40+ Gifts for a New Boyfriend That Aren't Over the Top

Updated November 10, 2021
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Starting a romantic relationship close to the winter holidays is both exciting and daunting. Inevitably, you're going to spend hours overthinking what gift to pick out for your new boyfriend that doesn't come across as too serious, but also doesn't seem too casual. Thankfully, there are tons of suitable, great gifts from all different price ranges that you can give your beau to make him feel like the luckiest guy in the world.

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Best Gift Under $25:
Ezra Scarlet Ceramic Backflow Cone and Incense Burner

Soothe your boyfriend's stresses away with the undulating wisps and heady aroma from this mountainous backflow incense burner from Ezra Scarlet.
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Best Gift Under $50:
Victrola 3-Speed Bluetooth Record Player

While your voice might be music to your boyfriend's ears, give him a little variety via this vintage, compact record player from Victrola.
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Best Gift Under $75:
Eno Doublenest Hammock

A durable gift to last you and your boyfriend for ages, ENO's Doublenest hammocks are perfect for anyone with a love for the outdoors.
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Best Gift Under $100:
Fjällräven Kanken Classic Backpack

Fjällräven Kanken backpack's Scandinavian style with its sleek lines and saturated colors is unfailingly timeless, and will add a pop of effortless sophistication to your boyfriend's messy ensemble.
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Best Gift Under $150:
Beats Studio Buds

Let your tech do the talking this holiday season, and give the incredibly popular Beats line of wireless earbuds as a gift that speaks volumes.
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Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker 

Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker 

If your boyfriend is constantly forgetting where he left his keys, bluetooth headphones, or wallet, then it's high time that someone gave him a Tile. Under $25, the Tile is a great Christmas gift for the notoriously forgetful. This small bluetooth tracking device works with both an app and with smart home devices like the Amazon Alexa. It can clue your boyfriend in to the fact that he left his phone in the pantry when he went to grab an afternoon snack.

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ENO Doublenest Hammock 

ENO Doublenest Hammock

Perfect for the outdoorsman, ENO hammocks are one of the premier brands of recreational hammocks currently on the market. Thousands of university students and seasoned backpackers alike have invested in the most peaceful hanging lounge experience available. Buy your beau a Doublenest this holiday season for late night outdoor cuddling or to take camping, rock climbing, and sightseeing throughout the year.

Percussion Massage Gun 

Percussion Massage Gun 

Massage guns aren't only for athletes anymore; in fact, they're one of the most desired health and exercise gadgets in popular culture right now. To ease all of your boyfriend's aches and pains, turn to VYBE's percussion gun, which has nine different speeds and eight attachments to hit every spot just right. At almost $200, it's definitely a substantial investment, but the deep tissue massager can work wonders for not only your boyfriend, but for you as well.

Victrola 3-Speed Bluetooth Record Player 

Victrola 3-Speed Bluetooth Record Player 

Vinyl has been making a comeback for years, and there's no better way to give your boyfriend the gift of vintage sound than with a record player from one of the world's best music equipment manufacturers - Victrola. Coming in nearly twenty different color and pattern options and a compact travel case design, this record player is a perfect mid-priced gift at just under $50. Give you and your boyfriend the night off to sway to the sweet sounds of mid-century crooners with this vintage-inspired present.

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Dash Popcorn Popper Maker 

Dash Popcorn Popper Maker 

Get perfectly popped popcorn in a pinch with this $20 popcorn popper machine. It comes in three different colors and has a compact vertical design to take up as little space as possible on your cramped countertops. Just pop in 16 ounces of raw corn kernels, and get ready for the whole movie theater experience in the comfort of your own home. Up the ante on you and your leading man's next movie night with this picture perfect snack maker.

Ozzptuu Cartoon Socks 

Ozzptuu Cartoon Socks 

If your boyfriend has a sense of humor, these delightful cartoon socks are a great first-time gift to celebrate your new relationship. Seemingly an average pair of ankle socks from the front, these socks from Ozzptuu have a hidden face that peeks out from behind the ankle. Reminiscent of the childhood nightmare, McDonald's Grimace, these faces come in an array of emotions and styles. Brighten up your boyfriend's wardrobe with these inexpensive accessories.

