40 Gifts for Him That Aren’t Socks

By Samantha Daly / Published by Dwell

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

Pamper the outdoorsmen, budding home chefs, candle hoarders, bookworms, 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.

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

DOIY Saguaro Glasses

Trendy set of 6 stackable glasses with different shapes that feature a saguaro cactus once piled up. It is decorative, surprising and useful for any home.

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SHRINE Topiary Scented Candle

A nonseasonal scented candle with a self-proclaimed bougie vibe that's made from a coconut-apricot wax blend and hand poured in LA.

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Outdoor Voices MegaFleece Snap Sweatshirt

An oversized, cuddly layer made in our coziest, 63% recycled wool MegaFleece fabric. Complete with a roomy kangaroo pocket for added function.

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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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Verve Cozy Coffee Gift Bundle

Snuggle up and stay cozy with a 12 ounce whole bean bag of our top-selling Holiday Blend, a Verve branded Kinto mug, your perfect morning candle, and a Verve knit beanie.

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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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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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Cultiver Linen Waffle Robe

Crafted from pure linen textured with a waffle weave, our robes are pre-washed for a luxuriously soft feel from day one.

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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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Aesop The Lore Collector

Hand and body care favourites to cleanse, hydrate and subtly scent skin. Housed in a recycled paper pulp case, with tales by Lafcadio Hearn. Contents: Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser, Geranium Leaf Body Balm, Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm.

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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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Loftie Clock

Turn your bedroom into a cool, calm, and collected sanctuary with Loftie. Technology, blue light, and stress hurt our ability to feel relaxed, fall asleep, and wake up refreshed. We’re out to break the cycle by removing the smartphone from bedtime and morning routines. Upgrade your rest, one good night’s sleep at a time. Meditations, Sound baths, and Breathwork. Unique content from the best instructors out there, now available on your nightstand—no phone required. Plus: Storytime is back and it’s going to knock your slippers off. While there’s no app required, we understand you might already have a bedtime routine that works. Loftie connects with dozens of apps so you can listen to your favorite content phone free.

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Wine Access 2020 Remedy Set: Getting Back To Nature

Breathe in the clean, replenishing air, hear the songs of Blue Jays or Robins, and indulge in a brilliant bargain bottle when you reach the summit or watch the sunset. Lucky for you, these wines pair well with trail mix.

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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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Theragun Elite Percussive Therapy Device

A smart, ultra-quiet percussive therapy device that works deep to relieve muscle tension, soreness and pain and speed recovery. The Elite is a smart device enabled with Bluetooth® connectivity and pairs seamlessly with the Therabody app. Once paired with your device, the app can remotely adjust speed, activate guided treatment presets and make real-time recommendations based on your usage. Five built-in speeds let you customize your treatment with up to 40 lb. of force. Customize it further by using the five attachments: the standard ball for overall use; a dampener for tender or near-bone areas; a thumb attachment for lower-back and trigger-point therapy; a cone for pinpointed muscle treatment; a wedge for scraping shoulder blades or IT bands. The patented ergonomic grip makes it comfortable to use—simply turn it on and instantly release knots and spasms, encourage natural pain relief and improve muscle strength, flexibility, coordination and performance.

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Urbanears Plattan 2 Bluetooth Headphones

Plattan 2 Bluetooth combines the iconic Plattan design with 30+ hours of wireless playtime for our most liberating listening experience yet.

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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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New York Puzzle Company Mushroom Field Guide 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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Framebridge Gift Card

Perfectly-sized photo gifts in the perfect frames at the perfect prices for every wedding need. Every frame is custom built in America and delivered ready to hang with a personal note from you.

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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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Taylor Stitch Democratic Jean

Being a Bay Area-based brand, you could say blue runs in our blood—the blue jean is as integral to the local identity as the Golden Gate Bridge or the grizzly bear, and we're honored to uphold—and elevate—that tradition. The Everyday Jean is another step along the way towards crafting the perfect blue jean; it's built for the long haul, relies on responsible materials, and it won't break the bank. We think Mr. Strauss would be proud.

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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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Everlane The Classic French Terry Crew

Where classic meets comfort. This staple sweatshirt has raglan sleeves, and is made in durable, tightly spun 12 oz french terry cotton with a dry hand that will soften with wear. It’s made to last the long haul, and look good doing it.

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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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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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Majestic International Ultra Lux Robe

Long-staple, high-twist cotton terry defines a plush robe steeped in healthy comfort and ease.

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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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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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Organic Basics Recycled Cashmere Scarf

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

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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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Parachute Suede Slippers

Stylish slippers are staple footwear these days. Made of genuine suede and lined with warm shearling wool, these cozy house shoes are perfect for all-day lounging. Pair with our Waffle Lounge Set to complete the look.

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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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Wellen Seawool Beanie

A traditional fisherman’s beanie made from recycled plastic bottles and oyster shells. Produced with a combination of recycled plastic bottles and upcycled oyster shells, Seawool is an incredible step forward for sustainable textiles. It shares many of the same qualities we love about merino wool—soft to the touch, temperature regulating, quick drying, antimicrobial, durable—while rescuing a great deal of waste from ending up in landfills and oceans. We love the serendipity of an old-school seafaring beanie that’s made with upcycled oyster shells, with all the cozy warmth and rugged durability we would expect built right in.

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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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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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SUPERTHING Holiday Blend Whole Bean Coffee

Proof that coffee can be more than just punishment for being tired, this small-batch blend features festive flavors to get you through the holidays.

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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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Crosley C6 Turntable

Don't let those vinyl records collect dust when you can enjoy them on this classic two-speed belt-driven turntable with a built-in preamp. Set on a sturdy veneer base, the heavy steel turntable platter minimizes natural vibrations of the motor to produce that characteristically warm analog sound of vinyl. The manual-return tonearm lets you properly adjust the weight and tracking force and comes preinstalled with a standard-mount cartridge needle for quick and easy setup.

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Summerland Natural Hand-Rolled Incense

Hand-Rolled in Canada from herbs, barks, resins and gums onto raw bamboo sticks.

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