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Hottest holiday gifts for him in 2021

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Sometimes shopping for men can be challenging, especially if their holiday wish lists are less than festive. Just about everyone knows at least one man who, when asked what they want for Hanukkah or Christmas, replies, "I could use some socks."

Well, first the bad news: There are absolutely no socks in the following holiday gift guide, which lays out 10 of our favorite holiday gift ideas for men. (There are, however, some Santa-approved socks in our roundup of the best gifts under $25.)

But the good news is that this gift guide contains plenty of holiday gift ideas that are way more interesting than socks. You'll find something on this list perfect for any man -- and his diverse interests -- on your shopping list. Does your partner love fashionable footwear? We've got the perfect gift for him. Is your dad a kitchen king? You've come to the right place.

Here is CBS Essentials list of the hottest holiday gifts for him.

Oliver Cabell Low 1 fashion sneakers

Oliver Cabell

For those nights that call for something slightly fancier than Converse, these fashionable and understated sneakers are a great option. These shoes are available in men's sizes 6 to 15.

Oliver Cabell Low 1 sneakers, $199 (reduced from $235)

Apple AirTags (Pack of four)

Apple via Amazon

A wallet stuck in the couch cushions or a misplaced set of keys is no match for these Apple AirTags: The trackers sync to your Find My app. Find nearby items by playing a sound through your AirTag's internal speaker. Or, locate far-away belongings with Apple's encrypted Find My network.

Apple AirTags (Pack of four), $99

Omsom Mega Bundle


If you're shopping for a guy who loves to cook, this mega-bundle of starters (flavor-packed, dinner-made-easy marinades and sauce packs) from Omsom is a great gift idea. Sisters Vanessa and Kim Pham founded Omsom "to bring proud, loud Asian flavors to your fingertips any day of the week." 

The mega-bundle includes 16 starter packs, including the Southeast Asian sampler, the East Asian sampler and four of Pepper Teigen's Krapow Starter.

Omsom Mega-Bundle, $70 (reduced from $76)

Theragun Wave Roller

Theragun via Amazon

This Bluetooth-enabled, vibrating foam roller, from the makers of Theragun, will help your favorite athlete with warm-up and recovery.

Theragun Wave Roller, $149

Reigning Champ hoodie

Reigning Champ via Huckleberry

These simple, sturdy hoodies are built to last through even the most active winters. The heavy-gauge, two-way zippers stand up to loads of wear, and the durable, ribbed cuffs won't droop or fray.

Reigning Champ full zip hoodie, $165

Easy Fermenter starter kit

Easy Fermenter via Amazon

With this gift, the man on your holiday shopping list can make lacto-fermented pickles, preserves, krauts and sauces. The starter kit also comes with a book of recipes, so he can get started right away experimenting with different kinds of fermentation. The proprietary lids make the process super simple and food safe -- no jar burping necessary.

Easy Fermenter starter kid, $29 (reduced from $35)

NBA League Pass

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If you're shopping for a guy who just can't get enough NBA basketball, spring for a season of NBA League Pass. Annual memberships start at $120 to watch live games for a single team, or $200 to watch live games from any team (local blackout restrictions apply).

NBA League Pass, $120 and up

Shinola bi-fold wallet


This minimalist, bi-fold leather wallet from Shinola has eight slots for cards and a wide bill pocket. Made from Italian vachetta leather, this wallet is available in black and tan.

Shinola bi-fold wallet, $165

Stanley classic vacuum-insulated thermos

Stanley via Amazon

If you're shopping for an outdoorsman, this 2-quart, vacuum-insulated thermos is a great addition to any camping kitchen. This rugged bottle keeps hot things hot and cold things cold for up to 32 hours. Iced drinks stay cold for a whopping 160 hours.

Stanley 2 quart vacuum-insulated thermos, $35 (reduced from $45)

Personalized 64-ounce beer growler

Personalization Mall

Treat your favorite beer aficionado to a personalized growler. Each of the label's four lines can be customized to fit the occasion.

Personalized 64-ounce beer growler, $36 

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