If you ask me, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! With only six weeks until Christmas and four weeks until Hanukkah, the holidays will be here sooner than you think. With that in mind, I’m thrilled to be sharing you a holiday gift guide featuring 10 of the most useful Etsy gifts for him. Because let’s face it – practical gifts go far with the men in our lives!
These gifts are perfect for friends, boyfriends, husbands, fathers, brothers, cousins, and many others on your list!
If you haven’t read it yet, check out my blog post about how to save money on Christmas gifts. It includes a bunch of easy ways to cut your holiday shopping bill down!
Looking for gifts for her? Check out this post!
(Looking for something at the last minute? My post 14 Great Last Minute Gifts For Everyone On Your List has you covered! Read it here.)
These Etsy Gifts for Him = Amazing
I love these products for a few reasons.
First, because they are handmade, they are generally of high quality with superb craftsmanship. In most cases, they are made in small batches with a lot of detail and care versus in a large factory.
Second, handmade gifts are often more unique. This makes them feel extra thoughtful. It also makes it less likely the recipients already have them!
Third, most of them can be scored at a discount! I reached out to all of the shop owners whose products I’m featuring and many of them kindly offered a coupon code for you to shop their stores. Be sure to apply the code at checkout to save!
What’s Etsy Again?
If you’re not familiar with Etsy, it’s an online marketplace for unique handmade goods, vintage items, and craft supplies. While some shops also have a physical store or participate in craft shows, in most cases products are only available online. That being said, you can use this list as inspiration for gifts you’d rather see and purchase in person!
A quick disclaimer that while I’ve shopped from some of the sellers mentioned, I’m not personally familiar with them all. I did ensure I only featured shops with excellent customer feedback. I also got feedback and ideas from my resident male (thanks, Curtis!) to make sure these were all guy-approved! Lastly, these shops include Canadian, American, and International sellers.
For each product, I’ll also include a link to shop other similar products. That way, if a style doesn’t appeal to you or if shipping to your country is high, you can find an alternative!
Like with anything, make sure you do your research before purchasing.
With that said, on to the gifts!
Gift Idea #1: A Leather Toiletry Bag
Perfect for: The traveler, the gym goer
Until I bought my fiance a toiletry bag, his toiletries went in his duffle haphazardly. He might have thrown his toothbrush in a Ziploc bag, but that was the extent of storing anything.
This is the gift he never knew he needed but now loves. It’s roomy enough for a toothbrush and toothpaste, floss, hair gel, a razor, a bottle of Advil, and anything else he needs.
While you can find toiletry bags (or dopp kits!) at many larger stores (I bought Curtis’ at Gap!), these leather bags are high quality, have a more handcrafted and rustic feel, and can often be personalized. They also feel more like a special gift than something off a factory line.
This bag is available in 3 different sizes and 5 different colours. And if you buy 7 or more from this seller, you get 10% off. (I can just hear Oprah now… “YOU get a toiletry bag and YOU get a toiletry bag!…”) They also offer a gift wrap add-on and a rush shipping upgrade.
Gift Idea #2: A Unique Wooden Watch
Perfect for: The commuter, the creative, the nature lover, the accessory fan
While many of us check the time on our phone, watches are far from dead. They are more discreet time check in meetings, act as a beautiful accessory, and help keep our days running smoothly.
A wooden watch makes an especially nice gift since it’s unique, versatile, and practical. The engraving feature many shops offer makes it even more personal!
Choose from five engraving font options to make this watch truly unique! Cottonwood Gift Co. carries over 60 wood and leather watches, so you’ll be sure to find something for every taste.
Gift Idea #3: A Versatile Tote Bag
Perfect for: The commuter, the pack rat
I bought this bag for my fiancé a little over a year ago and it was really well-received. Before, he would take his lunch to work in a plastic bag that invariably tore or didn’t protect his food from rain or snow.
This bag is made from thick, high quality cotton and can be folded up really small for easy transport. It has nice wide handles for carrying and a minimalistic silhouette that makes it versatile.
While I love this gray shade (and it’s the one I bought!), Atelier Settembre makes reusable tote bags in a wide variety of colours and patterns. Bags are all made in Italy.
Use code BEYOND15 to save 15% off your entire order! Code expires December 31, 2017.
