Popular 2021 Christmas Gift Ideas for Him: Teens and College Students

Gifts for guys can be challenging and I often struggle thinking of what to buy my son.  But here are some of our favorite 2021 holiday gifts for him – sons, nephews or even the adult men in your life!

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Favorite 2021 holiday gifts for men


Stainless-steel mugs made by this Austin-based company keep coffee hot for 12 hours, and cold drinks cold for even longer.  The heat-storing capability is a big part of the magic in the brand. NOW YETI offers great new colors, styles and personalization with initials or logos.

yeti tumbler

Belkin Dual Charging Station

This platform provides fast wireless charging for two devices at the same time. Works with all Qi-enabled devices, including iPhones, Samsung, Google Pixel and more.

Moon Light

This light has been has been incredibly popular this year and your son will be mesmerized with the remote control that gives him 16 colors to choose from. Comes with a stand and is available in different sizes.

moon light

Corsair Gaming Headset

If your son is a gamer, having a comfortable headset with great audio is a plus. This one gets top reviews, especially at it’s price point. 

cosair gaming headset

Project Repat T-Shirt Quilt

Does your son have t-shirts from class day, camps, sports teams, or favorite family vacations in stacks that grow higher with each school year? Now is the time to convert them into a t-shirt quilt where his memories will be preserved long after he’s outgrown the shirts. This is a favorite gift for teens who will be leaving home soon for college.

t-shirt quilt

Spike Ball

This incredibly popular game has been on our list for several years for a reason – it remains a great outdoor activity that college kids and teen boys love to play. 

spike ball

Birddog Shorts

Do your sons LOVE these shorts like ours do?  Shorts with built-in underwear make getting dressed even that much simpler.  From workout shorts to dress shorts, there is something for every clothing need that involves shorts. Love the adorable prints with fetching names.

bird dog shorts

Facial Hair Trimmer

Has your son grown facial hair during the pandemic? Here’s an excellent device to help him keep his beard, mustache, sideburns, and more neatly trimmed.

bear trimmer

Beard Shampoo Kit

Pamper your son or nephew who now has a beard with this shampoo kit from our favorite men’s beauty brand, Jack Black. They have loads of great products for men so hop over to their site to see what else a special man in your life might enjoy.

beard shampoo

Portable Work Out Gear 

It’s not always safe or easy to get to a gym when traveling and this portable exercise set is just what your son or nephew would LOVE for Christmas if he likes to stay fit. Regardless of where their travels take them or current living conditions allow, these graduated resistance bands, dorm anchors, and more will provide an excellent work out.

exercise bands

Shop Faherty’s Men’s Winter 2020 Collection Now!

Faherty is a brand known for hitting the sweet-spot between relaxed and put-together. We love their shop in NYC’s Greenwich Village where we have felt and seen the comfy and stylish clothes their offer for men (and women.) Now, G&F members can take 25% off their first order with the code GROWNFLOWN25 at checkout.

This 100% cotton long-sleeved polo top is available in six colors and could easily become your son’s favorite to wear with jeans, sweats or pj bottoms this winter. 

Old Navy

It’s so important for our sons to have face masks and Old Navy has sets of five in a package that are very popular with our G&F community. 

Air Purifier

Being cooped up indoors, for work or study at home, makes an air purifier an even better, and healthier gift idea for your son. This one gets top reviews for small spaces and, not only reduces pollutants but also improves the odor in the space.

Levoit air purifier

LED Tape Lights

Does your son want to personalize his bedroom or space where he games? These LED strip lights are super-popular right now and this kit comes with a remote control and all he needs for easy installation.

LED tape lights

Wireless Headphones

Would your son love a great set of bluetooth wireless headphones? These get top marks for audio quality for headphones under $100. With so many of us working or taking classes at home, having a way to block out noise is even more important.

Jabra wirelsss headphones

Madden NFL 21

Another year, another Madden NFL video game. If your son is a devoted Madden fan, he will love this version of the game.

madden 21


These joggers might be your son’s new favorite pants. Fleece lined and with pockets, they are available in five colors.  Because sweatpants shouldn’t cost $100!

sweatpants s

Brita Water Bottle

We are all drinking more water from our own water bottles and now, this one from Brita, filters out the Chlorine taste and odor. It comes with a filter, is dishwasher safe, and available in several colors.

Brita water bottle

Carhartt Hat

Carhartt knit caps may be the one hat that your son would actually agree to wear on a brutally cold winter day.They are available in dozens of colors so look for one that reminds him of his favorite team or college.

knit cap

Carhartt Jacket

If he is a fan of the iconic Carhartt rugged brand, your son might also love this barn jacket. It comes in three colors but we are especially fond of the one in “Carhartt brown.”

barn jacket

Apple AirPods Pro

We are hearing that this is THE #1 gift for teens and college students for the 2020 holiday. Apple AirPods Pros will let them listen to music, have conversations and ask Siri questions wirelessly.

