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Thoughtful Birthday Gift Ideas For Men That Don’t Require Effort

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Are you looking to get a nice thoughtful gift for someone, but either don’t know what to get or don’t want to put hours into customizing something perfect?

I got you!

If you want to get a gift that comes off more thoughtful, you just gotta go with something that has a lot of functionality, comes off as unique, or is customized.

In this guide, I’ve collected 11 great gift ideas for men that comes off as super thoughtful, without having to put in a bunch of extra effort or money for it!

Let’s get into it.

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Gift him the truest classic of them all with an engraved watch

Get him a beautiful, engraved wooden watch customized with a special message!

This watch from Fodiyaer is super affordable, beautiful, functional and can be customized in any way you want.

Choose any of their pre-written messages (personally not a big fan but whatever floats your boat) or write one for yourself.

It's sure to be appreciated.


Get him something stylish, customized and timely with a personalized flask for his favorite liquor

I adore these high-quality stainless steal flasks with customizable fronts for his initials.

So get him one!

It even comes compete with a funnel, so I always recommend getting him a bottle of something he likes so he can try it out right away.


Get him a nice, customizable leather wallet

High quality. Customizable. Amazing print design.

This leather wallet is always a big hit among any man who seriously needs to replace that ancient wallet of his.



Snag him the fanciest, most elegant and personalized pen on the market with a Somit

Get him the nicest, coolest, most elegant, and fancy pen on the market with this personalized S&R Somit!

Everyone need at least one fancy pen in their household, so why not have it engraved with his name on it.

It's cute and personal, and combines wonderfully with any other gift on this list or some treats if you want to make it bigger!

I honestly just adore this gift purely based on the beautiful case it comes in.


Up his kitchen game with a fancy, wooden and personalized cutting board

Cutting boards are for more than just chopping veggies.

I mean, that too of course. But it's a piece of anyones kitchen. It's out there on the counter, and should look good and be of high quality.

It's a cheese platter, it's a steak tray, it's a decorative piece of furniture.

So go all out and get him the best wooden cutting board out there, with his name engraved! You can customize the wood, size, shape, and engravings all to your (his) liking.



Give him the opportunity to trace his family heritage with an Ancestry DNA kit

Get his a kit from Ancestry that’ll allow her to trace his genetic heritage and explore the family tree!

This is an excellent way to learn all about how she specifically ended up where he is through hundreds of years of ancestors coming together.

Most Americans and Canadians are a mix of tons of different races and ethnicities, and this is a great way for him to connect with her ancestral past and identity!


Get him something really nice and unexpected with a Kindle E-book

If he likes to read, the newest Kindle Paperwhite is simply a must, especially if he doesn't have one already!

Sometimes the most thoughtful gifts are those that show you went above and beyond to get her something really nice and useful.

If you want to make it customized you can always get him a nice customized case for him like this one to go with it!


Bring some personalized fun to the gathering with a customized jigsaw puzzle

One of my all time favorite gifts will always be the personalized jigsaw puzzle.

It is easy, affordable, customizable with literally any photo, and can work for so many different people and occasions.

For the best results, go with this one! Have a photo ready that you want it to slap on there, and you're good to go.


Gift him a nice and cozy with a heated or weighted blanket. Or both. Why not.

Especially if you live somewhere that comes with cold, dark winters -- like my state of Washington.

Nothing makes a long reading session or cozy night in better than a weighted blanket, like this one that I'm personally a big fan off.

Alternatively, you could get a heated one if you think that's more his style!

It's comfy, thoughtful, warm and a little different.


Bless his walls with something really special with a personalized canvas print

Get him some beautiful personalized canvas prints for his wall at home!

Maybe you have some photos, you can nick them off their socials, or go in on someone who'll have access to memorable pictures they'd appreciate hanging up.

Then go right here, add the photos and order. Easy as that!


Gift him a super cool levitating globe display because dudes just love that stuff

Another gift that just looks cool and comes off as a "wow, they put in extra effort!" is this super slick levitating globe display.

I just think it's really cool.


And There You Have It! 11 Thoughtful Birthday Gift Ideas For Men

No matter what type of gift you decide to give for his upcoming birthday, the most important thing is that it comes from the heart.

If you’re not sold on any of these, that’s okay! We happen to have lots of other guides for you to browse through right here.

Good luck!

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