I don’t know why this is, but boyfriends are notoriously hard to shop for. It’s easy to find gifts for your BFF or your mom, but buying a gift for your boyfriend can be seriously tricky. While we wish he would just give you a list of ideas (or at least leave some tabs open on his computer with a few casual hints), you’re probably here because he didn’t do that. But don’t worry — we’ve got you covered with some of the best birthday gifts you can give your boyfriend (besides a special birthday date with you, because that's a given).
It’s hard because if you’ve only been dating for a month or two, then you might not really know what he likes or dislikes when it comes to gifts. But if you’ve been together 4ever, then you’re probably running low on ideas after YEARS of birthdays, holidays, Valentine’s Days, and anniversaries. In either case, it’s time to get creative. If he’s into tech, something like a wireless charging pad or temperature-controlled coffee mug would probs bring a smile to his face. If he’s always planning your next adventure, a new suitcase or pair of comfy sneakers will come in handy. Or if he’s always calling you into the kitchen to try his latest creation, a gift set of spices or a ~fancy~ salt plank might be just the thing.
With 65 gift ideas on this list, there’s sure to be a unique gift your boyfriend will love. And if all else fails, we’re pretty sure he won’t complain if his birthday gift involves you in a new set of lingerie, just saying.
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If he hasn't pulled the trigger on getting himself a pair of new AirPods, you can be the best girlfriend ever by gifting him the latest set for his birthday.
The vibrating gifts we recommend are usually of a different type, but hear me out. This textured foam roller helps take care of their muscles and can lessen the risk of injury whether they're weightlifting, training for a marathon, or just in need of some pain relief after sitting at a desk all day.
Everyone needs a good pair of sunnies. These classically cool Ray-Ban aviators will elevate any outfit. You can even order them with prescription lenses if your guy doesn't do contact lenses.
Nothing says "let's go on a romantic vacation together" like the gift of a suitcase. This one is 20 inches, meaning it counts as a carry-on for most airlines, and reviewers say it's roomier than it appears.
Okay, this is actually so smart. He can use this tool to help line things up and make sure his beard or hairline always looks good. And as a person who probably spends a lot of time looking at his face, it's kind of like a gift for you, too.
Who doesn't love a nice scalp massage? Now he can have one even when you're not there to do it. He can use this to get a good shampoo lather, or just a really good head scratch.
New kicks made from Italian leather are the perfect addition to his wardrobe, and the black hue can help them look clean (even if they're not).
A chic watch with a luxe gold strap will go with pretty much all of his outfits—which is great, because he won't want to take it off.
A bag of specialty coffee will always be appreciated. This is an especially good gift if you've only been dating a few weeks when his birthday rolls around. It's thoughtful, it's useful, and it's less than $20.
If your S.O. uses as much creamer as he does coffee, he’d be stoked to get one of these heat-regulating coffee mugs for his birthday. Just connect it to his phone and keep the temperature consistently heated through the app.
Make sure he stays warm all season long with this luxe beanie. It's make from 100% recycled cashmere, so it's eco-friendly AND cozy. You'll probably want to snag one for yourself, tbh.
If he loooooooves barbecue, then he'll appreciate this gift set of sauces and seasonings from Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous, a world-famous BBQ spot in Tennessee.
Replace that old speaker that puts off more fuzz and feedback than actual music with this portable speaker.
A giant, supersized blanket (srsly, it's 10' x 10'!!) that's perfect for all your Netflix date nights spent on the couch? Yes, pls.
Sorry, but all of our phones are more germ-ridden than we want to believe. That's why something like this charging box that sanitizes his device using UV light is actually a great gift. It says "I love you, please don't get a cold and then give it to me."
This book was all over the best books of the year lists, so time to snag him a copy if he hasn't already read it. It takes place in 1960s Harlem and follows Ray Carney, a salesman, husband, and father. When his cousin orchestrates a robbery of a high-end hotel and volunteers Ray's services to store the goods, Ray is pulled back towards a life surrounded by criminal figures.
If he's constantly fidgeting while he's on a work call or watching TV, he'll love this set of five brainteasing puzzles. Each puzzle relates to a different global civilization, so history buffs will also get a kick out of it.
Yeah, you could get him a bottle of tequila, but this is cooler. This smoky mezcal has notes of eucalyptus, green apple, fresh citrus, and red chiltepe. He can drink it straight, or add some soda and lime for a simple at-home cocktail.
Give him a set of tools to upgrade his bar cart. This one comes with ice tongs, a cocktail shaker, a strainer, a bottle opener, bottle plugs, and a rack to hold them all in.
Whether he's writing down to-do lists, love notes, or the next great American novel, a good notebook comes in handy. I especially like these ones because they're made with recycled paper and they're hardcover, so he can travel with them or toss them in a work bag without worrying about them getting crumpled or damaged.
He'll smell warm and fresh and get all the compliments with help from this fragrance. It has the perfect blend of spice and citrus with notes of patchouli, vetiver, bergamot, and cardamom.
When you're tired of him constantly asking for help working out a knot in his back, make it easier on the both of you with this handheld massaging device.
A duffel bag is basically a necessity in every guy’s closet, and this one is the perfect size to use as a carry-on or to take on a weekend getaway.
A travel bag definitely comes in handy when you’re, well, traveling, so booking a surprise trip to a place you’ve both wanted to visit is a great birthday idea.
