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The Inventory Gift Guide For When You’ve Told Him “I Like You”

For The Inventory this year, we’re breaking out our #SGapproved gift guides into two tiers for men and women - one for when you’ve said, “I like you” and another for when you’ve said “I love you.”

The former clocks in with less expensive, (slightly) less personal gifts, while the latter ratchets up both the price tag and the intimacy levels accordingly.

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This week, check out the gift guide for what to get a newly-special man in your life.

Below, 15 ideas for what to buy a new guy you’ve told, “I like you” to (but that’s it).

Byta 16 oz. Mug, $29
Graphic: Ana Luisa Suarez

The best our team has found for reusable mugs that fit nicely in your hand and can be tossed in your bag without the mess when you’ve polished off your morning hit of caffeine.

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If your guy’s as anxious as a cocker spaniel during a thunderstorm, he might find some relief (at night, at least) with a weighted sleep mask.

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Bonus: At only 1 lb. of weighted pressure, a sleep mask’s a lot lighter to wrap than a weighted blanket.

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Instapots are the new ‘cooking a turkey in a trash can.’ Manly in an outdated way but still kind of cool. Personally, I’m terrified of these au courant kitchen devices, but if he likes to cook and doesn’t own one of these bad boys yet, he’ll be super psyched to unwrap it.

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Buffy Eucalyptus Sheet Set, $200
Photo: Buffy

Is it weird to gift a new partner a set of bed sheets? If it wasn’t this ridiculously soft set from Buffy, maybe. As it is, you can get away with a slightly nagging “Hey, your sheets are disgusting and maybe you should wash them more often, and for that you need at least one alternate set” present. Just lean into a “Oh man, I have these and I know you’ll love ‘em” vibe. You know, breezy!

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Doers of London Body Wash, $24
Graphic: Ana Luisa Suarez

Grooming items can be tricky when it comes to gifts for a new guy - he probably already has a favorite scent, and you don’t want to try to get him to add a step to his skincare routine with a serum or moisturizer masquerading as a present. A luxe body wash, then, is perfect because it’s (I hope?!) something he’s already using in the shower, and you get to take advantage of the upgrade from whatever he’s been washing with, too.

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Timex Weekender Watch, $50
Graphic: Ana Luisa Suarez

Watches are a great gift, especially when they’re not so expensive it makes you want to barf.

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Nothing Fancy by Alison Roman, $33
Photo: Urban Outfitters

For the guy who wants to have people over because he finally lives on his own, but is intimidated by the idea of ThRoWiNg A dInNeR pArTy.

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Bonobos Sweatshirt, $98
Photo: Bonobos

A cool sweatshirt is the perfect gift for a still new-ish relationship because it doesn’t in any way imply you’re trying to change him. It’s just, y’know, a cool sweatshirt.

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CB2 Sage Smudge Kit, $11
Photo: CB2

This is *kind of* a joke gift but also great for any guy who’s still living in a home he shared with an ex. Time to banish negativity and bring in some good vibes for the new year and new relationship!

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Warby Parker Tate Sunglasses, $149
Photo: Warby Parker

Sunglasses are another good “fashion” gift. Everyone can use an additional pair in their repertoire, and if his were rescued from a corporate retreat swag bag, or would look more at home worn while jet skiing than walking down the street, a mid-priced stylish pair like these Warby Parkers is clutch.

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For the guy who hasn’t cracked open that copy of Infinite Jest on his nightstand since you started dating him.

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Apple Airpods, $139-159
Graphic: Ana Luisa Suarez
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The good thing about women giving men a present in a very small box: he probably won’t think you’re proposing.

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Drake’s Ribbed Hat, $80
Graphic: Ana Luisa Suarez

In SG’s first gift guide, I pointed out that gifting a small, basic item rendered in luxe fashion makes for a great present. In that case, it was fancy-schmancy socks. Here? A ribbed beanie fit for James Bond, in ultra-soft lambswool and angora.

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Sneak a peek at his shoe size and gift him a pair of bright-white sneakers to wear on days it doesn’t snow. Yes, winter boots would be more functional, but a) they’re way more expensive, and b) far less fun.


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Megan Collins

Megan Collins started Style Girlfriend to help guys look and feel their best. Today, she and her team share tips, tricks, and shortcuts to a closet that inspires confidence.