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The 48 Best Gifts for Every Type of Brother

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Whatever age your brother, when it comes to his birthday present, it’s nice to get him something special. Whether he’s a gamer with a weak spot for fresh pasta or an athletic sibling who has gotten into horticulture, we’ve found gift suggestions for every kind of brother. While most of these gifts are available on Amazon, we’ve found some options elsewhere for those who like to shop around. We’ve also included recommendations from the Strategist archives like chef-approved sea salt and a pop star’s favourite caffeine eye cream.

For the brother with a Mexican cola habit

SodaStream Sparkling Water Maker
£83
£83

If he’s bulk-ordering Jarritos by the crate, he might like a DIY alternative.

For the brother who prefers something more grown-up

If he’s more likely to order a case of Beaujolais, consider these inexpensive wine glasses.

For the brother who hates clothes shopping

From £46

These were rated the very best men’s jeans in our extensive deep dive.

For the brother who got into succulents during lockdown

Experts told us this mini-kit is great for looking after smaller plants.

O’Keeffe’s Working Hands
£7
£7

You could bundle the gardening tools with this hard-working hand cream, which would help keep his hands soft.

For the brother who prefers a starter to a pudding

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If he always chooses cheese over chocolate, then this (chef-approved) fancy salt would be a nice gift.

For the brother with a serious sweet tooth

If you always nicked his pick ’n’ mix as kids, consider this olive branch.

For the brother who still uses a manual brush

For the brother who puts sriracha on everything

Open his eyes (and taste buds) to other sauces like this pineapple habanero, which would be great on anything from salads to scrambled eggs.

For the brother who (still) doesn’t act his age

No one is too old to goof around with a massive water pistol.

For the brother who WhatsApps his personal trainer

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This highly rated massager will ease the agony of leg day.

For the brother who never skips cardio at HIIT

Himaly Mini Exercise Bike
£38
£38

This under-the-desk set of pedals will allow him to get a workout in even when he’s in back-to-back Zooms.

For the brother who just bought his first home

For the brother who never misses PopMaster

Not only is the sound quality of this Roberts Bluetooth radio excellent, the grey colour and gold detailing are particularly nice.

For the brother who has mastered crane pose

What to get the yoga bro (who already has a mat).

For the brother whose agnolotti rivals the special at Ombra

This ravioli-cutter set will ensure his pasta looks as good as it tastes.

For the brother who can’t stop scrolling

If his phone is always in need of juice, this sleek, minimalist charger would make a nice gift.

For the brother who checks his phone at 3 a.m.

If one quick check of the time turns into a 40-minute doomscroll, this alarm clock — which can project the time on the ceiling — might help break his habit.

For the brother who checks his phone at 3 a.m., 4 a.m., and 5 a.m.

Enriched with vitamin C and caffeine, this cooling eye-roller will help with doomscrolling-induced eye bags.

For the brother who doesn’t ‘do’ skin care

For the brother who makes his own cold brew

Give him a reusable cup so he can take his brew with him on his Sunday stroll.

For the brother who grinds his own beans

An Aeropress is cheap, easy, and produces ridiculously good coffee.

For the brother who keeps losing his AirPods

These grippier alternatives come recommended by dancer William Bracewell and have a similar battery life and sound quality as the AirPods.

For the brother who lusts after Le Creuset

This set of miniatures would be ideal for dinner parties — think of them as a starter set.

For the brother who always manages to lose his keys

£20

Now he can track them on his phone (as long as he hasn’t lost that too).

For the brother who likes to post an OOTD

PopSockets PopGrip
£10
£10

A grip will make getting a good angle less perilous.

For the brother who is partial to a mojito

If he’s looking for a way to switch up his favourite drink, using golden rum — like this kind from Cornwall — produces what bartenders call a dirty mojito.

For the brother who is partial to St. Germain

These grapefruit bitters (along with some grapefruit juice) can be added to make a Frenchie. They would also be great in a pisco sour.

For the brother who shops on Depop

Help him keep his newest haul in pristine condition.

For the brother who can’t keep his peace lily alive

£14

Experts told us the pothos makes a great plant for beginners as you can see it grow quite quickly.

For the brother who is decidedly indoorsy

For the brother who is indoorsy (but desperately needs a holiday)

For the brother who is starting a new job

A classic Moleskine will always make a good gift.

And how about a nice pen to go with it? This mechanical ballpoint has a satisfying click and a pleasing grip.

For the brother who hot-desks at Palmspace

A protective hardshell case will make his commute (and after-work drinks) a little easier on his MacBook.

For the brother who never carries a brolly

This raincoat — beloved by stylists, musicians, and outdoorsy types — will keep him dry instead.

For the brother who gave up meat this year

This vegan cookbook has 250 recipes including po’boy roasted aubergine and grilled yuca tortillas.

For the brother who gave up takeaways this year

For the brother who is chef-y (but has been using the same Ikea knife for years)

From our look at the best knife sets on Amazon: a really affordable set that will cover all bases.

For the new brother

This book — with plenty of different textures — would be a lovely gift for a little brother.

For the brother who got seriously into vinyl

A minimalist way to show off his collection.

One more record couldn’t hurt, either.

For the brother who has trouble tidying up