Gift Idea #4: A Monogrammed Golf Towel
Perfect for: The golfer
This is another successful gift I’ve given! Last Christmas, I was shopping for a monogrammed golf towel for Curtis and fell in love with this beautiful product from Southern Trademark. It features a soft, thick towel with a silver metal grommet and hook for him to easily attach it to his golf bag.
I went with the black towel with white thread and the Stacked Williamsburg font. It turned out beautiful!
Use code KLD15 to save 15% off golf towels!
Gift Idea #5: An Organizer for His Many Cords
Perfect for: The techhie
Once I heard that these things are called “cord tacos”, I fell in love. They are so darn practical for keeping your cords tangle-free and organized! Perfect for headphones, chargers, laptop cords, and more. The pebbled leather and gold snaps make them stylish, but not too fancy for your man’s briefcase or duffle.
These beautiful wraps come in 7 colour choices and you can save if you buy a pack of 5! Buying in bulk is a great idea if you’re looking for stocking stuffers.
Use code BYDSFEHARBOR to score free shipping on your order! Code expires December 31, 2017.
Gift Idea #6: An All-Natural Aftershave
Perfect For: The nature lover, the hipster, the bearded guy
As a woman, I don’t know a whole lot about men’s shaving products. I do, however, know that using a great aftershave can reduce skin irritation and red bumps. While most store-bought grooming products contain many chemicals, you can find some incredible natural alternatives on Etsy.
This one from Lone Woods, for example, contains a blend of witch hazel and natural oils. It’s available in Sandalwood (pictured) and Rosemary Mint. Until I read about their product, I didn’t know there was such a difference between fragrant oils (manufactured from chemicals) and therapeutic grade essential oils (what Lone Woods uses). Fragrant oils can cause headaches or nausea (been there!) whereas natural oils won’t do that. Natural products for the win!
Sandalwood Aftershave from Lone Woods | $13USD
Gift Idea #7: A Set of Cheeky Coasters
Perfect For: The home bartender, the water guzzler, the neat freak
Coasters are a practical gift that can take the recipient’s hospitality game to the next level! These wooden ones are especially cute. I love the “Drinks on me!” engraving and the fact that they come in light or dark maple. They can also make a great housewarming gift.
Use code RUSTICSWAG for 10% off your order!
Gift Idea #8: A Slim Billfold Wallet
Perfect For: Pretty much anyone!
While wallets make great gifts in general, a slim wallet has additional benefits. It’s less bulky in their pocket, lighter weight, and prevents them from carrying more than they need. Loose change can go in their front pocket.
I bought a similar waller for Curtis a few years ago and he really likes it. While i’t’s actually an insert to a larger wallet, he uses the slim one almost all the time. This shop has a huge selection of wallets of all types and offers personalization too!
Looking for something in a different colour or finish? Click the Shop Leather Wallets button to browse all available styles on Etsy.
Use code ILOVEJOOJOOBS to save 10% off your entire order!
Gift Idea #9: A Cool Desk Organizer
Perfect For: The guy who works from home, the new home owner
Buying home decor for a guy may seem counter intuitive. Most of the guys I know aren’t interested in decorating, and I wouldn’t have a clue where to start.
Enter: a unique desk organizer. These handcrafted pieces have a rustic, industrial aesthetic and help keep desk spaces clutter-free. This one is made even more practical with its attached Edison light.
This organizer is available in 4 different lamp socket colours and different constructions depending on the number of charging cable holes needed. And this shop has a huge selection of standalone lamps and lights fixed to other pieces like wooden bookends.
Gift Idea #10: A Personalized Grill Tool Set
Perfect For: The grillmaster, the BBQ enthusiast, the new home owner
Make your favourite king of the grill feel like royalty with this set! Including a personalized box and three tools, this is a beautiful and useful gift. Each set includes a spatula, tongs, and a grill fork. Handles are solid wood.
While you’re at it, check out the huge selection of products available from Teals Prairie & Co. They have almost 600 gifts for men (yes, you read that right!) including everything from personalized hammers to luggage tags and everything in between.
There you have it – unique and useful gifts for the men on your list. Have I missed any? Leave me a comment and let me know what’s on your shopping list this season!
And if you’re looking for non-handmade gifts, check out The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Him! Lastly, What to Get for Fathers Day: 15 Great Gift Ideas has even more ideas for gifts for men.