40+ non-rubbish Christmas gift ideas for the men in your life

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by Aimee Jakes |
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Welcome to heat's ultimate guide to the best Christmas gift ideas for men.

Choosing a generic gift for the man in your life? Easy peasy! Choosing a thoughtful, exciting gift that will have them mega-impressed for the entirety of Christmas day and beyond? A little more tricky. We're talking really brilliant presents that don't involve a pair of panic-bought socks on Christmas Eve.

Absolutely no judgments, btw, we have all been there.

heat's guide to the best presents for men, at a glance

Gymshark Essential Oversized Joggers: £38 on Gymshark - shop here

John Lewis ANYDAY X GARFIELD Lasagne T-Shirt, Cloud Dancer: £18 on John Lewis - shop here

Bleu De Chanel Eau De Parfum Spray 50ml: £81 on Boots - shop here

Our Place Cast Iron Always Pan: £89 on Our Place - shop here

Whether you want to spend £5 or £50, we've rounded up the best Christmas gifts for men in 2023. From handy gadgets to stylish jumpers, get ready to scroll through some greatness...

SHOP: The best gifts for men for Christmas 2023

Gymshark Essential Oversized Joggersgymshark

Because Gymshark's oversized joggers are elite.

John Lewis ANYDAY X GARFIELD Lasagne T-Shirt, Cloud Dancerjohn lewis

A mood-boosting t-shirt is exactly what the doctor ordered this Christmas and John Lewis has truly excelled.

bleu de chanelboots

The best-selling (and best-smelling) men's aftershave on the market. No really, it's divine.

Our Place Cast Iron Always Panour place
Price: £89 (was £130)

fromourplace.co.uk

This Instagram-worthy 8-in-1 cast iron pan will change the way he cooks at home…forever.

stanley cupstanley 1913

A lightweight flask with a handy flip straw for everyday activities.

Be Useful: Seven Tools For Life By Arnold Schwarzeneggeramazon
Price: $21.01

Already a Sunday Times Bestseller, Arnold's new book promises to give you the pep talk you need, as well as sharing his personal stories and struggles.

American Golf Under Armour Men's 96 Golf Capamerican golf

This lightweight and comfortable cap is made for the golf fan in your life.

Men's Sustainable Socks with Initialstore

Personalising with initials = cool socks. Made with 100% recycled material, and tested by the team, we can confirm they're ultra-soft.

SURI Sustainable Electric Toothbrushsuri
Price: £63.75 (was £75)

www.trysuri.com

An aesthetically pleasing toothbrush which uses recyclable plant-based heads and bristles. The best part? The battery lasts for a magnificent 40 days.

Asics Gel-Cumulus 24asics
Price: £96 (was £140)

www.asics.com

Built with a runner's foot anatomy in mind, these trainers are extra supportive and springy.

American Golf Stromberg Men's The Open Neil Stripe Golf Polo Shirtamerican golf

Made with moisture-wicking stretch fabric and 50+ SPF protection, this stylish Stromberg polo will quickly become his go-to.

STEALTH Xbox Series X/S Charging Dock With Headset Standargos
Price: £14.99 (was £21.99)

www.argos.co.uk

If his game controller is always on the floor, this piece of kit will ensure everything is neat and tidy.

Dishoom Masala Dabba Spice Kitdishoom

For the best curries on earth, this deluxe kit from Dishoom is compulsory.

Pulseroll IGNITE Pro Massage Gunselfridges

For all those pesky aches and pains, you can't beat the Pulseroll and now, it even comes with a heated head attachment. The dream.

Just Spices Starter Setjust spices
Price: £31.99 (was £39.99)

www.justspices.co.uk

If he loves to cook, he will love Just Spices' tasty blends including Avocado Topper and Italian Allrounder.

New Balanceschuh

New Balance 550s are hard to pin down - luckily, New Balance has released 12 new colours for you to choose from for your man.

FatFace Camber Pineapple Swim Shortsfatface
Price: £28 (was £45)

www.fatface.com

Easily the coolest swimming trunks in the universe, he will love these for his next sunny getaway.

Hands down, the best gaming headphones on the internet right now. Bravo, Sony.

Portable speakers are a no-brainer and this Marshall model gives twenty hours of portable music and unbeatable sound.

Mahabis Curve SlippersMahabis

Their tagline is comfortable, supportive, and versatile and we couldn't vouch for them more. The only pair of slippers he will need.

Belgian Chocolate Donuts • Handmadeetsy

Sometimes a posh pack of doughnuts tick all the boxes.

Relaxed Fit Hoodieh&M
Price: £18.99

www2.hm.com

The soon-to-be staple of his wardrobe, courtesy of H&M.

