50 Valentine's Day Gifts for Him That Aren't Corny or Cringe
Stumped on what to get your guy for V-Day this year? We don’t blame you—men are so hard to shop for. But trust us, a watch or another bottle of cologne is not the answer. Here, we pulled together a list of 50 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.
1. Homwom Casino Poker Chip Set
“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.
2. Theragun Mini
Whether your boyfriend is an at-home workout fanatic or just has a bad back from sitting at a desk for eight hours a day, he’ll appreciate having this compact percussive massager to work out kinks and relieve soreness. “I’ve been dropping hints that I really want a Theragun Mini. I’ve heard it’s just as effective as the classic design, but I like that it’s more portable so I can take it to the gym,” Nick, 31, told us.
3. The Comfy Oversized Blanket Sweatshirt
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.”
4. Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch
“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 so not-so-subtle hints about wanting a smart watch,” said 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.
5. Champ Chest
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,” said Jamie, 51.
6. Brooklyn Brew Shop Everyday IPA Beer Making Kit
“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,” explained Brenden, 25. This particular set includes an IPA-making mix, a reusable glass fermenter, vinyl tubing and just about everything else he needs to start experimenting.
7. Letters to Open When...
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, admitted he was 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.”
8. All-Clad Stainless Steel Waffle Maker
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,” said Steve, 30. “Waffles are my favorite food, and now we get to make them together all the time.”
9. DIYgiftkitsco Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
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, said.
10. Outdoor Voices CloudKnit Sweatpants
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,” said Sean, 29.
11. Airbnb Gift Card
A recently engaged Alex, 27, told us, “The wedding planning has already been stressing us out, so I’d love to go away together for a few days. It’d be great if she gave me an Airbnb gift card this year so we can pick a destination together.” It’s like surprising him with a trip—but better, because he gets to help choose where you’ll go.
12. eCreamery Ice Cream & Gelato Subscription
One of the best parts of being in a relationship is indulging in yummy food and desserts together. If you two frequent the local ice cream shop, he’ll definitely appreciate having four new pints show up on his doorstep each month. “My girlfriend and I are long-distance, so I loved having a little present from her show up each month,” Kevin, 28, told us.
13. Framebridge Desk Picture Frame
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,” said Nick, 33. We suggest going with a 4x6 or 5x7 size so your guy can do the same.
14. Brookstone N-A-P Reversible Heated Throw Blanket
“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,” explained Blake, 28. Now you’ll never have to listen to him complain about his drafty windows again. Psst, this one just so happens to be on sale right now.
15. ‘Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza’ Cookbook
If he’s always cheffing something up, get him this best-selling cookbook from chef Ken Forkish. Matt, 23, shared, “My partner and I looked through this cookbook together in a bookstore last weekend. I really hope she gets me it for Valentine’s Day so that I can start cooking for her more often.”
16. Aberfeldy 16 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky
OK, so technically we talked to a girlfriend for this one, but she swears her boyfriend is gonna love it. “He is obsessed with whiskey and is even party of a ‘whiskey club,’ so I’m gifting him this really nice bottle of Aberfeldy this year. I can’t wait to watch him open it,” Catrina, 27, told us.
17. Oculus Quest 2 Advanced All-in-One Virtual Reality Headset
This VR headset will keep him busy for hours, meaning you can finally watch The Bachelor without his constant commentary. Joey, 32, told 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.
18. 100 Movies Scratch Off Poster
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. Yeti Hopper Backflip 24 Soft Cooler
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,” explained Ted, 35.
20. Casper 15-Pound Weighted Blanket
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.
21. PrestigeDropTop Custom Acrylic Song Poster
His heart will undoubtedly melt when he unwraps this acrylic poster based on a song that symbolizes your relationship. Send the Etsy seller the song and artist title, plus a picture of the two of you for a sweet personalized gift he’ll proudly display in the living room.
22. Foxlyprints Custom Dog Portrait
The only thing he loves more than you? Your pup, of course. Jake, 29, told 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.
