After (many) years of doing the same old Secret Santa or White Elephant gifts each holiday season, today it’s increasingly common for friends and family members to opt for themed gift parties, where each gift has to start with a specific letter.
And since M is one of the more common letters used in English, it’s no surprise that it’s a popular choice for Christmas gifts and birthday gift themes.
But finding the perfect gift is hard enough when you have the whole alphabet to work with, and limiting yourself to just one letter can feel downright impossible.
(Especially if, like me, you tend to leave your gift buying to the last minute.)
To help you find some great gift ideas for your letter M gift exchange, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest, most creative and all around best gifts that start with M into one (marvelous, magical and mind-blowingly) comprehensive gift guide.
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Easily one of the most unique gifts on our list, this moon lamp is both eye-catching and practical.
It floats above its handsome wooden base and comes with three different light modes – warm yellow, cool white, and warm white – allowing you to find the perfect type of light for your setting.
It even has a textured surface that mimics the moon’s craters, which gives its glow an ethereal feeling that’s perfect for evening.
While we love a good leather watch strap, metal straps are actually a lot more versatile, since they’re easier to pair with your wardrobe.
For instance, wearing a brown leather watch strap with a black leather belt is a serious fashion faux pas, but a metallic watch like this one from Nordgreen – one of the best (affordable!) watch brands on the market – could work just as well with either.
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With a wide range of clothes that both look great and move well, Myles Apparel is one of our favorite athleisure brands, and a great place to turn for gifts that will give your recipient both a new look, and a lot of comfort.
Mizzen + Main’s wrinkle-free Leward shirt topped our list of the best non-iron dress shirts thanks to its perfect combination of sharp style and modern technology, making it a wonderful gift for stylish modern men.
(I actually gave one to my best friend for his birthday this year and he immediately went online and bought four more in other colors, so he has enough to wear one to work each day.)
M.Gemi’s Italian-made shoes are great finds for people who want the high quality and style of handcrafted luxury shoes, without the exorbitant price tags and massive credit card debt that usually come with them.
Owned by J.Crew, Madewell is like its hipper, cooler younger sibling.
They specialize in denim, but offer a wide range of clothes and accessories, so you can usually score some great finds that will work well for stylish young people.
We named Meridian’s trimmer the overall best electric trimmer for shaving your balls (and other sensitive areas), so in addition to being one of the most unique gifts on this list, it’s admittedly also one of the most intimate.
But with an ergonomic design, ceramic blades that reduce the chances of nicks and cuts, and a handsome new blue color, it’s a great pick if you’re shopping for a romantic partner or someone you’re close to.
Mott & Bow specializes in comfortable, stylish staple pieces like jeans, chinos, tees and sweaters for both men and women, making them a great place to turn for if you’re shopping for someone who’s got great style.
We included Maui Jim on our list of the best affordable sunglass brands thanks to their wide range of styles and the laid-back, beachside vibes that come from their Hawaiian roots.
Wolf & Shepherd specializes in making stylish men’s shoes with the same high-quality materials and sharp styling as you’d normally get from luxury dress shoe brands.
But unlike classic dress shoes, which can often be uncomfortable and tough to wear without socks, Wolf & Shepherd’s shoes come with a thick, cushioning layer of memory foam that makes them feel as good as they look.
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The Magic Bullet allows users to whip up a quick protein shake or smoothie in the morning, which is a great way to maintain a clean diet without much hassle.
Nowadays there are a lot of different models that come with varying numbers and sizes of cups, but for my money the best version is this simple 11-piece set, which comes with everything you need but doesn’t bog you down with too many extra accessories.
Massage guns are great for people who don’t have the time or money to see a massage therapist regularly, providing easier access to relief from common types of soreness like back pain and leg tightness.
Previously they were only available to professional athletes (you often see the New York Yankees and other Major League Baseball players using them in the dugout), but nowadays you can find affordable versions like this one on Amazon for less than the price of a single massage.
A mini iPad is a perfect letter m gift for gift exchanges with a slightly higher budget.
(And nowadays they’re not nearly as expensive, since you can get a pre-owned version like the one above that’s still in near-perfect quality.)
What’s great about the mini iPad – other than the fact that it starts with M, of course – is that it’s more compact than the full size version.
It’s about the same size as the Kindle and other screen readers, but comes with all your favorite features of the full iPad, making it a much more versatile device.
From one end of the price spectrum to another, these Godiva milk chocolates are a perfect M-themed treat for everyone from little kids to grown ups with a sweet tooth.
While the Godiva chocolates above are a slightly more upscale version of milk chocolate that works well for those with more discerning taste, M&Ms are more classic (and more affordable), making them great for kids of all ages.
Initial mugs are a fun, versatile and low-cost way to satisfy the M theme while still giving them a useful gift they can keep for years to come.
For home chefs and cooking enthusiasts, mason jars are a practical gift that make it easy to store everything from sauces and smoothies to jams, jellies and raw ingredients.
Or, if you’re shopping for little girls and boys, you can give them a mason jar toddler cup makes a great sippy cup, and comes in a wide range of colors and styles.
If you’ve ever gone over to a friend or family member’s home and had to crane your neck while watching their TV, this makes a great, inexpensive gift.
