle between its three different light settings — white, warm yellow, and warm white — to find your perfect glow. 

An ambient moon lamp

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DTOETKD Multi-Color Moon Lamp, $19.99

Earning the title as Insider Reviews’ best multi-color moon lamp, this light basks the room in 16 different soothing hues. Its wooden stand props up the 3D moon and, thanks to its sleep timer, you can fall asleep to its glow without needing to worry about leaving it on all night. 

A portable picnic blanket

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Oniva Outdoor Picnic Blanket Tote XL, $32.99

The Oniva Outdoor Picnic Blanket Tote is a huge blanket that fits six people easily. Our Insider Reviews team loved it so much they named it the best picnic blanket overall. Its soft fleece interior has water-resistant backing that folds up quite compact.

A Bluetooth microphone to sing karaoke

Rose Gold Wireless Karaoke Microphone

Wireless Karaoke Microphone, $19.99

It’s a gift for everyone to enjoy, whether or not you can carry a tune. You can connect your phone and play music through the microphone’s speakers, and turn the volume up and down depending on your comfort. It’s the perfect thing to shake up a night in or to break the ice at a holiday gathering.

A vintage puzzle that doubles as cute home decor

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Cavallini Papers & Co. Butterflies 1,000 Piece Puzzle, $22.00

All the puzzle lovers in your life will be beyond grateful for this gift. From house plants to constellations, Cavallini Papers & Co. puzzles are both challenging and aesthetically pleasing. Once they’re done, they can frame it and hang it up as wall decor. 

A smart home camera at a fraction of the cost

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Wyze Alexa-Enabled Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera, $25.98

With 18,000+ five star reviews, the Wyze Indoor Camera is a popular and inexpensive smart home option that rivals expensive models. It’s Alexa- and Google Assistant-enabled and lets you view anywhere on your mobile device.  

The viral all-in-one hair dryer that’s like an at-home blowout

Revlon One-Stop Hair Dryer

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer, $41.99

This all-in-one hairdryer gained a cult following on TikTok and won the hearts of the Insider Reviews team. It rivals luxury hair tools like the Dyson Airwrap at a tenth of the price. It’s a gamechanger for cutting down on time spent getting ready, without sacrificing your look. 

A media streamer that can turn a basic TV into a smart one

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Roku Streaming Stick+, $46.79

Essentially, the Roku Streaming Stick+ is your standard media streaming stick and can convert a basic TV into a smart one that can stream Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and more. It’s Alexa-enabled, too, so you can control it by voice.

Homemade breakfast made with a heart-shaped waffle maker

Amazon gifts under $50 Dash

Dash Mini Waffle Maker Machine, $17.99

Get up early, and make your friend, significant other, or family member heart-shaped mini waffles for breakfast. The Dash Mini Maker is compact enough to keep for special occasions without cramping your kitchen, too.  

A wooden caddy tray for the world’s most luxurious bath

Amazon gifts under $50 bathtub tray

Royal Craft Luxury Bathtub Caddy, $44.97

Few things are as luxurious as a long bath filled with plenty of activities and treats. This one is waterproof, slip-resistant, and designed to accommodate one or two bathers at once. 

A compilation of the love letters of great men

Amazon gifts under $50 LLOGM

“Love Letters of Great Men”, $13.92

If you find yourself at a loss for words, let the love letters of great men do the talking for you. This volume includes love letters written by Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, Napoleon Bonaparte, James Joyce, John Keats, Dylan Thomas, and more. 

A calendar for dog lovers

Amazon gifts under $50 We Rate Dogs

WeRateDogs 2021 Calendar, $14.39

If they’re a dog person (and even if they’re not), they’ll appreciate waking up each day to a new pup photo with an exciting backstory. The calendar follows the same format as WeRateDogs’ popular Twitter account, and don’t worry, every dog receives a rating of at least 11/10.

A vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottle that people swear by

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Hydro Flask 12 oz Travel Coffee Mug, $18.71

Hydro Flask is a cult favorite for its water bottles, and these vacuum insulated stainless steel mugs work just as well. They’ll keep hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold up to twenty-four hours.

A USB-C hub adapter for MacBooks

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Lionwei USB-C Hub Adapter, $29.99

Upgrading laptops do come with a few annoyances. If their new MacBook only has USB-C inputs, this hub adapter will give them access to other devices, including SD cards, flash drives, and USB printers. 

Anker Nano 20W USB C Charger under $25

Anker Nano 20W USB-C Charger, $16.99

This year’s iPhones won’t come with a charging adaptor in the box, so if you’re getting someone a new phone during the holidays, they’ll definitely need one of these. The Anker Nano charges three times faster than the typical Apple charger and is physically the same size.

Echo Dot with Clock

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Echo Dot 4th Gen with Clock, $59.99

The newest Echo Dot is more convenient than ever. The all-new design features a larger speaker for better audio, a digital clock to display the time and timer countdowns, and all of Alexa’s other skills. 

*This product had a price below $50 when selected, but prices can often fluctuate slightly above or below $50. 

A soap bar that’s a great life hack for tough stains

Amazon gifts under $50 Laundress

The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar, $6.50

This is another early Insider Reviews favorite because it’s relatively cheap and works exceptionally well. The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar is one of the only things that can bring white clothes back from the brink of donation piles, as we’ve attested in our roundup of the best things we bought on Amazon under $25

An unfussy cookbook meant for hosting one person or many

Amazon gifts under $50 SAFH

“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking” by Samin Nosrat, $19.75

“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” is a New York Times bestseller and a James Beard Award winner for a reason. This book offers a great explanation of exactly why food tastes so good, breaking it down into four main elements.  

