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Top 10 Birthday Gifts for Men (Father, Husband, Brother, Friend)

I hope I can help you decide what to give to your man with this list of the Top 10 Best Birthday Gifts for Men!

Whether he's your husband, boyfriend, brother, or dad—or just a great friend—make his day special with a gift he'll love.

Whether he's your husband, boyfriend, brother, or dad—or just a great friend—make his day special with a gift he'll love.

Top 10 Best Birthday Gifts for Men

Gifts can make a birthday extra special—but there's a lot to consider if you want to make sure your gift won’t disappoint the celebrant. First is their gender; whether young or old, men often have different preferences compared to women in terms of birthday gifts. Next, consider your budget: Is it a loose one or a tight one? Expensive gifts are not advised nowadays, but there are some cases where you don’t have any choice but to purchase them if they are what the celebrant wants.

Do you have a plan to surprise your man with a special birthday gift but are confused as to what to give? Here are the Top 10 Best Birthday Gifts for Men to serve as your guide. If ever I missed some great birthday gift ideas for men, feel free to share them in the comments section. Have a good read, everyone—and may every man out there celebrate an exciting and fun-filled birthday!

Top 10 Gifts for Him

10. A Watch

9. His Favorite Athlete's Jersey

8. A Memorabilia of his Favorite Athlete

7. A Sweet Candle-lit Dinner

6. A New Gadget (Smartphone, DSLR Camera, Action Camera, Drone, anything that would help his hobby )

5. Something that can Help in his Job

4. A Mini-vacation to Anywhere He Wants to Be

3. A Pair of Running Shoes

2. A Rare Addition to His Collection

1. Time and Affection (I know it's cheezy but we can't deny that it's true!)

10. A Watch

The majority of men value time above all and don’t want to let a day pass without doing something productive. This is why your man will certainly love a watch as a birthday present. It needs not be overly expensive. A simple but durable watch is enough.

Search for something that matches his daily activities and style preference. If he works in an office, purchase a watch that has a sleek design. Otherwise, a sporty look should be preferred and one with added features such as a compass. The good news is that there are several sites today that offer cheap but durable watches allowing you to save while making your man happy during his special day.

Choose a watch that perfectly matches with his style and lifestyle.

Choose a watch that perfectly matches with his style and lifestyle.

9. His Favorite Athlete's Jersey

If the man you're purchasing for loves sports, memorabilia from his favorite team might be the perfect gift; if he's is fond of basketball, why not purchase a jersey of his favorite player as a birthday gift? A branded jersey would cost you a bit, but the investment is totally worth it after seeing your man’s excitement while wearing it for the first time.

Just make sure the jersey you’ll purchase actually fits on him. You can make the gift extra special by personally sewing the jersey. This requires excellent sewing skills, so only consider this option if you have both experience and knowledge. It’s also important that you work without him noticing so the surprise won’t be spoiled.

Is he a Jordan, Lebron, or Kobe fan?

Is he a Jordan, Lebron, or Kobe fan?

8. Memorabilia of His Favorite Athlete

A medium-sized figurine of Michael Jordan or any famous NBA legend will certainly make your man happy if he loves basketball. Basketball shirts and balls with signatures of his favorite player are also good options. They don’t need to be brand new. Overspending is not an option, so search for cheap alternatives online.

Try to visit e-bay and look for something your man will love. After deciding what to give, personally wrap it. The effort of making it special alone can bring tears to your man’s eyes upon receiving your gift. But before anything else, determine your man’s favorite sports team or icon. This is easy for those who have been living together for years but a very big challenge for new couples. Work hard but don’t let him suspect that you’re up to something, or it will ruin your plan.

7. A Sweet Candlelight Dinner

He has been preparing sweet dinners to please you throughout the years, so it might be the perfect time for you to do the same thing. Surprise your man with a romantic candlelight dinner on his special day. Keep it private as much as possible so the two of you can converse freely. Set it up in your backyard, on a quiet lakeside, or on your room filled with decorations.

Your effort in planning and setting it all up will surely be rewarded with hugs and kisses. Always remember that majority of men prefer to receive priceless gifts. By considering this idea, you’ll not only make him happy on his birthday but show how far you’ll go to express your love.

Dinner date by the beach?  Perfect!

Dinner date by the beach? Perfect!

6. A New Gadget

Is your man’s smartphone outdated? Does he often complain about it? With this problem at hand, buying him a new smartphone for his birthday is definitely a great idea. Consider a smartphone, DSLR or action camera, a drone—anything that would help his hobby.

Doing so will make him realize that you care and that you what to help make daily tasks easier for him. There are affordable smartphones out there with decent specs to choose from, so don’t worry about spending too much. To save even more, check out online stores as they usually sell smartphones, even new models, at discounted prices. When choosing a phone, think of the features your man truly needs. Don't just buy a smartphone just because it looks good or it has the latest features.

If he recently purchased a smartphone, why not buy him an action camera or drone? These gadgets can help him get rid of boring moments and inspire him to go out and be active. Just remember to always choose brands that guarantee quality while keeping their products at a fair price.

The man in your life might love a new drone!

The man in your life might love a new drone!

5. Something That Can Help in his Job

If your man works as an engineer, buy him a safety hat or a scientific calculator with extra features perfect for his profession. If he is a businessman, buy him a suit which he can use during important meetings and formal occasions. The possibilities are only limited by your creativity. He will surely appreciate a birthday present which is useful in his everyday work.

The secret is to find out which thing he currently needs most is broken or missing. Don’t ask him since it might spoil the surprise. Let your kids or their friends do it for you. Keep it a secret as long as you can so you’ll find him extra happy after being surprised about your timely and well-thought-of birthday gift.

