Another year draws to a close and everyone is getting ready for shopping. It is by far the busiest part of the year when it comes to shopping. It can be a nightmare to drive to brick-and-mortar shops and start shopping for Christmas. On top of all this hustle with more than usual traffic, lock stocks for items and the general panic, people also get anxious when it comes to picking gifts. Every year everybody has the exact same problem which is finding a good gift idea for their loved ones. Even if we know the person, the fear of buying something they might not like can be a genuine burden and the funny part is that there is no shortage of things to buy, there is a shortage of gift ideas. See more: Top 10 Best Valentine Gift Ideas for Her in 2018
There are a few online resources with gift suggestions but everyone knows that those ideas are pretty bad. They usually list items such as ties, belts, personalized stuff and other items that will not spark any kind of joy for a man. We decided to turn things around and look for real gifts that every man would love regardless of his age. Some of the items in our list are more affordable while others are on the expensive side.
What matters the most is that we included a wide range of gift ideas so that anyone can find something that is worth buying and which their husband, father, brother or boyfriend would love. We included anything from items for personal care, electronics, gadgets, and many others.
Best Christmas Gifts for Him in 2018
With no further ado, here are the top 10 best Christmas gifts for him in 2018.
Table of Contents
- 10. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-Inch Tablet
- 9. PlayStation 4 Slim
- 8. Christian Dior Sauvage for Men
- 7. Fossil Gen 2 Smartwatch
- 6. Fossil Men’s RFID Blocking Derrick Bifold Wallet with Flip ID
- 5. Corsair Strafe RGB Mechanical Keyboard
- 4. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Film Camera
- 3. Audio Technica AT-LP60BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable
- 2. Bose SoundLink II Wireless Headphones
- 1. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
- How Not To Fail When Getting Him A Christmas Gift
10. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-Inch Tablet
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet is a great gift idea for a man that is enthusiastic about gadgets. It can also be a rather useful accessory since it features a large 8-inch display and it is powerful enough to handle productivity applications. The model uses a quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM and a 16 GB internal memory. This makes it quite responsive and offers a smooth experience. The model can have the memory expanded using a microSD card and offers about 10 hours of usage on a full charge.
- Powerful processor, 1.5 GB of RAM
- Very responsive and comfortable to use
- 16 GB internal memory, expandable using microSD memory cards
- No 3G/4G SIM slot
This is a Wi-Fi version. There is a Galaxy Tab A tablet that also has a 3G/4G option but that is more expensive. For this model, the only way to connect it to the internet is to be in the range of a wireless network.
9. PlayStation 4 Slim
The vast majority of gamers are men. That is the reality and there are statistics to prove it. Getting him a PlayStation 4 Slim might just be the perfect gift for him. It is a powerful gaming machine for a low price when compared with gaming computers. The new slim version is cheaper and supports all the latest PS4 games in 1080p resolutions. This particular bundle includes just the console and a DualShock 4 wireless controller. A good complementary gift would be to get him a PlayStation Plus membership as it comes with free games.
- Slim but powerful
- Supports all the latest games in 1080p resolutions
- Cheaper than the original PlayStation 4
- Bulk bundle, no games included
This is the cheapest bundle available as it includes just the console and the controller. There are bundles that also come with one or two games included. They might be a better deal for the ones that can afford to spend just a bit extra.
8. Christian Dior Sauvage for Men
Getting him a perfume is always a great idea especially if he does not own a cologne or he has just one. An individual that takes care of himself should always have at least two. Dior Sauvage is one of the best-selling perfumes released in the past few years. Even if it is quite common to smell it on other men around because it is so popular, it is quite difficult to get tired of it. In fact, it will smell even better when he wears it. Dior Sauvage manages to be a masculine, modern and versatile perfume. It combines notes of citrus, ambroxan, pepper, bergamot, cedar, lavender and vetiver. It can be sprayed on in any season, it projects, it lasts and it smells very alluring.
- Masculine and alluring
- Long lasting, projects well
- Can be used in cold and warm weather
- Too popular
Dior Sauvage is the victim of its own success. It is an extremely popular perfume. Men love it on them and women love to smell it on men. It is so popular that many other reputable fashion houses attempted to make their own version of Sauvage. This means that it is a perfume that a lot of men use.
7. Fossil Gen 2 Smartwatch
Fossil is a very popular brand that makes high-quality accessories for both men and women. Their Fossil Gen 2 smartwatch is a great product and their first attempt to enter this niche segment. The watch has a very masculine design and uses the latest technology. It can be paired with both Android and iOS devices and can be connected to a Wi-Fi network. The smartwatch features a decent battery that lasts a full day on a charge and reacts very fast to gestures.
- Powerful hardware
- Masculine and stylish design
- Works with almost all smartphones on the market
- Large and heavy
The only issue with this particular smartwatch is the fact that it is large and heavy. Someone with a small wrist might not enjoy wearing it as it will look and feel bulky. If the person that will wear it has larger hands and thicker wrists, the watch will simply look stunning and perfectly balanced.
