14 Best Gift Ideas for the Man Who's Hard to Shop For

Give him something he'll really enjoy, even on a tight budget.

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October 22, 2020

The guy in your life can be hard to shop for, but if you stick to practical, handy items, you’ll find the most success in your search for the best gifts for men. We searched the internet tirelessly to find useful, thoughtful gifts for dads, brothers, boyfriends, husbands or anyone else in your life. Best of all, everything is less than $30. Start shopping our top budget-friendly gifts for men below.

$12.99 (Pack of 4)

Whether he's always working out or working in his workshop, give the guy in your life who leads an active lifestyle some silicone rings to protect his wedding band and hands from potential injury. These top-selling rings come in a variety of quantities and sleek styles, and the durable, hypoallergenic silicone is designed to break away when too much pressure is applied.

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This wristband has powerful magnets to hold small nails, bolts and tools while Dad works. This also comes with a pouch that can hold magnets as well as small tools. It's a brilliant way to get projects done faster.

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$19.95

This whiskey glass/ice mold combo ensures your go-to guy will always enjoy his favorite spirits in style. The silicone mold fits perfectly in the glass to create an ice wedge that melts slowly — just leave the mold in the glass and freeze overnight.

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This gift set is the perfect trio of condiments for any bacon lover. It comes with maple bacon aioli, a boozy bacon barbecue sauce and maple bacon onion jam. This will take sandwiches, burgers and more to the next level.

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$14.97

Great for falling asleep to music, running outside in the cold or relaxing on the couch, these headphones feature an innovative headband and adjustable speakers for a more comfortable wearing experience. The Lycra and mesh material is breathable and soft, comes in a variety of colors and even blocks out snoring.

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$27.96

Place fresh ingredients in the bottom of the container — anything from fresh fruits, herbs and more adventurous ingredients like hot peppers — twist, fill it with a spirit like vodka or gin, shake and leave for an hour. After that hour is up, a perfectly-infused cocktail will be ready to drink.

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$22.49

This deep-tissue massage roller provides major foot relief, whether that pain comes from a tough workout or simply being on your feet all day. It's lightweight enough to throw in a gym bag, and the textured nubs go right to the source of pain. Give this instead of a foot rub — after all, the material is made to mimic the hands of a massage therapist.

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Gift your hubby, boyfriend, brother or anyone who loves to groom this personalized, thoughtful gift set. Choose from 13 all-natural scents (like tobacco spice, cedarwood and bergamot salt amber), and pick from a variety of different products to create a completely customized set. We love that you can pick exactly what goes in the box, from a bar of soap to cologne to beard oil.

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$15

Sure, collar stays come with shirts, but they don't stop collars from curling up or falling limp throughout the day. This levels those up — they contain magnets that work with any button-down shirt and will keep them still all day long. They even come with a convenient carrying case so they'll never be lost again. One reviewer summed it up best: "These collar stays and magnets keep my collar standing up as if it were a button-down collar."

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This trio of hot sauces come in spicy, boozy flavors — like habanero moonshine, jalapeño tequila and chipotle bourbon — and are a fun way to add some spice to any dish.

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$25.95

This grill press is perfect for indoor use or on the grill — use it to sear steak or chicken, griddle bacon or make perfect paninis. It has a comfortable grip and provides even heating.

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$25.99

At around $25, this Bluetooth portable speaker (with more than 46,000 reviews) is a steal. It works up to 100 feet away from your device, is water-resistant and has 14 hours of battery life. It's lightweight and comes with its own micro-USB cable.

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$23

Conveniently take your favorite beverage to-go in this 16-ounce vacuum mug. This mug boasts a durable, stainless-steel construction with a leak-proof design for worry-free travel. It fits neatly into most car cup holders, making it perfect for your morning commute or upcoming road trip. For easy cleaning, the lid disassembles and is dishwasher-safe.

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$19

Sometimes the best gifts are the most practical, and every single man in your life could probably use a new pair of socks. Help them part with those mismatched, hole-filled socks by gifting a pair or two of the most durable, long-lasting socks. Made in Vermont, these Darn Tough socks consist of 61-percent merino wool, 35-percent nylon and 4-percent Lycra spandex and come with a generous lifetime warranty.

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