A powerful wireless charger for their desk

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Anker Wireless Charger, $49.90

Get them a wireless charger that lets them charge their phone without having to plug it in or take off their phone case first. 

A durable, inexpensive Fire tablet

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Fire 7 Tablet, $49.99

Amazon’s Fire tablets are a relatively great deal for a tablet if you’re not looking for anything super high-performance driven or luxe. For the average user, they’re a good fit. It’s Alexa-enabled, so you can ask for quick access to music and entertainment or messages and calling, and it has up to seven hours of battery life. 

You can shop the latest versions for a bit more money here.

A portable laptop desk

Amazon gifts under $50 lap desk

AmazonBasics Adjustable and Portable Laptop Table, from $40.23

As more and more people find themselves working from home, a laptop desk is essential for comfort, convenience, and efficiency. This model is height-adjustable, so it can easily double as a breakfast tray or writing station. 

A notebook that they can fill with their favorite travel memories

Amazon gifts under $50 travel journal

Maleden Spiral Bound Traveler Notebook, $12.99

If they’re always recounting memories from their favorite trip, a travel journal is an excellent place for them to put all of these stories to paper. This particular model comes with binder rings, so they can easily include tickets, photos, and other mementos.

A popular reusable shopping bag in a fun print

Amazon gifts under $50 Baggu

Baggu Standard Reusable Shopping Bag, from $12

Baggu bags are popular for a reason — they come in tons of fun prints and can fold down to pretty much nothing even though they can hold 50 pounds of stuff. If you’re looking for another option, we also like Ecobags

A cheeky “I love you” mug

Amazon gifts under $50 mug

Olive Ewe Coffee Mug, $13.50

A subtle, aloof way to say the L-word — and in a puzzle they can decode even without the help of their first cup of coffee.

A candle that pays homage to their favorite place on Earth

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Homesick Candles, available at Amazon, from $54

Gift them a candle customized to smell like their beloved hometown, college town, or favorite getaway. 

*This product was selected at a price point below $50, but prices can often fluctuate slightly above or below $50. 

A bestselling book

Amazon gifts under $50 Crawdads

“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens, from $11

A bestseller and one of the most talked-about books, “Where the Crawdads Sing” is an ode to the natural world and a heartbreaking coming-of-age story. It’s set in a coastal town in North Carolina and follows a possible murder and the local suspect, the misunderstood Kya Clark, who’s been known simply as “Marsh Girl” for years.

A tough, wind-resistant umbrella they can rely upon

Amazon gifts under $50 umbrella

Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella, $21.95

Hear me out. It may seem boring, but everybody needs an umbrella, and this is way better than whatever version they bought the last time they veered into a CVS while it was raining. We think it’s the best umbrella you can buy thanks to how well it resists wind and how long it lasts, and they’ll find themselves thankful for it often. 

A portable and waterproof speaker

Amazon gifts under $50 Anker

Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, from $39.99

This wireless Bluetooth speaker is waterproof, durable, and easily portable. It has 24 hours of playtime and maintains sound quality even at high volumes. 

Another noteworthy book

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“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel” by Ocean Vuong, $9.67

Ocean Vuong is an American poet, and “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” is his much-anticipated debut novel. Published in 2019, it’s a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read that delves into family history, addiction, violence, trauma, compassion, and tenderness. If they’re a bookworm looking for the next bittersweet American classic, you may want to start here. Looking for other options? Amazon has a list of 2020 bestsellers, and a list of 100 books to read in a lifetime

A cast-iron skillet with almost 10,000 five-star reviews

Amazon gifts under $50 Lodge

Lodge 10.25-Inch Cast-Iron Skillet, $17.03

This 10.25-inch cast-iron skillet is one that became minorly famous online and garnered over 62,000 Amazon reviews. Lodge has been making cast iron cookware since 1896, so they’ve learned a thing or two about what makes a great kitchen tool. 

An electric bottle opener

Amazon gifts under $50 Oster

Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Foil Cutter, $19.99

This slim device cuts foil and uncorks wine bottles seamlessly, then stows easily out of sight. It has to be charged, but it’ll open 30 bottles per charge. 

Highly rated in-ear earbuds

Amazon gifts under $50 Panasonic

Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbud Headphones, from $8.99

Whether for everyday use, the gym, as a backup, or just for travel when Bluetooth headphones won’t connect to the in-flight entertainment, there are ample uses for really solid in-ear buds with a stereo plug. This pair has an extended cord and three sets of ear pads for the perfect fit.

A famous hot sauce made from peppers grown in over 30 community gardens in the Bronx

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Small Axe Peppers Variety 3-Pack, $21.99

This all-natural, tangy hot sauce is best known for its part in the popular Youtube series “Hot Ones.” It’s made from peppers grown in community gardens across the US. 

Anthony Bourdain’s bestselling culinary and travel memoir

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“A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines” by Anthony Bourdain, from $13.19

This is Anthony Bourdain’s New York Times bestselling chronicle of traveling the world in search of the globe’s greatest culinary adventures. From California to Cambodia, Bourdain spent much of his adult life searching for the perfect meal.

A cold brew coffee maker

Amazon gifts under $50 cold brew

Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, $19.99

This cold brew maker is as inexpensive as it is convenient, and it can even save hundreds of dollars per year. It easily fits into most refrigerator doors, is simple to use, and makes a good amount of cold brew at once. If they need more than one quart, there’s also a two-quart option under $40. 

The cult-favorite clay mask that took over the internet

Amaozn gifts under $50 Aztec Secret

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Facial & Body Mask, $14.95

The Aztec Clay Mask is one of those cult-favorite products of the internet that’s driven from the obscure depths of Amazon to beauty vlogs, Youtube testimonials with over 4 million views, and even the Sephora beauty blog.  

