Looking for gifts for your adult son? You just thought it was difficult to buy gifts for teenagers. Now your son is grown up: he’s a man (where did the time go?). But he’s still yours and you want to give gifts that have meaning. You also want the gift to be something that he will actually like.
How do you give that special gift that he is going to love? You may think it’s difficult, but it really is not.
Spend a few minutes thinking about your son. What sort of a man is he? Does he spend most of his time up to his elbows working on car engines? Is he focused on his career and spending many hours working in finance? Is he serious? Is he goofy? You know him pretty well (probably more than anyone else). The key to gift-giving is focusing on personality, and what that person will like.
Here are 30 ideas for gifts for an adult son
YanLen Classic Necktie
Wait. Really? Just a tie? Well, yes, if your son is working in the business world. If he wears ties every day, he is going to appreciate a beautiful addition. YanLen makes extraordinary ties made in a Jacquard weave: that is when the pattern is actually in the weave (and not just printed on). These are also great for the guy who only wears a tie to weddings and funerals. It will make his suit pop and have people saying, “He cleans up well.”
Let’s go more casual with Johari West’s Antigua Summer Tropical Hawaiian Batik shirts. As a casual shirt, these beautiful creations are printed by hand. They can be worn with shorts at a pool party, but even at some higher-quality restaurants. They’re relaxed, but a pair of slacks dress them up quickly. And face it, every guy really does want a Hawaiian shirt. Buy him a nice one.
Leather Work Belts
Logical Leather’s work belt is almost essential to any man’s wardrobe. High-quality leather and a sturdy buckle make this a belt that will last for years. The double-prong buckle and holes around the belt make it very retro and very in style now. It makes the gift stand out as something other than “just a belt.” Outstanding for a guy who works in the trades, but also something your executive son will appreciate on the weekends. Good quality belts are always something any man needs.
Shaving Straight Razor Kit
As much as they may complain about it, men really do get into shaving. It’s fun trying new techniques: even when those techniques are actually old. Granslam’s Shaving Straight Razor kit includes a straight razor, shaving brush (with stand), shaving soap, and a razor strop. The wife or girlfriend will also enjoy the old-fashioned setup in the bathroom. Finally, he has something that looks nice next to the sink! It may take some practice with the straight razor, but he will actually enjoy using the leather strop to sharpen it. The old-fashioned feel of the entire set will make him feel like he’s staring at “Peaky Blinders.”
The Art of Manliness
Is your son a reader? The Art of Manliness, by Brett and Kate McKay is a perfect addition to a young man’s library. It covers their “7 manly virtues” and is filled with wisdom from Aristotle to Roosevelt. It gives tips on how to shave, help friends with problems, raise resilient kids, perform a fireman’s carry, and much more. It’s actually a fun read and an excellent reference tool that he will go back to over the years. It’s inspiring and motivational.
Open Season (Joe Pickett #1)
This is the second book recommended for readers. Open Season is the first in the Joe Pickett saga by CJ Box. Joe is a Wyoming Game Warden who stumbles into a murder investigation. The events in this book have repercussions that last over 24 more books (and counting). But Box is also a poetic writer, especially when it comes to describing animals and nature. He makes the reader feel like he is actually in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. This first book is a fun ride into the Wyoming wilderness.
Titleist Golf Balls
Is your son a golfer? Impress him with Titleist AVX Golf Balls. Titleist is the top name when it comes to golf balls. We’re talking about superior performance and unmatched quality. This is unequivocally the best golf ball you can buy. Any golfer will appreciate this gift.
Marz&Kraz Whiskey Decanter Set
This elegantly designed whiskey decanter set comes from Marz&Kraz and includes a decanter, 4 glasses, 4 coasters, and 9 chilling stones. Even if your son is not a big drinker, this set will impress friends and family during parties. And there is something about drinking whiskey from beautiful glasses that a man appreciates. It gives feelings of being a badass, while also being sophisticated.
Henkel Knife Set
The best chefs always have the best knives. And J.A. Henkle provides a top-tier set of knives. This set has 19 knives (as well as a wooden block holder) that make slicing a joy. An absolute necessity for any young man starting out on his own. When you are just learning to cook (something other than grilled cheese, anyway), good knives make everything easier. They are also perfect for the Dad who is teaching his son how to carve the holiday turkey.
