19 Gifts for Husbands Who Don't Want Anything (So They Say)

If you've got a hard-to-shop-for husband, read on.
gifts for husbands who don't want anything
Perri Ormont Blumberg
by Perri Ormont Blumberg
Updated Oct 24, 2023
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It's that time of year once again. Whether it's his birthday, Christmas, Hanukkah, your anniversary or some other special occasion, we're coming through with a list of gifts for husbands who don't want anything. Because we know he'd appreciate a little something on whatever the special day might be.

For the guy who definitely appreciates gifts, but never gives you any clues as to what he wants, this list is for you. From the perfect birthday gift for a husband who doesn't want anything to a special present just because, keep reading for inspiration for your beloved.

1. Uncommon Goods Ari Siegel History by Mail Subscription

history subscription gifts for husbands who don't want anything

History buffs are sure to appreciate this thoughtful gesture. It'll make a good birthday or Christmas gift for a husband who doesn't want anything. Choose from two different six-month subscriptions or a 12-month subscription comprising both six-month installments. He can look forward to a special delivery of historical documents and drawings, ranging from letters from Annie Oakley to President William McKinley, to Albert Einstein's letters to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and to Rosa Parks' police report when she refused to relinquish her seat in Montgomery, Alabama.

2. Geekey Multi-Tool

multitool gifts for husbands who don't want anything

When in doubt, a functional gizmo will do the trick. A husband who says he doesn't want anything will, well, geek out to receive the Geekey Multi-Tool that fits in his pocket (or on his keychain) and consists of more than 16 functional tools running the gamut from a ruler and wire stripper to a box cutter and bottle opener. Made of durable stainless steel, it's built to last, too.

3. The Chef & The Dish Cooking Class

cooking class gifts for husband who dont want anything

One of the best gifts for husbands who don't ask for anything is more time with you, of course. All the better if it's an evening together spent savoring a delectable meal. With this program, you and your better half will enjoy a lesson from a professional chef based in Italy, Thailand, Morocco, Brazil and or other countries guiding you through a private class on making, say, ravioli. With more than 125 cooking classes on offer, there's something to please all kinds of palates. Grab a gift card and let your sweetie select the class he wants to try.

4. Bey-Berk Luxury Shaving Set

luxury shave set

We know, we know—finding a birthday gift for a husband who doesn't want anything is no easy feat, but for fellas who love a clean shave, opt for this bespoke set. It features a shaving handle, shaving brush, stainless steel shaving bowl and a balancing multi-functional stand—all neatly presented in a well-organized box. It'll add some elegance to the bathroom counter.

5. UnderGents Men's Boxer Brief Underwear

gifts for husbands who dont want anything

He may have everything, but does he have "the world's most comfortable underwear ever?" Designed with CloudSoft fabric that's three times softer than cotton, treat him to his new favorite boxer briefs. Plus, the moisture-wicking material also has a soft waistband that won't irritate his skin.

6. Hickory Farms Pick Six Craft Beer Gift Basket

beer gifts for husband who doesnt want anything

For men who love their craft beer, try this lovely gift from Hickory Farms. Each basket includes six different craft beers, a beef summer sausage, chips and salsa. He can enjoy the spoils himself over the course of a weekend or two, or invite the boys over and share it all (while you get major wife brownie points for the spot-on present).

7. Peepers Positano Polarized Sunglasses

gifts for husbands who dont want anything

If you've got a beach bum on your hands (or a guy who simply hates squinting in the sun) delight him with these polarized sunglasses. The aviator-shaped metal frames are equal parts stylish and functional, and feature spring hinges for a seamless fit. Choose from no correction lenses or reading lenses as well as between black, gold or silver frames.

8. Cooking Gift Set Co. Wood Smoked Barbecue Kit

gifts for husbands who dont want anything

Whether it's for a Christmas gift for a husband who doesn't want anything or an anniversary offering, this kit makes the perfect item to give to the guys who grill. The eight-piece bundle comes with three different wood varieties (cherry, hickory and apple), along with everything he needs to turn an ordinary gas or charcoal grill into a backyard smoker. Bonus: Maybe he'll cook more for you as a result of this winning gift.