It’s been called “the world’s most powerful facial,” and it’s also under $10. It can be mixed with water, but it works best with a little bit of apple cider vinegar. You can read a full review here.

A salt plank for cooking

Himalayan Salt Plate and Tray Set

Himalayan Salt Plate and Tray Set, $17.66

A salt block is a multipurpose tool. It’s a stable crystal structure, which means it can hold temperature very well. It can be chilled and used as a serving platter for sushi or heated over a grill or stovetop to cook flavorful veggies. Himalayan salt is more nuanced than table salt, and the amount of saltiness imparted varies with the type of food (moist foods absorb more salt, fatty foods repel it, etc.). It’s also long lasting and naturally antibacterial. 

A universal USB wall charger that fits four devices

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Anker 4-Port USB Wall Charger with Foldable Plug, $25.99

Double the outlet space with this four-port USB wall charger. Its advanced charging capacity also means their tech will charge faster than average.

An Atlas Obscura calendar full of daily photos and tidbits about the world’s strangest and coolest places or festivals

Amazon gifts under $50 Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura Page-A-Day 2021 Calendar, $15.99

The Atlas Obscura calendar is a fun, novel way to infuse each day with an anchor of appreciation and wonder for the world. There are hundreds of photos that celebrate the world’s strangest and coolest places, festivals, and foods. Travelers and life-long learners are particularly good candidates for this one.

A milk frother so they can make their favorite coffee or hot chocolate drinks from home

Amazon under $50 Powerlix

PowerLix Milk Frother, $19.95

A milk frother is an unexpectedly convenient tool to have around the house, and it can make an otherwise normal cup of coffee or hot chocolate closer to what you’d buy at the cafe. With it, they can make lattes, cappuccinos, and frothy coffees every morning for less.

The best travel pillow we’ve found

Amazon gifts under $50 Trtl

Trtl Travel Pillow, $25

We know it sounds gimmicky, but these travel pillows from Trtl really do make a difference, which is why we’ve voted them the best travel pillows you can buy. Once traveling is safer, it will offer a better, more restful sleep on the move. There’s a slightly more expensive version that’s even better, too. 

A delicious gift basket of caramel, chocolate, and crunchy gourmet treats

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Chocolate, Caramel and Crunch Grand Gift Basket, $37

For less than $40, you can gift gourmet chocolates and caramels pre-wrapped in a keepsake basket. The set includes seasonal favorites like caramel corn, chocolate pretzels, and peanut brittle. 

A hair turban that will cut drying time in half

Amazon gifts under $50 Aquis

Aquis Original Microfiber Hair Turban, from $20.99

Aquis’ cult-favorite hair towels have inspired a slew of rave reviews online, including one from our own team of product reviewers.

The towels are made from a proprietary fabric called Aquitex that’s composed of ultra-fine fibers (finer than silk) that work to reduce the amount of friction the hair experiences while in its weakest state. It also prevents hygral fatigue — the stretching and swelling of wet hair that makes it vulnerable to frizz and damage — by cutting the hair’s drying time by 50%.

A keychain that finds their keys for them

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Tile Pro with Replaceable Battery, from $34.99

Never let them lose their keys again. This Tile keychain pairs with their smartphone so they’ll always be able to locate them. Conversely, you can press the Tile button to locate your phone if it’s lost, even if it’s in silent mode. 

A charging case that protects and charges wireless devices on the go

Amazon under $50 Mophie

Mophie Wireless Power Capsule External Battery Charger, $16.95

This compact, portable case charges wearables like the Fitbit Flex, Beats by Dre, and JBL Wireless Earbuds on the go. The 1,4000 mAh rechargeable battery translates to about 60 hours of audio playback in wireless earbuds. 

Alexa-enabled smart plugs

Amazon gifts under $50 Wemo

Wemo Mini Smart WiFi-Enabled Plug, $24.98

These plugs turn your devices into smart tech. They help your giftee control their lights and appliances from a free app on their phone, or by voice using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. 

A hilarious card game

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What Do You Meme? Party Game, $29.99

This hilarious popular card game brings together the funniest memes of the Internet with over 350 caption cards for funny combinations. 

A highly rated pump with universal wine stoppers to keep open bottles fresh for longer

Amazon under $50 wine saver

The Original Vacu Vin Wine Saver with Two Vacuum Stoppers, $11.89

This hyper-popular pump and universal wine stopper set keeps open bottles of wine from prolonged exposure to the air, which is what causes the breakdown of its character and taste. This version makes a “click” sound when the user has managed to create an airtight seal and has almost 3,000 five-star reviews.

A photo book from one of the most renowned wildlife photographers

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“Polar Obsession” by Paul Nicklen, $38.81

Paul Nicklen is an acclaimed Canadian photographer, film-maker, and marine biologist known for his work in the Arctic. He’s a frequent contributor to National Geographic and has won the BBC Wildlife Photographer award of the year as well as the prestigious World Press Photo award for photojournalism, and this coffee table book is a beautiful homage to polar landscapes. 

A powerful external battery

Gifts for coworkers Eleject

Elecjet PowerPie, $47.49

It’s not groundbreaking to give your partner a portable charger, but they’ll find themselves grateful for it repeatedly. It’s perfect for traveling and commuting, when it’s safe to again, and acts as insurance for long days away from home. It reportedly charges iPhones twice as fast as the original iPhone charger.

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44 clever gifts from Amazon – all under $50, and many arriving before Christmas

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more.

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Wake up early and make mini heart-shaped waffles for a breakfast together.