The Silver Spoon Cookbook
There used to be a story that every young Italian girl received a copy of this cookbook as a wedding gift from her mother. These days, young men need to know their way around a kitchen too. The Silver Spoon tells you everything you need to know about Italian cooking. This book makes it easy and covers a huge variety of food. Recipes range from very basic (how to cook spaghetti well) to complicated (squab anyone?). It is a perfect reference cookbook that will last for years. Your son will impress the women with the recipes from this book.
Marvel Iron Man Stark Industries T-shirts
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) changed how movies are made. It includes a stunning 34 superhero movies (and counting), as well as dozens of TV series. “Avengers: Endgame” is one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. So, the t-shirts aren’t just for geeks anymore. This Stark Industries shirt is a throwback to the “Ironman” movies in a subtle way: those who get it get it. Those who don’t just think it’s a shirt from a business.
Dewalt Mechanics Toolset
What guy doesn’t like tools? More importantly, at some point, we all need them. This set is a perfect gift for a young man just starting out. It has an impressive number of screwdrivers, wrenches, and drill bits. Dad may even want to borrow it.
Coldfire Tactical Carbon Fiber Wallet
This one may be a budget buster, but your son will appreciate it. This leather wallet is beautifully crafted and insanely durable. It’s suitable for use in expensive restaurants as well as in extreme sports. Plus, it has a built-in RIFD blocker that keeps his credit cards secure from someone trying to digitally snag the information. Every man needs a sturdy wallet that also looks good.
Hand Grip Strengthener
Is your son a musician? Or does he just think he is? Help him along with this handy little item that helps improve grip strength, as well as dexterity, finger coordination, and mobility. Will it make him a better musician? Well, that’s probably going to take practice. But this will help prepare his hands for all that practice. And this isn’t just a great tool for musicians: anyone who works with their hands will love this.
OK. This is one of those presents that he may open and initially be less than thrilled. “You got me a vacuum???” But once he has it set up and running (it can be activated both by an app and by voice), he’s going to love it. Just tell him, “No. More. Vacuuming.” It’s especially great if he’s got a pet: it’s designed to ensure that pet hair doesn’t tangle into knots. The high-tech aspect of this gift elevates the appeal. It’s not just a vacuum cleaner.
Solar Power Bank
If he’s an outdoorsman, your son will appreciate this handy solar power bank. It powers nearly any electronic device: phones, tablets, cameras, drones, etc… Plus, it’s powerful: the sun will charge all those batteries quickly and completely. Most of us are taking photos with our cell phones these days. You don’t want it to die 24 hours into a week of roughing it. And as cell networks improve, it gets more likely that the phone will work in the wilderness. That makes this gift perfect for emergencies. It is an absolute must if you are spending any time at all in the great outdoors.
Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge
The perfect way to chill your whiskey (or any other drink, for that matter) without watering it down. This glass lets you freeze a block of ice in an eye-catching wedge shape. Because the wedge is so large, it melts slowly, keeping the whiskey cold while slowly mixing in the melted water. It’s a definite conversation starter and a cool way to drink.
Kona Private Reserve Coffee
If you’ve been to the Big Island of Hawaii, this coffee will take you back. If you’ve never been, it will get you planning a trip. Kona coffee is grown on the slopes of two volcanos. It’s sweet but smooth, with a little taste of nut. This is simply some of the absolute best coffee in the world. It may even inspire him to finally take the whole family on that trip to Hawaii! Seriously, this coffee is just plain great.
Bulova Marine Star Chronograph Watch
Here is a luxury watch that is not going to destroy your budget. Bulova produces fabulous watches (and clocks). This watch has an eye-catching blue face with beautiful gold accents. The blue and gold draw attention to it without making it too flashy. What’s best is that it is versatile: your son can wear it to a board meeting or out to the club.
Ocean Wave Fused Sculpture
This glass sculpture is a lifelike wave that is perfect for those who love the ocean. For your son, it will be something to spice up his home or office. It looks exquisite and expensive (it’s not). It’s probably not something he would have bought for himself, but he will love it coming from you.
