Holiday shopping 2019: Gifts for the man in your life


Every year, no matter how well you know him, it can prove insanely difficult to shop for the guy in your life.

The struggle is real, and the holiday season is fast-approaching, which means there are only a few weeks to find the perfect present(s) for your boyfriend, husband or even brother. We've rounded up a bunch of great picks to suit whatever your budget may be — and whoever you're desperately trying to shop for this year.

Outdoor fire pit: Perfect for patios year-round, whether you want to roast marshmallows, cook hot dogs or just cozy up outside. It's portable enough that you can toss it in the car for BBQs, beach trips or camping. It also just looks great in the same backyard spot throughout the year.

Outdoor 22" fire pit with mesh spark screen cover, $48.55 on Amazon

AirPod carrying strap: No matter how organized he is, it's only a matter of time before he misplaces those AirPods. (Happens to all of us.) This magnetic-locking carrying strap keeps them secure when they're not in your ears. It comes in red, blue, black and white.

AirPod Carrying Strap by Tapper, $60 at Nordstrom

Echo Studio smart speaker: Amazon's new showstopper product drops Nov. 7, and the 3D sound quality is pretty unbelievable. It's like being in a movie theater, which makes sense since Dolby technology powers the system. It adapts to any room to fine-tune acoustics, and as with the other Alexa products, you can control all the functions with your voice.

Echo Studio, $199 on Amazon (released Nov. 7)

Le Creuset x Star Wars Darth Vader Dutch Oven: It's the ultimate gift for a guy who likes to cook and really likes "Star Wars." This fan-favorite brand is a staple of wedding registries and wish lists, and with a sleek, glossy black exterior, it looks sharp in any modern kitchen. Dutch ovens are perfect for all types of slow-cook recipes, and this one is safe for both stovetop and ovens.

Le Creuset x Star Wars Darth Vader Dutch Oven, $395 on Le Creuset website

Bluetooth-compatible turntable: It's a statement piece, but it also genuinely works for playing records, which is why it consistently gets great customer reviews. It also has a headphone jack if you aren't feeling the same tunes. And at just under $70, it's an affordable yet very exciting box to unwrap.

Cruiser Deluxe Turntable by Crosley Radio, $69.95 at Nordstrom

Data-responsive snoring relief band with LED display: It's a little pricey, but the reviews are positive! The data sensors are designed to help everyone involved get a good night of sleep. (Yes, of course this is a gift for him. It's not for you. It's for HIM. What are you talking about?)

Philips SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band, $199 at BestBuy

Cozy Patagonia pullover: Whether he's outdoorsy or not, Patagonia is always a safe pick for casual outerwear. If all of his sweatshirts and jackets are the same few colors, this is a good opportunity to encourage him to try something a little different, like this green shade that works for any season.

Patagonia Better Sweater Quarter Zip Jacket in Industrial Green, $99 at Nordstrom

Skin care set for shaving, cleansing and hydrating: Let's get that skin feeling soft and smooth. This set checks all the boxes, including even a beard conditioner that functions as a pre-shave oil, shaving cream and aftershave moisturizer.

King of Jacks Deluxe Skin Care Set, $49 at Nordstrom ($79 value)

Nike duffel bag / backpack: It's probably long past time to throw out the current gym bag. This one is spacious, attractive, and the straps are versatile, so it can be worn as a backpack or as an over-the-shoulder duffel.

Nike Brasilia Duffel Bag / Backpack, $55 at Nike

Dark brown leather dress belt: Not all men wear the absolute life out of their belts, refusing to buy a new one because their beat-up old one "still works" ... but a lot of them do. A beautiful new belt elevates any outfit, whether your man is one to wear a belt every day or just on special occasions. We love this one in a rich brown with a gold buckle. (It also comes in other colors.)

Double Buckle Leather Belt by Torino, $85 at Nordstrom

Oculus Go VR headset: Who wouldn't want to mess around with one of these? All of the Oculus products are state-of-the-art, but at under $200, this one of the more affordable models on the market.

Oculus Go 32GB Standalone VR Headset, $199 at Best Buy