It’s easy to think that higher-ticket items make the best gifts for men but, truthfully, more thought goes into finding men’s gifts for under $50. In 2023, it’s become a semi-limiting price point, but there are still plenty of meaningful and affordable gift ideas under $50 that can make a difference in a guy’s daily life.
Whether the man on your list is a purveyor of personal style who loves to accessorize, a professional dad who lives for a good barbecue, or just some guy at work whose name you pulled for a white elephant gift, there are plenty of good men’s gifts for under $50 to choose from this year. If there’s one actual problem, it’s coming up with the initial idea that leads you to the right one. That’s where Men’s Journal can help.
One thing MJ does best is keep up with the pulse of products that people love, including 2023’s top men’s gifts. We’re constantly scouting gift ideas for men from Amazon, Nordstrom, and REI, among other destinations where guys love to shop for products they actually want, like electric shavers, comfortable underwear, and different types of whiskey. Also—dried meat products.
The bottom line is this: You don’t have to break the bank to find a great gift. There are plenty of large and small gifts for men for under $50 that are sure to have him smiling as soon as he unwraps them. These are our favorites this year.
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The 23 Best Men’s Gifts for Under $50 of 2023
One of the smartest gifts for men under $50 is the Apple AirTag. These bite-sized buttons are getting tossed into anything from wallets and keyrings to backpacks and even vehicles to help prevent theft and locate misplaced items. It also makes a great gift for new dads to pop into an expensive stroller. With a million different ways to use these, consider the four-pack.[$29; amazon.com]
Under Armour’s HeatGear compression shirts are popular among athletes, delivery workers, and guys who shovel—Kevin James’ character in The King of Queens would have loved these. The brand’s long-sleeve HeatGear shirt is easily one of the best winter gifts for men under $50 because it provides a thin, warming base layer between the skin and a heavier jacket. Find his favorite color from a selection of 24 options.[From $26 (was $35); amazon.com]
Still made in the US, Zippo’s space collection features intergalactic artwork, including “Man on the Moon” by Norman Rockwell. As fun to look at as they are to click, Zippos are highly collectible and tend to garner stories the more they get used. If they’re good enough to help John McClane scoot through an air duct in Die Hard, they’re good enough for any man.[$30 (was $38); amazon.com]
A great gift idea for guys that’s under $50 is a pair of sunglasses because there’s a wide variety to choose from. One of our favorite styles right now, the Circle G, comes from Goodr. Goodr is known for making affordable shades look super cool, and this style does exactly that. Scoop up this non-slip pair of polarized sunglasses in vibrant orange or classy tortoiseshell.[$25; amazon.com]
One of our favorite men’s grooming set gifts under $50 is the Jack Black Skin Saviors set. This quartet features four fan favorites, including the Daily Facial Cleanser, Face Buff, Intense Therapy Lip Balm, and Double Duty Facial Moisturizer. If he already moisturizes, great. If he doesn’t, chances are he’s still heard of Jack Black so you can persuade him to start. As a bonus, each of these products is TSA-compliant.[$37; amazon.com]
Forget $50—one of the best gifts under $20 is the Travalo travel cologne atomizer. At just under $20, this little toiletry tool is easily one of the most useful gifts on our list. In a matter of seconds, you can pump your favorite full-sized cologne into this receptacle to bring your signature scent wherever you go. Just a little bigger than a lip balm stick, it takes up a fraction of the space of the average fragrance bottle. These make great gifts for anybody in one of the nine available colors.[$20; amazon.com]
A nice-looking notebook is a great resource for work, especially for guys who prefer to write down notes instead of typing them. Shinola’s medium hard-cover linen journal is 192 pages and available with ruled or plain paper and, about half the width of a laptop, it’s the perfect size for traveling. For those seeking a personalized gift for him, Shinola offers free monogramming services.[$28; shinola.com]
Reusable ice packs for coolers are a grossly underrated gift that’s almost always under $50. In a day dominated by brands like Yeti and Rtic, most guys have big coolers they bring to games, tailgates, camping trips, and the beach. So, not only are these chilly blocks from Healthy Packers an affordable small gift for men, but they’re also a gift that he probably never considered before that is sure to put a smile on his face. This size is good for small-to-medium-sized coolers or lunch boxes. For something larger, check out this refillable four-pound block.[$15 (was $19); amazon.com]
Saxx makes some of the best men’s underwear. The brand’s boxer briefs are wildly soft, stretchy, and moisture-wicking and feel virtually weightless. But the most defining factor of Saxx boxer briefs is the “BallPark Pouch,” which is a separate compartment that gently holds the boys in place so guys don’t have to constantly fuss with their pants to find the sweet spot. Choose from 10 solid color and graphic print combinations.[From $43 (was $49); amazon.com]
