The 50 Best Gifts for Every Kind of Brother

Updated 06/21/19
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Shopping for anyone on your list is hard around the holidays, but your brother can take it to another level. Chances are your earliest memories involve some petty arguments with the parents so rectifying that with the adult they are today is the ultimate challenge. However, so long as you pick out something based on your brother's interests, passions, and hobbies, they'll have a big smile on their face this holiday season when it comes time to unwrap the gifts.

Our recommendations include gift picks that were specifically curated for the brothers in your life, with options for the mixologist, the music buff, the chef, and more. And as our present to you, we chose items that won’t be an eyesore if you have to pop over to their place every now and then. In fact, you’ll probably even want to snag some for yourself. Browse 50 gifts for brothers that go beyond shaving kits and wallets.

Clubmaster Classic Sunglasses
Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic $153

Ray-Ban sunglasses are classics for a reason. If your brother appreciates a nice pair of sunnies, offer up this minimalist pair.

Google Home Mini $49 $29

When it comes to smart home devices, Google's aptly named device is a steal at just $50, and your brother can ask Google to look up all their burning questions.

Love Your Beard Pack
Uncommon Goods Love Your Beard Pack $38

If your brother takes facial hair seriously, encourage them with this quirky (yet useful) beard kit. It comes with beard oil and beard balm designed to keep any beard looking dapper.

Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle in London Chimney
S'well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle in London Chimney $35

Give your brother a stylish excuse to be eco-friendly. They can take this reusable water bottle with them to the gym, to the office, and everywhere in between.

W&P Design The Bartender's Knife $35

Crafted from hardwood, brass, and steel, this knife comes equipped with a multipurpose blade to allow anyone to peel, slice, and pick cocktail ingredients. Party at your brother’s house tonight!

Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset
Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset $248

For the gamer in your life, a high-tech virtual reality headset. Gift this to a brother who'd rather be playing video games and exploring imagined worlds.

Ribbed Beanie Hat in Black
Acne Studios Ribbed Beanie Hat in Black $150

Top off your brother's winter wardrobe with a simple black beanie. This one features a funky design on the front resembling a square face.

Ticket Stub Diary
Uncommon Goods Ticket Stub Diary $14

This ticket stub diary is perfect for a brother who loves to take in a concert, ball game, or show. Give them a place to keep all of their special memories.

Harmony Professional Yoga Mat
Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat $80

If your brother practices yoga, make sure they have the tools and accessories they need to get the most out of the wellness activity.

Water-Gel Starter Kit
Clinique Water-Gel Starter Kit $15

Whether your brother already takes their skincare routine seriously or needs a friendly push in the right direction, this starter kit from Clinique makes for a thoughtful gift.

Diagonal Arrow Scarf in Military Green
Off-White Diagonal Arrow Scarf in Military Green $255 $153

For the brother who you turn to for fashion advice (or who perhaps could use a few your styling tips), a warm and cozy scarf. They'll think of you every time they wear it.

Himalayan Salt BBQ Plank
Uncommon Goods Himalayan Salt BBQ Plank $30

If your brother can sure to be found close to the grill anytime your family has a cookout, they'll love this Himalayan Salt BBQ plank. It looks as good as it will make food taste.

Belmar Three-Hand Date Black Silicone Watch
Fossil Belmar Three-Hand Date Black Silicone Watch $95

While a watch isn't exactly the most innovative gift idea, if your brother loves classic pieces that are as stylish as they are functional, this watch will be a welcome present.

Table Wine Opener
RBT Table Wine Opener $150

Upgrade their bar cart with this luxurious corkscrew, designed to make the process of uncorking wine bottles incredibly fast and foolproof. And your brother, like you, loves wine.

Double Zip Toiletry Bag
Leatherology Double Zip Toiletry Bag $165

Designed to keep toiletries safe and organized during travel, this full-grain German leather Dopp kit makes for a sophisticated and thoughtful gift.

UltraBoost 19 Running Shoe
Adidas UltraBoost 19 Running Shoe $180

For your active, athletic brother, a pair of sleek new running shoes. They'll love that they can wear these for a workout or on the streets.

Fawn Cruiser Bluetooth Record Player
Crosley Fawn Cruiser Bluetooth Record Player $69

Go for a retro gift and give your brother this hipster Bluetooth record player. Not only can it play vinyl LPs, but it can also stream music wirelessly from any device.

Brew Gift Set
W&P Brew Gift Set $124

If your brother loves making coffee at home, they'll enjoy this gift set including a three-piece brewer capable of making multiple different types of coffee and Brew, a book that will quickly become your brother's coffee guide.

Nylon Bucket Hat
Engineered Garments Nylon Bucket Hat $120

Not for everyone, this bucket hat is reserved for the trendsetting brother who's not afraid to take a fashion risk.

Microsoft Surface Pro $1449

For the techie, you can’t go wrong with a sleek device. This laptop doubles as a tablet, making it easy to go from working to streaming TV shows.

REI Co-op Ruckpack $100

Your brother will love taking this fully functional backpack on all of their adventures. It's made of durable material and comes outfitted with a stowable rain cover, compression straps, and plenty of pockets, zippers, and compartments to keep camping or hiking essentials organized.

Small-Batch Quarterly Hot Sauce Subscription
Fuego Box Small-Batch Quarterly Hot Sauce Subscription $120

Subscription boxes are the gift that keeps on giving. This one includes a quarterly delivery of small-batch hot sauces sourced from around the world.

