5 Best Birthday Gifts for Him

Close up shot of a man's watch and hand tucked into the pants pocket.

What gift will make a man happy? To be honest, men generally aren't very demanding when it comes to birthday gifts compared to women. However, it can be tricky to get a gift for a guy because of characters like the anything-would-do dad, or the laid-back partner who insists he already has everything. But we're banking on the fact that you would know that brother, friend, partner, or spouse well enough to identify the right gift for him when you browse through our list below. You can go with either one item or several — the trick is to not overthink it!

1. Temperature-Controlled Smart Mug

A white-colored Ember temperature control mug near the window.

With a temperature-regulating mug, there'll be no more worries about his cup of morning coffee or tea going cold after being left aside for too long. These mugs' features vary depending on the brand. For example, Ember allows users to set the desired drinking temperature and the beverage will stay steaming hot or slightly cooler depending on their preference. They stay powered via a USB cable and a coaster-style charging plate or built-in heating function. Some brands also provide their own app which allows the user to customize presets and receive notifications on their smartphone. It's perfect for the home office!

2. Pillow

A pillow with toucans and pineapples on its cover design.

A pillow makes a great gift as it is suitable for any occasion regardless of the recipient's age. People sometimes ‘make do’ when it comes to bedding and don't bother getting new bedding. Don't underestimate the usefulness of a comfy pillow — it can change a man's life, especially if he's overworked and requires quality rest when he gets back home. To make it uniquely his, get a personalized cover that has an image of his favorite item, or a witty message that says something like "I've always got your back." It is almost impossible to offend anyone with this type of gift!

3. Patek Philippe Grand Complications (5327G)

A Patek Philippe Grand Complications (5327G).

The Patek Philippe brand needs no introduction. A perfect gift for the man who appreciates Swiss-made timepieces that exude sheer sophistication, this self-winding model comes in a Calatrava case with beautifully scalloped lugs, applied Breguet numerals, and moon phase indicator. It features a hand-stitched, navy blue alligator strap. This watch will cost you a car, but you can rest assured that the recipient will definitely wear it with pride — and look after it for the next generation.

4. JBL Xtreme 3 Bluetooth Speaker

A JBL Xtreme 3 Bluetooth Speaker

Guys love speakers, and what better gift to get him than a JBL Xtreme 3 Bluetooth speaker? Besides being built for adventure (it comes with a strong carrying strap and has an IP67 rating, which means that it is waterproof and dustproof), this device also sounds great when it comes to vocals and instrumentals, thanks to four drivers and two JBL Bass Radiators. A fully-charged battery provides up to 15 hours of playtime, and the PartyBoost function lets you pair it with another PartyBoost-compatible speaker to truly amp up the experience! It is slightly wider than a volleyball, making it portable enough to take to the beach or the tailgate.

5. A Set of Dumbbells

Several REP Rubber Coated Dumbbells on a gym bench.

Does he prefer to work out at home instead of the gym? Help the man build out his own home gym by getting him either an individual pair or a full set (make sure the latter comes with a rack as well). Either way, it is a convenient and less expensive method to show that you care about his physical goals. If you're gifting a pair, we recommend adjustable dumbbells such as the NÜOBELL Adjustable Dumbbell Set. These Swedish-designed come in 50 lb and 80 lb models, and each NÜOBELL can be adjusted in five lb increments. They might not be the cheapest, but they're definitely the highest quality in terms of durability and ease of use. If you're thinking of a full set, go for the REP Rubber Coated Dumbbell Set. They come in five lb increments and are sold in four sets: five to 50 lb, five to 100 lb, 55 to 75 lb, and 80 to 100 lb. With these, you won't need to worry about him busting up his house floor, or having to deal with accumulating rust.