March 3, 2024

If you find it hard to shop for your guy, you’re not alone. Men can be tricky to buy for, especially since they generally don’t voice what kinds of presents they’d actually like to get. 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, playing board games or researching World War I history. And we’ve rounded up a slew of Valentine’s Day gift ideas 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 are sure to surprise and delight him on February 14.


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.”


The signet ring has become a cool guy staple in the last few years and if he’s been mancessory-curious, this 14k solid gold style accented with black onyx will be a welcome addition to his daily wear.


This sleek two-tone sweatshirt looks cool and can be worn on its own or layered, which makes it a versatile piece for the winter months. It’s machine washable and made from a high recovery cord knit that features a hidden kanga pocket.


What could be more perfect than a lobster dinner for two on Valentine’s Day, complete with a pair of lobster pot pies, two crab Quattro Formaggi on the half shell and some chocolate molten dulce de leche soufflé? It arrives ready to heat and serve.


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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.”


If your guy swears he doesn’t need a skincare routine, but you constantly find your favorite moisturizer out of place, then this is the gift you need. The set contains an energizing cleanser, exfoliating scrub, fast-absorbing moisturizer and no-shine lip balm that are specifically designed for men’s skincare needs.


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 nine vibrant colors do you choose?


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.


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.


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.


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 $7 dollars more per month, you can opt for the ad-free Hulu and Disney+. Now, he’ll never complain there’s nothing to watch.


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.


With a place for his iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch, this XL charging station brings the power. It has a minimalistic design but enough surface area to charge up to three devices at once. Now he’ll never have an excuse not to text you back.


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.


Everyone loves cozy feet, and these suede shearling-lined slippers are the ultimate in comfort. Available in classic heather grey, the minimalistic backless design is perfect for the low-key guy who values quality footwear.


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There are a lot of subscription boxes out there claiming to deliver goods your guy will actually like each month. Vices is one of few luxury options that actually delivers. Each themed shipment includes a small selection of beautifully packaged, high-design, high-quality products which will especially please the cocktail curious.


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.


Parachute is known for its unparalleled approach to home linens, but the direct-to-consumer brand’s take on loungewear deserves just as much credit. One of the company’s classic offerings, this softly textured waffle robe is made from 100% long-staple Turkish cotton and comes in white, gray, tan or moss. Your significant other will put it to good use through the rest of winter and beyond.


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.


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.


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. One ID card is always visible without the need to remove it. This wallet will make any guy feel like a spy.


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.


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.


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.


Almost every guy needs a high-quality triple-head rotary shaver. The Philips Norleco 7100 is lightweight and offers a comfortable, safe shave thanks to glide rings that protect the skin from irritation. And despite the light weight, it offers an hour of runtime between charges and includes a pop-up trimmer as well.


A lot of guys like to make bread—and it turns out that the last few years were a great time for revisiting bread-making culinary skills—but Lekue’s silicone cloche is a whole different kind of adventure in the gluten arts. Virtually the entire bread-making process happens right in the cloche—kneading, proofing and baking—and the results are dependably delicious. For a kitchen chef who thinks he’s tried everything, this is a new kind of baking adventure.


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.


There’s nothing worse than sitting down to a delicious home-cooked meal and realizing you forgot to put the Sauvignon blanc in the fridge. This rapid beverage chiller will remedy that by cooling his favorite bottle of wine t0 60 degrees in 60 seconds. It also chills cans of beer or soda 90 times faster than in the fridge, which makes it a great game day companion.


Nike’s Air Force 1-style sneaker just celebrated its 40 anniversary, but the latest iteration of the beloved basketball shoe feels totally now. It’s still made with the same pristine leather and rubber outsole (including heritage pivot circles that increase traction and durability), but now it also has an added cool factor with a padded mid-cut collar and adjustable straps. He’ll want to wear it on and off the court, and most likely, on your Valentine’s Day dinner date.


Omega was named our best overall watch for a reason: they’re renowned for accuracy, reliability and, yes, they look pretty darn sleek, too. The Speedmaster Moonwatch features a stainless steel round case, hesalite crystal and a jet black dial with engine-turned sub-dials (thirty minutes register, twelve hour register and constant seconds). He’ll never be late for happy hour again.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


It may be too chilly outside for a pick-up game with the guys, but that doesn’t mean he can’t practice his jump shot. This sleek basketball hoop features a matte backboard with a black-on-black metal hoop and nylon net that will look right at home in his game room, den or even a home office.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 blockbuster movie unfold around you.


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.


American Giant’s hoodie is a bestselling classic that has a double-lined hood for warmth and side panels to allow for easy movement. Reinforced elbows also protect against wear and this pick is cut from 100% combed ringspun cotton, and made in the U.S. so you can feel good about your purchase, too.


Every guys needs at least one pair of selvedge jeans in their wardrobe—this type of durable denim has a self-edge or self-finished fabric edge that prevents fraying. This classic style is one of Todd Snyder’s most popular pairs, which is sophisticated enough to wear to work and comfortable enough for weekends.


Bonobos’s merino sweaters are 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.


If he doesn’t already own The North Face’s popular Aconcagua Insulated Vest, this classic will quickly become the thing he lives in. It’s great in winter to layer under coats or wear on its own in less chilly weather.


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.


If your guy is an adventurous eater, help him take things up a notch with Melinda’s Hot Sauce Variety Pack. The habanero set includes five spicy condiments that range in levels of heat, including mango habanero, extra hot, garlic habanero, XXXXtra Reserve and ghost pepper sauce. Keep some cold water (or milk) nearby.


Hatch Restore Alarm Clock

Waking up on Monday mornings is never easy, but the Hatch Restore Alarm Clock is the next best thing to a piping hot cup of joe. 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 10 fun colors. After your shots are printed, you can arrange them in a scrapbook or start a memory box for all of your adventures.


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. It’s 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.


If you always hear him crooning Frank Sinatra songs in the bathroom, it’s time to upgrade 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.

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