If national parks are his happy place, he can take a little bit of Zion National Park with him to work thanks to this gorg laptop sleeve from photographer Tristan Onfroy.
He'll love these joggers for how comfortable and practical they are, and you'll like them because they're a major step up from his old AF sweats that he still wears all the time.
With this combo gift, he gets everything he needs to take care of his pride and joy: a beard wash, conditioner, serum, and balm.
Can't make it to the spa? Give him the experience at home, starting with a big, plush robe like this one that he'll never want to take off.
If the guy's practically a chef, he'll love displaying his expensive knives on this cool magnetic block.
Bring the birthday party with you everywhere you go with this portable mini grill, which is ideal for cookouts.
If your guy loves bourbon, this flight with four Glencairn glasses and a customizable board made from reclaimed bourbon barrel would definitely be on his wish list.
Mount this bad boy to the wall and let your guy enjoy his favorite beer in the shower.
This crewneck sweatshirt is comfy without being too casual, which means your boyfriend can wear it when he needs to look nice yet still be cozy. The best part? It's lightweight and moisture-wicking, which makes it great for layering year-round.
Unwinding after a long day is important, and sometimes you just need to chill out with a good ol’ video game. Get him the Switch Lite and he can play Mario Kart until his heart is content.
It's time for him to retire the Jansport he had from way before you guys started dating. So upgrade his style with this practical, sleek, water-resistant bag that’s perfect to tote back and forth from work.
This lightweight T-shirt is so freakin' soft and comfy, he'll ask for it in all the other colors on his next birthday.
Don’t let anyone tell you a gift card is a boring idea. If he's impossible to shop for, keep it easy and go with an Amazon gift card so he can get whatever he wants.
He’s gotta have someplace to put his b-day gift cards, right? If the guy dresses better than anyone you know, he deserves this on-trend wallet that'll win him even more style points.
He loves to jam out to his Spotify playlists, so get him these wireless headphones with amazing sound quality and 30-hour battery life.
Framed maps are cool and all, but this wooden world map is a unique take on wall art. Any traveler would love to fill up space in their room with this decorative idea.
No one likes warm beer. This set of two icicle bottle toppers will keep your boyfriend’s beer cold the entire time he drinks it—yes, even those last few sips.
When you realize how much you spend on sparkling water over the course of a few months, this at-home carbonator won’t sound all that expensive.
I can think of no better party game than this mini putting green. Whether your guy likes golf or just likes to have a good time, this is the gift for him.
Golf balls are a great gift for golfers, albeit a little basic and obvious. But pair that box of golf balls with a personalized golf ball stamp, and you’ve got a genius gift idea.
If the guy likes a clean shave, say no more. This set comes with everything he needs to keep his face soft, smooth, and stubble-free: a safety razor, shaving brush, cream, oil, and balm.
Finally, somewhere he can charge all of his everyday gadgets and store those keys he's always losing.
Here's a genius gift for his never-satisfied sweet tooth.
Getting ready won't be so boring for the lucky fella who receives this sock subscription service.
Birthdays are great for reminding you of (1) how old you are and (2) all the experiences on your bucket list that are yet to be had. This book is the perfect gift for the adventurer who’s constantly looking to plan his next trip.
Get him a shirt that’s not like his other button-ups, but instead made in this surprisingly silky, soft fabric. I promise it's so comfy that he’ll wear it over and over again.
He'll enjoy whipping up a gourmet meal at home with a brand-new pan, spatula, and steamer basket. Btw, it's easy to clean and looks good in any kitchen.
A fancy electric trimmer and shaver might not be the most romantic gift, but if he’s serious about his grooming habits, then a cordless do-it-all tool is definitely for him.
Not every guy is a jewelry person, and that’s okay! But a woven bracelet with an easy clasp is subtle yet cool.
This wireless warming massager with eight massage heads actually feels like someone is giving you a shoulder rub. Need I explain why this is a great gift idea?
A trendy pair of trousers that look professional enough for work but still provide the comfort of sweatpants? Necessary. With nearly 8,000 five-star reviews from Amazon customers, these joggers are a sure bet.
An outdoorsy type will love a durable hammock he can hook to any tree. The two of you can cozy up in this together the next time you hit the trails, and it folds into a compact carrier after each use.
A Himalayan salt plate will change his world. He can use it to flavor his favorite meats or as a platter to serve cheeses and appetizers.
Some picture frames with photos of the people your man loves will make anyone’s day. These ones hold Fujifilm Instax Mini photos and are the perfect way to display instant pics from his birthday party.
Sometimes he wants more of an experience than a tangible gift. So get him this creative set of date night ideas so you two can keep things exciting.
The guy who likes to run or work out will appreciate having these detachable ear hooks to prevent his AirPods from slipping out during rigorous of workouts.
Beer bottle koozies are cool in theory (literally), but they don’t do the best job at keeping a beer cold on a hot summer day. Enter: this stainless steel insulated holder to keep his drink cold and easy to transport.
A nice leather fob like this one will help him keep up with his keys not only because they'll be easier to see, but also because he'll love it so much he won't let it out of his sight.
He’ll look like the coolest dude on the block in a pair of classic sunglasses.
You don't have to spend a lot to say a lot. A sentimental card goes a long way.