5 perfect gifts for the artsy, sensitive ‘softboi’ in your life

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Do you have a “softboi” in your life?

For anyone unfamiliar with the term, “softboi” describes a certain type of sensitive, film-loving, vintage-sweater-wearing artsy dude. Think: Timothée Chalamet’s character from Lady Bird, or that guy who always wore a beanie in your college philosophy class.

Just like e-boys, softbois have an entire aesthetic to their own, much of which is found on TikTok, or in the many Instagram accounts devoted to their online musings.

All of that’s to say: Holiday shopping for a softboi can be difficult. If you’re at a loss, check out the best gifts to buy that Tarantino-loving, David Foster Wallace-reading softboi in your life.

1. 100 Movies Scratch-Off Poster, $19.97

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There’s nothing a softboi loves more than being able to tell you about all the classic movies he’s watched — and why you just have to see them, too. This scratch-off poster, featuring all his favorites from A Clockwork Orange to The Departed, is a decoration that lets him do just that.

2. Madewell Wool Cuffed Beanie, $35

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Softbois are sensitive creatures, and nothing says emotional vulnerability like a soft, warm beanie. This all-black option is a softboi favorite. Plus, it’ll match with any of your softboi’s vintage T-shirts.

3. Warby Parker Maple-Rimmed Glasses, $95

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Your softboi could certainly use new glasses for all those old William Faulkner novels he’s still planning to read. These maple-rimmed frames from Warby Parker are the perfect solution: They’re affordable, stylish and give off a strong, former humanities major energy.

4. Polaroid OneStep Instant Film Camera, $104.30

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It’s a tradition almost older than time itself — sensitive, intellectually curious boys love their Polaroids. Now, that softbois have also embraced the vintage-styled, instant film cameras, give this gift to let your artsy friend know that, of course, digital will never be the same.

5. Best. Movie. Year. Ever., $13.89

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In many ways, this is the ultimate softboi gift. Brian Raftery’s book, which looks back at 1999’s epic movie year status, combines nostalgia, great films and pretentious reading — all of your softboi’s favorite activities.

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