Your friends and family don’t necessarily need or want an expensive gift. And it’s a myth that a higher price tag equals a more thoughtful gift. It doesn’t take more than $50 to pay homage to an interest of theirs or to improve day-to-day life by fixing the squeaky cupboard or replacing a beat-up coffee thermos with a much, much better one.

Thoughtful gifts don’t need to be expensive. And they don’t necessarily require an hour of your time in the trenches of Amazon search results. Below, I’ve rounded up 44 of the best finds on Amazon below – with all the perks of easy, fast shipping and saved payment information. 

Check out all 44 cool gifts under $50 on Amazon:

A media streamer that can turn a basic TV into a smart one

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Roku Streaming Stick+, $39

Essentially, the Roku Streaming Stick+ is your standard media streaming stick, and can convert a basic TV into a smart one that can stream Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and more. It’s Alexa-enabled, too, so you can control it by voice.

Homemade breakfast made with a heart-shaped waffle maker

Amazon gifts under $50 Dash

Dash Mini Waffle Maker Machine, $17.99

Get up early, and make them heart-shaped mini waffles for breakfast. The Dash Mini Maker is compact enough to keep for special occasions without cramping your kitchen, too.  

A wooden caddy tray for the world’s most luxurious bath

Amazon gifts under $50 bathtub tray

Royal Craft Luxury Bathtub Caddy, $49.97

Few things are as luxurious as a long bath filled with plenty of activities and treats. This one is waterproof, slip-resistant, and designed to accommodate one or two bathers at once. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A compilation of the love letters of great men

Amazon gifts under $50 LLOGM

“Love Letters of Great Men”, $13.95

If you find yourself at a loss for words, let the love letters of great men do the talking for you. This volume includes love letters written by Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, Napoleon Bonaparte, James Joyce, John Keats, Dylan Thomas, and more. 

A calendar for dog lovers

Amazon gifts under $50 We Rate Dogs

WeRateDogs 2021 Calendar, $14.39

If they’re a dog person (and even if they’re not), they’ll appreciate waking up each day to a new pup photo with an exciting backstory. The calendar follows the same format as WeRateDogs’ popular Twitter account, and don’t worry, every dog receives a rating of at least 11/10.

A vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottle that people swear by

hydro flask

Hydro Flask 12 oz Travel Coffee Mug, $29.95

Hydro Flask is a cult favorite for their water bottles, and these vacuum insulated stainless steel mugs work just as well. It’ll keep hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold up to twenty-four hours.

 

A USB-C hub adapter for MacBooks

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Lionwei USB-C Hub Adapter, $25.49

Upgrading laptops do come with a few annoyances. If their new MacBook only has USB-C inputs, this hub adapter will give them access to other devices, including SD cards, flash drives, and USB printers. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas, but before the beginning of the new semester.

Anker Nano 20W USB C Charger under $25

Anker Nano 20W USB-C Charger, $16.99

This year’s iPhones won’t come with a charging adaptor in the box, so if getting someone a new phone during the holidays, they’ll definitely need one of these. The Anker Nano charges three times faster than the typical Apple charger and is physically the same size.

Echo Dot with Clock

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Echo Dot 4th Gen with Clock, $39.99

The newest Echo Dot is more convenient than ever. The all-new design features a larger speaker for better audio, a digital clock to display the time and timer countdowns, and all of Alexa’s other skills. 

*This gift is unavailable to ship until December 30, but it’s still available to purchase.

A soap bar that’s a great life hack for tough stains

Amazon gifts under $50 Laundress

The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar, $6

This is another early Insider Reviews favorite because it’s relatively cheap and works exceptionally well. The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar is one of the only things that can bring white clothes back from the brink of donation piles, as we’ve attested in our roundup of the best things we bought on Amazon under $25

An unfussy cookbook meant for hosting one person or many

Amazon gifts under $50 SAFH

“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking” by Samin Nosrat, $20.96

“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” is a New York Times bestseller and a James Beard Award winner for a reason. This book offers a great explanation of exactly why food tastes so good, breaking it down to four main elements.  

A powerful wireless charger for their desk

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Anker Wireless Charger, $49.99

Get them a wireless charger that lets them charge their phone without having to plug it in or take off their phone case first. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A durable, inexpensive Fire tablet

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Fire 7 Tablet, $49.99

Amazon’s Fire tablets are a relatively great deal for a tablet if you’re not looking for anything super high-performance driven or luxe. For the average user, they’re a good fit. It’s Alexa-enabled, so you can ask for quick access to music and entertainment or messages and calling, and it has up to seven hours of battery life. 

You can shop the latest versions for a bit more money here.

An all-new Echo Dot

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4th Generation Echo Dot, $29.99

The newest Echo Dot is a great gift for expert or amateur tech users. It has thousands of skills, but doesn’t require much once it’s set up. Alexa can control smart lights, outlets, TVs, and more to make life more seamless, and she can tell you the forecast, find and check recipes, and play music or set alarms and timers.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A portable laptop desk

Amazon gifts under $50 lap desk

AmazonBasics Adjustable and Portable Laptop Table, from $43.49

As more and more people find themselves working from home, a laptop desk is essential for comfort, convenience, and efficiency. This model is height-adjustable, so it can easily double as a breakfast tray or writing station. 

A notebook that they can fill with their favorite travel memories

Amazon gifts under $50 travel journal

Maleden Spiral Bound Traveler Notebook, $12.99

If they’re always recounting memories from their favorite trip, a travel journal is an excellent place for them to put all of these stories to paper. This particular model comes with binder rings, so they can easily include tickets, photos, and other mementos.