9. Pluto Custom Pillow

gifts for husbands who dont want anything

What's something your husband uses every day? A pillow. And we're guessing that raggedy pillow of his could use an upgrade (and perhaps yours, too). Surprise him with the literally dreamy sleep pillow from Pluto Pillow that you can customize based on his body, your mattress type and more. Plus, each pillow comes with a 125-night, risk-free trial if he doesn't absolutely adore it.

10. Olive & Cocoa Sweet & Salty Treats

gifts for husbands who dont want anything

Available in three sizes, this assortment of goodies is sure to please. The medium version includes olive and caper tapenade, everything flatbread crackers, chocolate drizzled popcorn, gouda cheese, red Aussie licorice, basil garlic olives and cinnamon toffee almonds. The large crate adds butter toffee pretzels, two-tone pretzels, smoked salmon and chili oregano olives to the mix, while the extra large includes double the treats in large. All come presented nicely in a wooden crate with ribbon and, if you're lucky, he'll share with you and not just his fantasy football league.

11. Philips Sonicare Toothbrush

gifts for husbands who dont want anything

Love his smile? Help him safeguard it with this sleek electric toothbrush that bills itself as able to remove five-to-seven times more plaque than a manual brush as it brightens his teeth. Powered with something called EasyStart technology, this quality toothbrush alters the power level over the first 14 uses to help him get used to his new routine. Even better, a pressure sensor and two intensity settings help shield sensitive gums.

12. Terra Thread Bumi Eco Duffel Bag

gifts for husbands who dont want anything

Every man needs a nice weekender bag. This one checks all the boxes: It's lightweight, roomy, has an adjustable shoulder strap, and comes in seven colors. It's also fabricated with certified organic and fairtrade cotton at a Fair Trade Certified factory. Whether he uses this for the gym or weekends out of town, this is the kind of bag he'll wish he treated himself to sooner.

13. Seinfeld: The Official Cookbook

gifts for husbands who dont want anything

Does your husband quote "Seinfeld" all the time? If yes, he'll adore this book. This book has 60+ recipes, including George's Jerk Store Shrimp, Elaine's Big Salad and Jerry's Cereal Bars to keep him smiling and satisfied at the dinner table. Lobster revenge omelets or an irresistible soup stand, anyone?

14. Brooklyn Candle Studio Catskills Reed Diffuser

gifts for husbands who dont want anything

Nothing can beat the woodsy, leafy, sun-speckled scent of the verdant Catskill Mountains. Here, that joyful fragrance gets bottled up for a lovely diffuser that adds notes of cedar, cypress and juniper to your home. Whether he uses it in his home office or in the bathroom, this gift idea for a husband who doesn't want anything will surely touch his heart if he would always rather be in the mountains. Quite a romantic gift, no?

15. Simpli Press French Press

gifts for husbands who dont want anything

Improve your husband's coffee ritual with this French press, which yields him the perfect customizable, flavorful cuppa. This French press is easy to clean, showcases handy pre-measured lines and brews coffee in only three minutes. As an added perk, 10% of net profits supports women and girls in coffee and STEM fields.

16. Ashley Presutti Beasley Minimalist Media Photo Art

gifts for husbands who dont want anything

Yes, it's time to go ahead and frame your favorite photos of you and your husband into a piece of wall art. Minted makes the process of creating an artsy keepsake so easy you'll want to make it an annual tradition. You can choose from many different designs, but we especially love this minimalist choice, which features the location, date taken and a custom caption along with a special photo of your choice.

17. Owala FreeSip Water Bottle

gifts for husbands who dont want anything

Finally, the ultimate water bottle. There's much to love about this smartly designed water bottle: a 40-ounce capacity, a push-button-open lid and a built-in carrying loop that doubles as a lock, to name a few features. Additionally, it's leakproof, insulated to keep beverages cold for up to 24 hours and comes in a nice range of attractive colors. Go ahead and get one for yourself, too, in another color so you and your husband can be matching on your next park outing or gym date.

18. Alo Yoga The Triumph Crew Neck Tee

T-shirt gifts for husband

Sure to become his go-to, this shirt is supremely comfy thanks to ultra-soft and lightweight triblend fabric. He can wear it everywhere from the gym to a night out. Choose from colors like blue, green or grey.

19. ButcherBox Favorites Box

ButcherBox gift for husband

Does he love firing up the grill during all seasons? This box features a medley of humanely raised pork, grassfed beef, organic chicken and more. Make sure to look up some delicious roasted potato and grilled veggie recipes, too, so you can cook up a meal to remember.

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