Here’s What Your Husband *Really* Wants for the Holidays This Year

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From Prevention

When shopping for a gift for your husband this holiday season, we recommend two strategies. The first: elevated basics—a fancy (yet manly!) pair of sweatpants to wear around the house, or a new set of organic cotton bed sheets that—oops—you can enjoy too. And the second? Quirky stuff, like a Bob’s Burgers-themed game of Clue, or slippers in the shape of floppy fish. Hey, you know his personality best. If anyone can pull off an oddball gift fit for Dad’s sense of humor, it’s you.

Below, you’ll find a smattering of both routes to choose from in 2020 with gifts from both you and the kids. They’re all creative, unique, and thoughtful—just like him.

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Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Headphones

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Wires are so last year. Help him cut the cord with these earbuds that allow for complete freedom of movement without sacrificing on sound. They’re both sweat- and weather-resistant, too, so they’re great for outdoor workouts and errand runs.

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Photo credit: Etsy

Personalized Leather Wallet

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If he’s still carrying around the same wallet he had 10 years ago and it’s fraying at the seams, surprise him with this sturdy upgrade made with high-quality leather. Even better: you can personalize this wallet as much as you’d like, from color and style to even engraving his name or initials on the front.

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned

All Out Studio Subscription

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If he is looking for new ways to get in shape, the All Out Studio app has hundreds of workouts from leading certified trainers and our friends at Men’s Health, Runner’s World…and yours truly! Gift him a monthly membership for $14.99/month, or a full year at $7.50/month. (And we’re sure he’d love a workout buddy, hint, hint!)

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Photo credit: Patagonia

Patagonia Better Sweater Quarter Zip Pullover

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He might not like to admit that he gets chilly when he steps outside for trash duty, and now he’ll never need to thanks to this warm, cozy topper. With a sweater-gauge outer and fleece interior for a soft next-to-skin feel, this pullover easily blends style and comfort. It also has flat seams to eliminate any chance of chafing.

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Photo credit: Nordstrom

Cole Haan ZeroGrand Stitchlite Oxford Shoes

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These shoes from Cole Haan might just be the perfect kicks to gift—they’re dressy enough to wear to work, but they’re also sporty enough to wear on weekends. Shop ’em in blue, too. He’ll never take them off!

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Photo credit: Movado

Movado Bold Chronograph Leather Strap Watch

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If he thinks the Apple Watch is so basic, he’ll love this classic-looking wrist watch with a sporty feel. It has a beautiful gray face with a sunray dial design and a brown, leather strap which looks way better than the typical all-black look.

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Photo credit: Nordstrom

UGG Ascot Leather Slipper

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This classic slipper not only hugs his feet with a plush interior lining, but the rubber sole also grips the floor to keep him from slipping. The leather outer will also stretch to fit his feet perfectly with time. Oh, and they’re super comfy to wear around the house!

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Photo credit: Nordstrom

Liverpool Shaker Stitch Crewneck Sweater

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This cozy pullover is made with a stretchy, cotton-blend material and has a shaker stitch design that adds a layer of fun. Hands down, this will swiftly become his part of his favorite weekend uniform.

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Photo credit: Amazon

Eddie Bauer Men’s CirrusLite Down Jacket

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Hauling around a bulky jacket on hiking trips is never fun. Tell him to ditch the heavy parka and hand him this lightweight pick that easily packs into any duffle or backpack and will keep him warm while hitting the trail.

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Photo credit: Amazon

1000 Record Covers Coffee Table Book

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Another gift idea for the music lover in your life, this coffee table book features album covers from the ’60s up to the ’90s. It’s a #1 bestseller on Amazon for a reason, folks!

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Photo credit: Nordstrom

Bose QuietComfort Wireless Headphones

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This pair of wireless, noise-cancelling headphones will come in handy whether he’s working, traveling, or playing video games. The built-in Google Assistant allows him to verbally control the music, take calls, and respond to texts, and the mic is also compatible with Amazon Alexa. With 20 hours of battery life, cushioned ear pads, and premium sound quality, he’ll take these headphones everywhere.

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Photo credit: TRX

TRX Go Suspension Training System

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If he’s looking to get back into shape, but doesn’t want to pay a crazy membership price, this at-home gym suspension system is a great option. Just anchor it to a wall, ceiling, or door, and get moving. Hundreds of exercises—from push-ups to rows and pikes—can be performed using these straps. He can also download the TRX app, which provides over 80 workouts.