23. Winc Wine Subscription
Your husband considers himself a budding sommelier, so you may as well lean into the hobby by gifting him a wine subscription. Once he takes the six-question palate profile quiz, the experts at Winc will recommend four wines they think he’ll like. He can order the entire list of recommendations or make swaps and additions as he’d like. If you’re lucky, he might let you sample a bottle or two.
24. BIRCHBOX GROOMING BOX
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. The Anniversary Journal
When you’ve been together for a while, the years start to blend together. So your sentimental hubby will love the idea of this anniversary journal. It allows you to keep track of how you celebrated your anniversary every year (for up to 60 years) plus favorite books, movies and activities you have together and new discoveries you’ve made in your relationship. And just think about how fun it’ll be to look back on what you wrote 10 years from now.
26. Flowjo The Couple's Bucket List Date Ideas Cards
Feel like date night has gotten a little predictable in pandemic times? This deck of 100 date idea cards will fix that. Jarrod, 40, said that since his girlfriend got him the Couple’s Bucket List for his birthday, they’ve been having a ton of fun together on the weekends. Ideas range from recreating your favorite date to doing a DIY project together, and there are special sections so you can separate out the ideas you’ve already used.
27. Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer
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.
28. Lululemon City Sweat Pullover Hoodie
Here’s a gift he probably wants, but would never actually buy himself. After all, most guys are too nervous to actually set foot in Lululemon alone. That’s where you come in. This hoodie is made from super soft, breathable French terry fabric, meaning it’ll quickly become the most-worn sweatshirt in his collection.
29. Bond Touch Long Distance Touch Bracelets
Whether you two are in an LDR or he just misses you while you’re at the office all day, these smart bracelets will help you feel more connected. Every time you touch yours, your partner’s will light up to let him know you’re thinking of him. The same goes for when he touches his bond touch. Reviewers say it’s the perfect way to remind your partner you love them when you don’t have time to call or send them a text.
30. Our Place Always Pan
The Always Pan is designed to replace eight pieces of cookware so that he can braise, saute, steam, sear, fry, boil, strain and serve food with it. No wonder Benji, 39, is hoping his wife will get him one for V-Day. Just note that most colors are expected to ship in early to mid February, so it may arrive a little after the holiday.
31. Dylan's Candy Bar Chocolate Covered Sandwich Cookie Box
Zach, 50, said his wife got him a box of these chocolate-covered cookies last Valentine’s Day and he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about them since. Can you blame him?
32. AMC Theatres Private Movie Theater Rental
A lot of the guys we talked to said their favorite gifts are usually experiences, but those options are a little limited right now. One cool adventure you can easily take him on, though? A private movie theater date. That’s right, some AMC Theatres locations allow you to rent out your own private theater to screen the movie of your choice for $100.
33. Bitty Boomers Baby Yoda Mini Bluetooth Speaker
Fact: Grown men love Star Wars. So if your partner is obsessed with The Mandalorian, you can’t go wrong giving him this mini baby Yoda speaker for Valentine’s Day. He can proudly display it on his desk without taking up precious space, and reviewers say the sound quality is pretty impressive considering the price.
34. Bose Sport Earbuds
“My wife got me these headphones for Christmas, and I’m totally obsessed. They’re specifically designed for active use, so they never all out of my ears while I’m running like my AirPods used to,” said Mark, 44. And the five-hour battery life ensures that they won’t die mid-workout (as long as he remembers to charge them, that is).
35. Adobo Hot Pepper Plant
Even if he’s a seasoned plant Dad, chances are your boyfriend doesn’t have an adobo hot pepper plant yet. Bloomscape will help you change that. As long as he places it in bright light and waters it whenever the top layer of soil begins to feel dry, your BF should start to see peppers start to grow in just a few weeks. We see lots of chili, hot sauce and salsa in your future.
36. L.L. Bean Jumbo Checkers and Chess
Dom, 34, told us that while he was reluctant to watch The Queen’s Gambit at first, he was hooked by the end of the first episode. And now that he’s finished with the series, Dom is dying to learn The Sicilian Defense chess opening. Fingers crossed that his wife is reading this so she can get him a chess set for Valentine’s Day.