AirPods Pro

Silicone AirPods Pros Case Cover

Don’t forget to add a protective case cover like this one, available in many colors, that will help keep the case (and AirPods Pros inside) from being scratched or damaged.

Air Pods Pro cover

Norelco Face and Body Trimmer and Shaver

This one grooming tool can trim, edge and shave any length of hair – on the face or body. It comes with a selection of blades, can be used dry or wet, without or without foam. Rechargable.

Norelco shaver

High Speed External Phone Charger

There is nothing more frustrating than having a phone die, especially when there are no easy ways to charge it before you return home. This lightweight portable charging device will get your teen’s phone charged up with super fast speed. It holds 3.5 iPhone charges so he will never be able to use the excuse that his phone died, again.

portable phone charging device

Herschel Backpack

We’ve been fans of the Herschel brand for many years and this backpack is one of their best-sellers. It is large enough to hold many heavy books or to be used for overnights. There are several handy compartments including a tech-safe padded sleeve, lined with fleece, that fits laptops up to 15”.

Herschel large backpack

Allbirds Shoes

We love Allbirds shoes, our five kids and two husbands love these, too. Newest style is the running shoe, which your son will love as a casual shoe or one to wear when he works out. They come in lots of color combinations! And now, just in time for the holidays, check out the Allbirds apparel line – t-shirts, sweaters, jackets and underwear all in the incredible fabrics that makes Allbirds, well, Allbirds.

Allbirds running shoe

Jabra Wireless Earbuds

With bluetooth technology, wireless earbuds eliminate the need to use wires to connect to a phone or source of music. These earbuds, by Jabra, get high marks from reviewers and are a hot tech gift for the holidays.

wireless earbuds

Everlane Cashmere Sweaters

One of our sons practically lives in his Everlane sweater and it always looks great on him (I know, I am biased!) They come in a dozen different colors, are incredibly soft and well-priced, especially for a cashmere sweater of this fine quality.

Gifts for guys

Oculus Rift S Virtual Reality Headset 

Virtual reality gaming has taken a giant leap forward with the Oculus Rift S, the VR system that gets top reviews. This would be an amazing holiday gift for your son.

oculus rift s

MVMT Watches

Is your son thinking of a watch for Christmas? These watches have a perfect blend of classic style with very modern touches, hitting the right balance of trendy and traditional at an attractive price point. A watch is a gift that he will always remember as coming from you on this special holiday.

Holiday gifts for him

Harry’s Shave Kit

One unexpected expense for guys away at college is buying razor blades, especially if YOU have been the one to do the shopping for him.  Harry’s solves the problem by sending them a razor, shave gel and replacement blades at a frequency that matches how often your son shaves.  Harry’s now has face wash, body wash, lotion and some cute accessories to consider for the holidays.

2018 holiday gifts for him


Card Case 

These thin leather cases will keep all your grown kids’ important credit and ID cards in one case. They are available in many colors of leather cork, as well.

Holiday gifts for him

Nintendo Switch Lite

For your game-loving son, this handheld Nintendo is small and lightweight and is compatible with all physical and digital Nintendo Switch games that support handheld mode.  

nintendo switch lite

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

Your teen can watch live TV and hundreds of thousands of movies and TV episodes from Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Disney + and more (subscriptions fees may apply) with the Fire TV. Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes. This is the #1 best-selling streaming media player.

Fire TV

ENO Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock

Not just for camping any more. Parents told us their kids loved these hammocks and use them on campus.


LL Bean Boot

Guys who go to college in snowy climates need a boot and the LL Bean duck boot is durable and very popular everywhere. This is the one boot they will wear when the weather turns bad.

2018 Holiday gifts for him

Board and Card Games

Did you know there there is a surge in popularity in board and card games on campus? Here are the ones our kids tell us they like the most including Catan (below).



One of my sons asked for this and I wondered if he would ever use it. EVERY day. He and the guys he lives with on campus use it for games, movies and having a few friends over to watch a Sunday football game. Here’s a Home Theater Video Projector that is the upgraded model from one of last year’s most popular versions.

portable projector

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Mary Dell Harrington and Lisa (Endlich) Heffernan are the co-founders of Grown and Flown the #1 site for parents of teens, college students and young adults, reaching millions of parents every month. They are writers (Lisa is a New York Times bestselling author), moms, wives and friends. They started the Grown and Flown Parents Facebook Group and are co-authors of Grown and Flown: How to Support Your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults (Flatiron Books) now in paperback.

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