Doesn't it seem like we're constantly trying to outdo ourselves with more creative gifts every year? Sure, it's fun to think outside the box, but we've come to realize that practical gifts are sometimes even more desirable than their clever counterparts.
This season the Shop TODAY team rounded up 38 useful gifts for men that he'll use over and over again. 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
If he enjoys a good workout, yet complains about the aftermath, gift him with this reputable pain-relieving ointment that is sure to stop pain where it starts.
With an ingredient list packed with menthol (to aid with pain relief), camphor (to help with blood flow) and essential oils (to soothe), this balm provides immediate relief, according to reviewers who tout this as their go-to for sports-related pain relief.
Is his work-from-home posture is getting the best of him? This back brace will help to correct it in no time. Made of neoprene material, this brace is soft and thin enough to be worn under or over your clothing.
Help him spruce up his bachelor pad with this K-cup holder. It slides into any kitchen drawer, helping to keep the pods face up, organized and easy to access.
With the ability to hold up to 40 coffee pods, he'll be able to easily tell when he's almost out. Reviewers love it because of how tidy it makes their space feel while keeping the K-cups off of their countertops.
He'll be able to store upwards of 180 batteries in this handy case, which doubles as a battery tester so he can test what he currently has. One editor at Shop TODAY admitted this was so popular in her house that "this thing made my family get savage last Christmas for white elephant."
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.
This basic yet practical warm weather accessory comes in more than 30 colors and patterns, so there’s a hue 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.
This popular car essential comes well recommended from thousands of Amazon shoppers. The folding trunk organizer keeps everything right where it should be with five compartments and Velcro to ensure it stays in place.
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.
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. Right now you can take an additional $5 off with the on-site coupon.
It's practically every man's dream (and every person's dream, really) to organize our cords once and for all. Not only does this eight-outlet surge strip have protected surge outlets, but six of them rotate, making it "perfect for larger, and strangely shaped plugs that usually overlap and block access to other outlets," highlights one reviewer.
Best practical gifts for men under $50
Elevate his wardrobe in the new year with this hooded flannel that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Available in 10 different colors, this button-up sweatshirt has a polyester interior that promises to keep you warm. It even includes chest pockets and wrist cuffs that adjust to his liking.
Whether you want to subtly hint that he should up his skincare game or are in need of a quick stocking stuffer, this Aquaphor set will provide ample moisturizing power for cold winter days.
This duo comes with a 14-ounce jar and a 1.75-ounce travel sized tube, so he'll never be without the ointment when he needs it. Constantly noted as an end all, be all for dry skin, Aquaphor is a savior for cracked hands and other parts of the body.
What's a more iconic present than a pair of Crocs? These slip-on clogs are easy to take on and off, while being extremely durable. These Crocs even offer pivoting heel straps for a more secure fit.
For the child-at-heart and "Star Wars" obsessive, gift him with this Chewbacca apron that also comes in a R2-D2 pattern. For an additional fee, add their initials or a small nickname for a more personalized touch. May the force be with their morning pancakes!
Complete with a mini stove, a kettle that also doubles as a pot and pan, utensils and mugs, they'll be all set for their next outdoor adventure. When it's time to store it or pack it up, everything fits into the stove and in an easy-to-carry case, perfect for backpacking or low-maintenance trips.
"I was pleasantly surprised at how well the cooking set did, as we cooked chili in both pots. It was really easy to clean and no burn spots on either one. You won’t be sorry with this kit," raved one reviewer.
For the avid runner or work-from-home meeting attendee, gift him with these budget-friendly wireless headphones. With a case small enough to fit in your pocket, these ergonomically-designed headphones promise to not hurt your ears after hours of wear, and even includes three different types of ear tips for finding the perfect fit.
"I LOVE these earbuds," said one reviewer, adding that "the sound quality and dimensionality is superb--listening to classical music, I feel like I'm actually sitting in the middle of the orchestra as it plays."
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.
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!
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
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 29,000 verified five-star Amazon ratings 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 rugged ones provide traction and comfort in all climates. The shoes are constructed with a Durabrasion rubber sole and adjustable Velcro straps.
Best practical gifts for men under $100
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 strong average rating and over 6,500 verified five-star ratings. The machine-washable hoodie jacket is constructed with cozy cotton and has two hand-warmer pockets and two interior pockets.
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!
Best practical gifts for men under $250
Whether they take it tailgating, to soccer games or simply use it to sit on the porch, this portable chair is sure to become an instant favorite. It weighs less than four pounds and can fold down to the size of a water bottle between uses. Reviewers love how "compact" it is and enjoy keeping it in their trunk for easy, on-the-go access.
For the guy who became "Top Gun"-obsessed over the summer, gift him with these aviator sunglasses so his obsession can live on. Available in 55-, 58-, 60- and 62-millimeter sized frames to accommodate to any size, one reviewer loves them because Ray-Ban "have established a reputation for being stylish with very good quality of construction," adding that these sunnies are no exception.
To fill with water and place on the sideline during a sporting event, or with hot coffee during a frigid tailgate, this BackTap from Brumate holds three gallons worth of liquids that can be dispensed via the included tap. Available in nine colors, including solids or colorful swirls, reviewers not only love it for the purpose it serves, but also because it's easy to carry and transport thanks to the shoulder straps.
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.
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 newest shoe model come in six colors and have an all new lightweight, slip-resistant, and durable outsole. 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 are made with a breathable, four-way stretch fabric, for 24/7 wear.
Even if you can't hang out with them this year, you can still 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.