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Photo credit: Amazon

Fitbit Ionic GPS Smart Watch

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If your husband loves technology and being active, this is the smart watch of his dreams. This sleek accessory measures heart rate to optimize workouts, stores over 300 songs, has over five days of battery life, and includes a built-in GPS—meaning he can go for a run and stay connected while leaving his bulky phone behind.

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Photo credit: Etsy

Personalized Leather Toiletry Bag

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If he shoves his toothbrush, contact solution, and hair comb into a Ziploc bag every time you take a family vacation, this chic leather toiletry bag will change his life forever. Inside is a water resistant liner to protect the outer leather; plus, you can even have the bag engraved with his initials for an added loving touch.

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Photo credit: Tumi

Tumi Luggage Tag Lightning Power Bank

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Tumi is a favorite brand among frequent fliers, and this gift will soon become a travel essential of his when he’s ready to book a flight. It’s a handsome luggage tag with charging potential that will never leave him unable to text you back (muahaha).

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Photo credit: Nordstrom

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer

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Working long hours can leave anyone with puffy eyes and dark circles. This dermatologist-recommended eye cream makes a world of difference by reducing puffiness and moisturizing dry under-eye skin. The formula is lightweight, smooth, and pleasantly cool—even men who have never thought about skincare will enjoy using this cream.

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Photo credit: Uncanny Brands

Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker

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If he’s more of a Star Wars enthusiast, this might just tempt him to make you breakfast in bed more often.

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Photo credit: Amazon

Fish Slippers

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Yes, these are actual slippers meant to go on his feet. You may regret purchasing these when he attempts to wear them outside the house, but you knew he was weird when you married him. Let him live!

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Photo credit: Amazon

Under Armour Ultra Comfort Sleepwear Pants and Shirt

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Made in collaboration with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, these pajamas aren’t necessarily ones that he’d buy for himself, but he’ll appreciate the fact that you picked them up—especially if he’s active. They have a pattern printed on the inside that uses far infrared technology to reflect his own energy back onto him while he sleeps. The result? Better sleep and better recovery for his muscles. Plus, the top matches perfectly with Under Armor’s gray sleepwear pants for a nighttime outfit he’ll love wearing again and again.

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Photo credit: Amazon

Viking Revolution Ultimate Beard Grooming Kit

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Whether he’s new to growing a stash or has proudly nurtured his beard for years, your husband will appreciate having all the necessary tools to keep his facial hair soft, trimmed, and neat. The Ultimate Beard Care Kit includes a boar hair brush, dual-sided comb, unscented beard oil, citrus-scented beard balm, and scissors.

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Photo credit: Walmart

The Ultimate James Bond Collection (Blu-ray + Digital HD)

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Streaming may be king these days. But when it comes to classic films, sometimes throwback Blu-ray is a better bet. This collection will thrill Bond devotees but also fan the flames of a low-key interest and includes the whole bevy of stars who played the spy over five decades: Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Daniel Craig, and Pierce Brosnan.

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Prevention x OttLite LED Task Lamp

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If Dad is always squinting to read the paper, we teamed up with OttLite to help him out: This LED lamp features ClearSun technology, which can reduce eye strain by up to 51%. He’ll enjoy three three color temperature modes (warm, bright white, and natural ClearSun daylight) and three brightness settings. Oh, and he can keep his phone and tablet charged with the convenient USB port!

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Photo credit: Nintendo

Nintendo Switch Console with Gray Joy-Con

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It’s the #1 gift in gaming, and it’s easy to see why! Your guy can play straight from the console in tabletop or handheld mode, or on a large screen like the TV. And with two-player options and online play, the Switch makes connecting with friends and family at home so accessible. Wrapping this baby makes you the official Best Wife Ever.

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Photo credit: Apple

Apple AirPods Pro

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If your budget allows, we also recommend the new AirPods Pro. The noise-cancelling function is truly excellent—and you can seamlessly switch to “transparency” if you’re, say, running outside and want to hear if a car is coming up behind you. They also feature silicone tips for an extra-secure fit. See our full review here.

