42 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts That Men Actually Want
Forget the usual heart-adorned boxers. We rounded up the best Valentine's Day gifts for him that he'll rave about for years to come.
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Gifts he’ll love almost as much as he loves you
It’s never easy to find the perfect present for that special guy who means the world to you. But if you’re looking for great Valentine’s Day gifts for him, it can feel daunting and even downright impossible to find something that’s just the right mix of clever, sweet, indulgent, and practical. Things are further complicated because you also need the right gift for the right stage of your relationship. Like we said, it’s not easy. But there is some good news: We’re here to help!
Whether you’re searching for gifts for your husband, your boyfriend, or another special man in your life, we’ve got dozens of ideas for you—from cool tech gadgets and one-of-a-kind personalized items to cozy clothing and super yummy treats. You won’t find antiquated heart boxers or a typical box of chocolates on this list, because it’s focused on the things he’ll actually use, savor, and love almost as much as he loves you. By the way, do you know why we celebrate Valentine’s Day in the first place? Find the answer to that and some other neat Valentine’s Day facts you probably never knew, and then get shopping!
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For cozier nights: Brooklyn Bedding Dual Therapy Weighted Blanket
The best Valentine’s Day gifts for him are the ones he’ll use time and time again, like this Brooklyn Bedding Dual Therapy Weighted Blanket in on-trend neutral gray. It’s great to layer over his existing bedding as a touch of lulling comfort—or as the world’s best throw blanket for two on cozy and romantic evenings by a crackling fire. Combine this with some of the best sleep products on Amazon and he’ll be the well-rested romantic of your dreams (and his).
For music lovers: Victrola Eastwood Bluetooth Turntable
If he’s absolutely smitten with his music collection and considers himself a total audiophile, he’ll swoon over this timeless gift. The Victrola Eastwood Turntable has Bluetooth connectivity and three speeds, which makes it one of the greatest Valentine’s Day gifts for men who are prone to falling in love with new beats or enjoying old tunes every day of the week. It’s a cinch to set up and use, affordable, and one of the coolest tech gifts around.
For a spicy guy: Korres Mountain Pepper Eau de Toilette
This spicy, aromatic scent is just what the modern, nature-focused guy in your life wants on his skin, thanks to refreshing sweet mountain pepper, bergamot, crisp apple, moss, and woodsy notes. He’ll also love the vegetarian-friendly formula (believe it or not, some fragrances are made with animal products), recyclable packaging, and cruelty-free ethos. You’ll love that it’s technically a gender-neutral Valentine’s Day gift under $50 that you may end up borrowing occasionally.
For the snacker: Wisconsin Cheese Nibbler Crate
If he’s cheddar than ever and a gouda example of mankind (and you can’t resist a silly pun), this Wisconsin Cheese Nibbler Crate makes a great gift. He’ll be treated to sharp cheddar, one-year-aged cheddar, Colby, smoked gouda, and edam that are delicious on their own, as cracker toppings, or for a romantic wine-and-cheese night at home. Don’t miss these other Amazon Prime gifts that will make shopping so much easier.
For the fitness fan: Hylete Linear Tech Hoodie
He’ll love hitting the running trails, working out in his favorite on-demand fitness classes, and doing just about everything else in this flattering, comfortable hoodie from Hylete. It’s ultra-soft, warm, and somehow magically thin and bulk-free for easy wearing. It also features five pockets, including a zippered media pocket on the sleeve, to stash important things like phones and MP3 players so hands can be free for weights, movement, and fun.
For the ever-punctual guy: Leather 5-Slot Personalized Watch Box
Monogramming his initials on this gorgeous watch box makes it one of the most thoughtful personalized gifts for watch collectors and those who are time-obsessed. The vegan leather box features a glass top, easy-to-clean construction, felt-lined compartments, and the option to initial one to three letters of your choice on the top. It comes in a sophisticated, masculine black gift box, too, so you don’t have to worry about wrapping.
For the man with a serious sweet tooth: The Sugarwish Select
If he’s known to crunch, munch, and sneak sweets and snacks, he’ll love these treats from Sugarwish. Choose a small, medium, and large size, depending on your budget, and customize it with popular classics like Jelly Belly jelly beans, chocolate-covered almonds, home-style cookies, gourmet popcorn, and more. It’s also one of the sweetest care packages to send friends who are stuck at home due to the pandemic.
