So you are trying to buy a gift for a friend. How nice of you. But the fact that you are reading an article about “How To Buy a Dude-Approved Gift,” says that you are now realizing just how daunting a task this can be.


You don’t want to get your friend something cheap and impersonal. Unless your pal got married at an Outback Steakhouse, nobody wants to get a gift card to a chain restaurant.

At the same time, you don’t want to get something too expensive or sentimental. You get your buddy a $50,000 Rolex, you are sending a pretty strong message. Same thing if you get him that sweater he said he kind of liked that one time. Or a couples massage.

Via Imgur

Via Imgur

That said, here are some jumping off points that should work for every member of your squad.

1. Liquor ($50+)

Gift box wooden crate barrel aged whisky bourbon liquor whiskey bottle small cask

The old standby. Whether it’s scotch, cognac or tequila, giving someone a top shelf bottle of booze is a great way to say “you are a fun guy to drink with, and now you’ll have some shit worth drinking.”
Plus it comes in a big box. That’s always a win.

Digital Activity Tracker (aka FitBit) ($90-200)

Activity fitness trackers

A perfect gift for that tech-savvy fitness buff in the group. Or for the overweight troglodyte. Kind of a perfect gift that way. They’ll either love using it, or hate it and be better for it. Which kind of friend are you?

Board Game ($20-50)

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Photo by: Connie Ma. Flickr:

Hear me out. I’m not saying you should get your friend Monopoly or Clue (although Clue is a riveting game of wits and intrigue…). There are hundreds of amazing games worth playing out there that you probably never played, but odds are you have a friend that has. Games like Settlers of Catan, Betrayal at the House on the Hill, Munchkin, and Cards Against Humanity are all basically a box full of a fun, if not contentious, evening.

Tickets ($50-It would probably be better not to say)

Football: Holding Game Day Tickets

What do you get the person who has everything? An experience. Watch your favorite team. Check out a concert. Go to a festival. By getting someone a ticket to an event, you are giving them the gift of a special moment. Plus, if they end up hooking up with someone at the show, you get to take credit for that too.

Straight Razor ($60-100)

Brutal man with vintage straight razor

Every man has to shave, even your buddy with the babyface. Giving them a straight razor can be your way of saying “you are probably adult enough to hold a razor to your neck without killing yourself.” Not to mention the fact that you are likely giving them one of the best shaving experiences on the market. This is an especially good gift for that one friend still clinging to their patchy leavings from ‘no shave November.’ Time to clean house, pal.