Enjoy seeing his honest smile while wearing his new suit!

Enjoy seeing his honest smile while wearing his new suit!

4. A Mini-vacation to Anywhere He Wants to Be

Have you talked about a certain place your man dreams of visiting? His birthday might be a perfect chance to do it. Not only will it make the event more special but very memorable as well. Grant his wish and add up a few surprises along the way. Don’t bluntly say you’re going for a trip. Secretly pack things for the both of you and pretend that you forgot all about his birthday. On his special day, drive for him and commence your plan. Your main will surely love the thrills and surprises that await him.

A trip with only the two of you is romantic, but you can also add up a few friends to make it less boring. Make sure you choose only those that are close to his heart. His family is a must, especially if it has been years since he spent quality time with them. Your man’s birthday can turn into a family gathering and an adventure he will never forget for the rest of his life.

Go out for a hike at a nearby mountain or  go waterfall chasing at the tropics!

Go out for a hike at a nearby mountain or go waterfall chasing at the tropics!

3. A Pair of Running Shoes

Whether your man is a runner or not, he will surely receive a pair of running shoes with a huge smile. Running shoes are comfortable and very durable, so they are perfect casual work shoes. Most importantly, his new pair of running shoes can serve as an inspiration for him to change his life for the better through running.

You can help by encouraging him to run every weekend with you until it turns into a habit. This is not just about making him happy on his birthday but developing a new healthy habit that he will greatly appreciate in the long run.

2. A Rare Addition to His Collection

Has your man been collecting certain stuff for years? Whether they are old stamps or antique furniture, supporting him is a must as long as his hobby won’t cause him anything bad. Show your appreciation for his passion by adding a rare item to his collection. Searching for it won’t be easy, but the effort, time, and money you’ll invest in the process are sure to be worthwhile as you see his smiles and hear words of gratitude.

There are two ways to look for rare collection items. The first and the most common method is visiting garage sales. Drive through several neighborhoods and look for stalls. You’ll surely find something worth buying for your man after a few hours. If you can’t afford to spend so much time searching, you have no better option left other than using the internet. Browse through e-bay and other online stores to search for collection items that can make your man extra happy during his special day.

A collection of retro radios

A collection of retro radios

1. Time and Affection (It's Cheesy but It's True!)

Time is probably the most precious gift you can give for your man’s birthday. Skip work and be by his side all day. Pamper him like there’s no tomorrow, and make your man feel how much you love him. Cook and drive for him if possible. With these small but sweet acts, his day will be extra special, even without an actual gift.

Spend the night watching the stars on your rooftop or in a grass field. Keep the moment simple but sweet. A bottle of wine will definitely complete the night. Don’t forget to say how much he means to you. Men admire women who are not shy to express their love in both words and actions. Treat him as your prince, and it won’t be a surprise if he treats you as his princess in return.

Ice cream is sweeter when shared with the one you love!

Ice cream is sweeter when shared with the one you love!

© 2013 dailytop10

Help Improve this List by Sharing Your Awesome Ideas Below!

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on July 23, 2019:

I like reading about gift giving ideas largely because I suspect that I am a terrible gift giver!

Sharon Lopez from Philippines on November 06, 2014:

I always give t-shirts because this is the easiest to find and cheaper. Perhaps I have to reconsider these suggestions you have in here the next time I buy gifts.

sweety on August 26, 2013:

It's good ...... But

Need some more lovable gifts ...some of the men like accessories like ring ...

Can you post these type of online purchase ...

Valerie Tapia from Nashua, NH on January 23, 2013:

Can't forget the cologne! :)

Some colognes have such a wonderful scent, I'm always on the prowl looking for more to add to his collection. lol

Great Hub, voted up and useful

Jeremy Rawlings on January 21, 2013:

I'd like the Michael Jordan singlet or the rare collection item.

dailytop10 (author) from Davao City on January 21, 2013:

...even if it comes with hugs and kisses? hahaha

Andy McGuire from Los Angeles, CA on January 21, 2013:

Oh.....Yeah, I'm not touching that one! Not with a ten foot pole!

LoL

dailytop10 (author) from Davao City on January 21, 2013:

What's the problem with couple shirts? I gave my hubby one 2 years ago and he liked it. Or he was just lying about it being the best gift in the word? hahaha

Andy McGuire from Los Angeles, CA on January 20, 2013:

Ah, the old sports cliché. I know many guys like sports, but sooooo many do not. Maybe suggest some alternatives to the ladies of non-sports guys?

Oh, and couples shirts? Really? :P

dailytop10 (author) from Davao City on January 20, 2013:

More power to you as well. PS: Your inner beauty inside emanates. Glad to meet a great woman like you.

dailytop10 (author) from Davao City on January 20, 2013:

Thank you for appreciating my efforts. Have a great day!

Faith T. on January 20, 2013:

Lol, I will keep it on mind. Wow, very long article you must be a very passionate blogger.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on January 20, 2013:

this is great advice to find my hubby a present thank you..

I do like the idea to take him on a trip.. we do love to travel

blessings to you

Debbie

dailytop10 (author) from Davao City on January 17, 2013:

Thank you for liking my hub. I did that once to my ex...and he was really happy that time.

Joshua Nyamache from Kenya on January 17, 2013:

I like your ideas on this hub. A trip to where he wants to be will surprise him.

dailytop10 (author) from Davao City on January 17, 2013:

Thank you again for reading my hub. It inspires me a lot. God bless!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on January 17, 2013:

I thought I had you on this one, but you got all mine. Thanks.