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The Best Gifts for Him That Aren’t Socks

These unique gifts are perfect for even the hardest-to-shop-for guys.

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Pamper the lounger, the budding home chef, the candle hoarder, and others on your list with these heartfelt gifts. No matter what their interests are, our curated guide will take the guesswork out of finding the perfect presents for the men in your life.

For keeping their dome cozy.

Holden Cashmere Cuff Beanie

Cozy and stylish beanies knit from super soft cashmere. Inspired by the high-energy-meets-coastal vibe of California’s Venice beach, the team behind Holden Outerwear creates gear that moves seamlessly between the performance needs of the outdoors and the style considerations of city life. With cutting-edge materials and technical design, their cool weather gear is warm, substantial, and built to withstand winter wherever you spend it—from mountain top to metropolis. This incredibly soft beanie is made from a luxurious rib knit wool and cashmere blend, perfect for looking cool and staying warm at the same time.

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Cooler than an actual cactus.

DOIY Long Drink Glasses

Trendy long drink glasses shaped as a cacti, that suit perfectly to beverages such as water, soft drinks or even cocktails.

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A fresh scent, and an even fresher look.

Boy Smells Cowboy Kush Candle

A richly scented, all-natural candle that's developed, mixed and hand poured in the founders' home in Los Angeles. Akin to having a smoke at a rousing rodeo, this tumbleweed of a scent is a dusty accumulation of suede and saffron, with puffs of pot leaf and patchouli floating through. Dry, earthy and grounded, it's like a well-worn saddle of a scent. Notes: Suede, saffron flower, labdanum, pot leaf, tonka, raspberry, patchouli.

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We can’t wash your worries away, but we can recommend this reset button in a bottle.

Malin+Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser

A gentle foaming gel cleanser to purify + balance skin with amino acid cleansers. Our gentle foaming cleansing gel balances skin with natural grapefruit extract and amino acid-based cleansing agents. This hydrating formula gently but thoroughly cleanses skin of dirt, oil and makeup. Rinses free of residue, eliminating the need for a toner. Suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive. Natural fragrance and color.

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Even the most rugged individuals have a soft spot.

Alex Crane Blanket Shirt

A natural pima cotton overshirt. Made in Peru from knit pima cotton and sun-bleached corozo buttons.

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A well-designed home for their winged friends.

Loll Designs Pitch Birdhouse

Designed by humans with birds in mind. The simple architectural design of the Loll Designs Pitch Birdhouse includes a sharply pitched roof and sleek living quarters. The entire structure slides on and off a fixed mounting plate for easy cleaning. Available in a range of colors of recycled HDPE (mostly from recycled milk jugs).

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Back at the office? Double down on at-home comfort.

Parachute Soft Rib Robe

Rejuvenate “me time” with this modern, cozy and supersoft robe. Made of 100% long-staple Turkish cotton in a sculpted rib design – it features a clean flat collar, side seam pockets and a waist tie. Complete the vibe with matching, slide-inspired Soft Rib Slippers.

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The hot-sauce boss in your life needs a new thrill.

TRUFF Truffle-Infused Hot Sauce

Truffle twist. What do you get when you combine the pungent umami of truffles with the heat of red chilies and a vinegar kick? Say hello to truffle-infused hot sauce—it’s the kind of combo that has you forehead-smacking and asking, “Why didn’t I think of that?” A hearty sauce with a thicker texture more akin to Sriracha than Tabasco, it’s a traditional red pepper and vinegar base with a subtle, earthy twist. Oh, and see the gem-like stopper? It was modeled after a truffle and makes this bottle a real looker on the table.

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Everyone could use a new set of sheets. This one will have him comfy and covered.

Buffy Soft Hemp Linen Sheets

Ease into ZZZ’s with effortlessly comfy 100% hemp. Our 100% Soft Hemp sheets are beautiful, breathable, and designed to get softer with every wash. Lightened with safe and natural, hydrogen peroxide Machine washable and fast drying Antibacterial hemp fiber is naturally resistant to UV light fading, mold, and mildew

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The alarm clock that turns waking up into a total dream.

Loftie

Loftie is a thoughtfully connected alarm clock designed to help you break up with your smartphone alarms and get more sleep. With a dimmable display, nightlight, two-phase alarm, and custom content playable right on the device, Loftie is everything you need (and nothing you don’t) for a dreamier bedroom atmosphere.

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A grab-and-go wine pack with notes of let’s get this party started.

Parcelle Vacation Wines 3-Pack

Can a bottle of wine make your apartment feel like a beachside cabana in Santorini or the Italian Riviera? No, it can not. What it can do, though, is pair perfectly with anything you’d eat in that cabana, not to mention give you inspiration for a trip to the Mediterranean.

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A classic set for the modern cheese whiz.

Snowe Cheese Knives

Say cheese: our Cheese Knives coordinate with our classic Flatware and Steak Knives, making for a picture-perfect party set-up. Our set comes with a Spreader, a Hard Cheese Knife, and a Soft Cheese Knife, so you're covered, from A to Z, parmesan to brie.

