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Doesn't it seem like we're constantly trying to outdo ourselves with more creative holiday gifts every year? It sure is fun to think outside the box, but we've realized that practical gifts are sometimes even more desirable than their clever counterparts.
So this season the Shop TODAY team rounded up 35 pragmatic gift options that guys are sure to use and enjoy. From budget-friendly finds to splurge-worthy options, there's something on this list for every price point and personality.
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- Best practical gifts for men under $25
- Best practical gifts for men under $50
- Best practical gifts for men under $75
- Best practical gifts for men under $100
- Best practical gifts for men under $250
Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2021 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!
Best practical gifts for men under $25
Perfect for the guy that loves to embark on adventures, this travel-size set includes a 2-in-1 hair and body wash; a 3-in-1 hair, face and body wash; and a pocket-size hand sanitizer. It also comes in a decorative bag so you don't even have to worry about wrapping it if you're feeling lazy.
This basic yet practical warm-weather accessory comes in more than 30 colors and patterns, so there’s something for every guy on your list.
When winter rolls around, flimsy socks simply won't do, and a sturdier pair of socks like these ones from Darn Tough can provide a bit more coverage. The slip-resistant style has ample cushioning, a reinforced heel/toe that makes them ultra-durable, and elastic support at the arch. They're a bit pricey, but they're also guaranteed for life, so they're totally worth it.
Whether the guy in your life was a Boy Scout or not, a multipurpose knife is something that's always good to have on hand. Gentlemen's Hardware put a nice twist on the traditional pocket knife with its Pen Knife Multi-Tool that has nine tricks up its sleeves. It serves as a bottle opener, nail file, corkscrew, reamer, screwdriver, knife and can opener and is an affordable option at only $24.
Great for lounging around the house on a rainy Sunday or working up a sweat at the gym, these fleece joggers are equal parts cozy and practical. The affordable find comes in three colors — black, light gray and dark gray — and we're pretty sure you'll end up stealing them from your guy cuz they're ultra-cozy.
With a 4.6 out of 5-star rating, this popular organizer comes well recommended. The folding trunk organizer keeps everything right where it should be with five compartments and Velcro to ensure it stays in place.
You can really never have enough socks, especially when cold winter spells settle in. This pack from Champion comes in black, white or an assorted set and features double dry wicking to help keep tootsies dry. They also have arch support and a cushioned bottom.
Hot or cold drinks will stay at an ideal temperature with this sturdy mug. The stainless-steel design is puncture- and rust-resistant, so he'll be using it for years to come.
For the guy who has a great sense of humor, this two-pack of Poo~Pourri toilet spray is sure to bring a smile to his face. The Master Crapsman set includes two aptly named sprays that block bathroom odors — Trap-a-Crap and Royal Flush — and each bottle is good for up to 100 uses.
Who said practical gifts can't also be meaningful? These durable cork coasters keep furniture safe from drinks and have room for one of your guy's favorite photos. Win-win!
Best practical gifts for men under $50
Looking for a fun gag gift that your favorite guy will actually be able to use? Bim Bam Boo won the game this holiday with its funny and functional toilet paper rolls that look like Christmas carolers. The six rolls come in a festive tree-shaped gift box that plays music, and the toilet paper is sustainable, too, since it's made from fast-growing bamboo.
You can really never have enough boxers, and this cozy pair from Jamby's also happens to have handy pockets. The unisex style is available in 14 colors and seven sizes and is made of an insanely soft, stretchy fabric. Honestly, you might want to pick up an extra pair for yourself.
He can stay warm and listen to his favorite music at the same time with this Bluetooth beanie. It's double knit for extra comfort, and he can pause, play and control his music with the incognito panel on the side.
With a flat-head screwdriver and multi-functional knife on his wrist, he'll be able to fix almost anything.
He can keep all his essentials organized with this chic Dopp kit, perfect for travel or everyday use.
Perfect for tailgating, potlucks, outdoor job sites and more, this warming lunch box is a great way to cook or reheat food when you can't access a microwave. It's kind of like a Crock-Pot without the constant stirring! All you have to do is toss your food container (it works with glass, plastic, Tupperware, metal and more) in this portable oven and wait while it cooks. It'll even hold your food's temperature for up to 12 hours.
Finding a belt that's equally great for work and casual attire isn't always easy, but this one definitely fits the bill. Available in six colors, the 100 percent leather belt comes in a wide range of sizes and has a flexible yet strong fit that contours to your body.
Best practical gifts for men under $75
Mr. Fix It will be thrilled to find a Lowe's gift card under under the tree, because he can use it to pick up any number of tools or supplies he needs to work on projects around the house. As an added bonus, you can also put a little extra cash in your pocket and get 2 percent back while shopping on Rakuten.