A popular reusable shopping bag in a fun print

Amazon gifts under $50 Baggu

Baggu Standard Reusable Shopping Bag, from $12

Baggu bags are popular for a reason — they come in tons of fun prints and can fold down to pretty much nothing even though they can hold 50 pounds of stuff. If you’re looking for another option, we also like Ecobags

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A cheeky “I love you” mug

Amazon gifts under $50 mug

Olive Ewe Coffee Mug, $13.50

A subtle, aloof way to say the L-word — and in a puzzle they can decode even without the help of their first cup of coffee.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A candle that pays homage to their favorite place on Earth

Amazon gifts under $50 Homesick

Homesick Candles, available at Amazon, from $28.90

Gift them a candle customized to smell like their beloved hometown, college town, or favorite getaway. This is the dedicated option for “Love“. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

One of the bestselling books of the year

Amazon gifts under $50 Crawdads

“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens, from $11.16

One of the bestselling and most talked-about books of the year, “Where the Crawdads Sing” is an ode to the natural world and a heartbreaking coming-of-age story. It’s set in a coastal town in North Carolina and follows a possible murder and the local suspect, the misunderstood Kya Clark, who’s been known simply as “Marsh Girl” for years.

A tough, wind-resistant umbrella they can rely upon

Amazon gifts under $50 umbrella

Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella, $21.95

Hear me out. It may seem boring, but everybody needs an umbrella, and this is way better than whatever version they bought the last time they veered into a CVS while it was raining. We think it’s the best umbrella you can buy thanks to how well it resists wind and how long it lasts, and they’ll find themselves thankful for it often. 

A portable and waterproof speaker

Amazon gifts under $50 Anker

Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, from $39.99

This wireless Bluetooth speaker is waterproof, durable, and easily portable. It has 24 hours of playtime and maintains sound quality even at high volumes. 

One of the year’s most noteworthy books

Amazon books OEWBG

“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel” by Ocean Vuong, $12.63

Ocean Vuong is an American poet, and “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” is his much-anticipated debut novel. Published in 2019, it’s a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read that delves into family history, addiction, violence, trauma, compassion, and tenderness. If they’re a bookworm looking for the next bittersweet American classic, you may want to start here. Looking for other options? Amazon has a list of 2020 bestsellers, and a list of 100 books to read in a lifetime

A cast-iron skillet with almost 10,000 five-star reviews

Amazon gifts under $50 Lodge

Lodge 10.25-Inch Cast-Iron Skillet, $14.88

This 10.25-inch cast-iron skillet is one that became minorly famous online and garnered over 62,000 Amazon reviews. Lodge has been making cast iron cookware since 1896, so they’ve learned a thing or two about what makes a great kitchen tool. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas, depending on the size and version selected. 

An electric bottle opener

Amazon gifts under $50 Oster

Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Foil Cutter, $19.99

This slim device cuts foil and uncorks wine bottles seamlessly, then stows easily out of sight. It has to be charged, but it’ll open 30 bottles per charge. 

Highly rated in-ear earbuds

Amazon gifts under $50 Panasonic

Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbud Headphones, from $7.99

Whether for everyday use, the gym, as a backup, or just for travel when Bluetooth headphones won’t connect to the in-flight entertainment, there are ample uses for really solid in-ear buds with a stereo plug. This pair has an extended cord and three sets of ear pads for the perfect fit.

A famous hot sauce made from peppers grown in over 30 community gardens in the Bronx

Amazon gifts under $50 Small Axe

Small Axe Peppers Variety 3-Pack, $21.99

This all-natural, tangy hot sauce is best known for its part in the popular Youtube series “Hot Ones.” It’s made from peppers grown in community gardens across the US. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas, depending on the version selected. 

Anthony Bourdain’s best-selling culinary and travel memoir

Amazon gifts under $50 Anthony Bourdain

“A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines” by Anthony Bourdain, from $13.19

This is Anthony Bourdain’s New York Times best-selling chronicle of traveling the world in search of the globe’s greatest culinary adventures. From California to Cambodia, Bourdain spent much of his adult life searching for the perfect meal.

A cold brew coffee maker

Amazon gifts under $50 cold brew

Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, $15.99

This cold brew maker is as inexpensive as it is convenient, and it saves me hundreds of dollars per year. It easily fits into most refrigerator doors, is simple to use, and makes a good amount of cold brew at once. If they need more than one quart, there’s also a two-quart option under $40. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas, depending on the size and version selected. 

The cult-favorite clay mask that took over the internet

Amaozn gifts under $50 Aztec Secret

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Facial & Body Mask, $14.95

The Aztec Clay Mask is one of those cult-favorite products of the internet that’s driven from the obscure depths of Amazon to beauty vlogs, Youtube testimonials with over 4 million views, and even the Sephora beauty blog.  

It’s been called “the world’s most powerful facial,” and it’s also under $10. It can be mixed with water, but it works best with a little bit of apple cider vinegar. You can read a full review here.

A salt plank for cooking

Amazon gifts under $50 salt plate

Himalayan Salt Plate and Tray Set, $21.31

A salt block is a multipurpose tool. It’s a stable crystal structure, which means it can hold a temperature very well. It can be chilled and used as a serving platter for sushi or heated over a grill or stovetop to cook flavorful veggies. Himalayan salt is more nuanced than table salt, and the amount of saltiness imparted varies with the type of food (moist foods absorb more salt, fatty foods repel it, etc.). It’s also long-lasting and naturally antibacterial. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A universal USB wall charger that fits four devices

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Anker 4-Port USB Wall Charger with Foldable Plug, $25.99

Double the outlet space with this four-port USB wall charger. Its advanced charging capacity also means their tech will charge faster than average.

