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The 36 Best Gifts (That You Can Buy on Amazon) for Every Type of Boyfriend

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No matter how long you’ve been together, buying a gift for someone you love can be hard. But we’re here to help. We went through the Strategist archives and scoured Amazon to find dozens of options for every kind of boyfriend.Whatever you might be looking for — gifts for bookworm boyfriends, coffee-snob boyfriends, or boyfriends who can doodle — we’ve got you covered. Read on for the best gifts for all types of boyfriends, including something for the boyfriend who says he doesn’t want anything (but secretly does).

For the boyfriend whose love language is ‘playlists’

Because roasting a chicken requires just the right tunes to go with it. Our panel of experts voted this as the best portable home speaker.

For the boyfriend who stays up late to read

Powerful enough so he can keep page-turning, but not so intense it’ll keep you awake, too.

For the boyfriend who gets up early to read

Rosewater by Tade Thompson

Give him a series to get stuck into. The first book in the Wormwood trilogy, and winner of an Arthur C. Clarke Award, this story takes place in a futuristic rural Nigeria (2066, to be precise) during the aftermath of an alien invasion.

For the boyfriend who kept his lockdown beard

If Queer Eye taught us anything, it’s that more men need to condition their facial hair.

For boyfriend who gives you beard rash

As a last resort, how about a gift that makes your position on facial hair crystal clear?

For the boyfriend who is getting ready for Glastonbury 2022

He’ll also need some records to play on it. How about this double LP featuring tracks sampled by Mobb Deep, Cypress Hill, and more?

Bitches Brew by Miles Davis

If he is just building his collection, give him one of the greats.

For the boyfriend who takes out the bins

These slippers have a rubber sole, so he won’t slip.

For the boyfriend who is a Sunday snuggler

If you’re going to spend a whole day under a blanket, make sure it’s the comfiest one you can find.

For the boyfriend who shares his OOTD

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This book by the icon of eclectic fashion is part memoir, part moodboard (thanks to the glossy photo inserts featuring LL Cool J and Salt-N-Pepa).

For the boyfriend who hates whisky

Roku Japanese Craft Gin

Come for the notes of cherry blossom and cinnamon, stay for the decanter-esque bottle you can reuse.

For the boyfriend who doesn’t drink like he used to

When we asked nine experts about the best non-alcoholic drinks, this spicy, aromatic option by Seedlip came highly recommended.

These glasses are minimalist enough to be a great vessel for white wine, whisky — even a glug of tequila.

For the boyfriend who’s into skin care

Our U.S. colleague Rio Viera-Newton’s top tip? Keep your sheet masks in the fridge.

For the boyfriend who is a top-tier doodler

If his notebooks look like mini works of art, maybe he’d like a new medium. These watercolours came recommended by Strategist contributor (and artist) Natalya Lobanova.

For the boyfriend who loves pasta (but still can’t get a table at Bottega Caruso)

Sailnovo Pasta Machine

This is an inexpensive way to learn the ropes.

For the boyfriend who is handy(ish)

All boyfriends secretly love the inherent prying and jimmying that comes with a knife.

For the boyfriend who stans Monty Don

Even if he just has a small balcony, he can grow fresh salad leaves and herbs with this seed mat.

For the boyfriend who is obsessed with Vivino

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A book to help him make the most of Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2022.

For the boyfriend who doesn’t use the whisky rocks you bought him last year

For the boyfriend who hates clothes shopping

This cashmere scarf is the kind of thing that will suit any person, at any age.

For the boyfriend who follows Anthony Joshua on Instagram

For the boyfriend who Zooms six times a day

Just because he has to talk to his colleagues all day, doesn’t mean you should have to hear them.

For the boyfriend who lurks on r/pens

If he finds biros just a little too basic, then a Caran d’Ache (in a satisfying magnetic case) would make a perfect gift.

For the boyfriend who is casually into horticulture

Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

Also known as a snake plant or viper’s bowstring hemp, this low-maintenance plant can handle missed watering and low light.

For the boyfriend who can’t even keep a cactus alive

For the boyfriend who loses his keys a lot

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

For the boyfriend who is terrified of his Screen Time report

One easy way to reduce his doomscrolling? Give him a less distracting way to check the time.

For the boyfriend who is proud to call himself a sneakerhead

What you’re really giving him is the confidence to wear his suede Jordans outside the house.

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