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19 Gift Ideas Gay Guys Will Love (+2 to Avoid)

Looking for the perfect gift for a gay male in your life? We researched hundreds of ideas and identified fifteen fabulous ideas for every type of gay guy. Whether your seeking ideas for a boyfriend, son or friend, we’ve got you covered.

Pour hot coffee or tea into this mug and the dark closet doors fade away, showing fabulously colorful gay figures of history ranging from Michelangelo to Freddie Mercury. Note, the special technology used to change in heat isn’t dishwasher friendly.


How would your LGBT friend or family member like a personalized video message from a celebrity like Queer Eye’s Bobby Berk or Boy George? Cameo is a platform where you can easily request videos from a wide variety of public figures. It’s a unique gift that doesn’t require any wrapping and will make a lasting impression. Find his or her favorite gay star and make a special request.

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A great coffee table book, this NY Times compendium features historic headlines and articles from 1962 to today. Learn about Harvey Milk, the first “out” elected official in California. And re-live more recent moments like the legalization of gay marriage.

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He’ll look like a master of the universe in this wonderfully colorful space-themed tee. Made from a silky material that is sure to catch eyes. Available in slim sizes.

The book on which the wildly popular gay Italian romance movie is based, Call Me By Your Name tells the story of a seventeen-year-old named Elio Perlman, who has a relationship with a professor in his mid twenties who’s come to stay at his parents’ villa. In a market crowded with cliche and trite gay fiction, Call Me By Your Name stands out from the pack as a work if truly fine literature.

Cool Underwear

He’ll love some fabulously designed underwear. We recommend these premium Unico undies that come in a variety of designer patterns. Expertly tailored they’re a few cuts above your typical boxer brief.

Mr. and Mr. Wine Glasses

Looking for a gay wedding or engagement gift idea? These fun Mr. and Mr. wine glasses will literally be the toast of the party.

Billed by Teen Vogue as the “The queer teen historical you didn’t know was missing from your life,” The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue tells the story of Henry “Monty” Montague’s grand tour of Europe where he ends up falling for his traveling buddy Percy.


Help your gay friend decide where to spend his disposable income with this colorful guide to the world’s 500 best places to visit. Includes a mix of the obvious and lesser-known, he’s sure to find inspiration here!


Gay guys often not only love to travel, but to stay super organized while on the road. This popular, highly-rated packing cube system allows him to keep everything neat and tidy for each segment of the trip. Easily allows separation of dirty clothes by the end of the trip.

Looking for a gift for your boyfriend? This adorable “significant otter” pin is sure to melt his heart. A cute keepsake that will remind him of you.

Gay Roman Emperor Constans Coin

Constans was emperor 337 to 350. It’s reported that he had a thing for “handsome barbarian hostages.” Makes a fun novelty gift for a gay guy interested in ancient history.

Give him the royal bath treatment with this luxurious wooden caddy that contains slots for wine glasses, ipads and is extendable for different sized tubs. A great romantic idea that can accommodate up to two bathers.


Add a special decorative touch to his home with this delightful lighted cherry blossom tree. Immediately adds personality and charm to a room, making a great house warming or Christmas gift.

Nail Clipper Set

This professional quality, stainless steel clipper set includes everything he needs to look absolutely fabulous. Don’t waste money going to get manicures and pedicures, just use this kit.

If he’s in college or beginning a professional career, the messenger bag is a must-have accessory to look hip and with it. We recommend this water-resistant bag for use in any climate.

Cocktail Shaker Kit

This kit contains everything you need to be the ultimate cocktail party host. Contains a shaker, mojito muddler, double-jigger, mixing spoon and two liquor pourers. Also includes an e-book with tips and mixing ideas.

Male Body-Shaped Shot Glasses

These hand-blown, durable glass shot glasses are certain to liven up any social gathering. A fun gag gift idea.

You're My Person Mug

Sometimes simple says it best. This gender-neutral message will resonate with anyone. A great gift for you gay best friend to let him know he’s your person.

What should you avoid giving?
There is a fine balance between a fun gay-themed gift and something stereotypical that will cause him to sigh, “they really don’t understand me.” Truth is, it depends on the person. Here are two ideas we’d tend to avoid:
1. Rainbow clothes, accessories. It’s not that he doesn’t like the rainbow, but he can buy those for himself on pride. Other times of the year, it’s kind of passe and stereotypical.
2. Gifts that publicly identify him as gay. Whether it’s a gay-themed necklace or some other obvious symbol, to stay safe avoid something that forces disclosure of sexuality even if he’s completely out and open.

The Advocate has a funny list of thank you letters written to gift givers who don’t get it.