An Atlas Obscura calendar full of daily photos and tidbits about the world’s strangest and coolest places or festivals

Amazon gifts under $50 Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura Page-A-Day 2021 Calendar, $14.39

The Atlas Obscura calendar is a fun, novel way to infuse each day with an anchor of appreciation and wonder for the world. There are hundreds of photos that celebrate the world’s strangest and coolest places, festivals, and foods. Travelers and life-long learners are particularly good candidates for this one.

A milk frother so they can make their favorite coffee or hot chocolate drinks from home

Amazon under $50 Powerlix

PowerLix Milk Frother, $19.95

A milk frother is an unexpectedly convenient tool to have around the house, and it can make an otherwise normal cup of coffee or hot chocolate closer to what you’d buy at the cafe. With it, they can make lattes, cappuccinos, and frothy coffees every morning for less.

The best travel pillow we’ve found

Amazon gifts under $50 Trtl

Trtl Travel Pillow, $22.49

We know it sounds gimmicky, but these travel pillows from Trtl really do make a difference, which is why we’ve voted them the best travel pillows you can buy. It won’t make the frequent traveler feel like they’re in bed at home, but it will offer a better, more restful sleep on the move. There’s a slightly more expensive version that’s even better, too. 

A delicious gift basket of caramel, chocolate, and crunchy gourmet treats

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Chocolate, Caramel and Crunch Grand Gift Basket, $37

For less than $40, you can gift gourmet chocolates and caramels already pre-wrapped in a keepsake basket. The set includes seasonal favorites like caramel corn, chocolate pretzels, and peanut brittle. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas, depending on the version selected. 

A hair turban that will cut drying time in half

Amazon gifts under $50 Aquis

Aquis Original Microfiber Hair Turban, from $20.99

Aquis’ cult-favorite hair towels have inspired a slew of rave reviews online, including one from our own team of product reviewers.

The towels are made from a proprietary fabric called Aquitex that’s composed of ultra-fine fibers (finer than silk) that work to reduce the amount of friction the hair experiences while in its weakest state. It also prevents hygral fatigue — the stretching and swelling of wet hair that makes it vulnerable to frizz and damage — by cutting the hair’s drying time by 50%.

A keychain that finds their keys for them

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Tile Pro with Replaceable Battery, from $29.99

Never let them lose their keys again. This Tile keychain pairs with their smartphone so they’ll always be able to locate them. Conversely, you can press the Tile button to locate your phone if it’s lost, even if it’s on silent mode. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas, depending on the version selected.

A charging case that protects and charges wireless devices on the go

Amazon under $50 Mophie

Mophie Wireless Power Capsule External Battery Charger, $11.94

This compact, travel-friendly case charges wearables like the Fitbit Flex, Beats by Dre, and JBL Wireless Earbuds on the go. The 1,4000 mAh rechargeable battery translates to about 60 hours of audio playback in wireless earbuds. 

Alexa-enabled smart plugs

Amazon gifts under $50 Wemo

Wemo Mini Smart WiFi-Enabled Plug, $17.99

These plugs turn your devices into smart tech. They help your giftee control their lights and appliances from a free app on their phone, or by voice using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. 

A hilarious card game

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What Do You Meme? Party Game, $29.99

This hilarious popular card game brings together the funniest memes of the Internet with over 350 caption cards for funny combinations. 

A highly rated pump with universal wine stoppers to keep open bottles fresh for longer

Amazon under $50 wine saver

The Original Vacu Vin Wine Saver with Two Vacuum Stoppers, $11.89

This hyper-popular pump and universal wine stopper set keeps open bottles of wine from prolonged exposure to the air, which is what causes the breakdown of its character and taste. This version makes a “click” sound when the user has managed to create an airtight seal, and has almost 3,000 five-star reviews.

A photo book from one of the most renowned wildlife photographers

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“Polar Obsession” by Paul Nicklen, $46.76

Paul Nicklen is an acclaimed Canadian photographer, film-maker, and marine biologist known for his work in the Arctic. He’s a frequent contributor to National Geographic and has won the BBC Wildlife Photographer award of the year as well as the prestigious World Press Photo award for photojournalism, and this coffee table book is a beautiful homage to polar landscapes. 

A powerful external battery

Gifts for coworkers Eleject

Elecjet PowerPie, $49

It’s not groundbreaking to give your partner a portable charger, but they’ll find themselves grateful for it repeatedly. It’s perfect for traveling and commuting, and as insurance for long days away from home. It reportedly charges iPhones twice as fast as the original iPhone charger.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

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59 thoughtful gifts for him that you can buy on Amazon

There’s no shame in buying all your gifts in one place. Especially if that place is Amazon. After all, it offers gift ideas in categories as diverse as home, kitchen, tech, clothing, grooming, and more. 

From cool new books to premium espresso machines, we’ve rounded up the best gifts for the men in your life – all from Amazon. They cover a range of prices and brands, including newer startups you didn’t even know about you could find on Amazon. Plus, many are Prime-eligible, which means you can make the most of that Prime membership and get last-minute gifts shipped fast. 

A camp mug he’ll carry with him everywhere

Gifts for Mom Yeti

YETI’s double-walled vacuum insulation keeps his cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot.

A grill set for the barbecue master

BBQ Grilling Tool Set

This stainless steel barbecue set has all the tools he’ll need to be a grill master, including brushes, spatulas, knives, steak forks, grip tongs, and more. 

An addictively fun set of miniature magnets

Amazon gifts for him under $100 Speks

Whether he’s naturally fidgety or he enjoys building things with his hands, he’ll love these tiny mashable toys.

Smooth and soft luxury sheets

Brooklinen set

It’s no secret that we love Brooklinen sheets. Treat him to the luxury of silky and satin-like sateen sheets this holiday season.