Watertop King Tank Water Filter
This system filters water using coconut-activated carbon. It removes chlorine and makes water from the tap taste better. It also removes other nasty impurities as well as odors. Simple, easy to use, and great for your body. This is a perfect gift for the man who is concerned about what goes into his body.
Drop Stop Car Seat Gap Filler
Why didn’t someone think of this before? A simple design fills in the gap on the side of your car seats. It prevents all those things you drop (keys, French fries, cell phones…) from falling under your car or truck seat. Kind of quirky but something your son will absolutely use for years.
Candle Theory Man Candles
Finally, candles for guys with scents like warm tobacco, smoked suede, and fresh shave, your son will definitely use these candles. The scents are great: not overpowering, not harsh, and well…. not “girly.” And we know there are some guys who need something to cover up the scent of old gym shoes. Your son will love this.
Airbedz Truck Mattress
For those who want to rough it but do also want to be comfortable. These inflatable mattresses are designed to fit into your truck bed. Perfect for bringing the wife, girlfriend, or partner out to look at the stars. They’ll be surprised at how comfortable it actually is.
OK, this is one of those joke gifts that really isn’t a joke. Everyone will laugh when it’s unwrapped. Once your son uses it, he won’t be laughing. This small stool readjusts the way you sit on the toilet. The simple change puts you in a more natural squatting position that aligns the colon so that nature can take its course more easily. Once you try it, you will never want to be without it.
InstaFire Emergency Fire Starter
A natural way to start a fire quickly. It’s been proven to get a fire going in up to 30 mph winds. It’s made of natural ingredients: recycled wood, volcanic rock, and paraffin wax (no harmful chemicals). This is an absolute necessity for anyone who enjoys camping, hiking, or roughing it in the woods. Plus, he will impress his buddies with how quickly he can get a fire going!
Zilberhaar Beard Brush
These days, it seems like every young man has a beard. And not just any beard: the bigger and snazzier, the better. This beard brush is a joy to use. It’s soft and doesn’t scrape the skin underneath. But it is strong enough to tame even the most ferocious, rowdy beard. And honestly, get two or three. Your son can leave one in the car (for the last-minute brush-up before dates), one at the office (for upkeep through the day), and of course, one for the bathroom for daily grooming. He will absolutely use this brush that much.
Beard Growth Kit
For the man who is just starting out with his beard and doesn’t quite have the thickness he wants. This kit includes a rolling tool (to help stimulate beard growth), beard oil, and a “Beard Bible” that tells you everything you ever wanted to know about beards. And yes, men with beards spend a huge amount of time standing at the mirror trying to get all that hair looking just right. This kit will get him going on that full, luxurious beard.
Bossman MUDstache Wax
For those guys who want a fantastic stache, this mustache wax is undeniably one of the best. Named after the brutal Texas mud that Bossman says, “which is thick and strong enough to snatch a cowboy boot clean off your foot,” this mustache wax does an amazing job at keeping that unruly stache in place. This wax is colorless and can be used on any mustache, from blond to black. It’s also scent-free (although Bossman also sells similar products with a variety of manly scents). As the trend moves from beards to just mustaches, this wax will help keep your son’s facial hair in exactly the position that he wants it.
Draft Beer Dispenser
What gift list for men would be complete without an item created around beer? If your son is a beer connoisseur, this gift is right up his alley. This cool little item converts any bottle or can of beer into a draft-style experience. It changes the bubbles that are already in the beer into a rich and creamy micro-foam head. It enhances the flavor as well as the feel of the beer as you drink. If he’s entertaining, this elevates the quality of the beer he’s handing out.
Personalized Canvas Prints
Take any photo you have and turn it into a beautiful canvas print. These surprisingly inexpensive prints look great on the wall of his office or Man-Cave. They’re perfect for family photos, but the larger sizes make those vacation photos really pop. Even if your photos come from a smartphone, the quality today makes them suitable for blowing up and being displayed on the wall. All of that in-camera editing can easily adjust the image to make it professional quality, perfect for display on the wall. The prints are available in multiple sizes and you can even combine one large print over several individual canvases, making a beautiful display piece.