Nowadays one of the most common TV placements is to drop your flatscreen on top of your fireplace (guilty!), which may save space, but creates a horrible viewing angle that will eventually wreak havoc on your neck and posture.
Fortunately, nowadays you can find cheap, effective TV mounts that are easy to install, and allow you to tilt, turn and maneuver your screen until you find the perfect viewing angle.
Nowadays some coffee makers come with a milk frother built in, but ours didn’t.
And since my wife and I are both coffee addicts, this milk frother was one of the best gifts we’ve ever received.
It makes it easy to make foam milk for lattes, cappuccinos and other specialty coffees, making it the perfect gift for any coffee lover.
A tasteful M pendant is perfect for anyone whose initials include an M.
(And if you’re looking for funny gag gifts, giving it to someone whose name doesn’t contain an M can be a fun way to poke fun at the whole idea of an M-themed gift exchange.)
Foodies who like to make their own guacamole, salsa or salad dressings will love this stylish and sturdy mortar and pestle combo.
It’s maid from solid granite and the bowl comes in three different sizes, allowing you to choose the best size to fit your gift recipient’s needs.
Board games make great gifts for people of (just about) every age, and Amazon is full of fun memory games that will keep both kids and adults entertained for hours.
Allow your recipient to channel their inner James Bond and shake up a vodka martini (or any other type of cocktail) with this handsome and handy set.
Microwaves make surprisingly good gifts. (Hear me out before you roll your eyes!)
Most people have been using the same old microwave for years, and would benefit from a new and improved model.
But it’s a classic example of something that most of us never think to buy for ourselves, which is what makes it such a good gift idea.
Shopping for a skinny guy who wants to bulk up? A good mass gainer like this one from Naked Nutrition contains all the calories and nutrients he needs to add lean muscle to his frame.
A quick, easy and affordable gift for just about any woman, mascara is a classic M gift, and this one from L’Oreal Paris has exceptional reviews online.
No less a fashion authority than GQ itself heralded the rise of pop culture watches like a classic Mickey Mouse watch, making this one M gift that isn’t just on-theme, but on-trend.
And speaking of classic pieces of jewelry, mood rings have long been a favorite of people with a penchant for new age spirituality.
Nowadays we often hear about the importance of mindfulness, but most people have a hard time clearing their mind and coming to a state of openness, serenity and calm.
Fortunately, apps like Waking Up, from the philosopher and neuroscientist Sam Harris, make meditating easy and accessible.
The app makes it easy to send a subscription as a gift, making it the perfect way to help your recipient introduce a little peace into their daily routine.
Just as meditation helps your mind reach a more blissful state, yoga does something similar to the body.
A yoga mat is a great, versatile gift that can be used for multiple forms of at-home workouts and exercise.
And since regular exercisers tend to go through them pretty quickly, it’s always nice to have an extra one on-hand.
This one is admittedly a bit of a splurge, but if you’re looking for a big-ticket item that starts with M, a mid-century modern lounge chair is a great gift.
This one is a replica of the famous Eames lounge chair, one of the most iconic pieces of furniture ever made.
And while it’s expensive compared to some of the smaller items on this list, it’s worth remembering that it costs less than a quarter of the price of the original.
A classic, old-school gift, a music box makes for a great throwback gift, especially for people old enough to remember when they were one of the most sought-after gifts for kids.
From plush toys and blankets to goggles and board games, there’s a virtually endless supply of merchandise featuring the adorable, hilarious characters from the Despicable Me franchise, all of which make for great gifts for kids who love those movies.
Speaking of board games, Magic has been one of the most popular and all around best toys for kids (and, let’s be honest, adults) who love all things fantasy and adventure.
Another great gift for an intimate partner, giving the gift of massage oil tends to imply that you’ll also put it to good use by giving them a massage that will relax, sooth and (depending on how intimate you are with the recipient) excite them.
Consisting of 23 films split up into three phases and released across the span of 11 years, Marvel’s Infinity Saga is one of the most successful film franchises of all time.
This box includes Blu Ray copies of all 23 films, and cost significantly less than many “collector’s editions,” which can run more than $1,000.
Easily the most practical gift on this (or any other) list, a good multitool is the perfect present for anyone who’s handy.
And it might be even more beneficial for people like me, who are, shall we say, mechanically disinclined, and probably don’t have a proper set of tools on hands to fix things in a pinch.
Another brand with a ton of great options to choose from, The Mandalorian has become a fan favorite for Star Wars devotees, and offers all sorts of avenues for fun (and funny) gifts.
Easily one of the best (and yet somehow still most underrated) SNL performers of all time, Molly Shannon created some of the most hilarious and memorable characters in the show’s history, which any comedy fan will have fun revisiting.
An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
Another good gift that can help them calm their mind, this bestseller is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and gives readers the tools they need to handle the stresses and pressures of modern life.
The stirring story of one of the 20th century’s most remarkable men, Nelson Mandela’s autobiography is an inspirational and captivating book that makes a perfect gift for just about anyone.
Another great gift that people often don’t think to buy for themselves, a beach bag is super handy when you’re on vacation or heading out to relax in the sand.
And adding an “M” monogram is the perfect way to make it fit within the M gift theme.
Inspired by Tina Fey’s hilarious film (and Broadway musical) of the same name, this fun card game forces players to answer that all important question:
To burn, or not to burn?
It’s so fetch.
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