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29 Valentine’s Day Gifts That Men Actually Want

Updated: Jun. 11, 2024

Forget the heart-shaped box of chocolates. We rounded up the best Valentine's gifts for men that he'll rave about for years to come.

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When it comes to the men in your life, Valentine’s Day is a great way to show them you care. Whether it’s for your husband, father-in-law, boyfriend or college-aged son, this list includes a line-up of thoughtful gifts they’ll enjoy. Valentine’s gifts for men come in all shapes and sizes. We’ve got a few creative ideas to get you moving in the right direction, and hopefully end up being gifts for you both.

With a mix of price points, most of our inexpensive gift ideas are around $50 or less. Some splurges are on here as well, if you’re looking to spoil your special someone with a gift idea he’ll enjoy all year long. If you’re skipping the fancy meal, check out these alternative Valentine’s Day ideas. And here are plenty of last-minute Valentine’s gifts, too.

For the self-care aficionado

Fount Society Body Butter

Without leaving home, your special someone can coat his skin in luxury with this nutrient-rich Fount Society body butter from Cozy Earth. Infused with shea butter and squalane, his skin will take on a soft, hydrated and healthy glow. It even works for a massage for two (as the gift that keeps on giving). Each 10-ounce container also has sea fennel for a relaxing effect that will transport him away from his winter stresses. Still not sure? Check out our Valentine’s Day gift guide for every stage of a relationship.

For the pizzaiolo (aka, pizza chef)

Ooni Koda 16 Pizza Oven

If your valentine is all about making pizzas the right way, he’ll love this gas-powered pizza oven. It’s a bit of a splurge, but it’s a win if he offers to make you dinner. It heats up to 950 degrees to cook delicious pizzas in as little as 60 seconds. You’ll love the five-year warranty that comes with this item. For fun, here’s the history of pizza. It’s one of those Valentine’s gifts for men that he’ll use over and over.

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For the grillmaster

Original MEATER

If your significant other loves to grill, he’ll enjoy this wireless smart meat thermometer. With a range of 33 feet, he can go straight from the grill back to his game chair in a matter of seconds. He’ll love using the free app, which walks him through every step of cooking the perfect piece of meat. Great for custom alerts, notifications keep him on track about temperature and the remaining cook time. We love the stainless steel build and the classy wooden tray that matches all types of culinary decor. Here are a few tips on cleaning the grill too, in case it’s been a while.

For the outdoorsman

Costa Del Mar Caballito Sunglasses

Whether your special someone loves the water, the slopes or the mountains, he’ll appreciate these luxury Caballito sunglasses. With a variety of color combos, you’ll find the perfect pair to match his personality. These Valentine’s gifts for men are a bit of a splurge, but the polycarbonate lenses and built-to-last nylon frames are made for extreme heat and cold. They also offer full coverage for sunny and cloudy days. Still not sure? Check out these polarized sunglasses for more Valentine’s Day gift options.

For the ski fanatic

Sno Ski Soft Base Layer Half Zip Top

When your loved one hits the slopes, he’ll be glad he’s wearing this soft, stretchy base layer shirt. This khaki green top is perfect for layering under his favorite sweater or jacket. The moisture-wicking fabric also keeps him dry and comfortable. The half-zip option allows him to cool off quickly while avoiding rubbing and irritation. He’ll appreciate the tailored design that reflects the unique London spirit. Pair it with a sporty winter jacket for the full look.

For the college fan

Collegiate Pouches

Whether he’s a Boston College graduate or just loves supporting his favorite sports team from USC or the University of Michigan, he’ll appreciate this zippered carryall pouch. It’s perfect for carrying cash, his ID or some loose change, and he can add a single car key as well. It fits in his pocket or zips nicely into his backpack. These also make wonderful friend gifts for Valentine’s Day.

For the gamer

Atlantic Game Depot Wire Gaming Rack

If your guy is a gamer, he’s probably already got a lot of gear. But how about helping him get more organized with this practical gaming storage organization rack? Valentine’s gifts for men for less than $25 are also functional. It’s compact but works great for holding consoles, games and accessories. Plus, this unit comes with two outboard hooks for controllers. Made from heavy gauge steel wire, this gaming rack is durable, while complementing most types of decor. Check out these Valentine’s Day gifts for your kids, too.

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For the spirited guy

Aberdeen Oak Whiskey Stones Set

Great for adding to his at-home bar set-up, this four-pack of whiskey stones won’t disappoint. The stainless steel won’t change in flavor or scent, and the large stones cool his drink evenly while keeping it cold longer. The ball tongs, velvet freezer pouch and premium gift box add elegance for gifting. We love the cocktail recipe book that’s included as well. A bit of trivia: Whiskey makes the list of old-time remedies to treat the flu.

