Got a gay in your life? You definitely do. If you’re trying to find the perfect (and unique) gift idea for any of the gay men on your list we’ve come up with some great options whether he’s wearing the rainbow pride flag to work or more subtle and subdued.
When it comes to gift giving, some think that gay men are often some of the most difficult people to shop for. Stereotypes can include that they can be notoriously picky, seem to have everything already, have to include a gift that low-key references sex, and must state that they’re gay all over the gift itself.
While we don’t find anything wrong with any of that, we decided to take a bit of a different – more accepting – approach that isn’t so stereotypical because, hey, at the end of the day gay guys are just guys and come in all shapes and sizes and have millions of interests just like everyone else.
CLASSICALLY GAY GIFTS?
If you’re looking for some classic ideas, some total layups to consider include:
1. The Trendy Watch: If they’re style conscious they just may appreciate a nice watch. A quality timepiece is something he can wear everyday and will always think of you when he does.
2. The Stylish Briefcase or Handbag: A really cool briefcase or handbag can be a great option, especially for when he’s heading back into the office. It’s functional and stylish, and he can use it for work or play.
3. The Spa Gift Card: Who doesn’t appreciate a little pampering? A gift card to his favorite local spa is a great way to let him relax, rejuvenate, and feel human again.
4. The Concert or Sports Tickets: Any type of experience gift (especially recently) can be a total win. Tickets to a show, concert, or his favorite team can make a great gift, especially if it’s something he’s been wanting to experience!
5. The Bottle of Booze: Always a great last minute go-to, pick up his favorite bottle of liquor whether it’s his favorite wine, champagne, whiskey, bourbon – you name it. Splurge for the bigger bottle and maybe he’ll even share it with you.
GIFTS FOR GAYS OUTSIDE THE BOX
See what we did there? If you haven’t been able to tell yet we don’t think there really should be “gifts for gay men” when we already have an all inclusive “gifts for men” guide. So we’ve incorporated some great ideas for men in general and the added in some gay flair – so to speak – that will hopefully work for the special guy in your life, whether it happens to be your husband, boyfriend, brother, uncle, dad, cousin, co-worker – or whoever.
At the end of the day we wanted to hand-pick ideas that focus on positivity, self-care, self-love, and inspiring messages we could all use as a friendly reminder. We hope you agree.
BEST FOR THE STYLISH GAY
1. The GQ Subscription Box
If he’s into some of the coolest and most sought-after fashion, skincare, and amazing accessories – he’ll love the subscription box from the editors at GQ Magazine. He’s going to receive about $200 worth of merch from top-rated brands and you’re only going to have to spend just $50, which is really great. The size of the products he’ll receive is decent too and he can always end up buying the full size right through GQ’s site if and when he falls in love with it.
FOR THE SELF-LOVE REMINDER
2. The “You. Are. Enough.” Tote Bag
Minimalistic tote bags is where it’s at this season and this lightweight 16-inch by 16-inch tote bag comes with the reaffirming message that “you are enough.” Newly updates, this one has classic black strap handles making it easy to carry around his stuff – whether he’s heading to the grocery store, running to the beach, or going to work for the day. It’s a great reminder for everyone who sees it.
FOR SMELLING HIS BEST ALL THE TIME
3. The Scentbird Monthly Cologne Subscription Box
Stereotypes aside, what gay man doesn’t love to smell good?! Enter: Scentbird. It’s the super popular monthly fragrance subscription service. So for just $14.95 you (and eventually he) can choose from over 450 designer fragrances and receive a 30-day supply of your chosen cologne (every month!). And, don’t worry, shipping is always free.
If he wants to totally choose for himself, he can quickly and easily do that too. Just create an account (for free) and take their fragrance quiz (for free). Based on his answers, they’ll recommend some scents for him to try. He can also browse their extensive catalog and choose a scent himself!
BEST FOR THE CHRISTMAS GIFT
4. The “Love is Love” Pride Rainbow Christmas Ornament
Kurt S. Adler
It’s never too early to get that Christmas tree decorated and add a little rainbow flair to your holiday season. This must-have Christmas ornament is made of glass, is painted with the traditional rainbow colors, and says “Love is Love” on the front of the heart – a message we should all remember at all times.