Strongwater Cocktail Bitters 

Strongwater Cocktail Bitters 

Instead of showing up to your boyfriend's place with the usual six-pack of beer, bring along this gift pack of bitters from Strongwater. Let him discover the expansive world of craft cocktails using these interesting bitter samplers: cherry, orange, aromatic, lavender, and walnut. At just over $30, this bitter sampler will give your boyfriend the chance to make himself a delicious drink at any time of the year,

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Electric Coffee/Mug Warmer 

Eletric Coffee/Mug Warmer 

Have a boyfriend that can't function without a hot cup of coffee? Then you'll rock his world with this electric mug warmer from VOBAGA. Featuring three different temperature settings and eight different colors for $30, this is the type of gift that'll keep on giving. He'll never have to microwave his coffee mug from the morning brew that's long since gone cold once he gets the mug warmer of his dreams.

Waowoo Weighted Blanket 

Waowoo Weighted Blanket 

A good night's rest can make a world of a difference, and if you find your boyfriend tossing and turning all night long, you should think about getting him a weighted blanket. A weighted blanket's pressure helps to calm down your body's natural processes and put you in state ready to snooze. You can get Waowoo's weighted blanket in weights ranging from 15 pounds up to 25 pounds, and the soft gray color can match just about any decor. Give you and your boyfriend the gift of a restful night with this weighted blanket.

OCOOPA Rechargable Hand Warmer

OCOOPA Rechargable Hand Warmer

While cold hands can lead to a warm heart, the OCOOPA rechargeable hand warmer will keep your boyfriend's hands nice and toasty. For just about $25, you can get this light and portable electric hand warmer, which has three heat settings and doubles as a battery bank for all of your smart devices. So, this hand warmer can not only power up your tech, but also warm up your hands so that thumbprint technology can actually register your fingers when you're out in the cold.

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Amazon's Firestick

Amazon's Firestick

Although smart TVs are the most common type of TVs sold today, there are still a ton of people who haven't upgraded. If your boyfriend is one of those, you can get him an Amazon Firestick for around $25. With the Firestick, he won't have to wrestle with casting his favorite comedy from his phone or digging through boxes to find an HDMI cable to plug up his laptop. Connect to Amazon's Alexa interface as well as dozens of different streaming services on the Firestick to watch millions of movies and television shows. Your boyfriend won't ever want to go back to fiddling with the TV Guide again.

Kasa Smart Plug 

Kasa Smart Plug 

A wonderfully useful gift for boyfriends who aren't fussy and don't really like getting gifts, the Kasa smart plug is a great under $20 option. This smart adapter turns your regular outlet into an app-controlled one by connecting through your home's WiFi. If you're frequently traveling or don't want to burn your house down by leaving all of your Christmas lights on all night long, you can turn your devices on and off with a few easy steps.

Ezra Scarlet Ceramic Backflow Cone and Incense Burner 

Ezra Scarlet Ceramic Backflow Cone and Incense Burner 

The past few years have been incredibly stressful for everyone, and a thoughtful gift to help ease your boyfriend's worries is the Ezra Scarlet ceramic backflow cone and incense burner. While incense sticks and backflow incense cones both burn the same type of fragrance, backflow cones have an added feature that leads the smoke through the twisting maze of the burner's design. Your boyfriend will fall into a hypnotic trance, watching the smoke slowly make its way through the mountainous landscape of this meditative aid.

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Classic Gumball Machine 

Ezra Scarlet Ceramic Backflow Cone and Incense Burner Classic Gumball Machine 

Bring your boyfriend back to his childhood for the bargain price of around $30 via this whimsical gumball machine. Coming from the quintessential bubble gum brand, Dubble Bubble, this small gumball machine doesn't have to turn into his new piggy bank, since you don't actually need money to dispense the treats. This colorful addition comes with its own bag of complimentary gumballs, and can bring a sense of practical whimsy to his office or bedroom.

Hunnybee Beeswax Reusable Food Wraps 

Hunnybee Beeswax Reusable Food Wraps 

These Hunnybee reusable food wraps made out of a beeswax compound are perfect for a boyfriend who shies away from the materialism of the winter holidays. This seven-pack of storage wrappers can be used to store individual pieces of food, and can be used in place of container lids. Hunnybee also uses 100% recycled packaging to align with their sustainable initiatives. Whoever said practical couldn't be romantic?

Indoor Herb Window Garden 

Indoor Herb Window Garden 

If your boyfriend has a green thumb and a ravenous appetite, then this kit that helps you grow nine separate herbs on your windowsill is a great holiday gift idea for him. At about $35, this herb garden will keep your boyfriend occupied, and soon pay for itself when you don't have to buy herbs like cilantro and thyme at the grocery store anymore.