The “Goldilocks” pillow he’ll love sleeping on

Casper Pillow

The support and fluffiness level of this pillow is just right for many sleepers. It owes this perfect balance to a two-layer construction and cotton percale weave casing. 

A cast-iron skillet holder

Amazon gifts for him Lodge

This convenient skillet holder will allow for efficient cast-iron cooking without facing burns from the heat. It protects against up to 450 degrees, and it’s available in six fun colors.

A deluxe hardcover version of a bestselling sci-fi novel

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“Dune” is a true epic. If he’s already borrowed it from the library countless times, he’ll love having a special-edition version to keep for himself.

A sleek pair of wireless headphones

Soul headphones

The stylish, comfortable, and foldable headphones feature 40mm drivers that capture the satisfying sound of deep and low bass.

Amazon’s smart speaker

Amazon Echo 2020

The newest Echo speaker in the Amazon device family boasts Dolby 360° audio, dynamic bass response, and adjustable equalizer settings. Beyond taking song requests, the Echo can tell him the weather and news of the day, help him turn on smart home devices, and more. 

A protective AirPods case

Amazon gifts for him AirPods case

AirPods are precious cargo, and this silicone case adds an extra layer of protection along with its carabiner clip. Although not compatible with the AirPods Pro, the case can be used with all standard AirPods models.

A Monopoly board for the rule breaker

Monopoly Cheaters Edition

Take game night to the next level and indulge his inner rule-breaker with this Monopoly game specifically designed for cheating. There are tons of Monopoly editions out there, but this one might be the most fun for those with a competitive streak.

A cult-favorite, acne-banishing solution

Amazon gifts for men Mario Badescu

Just dab a bit of this lotion on a blemish to dry it out and reduce its appearance overnight.

A high-tech electric toothbrush

Oral B Pro 7500 Power toothbrush

Oral-B is known for making some of the best electric toothbrushes you can buy. This particular model has a smart pressure sensor that lights up when he brushes too hard. It can also connect to an app to give him other feedback on his brushing habits.

A professional-quality teeth whitening kit

SmileDirectClub

He might look a little silly with this appliance in his mouth, but the ultimate result is a brighter, whiter smile. The portable, mess-free process involves a fast-absorbing, minty brightening formula and LED light. 

A stretchy, lightweight shirt

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Basics are anything but when they’re as comfortable as the shirts from Mizzen + Main. The henley is durable yet breathable so it’ll keep up with his busy, active day.

Comfy joggers

Amazon gifts for men joggers

It’s vacation every day in these relaxed lounge pants.

Fuzzy house slippers

Ugg scuff slipper

Combine these furry slippers with loungers and a soft tee, and he has all the parts available for a cozy winter day in.  

A small and super effective soap bar

Amazon gifts under $50 Laundress

We swear by this fresh and non-toxic soap bar to take out all the stubborn stains on our clothing.

A tech-friendly backpack

incase bag

With separate compartments dedicated to his MacBook, iPad, and iPhone, this backpack is ready to keep him organized when he’s on the go. It’s also comfortable to wear and made from an ultra-durable nylon material.

A minimalist watch

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In addition to timeless automatic watches, MVMT makes minimalist chronograph watches that match seamlessly with his style. It’s not made for intense outdoor use, but it is weather-proof up to 50 meters. 

A well-designed leather wallet

Bellroy wallet

We love Bellroy’s thoughtful approach to wallet design, which is why the Slim Sleeve has remained our favorite men’s wallet for years. It manages to fit up to 12 cards, with two quick-access slots for his most-used cards and a pull-out section for the rest, while remaining surprisingly compact. 

A suspension trainer kit

TRX straps

The system includes everything he needs to train and challenge his body from the comfort of his home, including a free 30-day trial with the TRX app to discover smart and efficient workouts. 

A foam roller used by physical therapists and trainers

Foam roll

Foam rolling can change the way his body reacts to workouts. It keeps his muscles loose and speeds up recovery times. 

A soft, cloud-like comforter

buffy comforter

The fluffy comforter is covered by a soft, cooling eucalyptus fiber that always feels silky smooth against his skin. 

An organizer to keep his bedtime essentials close at hand

bedside organizer

Whether he chooses to wind down at night with a book or TV show, this handy organizer can store those nighttime ritual accessories. 

A quiet robot vacuum cleaner

EUFY

Weekend chore days just got a lot easier thanks to eufy’s popular robot vacuum cleaner. At less than three inches tall, it can squeeze into those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies to clean up dust and debris.

A smart bulb starter kit to add some ambiance to his space

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These smart LED bulbs can be dimmed and turned on and off from a smartphone or with the use of Alexa or Google Home. They install just like a regular lightbulb, too.

His very own espresso machine

 Breville the Barista Express Espresso Machine

Breville’s machine is our top pick for the best espresso machine. It makes delicious espresso and bundles in important accessories so he doesn’t need to spend additional money on his coffee habit. 

The multi-cooker everyone knows and loves

Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is efficient, versatile, and convenient, featuring seven different cooking functions that can help him make anything from a hearty stew to a sweet dessert.

A cookbook that gives him recipe inspiration

Amazon gifts for him Instant Pot Cookbook

The recipes are specifically designed for use with the Instant Pot, which means he can avoid any guesswork and uncertainty.

A slim yet durable phone case

Speck Presidio case

The cushioned phone case is also scratch-resistant, while the ridge design provides a no-slip grip. Visit Speck’s store page to find cases for other phone models. 

A kit to clean his dirty phone and glasses screens

Amazon gifts for him Whoosh

The kit isn’t the most brag-worthy gift in the list, but it might be the most practical. The alcohol- and ammonia-free formula cleans and polishes his screens with startling effectiveness. 