6. Fossil Men’s RFID Blocking Derrick Bifold Wallet with Flip ID
Men tend to use a wallet until it literally breaks apart. Even the toughest leather cannot last forever. If he needs a new leather wallet at least it should be of premium quality and that is exactly what the Fossil RFID Blocking Derrick Bifold wallet offers. The RFID blocking feature means that it will protect the cards inside from skimming. The entire wallet is made out of genuine leather and has more than enough pockets. It even has a zippered pocket for coins.
- RFID blocking
- Made out of genuine leather
- Plenty of pockets
- RFID shielding is poor
The walled is advertised as having RFID shielding. This means that the card cannot be scanned. This is partially true. The card cannot be scanned unless the scanner is placed exactly on the wallet. This means that in real life conditions, the cards inside cannot be scanned when the wallet is inside a pocket.
5. Corsair Strafe RGB Mechanical Keyboard
For men that are into PC gaming, accessories play an important role. However, not everyone considers getting high-quality peripherals a priority and the end up using a standard keyboard. The Corsair Strafe RGB mechanical keyboard is the most appreciated peripheral due to its build quality and performance. It has the Cherry MX red switches and RGB backlighting. The model also has metal keys for WASD and additional configurable macro buttons. It has anti-ghosting and can have custom lighting profiles.
- Premium build quality, customizable keys
- High-performance Cherry MX red switches
- Customizable profiles
- Quite loud keystrokes
The Cherry MX Red switches are the best for games but they are loud. Typing on this keyboard can be annoying for the ones in the room. The alternative is to get the Corsair Strafe keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches which are less noisy.
4. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Film Camera
Everyone loves to take photos and save their memories. For this, people tend to get high-end smartphones but there is a much better way of getting stunning pictures. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 instant film camera is exactly what the name states. The camera takes pictures of film and prints them immediately. It works with Fujifilm instant film which means it can take 20 shots with one film. The model comes with one film but it does not include batteries.
- Classic design, leather body
- Takes photos and prints them instantly
- Includes one film
- Consumables are expensive
By consumables we mean film. The camera does not work with any kind of generic film. It only works with Fujifilm film and that is a bit expensive. This means that every shot counts and it forces the user to learn a bit about photography in order not to waste the film on bad shots.
3. Audio Technica AT-LP60BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable
Audio Technica is one of the most reputable brands in the audio industry. They still make turntables and their quality is quite impressive. The AT-LP60BK is an inexpensive record player with a belt-drive, fully automatic and with a die-cast aluminum platter. The turntable is quite simple and compact. It has RCA outputs and can be connected to audio systems and powered speakers. The stylus is very easy to replace and the unit features 2 turntable speeds.
- 2-speed turntable
- Plenty of connectivity options
- Reliable belt-drive does not skip due to vibrations
- Wobbles a bit
The turntable has small legs covered with a cloth material to make it stable on a flat surface. The cloth is not very consistent in terms of thickness and until it gets a few hours of usage, the turntable will wobble a bit.
2. Bose SoundLink II Wireless Headphones
Not everyone cares about sound quality or are they willing to spend a lot of money on headphones. What everyone agrees is that it is the easy to judge which headphones sound bad, which ones sound good and which ones sound great. The Bose SoundLink II wireless headphones sound amazing. These Bluetooth headphones can be paired with any device that supports Bluetooth and offers up to 15 hours of playback on a full charge. They can be charged using a micro USB cable and have a modern and simplistic design. The ear pads are extremely soft while the built-in microphone offers excellent voice quality
- Built-in microphone
- 15 hours of continuous playback
- Very comfortable to wear
The Bose SoundLink is quite expensive for just a pair of Bluetooth headphones. However, the sound quality is difficult to match. The higher price tag is well justified, especially for an audiophile.
1. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
The Kindle Paperwhite is one of the most appreciated gifts by both men and women. Reading is a personal way of spending time and everyone is always looking for a few more minutes to read every single day. The Paperwhite edition comes with a higher pixel density display of about 300 ppi which makes it look even closer to how a real printed page would look. The light of the display can be adjusted and it has absolutely no screen glare even when having it pointed directly at the sun.
- Zero screen glare
- High-resolution display
- A fully charged battery lasts for several weeks
- Annoying ads
The Kindle Paperwhite is plagued by ads. Ads can be seen while reading something or even when turning on the device. The only way around this is to just pay a one-time rating20 fee to Amazon and all ads will be removed. If there was no option to remove ads even with cash, the Paperwhite would have been one of the most annoying reading devices on the market.
How Not To Fail When Getting Him A Christmas Gift
Everyone is scared of Christmas shopping because there is always a chance that he might not like the gift. Even if something seems like a great gift idea, he might not like it. The only way to be sure that he will enjoy the gift is to pay a bit of attention. It is important to know what his hobbies are if there is something he wants to buy for a long time but always postponed it, if he wants something but considers it is not worth spending money on or even maybe there is something that both of you can enjoy such as the Fujifilm instant film camera.
Our list should provide a good selection of gift ideas that are actually worth spending money on. This means no socks or underwear, personalized stuff or any other kind of nonsense. Some of them are expensive, while others are quite cheap but useful or even cool.