For the perfectly polished gent: Every Man Jack Cedarwood Men’s Body Kit
If he takes his personal hygiene seriously, he’ll fall head over heels for this Every Man Jack 2-in-1 Cedarwood Men’s Body Kit that comes complete with a Dopp kit he’ll use for years to come. The set includes the brand’s cedarwood-scented two-in-one shampoo and conditioner, full-size body wash and shower gel, and aluminum-free deodorant you’ll both feel good about. Don’t miss these other self-care gifts for guys and gals.
For the gourmand: Left Coast Originals Personalized Charcuterie Board
Looking for a thoughtful gift he’ll cherish for years to come? You can’t go wrong with this personalized charcuterie board. Each board is handmade and offered in amber, espresso, or blond wood finishes to suit his taste, and customized with his name, the family name, a special date, or other important inscription. He’ll serve his favorite meats, cheeses, dried fruits, cut veggies, and other must-have snacks on it with pride. If you really want to wow him, prearrange his new charcuterie board with some of these delectable food gifts.
For the overworked: Calm Puzzle
If he’s always stressed, overworked, and just emotionally exhausted, he’ll love this 300-piece Calm Puzzle. It comes in a variety of image options, and each is designed specifically to encourage gentle breathing and downtime away from stressful stimuli. Better yet, this affordable Valentine’s Day gift comes with a free 30-day subscription to the Calm app. You can work on the puzzle together as a new way to bond quietly. If, on the other hand, the guy in your life could use a good challenge, you might want to check out the 15 hardest puzzles you can buy on Amazon.
For the always curious: AncestryDNA Activation Kit
If family always comes first for him, he’ll love connecting to the generations before him with this AncestryDNA + Traits genetic test. It comes with easy-to-follow instructions, a prepaid package for him to send in a saliva sample, and, eventually, a colorful depiction of his family’s ethnicity, history, and even traits like eye color, freckles, and more. It’ll give you both a lot to discuss in the coming weeks, and potentially an exciting look at his family history. Make sure to read these surprising at-home DNA test facts before you get started.
For the sentimental man: mpix Signature Photo Album
Make a custom, hard-bound album that commemorates your time together, or focus on something special like your engagement, wedding, or the birth of a child with this mpix Signature Photo Album. Available in a variety of sizes and styles, these professional-quality leather photo albums feature lay-flat binding and one of three photographic paper options (gloss, lustre, and deep matte). You can deboss the front cover in matte gold or silver, and the pages are detailed in white endleaf. It’s all class, all the way, and the perfect way to commemorate your most treasured moments. Use code readers30 at checkout to take 30 percent off your entire purchase through March 15, 2021.
For setting the mood: Bullstrap 1st Impression Candle
He already made a good first impression on you, of course, but keep the good vibes going with this Bullstrap candle that sets the right mood, no matter what stage of a relationship you’re in. Made with 100 percent soy wax, this candle boasts a warm blend of amber and teakwood, as well as a subtle citrus undertone. Warning: There’s a good chance you’ll want to steal this from him, so you might want to buy one for yourself, too! By the way, here’s how to get your candles to burn cleaner and longer.
For the one who sees the world through rose-colored glasses: Rheos Waders Floating Polarized Sunglasses
The eternal optimist in your life is going to love these trendy Rheos Polarized Sunglasses, and not just because they’re a dose of effortless cool. They actually have rose-tinted lenses that let him literally wear rose-colored glasses. Rheos frames are also ideal for fisherman and boaters because they’re designed to float on water rather than sink, which means he’ll probably never lose these. This brand also made our list of the best sunglasses with UV protection.
For the healthy eater: TaoTronics Air Fryer
Help him stick to his New Year’s resolutions to order out less and instead eat healthy, homemade dinners with this TaoTronics Air Fryer, a magical countertop appliance that can air-fry chicken, steak, veggies, and more in mere minutes. What sets this model apart from all the others is its six-quart capacity. That means he can air-fry a whole chicken or cook enough dinner for the whole family in one batch. It also boasts an impressive touch-display control center that allows him to roast, reheat, and bake. Just make sure he avoids these common mistakes with his air fryer.