Apple AirPods

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The divisive earbuds are admittedly useful for iPhone users because they connect automatically to his phone and he can say Siri commands. The latest model delivers a faster wireless connection to your devices, and it’s on sale right now for $129.

A compact battery pack

Amazon gifts for him Anker

Don’t let him leave the house without a portable charger like this 10,000 mAH pack. It’s especially useful for traveling, giving him the peace of mind that he won’t lose his phone capabilities when he needs them most. 

A long and durable charging cable

Amazon gifts for him under $100 Anker

Anker says this cable lasts more than 30 times longer than other cables. And since it’s extra-long, he can charge his device far away from the outlet. 

A memoir from the bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Amazon gifts for him flea

In this brand-new book, Flea recounts the tumultuous, hilarious, and inspiring experiences that ultimately brought him to start the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

A personal water filter

Amazon gifts for him Lifestraw

No outdoors trip or travel adventure should take place without a LifeStraw on hand. The light and compact device removes more than 99.9% of waterborne bacteria and parasites.

A soft flannel

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You can’t go wrong with a classic cotton flannel in the winter. Legendary Whitetails style comes in 13 attractive color options.

A snug beanie

Amazon gifts for him Carhartt

Gift the attention-grabbing neon-green beanie, or take the more subtle route with a neutral navy or white style. 

A pack of comfortable boxer briefs

Tommy John underwear

Though they don’t come cheap, Tommy John’s underwear consistently ranks among the best we’ve ever tried. The Second Skin fabric in particular — a blend of smooth micro modal and spandex — is a standout that’s always breathable and never pills. 

A pair of stylish boots

Thursday Boot Company Lace Up

It’s boot season and this handsome leather boot will be the star of his shoe lineup. The cork footbed and EVA comfort strip offer unparalleled, all-day comfort. 

A 12-month membership to Nintendo Switch Online

Amazon gifts for him Switch

The affordable membership works with compatible games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to let him compete against his friends, share his screen, or pass on a virtual controller. 

A water bottle that he’ll never tire of

Hydro Flask

He’ll always stay hydrated with a Hydro Flask in his bag. There are a variety of bright colors to choose from, as well as smaller sizes if you know he doesn’t like carrying heavy bottles.

A heavy-duty skillet

Le Cresuet skillet

The workhorse of the kitchen is the humble cast iron skillet, which lends its strong heat retention to baking, searing, stir-frying, and other cooking tasks.

A mouth-watering hot sauce

Amazon gifts for him Fat Cat

The savory hot sauce is the recipient of multiple awards. While created from one of the world’s hottest peppers, the mild sauce is more smoky than spicy.  

Fancy, infused salts

caravel gourmet infused salt sampler

Easily elevate his meals with flavor-infused salts such as Smoked Bacon Chipotle and Garlic Medley.

A cream that gives him a comfortable shave

the art of shaving

He can lather up with a rich and foamy cream that won’t irritate his skin or give him razor burn. For a fun seasonally appropriate option, gift him the peppermint-scented version.

A shaving set that takes care of his beard

Jack Black shave essentials

Cleanse, protect, moisturize, protect, and repeat with this three-piece set. The products contain natural, effective ingredients such as kaolin clay, macadamia nut oil, and blue algae extract. 

A wireless charging pad

belkin

It’s made for any Qi-enabled device (including AirPods!) and delivers speedy wireless charging speeds. It also looks more composed and stylish than a regular charger. 

A waterproof ebook reader

Kindle Paperwhite

The thin and light Kindle Paperwhite ebook reader has a crisp and glare-free display, and it’s now waterproof so he can read by the beach or in the tub worry-free. While he can buy ebooks, there are also a few ways to expand his reading collection for free. 

An Audible membership

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If he prefers to listen to his books while commuting, an Audible membership would be a more suitable gift. Each month, he’ll get access to one audiobook and two Audible Originals of his choice, plus 30% off any additional audiobooks. 

A travel pillow with a unique design

Gifts for best friend Trtl

Once he’s gotten used to the curious stares from his fellow passengers, he can settle into a long and restful nap. The soft and cushioned Trtl Pillow keeps his neck propped up and supported through the flight. 

Compression socks that don’t look like compression socks

Conrad socks

The socks look like ordinary socks, but they actually contain medical-grade compression technology to keep his legs comfortable on flights and after workouts. 

A small and portable cocktail making kit

Amazon gifts for men cocktail kit

Alcohol’s not included, but everything else is: recipe card, spoon/muddler, jigger, syrup, and coasters. Even if he’s squished into Basic Economy, he’ll feel like he’s flying Business Class. 

A Lego Y-Wing Starfighter kit

Lego Y Wing fighter

A Star Wars gift he’ll spend an afternoon playing around with is this newly updated Lego collectible. The details, like the opening cockpit and the accurate mini figures, are what really stand out. 

A fun word game

Amazon gifts for him Codenames

Rather than playing the same old games during game night, bring out Codenames, a challenge to figure out the secret identities of 25 agents. 

A box of Godiva chocolates

godiva holiday chocolates

Satiate his sweet tooth with this Godiva chocolate gift box that features an exciting assortment of gourmet milk, white, and dark chocolates crafted with classic Belgian fillings.

A streaming stick that gives him access to more than 500,000 movies and TV episodes

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Roku’s Streaming Stick+ is exceptional for its 4K, HDR, and HD streaming, and long-range wireless receiver. Installing it is an easy process and starts by plugging the stick into his TV. 

A gift card to use at your next movie night together

fandango

Despite the prevalence of streaming services, seeing a movie in theaters (once it’s safe to do so) is still an unbeatable experience.

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