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Stumped on what to get your guy for Valentine’s Day this year? We don’t blame you—men are so hard to shop for. But trust us, a fancy watch or another bottle of cologne is not the answer. (Unless your husband specifically asked for those.) Here, we pulled together a list of 60 thoughtful Valentine’s Day gifts for him that he actually wants. How do we know? Well, we asked real guys to share their past favorites, as well as what they’re secretly hoping to get this year, like a cookbook that explains all the intricacies of making bread for your partner who’s obsessed with The Great British Bake Off or a beginner’s skincare kit for your boyfriend who thinks it might be time to invest in some moisturizer. Whatever he’s hoping for, we’re willing to bet these gift suggestions will really hit the spot.
Below are 30 Best Valentines Day Gifts for Him That Wont Hurt Your Pockect:
1. Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch
For the Guy Trying to Be a Little Healthier
“With our local gym closed, my wife has finally gotten me to start running outside with her. I’m really starting to get into it, but I’d like to be able to track my distance and pace—so I’ve been dropping not-so-subtle hints about wanting a smart watch,” says Ed, 33. And while he didn’t specify exactly which watch he’s got on his eye on, this model from Fitbit is great for tracking workouts. Plus, the battery lasts upwards of six days off just one charge.
2. Audio-Technica LP60X-BT Bluetooth Record Player
For the Retro Music Lover
“I love going to record stores and secondhand shops and buying up cheap records and listening to new music, but my current player isn’t the best. I’ve been considering investing in a new, higher-quality player for a while now but it would be great to get one as a gift so I can spend even more on the records themselves,” says Shenuque, 28.
3. The Modern Tiffin: On-the-Go Vegan Dishes with a Global Flair Cookbook
For the Chef Looking to Expand His Horizons
Shenuque also named this cookbook—a globally-inspired mix of Indian, Mexican, Thai and Italian dishes, all of which make vegetables the star of the show—as a great way to mix up his go-to recipes and try new cooking techniques. “I’ve been meaning to expand my cooking repertoire and some of these recipes look absolutely delicious!”
4. ThermoPop Meat Thermometer
For the Man Who Loves a Good Roast
“I have an instant read probe thermometer I use all the time, but this one can be left in a chicken or turkey or other roast to let me know at a glance when the meat has reached its optimal temperature,” Brian, 30, tells us. Indeed, this handy little tool also has a screen which rotates to allow you to read the temperature at any angle, and can be set to read either Fahrenheit or Celsius.
5. Outdoor Voices CloudKnit Sweatpants
For the Comfort King
Yeah, you could get him a nice sweater or button-down, but he’d probably prefer something he can wear for a cozy night on the couch with you. “My partner got me these joggers for Valentine’s Day last year, and I’m pretty sure I’ve worn them every single weekend since. They’re basically my WFH uniform, too,” says Yaksha, 29.
6. Fitness Dice
For the Guy Sick of At-Home Workouts
“I tend to get super bored doing the same workouts over and over again,” Noam, 31, tells us. “So I thought it was really funny and sweet when my boyfriend gave me these workout dice last year.” These fun dice have a mix of exercises and reps on each side to give him a custom, random workout plan every time he rolls. It also comes with a book that explains each move in detail, alongside info on which muscles are being worked.
7. Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
For the Sriracha Lover
Trust us, your hot sauce aficionado will want to rip this box open ASAP and get experimenting. “My wife knows I love trying new hot sauces, so she got me this kit for my birthday. It comes with recipes so you’re not totally in the dark on how to make your own. I highly recommend it,” Fred, 46, says.
8. Letters to Open When…
For the Long Distance Lover
If you’re in an LDR, these customizable letters will help lessen the pain of being apart. You can fill them out for occasions like “when you’re looking for inspiration” or “when you need a good laugh,” and then gift him the whole pack. Dan, 30, admits he’s a fan, saying, “I know it’s corny, but my favorite gift I’ve ever received from her is probably the “open when” letters she wrote me. I loved reading her messages, because it made it feel like she was right there with me.”
9. MCI Folding Steel Personal Hand Truck in Silver
For the No-Fuss Practicalist
Butch, 64, raves about how this incredibly convenient little hand cart has made running errands in New York City infinitely easier. “It is not just a game-changer, it is the game-changer to end all game-changers. I’m too old to have to make four or more trips from the car to the apartment just to unload Christmas decorations or things from our storage unit, and this cart lets me load up as much as I want and just roll on down the block without hurting my back.” It also folds up for flat storage, another major bonus for small apartment dwellers.
