Even though you’ve probably spent more time than ever with your husband in the last year, you might still be stumped when it comes to choosing a birthday gift. Depending on how long you’ve been married, you may have hit all the usual marks in previous years. To try and make shopping for your spouse easier this year, we’ve rounded up picks (and gone through our archives) to find suggestions for all kinds of husbands — from those who swear they don’t want anything to the ones who have developed a new hobby over the past year, like bird-watching or pastry-making. Whatever his interests, we’re confident you’ll find a perfect gift for him this year.
For the husband who likes to celebrate every ‘monthiversary’
For the husband who knows his starlings from his sparrows
For the husband with a recipe spreadsheet
For the husband who still says thank-you the old-fashioned way
For the husband who is trying to reduce his plastic use
Mason du Savon de Marseille’s soaps are handmade in the heart of Provence. Eminently giftable, and less plastic than a bottle of Aesop’s Resurrection Aromatique.
For the husband who borrows your lip balm
An inexpensive (but luxe) way to say “get your own.”
For the husband who always asks you to carry his hand sanitiser, lip balm, and keys
For the husband in a sourdough-induced rut
Let 2021 be the year of laminating pastry dough.
For the husband who brunches in his PJs
A couple of these would look nice next to your De’Longhi.
For the husband who hates queuing for take-away coffee
For the husband who can’t stop doomscrolling
For the husband who can’t stop doomscrolling in bed
For the husband who has an “exhibitions to see” spreadsheet
For the husband who pinches the hotel toiletries
For the husband who manages to lose his keys (even while working from home)
(It can also be tucked into a cardholder or wallet).
For the husband who never charges the Dyson
For the husband who signed up to RebelRebel
For the husband starting his (third) Game of Thrones rewatch
This Bluetooth sound bar was highly rated by customers on Amazon for having a rich bass sound and being easy to set up.
For the husband who is fidgety
For the husband who is a front-line worker
For the husband who sips
A nice single-malt.
For the husband who stans Esther Perel
This couples card game might tide him over until the next season of Where Should We Begin?
For the husband who likes his Air Jordans box fresh
These individually wrapped wipes are small enough to chuck in a weekend bag.
For the husband who gave up meat this year
This was called a “vegan bible” by one author when we asked experts to recommend the best vegan and vegetarian cookbooks.
For the husband who gave up takeaway this year
For the husband who works from the shed
For the husband who insists on working from bed
Consider gifting him a subtle hint.
For the husband who is Zoomed out
Board games (especially ones that just require two players) have been best sellers during lockdown. The rules of Codenames are relatively straightforward: Players must make associations between words as they cooperate to identify targets — with a limited number of guesses.
For the husband who has vowed to get into skin care in 2021
This is a lightweight gel moisturiser that one Strategist UK writer swears by.
For the husband who is already planting next spring’s bulbs
For the husband who feels the chill
For the husband who travels
This book captures everything from the intricate geology of China’s Wulingyuan National Park to the flower-filled meadows of the Dolomites.
For the husband who snuggles
Or, if he’s happy on the sofa, then a soft, cosy blanket will do the trick.
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