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A guide to finding unique birthday gifts for men.

Searching for a birthday gift that will impress an important man in your life? Get inspired with our list of thoughtful birthday gift ideas for him.

Picking the best birthday gift ideas for him on any budget

Shopping for men’s birthday gifts? Hunting for unique birthday gifts for him should be fun, but it can easily become overwhelming if you’re not sure what you’re searching for. Start by setting a budget and spending a little time thinking about his hobbies and passions. Since birthdays are all about celebrating the recipient, it’s important to narrow in on his unique interests to ensure your gift is a true reflection of his personality. Whether the man in your life is tech-obsessed or more of an outdoorsman, below is a list of budget-based birthday gift ideas for him to help inspire your search.

For the Nature Lover: For the man who loves being outdoors, a trip to an outdoor adventure retailer can yield great birthday gift ideas for him at every price point. If he has kids, think of gifts that allow him to share his outdoor adventures with his children, such as an inflatable camping mattress or dad-and-daughter/son fishing rods. If your budget allows, high-tech presents such as a GPS watch or digital binoculars with photo capability can help him make the most of every trip outdoors. If you are searching for something at a lower price point, a hammock, a lightweight folding chair, or a solar charger for his smartphone also make great gifts.

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For the Gear Aficionado: Just because the man you’re shopping for is tech-obsessed doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank. Audiophiles will appreciate higher-quality headphones to replace their standard smartphone earbuds, an amateur photographer might appreciate a clip-on zoom lens, and a video game lover might prefer an upgrade to his standard controllers. And almost every man can use a new home or travel grooming kit, complete with both new equipment and shaving and styling products. If you’re unsure of what kind of gear he enjoys, American Express® Gift Cards often make the best men’s birthday gifts, as they allow him to choose the gifts he loves at a price point that fits your finances.

For the Gourmet: Does he like to cook or entertain? Whether the man you’re shopping for is a grill maestro, organic foodie or budding mixologist, a selection of artisanal condiments, spices, oils or mixers can help him raise his game. A number of companies and farms offer high quality offerings by mail—from prepared foods to heirloom vegetables—as a one-time delivery, or recurring service for men’s birthday gifts that keep on giving. And if you aren’t sure of what cuisine or cocktail isn’t already covered in his cabinet, safer birthday gifts for him might be accessories — a cool cocktail shaker set, butcher block cutting board or small coffee bean roaster could be the perfect fit.

Birthday gifts for men can be meaningful and unique without breaking the bank. Small personal touches go a long way, and are a great way to set your gift apart. If you find yourself struggling to match his unique interests to your budget an American Express® Gift Card is always a great way to show you care while still sticking to your budget.

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