For the adventurer

63 National Park Adventure Guide

Whether he’s heading off on his favorite nature trails or reading about them from his couch, he’ll love this National Parks guidebook. This version of 63 National Park Adventure Guide includes information on recently added parks, such as New River Gorge, White Sands, Indiana Dunes and Gateway Arch. Your loved one will get tips for activities to do in the parks. Plus, there’s a note-taking section for his research and data he finds along the way. Sustainable luggage for a hiking trip also makes great Valentine’s gifts for men.

For the handy-man

Gear Hugger Lubricant (3-Pack)

Great as a rust remover and degreaser, this natural lubricant spray is plant-based, which makes it safe around kids and pets. It might seem weird to give him such practical Valentine’s gifts for men, but he’ll thank you when it comes to fixing the garage door, bikes, door hinges and sports equipment. You’ll love the price and the focus on sustainability for this three-pack of sprays, which are safe for the environment without any harmful odors or toxins.

For the gluten-free connoisseur

Pamela’s Pancake and Baking Mix

Whether you’re making him his favorite breakfast in bed or baking a delicious dessert, your special someone will appreciate this gluten-free pancake and baking mix. Each 4-pound bag is made with almond meal and contains 8 grams of whole grains. With no added sugars, he’ll love the great taste without the guilt. The back panel includes recipes for gluten-free pancakes, waffles, banana bread and chocolate chip cookies. Here’s what to know about gluten-free flour.

For the professional napper

Honeydew The Scrumptious Side Pillow

If you’ve run out of Valentine’s gift ideas over the years, this queen-sized side sleeping pillow is the answer. Your significant other will love getting the best night of sleep (or a nap any time of day), using this luxurious pillow that’s focused on proper alignment with optimal bodily support. Made in the U.S.A., bedding Valentine’s gifts for men like this are perfect for every sleeping position (even though it says side-sleeping). The copper filling is naturally cooling and contains antibacterial properties, making it last longer.

For the mindful chef

The Noom Kitchen Cookbook

It’s not just about rules and restrictions. With The Noom Kitchen cookbook, it’s about a positive mindset with healthy recipes that work for you. This cookbook focuses on the psychology of motivation and getting rid of untrue thoughts. Browse 100 healthy and flavorful recipes, including traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner options—along with snacks, side dishes and desserts. If your man is a vegetarian, this Valentine’s gift for men has plenty of meat-free recipes as well. We love the colorful pictures, making it a great coffee table book for any occasion.

For the protein addict

Aloha Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars

Yummy and good for you? Trust us, your loved one won’t complain about how great these Aloha protein bars taste. The chocolate chip cookie dough bars won’t disappoint as healthy Valentine’s gifts for men or Valentine’s gifts for her. With 14 grams of protein per bar, he can get a quick protein grab before or after his workout, with only 5 grams of sugar. We love that each bar also contains 10 grams of fiber with no artificial ingredients. Plus, these bars are vegan and gluten-free.

For the historical fiction fan

The Lost Van Gogh

Perhaps your significant other loves to curl up with a good book. If he enjoys historical fiction, The Lost Van Gogh by Jonathan Santlofer is a great Valentine’s gift option. Whispers of a lost self-portrait fill the pages, along with intrigue inside the mysterious dark web of the underground art world. If you’re new to this author, consider one of his other five titles, including Anatomy of Fear, which won the Nero Wolfe Award for the best crime novel of 2009.

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For the environmentalist

Cole Haan Reversible Recycled Scarf

Staying warm and feeling good about it? Yes, please! As Valentine’s gifts for men, this reversible recycled scarf is an environmental win (instead of a fast fashion option). Made from 100% recycled polyester, it’s best to handwash this scarf and dry it flat. The houndstooth design gives it a classical feel, but the style is updated and softened with three earth-toned color options. Black-brown is our favorite, but navy-grey and syrah-multi are versatile as well.

For the survivalist

Thrive First Aid Kit

Great for travel or staying at home, this miniature first aid kit includes 66 hospital-grade medical supplies for indoor and outdoor use. If your loved one is the guy who is always prepared in any situation, he’ll love adding this kit to his gear. This 5-inch kit weighs less than a third of a pound. Whether he’s going camping, sailing or driving, he’ll be ready for what lies ahead. We love the hard red case that’s durable and easy to locate quickly.

For the coffee lover

Kaffe Coffee Grinder

Your valentine will love this reasonably priced coffee grinder that comes in five different colors, including two types of black, copper, silver and white. This stainless steel piece has a 3.5-ounce capacity. The clear lid makes it easy to monitor the coarseness of the coffee beans. We love the powerful 150-watt motor that adds versatility for herbs, nuts and grains. It’s a great gift for any coffee lover.