For the one who’s glued to Zoom: Medterra Stay Alert CBD Gummies
If he’s on back-to-back conference calls all day, he’ll appreciate these non-drowsy CBD gummies that will help him keep his calm vibes going while also keeping him alert, focused, and in the game. They’re a caffeine-free blend of 25 mg of potent CBD, all-natural green tea, and Ginkgo Biloba extracts. They’re also completely free of gelatin and high-fructose corn syrup additives, so they’re a guilt-free experience. In case you’re not quite sure, this is the difference between CBD and THC.
For the one who likes balance: Jacobsen Salt Co. Salty Caramels
You don’t have to buy a traditional box of chocolates to hit a sweet note. Instead, try these well-balanced Jacobsen Salt Co. Salty Caramels for a delightful combination of rich, gooey caramel and hand-harvested sea salt. They’re the mouthwatering answer to finding a unique yet yummy Valentine’s Day gift for him. To make your own sweet treat for the big day, try this beautiful strawberry dessert that’s been pinned over 112,000 times.
For the outdoorsman: Outdoor Research Vigor Heavyweight Sensor Gloves
If he lives in a cold climate and likes to be outdoors, these Outdoor Research Vigor Heavyweight Sensor Gloves are going to really wow him—and maybe even lead to more long, romantic walks with you. They’re double layered to keep his digits toasty, as well as lined with a cutting-edge smart fleece that thermo-regulates to keep him dry and warm when he’s cold, and sweat-free and cool when he’s pushing himself.
For more comfortable lounging: Jambys Shorts
What’s ultra-soft, easy to wash, and even easier to wear? These Jambys shorts, that’s what, and they’re the perfect lounge-at-home items he’ll wear all the time. They’re breathable like his favorite boxers but designed to be worn on their own and around other people (well, whoever lives in the house, anyway, since these are still pandemic times). And they’re as great on the back deck when he’s reading a book as they are when he’s chilling on the sofa for movie night. Speaking of cozy gifts, you’ll also love these clever presents for people who are always cold.
For the busy guy: Mark & Graham Rustic Leather Tech Catchall Tray
If he’s constantly on the go and simply too busy to sort his important pocket essentials like keys, coins, and his billfold, he’ll love this Mark & Graham Rustic Leather Tech Catchall Tray with his initials monogrammed on it. It’s a genuine leather valet that offers a trio of compartments, as well as slits for a charging cable. It’s great on an entryway table, by his bedside, or atop his desk.
For date nights at home: Wine Insiders Date Night Stunners Wines
Say hello to the at-home date night of your dreams with this half-case of six elevated wines. They stand marvelously on their own for a sweet toast or when paired with home-cooked meals. Enjoy award-winning bottles of a 2018 Pinot Noir, a 2019 Chardonnay, and a mix of other easily sipped red, white, and blush wines. Present this gift with a spread of his favorite cheeses, dried and fresh fruit, and crackers, and you’re sure to win Favorite Person of the Year. Don’t miss these Valentine’s Day ideas long-term couples swear by.
For the one who needs a reminder: Mixtiles Gift Bundle of 8
Haven’t heard of Mixtiles yet? You’re about to fall in love. They’re the artistic yet non-committal way to dress up any room with pictures of loved ones and treasured moments. The app turns the pictures on your phone (or his) into 8-by-8 photo tiles that stick and re-stick to your walls without any nails or damage. You can start with a few favorite memories and add to your collection each year as a new Valentine’s Day gifting tradition, or rearrange little “I love you” notes on a weekly basis to keep reminding him just how special he is. Here are another 40 romantic ways to say “I love you.”
For the minimalist: Unbound Merino V-Neck Shirt
This V-neck tee is beyond the ordinary blend of cotton and synthetics—it’s actually made of genuine merino wool, spun so fine that it feels like a cozy, weightless, and warm cloud. It’s naturally antibacterial, so it’s ideal for guys who are low on laundry time (you’re supposed to go several wears between each wash with this material), and it won’t smell or stink the way cheap cotton and synthetic fabrics do. The entire line comes in a variety of masculine colors he’ll love, and because he can wear each repeatedly, he’ll need fewer items in his wardrobe overall. Minimalist, practical, and stylish—look at you!