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Photo credit: Amazon

BSEEN LED Armband

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A stroll through the neighborhood at dusk (while wearing a breathable mask, of course) is a lovely idea. But being out and about during times of day when pedestrian visibility is lower can be dangerous. That’s where these reflective slap bracelets come in: One size fits all, they feature an ultra-bright LED band that is powered by a long-lasting, replaceable battery. Safety first!

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Photo credit: Uncommon Goods

Smartphone-Controlled Paper Airplane

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Once a fan of paper planes, always a fan of paper planes. This one takes the craftsmanship up a notch: This kit comes with all the materials and instructions necessary to construct the aircraft. Then just download the flying app, sync up your smartphone bluetooth, and take to the skies!

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Photo credit: Thule

Thule Crossover 2 RFID Travel Organizer

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“How do these cords get so gosh darned tangled up?!” grouched your husband, never again, once he gets this convenient organizer. Featuring spots for earphones, USB cords, a passport, and credit cards, it’s the perfect carryall for little things no self-respecting father wants to lose.

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Photo credit: Nordstrom

Boll & Branch Organic Cotton Flannel Sheets

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Here’s a gift you both can enjoy: a set of high-quality, flannel bed sheets. Boll & Branch’s top-rated set features a cozy signature weave made of 100% organic cotton that won’t ever pill, no matter how many times you wash it. These sheets look heavenly draped on the bed, too. And when it’s time for bed, just slip under the set and prepare for your best sleep ever!

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Photo credit: Car and Driver

Car and Driver Bluetooth FM Transmitter Cup Holder

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If he’s always running out of juice on his phone or tablet, this FM transmitter and charger is here to the rescue. Our friends over at Car and Driver developed this cup holder that will stream classic tunes to his car’s radio while charging up to four devices. You may not hear Top 40 songs, but at least he’s happy!

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Rechargeable LED Lamp

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Perfect for camping or just rooting around for stuff in corners of the garage, this headlamp is a pragmatic present that will definitely get put to good use. The rechargeable design features bright LED lights, is virtually weather-poof, and features different settings for use under various lighting conditions.

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Photo credit: Ralph Lauren

Polo Ralph Lauren Pony Print Pajama Pants

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Upgrade his at-home loungewear with these comfy, tapered fit pajamas. This cotton pick will never ride up, so he’ll stay comfy warm all night. Plus, these are just so darn cute. Perfect for opening presents Christmas morning!

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Photo credit: Sperry

Sperry Striper II CVO Core Sneaker

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Made from durable canvas, these sneakers go with just about anything and can be dressed up or down. They also come in a Chino canvas and a light gray.

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Photo credit: Nordstrom

Peter Millar Halford Pinstripe Performance Polo

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Another go-with-anything shirt, this breathable jersey shirt can be dressed up or down. And if he’s on the golf course come springtime, it’s made to wick away sweat no problem and protect him from UV ray exposure.

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Photo credit: Nordstrom

’47 Clean Up NY Yankees Baseball Cap

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Any baseball fan has to pay their respect to the Yankees, but the Yankees diehard will love sporting this vintage-looking baseball cap year-round.

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Photo credit: Ray-Ban

Ray-Ban 61mm Gradient Lens Aviator Sunglasses

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Keep the husband looking fly on sunny days with these customer favorite’s at Nordstrom. They’ll go with almost anything—and look nice on women, too!

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Photo credit: Bose

Bose Home Speaker 300

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He can take this into his den or out by the fire pit and enjoy the music or podcasts he loves (but can never get the family on board with). Bose is unmatched in quality stereo sound, responds to audio commands, and connects wirelessly.

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Photo credit: Amazon

Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray

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Hey, you know he needs it—and he does too, so just put it in his stocking and call it a sweet-smelling day. With more than 8,500 sparkling (ha!) Amazon reviews, the original citrus scent will make your husband, and everyone else he has to share a bathroom with, happy.

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Photo credit: USAopoly

Clue Board Game: Bob’s Burgers Edition

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If he thinks Bob’s Burgers is hilarious, this spin on a classic will refresh the experience of playing Clue without having to ask about Colonel Mustard again.

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Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action Camera

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If he loves to go on epic adventures, help him capture those memories with this small action camera. It can shoot HD 4K footage, which can immediately be reviewed on its display screen. The voice-control feature allows you to shoot hands-free, which is helpful mid-bike ride or climb. It also has GPS to track and record exactly where a video was shot.