10. History by Mail Subscription
For the Guy Who Knows Too Many History Facts
Your history-buff hubby already has 400 books about World War II (or WWI or the Wild West or Teddy Roosevelt’s life or basically any major moment in history), but he doesn’t have a replica of Albert Einstein’s personal letters to FDR. This monthly subscription will send him a new packet of painstakingly replicated documents from interesting moments in history. (P.S. Maybe pick up a few frames as well for him to put his favorite pieces on display.)
11. Champ Chest
For the Football Fan
Got a major football fan on your hands? He’ll lose it over one of these custom gift boxes filled with his favorite team’s gear. “My wife has told me I’m hard to shop for, but she totally nailed it for my birthday this year. She got me a Dallas Cowboys Champ Chest that came with a bunch of awesome stuff like a Cowboys T-shirt and beer koozie,” says Jamie, 51.
12. Tracksmith Fells Henley
For the Avid Runner
“I’m always itching for cool new running gear, but I especially like that this shirt could work off the track too,” says Thomas, 25. Tracksmith’s stylish design is make from Merino wool that’s specifically crafted to help wick away moisture and keep runners (or other athletes) warm and dry even during the coldest, hardest workouts. But the Fells Henley also has chic finishing touches, like a trip of buttons at the neckline and a soft, waffle-esque texture that make it a great option for everyday wear as well.
13. Brooklyn Candle Room Perfume Reed Diffuser
For the Guy Who Loves a Calming Candle
“I’ve slowly been turning my home into a little oasis and focusing on decorating with things that make me feel happy and calm as a way to try an combat pandemic stress and a gentle, elegant scent diffuser would make a perfect addition to my current set-up” Jay, 52, tells us. There are three lovely scents to choose from, but we’re partial to Sunday Morning which has notes of pear, bergamot, jasmine, gardenia and a base of amber woods.
14. National Parks Poster Set
For the Outdoor Adventurer
Sage, 31, received these artsy renderings of U.S. National Parks last year and is hoping to expand his collection again soon. Pick up a trio of posters representing his favorite vacation spots, or go aspirational and opt for the places at the top of his travel bucket-list. (Be sure to pick up some frames as well so he can hang them right away.)
15. Timbuk2 Lane Commuter Backpack
For the Bike Commuter
“My girlfriend got me this backpack four years ago and it is still my favorite gift ever,” says 30-year-old Brian. “It’s waterproof, super comfortable, has enough room for my laptop and tons of pockets to keep everything else organized, and it also has a reflective stripe so I feel better about having it on my back when I bike around after dark.” Even better, this backpack, just like all of Timbuk2’s products, comes with a lifetime warranty, so if the fabric starts to peel or a zipper breaks you can simply send it in for repairs rather than splurging on an entirely new bag.
16. L.L.Bean Wicked Cozy Heated Electric Blanket
For the Man Who’s Perpetually Cold
“My girlfriend knows it gets cold in my apartment, so she got me this throw blanket as part of my gift last Valentine’s Day. It was my favorite gift because it was such a thoughtful idea,” explains Blake, 28. Now you’ll never have to listen to him complain about his drafty windows again.
17. Yeti Hopper Backflip 24 Soft Cooler
For the Tailgate Aficionado
Something tells us your guy’s eyes will light up when he finds out this cooler backpack can store up to 24 cans of beer. At least, that’s what impressed one man we spoke to. “My wife got me this bag for our anniversary last year and it’s awesome. I use it for everything from tailgates to beach days and it really does keep my drinks ice cold for hours,” says Ted, 35.
18. 100 Movies Scratch Off Poster
For the Film Buff
This scratch off movie bucket list features over 100 blockbusters, so you’re guaranteed to find a few that your favorite movie buff hasn’t seen yet. It includes classics like Casablanca and Jaws, plus newer titles like Moonlight and Up. In other words, you two won’t face the ‘what should we watch tonight?’ quandary for a while.
19. Homwom Casino Poker Chip Set
For the Card Shark
“My fiancée got me this set a few years ago, and it’s still my favorite gift she’s ever given me. All of my buddies are really jealous,” raved Ryan, 31. Whether he hosts poker night every week or he’s new to the world of Texas Hold’em, he’ll appreciate the sleek design of this set.