For better listening: New Soul S-Nano True Wireless Earbuds
A great pair of earbuds are just the kind of tech gifts guys love and actually need, so you know these Soul S-Nano Earbuds are going to be well received. They’re affordable, high-quality wireless bursts of brilliant sound that provide 24 hours of playtime, durability, and sweat resistance. They also come in a variety of colors, so you’re sure to find a pair to match his style. In case you were wondering, here’s exactly how Bluetooth technology works for handy little tech items like this.
For the biggest personality in the room: Ruby Royale Fruit & Nut Snack Mix
This snack mix looks almost too pretty to eat! Drag Race star Latrice Royale is the mastermind behind this pink-themed, love-filled gift that’s loaded with ethically sourced ruby cacao-covered almonds, crunchy pistachios, and two kinds of sweet cranberries from Squirrel Brand. It’s great for health-conscious snacking during Drag Race marathons or as the kind of dessert platter accouterments that leave everyone tickled pink with satisfaction.
For the one with wanderlust: Amazon Explore Virtual Trips
This neat new Amazon service launched just a few months ago to help people cope with the idea of being at home more than usual. It virtually transports you to other parts of the world through vibrant, customized live streaming experiences with local experts. You can choose historical or cultural tours led by locals or even get up close and personal with wild animals. Not sure which experience to try? This New Orleans virtual tour offers rich historical, culinary, and music-related tour options. For more inspiration, see which virtual tour is the most popular in your state.
For the practical guy: Ably Apparel Snyder Stretch Twill Pants
These stretch twill pants will be his new go-to picks for business-casual days or errand-filled weekends. What makes them so great? They’re not only versatile and stylish—they’re also stain-resistant, thanks to the brand’s Filium-coated fabric that repels stains, odors, and liquids, leaving you both with less laundry to do and more good days with great pants. They’re the smart way to add a bit of polish to a typical plain white or black tee, or great with a classic crew-neck cashmere sweater and loafers.
For the guy with too many loved ones to count: VidDay Video Compilation
This thoughtful gift is the easiest way to get friends and family members from across the globe together in one neat, concise, and expertly edited video message. Create a surprise group video gift by compiling individual photos and videos from multiple people into a single beautiful video with a holiday theme. It’s like a video greeting card, but better. Videos under three minutes in total length are just $5, but longer videos are a bit more expensive, though still very affordable.
For the guy with a green thumb: Lively Root Flamingo Flower
What’s gorgeous, rose-colored, romantic, and a million times more practical than a typical bouquet? This Lively Root Flamingo Flower Plant. The perfect addition to his desk, home, or office, this rosy-hued arrangement will not only brighten his space—it will also clean and purify the air. Plus, it’s an evergreen perennial, just like your love, as well as pet-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about his other best friend. Here are more houseplants anyone can grow. (Really, anyone!)
For the chilled-out chocolate lover: Five CBD Chocolates
These heavenly little squares are for ages 18 and up only since each square of gourmet milk chocolate boasts 50 mg of CBD and 2 mg of THC per square. It’s a major upgrade from the typical box of chocolates the average supermarket sells, offering blissful flavor and a mild, zen-like experience from a hearty dose of CBD.
For the guy who misses hotels: Haven Luxury Sateen Sheets
These Haven sateen sheets are what he expects at a five-star hotel, but now he can live the life of luxury in his own home. Featuring a soft, breathable fabric that’s made of 100 percent organic cotton that softens with each wash, they’re sure to make him want to spend more time in bed. Share these other tips to make a bed 10 times cozier and he may never want to leave the house again!
For the king of your backyard: Halo Fire Torch
This useful addition to the backyard, patio, or deck is more than just an artistic display piece. It offers a captivating fire feature that also repels insects; plus, it’s easy to set up and refill, and it’s safe to use for hours on end, thanks to high-quality tempered glass. The calming fire feature seems to dance when operating, making a fun focal point and conversation starter for any outdoor gathering. If he loves grilling, one of these indoor or outdoor grills might be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for him.
For the active mover and shaker: CAT Stormers Shoe
A little rain, slush, or snow won’t hold him back, which is exactly why a pair of slip-on waterproof rubber boots is the way you’ll warm his heart (and his toes). The soles are made with top-quality vulcanized rubber for grip and traction, so he can get to work, walk the dog, or do just about anything else with confidence. These low-profile boots also boast a cushioned footbed with shock absorption, so he can wear them all day without pain or discomfort, and the slip-on style makes them the easy, natural choice to leave by the front door.
