24 Amazing Valentine’s Day Gifts You Can Buy at the Drugstore
Forgot to order flowers and now they’re all sold out? Whoever you’re spoiling this Valentine’s Day, it turns out your local drugstore has got you totally covered.
Stainless steel BBQ set
The modern man doesn’t need a new tool kit; he’s more excited about mastering the art of cooking. Believe it or not, Walgreens carries a stainless steel set of barbecue tools that are a luxury quality at a really reasonable price. He can even put them to work to cook you a nice Valentine’s Day meal! (Get our free Valentine’s Day guide packed with dozens of quick tips and sweet ideas for an amazing V-Day celebration.)
“When asked what gift they would most like to receive from their significant other, 24 percent of men said they would love a new cologne, putting this item within the top three best gift ideas for Valentine’s Day,” says dating expert Kat MacLean of PlentyOfFish, who surveyed 20,000 people about their preferred Valentine’s Day gifts. The great news is drugstores don’t carry only the tacky, plastic body mists you smell at middle school dances. They also stock a range of high-end colognes you’d find at your nearest department store, like Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue and Calvin Klein’s Euphoria.
If your partner is a student, a busy professional, a father, or any kind of human, there’s a good chance he drinks coffee. But instead of getting him a Starbucks gift card, opt for a coffee making kit, which is so much more meaningful than handing over money. (And wow him with your knowledge of these weird coffee facts.) “Here’s a hot tip for all daters,” says MacLean, “avoid buying a gift card at all costs! It’s the most impersonal way to show your love.” Some 22 percent of men said receiving a gift certificate from their S.O. was the worst gift they’d ever received, he adds. Ouch.
George Foreman Grill
It’s not selfish to give a gift that partially benefits you, right? Well, that’s exactly what a George Foreman Grill does. A grill is a perfect present to give your man on Valentine’s Day, as it’ll get you guys outdoors, and means you can look forward to delicious meals whipped up by your special someone. And let’s be honest, is anything more attractive than a man who can cook? (Bet you didn’t know you could grill these foods?)
Shaving supplies are a safe gift for a man you’ve just started dating. It says, “I like you enough to get you something, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you with something overly generous.” Depending on your comfort level, you can opt for a higher-end set of supplies—though probably only boutique drugstores carry lines like Art of Shaving—or a more middle-of-the-road line, such as Every Man Jack, which is Esquire‘s drugstore buy of choice. Check out the other Valentine’s Day gifts you can get, by stage of your relationship.
If your man loves to vacation or often travels for work, a brand-spanking new dopp kit makes a great gift. Because it’s so inexpensive, you can afford to fill the bag with some of his favorite travel-sized toiletries. This gift is a great way to show how well you know him. Just make sure he doesn’t still believe these popular travel myths.
Root beer float kit
Some couples are vehemently anti-Valentine’s Day. If you and your significant other fall along these lines and don’t want to make a big fuss out of going out, your gift can be a fun way to spice up staying in. A root beer float kit is a whimsical way to kick off an evening of take-out and a romantic movie on Netflix.
An electric razor is one of those practical but equally thoughtful gifts for the metrosexual man in your life—or any man who does any kind of grooming. The modern man cares about how he looks, and isn’t afraid to indulge in some luxury grooming. The Conair Chrome Kit is incredibly sleek and comes with all time trimmings (see what we did there?).
Some drugstores go beyond plastic watches, stocking high-end products, such as a Fitbit. This is ideal for the man who loves exercise, or has made a resolution to get into better shape this year. The best part: He’ll have no idea you picked it up around the corner 10 minutes before you showed up at his door. Here’s how one skeptic became a Fitbit believer.
Some 34 percent of single men and 30 percent of single women claimed the best gift they’d received from a significant other was an activity they did together, according to the PlentyOfFish survey. “Plan your Valentine’s day around a fun activity you know your partner will love,” MacLean suggests. How about a generous couple’s massage? Cue the massage oil, an easy Valentine’s Day gift that’s like an engraved invitation for one-on-one time. Massage also has these great health benefits.