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Waterproof Portable Speaker 

Waterproof Portable Speaker 

Everyone could do with a high-quality waterproof speaker as they're a hit at summertime pool parties, and this portable clip-on one from JBL is a highly recommended choice to get for your winter companion. Match his backpack to his speaker with the twelve different color finishes the speaker comes in, and with ten hours of playtime, this compact speaker can't be beat.

Fjällräven Kanken Classic Backpack 

Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack 

You can't go wrong with getting your boyfriend a timeless backpack, and there's not a more stylish and reliable one than those from Fjällräven Kanken. They span the rainbow in terms of their color schemes and can be used for both recreation and business. At almost $80 a pop, they're a bit on the expensive side, but they're so long-lasting that they'll pay for themselves in no time.

Hunt a Killer Subscription 

Hunt a Killer Subscription 

If you've got a boyfriend who's true crime obsessed, then a fun gift to get him is the experience of solving his own murder mysteries using the Hunt a Killer subscription service. The premier crime-based subscription box, Hunt a Killer costs $30 per box, and each box comes with everything you need to solve the crime in about an hour. This holiday season, pick up your boyfriend a Hunt a Killer box, or a full subscription, and help him solve the case.

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Callaway Golf Accessories Gift Set 

Callaway Golf Accessories Gift Set 

For all the dedicated partners who listen to their boyfriends regale them with their rounds of golf but still know nothing about the game itself, you can turn to Callaway for a quick and useful holiday gift. At about $35, you can get your boyfriend a 30 ounce stainless steel tumbler, a few tees, golf balls, ball marker, and divot tool. This gift will help you keep up the facade as the doting partner while you let those golf terms float in one ear and out the other.

Capsule Letters Message in a Bottle 

Capsule Letters Message in a Bottle 

If you're feeling sentimental and your budget is stretched thin this holiday season, check out this bottle full of fake capsules with blank notes inside of them that you can tailor to your own relationship. Write little pick-me-ups, funny jokes, and sweet reminders on the sheets, and place the capsules in the jar for your boyfriend to find. It's the type of gift he's sure to keep for years afterwards.

Dash Tasti Air Fryer 

Dash Tasti Air Fryer 

The air fryer is the hottest kitchen gadget of the decade. If your boyfriend hasn't already fallen prey to the craze, then you can turn him into the next devoted convert by getting him this Dash Tasti air fryer for about $60. It'll make the perfect amount of french fries, chicken wings, and mozzarella sticks for two.

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Mixology Bartender Kit 

Mixology Bartender Kit 

Turn your boyfriend into your at-home bartender with this full 10-piece mixology kit. This mid-century inspired metal set comes with a wooden storage base and tools like a mixing glass, muddler, and two bottle spouts. You'll never have to slowly sip on a Solo-cup swirled highball ever again, once you gift him this classy mixology toolkit.

Beats Studio Buds 

Beats Studio Buds 

Earbuds are the listening gear of the millennium, and you can keep your boyfriend from stealing your headphones by getting him his own pair of Beats. Granted, you might want to make sure that this boyfriend isn't one to 'take the money and run,' so to-speak before you hand over a pricey gift this winter. However, if he seems like he's going to last, get him something just as long-lasting.

Lacoste Men's Aviator Sunglasses 

Lacoste Men's Aviator Sunglasses 

Give your boyfriend a reason to throw out his scratched athletic sunglasses by getting him this super stylish pair of Lacoste aviators. At just under $45, this designer pair of sunglasses comes in three different lens colors and can turn even the most unfashionable man into a stylish stud.

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Fred Sprout Little Green Bookmarks 

Fred Sprout Little Green Bookmarks 

An adorable gift to get the bookworm boyfriend in your life, this Fred Sprout Little Green bookmark comes in the shape of a bright green pea sprout. When placed inside a book, the bookmark looks like it's sprouting happily out of the book. At around $8, this is a thoughtful and cheap gift to get when you're on a really tight budget, too.

Taylors of Harrogate Tea Sampler

Taylors of Harrogate Tea Sampler

Tea drinkers stand firmly behind their beloved loose-leaf concoction, and you can support your boyfriend's love of steeping by getting him this tea sampler from Taylors of Harrogate. It comes with organic teas, calming teas, and classics like Earl Grey for him to fully experiment with his daily tea-time routine.

Gas Pump Liquor Dispenser 

Gas Pump Liquor Dispenser 

An absolutely amazing gift for the boozy boyfriend, this liquor and beer dispenser comes in the shape of an old-school gas pump. Fill the bottle up with a fifth's worth of liquid and let loose. Even those who don't drink alcohol can find another favorite drink to toss into the dispenser too.

