Guys are notoriously tough to shop for… particularly when they fall into that murky gray zone of “guy friend.” After all, you want to get them something that shows they mean something to you, but not something too big or too flashy that might tip them off to romantic feelings (although they might not pick up on it even if you were trying to send that message).
And of course, guy friends are no help when it comes to gift shopping. “What do you want?” “I dunno, nothing.” Ugh.
So if you’re still racking your brain for something nice to get your guy friend and you’re running short on time, we’ve got you. You can even get these gifts day of and look like a gift giving superhero. That’s right – gift cards.
Alright, sure. Gift cards might not be as exciting as seeing a shiny new PS5 with a bow on it under the tree, but they’re (surprisingly or unsurprisingly) one of the most wanted gifts among American adults.
A National Retail Foundation (NRF) survey found that 54% of people put gift cards at the top of their list. In fact, total gift card spending is expected to jump to $29.3 billion this year. Not to mention that there are tons of gift card options out there that your guy friend would be thrilled to receive like:
Ditch the plastic, and send a GiftYa! Choose from thousands of local and national brands. Then, you can customize your gift with a photo or short video clip – perhaps a selfie from the friend group’s most recent night out? Round out your present with a personalized message, then send it off to be delivered immediately or schedule it for any date and time you choose.
But GiftYa isn’t just easy to send, it’s easy to use, too. Your guy friend can redeem his gift directly from his phone like a traditional e-gift code, or he can link it to a card he carries with him everyday anyway. When he makes a purchase at the qualifying brand, his gift balance will automatically be applied until it is used up. And if he doesn’t love the gift you send him (slim possibility though it may be!!) he can re-gift or exchange his balance for another brand in just a few clicks.
Not sure where to start? Here are a few of our favorite options in the catalog for guys to get you started.
Whether he’s a student or a professional, a gamer or a graphic designer, your guy friend is sure to find something he likes at Best Buy. With over 1000 stores located across the US and an expansive online catalog, he can get that thing that’s been on his list for ages, whether it’s an Xbox controller or an Apple watch or it’s finally time to admit he needs a printer at home.
Best Buy makes it easy for him to save money – and stretch your gift further – when he takes advantage of Member Deals. With discounts on hot items like UHD Smart TVs and exclusive laptop and tablet bundles, your gift will just keep giving.
Okay, so once you buy an Apple device you don’t have to go all in on the whole collection… but it is super convenient to be able to text from your laptop and have your health and fitness data sent straight to your phone. Plus, an Apple gift card is super versatile. With offerings ranging from tap tap tap games in the App Store to Apple Music, Apple TV+, and of course, their wide selection of devices, he’ll have plenty to choose from.
Whether they’re after the lightest, strongest iPhone ever or the latest series of the Apple Watch, a new pair of AirPods or blockbuster releases featuring stars like Mark Wahlberg, Seth Rogan, Reese Witherspoon, and Jennifer Anniston, they can get it with an Apple gift card.
For some guys, going out (to parties or bars) is way less interesting than going out (into nature). This one’s for the guys who always have a new fishing tale for you, the ones who prefer the sunlight to the spotlight. That’s right – Bass Pro Shop is the ultimate gift card choice for the hunter, camper, fisherman, or even bird watcher in your life.
Does your favorite guy friend spend his time playing Super Smash Bros. with the boys? Does he have a headset he treats more gently than any kid or animal he’s ever come in contact with? Does he have a crew of friends that live all over the world?
Whether they’re rocking the latest gaming system, prefer to stick to the classics, or are in the market for a new console, GameStop has some great deals. They can also pick up games, clothing and memorabilia like Funko Pops, wires, cords, and controllers.
This one might be a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning. Has your favorite guy friend been talking about how much he’s looking forward to the newest Call of Duty? Or Maybe he’s just a Hufflepuff who’s been dying to get his letter to Hogwarts in Hogwarts Legacy?
If you know his platform of choice, getting him a gift card for his platform of choice is sure to be a winning present. After all, these gift cards can usually be applied towards his yearly membership to their online multiplayer subscription or towards new games and gear.
If he’s not so much a console gamer as he is a PC gamer, he’s probably into Steam. Luckily, there are also plenty of new games and classic games on Steam. You can get him a Steam gift card so that he can (slightly) discount the price of buying a shiny new Steam deck, or just take advantage of the next big sale.
Is he alwaysssss wearing his AirPods? Never takes them out? If they stay on through work and gaming and cooking and conversation, a case for his cherished electronics should make a great last minute gift.
AirPod cases won’t break the bank, and you can find a really fun one like this case (with pressable buttons!) modeled after a Super Nintendo controller. But you can surely find one that relates to anything he’s interested in!
Guys sometimes don’t give themselves time for self care, but taking some time to relax and take care of yourself is a good habit for anyone. Help him engage in self care he’ll actually enjoy when you upgrade his shaving routine to be a little more luxurious.
This shave kit from The Art of Shaving has everything he needs for the cleanest, closest, fanciest shave of his life. It comes with three full-sized products and a synthetic shaving brush. This particular set is Sandalwood scented, but you can also grab the unscented version.
Full price, a set like this will run you about $120. Around the holidays, the price can dip below the $100 mark. But if that’s not in your budget, The Art of Shaving also offers smaller kits that are less expensive.
Is your guy friend the biggest hockey fan? Or maybe watching standup specials together is your thing. Whether he’s your go-to source for new music or never misses the football game on Sunday, he’s sure to love a SubHub gift card.
From NCAA sports to pro teams, rock and roll music to season ballets he can use for the perfect date, StubHub has all the live events on his radar. Plus with StubHub’s Fan Protect policy, he won’t end up losing the value of your gift if something goes sideways. Fan Protect means he can enjoy buying and selling with confidence, customer service right to his seat, and every order is 100% guaranteed.
True Classic made a name for itself with the most flattering shirts to ever grace menswear – tight in the sleeves and loose in the torso, it highlights all of the stuff a guy wants and none of the stuff they don’t. But the True Classic catalog has much more than tops.
These Charcoal Heather Gray Active Joggers go from couch to “coach” in style. Equipped with True Classic’s 4-way stretch and moisture wicking technology, these pants will look good whether he’s chilling on the couch or out on the town. Plus with plenty of pockets and tangle free ties, he won’t be distracted by his sweats all day.
And? They're super soft.
Accepted anywhere that Visa credit cards are accepted, giving a Visa gift card is like giving cash, only it looks way nicer. That means your guy friend can use it to grab the new game for their favorite console or get a new pair of kicks. The choice is totally up to them.
With Gift Card Granny’s build a card feature, you can create a gift your guy friend will be super happy with in no time. Choose from an expert created design or add your own photo and message.
Most custom gift cards print the same day and ship out the next, so you’ll have the ultimate gift in hand in no time flat.
Whether it's the gaming gear or the beard care kit, the comfiest stylish joggers or a convenient textable gift card, we hope one of these is the perfect last minute gift for your guy friends. Still looking? Check out the full GifYa catalog. With thousands of local and national brands – from his favorite watering hole to the brand he buys all his gym clothes from – you’re sure to find something he loves. Happy gifting!