8 Affordable Christmas Gift Ideas for Gay Brother


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Christmas gift ideas and holiday presents for gay brothers, boyfriends, and husbands

Gift Ideas for Gay Brother

"What’s a good Christmas present for your gay brother who is in his late 30s?"

Each year, I struggle with what to get my brother for Christmas. He’s 36 years old, and not into football, watches, golf, or wallets. Same case for his boyfriend.

What’s a good Christmas present for a man in his 30s or 40s? Don’t worry sister. I got you covered.

This guide is all about the best Christmas gifts for your gay brother (or a gay guy friend!).

These are gifts that I have given my gay brother and his boyfriend each year. The presents below are Christmas gifts that my brother has specifically asked for! 

If you prefer to shop in-person vs. online, you may also want to check out this guide with the best places to go Christmas shopping for men in Atlanta.

Best Christmas Gifts for Gay Brother 

Alright, let's dive right in! Below are easy and affordable gift ideas for gay brother. These gift ideas also work for birthdays! 

1. Best Christmas gift for a man in his 30s who likes simple things: Cutting board

Seriously, don’t laugh. My brother asked for a cutting board last year.

Specifically, a cutting board that is NOT made of wood. I found these colorful nonslip reversible cutting boards from Crate & Barrel and bought them in three colors for my brother.

Williams Sonoma also offers synthetic multi-color cutting boards.

Affordable Christmas present under $30 for gay brother at Crate & Barrel and Williams Sonoma
Practical and Nice!

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2. Best gift for your clean-cut 30-year-old brother: Origins face products

Since just buying shaving cream sounds lame, I recommend pairing the gift with the Origins face cleanser and the Origins charcoal mask.

Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser with Saw Palmetto
Clear Improvement Zero Oil Cleanser

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Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

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3. Best Simple But Nice Gift for Gay Brother: Fancy Shaving Cream

My brother loves the Origins shaving cream.

At $20 for 5.0 oz., it’s a luxurious shaving cream. But definitely worth it. The Origins Blade Runner shave cream is great for men with sensitive skin and has a masculine scent.

Origins Blade Runner Energizing Shave Cream ($20)

4. Best holiday present for a gay man who hates stuff: A plant from Etsy

This year, I bought my brother’s boyfriend a Christmas plant from Etsy. I chose the Christmas Succulent Planter in Birch Pot.

Christmas Succulent Gift from Etsy ($15-50)

My brother's boyfriend sent me a picture of it. It looks even better in person!

Christmas present that I bought my brother's boyfriend

This succulent is sold by PlantCraftingCo. Check out PlantCraftingCo on Etsy for additional plants for sale.

Etsy also has other cheerful plants that make great gifts for gay men, like the cheerful Lucky Cat planter.

Lucky Cat Planter from Etsy ($50)

I personally bought this for my brother’s birthday, and it looks just like the picture in person!

If you live in the same town as the man in your life, check out Trader Joes, IKEA, or Home Depot for plants. Trader Joes gets in new plants weekly and they make great Christmas gifts for both men and women (and housewarming gifts too!).

5. Best Christmas present for your outdoorsy, gay brother: REI Gifts, like a mini pocket blanket

My brother lives in Portland, OR and loves weekend hiking trips. He’s a big fan of REI, and REI offers a variety of cool, relatively inexpensive Christmas gifts for men.

While visiting my brother one summer, we stumbled upon the Matador Mini Pocket Blanket and my brother fell in love. It’s so cute, and small. For only $20, it’s a great Christmas present.

Matador Mini Pocket Blanket from REI ($20)
Matador Mini Pocket Blanket

Not loving the mini pocket blanket? REI offers other great gifts for men. Some of my favorites are below.

Goodr OG Sunglasses ($25)
Hydro Flask Water Bottle

6. Best Christmas present for your brother if he is feeling stressed: Aromatherapy diffuser with oils

Refer to my article titled, “How to Reduce Stress with Aromatherapy” to see why I love aromatherapy diffusers. This year, I bought one for my brother during Amazon Cyber Monday. I went with the “ultimate” aromatherapy diffuser for my brother’s Christmas present since it has both the diffuser and 10 essential oils. For $40, the aromatherapy diffuser by Pure Daily Care is a good choice.

Pure Daily Care Aromatherapy Diffuser with 10 Essential Oils ($40)
Perfect for Relaxation!

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7. Cutting Board or Cheese Board

If you are feeling fancy, you can even get a monogrammed cutting board or a cheese board.

Classy Christmas present for gay brother, Jewish brother, or gay friend that is a kitchen accessory
Monogram Board from Williams Sonoma ($50)

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Cheese board holiday present for gay brother, metro-men, and classy guy friends
Serving Paddle Board from Crate and Barrel ($40)

8. Best holiday gift for active brothers: Workout clothes from Marshalls and TJ Maxx

Again, I know this sounds like a boring present. Workout clothes. Really?! But yes – that’s what my brother likes and asked for last year.

Go to your local TJ Maxx or Marshalls, and search for workout shirts. I buy my brother long-sleeved shirts and running hoodies from there, and he loves them. Chose the wrong color or size? Just include a gift receipt so that your brother can return and swap the item.

Below are just some of the men’s workout clothes available at TJ Maxx to give you an idea of what you could buy your gay brother for Christmas at TJ Maxx.

Under Armour Playoff Quarter Zip Top
Mens' Activewear by Under Armour

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Marmot Waterproof Jacket
Marmot Waterproof Phoenix Jacket

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In conclusion, it can be pretty easy shopping for your gay brother! I personally just ask my brother what he wants each year for Christmas. Your brother may want clothes (usually he'll tell you the specific brand and size), a gift certificate to his favorite store, a specific thing for his home (like a cutting board), or a plant. 

If you are completely lost on what to get your brother for Christmas, you can always give him cash too with a cute card! 

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