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The elegance of a dinner candle, but none of the beeswax.

Graypants Wick

Wick is designed with the belief that light is meant to be shared: it is the connecting tool that humanizes moments of our lives. Creating a place to gather, Wick is designed to be a companion, to join in adventures and create togetherness and ambiance every time. Wick is a call from our past to the future. It’s the opportunity to mindfully light the present. Combining the romance of a candle with the utility of a flashlight, Wick adapts to and fits a broad variety of contexts, from an intimate home to a bustling restaurant patio, to a warm office kitchen. Wick is perfect as a gift or for your own enjoyment.

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A wavy, welcome addition to any bar cart.

Georg Jensen Two-Pack Transparent Cobra Tall Tumblers

Pack of two sculptural mouth-blown glass tumblers. Printed logo at base.

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For the French New Wave disciple who likes to keep it comfy.

Buck Mason Recycled Cotton Stripe Long Sleeve Classic Tee

A lightweight, slubby blend of new and recycled cotton in a full, classic cut. Waste is an inventible by-product of making clothes, but here, we're able to reclaim scrap fabric that ends up on the cutting room floor to create new fabric. This ribbed cotton is lightly textured and has some tooth to it.

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Give the gift of self-care.

Theragun Elite

A smart, ultra-quiet percussive therapy device that works deep to relieve muscle tension, soreness and pain and speed recovery. Our powerful deep muscle treatment, in an ultra-quiet smart percussive therapy device with advanced sound insulation. Elite works deep to melt away tension and release soreness, empowering you to care for your body daily.

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A holiday blend for the coffee snob.

Equator Coffees Holiday Blend

In what is becoming an Equator tradition, our roasters tried to outdo each other in friendly competition to develop this year's Holiday Blend. While the team developed many delicious blends, ultimately it was roaster Alex Spishakoff’s that was chosen as a winner! Alex’s blend is sure to compliment after dinner desserts and inspire many brisk mornings this holiday season. We will feature this coffee throughout November and December, to keep you going throughout the holidays.

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Unplug in style.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II

QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II are engineered with renowned noise cancellation. With the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in, you have instant access to millions of songs, playlists and more—hands free. Simply choose your voice assistant and ask away.

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Help him find his moment of zen.

Walden Meditation Cushion

Developed in collaboration with a team of yoga and meditation experts, our Original and Travel Meditation Cushions have an all-natural, hypoallergenic buckwheat hull fill that perfectly conforms to each individual user’s shape, and a layer of gel-infused memory foam on top of that for added comfort. The moisture-resistant exterior fabric has a smooth and luxurious feel, while also being exceptionally durable, and has both an odor-killing antimicrobial coating and easy-clean coating. When seated properly on the Walden Cushion both the Original and the Travel, the user’s hips are pushed slightly forward, bolstering the natural curve of their spine, and allowing them to maintain a healthy posture throughout their practice without effort. And by eliminating any potential for distraction due to discomfort, the Walden Meditation Cushion can help the user reach, and maintain, a deeper meditative state.

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Everyone deserves the experience of good cashmere.

Naadam The Essential $75 Cashmere Sweater - Mens

Entering beast mode. Improved with a true men's fit, expanded sizes and new colors, the men's $75 sweater is made from 100% sustainable and ultra-soft cashmere. A classic wardrobe staple, this best seller looks as good over a button-down as it does on its own. Just ask the 50k people who have already rated it 5-stars.

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For the forager, the foodie, or the fun-guy in your life.

New York Puzzle Company Mushrooms Puzzle

Portabello, shiitake, crimini or chanterelle. What is your favorite kind of mushroom? This puzzle is a field guide to mushrooms of all kinds both edible and poisonous.

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A scent for your gent.

Sigil Amor Fati

Connect to the cyclical beauty of our existence with Amor Fati. Key notes of oud, galbanum, palo santo, and opoponax create a smoky essence with hints of sacred incense. Sigil perfumes are hand blended to evoke the natural world that surrounds us by using handmade tinctures, essential oils, and absolutes.

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Give him great blue jeans, a gift that only gets better with time.

Taylor Stitch The Democratic Jean in Matsuba Selvage

Once again, we’re combining world-class Japanese denim with good old-fashioned American craftsmanship to bring you a pair of jeans that you can count on For The Long Haul. This cotton Matsuba Selvage denim is sturdy and substantial, but as it starts to break in it’ll soften and conform to your shape, resulting in some one-of-a-kind fades—and some incredible comfort. This product is available in limited quantities, so snag your size before it’s gone!

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Like a Swiss Army Knife, but for home audio.

Victrola The Empire Bluetooth Record Player and Radio

We love the analog accents on this midcentury record player—most notably its manual tuner. A console with subtle metallic accents will compliment this unique feature for a match made in heaven.

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A basic that’s anything but.