20. OHOM Ui Mug & Warmer Set
For the Coffee Lover
His WFH routine typically includes multiple trips to the microwave to nuke his lukewarm coffee. But once you give him this mug warming plate, he can stay comfy at his desk all morning long. Reviewers say it keeps their cup of joe warm for hours, plus the charging/warming plate can also be used as a wireless phone charger.
21. The Comfy Oversized Blanket Sweatshirt
For the Man Who Prioritizes Comfort
Behold, your new excuse to cuddle up and watch Netflix all weekend, every weekend. Once he puts on this cozy sherpa-lined hoodie-blanket hybrid, he won’t ever want to take it off. Tim, 30, agreed: “My girlfriend already had one and knew I was jealous, so she surprised me with my own Comfy last Valentine’s Day. Best. Gift. Ever.”
22. Brooklyn Brew Shop Everyday IPA Beer Making Kit
For the Guy Who Only Drinks Micro-Brews
“I’d always wanted to make my own beer, but I never got around to buying the equipment. My wife got me this kit last year, and I was able to churn out a surprisingly good IPA,” explains Sienni, 28. This particular set includes an IPA-making mix, a reusable glass fermenter, vinyl tubing and just about everything else he needs to start experimenting.
23. All-Clad Stainless Steel Waffle Maker
For the Sunday Brunch Fan
You might not think a waffle maker screams Valentine’s Day, but you know what they say about the key to a man’s heart. “The best gift my wife has given me so far was an All-Clad waffle maker,” says Steve, 30. “Waffles are my favorite food, and now we get to make them together all the time.”
24. BIRCHBOX GROOMING BOX
For the Guy Just Getting Into Skincare
Nope, Birchbox isn’t just for women. The OG beauty subscription service offers a men’s grooming box featuring a monthly assortment of high-end shaving, skin and hair products for him to test out. Here’s hoping he’ll finally stop stealing your face wash.
25. Foxlyprints Custom Dog Portrait
For the Man Who Loves His Pup More than Anyone
The only thing he loves more than you? Your pup, of course. Jake, 29, tells us that his fiancé got him a portrait of their pitbull from this Etsy seller last Valentine’s Day and he immediately hung it in their bedroom. Now that’s a sure sign of a good gift.
26. Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit
For the Wannabe Farmer
He already has an indoor herb-growing station or a blooming outdoor vegetable garden, but we’re willing to bet he has yet to try his hand at growing his own mushrooms. This at-home grow kit is incredibly easy to use—simply soak the salvaged wood, then store it in a dark, damp place—and in about six weeks he’ll have his very own shiitake mushroom harvest.
27. Levain Cookies
For the Man With a Major Sweet Tooth
These delicious cookies are only sold in NYC, but lucky for us the bakery will ship almost anywhere in the U.S. (including Hawaii and Alaska, but sadly not Puerto Rico), so everyone can get in on the fun. You can hand-pick anywhere between four and 12 yummy cookies, so he’s guaranteed to love every bite. Hopefully, he also shares a few with his oh-so-thoughtful partner.
28. Framebridge Desk Picture Frame
For the Guy Who Has Everything Already
Sometimes the best Valentine’s Day gifts are the simple ones. Using Framebridge, you can upload a picture of you two and totally customize the size and style of the frame you want for it. “My girlfriend used Framebridge to frame my favorite picture of us and gave it to me for our anniversary last month. I leave it on my desk right next to my computer so I can look at it all day,” says Nick, 33. We suggest going with a 4×6 or 5×7 size so your guy can do the same.
29. Oculus Quest 2 Advanced All-in-One Virtual Reality Headset
For the IRL Inspector Gadget
This VR headset will keep him busy for hours, meaning you can finally watch The Bachelor without his constant commentary. Chan, 32, tells us his birthday is right after Valentine’s Day, so he’s hoping his wife might get him this immersive device as a gift for both (since it is a bit of a splurge). It allows you to play games, virtually attend live concerts and even work out inside a virtual world.
30. Casper 15-Pound Weighted Blanket
For the Light Sleeper
Can we let you in on a little secret? Guys love weighted blankets. Seriously, three of the men we surveyed named a weighted blanket as the best gift they’ve ever gotten from their partner. This one from Casper provides 15 pounds of soothing pressure so he can feel like he’s getting one of your famous hugs all night long.
Please note that the messages contained in this article were not originally compiled by this author but were edited where necessary.