If you find it hard to shop for your guy, you’re not alone. Men can be tricky to buy for, and after a few Valentine’s celebrations together, you may be running out of ideas. But that’s okay, because it’s easy to crack the code on the best Valentine’s Day gifts for him: Just like when they were kids, most guys like “toys.” Only now, those toys cost a little more and usually require a Bluetooth connection.
All kidding aside, keep in mind that the man in your life will appreciate anything that zeros in on his favorite hobbies, whether that’s mixing cocktails, cooking in the kitchen, listening to music or getting outdoors. And we’ve rounded up a slew of the best gift ideas for men that can help you on all those fronts and so much more. No matter what your guy is into, we’ve found something at every price point. Here are best Valentine’s Day gifts for him that will surprise and delight on February 14.
Best Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him At A Glance
The right dessert can melt any guy’s heart, and when it’s chocolate, doubly so. Brooklyn Blackout Co. is now shipping their iconic Brooklyn Blackout Cake in gooey, delicious bite-size form that will impress any dessert lover. The best part? 18 cookies will come ready to gift in a red Valentine’s Day-appropriate tin that says, “Bake Love. It’s The Brooklyn Way.”
If your guy has exhausted what the History Channel has to offer and spends his time reading books about the Civil War, this might be for him. A History By Mail subscription will net your guy a set of painstakingly recreated replicas of historical documents each month—like Albert Einstein’s correspondence with FDR or the police report from that occasion when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. It’s like time traveling, without the risk of changing history.
Often head out for the weekend? He deserves a snazzy weekender bag that elevates the experience of getting away for a couple of days. This heavy-duty canvas bag is built around a reinforced frame and has plenty of room inside for clothes and weekend supplies. The handles and buckles are made from leather and the webbing looks good but also makes it extremely durable.
The Couples Game isn’t one of those corny “get to know you” games—it’s list of 150 questions across three categories that are simply designed to help you and your partner get creative and have a good laugh. The questions range from silly to though-provoking, including examples like: “Which emoji defines our relationship?” and “Which celebrities would we cast to play us in a movie?”. You can play one-on-one for Valentine’s Day or bring it out to challenge other couples on game night.
Even folks who don’t know a lot about cookware know the Always Pan. It’s an Instagram-ready piece of cookware that doesn’t just look like a million bucks, but it replaces a slew of other pots and pans in your kitchen. It’s chemical-free and has a durable nonstick ceramic coating—plus it cleans up easily with nothing more than soap and water. Any guy who loves spending time in the kitchen would be thrilled to get an Always Pan. Your only real question is: Which of the 11 vibrant colors do you choose?
This Valentine’s Day gift is a mystery game the two of you can solve together. The brainchild of everyone’s favorite actor/magician/child doctor Neil Patrick Harris, Box One starts out as a trivia game and becomes…something else entirely, but to say any more is to spoil the fun. It’s an adventure infused with NPH’s signature sense of humor, and a joy to share with your partner over the span of two evenings.
Travelers and outdoorsmen of all experience levels, assemble. This book from National Geographic features 20 outdoor activities in each of the 50 states, ready to be culled through and added to their must-do list. Activities range from beginner to expert, ensuring there’s something for every mood, trip and adventurer.
If the man in your life is serious about his exercise—or is just getting to be of a certain age and needs some help relaxing his muscles after a workout—he’ll appreciate a percussive massager. This value-priced model from Theragun is powerful and portable.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to look back on your own love story, and this keepsake does just that, pinpointing the exact coordinates of when and where you first met. It comes in a variety of sizes and the option of a canvas or framed poster, so you can always remember your very own meet cute.
This classic sweater from Bonobos is comfortable and practical, made from soft, machine-washable merino wool. This crewneck looks great with jeans or a suit, and is wearable pretty much year-round thanks to its lightweight texture.