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Wekapo Inflatable Lounger 

Wekapo Inflatable Lounger 

If your boyfriend basically lives outdoors, then you should do his spine a favor and get him this Wekapo inflatable lounger. Get him off the hard ground and into this giant land-canoe that'll cradle him so he can watch the sunrise and listen to the birds chirping every morning.

Retro Buffalo Hunter Laptop Messenger Bag 

Retro Buffalo Hunter Laptop Messenger Bag 

This super stylish leather messenger bag from Buffalo Hunter is absolutely worth the expensive price. It's both rugged and professional, and can be used for all sorts of different needs. Your boyfriend will turn heads at the office when he turns up with this retro bag on his arm.

Glass Plant Mister 

Glass Plant Mister 

For the devoted partner to the dutiful plant parent, this adorable glass plant mister is designed in the shape of an oil can with a modern twist. Help your boyfriend spruce up all of his indoor plants with a spritz from this mister.

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Withings Sleep Tracking Pad

Withings Sleep Tracking Pad

If your boyfriend can't commit to wearing an athletic watch throughout the night, but keeps complaining about how he can't stay asleep, then you might want to get him a sleep tracking pad like this one from Withings. You just slip the pad under his side of the mattress and it'll record all sorts of neat statistics, like how often he moved, how long he slept, and so on.

Tortilla Burrito Blanket 

Tortilla Burrito Blanket 

The ultimate gift for boyfriends with a sense of humor is this tortilla-printed blanket. Wrap your boyfriend up like a burrito and let him bake until he's nice and hot. And at under $25, your wallet will thank you, too.

Bones Coffee Sampler 

Bones Coffee Sampler 

Some people feel like coffee is the elixir of the Gods and can't function without their morning cup. If your boyfriend worships at the altar of the coffee bean, then you should help him broaden his palate with this Bones Coffee Sampler filled with five of their flavor blends.

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3-Tier Metal Mesh Rolling Cart 

3-Tier Metal Mesh Rolling Cart 

Your boyfriend can use this super practical three-tiered metal rolling cart for all sorts of unique things; storing books, holding house plants, propping up vinyls, and so on. Help keep his space organized while you're not around with this thoughtful gift.

Bacon Bandages 

Bacon Bandaids 

If you're tired of seeing boring bandages all over your accident prone boyfriend's body, then get him a pack of these bacon bandages for the holidays. The wavy strips will bring humor to every scrape, and might even work up his appetite too.

Smokehouse Ultimate Grilling Spice Set 

Smokehouse Ultimate Grilling Spice Set 

This holiday season, give a gift that also gives back to you. This grilling spice set from Smokehouse includes all sorts of tasty spices and rubs like lime chipotle, chili garlic, and black cajun spice. Encourage your boyfriend to make enough food for two when he gives your gift a try.

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GQ Best Stuff Subscription Box 

GQ Best Stuff Subscription Box 

If you want to leave the gift giving up to the experts, turn to GQ's Best Stuff subscription box. Every three months, your boyfriend will get a box with the GQ editors' favorite items of that quarter, and each box is estimated to be worth about $200. He'll find things like weather gear, grooming kits, facial products, and so much more.

Bubbble Wrap Calendar 

Bubbble Wrap Calendar 

If your boyfriend is a giant kid at heart, you should do him a favor and get him this huge bubble wrap calendar. While he might not know where to put it since it's so large, he'll definitely be ecstatic over the prospect of getting to pop out the date at the end of every day.

Polaroid Bluetooth Pocket Photo Printer

Polaroid Bluetooth Pocket Photo Printer

Perfect for capturing your growing memories together, you can get your boyfriend this Polaroid bluetooth photo printer that's small enough to fit in your pocket for the holidays. While it's a hefty investment, it can serve your relationship in the long-run by helping each of you always remember the good times.

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Dora Bridal Cherry Toilet Brush 

Dora Bridal Cherry Toilet Brush 

Hilariously, not everyone remembers to buy the simplest household products when they move into their own place. Make sure your boyfriend has the most stylish toilet brush by getting him this Dora Bridal cherry-shaped toilet brush. His bathroom has never looked so fashionable.

The holiday season should be full of carefree merriment, so the last thing on your mind should be debating what gift to get for your new boyfriend. Of course, if he's one to keep around for the New Year, then he'll love anything you pick out for him. But, when you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, wrapping up anything from this list is a surefire way to impress your new sweetheart without scaring him away.

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