Figuring out what to watch on Netflix or where to get take-out from can be stressful, but few things compare to the anxiety-inducing task of choosing the perfect, not-cheesy, not-useless gift for your significant other. Whether it's a ~RoMaNtIc~ occasion like Valentine's Day or an anniversary, or something a bit more laid back like his birthday or a spontaneous act of generosity, gift-giving can be daunting stuff. We feel you, that’s why we've compiled this list of unique, ethical gift ideas sure to surprise and delight any dude.
If your fellow happens to be a foodie, this one’s a no-brainer. Mantry is a super-chic gift box company that curates guy-approved items like Bacon Spread and artisanal chicken marinades. Choose between a one-time gift or monthly box. Mantry donates 1% of all sales to City Harvest, an organization that redistributes food that would otherwise be thrown out by restaurants and grocery stores to New York City’s homeless residents.
LSTN’s signature walnut wood finish makes its music accessories extra stylish. Whether you opt for the headphones, bluetooth speakers or earbuds, your purchase serves an important purpose. For every item sold, the company, along with its partner Starkey Hearing Foundation, provides life-changing technology for hearing impaired individuals all over the world. To date, they’ve helped over 20,000 people hear.
Heartman Clothing is an amazing example of charitable consumerism made easy. The brand’s collection of on-trend, cheeky tops is hard to resist, so the fact that every single item they sell gives back to a specific charity sort of seals the deal. We love that you can shop by charity - Mental Health America, Earth Justice, and Wounded Warrior Project are just a few the brand works with. If you manage to buy your guy a gift from here without also grabbing something...serious slow clap. Your will power is officially > greater than ours.
A wellness subscription box is probably not the first thing you think of when brainstorming gifts for your boo, but hear us out…
On top of having a smirk-inducing name, Badass Beard Club also provides awesome products that any bearded bro is sure to find practical and entertaining. The all-natural products (Beard Balm, Beard Wash and Beard Oil to name a few), were created by an Afghanistan/Iraq war veteran who couldn’t find anything on the market that was gentle and effective on his prized facial hair. The monthly club offers several tiers starting at $14.99.
Rooted in sustainable, fair-trade practices, Obliterate produces some gorgeous footwear, and they do it all the while empowering farmers, craftsmen and suppliers in sub-Saharan Africa. Their website does an awesome job at breaking down their manufacturing process and their belief in social enterprise over charity. They carefully source product materials, including free-range, hormone-free leather and all-natural rubber. Obliterate is also active in 1% for the Planet, an organization through which companies donate 1% of their sales to various non-profits.
6.) Lion’s Thread
Ideal for your fashion-forward manfriend, Lion’s Thread bow ties are downright dapper. Made by Ugandan craftswomen using raw materials, the brand prides itself on a globally-conscious business model that serves the consumer and the artisan. Lion’s Thread offers several options from solid colors to funky patterns. In addition to steady work, the brand also offers financial and education services to all of its employees in Uganda.
Let us know if you end up choosing one of our picks for your boo thang, or what you went with instead!