For the budding artist

The Art of The Line in Drawing

Whether your valentine is a novice or a more advanced artist, he’ll appreciate learning new techniques from The Art of The Line in Drawing by Frederic Forest. The author skillfully moves from definitions and basic skills to supplies, workspace and drawing from a model. The next step is drawing from a photograph, such as flowers, wildlife and buildings, followed by outside-the-box creative inspirations. Check out more great gifts for artists.

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For the guy who brings the heat

HexClad Hot Mitt Set

Heat-resistant silicone on the outside of this hot mitt set means your man will stay protected at the stovetop in the kitchen or outside at the grill. These won’t melt or become deformed (as long as it’s up to 450 degrees). The 100% cotton interior keeps these mitts sweat-resistant, so they won’t slip either. Give him some inspiration with these grill recipe ideas.

For the one who loves to eat

HotLogic Mini Food Warmer

If your valentine hardly slows down to eat, this mini food warmer is a great gift idea for him. The concept is a mix between a crock-pot and a microwave, where this portable oven heats food for lunch at the office or reheats meats, veggies or leftovers from home. Whether he wants it hot in two hours or 12, the food will be ready when he is. This device requires zero monitoring and helps avoid overcooked meals and frozen centers. It’s a kitchen gadget he can take anywhere.

For the traveler

Comrad Knee High Compression Socks

These knee-high compression socks might seem like odd Valentine’s gifts for men, but these fuzzy white socks will not disappoint. Plus, they provide maximum comfort while traveling, especially when he’s on an airplane. This brand found a way to focus on comfort and style, without being itchy or too tight. Regardless of age or athletic ability, your loved one can feel his best while traveling the globe. Just check out our compression sock review to learn why they’re so beneficial.

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For the runner

FlipBelt Classic Running Belt

Whether your valentine is heading out for just a few miles or training for a marathon, he’ll appreciate this cozy running waist belt. This also works great for hiking or the gym. You’ll be surprised by how much this holds, including his phone, money, earphones and a small protein bar. We love the internal key hook for extra safety. The size varies by where it’s worn (if worn low on the hips, go up a size). With 13 different colors to choose from, you’re sure to match his personality. Might as well get a belt bag for yourself, too!

For the tea-savant

Pukka Love Herbal Tea

What better way to express your appreciation for your valentine than with love-themed herbal teas? Made with chamomile, lavender and rose, this tea trio is sure to keep their spirit lifted throughout the day (regardless of how chilly it gets outside). Your loved one will get three boxes, containing a total of 60 sachets. We love how the pinkish-red and golden packaging matches the amorous theme of Valentine’s Day. Add a heart-shaped mug to make sipping even more fun. It’s perfect for any tea lover.

For the comedian

Bar Sign Humor Coasters

For around $20, you’ll love the price and he’ll enjoy some ongoing laughs. These bar sign coasters are sure to impress next time your valentine serves up a few drinks from his home bar. These four coasters include roadside lettering inspired by the marquee at the historical El Arroyo eatery in Austin, Texas, where they’ve been serving up Tex-Mex for over 25 years. The sturdy, absorbent stone material is made to last, and he’ll love the no-slip cork bottom to keep surfaces dry. It also doubles as fun home decor!

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For the meat lover

Old Trapper Original Old Fashioned Beef Jerky

You can’t go wrong with packs of Old Trapper beef jerky as great Valentine’s gifts for men. This is available as a single pack for around $13 and comes in a two-pack for just under $26. Loaded with protein, this product is made from 100% beef. The real hardwood smoking process is what makes the difference. We love the resealable bag for convenience, making it a great snack for hiking and camping (here’s the best camping gear if you’re planning a trip).

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For the chess enthusiast

Chess Armory Chess Set

Getting off-screen has never been easier. This handcrafted 15-inch wooden chess set comes inside a convenient storage box and includes two extra queen pieces. The additional pieces come in handy when a player gets another queen by promoting their pawn. Every chess set comes with a free online course that’s taught by an expert chess player. These are great Valentine’s gifts for men whether he’s a new or seasoned classic board game player.

For the aspiring cowboy

Cowboys and Rodeos

Great for use as a coffee table book, your valentine can leave this out as a unique talking point for guests. But, he’ll also enjoy perusing the pages of this 192-page hardcover book about the western United States. The pictures will dazzle and impress, along with showcasing real-life stories from a working ranch in Northern California. Photographer and author Alyn Robert Brereton shines a refreshing light on horses, cattle, boots, buckles and more. You might even get inspired to head out on a trip.

For the bladesmith

HexClad Damascus Steel Paring Knife

Known for being perfectly balanced, this paring knife will not disappoint. As far as Valentine’s gifts for men go, this one tops the chart for cutting all of his fruits and veggies. Plus, it makes deveining shrimp a cinch. Your valentine will love the green pakkawood handle, along with the steel bolster and the full-tang construction. When friends are over, he can share how this knife is forged from 67 layers of Japanese Damascus steel. For best care, hand-wash this HexClad knife in warm, soapy water.