No matter how well you know your husband, boyfriend, father, brother, or male best friend, figuring out what to get them for the holidays somehow always feels impossible. Whereas with your mom, sisters, and female friends, you can rely on standbys like cosmetics and jewelry, most dudes probably wouldn’t know what to do with, say, a fancy Sephora face mask (though props to the ones who would). That’s why we surveyed real guys of varying ages, backgrounds, and interests on the gifts they’d most like to receive for the holidays. While some gave cheeky answers like “for Santa to repay my student loans” (um, same), others had some surprising suggestions that you may want to keep in mind for birthdays and anniversaries, too. Read on for guy-approved gifts from clothes to electronics.
“Sunglasses. Most people tend to give wooly stuff for winter, but hey, the sun still shines sometimes and it’d be nice to get a head start on the yearly tradition of buying sunglasses at the beginning of the summer to replace the ones I lost at the end of last summer.” – Dan, 30
“I want some custom Adidas [sneakers] like I saw Robert Pattinson wearing tonight at MoMA. Suede, black with the orange stripes, not those shell-toe nonsense ones that will be back out of style come spring.” – Nathan, 30