Sometimes regular jeans simply aren't warm enough to face winter's frigid temperatures, and that's where this pair of flannel-lined pants come in handy. The warm jeans have a comfortable waist and a relaxed fit and come in two shades. Your favorite guy will definitely thank you when he's braving the elements this season!
You know you're really adulting when you get excited about umbrellas, and this sturdy option is one practical gift that any guy will appreciate. It's built with a lightweight water-repellent fabric that can fend off heavy rain and also dries in a flash. Most importantly, it can withstand winds of 55 mph. Did we mention that it has a lifetime warranty?
Is your favorite guy constantly running out of juice on his phone? This popular portable charger has over 23,800 5-star reviews and comes with three USB ports that are compatible with iPhones, iPads, Samsung Galaxy phones, Androids and other smart devices.
A solid pair of sandals is a spring and summer wardrobe must-have, and these waterproof ones provide traction and comfort in all climates. The shoes are constructed with a Durabrasion rubber sole with Shoc Pad and adjustable Velcro straps.
Best practical gifts for men under $100
Searching for a practical gift that will make your favorite guy pretty hoppy this holiday? Beer is always a fun option. Half Time Beverage curated this set of 12 IPA beers that includes plenty of variety and packaged it in a handy cooler bag. So really, it's like getting two gifts!
This one's particularly well suited for guys that work in construction or anyone who's athletic. Ably's clothing is made with eco-friendly Filium technology that fends off stains and won't absorb sweat or odors, yet somehow their wardrobe essentials are also lightweight and breathable. This cozy hoodie is made of 100 percent cotton thermal, dries quickly and can also easily be layered.
The key to a great night's sleep? An awesome pillow like this foam one that supports and cools your head as you dream the night away. The three-layer design is pretty darn huggable but it's also functional and helps align your head and neck as you sleep. Even better, tiny channels in the foam help maintain your temperature throughout the night.
Carhartt knows a thing or two about creating warm winter clothing, and this thermal-lined hoodie has a 4.7-star average rating and over 3,600 verified 5-star reviews. The machine-washable hoodie jacket is constructed with cozy cotton and has two hand-warmer pockets and two interior pockets.
Best practical gifts for men under $250
There's nothing quite as relaxing as laying back in bed to relax. Whether you're watching some entertaining TV or reading a good book, it can take some time to settle into the perfect position, but Casper's new Backrest Pillow makes it easy to prop yourself up and wind down before you settle in for a good night's sleep.
Shaving can sometimes feel like a chore, but it doesn't have to be. Gillette Labs created this nifty heated razor that features a warming bar that heats up instantly and can be adjusted to help you find the perfect temperature. Five blades offer a close shave while four heat sensors help the razor stay warm while you're using it. It's like going to a fancy barbershop for a professional shave, but in the comfort of your own home.
From the makers of the popular PhoneSoap sanitizing device comes the new SurfaceSoap UV, a wand device they claim kills up to 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses on surfaces in just seconds. It has a rechargeable battery that runs for 30 minutes at a time to help you do an impromptu cleaning before a party or after someone in the house has been sick. Pretty handy, right?
Finding the perfect pair of sneakers is all about the right fit, and there aren't many brands out there that dial in on sizing so much that they offer quarter sizes, but Atoms certainly does. The brand's signature shoes come in six colors and have a lightweight outsole with cushioning and an antimicrobial copper lining. Fun fact: the flexible shoe laces only need to be tied once!
You might not know what kind of processor or graphics card your favorite guy is coveting, but you can give his gaming rig a practical boost by upgrading his keyboard. This topnotch option puts a premium on comfort with its detachable wrist rest and adjustable switches, making it a sound investment. It also comes with RBG backlit keys and works with both PC and Mac computers.
Whether he brings it to the gym, work or on a vacation, the guy in your life will get plenty of use out of this hardcore durable backpack. It has a spacious main compartment, two water bottle pockets, a laptop sleeve and ultra cozy foam shoulder straps. Plus, it's easy to clean and attaches securely to your luggage when you're on the road.
The man in your life could probably use another pair of comfy WFH pants. These ones are made with Lululemon's signature Luon Fabric, for the ultimate soft feel. They're sweat-wicking and easy to move in, so he'll want to wear them all day every day.
Whether he's sore from working out at the gym or has aches and pains from doing physical labor at work, guys who are constantly moving will definitely see this massage gun as a godsend. The handheld massager features five levels of intensity and five massage heads and comes with a lifetime warranty that includes live support. Even better, the device is quiet and portable!
Can't get together in person for a meal with your male relatives during the pandemic? Make sure they're eating and drinking well with a gift certificate to Amazing Clubs, a subscription service that offers monthly, seasonal and yearly clubs that deliver everything from coffee and beer to cake and sirloin.
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