When men are just starting out in life—whether that means they’re in high school, finishing college or grad school, or somewhere in between—there are some essential things they all need. Some are obvious and some aren’t. Get a young man any of the gifts on this list, because they probably won’t get them for themselves until they have to.
Kitchen Sink Backpack
This backpack does it all. It can go from the city streets to the wilderness without skipping a beat, and looks cool to boot. A young man won’t want to show up at a job interview with this, but he will want to use it every other day of his life.
101 Secrets For Your Twenties
Young humans face a lot of things during their twenties that they never thought they would. This New York Times bestseller is filled with the kind of advice a close older brother, hip uncle, or slightly senior mentor at work might dole out. It’s like a book of life hacks for that challenging third decade of life.
Keep him safe, keep others safe, and keep him out of trouble with the authorities by giving a young man his own personal breathalyzer. While you’re at it, take his phone for a minute and download one of the new taxi apps, then show him how easy it is to use, if it ever comes to that.
X20 Mini Pocket Drone
This mini drone is a must-have gift for young men who are new to drone flying. Lightweight and pocket-sized, this tiny drone is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, features a one-key take-off and landing, and is fitted with altitude hold and headless mode to make directional flying easier.
Survival Gear Kit
He’ll be prepared for every kind of emergency with this incredible Survival Gear Kit. Packed into a lightweight case, this kit includes a staggering 69 pieces of emergency equipment, including a blanket, pocket bellow, wire saw, first aid supplies, glass breaker, cutlery, rope, whistle, flashlight, and an all-purpose military knife.
Cheeze It Socks
If Cheez-Its are his go-to snack, these socks will make a cool novelty gift. Made to fit men’s sizes 8 to 12, these socks are bright and flamboyant, and feature an all-over cheese and Cheez-It logo design. Made from combed cotton, they are breathable to keep feet comfortable and dry.
Llama on a Bike Hoodie
Llamas are loved by almost everybody, and if he’s one of the ones who likes these funny animals, this hoodie is for him. Super soft and pre-shrunk for the perfect fit, even after washing, this hoodie comes in four different colors although the llama and his bike stay the same.
Bluetooth Beanie with Built In Headphones
Beanies and headphones are both essentials in any youngster’s wardrobe, but with this hat he can combine the two. Warm and soft to keep his head comfortable, this beanie has built-in speakers that allow for wireless listening and hands-free calling from up to 33 feet away from the streaming device.
Indoor Ring Toss Game
If you’re looking for a game that the whole family can join in with, Hookey makes a fun choice. The wooden board hangs on the wall, and the aim of the game is for each player to get their rings on the numbered hooks to score the most points.
High Power Portable Car Handheld Vacuum
If your young man’s car is his pride and joy, help him to keep it clean with this portable vacuum cleaner. Weighing only 2.4lbs, this powerful cleaner will make light work of dust, crumbs, and even liquid spills, and it comes with a number of attachments and a 16 foot cable.
This pair of paracord bracelets could just save his life, or at least help him deal with a camping or hiking emergency. Made from 12 feet of paracord which can be deployed, this 5-in-1 bracelet also includes a loud whistle, fire starter, working compass, and a removable emergency knife.
Do Not Disturb I'm Gaming Socksen
Sitting with his feet up doesn’t always mean he’s doing nothing, as this pair of fun socks shows. Printed with ‘Do Not Disturb’ in a non-slip rubber on one sole, the other continues ‘I’m Gaming’, so that everyone knows he’s busy. Available in medium, short, and long sizes.
Magnetic Levitating Globe
This magnetic levitating globe will be a constant source of amazement for him and his friends. Fitted with three colored LED lights, the C-shaped frame surrounds a floating globe, which rotates slowly all by itself as the lights reflect off the sphere’s shiny surface.
Pun Intended Game
Anyone who loves bad jokes will have a blast playing ‘Pun Intended’. Played between two teams, while one team reads out part of a joke, the other team must try to fill in the groan-worthy blanks to win that point. Suitable for players aged 13+, or anyone sharp-witted and funny.