There was a time when a guy might roll his eyes at getting a wallet for a gift, but that was in the old days, before the renaissance in wallets. These days, there are exciting titanium, tactical wallets with paracord that look like they should be worn by Navy Seals. The Dango M1 Maverick is just such a wallet—chock full of fancy engineering, it carries up to nine cards plus cash in an all-metal frame that’s machined from essentially indestructible aerospace-grade aluminum. This wallet will make any guy feel like a spy.
Whether he’s hopping on a train, bus or car to get to the office, it helps to stay hydrated when you’re always on the go. That’s why a Larq Water Bottle is the perfect present—not only does it have a sleek, minimalist design, but it’s also the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle with a built-in water purification system. Its double-wall vacuum insulation will also keep his water hot for 12 hours and cold for 24 hours, which will outlast even the longest of work days.
Want to surprise him with a personalized video made especially for him from an actor, musician, social media influencer or athlete? You can easily commission a greeting from one of thousands of celebrities on Cameo, and in many cases, the prices are quite affordable. The rates are admittedly all over the map, though, so see if his fave is on Cameo and check out his or her rates.
Music is always a great gift, but AirPods are particularly romantic—if both of you are wearing AirPods, there’s a little-known feature that lets the both of you share the same music, as if you were both plugged in at the same time.
If a candlelit dinner isn’t really his thing, surprise your guy with this portable concrete fireplace that make everything from game night to watching a movie feel oh-so-cozy. Set up is simple, too: Just place it on a table, coat the inside with rubbing alcohol and light for a smokeless and odorless flame. It also works outdoors as a mini campfire in the summer.
With its glass etching and masculine design, this Orrefors City Glass Decanter is just what your whiskey-loving guy needs to level up his bar. And don’t forget the coordinating glasses.
If he’s a fan of 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, gifting him a Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ bundle might not be a bad idea. For $10 more per month, you can opt for the ad-free Hulu and Disney+. Now, he’ll never complain there’s nothing to watch.
What better way to tell your Valentine you care than with the gift of hot coffee? This temperature control smart mug from Ember keeps drinks hot for 80 minutes (or all day if you leave it on the charging coaster), so your sweetie will never have to suffer through a lukewarm cup of Joe again. The mug can be controlled by an app, where you can choose your desired temperature from 120 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
For those times when it’s important to tune out the world, a set of headphones with active noise cancellation is critical. The Anker Soundcore Life Q30 is remarkable in that it has surprisingly good noise cancellation and solid audio performance, yet is a fraction of the price of premium headphones.
The signet ring has become a cool guy staple in the last few years and if he’s been mancessory-curious, this 14kt solid gold style accented with black onyx will be a welcome addition to his daily wear.
This isn’t just any notebook; it’s literally the last one he’ll ever need. Rocketbooks are made with a special erasable paper and come with unique Frixion pens. The paper feels like ordinary paper and the pen writes like a normal pen, but dampen the page and wipe the ink away to start over like new. That’s not all: Use a mobile app to photograph a page and it’ll automatically be stored in the cloud for instant archiving or sharing.
The Lululemon Down For It All hoodie is a major upgrade to his jacket rotation. Its water-repellent Glyde fabric will keep him dry through the rain, sleet and snow, while the goose down will keep him warm without the bulk. It also includes stretchy panels of fabric that will move with him whether he’s working out or running errands.
Whether your guy is into skateboarding, backpacking, snorkeling or skydiving, GoPro is the ideal camera to capture the action. And for the right outdoorsman, no gift is more appreciated than GoPro’s HERO11 camera. It shoots 5K video, has rock-solid image stabilization and shoots smooth-as-butter slow motion. He will also be able to automatically upload his adventures to the cloud or instantly share vertical shots to social media.
Leatherman’s 14-in-1 Wingman Multitool is perfect for the guy who can’t let anything go unfixed. Its myriad tools include classics like a knife and pliers, as well as more unique ones such as a package opener, bottle and can openers and a ruler. The durable nylon carrying case makes it easy to store.