Richer Poorer Men's Pima Long Sleeve Pocket Tee

Classic Fit Exceptional durability over traditional cotton Softer hand feel with smoother yarns Vivid colorsResistant to pilling Hypoallergenic and perfect for sensitive skin Workwear style pocket at chest

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Cool, collected, caffeinated.

Minos Moka Pot Espresso Maker

Start your day with a cup of coffee/espresso brewed in this stunning-elegant-looking espresso maker, and you can bet that you’ll have completely good and romantic vibes all throughout the day! Designed with heavy stainless steel, Minos Moka Pot Espresso Maker is created to last longer. Stainless steel is much stronger and can stand in an intense heat more than aluminum. It was designed with flat bottom so it won’t fall off easily.

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A casual pack that’s perfect for a park day.

Kolo Derby Sling Bag

Kolo's Derby Sling Bag is lightweight, made of 100% organic cotton, and designed to contour around your body while in motion. Features a zippered, quick-access front pocket, large main compartment, and interior laptop sleeve that can hold up to a 13” laptop. The cross-body strap is adjustable for right or left shoulder and constructed with soft cotton webbing. Features premium brass hardware with gunmetal finish and premium YKK non-stick metal zippers, built to last.

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The official dress code of the home office.

Wellen Quilted Sweatpants

Endlessly comfortable and effortlessly cool—these are lightweight sweats for staying stylish and comfortable at the same time. The Quilted Sweats are designed with a dialed-in fit that never sags, and their breathable, lightweight build is perfectly suited for year-round lounging.

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No green thumbs required.

LSA Canopy Recycled Glass Vase Collection

Come into bloom. Leave it to these vessels to put a little spring in your step—or, well, on your table. They’re tailor-made for your tulips and hyacinths: Just fill the lower section with water, pop a bulb into the neck, then watch those roots grow, grow, grow. Wanna stick a few fresh sprigs inside? They double as good old-fashioned vases, too. Each gem is handmade from 100% recycled glass (a nice little nod to Mother Nature, we think).

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Inspiration for surfers and couch surfers alike.

Surf Shacks Volume 2

Surfing is a way of life, one that defines not only where we live, but how we live. Surf Shacks Volume 2 picks up where the first volume left off, exploring homes of surfers, which range from improvised cabins by the beach to penthouse apartments in big coastal cities. In this followup, we meet a fascinating cast of characters from the shores of southern California through to the wild waters of Sri Lanka, Japan and Australia.

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It’s scarf season!

Organic Basics Recycled Cashmere Scarf

Recycled cashmere scarf created from well-worn cashmere garments that would otherwise go to landfill.

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This weighted blanket is the one thing they didn’t know they needed.

Bearaby Cotton Napper

A cool and cozy, highly breathable knitted weighted blanket made heavy with nothing but layer upon layer of natural, organic cotton. Ideal for all sleepers.

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Like walking on a cloud.

Greys The Outdoor Slipper Boot

Sliding into a pair of Greys slippers gives you the same satisfying feeling as a nice, steep pour of bourbon after a long day. A cozy wool blend keeps your feet nice and toasty, while the grippy rubber sole lets you take them beyond the bedroom—whether you’re venturing across the slippery kitchen floor or across the street to your local coffee shop. The shape is handsome enough to keep your neighbors from raising any eyebrows, while a thoughtful, stub-proof toe box keeps you from shouting expletives in public. Every pair is naturally moisture-wicking and odor-resistant, and comes with a leather pull-on tab to easily slip ‘em off (though we’re not sure why you’d ever want to).

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Science-fiction short stories for a long weekend.

Exhalation: Stories

In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Ted Chiang tackles some of humanity's oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine. In "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate," a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and second chances. In "Exhalation," an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications that are literally universal. In "Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom," the ability to glimpse into alternate universes necessitates a radically new examination of the concepts of choice and free will. Including stories being published for the first time as well as some of his rare and classic uncollected work, Exhalation is Ted Chiang at his best: profound, sympathetic—revelatory.

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Wine needs to breathe. Make the process elegant.

Riedel Decanter Ultra

The design of the Ultra is a nod to tradition with its swooping curves and wide base. The size of this decanter makes it perfect for young wines, as it offers a large surface area for the wine to be exposed to oxygen after decanting.

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Pair this with the Moon Pod for the next best thing to a sensory deprivation tank.

Moon Pod Crescent

Crescent is an ergonomic backrest thats elevates your relaxation on Moon Pod, or anywhere else in your home.

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Wine glasses have a funny habit of walking off at a party, but no longer.

Graf Lantz Wine-O's (Set of 24)

True colors shining through. You'll never lose track of your glass again thanks to these functional felt “labels.” A minimalist approach to staying abreast of your wine glass's location at a party, these colorful circles wrap around the stem, allowing for easy identification in a crowd. Made of durable Merino wool felt, they come in three color packs: muted “Autumn” tones, bright “Rainbow” colors, and the “Variety” pack which gets you one of each. Whichever pack fits best with your style, you're sure to remember your striking personal color… even after a few glasses of wine.

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Looking for something else? Check out the rest of our holiday gift guides here.

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