Cologne is always a great gift to give and receive, especially one as intoxicating as Lucky You. Made for both day and night use, this cologne combines top notes of tamarind for a decidedly spicy vibe, middle notes of warm cardamom, and dry notes of the masculine, woody bamboo stem.
Bluetooth Shower Speaker
The iFox Bluetooth Shower Speaker is a great gift for young men who like to listen to their music even when they’re showering. Fully waterproof (it can be immersed in water up to 3 feet), this speaker provides up to 10 hours of playing time on just one 3 hour charge.
Man Meets Stove
If he’s never cooked for himself, this is the books he needs. Some guys go right from high school, when mom does the cooking, to college, where they eat at the student union or out of a cardboard pizza box. This cookbook familiarizes young men with that mysterious room, the kitchen.
The Gerber multitool is a Swiss Army knife on a wicked combination of steroids and crack. It’s gold for a young man who likes to camp, fish, hunt, or do anything outdoors at all. Or anything around the house or apartment, for that matter. The Gerber is like a toolkit in his pocket.
Contrary to popular belief, there is a manual to life. At least there is in the case of young me. This book is filled with real, practical information that gives a young man a leg up on the competition. It includes essentials like how to change a tire, cook a steak, and talk to girls.
Carhartt Work Jacket
Carhartt makes the most rugged, durable, practical work clothes for men on the planet, hands down. From loggers to fishermen to auto mechanics to contractors, Carhartt comes through for hardworking guys everywhere. Working guy or not, every young man needs a Carhartt.
A posh leather shaving bag is a must for any traveler. A young man needs more than a ziplock bag for his toothbrush and toothpaste. He needs a kit big enough for all his manly essentials, from shaving needs to cologne to travel-sized hair products, fingernail clippers, and all his personal grooming essentials.
Full Tool Kit
Guys love tools. No one knows that better than guys. But guys don’t want to get tools from their parents or girlfriends, because they always feel like they’re expected to become an instant handyman once they get them. Give your bro his first set of tools without the strings attached.
Thermarest pioneered inflatable sleeping pads and they’ve dominated the camping industry since they first came on the market. They’re lightweight, roll up easily, and they’re unbreakable. They keep you warm by keeping you off the ground, and legend has it that you can even use them—in an emergency—to cross rivers.
Beard Care Kit
While it’s true that the current hipster obsession with “Beard” may soon go the way of the 70s mullet, the bearded man still needs to keep his facial hair looking sharp. This kit contains all the essentials he needs to stay on point, and avoid the Grizzly Adams/Revenant look.
The Goretex rain gear his parents bought for him is great for many occasions, but there are times when the man needs to look like a gentleman, even when the weather his cold. In some circles, it’s better to look like a banker than a mountain climber—get him ready for those circles when you get him this sharp overcoat.
A cast-iron cooking set is eminently practical, but it also gives a kitchen a classic look and feel that can’t be matched. This indestructible five piece set includes a griddle, a small and a large skillet, and a Dutch Oven with a cover. A young man starting out will never get this for himself, so you should.
Chrome sets the standard in messenger bags. They’re simple, understated, and uber-cool looking. Forget the laptop sleeve, the briefcase, or the typical book bag. If your teenager is going out into the world and he’s going to carry anything at all, give them this bag, and they’ll turn heads.
Set of Knives
Every kitchen needs an excellent set of knives. The eighteen-piece set of high-carbon stainless steel knives includes a paring knife, a utility knife, a chef’s knife, a partoku knife, a santok knife, a bread knife, an eight inch sharpening steel, and a set of steak knives.
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2 Diy Gifts for Young Men
This eight-step DIY shows you how to make a swank looking magazine rack with only basic materials and tools. It’s perfect for a young man because this is the kind of thing they never think of to get for themselves, and they end up with piles of magazines all over the place. Do him a favor and help keep the place tidy.
No-Sew Key Fob
This is a perfect DIY for an outdoorsy-type guy. It’s a sturdy keychain made from paracord. All you need to get started is about ten feet of paracord, a simple circular keychain, scissors, a lighter, and a ruler. The tutorial shows you exactly how to tie the loops so nothing is left to chance.