Knot Cuff Links
Ox and Bull Trading Co. Knot Cuff Links $50

If your brother enjoys getting dressed up for special events or just for a day at the office, these cuff links will be well appreciated. They feature a chic knot design but aren't too flashy.

Holm Oak Pro Knives
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Holm Oak Pro Knives, 7-Piece Set $499

A sharp set of new knives is just the thing for a cooking novice or pro. Plus, this one happens to be sleek enough to leave on display.

Red Wing Shoes All Natural Boot Oil $18

Your brother has always been polished, so make sure they look the part. As the old adage—or just brotherly advice—goes, rub a little dirt on it.

Palermo Tripolina Chair $675

Give your brother the gift of a new favorite chair. It's stylish and perfect for relaxing in front of the TV or with a good book.

Filson Original Lined Goatskin Gloves $150

Made with grade-A goatskin sourced from the USA, these gloves are lined with wool for comfort and insulation in cold conditions. Your brother will be thankful when February rolls around.

Hella Bitters
Hella Bitter Hella Bitters Variety Pack $64

This variety pack of bitters is perfect for the budding mixologist in your life.

Lacie Faux Leather Duffle Bag
Sole Society Lacie Faux Leather Duffle Bag $90

For the jet-setter, a leather duffle bag to accompany your brother on his countless adventures. It's also the perfect excuse to plan a trip together.

Nachtmann Highland Tumbler in Smoke $20

Your brother has always mixed a mean cocktail, so add subtle color and clean lines to their collection of barware with this smoky tumbler.

Marvis Flavor Collection Gift Set $36

They've always been the type to prioritize good hygiene. Let your brother try something new with this set of luxury toothpaste flavors.

Slim Standard Belt in Black
Maximum Henry Slim Standard Belt in Black $115

A simple belt is always appreciated (and probably much-needed). It's also a friendly reminder to your brother to accessorize every once and a while.

Leica Sofort Camera in Black
Leica Sofort Camera in Black $299

The latest from photography expert Leica lets your brother snap and print photos in an instant—perfect for anyone who doesn’t like to wait.

Beats by Dre Studio3 Wireless Over‑Ear Headphones $350

A pair of quality headphones is hands down the perfect gift for any music lover.

Jack + Mulligan Redford Waxed Canvas Flask $38

A canvas case for their favorite flask will remind your brother of their youth.

Fitbit Iconic $250

For the fitness junkie, the Fitbit Iconic is just the thing your brother's workouts are missing.

Areaware Shapes Drink Rocks $35

Looks like “on the rocks” is a taste preference in more ways than one. You know your brother likes to impress guests with special touches like these.

Eric Werner & Mya Henry Hartwood Cookbook $27

Any enthusiastic cook will enjoy the flavors of the Yucatan in the Hartwood cookbook.

15-Month Work Station Calendar
Field Notes 15-Month Work Station Calendar $15 $10

This no-fuss, chipboard-backed, tear-off 15-month calendar is a subtle reminder of all the important milestones in your brother's life… like your birthday, your anniversary, and more.

Cedar & Moss Switches & Cord Plugs $15

Enhance your brother's current décor with these bespoke light switches and cord plugs. They’ll appreciate a bit of advice on the design front.

Boll & Branch Flannel Sheet Set $212

Nothing says you care like making sure your brother gets a good night’s rest in these organic sheets. It’ll make up for all the nights you kept them awake during childhood.

AbbeyCatBrewing Beer Flight Sampler With glasses $45

Enjoy a bit of sibling bonding by hosting a beer tasting during the holidays. Let your brother pick the brews.

Fine-Knit Linen Sweater
H&M Fine-Knit Linen Sweater $70

A cozy sweater is almost always well-received. Who couldn't use another warm and comfy top to keep them warm in the winter?

Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser
Vitruvi Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser $119

If your brother craves relaxation and downtime, offer up this Vitruvi essential oil diffuser. It will create just the right mood for any room and it's sleek enough to style anywhere.

3-Pack Tie Bar Set
Nordstrom's Men's Shop 3-Pack Tie Bar Set $35

For the dapper brother who's not afraid to accessorize, a set of classic tie bars. They complete any formal look.

Medium Snap Journal with Pen Loop
Leatherology Medium Snap Journal with Pen Loop $60

Support your brother's passion for writing with this high-quality leather journal.

Classic Bathrobe
Parachute Classic Bathrobe $99

Remind your brother to indulge in a bit of self-care by gifting this classic bathrobe from Parachute. It's perfect for wrapping up in after a long shower or soak in the tub.

Arched Fitz Roy Bear Uprisal Crew Sweatshirt
Patagonia Arched Fitz Roy Bear Uprisal Crew Sweatshirt $65

For the outdoorsy brother, a Patagonia sweatshirt that can be worn on an outdoor adventure or a casual day.

Govino Shatter-Proof Whiskey Glasses, Set of 4 $18

Give the gift of these well-designed, shatterproof whiskey glasses if your brother imbibes from time to time.

Patterned Socks
H&M 5-Pack Socks $13

Yes, socks are an extremely played gift; however, that doesn't mean they don't serve a purpose and can't bring a smile to your brother's face without breaking the bank.

Up next: the best gifts on Amazon to buy for every special person in your life.

This story was originally published December 11, 2016, and has since been updated.

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