37. Lighttimetunnel Sleep Headphones
Sleep next to an insomniac? Try getting him one of these eye masks with built-in headphones. It’s designed to block out 100 percent of light while he listens to his favorite white noise or meditation track via Bluetooth. Over 3,000 five-star reviewers say it’s a total game-changer for people who have trouble sleeping.
38. Harry & David Charcuterie and Cheese Assortment
Featuring three types of Italian salami and three types of cheese, this delivery will make your charcuterie board fanatic a very happy camper. Just make sure you have crackers on hand when it arrives, since he’ll probably want to start cutting into it right away.
39. Sexy Truth or Dare
These sexy truth or dare prompts like “try taking off one piece of my clothing—your choice—without using your hands,” will definitely spice up your next at-home date night. “I got this for my boyfriend last Valentine’s Day and we still use it sometimes,” confirmed Molly, 30.
40. The Ridge Metal Aluminum Cash Strap
He’s been using a rubber band to keep his cash organized for as long as you can remember, so it’s time for an upgrade. This slim metal card case should do the trick. It can hold up to 12 cards and has an external elastic strap to hold cash or his keys.
41. Ugg Ascot Slippers
Since our partner started working from home, he’s made a habit of stealing our slippers to keep his toes warm at his desk. Our only hope of reclaiming them? Gifting him his own cozy pair for Valentine’s Day. These ones from Ugg are shearling-lined and have a durable rubber sole so he won’t slip on his way to the mailbox.
42. We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game
If you feel like your communication has been lacking lately, get him this set of 150 cards designed to lead to meaningful conversation. Joe, 28, told us that while he was dreading using the game at first, it really helped him and his girlfriend get out of a rut in their relationship.
43. Shaker & Spoon Subscription
You two love trying out new drink recipes together, so he’s bound to get excited when he finds out you’ve signed him up for this monthly cocktail subscription. Each box comes with three original cocktail recipes, plus enough ingredients to make four of each drink. All he has to do is buy the liquor, and you’re ready for an at-home mixology session.
44. Satisfyer Curvy 1+
OK, so technically this is a gift for both of you. Satisfyer’s Curvy 1+ vibrator can be synced with an app, meaning he can control the air pulses and vibration speeds with a swipe of his finger. It works from anywhere, and the app has a secure video chat function that allows him to watch your reaction as he changes the settings. Long distance couples, take note.
45. Sneaker Lab SL Premium Kit
If you’re married to a sneaker head, you know how much effort they put into keeping their sneaks in prime condition. This kit contains a sneaker cleaner, odor protector, premium hard wood brush and a sneaker protector solution to ensure his favorite pairs stay dirt- and odor-free.
46. Shari’s Berries Dipped and Drizzled Strawberries
There’s a reason chocolate-covered strawberries are a classic Valentine’s day gift: They’re delicious. This assortment from Shari’s Berries contains fresh strawberries covered in milk and white chocolate. And don’t worry about them getting overripe in the mail—customers say they arrive in perfect condition.
47. Bliss Collections Love Coupons
Will, 25, said his favorite Valentine’s Day gift to date was a set of these love coupons. They can be redeemed for thinks like breakfast in bed, a movie night or a relaxing bubble bath. If your partner plays his cards right, this gift will keep on giving all year long.
48. RasurePrints LLC Solid Cork Push Pin Travel Map
Maybe you and your husband have a major case of the travel bug. While you probably haven’t gone too many places this year, this push pin travel map will help him remember all the cool places you’ve been together (plus a few that you’re hoping to visit one day).
49. Tangram Smart Rope LED
Help your better half crush his 2021 fitness goals by hooking him up with this smart jump rope. It displays jump count in midair, so all he has to focus his attention on is not tripping.
50. ‘What I Love About You’ Fill in the Love Book
With fill in the blank prompts like “you deserve the ____ award” and “you have the greatest taste in ____,” you can make this book as silly or heartfelt as you want. Either way, he’ll definitely be smiling as he reads through it.