BEST FOR SELF-CARE
5. The Aromatherapy Shower Steamers
Who has time for a bath these days? Toss those bath bombs aside and gift them these relaxing shower steamers. All he has to do it drop a steamer tablet on the floor of the shower (don’t submerge it, just place it where there’s some light water streaming) and it’ll fill up the whole shower (and bathroom) with some truly amazing scents that’ll help him destress, relax, and feel refreshed.
This gift box comes as a pack of 6 and includes the following scents:
- Coconut & Lemongrass
- Peony & Pear
- Menthol & Eucalyptus
- Cacao & Orange
We also love that these are only made with essential oils so, unlike some other brands, this won’t leave a slippery residue on the shower floor once they’re done.
FOR THE INSPIRED MESSAGE
6. The “Be the Person” Phone Case
If you’re looking for a simple, but important message to remind them every day, check out this cute iPhone case that says, “Be the Person You Needed When You Were Younger.” It has a whimsical rainbow across a pretty sky-blue background. This one is available for all different versions of the iPhone, starting way back with the iPhone 7 and going to some of the most recent iPhones.
BEST FOR MANSCAPING
7. The Body Manscaping Lawn Mower 4.0
If he’s always grooming and, well, manscaping himself, it might be time to gift him with one of the most popular manscapers on the market that’s also gone viral on TikTok with more than 176 Million video views and counting.
The Lawn Mower 4.0 is Manscape’s latest full-body grooming tool that has a powerful 7,000 RPM motor, safe and replaceable ceramic blades, and comes with 1-4 sized guards if you decide you want to keep a little length to your hair. It’s even waterproof and rechargeable so you can use it in and out of the shower.
FOR THE REMINDER OF LOVE
8. The Homesick Love Candle
A great way to remind any gay guy in your life that love is all around him. The Homesick Love candle is a simple, hand-poured soy wax candle that has an amazing floral scent, with notes of jasmine, rose, and citrus. Don’t worry, it doesn’t smell “too” flowery. It’s made with 100% natural ingredients, including essential oils.
BEST FOR THE GUNCLE
9. The Official “Guncle” Tee
Simply stated, this comfy tee is a great way to honor the guncle in your life or the perfect way to ask that special guy to officially be the guncle to your kiddos. This one comes as small as a small and as large as a 3 XL. Currently it comes in 10 different colors to choose from. He’ll definitely wear this one with pride.
BEST FOR THE COFFEE TABLE
10. Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love (1850s-1950s)
It’s the coffee table book every gay man needs in his living room. This 336 page book portrays the history of romantic love between men in hundreds of moving and tender vernacular photographs taken between the years 1850 and 1950. It’s a beautiful visual narrative of astonishing sensitivity that brings to light a collection of hundreds of snapshots, portraits, and group photos taken in the most varied of contexts, both private and public.
BEST FOR THE GAYS WHO BRUNCH
11. The 1 Minute Mimosa Sugar Cube Gift Set
Let’s call it like it is, the gays love brunch. Ok, not every gay – but many gays. If he’s hosting brunch at his place these one-minute mimosa cubes allows him to drop a deliciously flavored cube into your champagne glass and within a minute you’ll have a great tasting mimosa. The flavors are great too like strawberry, peach, or raspberry. Sadly, this doesn’t come with the champagne.
FOR THE OLD-SCHOOL GAYMER
12. The Pride UNO Game
It’s the classic UNO game with a prideful gay twist. Their Pride edition has a rainbow design that helps to celebrate those in the LGBTQIA community and have even partnered with the It Gets Better Project to help promote inclusivity for all.
If you’re unfamiliar with the game, the object of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all of your cards (and yell UNO first). Simply match the number or color of the card in your hand with the card on top of the discard pile. So, if the top card on the pile is a blue 5, you can play any blue card or any 5. If you don’t have a match, you must draw a card from the draw pile and try again. If you can’t make a match, play passes to the next player. Whoever gets rid of all their cards first – wins!
