What do you give a brother to thank him for all the years he spent actively annoying you for your entire childhood? It’s truly a special relationship, no matter how many wrestling matches got out of hand or how many times he made it his goal to embarrass you in front of friends or dates. Our brothers fill a unique space in our hearts, and when it’s time to mark his birthday or wow him with a Christmas gift, how do you find the perfect gifts for brother boy?
Today we’re breaking down a monster gift guide for your brother, whether you’re going the gag gift route or a sentimental one, or somewhere in between. We have funny gifts, useful gifts, affordable gifts, and the gifts that will make him pretend he isn’t crying. It’s up to you to decide which gift idea will mean the most to your brother, and we wish you the best of luck. Let’s go!
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Funny Gifts for Your Brother
It may start as a gag gift, but don’t be surprised if it’s actually a huge hit. We found this toilet light that features an LED bulb with 8 light settings and it’s under $11. Even if it’s just to make fun of the time he peed in the tub during potty training… worth it.
You can poke fun at your brother’s lack of kitchen proficiency, colorful language, or love of gangsta rap with a unique cookbook. If your brother is a picky eater, get him a cookbook that zeroes in on his beloved grilled cheese, or try a show-inspired cookbook.
Ah, the years of sneaking into Spencer’s Gifts at the mall when your mom thought you’d just be in the CD store. From fake feces to disgustingly-flavored candy, nothing says “brother” like pranks. Apologize to his roommates, partner, or children in advance if you dare gift your brother these items from a master prank kit.
I’m firmly in the camp that you can never have enough cups, especially if they’re different sizes, styles, and types. Get your brother a “World’s Okayest Brother” tumbler for his cold beverages, a funny caption mug for his morning coffee, or conversation-starting glasses for happy hour.
Ok, hear us out. This is a funny joke, a silly birthday gift, but also one that he’ll use and appreciate. The Squatty Potty is a new amenity and will be a regular fixture of bathrooms in the future. Mark my words.
Don’t we all want to be a big, warm burrito sometimes? We love a unique gift that strikes the perfect balance of being funny and useful. A tortilla blanket on his couch or bed will be a fun talking point, and totally ‘grammable.
Useful Gifts for Brothers
Your brother used to pound you—or you used to pound him. There is no in-between. Either way your brother could use these handy adjustable dumbbells. Instead of a huge rack of weights, he can customize the dumbbell with each exercise, and as he gets stronger. It's the perfect gift as long as he doesn't flex on you.
I’ve watched a lot of Walking Dead and now I understand that every single item can become a weapon or defensive tool. This tactical pen is actually DESIGNED to be a weapon, tool, and all-around useful piece for your brother to carry around.
Minimalist Phone Charging Dock
I love the look of this phone charging dock, and so will your brother. It’s perfect for a secondary station, such as his work desk or in the kitchen, because it allows your phone to charge fully upright. You can easily see calls and texts as they come in, or watch a tutorial while you chop veggies for dinner—all while your phone charges.
Have you ever watched your brother eat two Hot Pockets and a bag of frozen edamame in one sitting? Well, I have. I don’t know what it is about brothers, but they love frozen food. The air fryer is the #1 way to level up his taquitos game. Pair a new air fryer with a bag of frozen french fries or a Costco gift card (the Mecca of frozen foods) and you’ll be his new favorite.
The Nintendo Switch is a totally accessible gaming system that he’ll fall in love with. Even *I* like the Nintendo Switch, and I don’t even play video games. The Switch makes it easy for hardcore gamers or casual gamers to unite and evolve. It’s perfect for people of all ages, and the variety of games makes it super customizable. If he already has a Switch, get him a cool new game (my husband is loving Mario Golf) or a gift card to buy more games.
Some men think it’s too high maintenance or finicky to purchase specialty grooming products. Hand soap is working for their skin just fine, thank you very much. Cringe. Show him a better way with a curated grooming set. Choose one that fits his unique style and skin type, such as sensitive skin products or beard maintenance. Both he and his partner will thank you.