Forget about chocolate hearts: Try personalizing a giant bag of M&M’s. You can choose the quantity (they run at $25 per pound), color and design that appears on each candy. Designs can include custom messages (keep it short—the candy is small), clipart or custom images you upload from your computer. When you’re done, you choose the kind of packaging (there are dozens to pick from). At every step of the way, you’ll see a preview of what it’ll look like.
Sure, we all misplace things every once in a while. But if your loved one is always in a tailspin trying to find his keys, wallet or luggage, the Apple AirTag will be a welcome gift. Just attach it to the item in question and it will instantly be on his radar in the Find My app. Even cooler, you can customize the tag with his initials, favorite number or a funny emoji for free.
ROKR’s wooden “puzzles” are something of a hidden gem for guys who like to build models or otherwise tinker with their hands. Laser-cut plywood pieces are easily assembled without glue or paint, and this illuminated globe has 567 pieces that come together into a completed model that stands a foot tall. It’s charming, harkens back to an earlier age and is a great weekend project for when he needs to unwind and experience the Zen of building a thing whose only purpose is to be completed. Don’t like the globe? That’s okay—ROKR has dozens of other wooden and mechanical models.
Sure, you could get him a regular ol’ beanie to keep him warm on his morning runs. Or, you could upgrade his entire workout experience with this Bluetooth-enabled hat that has a removable LED light (with three brightness settings) and the ability to pair with your phone, so you can listen to music or take calls mid-stride.
This woody but not overpowering scent by Montblanc combines vibrant blood orange notes with the intensity of clary sage. Even better, the sophisticated red bottle is totally Valentine’s Day-approved.
This hydroponic indoor garden is an easy-to-use starter kit for anyone that wants to grow their own greenery. The plants mature in water, not soil (so it’s mess-free), and the garden uses high efficiency LED lights that tune to the specific needs of the plant (photosynthesis at its very best). You’ll receive three pods to start with—Genovese basil, curly parsley and dill, plus a bottle of all-natural plant nutrients that will cover you for a full season.
They say the way to man’s heart is through his stomach, and this gift from Shack Shack might be a direct line. The DIY kit comes with everything he’ll need for eight juicy ShackBurgers: fresh patties of Shake Shack’s custom Pat LaFrieda 100% Angus beef blend, Martin’s pillowy Potato Rolls, slices of American cheese, and of course, six-ounces of the top-secret ShackSauce that he can slather on to his heart’s content.
If you always hear him crooning Frank Sinatra songs in the bathroom, it’s time to level up his entire shower experience with the Soundbot Speaker. The water resistant speaker easily connects to your phone via Bluetooth and boasts six hours of playtime, plus control buttons to skip songs or turn up the volume. It also has a built-in mic, so he can even take an important call mid-shampoo—now that’s multi-tasking.
It doesn’t get any cooler than a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers. The style has been around since 1952 and has graced famous faces like James Dean, Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol, to name a few. These days, you can fully customize your pair for a perfect fit, choosing from over nine frame colors, multiple lens treatments and sizes.
In collaboration with The Dalmore, Vosges dreamed up a delicious collection of nine whiskey and chocolate truffles. Each one is infused with unique single malt expressions and paired with flavors like raw honey ganache, candied orange peel, early-harvest first press Mediterranean olive oil, spiced ginger crumb and vanilla bean coffee burnt sugar caramel. A win for both chocolate lovers and whiskey aficionados.
Whether he’s typically a PlayStation guy or more of an old-school Nintendo buff, he’ll appreciate the incredibly immersive virtual reality gaming capabilities of the Meta Quest 2. Choose from over 350 titles to play across games, fitness and entertainment, or just kick back and watch a movie unfold around you.