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Photo credit: Amazon

Star Wars Graphic T-shirt

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I mean, what guy wouldn’t love a Star Wars T-shirt?!

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Photo credit: Amazon

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

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Stream Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video by simply placing this stick into a port on the side of your television. You can add channels like HBO, Showtime, and ESPN, and, if you’re a Amazon Prime member, you’ll get access to even more movies and TV episodes for free. Plus, the Alexa voice remote will allow him to verbally say what he’s looking for, and voila, it appears!

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Photo credit: Nordstrom

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Cleansing Pore Mask

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Most people—guys included—want to have nice, clear skin. Surprise him with this clarifying face mask, which is formulated with oil absorbing clay to draw out impurities and un-clog pores. Plus, it won’t dry out his skin, and it has a lovely almond smell. Pair it with a moisturizer that has SPF, and you’ve just upped his skincare game with two simple products he’ll love.

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Photo credit: Etsy

Personalized Wooden Cutting Board

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Anyone who spends a significant amount of time in the kitchen knows you can never have too many cutting boards. If your husband is the chef of the family, he’ll appreciate this high quality cutting board that you can personalize to suit him perfectly. You can select from multiple sizes and wood types, and detail exactly how you’d like it engraved—his last name or his initials would make this gift truly special.

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Photo credit: Amazon

Costa del Mar Reefton Polarized Iridium Sunglasses

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Perfect for the fisherman in your life, these polarized lenses will help him spot fish easier in the water, whether he’s on a boat or fly fishing in a stream. The nylon frame will hold up to wear and tear while snugly fitting around his face without squeezing. Bonus: They’re prescription-ready, so he can easily have Rx lenses added if needed.

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Photo credit: Amazon

SAXX Underwear Men’s Vibe Boxer Brief

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Comfort starts with the first layer! This Canadian-based brand knows exactly what a man is looking for when it comes to underwear—moisture-wicking, loose fit, breathable fabric, and a silky-like hand against the skin. Chances are these will become his favorite pair, so you might as well buy a two-pack. And if for some reason he’s not totally satisfied, the company will refund your purchase.

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Photo credit: Corkcicle

Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge Glass and Ice Kit

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If he takes his drink seriously, this Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge kit comes with an ice mold that’s angled so perfectly that it’ll make any spirited drink a work of art. He’ll also love that the thick glass can hold up in the freezer and that the ice won’t melt too quickly, because watery drinks is indeed some “whisky” business.

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Photo credit: Zappos

Merrell Moab 2 Vent Mid Hiking Shoes

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These hiking boots take little to no time to break in—which is unheard of for a hiking shoe. Lightweight and breathable, the Moab 2 Mid Vent is made for the man who loves a good hike, but is concerned about his plantar fasciitis. This features a blended EVA footbed that’ll mold to the shape of his foot and provide extra support while also offering shock absorption protection. And because it also features a Vibram outsole, this offers tons of grip and stability, so he’ll be up for anything (even in the rockiest of areas).

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Photo credit: Amazon

Men’s Taco Socks

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The man loves tacos, and now he can let the world know it!

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Photo credit: Bloomingdale’s

Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffel

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Tired of him hauling a ratty old backpack whenever you head out of town for a night or two? This stylish duffel bag features a sleek design with leather top handles and an interior shoe compartment to store his favorite pair. Perfect for a trip home to see his family or even for the gym, this bag is big enough for all of his essentials, but just compact enough to carry anywhere.

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Photo credit: Amazon

YETI Hopper Flip Portable Cooler

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Perfect for road trips and backyard adventures, this soft cooler will keep food and drinks perfectly chilled for days, thanks to its deluxe construction and insulation. The Hydrolock zipper eliminates any leaks, and the cooler itself is waterproof and resistant to mildew and tears. Perfectly spacious, this cooler holds up to 13 cans of beer, and the wide-mouth opening makes for easy access to a cold brew.

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Photo credit: Amazon

GRILLART Grill Brush and Scraper

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Whether you both live in a perpetually warm climate or Dad just loves to grill come summertime, this do-it-all brush will make the unpleasant cleanup job a little easier on his hands and joints. The stainless steel bristles are tightly bound, increasing its durability and preventing wire detachment, while the 18-inch, no-slip handle grips to no avail. This handy tool works on all types of grills, so if he loves hosting a barbecue , you can’t go wrong with this one.

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