This field watch from Timex just fell below the $50 threshold, but that’s not why it’s a great gift for men. The 40mm Expedition watch features a 20mm nylon strap, a simple dial with a date window, and water resistance up to 50 meters. But it also features the brand’s Indiglo tech, meaning it lights up to show the time in the dark. It’s available in 12 combinations of cases and straps and makes for a very fashionable accessory on any wrist.[$39 (was $62); amazon.com]
Considered the king of multitools, Leatherman delivers a great gift for just under $50 with its 14-in-1 Rev model. With features like needle-nose and classic pliers, two types of wire cutters, a knife, a package opener, a Phillips screwdriver, and more, the Rev multitool is just as prestigious-looking as it is useful. These are highly valuable for outdoorsmen and campers and make a great gift for dads.[$50; amazon.com]
Easily one of the best grooming tools to come out of the 2020s, the waterproof OneBlade from Philips Norelco is a compact electric trimmer and shaver that’s perfect for trimming facial hair, body hair, and sensitive areas. It comes with three different trimmer combs for multiple grooming styles and a charger that easily packs into a Dopp kit with the shaver for unobtrusive packing.[$38; amazon.com]
A trusty pair of gloves is a must-have for every guy and, with today’s tech, it helps to have touchscreen-compatible fingertips. Outdoor Research’s wool/poly-blend gloves have a warm fleece-lined interior, a flexible and snug fit, and great dexterity. To top it all off, this pair comes with excellent ratings.[$40; rei.com]
The best socks are the ones you look forward to wearing as soon as they come out of the dryer, and that’s what the Cloudlift crew socks are from menswear favorite Madewell. Built for sneaks, these socks are moisture-wicking, temperature-regulating, and plenty cushioned for a cloud-like feel. They’re available in black, off-white, and tan, each with a unique contrasting stripe detail.[$15; madewell.com]
From a brand with a name that sets expectations high, The Perfect Jean’s organic slim-fit T-shirt is one of the best clothing gifts for men under $50. It fits like a miracle, employing a marginal taper at the waist, and is flattering on many different body types. It’s available as a crewneck in sizes from XS-5XL and as a v-neck from XS-2XL, each in nine colors.[$30; theperfectjean.nyc]
While repping your favorite team on a hat is cool, they’re just not very stylish. Huckberry’s waxed canvas hat, on the other hand (and much like its waxed canvas jackets), is a versatile statement-maker. A great gift for guys who are into rugged style, this trucker-style hat features the brand’s subtle pine tree logo in a neutral olive green. Choose from four colors of what could be his next favorite accessory.[$40; huckberry.com]
Gifting cologne could say one of two things: either you think he’d dig the scent or you think he smells bad. While both could be true in some cases, Gucci’s Guilty fragrance set is too good of a deal to deny. Many guys love the fresh, citrusy punch with just a hint of wood and spice that Gucci has blended, making it a safe limb to go out on. The set features an Eau de Parfum and an Eau de Toilette.[$43 (was $50); nordstrom.com]
With the art of charcuterie on the rise, dried meats are getting even more popular. Jerky, however, is like an old friend to many guys. A perfect companion for hikes, football games, and long car rides, Righteous Felon’s Spicy Beef Jerky Bundle features both jerky and beef sticks with flavors like Baby Blues BBQ and Habanero Escobar. The brand also has savory and gluten-free variety packs as well as biltong and stick multi-packs.[$30 (was $33); righteousfelon.com]
Make 2023 the year of getting off plastic water bottles with a proper reusable. Hydro Flask is one of the top brands in reusable water bottles, and the 20-ounce bottle is the perfect size. Available in 14 colors, the 20-ounce option sits perfectly in car cup holders, won’t stretch out backpack bottle holder pockets, and allows you to tote a lot of water. It also doesn’t look like a child’s sippy cup with a handle.[$35; amazon.com]
Everybody needs a reliable flashlight. GearLight, an Amazon-loved brand and maker of high-quality lighting tools, has some of the best value-priced flashlights. At 1200 lumens, this model is bright enough to light up an entire yard while remaining compact enough to store in a car door or center console. It’s one of the best gifts under $50 for men who enjoy the outdoors, but any guy would be glad to have one.[$27 (was $40); amazon.com]
Most people already enjoy candles, but Homesick’s scents offer a sentimental touch. The brand’s hand-poured, soy wax candles are carefully concocted to mimic common scents from popular locations, events, and hobbies. For example, the Southern California candle has notes of citrus and an ocean breeze while the Friendsgiving candle exudes that of pumpkin, pecan, and spice. They’ve even imagined the scents of each Harry Potter house.[$38; amazon.com]
Most men haven’t felt small since childhood. That’s why a massive, cozy blanket is a very welcome addition to the couch club. This king-size waffle knit blanket from Bed Bath & Home is 108-by-90 inches, which is large enough to fully cocoon any man up to 7 feet tall. It’ll be his best friend as he falls asleep in front of the TV (yet again) watching hockey or basketball.[$40; amazon.com]
Whiskey makes a fantastic Father’s Day, birthday, and Christmas gift for men, and Four Roses’ 750ml bottle is a crazy value buy. A manly gift under $50, Four Roses Single Barrel is great for anybody who likes their whiskey fruity and spicy. This one has delicious notes of cherry, chocolate, and vanilla.[From $46 (prices may vary); drizzly.com]