If he’s a Star Wars fan (and really, who isn’t?) this palm-sized Bluetooth speaker will bring a smile to his face every time he turns it on and listens to Spotify through its compact little speaker. It has a 30-foot range and 4-hour runtime on a single charge. You’d be hard-pressed to find a less expensive way to say, “You might be a nerd, but you’re my nerd.”
Make coffee the Italian way with the Bialetti Moka Express. All he needs to do is pour in some espresso, fill the bottom chamber with water, pop it on the stovetop and wait for coffee to appear in the top, ready to pour. Bellissimo.
Maybe this is the year to really spoil him. If so, Hèrmes’s classic Arceau leather watch is a sophisticated gesture that shows you have excellent taste. This pick has a slim profile, so you can wear it with dressy or informal looks, and it features the brand’s signature leather strap along with the house’s initial stamped on the back of the stainless steel case.
Hatch Restore 2 Alarm Clock
Waking up on Monday mornings is never easy, but the Hatch Restore Alarm Clock makes is just a little more doable. It features a gradual sunrise light and selection of sounds like meditative flute or soft chimes that will help you wake up without a jarring alarm sound. You can also use it as a sound machine to block out disruptions that might keep you awake (crucial if you live in a metropolitan area).
Polaroid Now i-Type Instant Camera
With smartphones, we all have a top-notch camera in our pockets. But how often do you actually get those photos printed? Enter the Polaroid Now i-Type Instant Camera, the ultimate way to document a special Valentine’s Day date in real time. The latest version of the analog camera comes with autofocus to help you catch every angle, plus it’s available in a range of fun colors. After your shots are printed, you can arrange them in a scrapbook or start a memory box of all of your adventures.
If you have a serious outdoorsman on your hands, chances are he’s always looking to cut down on the weight of his backpacking setup. Help him out by treating him to an ultralight semi-freestanding tent that comes in at under two pounds but doesn’t skimp on ease of setup, warmth and comfort. It’s also available in a two-person size if you want to join in on the adventure.
Don’t underestimate the power of a practical gift. These Calvin Klein boxer briefs have a classic look, breezy feel and are the perfect underwear drawer update to start off the new year.
Charging his phone and AirPods wirelessly overnight is a cinch with the Courant Mag:3 Charging Tray, which has individual compartments for each. The rest of the tray serves as a catch-all for those little extras—glasses, watch, wallet—that always end up scattered about. Choose between pebble grain Italian leather and Belgian linen.
Nothing beats a well-constructed chore coat. This timeless one from Buck Mason has a slim cut and is made from twice-boiled felted merino wool that’s both breathable and insulating. Staying warm never looked so stylish.
Coffee snobs everywhere love the Moccamaster for its ability to combine the superior taste of a handmade cup of pour-over coffee with the convenience of a standard drip coffee maker. So how does the model pull it off? By hitting ideal brewing water temperatures and using a spray arm that evenly coats the grounds, of course. Its retro look is also a feast for the eyes.
A handmade gift is the best kind of gift. While you didn’t make this yourself in pottery class, it was carefully crafted in Asheville, North Carolina by the folks at East Fork pottery. It’s sturdy and satisfying in the hand, holds 10 ounces comfortably and comes in a suite of core and seasonal colors. Perhaps this is the start of a collection.
If your guy is looking to upgrade his travel gear, the Carry-On Pro from Monos is a necessity. Its polycarbonate hard shell keeps everything safe, including items in the laptop sleeve in the zippered front pocket. The interior is designed for maximum packing efficiency, featuring a built-in zippered pocket on one side and a compression pad on the other. Smooth-like-butter wheels and a sturdy roller handle only sweeten the deal.
These full grain leather sneakers from Pony are perfect for the shoe lover who wants to add a new style to their rotation. The retro-inspired design of the M-80 Low style keeps things classic while the bold swipe of color on the side updates the look.