Bauce Borhters Hot Sauce Gift Boxbauce brothers

A carefully curated collection of the most exciting table sauce essentials to exist, perhaps, EVER.

A Dance With Dragons - A Song of Ice and Fire Book 5 (Hardback)waterstones

Game of Thrones fans will be in their element with this special collector's edition of A Dance with Dragons - bound in gilded and embossed red leather.

anda seaT Dark Demon Premium Gaming Chair, Blackjohn lewis
Price: £229.99 (was £299.99)

www.johnlewis.com

If he works from home a lot more or is forever playing COD, this gaming chair will change his life (and back!)

NESPRESSO by Krups Vertuo Plus XN903840 Pod Coffee Machine - Blackcurrys
Price: £89.99 (was £199)

www.currys.co.uk

Give his morning cuppa a touch of ✨spice✨ with a fancy coffee machine.

UGG Scuff Sheepskin Slippersselfridges

Because nothing beats toasty tootsies.

If you're wanting to impress, you can't go wrong with a smartwatch. From sleep monitoring to unbeatable 21-day battery life, the Amazfit GTR 3 is affordable and glorious.

Polo Ralph Lauren Pony-Embossed Pebbled Leather Walletselfridges

A luxe wallet black wallet to hold all of his cards and notes.

Nike Boxer Shorts Multipackjd sports

With the perfect ratio between comfort and functionality, Nike boxers are a sure winner. Choose from their huge collection on JD Sports.

Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perryamazon

Rrp: $34.00

Price: $29.61

After his tragic death this year, read the heartbreakingly honest and fascinating book from comedy legend Chandler Bing. Released last year, it continues to be a best-seller.

Portofino Paddle Board 10fttrail
Price: £259.99 (was £399.99)

www.trailoutdoorleisure.co.uk

If he is the type to fancy a dip on Christmas Day, he will love this paddleboarding kit.

Outdoorsy type? He will be impressed with the world's first self-cleaning water bottle.

John Lewis ANYDAY Snooze Short Sleeve Top & Check Bottoms Pyjama Set, Bluejohn lewis

Treat him to a pair of his own snazzy pyjamas with this brilliant John Lewis set.

Bike Phone Holderoliver bonas

This sturdy phone holder makes the perfect stocking filler.

dunhill London Icon Eau de Parfum Spray 100mllookfantastic
Price: £79.90 (was £94)

www.lookfantastic.com

A long-lasting, classic scent with hints of pepper, leather and lavender.

The Wes Anderson Collection (Hardback)waterstones

An overview of Wes Anderson's filmography, life and career which also doubles up as a really great coffee table book.

Backbone One Mobile Gaming Controller for iPhone - PlayStation Editionvery

Transform his iPhone into the ultimate gaming console which he can play remotely. Genius, if you ask us.

Looking for a hella stylish, well-designed backpack that is undeniably comfortable? We've found the answer to your prayers.

For film buffs, this trivia game will be their ticket to a good time. Blockbuster returns! We're happy to see that yellow logo once again.

Mini Massage Cushionmenkind
Price: £30 (was £35)

www.menkind.co.uk

If he always complains of achy muscles, he'll love Menkind's high-tech massage pillow waiting under the tree.

Shake Up Cosmetics - The Starter Kitshake up
Price: £32 (was £40)

shakeupcosmetics.com

Hard-working skincare set aimed at men, this is a holy grail for beginners who want healthier-looking skin (without spending hours trying to achieve it!)

1MORE SonoFlow Active Noise Cancelling Headphonesamazon

Rrp: $79.99

Price: $59.99

A really great pair of noise-cancelling headphones for a very reasonable price. What's not to love?

Where to buy the best Christmas gifts for men?

As well as the retailers we've included above, you can get some great gifts for men over at FireboxMenkind and we do love a John Lewis gift as well (let's be honest, you can get everything there). Whether they're tech-savvy or have a green thumb, there's something for everyone. Plus, if you want a thoughtful personalised gift, check out Not On The High Street or Etsy.

What are the best gift ideas for men?

Aside from the obvious, which are socks and aftershave, there are loads of things you can buy the man in your life. If they love their home comforts, why not get them a new set of pyjamas, a dressing gown or a pair of slippers? Grooming sets and skincare bits are always going to go down a treat.

Then there are hobbies. Whether it's cooking, reading, cars, music, sports or something else entirely, pick something from his latest hobby and stick to it. If he loves nothing more than spending time in the kitchen, we're sure he'd appreciate a new apron or chopping board. If it's music, he might love a new guitar case or a vinyl rack for his growing collection.

Aimee Jakes is the shopping editor across heat and Closer. As well as mainly writing about skincare launches, high-street fashion and gym bag essentials, she also regularly chats to celebs about their wellness routines for heat's Self-Care Sunday.

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