Here's what holiday-season prep looks like in 2020: find the most stylish cards; prepare your brain for awkward office Zoom bashes; match your kippah to your face mask; consult savvy gift guides when shopping for the people you care about — and, chances are, that will include a man (or two). But, what does a gift guide for Men™ look like in 2020? The gender binary has never been bendier in e-tailer shopping, thank goddess. So, at the risk of gendering a power drill that’s just trying to live, I decided to ask a bunch of choice dudes, simply, what were the best gifts they've ever received.
The men who answered touched identities from entrepreneur to artist, parent, soccer fan, stoner, and fashion fanatic. Some had a few recs, but most had an admittedly hard time recalling material presents past. In the category of intangibles, “Life…thanks, mom” was a stand-out — as was, "My surprise 21st Bday. Best gift, because that memory will be with me forever." Aw. Make what you will of that bite-sized Pew study. I, personally, found the men's emphasis on #feels instead of material to be reassuring. Keep that in mind as you pour over the gadgets and gizmos featured ahead — because it really is the thought that counts. Well, that, and cool-as-hell pocket synthesizers.
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