For lazy mornings: 2(X)IST Men’s Hooded Robe
He’ll love cozying up by the fire on sleepy Sunday mornings or just about any other time when he wears this posh burgundy hooded robe from 2(X)IST. Deep pockets, soft velour, and easy machine washing are sure to make this a hit for men of every age.
For the snacking connoisseur: Harry & David Gift Tower with Wine
The best Valentine’s Day gifts for him are the ones he can’t wait to open, use, and savor. This perfectly packaged set from Harry & David is just what his gourmet-snack-loving soul has been waiting for. He’ll love salty, savory, and sweet nuts, summer sausage, Moose Munch popcorn, and a bottle of share-worthy 2017 Royal Crest Red blend. It’s one of the best choices for men who love home movie nights because it comes with everything he’ll need. We suggest cuddling up together and watching one of the most romantic movies of all time.
For the home chef: Giusto Sapore Infused Olive Oil Set
Heart-healthy olive oil is just what the love doctor ordered. Treat him to five bottles of flavorful, infused specialty Giusto Sapore olive oils, and watch him enjoy his gift for hundreds of meals to come, as he drizzles it on salads, sandwiches, mouthwatering steaks, and other delicious meals. The most appreciated Valentine’s gifts for him are the ones that go through his stomach, obviously. Find out the most romantic Valentine’s Day restaurant in every state.
For the bubbliest in the room: Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé
This Italian-born bubbly pink wine is an effervescent addition to your Valentine’s Day menu, offering the perfect pairing with romantic berries and desserts, or a bolder Thai basil chicken and fragrant rice dish. Either way, he’ll love sharing this Italian sparkling wine with you.
For whipping up a feast: T-fal Signature Nonstick Cookware Set
If he’s a home chef with serious skills, he’ll fawn over this T-fal nonstick cookware set—and not just because it helps him eliminate extra cleanup time. It’s an affordable cookware set that always heats evenly and makes cooking everything from everyday meals to over-the-top romantic dishes a breeze. You’ll both love the lead-free, cadmium-free construction and the fact that you can throw these pieces in the dishwasher. One of these romantic dinner ideas is sure to hit the spot.
For the Star Wars fan: Lovepop Yoda Cupid Pop-Up Card
As if everything baby Yoda wasn’t hot enough right now, you can take the world’s most adorable sci-fi trend and transform it into the most awww-inducing Valentine’s Day card for him. Scribble a loving message, seal it in the accompanying envelope, and watch his face turn into one giant smile when he opens the 3D pop-up card. Keep the theme going with one of these awesome Baby Yoda gifts.
For the health-conscious: Persona Personalized Vitamin Packs
Give him the gift of better health—without the giant serving of steamed veggies on the side (though, of course, he should still be eating those, too). Persona Personalized Vitamin Packs help him achieve his supplement goals, whether they focus on more energy, sleep, stress, diet, or other concerns. You can easily personalize his daily packs with individual supplements starting at less than a quarter each day. Spice up your celebration by trying one of these Valentine’s Day traditions from around the world.
For the forgetful: Tile Stickers
Get him these completely brilliant Tile Sticker two-packs and he’ll never lose anything again. They’re the slimmest offerings from Tile, and if he can peel and stick, he’ll be able to keep track of his remote control, car keys, gym bag, and whatever else he seems to constantly misplace. The stickers have an internal, slim battery that lasts for up to three years and will help him seamlessly track just about anything from the accompanying app. If he’s nice, he’ll let you use the second sticker for your own keys or on a kid’s backpack. Check out more of the best products for people who always lose things.
For the glass-half-full guy: Life Is Good Peace & Love Tee
Give him a soft, everyday, super comfy tee from the always-uplifting brand Life Is Good and see his face light up with even more love than usual. This Peace & Love Crusher Tee is the 100 percent cotton way to seamlessly work a little love reminder into his everyday wardrobe without sprinkling his boxers with hearts and cherubs. Next, check out these silly Valentine’s Day puns to make your sweetheart smile.
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