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So you want to get your guy a little something? It doesn’t have to be “big or bust.” There are a number of small gifts for men that can leave a big impression.
We’ve put together a short list of little knick-knacks, accessories, and gadgets that make great small gifts for men when you’re not trying to overdo it. We like gifts that are handy, easy-to-use, and a little surprising. They all work on their own or as part of a larger gift package too.
What Are the Best Small Gifts for Men?
Small gifts can be deceptively tricky to find, as you want something that says “thinking of you” but not “I spent my life savings on a pair of diamond earrings to give to you on our first date.” Look for things that are as practical as they are unique.
Bluetooth Headphones Beanie: Sure, you could go with a regular beanie, but we like that the included bluetooth headphones gives this classic gift a little something extra. Other items in this genre include things like touch-screen gloves or self-heating coffee mug coasters. The key is to find something simple yet thoughtful.
Grooming Kit: Look, there is a non-negligible probability that the guy you’re shopping for needs to clip his toenails right now. A well-made and well-packaged clippers set sends the message you’re trying to send but in a way he’ll appreciate. In the self-care genre we also like beard grooming kits, electric razors, and hand moisturizers.
Mini Flashlight: The perfect gift for handy-types is always going to be something highly practical. If you’re shopping for the type of man who tends to find himself poking around under cars, rewiring the electricity, or digging through long-forgotten storage in the basement more often than most, consider a mini flashlight he can keep with him all the time.
Meat Thermometer: There is no end to the number and type of little kitchen gadgets an enthusiastic home chef would appreciate, like a digital meat thermometer for example. Garlic presses, countertop scales, and waffle irons are other go-to’s.
1. Bluetooth Beanie Hat Headphones
Friends don’t let friends listen to music with cold ears. The headphones built into this beanie connect to your device via Bluetooth, and provide up to 15-20 hours of high quality, hands-free audio, all in a snug-fitting hat.
2. GOBETTER Nail Clippers Set
There’s no joy in clipping your nails anymore, unless you’re using a stylish and well-made clipper like the ones included in this set. We like the sturdy construction and matte black design of the two included clippers — one large and one small — as well as the beautiful leather case, which elevate the humble grooming tool to something (almost) spa-worthy.
3. Super Bright LED Mini Flashlight with Belt Clip
The standout features that make this flashlight gift-worthy include the super bright LED light, a belt clip and the variety of strobe light modes for emergencies. Everything is packed into a waterproof and drop-resistant military grade aluminum alloy. Ideal for outdoor sports like hiking and fishing, think of this mini flashlight as the Swiss army knife of mini torches.
4. ThermoPro Instant Read Meat Thermometer
A few degrees can mean the difference between a perfectly medium rare beef tenderloin and shoe leather — a fact your amateur chef surely knows. That’s why he’ll appreciate this digital meat thermometer, which features a super long probe and easy-to-read instant digital display. It can read a wide range of temperatures with precise accuracy.