BEST FOR THE BEARDED GAY
13. The Beard Envy Gift Kit
He may focus on his beard more than he’s willing to admit but, let’s face it, it’s something he take seriously. Billy Jealously is one of the coolest brands for guys who are into skincare and, more importantly, beard-care. This pretty affordable gift-set will help to soften and hydrate his beard overall and the skin beneath his beard. It’ll even help to strengthen and condition his beard so that he’ll look well groomed, fresh, and on-trend.
This gift set comes with the gentle beard wash, the beard control styling product and must-use board bristle brush. He’ll be red carpet ready before you know it!
FOR THE FABULOUS GUNCLE
14. The Guncles Are Magical T-Shirt
If he’s totally fabulous and you know he is there’s only one tee he’ll need this season and that’s the “Guncles are Magical” t-shirt that has a whimsical unicorn on the front, which is just as whimsical as him. You can choose from sizes as small as, well, a small and as large as a 3 XL. While a black tee is always slimming, this one also comes in bright white, lemon yellow, baby blue, and pink.
FOR THE WAKE & BAKER
15. The LEVO C Infuser Machine
If he’s a fan of some pot-infusions, one of LEVO’s newest herbal infuser machines allows you to infuser butter, oil – you name it – with your favorite herbs, including “that herb” too. He’ll be able to easily whip up some pot-brownies, cookies, cakes, gummies, and so much more.
BEST FOR TURNING BACK TIME
16. The Brickell Advanced Anti-Aging Skin Routine Set
Brickell For Men
Yes, he actually does care about his skin and getting older, but he just may not know where to start. This is the perfect start for him! This is the brand, Brickell, that everyone has been buzzing about online (and the folks over at GQ and Esquire have been obsessing over). This gift set comes with restoring eye balm, anti-aging face and neck cream, and repairing night serum. He’ll be looking younger in no time – which is always the goal, right?
BEST FOR THE TRENDY GAY
17. The Birkenstock Arizona EVA Sandals
Birkenstocks are back, but did they ever really go away? These waterproof options are super comfy and perfect to wear by the pool, at the beach, or basically wherever. More affordable than ever before, they’re perfect to pack on his next vacation or even to bum around the house in. They come in a bunch of cool color options too.
BEST FOR ANY GUY
18. The Online Masterclass Gift Subscription
It’s always a good idea to learn a new skill or topic to try and become an expert on. It doesn’t hurt that the “teachers” are some of their favorite celebrities. Once you choose your gift subscription for him, he’ll get to choose from over 60 different classes (and experts) based on his interest level directly from Masterclass. He can take cooking courses from Gordon Ramsay, learn how to become a potential best selling author from James Patterson, learn the power of personal branding from Kris Jenner, learn how to be his authentic self from RuPaul and so much more. New teachers and classes are being added all the time.
BEST FOR THE COUPLE
19. The Lovebox Spinning Heart Messenger Box
Whether you want to send him a little love message or he’s a couple that likes to send messages throughout the day, this is a really cute way to express love. Whenever you use the app to send them a message the heart on the box will spin (alerting them that there’s a new message) and all they have to do is open the box to see the message you’ve just sent them! It’s the perfect way to let them know you’ve been thinking of them and perfect for the gay couple on your list!
FOR THE HYDRATERS
20. The HidrateSpark Smart Water Bottle
It’s officially time to hydrate! The HidrateSpark Smart Water Bottle is not only super light, but it also tracks how much water you’re drinking and syncs with your fitness tracker. The bottle is made from BPA-free plastic and holds 20 ounces of water. The best part is that it tracks how much water you’re drinking and syncs with your fitness tracker. The app will send you reminders to drink water throughout the day, and you can even set goals.
BEST FOR SPREADING KINDNESS
21. The ‘Choose Kindness’ Tee
Because in a world that seems like bullies are everywhere, remind everyone that you can be a rainbow in the clouds. This tee is really comfortable and comes in many sizes and colors. Simply stated, everyone who sees her wearing it will always remember they can always choose kindness.