You can never have too many sunglasses, and a wood pair is the perfect unique addition. I think they are the best way to infuse some cool factor into your brother’s look. Level him up with this stylish gift, because that’s what siblings are for.
I LOVE my waterproof speaker, and I think everyone needs one. I use a tiny one in my bathroom so I can listen to podcasts and audiobooks while I shower or bathe. There are great clip-on versions for hiking or sports. Larger waterproof speakers are ideal for boating, swimming, camping, or beach days. Choose the one your brother will use most and then bask in his gratitude.
A portable projector is objectively the coolest gift you can give. Your brother will use this gift to become the immediate source of envy for everyone he knows. These portable projectors can be used indoors or outdoors, and can easily be packed along for a destination movie night.
Brothers are competitive. I think it’s just in their DNA. Why not channel that competitive nature into something fun? Yard games are a fantastic gift that lets him enjoy the outdoors AND connect with others. Bocce, Spikeball, croquet, Pickleball, or cornhole are excellent choices for your brother—just expect the competition to get intense.
It might not be the most exciting gift, but it’s an incredibly useful and unique gift idea that he’ll appreciate every single day. PhoneSoap uses UV-C light to zap all the harmful germs and viruses that could be camping out on your phone or other devices. He can station this tool on his desk or near his home charging station and regularly detox his device for healthier use.
Vintage Team Poster
His partner (or future partner) will thank you for this classy work of art that will look SO much better than the tacky team paraphernalia he usually sports. I don’t even like most of these teams, but they’re so well designed I wouldn’t even mind having them up on my walls.
Sentimental Gifts for Brothers
Group Birthday Card
With a birthday Kudoboard, you can get everyone in your brother’s life to contribute kind messages, photos, gifs, and videos just by sending them a link. It’s particularly useful if your brother lives far away or restrictions make it difficult to get together. The personalized gift board can then be sent to him via email, printed as a poster, or bound as a book and mailed to his home. It’s a timeless, priceless way to help him feel loved on his special day.
Each candle is carefully designed to reflect the unique smells of a particular state. If your brother has moved away from your home state where you grew up, it can be a thoughtful reminder of your childhood. Or maybe a Homesick Candle from the state where he went to college or lived for a while can be a sweet reminder—and a great gift.
Digital Photo Frame
I will never stop recommending the Aura photo frame. I have one, I’ve bought them for both sets of parents, and will continue to give them as gifts. I LOVE my Aura frame. Anyone with the link can submit photos to the frame and update with current photos anytime. Your whole family can pre-load the album with family photos and then drop in new ones (like when he gets a new baby nephew!).
Did you grow up playing (screaming over) Nintendo with your brother? Many of us did. This gift is a fun nod to the time you spent as children, yelling and laughing and asking him to beat the hard levels for you. If you want to make this gift even better, set up a game night where you get to recreate your finest hours together.
Have you seen the trend of recreating family photos? I think it’s hilarious and adorable. Find your favorite family photo with your siblings and work together to recreate it. Then get a great side-by-side frame to display them. Your brother will love to have this on his wall or desk. Bonus: this can be a holiday gift to all of your siblings or the entire family. You can also add family photos to a virtual birthday card for everyone to enjoy.
Favorite Childhood Book
Do you remember a favorite story your family read together as children? In my house, it was We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury. Or perhaps you remember your brother getting absolutely obsessed with Goosebumps. Gifting your brother a nostalgic book from his childhood is a thoughtful gift, and perfect if he’s raising his own family—he’ll get to share it with them.
Several years ago my mom sent off a dusty box of VHS tapes to LegacyBox to have them digitally converted. I went through all of the digital files, naming and dating them, and then loaded them onto external hard drives for me and each of my siblings. It was a little tedious and time-consuming, but it was a labor of love that I wouldn’t take back. It’s a sentimental gift for your brother but would also make a show-stopping family gift for the holidays.
Happy Birthday Bro
Be sure to save this list for gift links or future inspiration, because brothers are forever. You’re gonna need to get him yet another gift next year, and you still need to make up for that time you demolished his Lego house in 1998. Sending love to all the brothers out there—we just wouldn’t be the same without you.