Marshall is a brand known for its high-quality guitar amps, so it only makes sense that they also craft some of the best Bluetooth speakers around. The Emberton sounds incredible (I’ve been air guitaring with one myself for three years), looks at home on any shelf and boasts 20-plus hours of playtime on a single charge. That’s a lot of Zeppelin.
This classic high waisted, straight leg jean by Nudie Jeans Co. is a timeless staple. 100% organic cotton denim that breaks in perfectly with wear ensures he’ll have them forever. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving.
If your beloved has a DIY streak when it comes to the bar cart, this liquor infusion kit will speak to his heart. It includes everything he’ll need to flavor his favorite spirit at home: two glass jars with filtering spouts, plus pre-measured blends of organic ingredients. Just add the booze and a little time, and happy hour at home will be that much sweeter.
The vinyl-lover in your life deserves a high quality turntable, and so does their record collection. This one from Audio-Technica is built for precision listening, connects to their favorite Bluetooth speaker and is fully automatic. They can simply press play and the player will both place the tone arm to start the music and remove it when the record is ready to flip.
Good tools are crucial when crafting the perfect meal. This knife set from Hedley & Bennett is a treat for cooks of any level and includes a chef’s knife, bread knife and utility knife. Now sit back, relax and wait for your sweetheart to present you with meal after meal they proudly made using their Valentine’s Day gift.
Shinola Detroit’s Canfield Messenger Bag is made of their navigator leather sourced from the Seidel Tannery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its buttery smooth texture is infused with oils during the tanning process and ages gracefully as it’s worn and loved.
There’s a reason the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer/2 is a favorite among long-distance hikers. 800-fill down makes it ultra-warm while weighing almost nothing and packing down to about the size of a water bottle. Whether he’s camping, rock climbing, traveling or exploring the city, with this hoodie in tow, he can take on any adventure.
Choose between light teas, dark teas, caffeine-free botanicals or a curated selection of Rishi favorites to treat your favorite tea drinker once a month. The first month’s box comes with a fluted glass teapot so even if he doesn’t currently have an at-home loose leaf tea setup, he can get to sipping right when the bundle arrives.
Work your way through three levels of conversation prompts scaling from “Ice Breaker” to “Deep” to “Deeper” designed to help you connect. The game comes with 400 cards, so look forward to the deep well of information you’ll uncover, and start getting your own answers ready. It is a two-player game, after all.
If you’ve ever witnessed the horror of the man you love washing his face with a bar of soap, go ahead and pick up this simple and effective skincare set from Kiehl’s. It’s a pared down routine consisting of a face wash and moisturizer, both specifically designed for men. If he’s skeptical, just tell him it’s called “Facial Fuel” and he’ll change his tune.
Treat him to the delight of knowing exactly what he wants to wear in the morning. This naturally dyed button-up from Alex Crane is made of organic cotton and nails the current elevated minimalism look. With jeans, chinos or even shorts, it’s timeless.
Mix up your daily coffee drinker’s routine with a blend they haven’t gotten the chance to try yet. Partners’s Brooklyn Blend has tasting notes of cocoa, toffee and dried fruits, perfectly balancing subtle sweetness with coffee’s natural acidity. Not to mention the bag looks killer on a shelf.
Seeing P.F. Candle Co.’s signature amber jar in someone’s apartment is an instant green flag. Yes, even if you gift it yourself. Leather, teak, orange, musk and more combine to make this soy candle the ultimate “boyfriend scent.”
Sleeping over a lot? Treat him (and yourself) to a luxurious sheet set from Cultiver. Made from 100% European linen, this set has the perfect crumpled, airy, effortless look and feel even better, striking the perfect balance of warm and breathable that linen is known for. They’re pre-washed so they have a lovely feel out of the package, but they get even softer and better with every wash.
It’s about the little details for Reigning Champ, whose cuffed sweatpants feature jersey-lined pockets, flatlock seams and just enough structure. Available in 14 wearable colors, they’re an instant go-to for errands, lounging or a full-on streetwear look.
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