When you are shopping for a Valentine’s Day gift for a guy, you can’t easily fall back on traditional options like a bouquet of roses or a box of chocolates. Furthermore, nobody really wants that kind of stuff anyway.
This Valentine’s Day, you can surprise him with a token of love that will serve as a catalyst for new adventures, be they outdoor hikes, a new music collecting journey, or maybe learning the art of massage together.
Read on below to browse some of our favorite gift ideas for men.
1. Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
You don’t have to be the overly adventurous type to enjoy a quality couple’s hike, and the promise of being able to hang up a hammock and rest in the breeze together only sweetens the deal.
The Double Nest Hammock from Eagles Nest Outfitters is a portable camping hammock that rolls up to about the size of a grapefruit. Unfurled, it is large enough to support up to 400 lbs., and wide enough to provide a comfortable rest for two.
2. Humongous Heart Plush Figure
The sheer commercial appeal of Valentine’s Day to makers of superficial romantic crap like Hallmark and See’s Candies is enough to make most people barf. It’s the mass-produced teddy bears and chocolate boxes that turn most people off from this holiday, which is why this charmingly human plushie from I Heart Guts is such a great gift.
This anatomically-inspired heart plush doesn’t feed into the imagery of a perfect movie romance, but rather, represents your affection in a way that is down to earth and realistic. It just means a lot more to say your heart is his when it actually looks like a real heart.
3. Pebble Time Smartwatch
Watches aren’t a part of everyone’s daily wardrobe, but anyone would want to make wrist room for the Pebble Time, a smartwatch that does everything you want for cheap.
Its humble color e-paper screen can display various custom watch faces or show you notifications and messages without pulling out your phone. The Pebble app ecosystem is supported by Android and iOS, with over 8,000 community-made apps for choosing.
And with a battery life of up to seven days, you won’t have to take this one off to charge every night. Now he can never say he was too busy to get your texts.
4. BestMassage Two Fold Burgundy Portable Massage Table
Electronic and hand-powered massage tools are always a hit for gift-giving holidays, but if you really want to impress your Valentine, set them up with a full-size portable massage table.
The thick padded surface with birch hardwood construction will help take your massage giving (and receiving) to the next level. And what couple doesn’t need to exchange more massages?
5. Winware Boston Cocktail Shaker Gift Set
For some, alcohol is the vessel in which two souls mingle. For others, it is merely the garnish. In either case, the couple that drinks together deserves to drink properly mixed cocktails.
This Boston Cocktail Shaker Gift Set from Winware offers a pocket guide of unique cocktails for any situation, and the tools to shake, stir, strain, and muddle them yourself. This way, you two can take turns bartending, and neither of you will ever have to buy store-bought margarita mix again.
6. Kindle E-reader
If you are shopping for a serious bookworm, the Kindle E-reader is the perfect introduction into the convenient world of e-books. True, some purists will resist the departure from the page with all their might, but anyone who downright hates e-books clearly hasn’t tried them yet.
7. Gardiners of Scotland Edradour Single Malt Whisky Fudge
Okay, so we lied. Chocolates make for a decently classy Valentine’s Day gift, but only so long they don’t come in a heart-shaped box. If you want to upgrade that to a truly excellent gift, then you might opt for something fancier, perhaps handmade single malt whisky fudge.
Homely Scottish distillery Edradour offers their sweet and peaty whisky fudge in a beautiful 10.5 oz. embossed tin, which will hopefully capture the unique tastes of your Valentine.
8. Brussel’s Money Tree Bonsai
Sure, a bouquet of red roses is more likely to pop into your head when you think of a botanical Valentine’s Gift, but a living bonsai tree is symbolic of a more long-term love compared to cut flowers.
This tall braided pachira aquatica is commonly known as the money tree, and is meant to bring good fortune to those who care for it. This four year old tree can live for decades, just like your romance.
9. Audio Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable System
Bonds formed with the ties of music are the strongest kind out there, and the sacred ritual of the record player is a lasting tradition that keeps listening to music fresh.
If your Valentine is a music collector and doesn’t already own a record player, the Audio Technica LP60 is the best entry level player to begin this shared hobby.
10. Sex Checks: 60 Checks for Maintaining Balance in the Bedroom
A sensual coupon booklet can be a tedious agreement if you lack the creativity to provide unique favors to perform for your partner. This official-looking book of “sex checks” is a simple ready-made option for no strings attached tickets for intimacy.
This checkbook includes 30 IOUs and 30 UOMEs to make sure that the gift remains reciprocal.
11. OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speaker
If music is one of the connections that brought you to your partner, then he and you should both have the ability to enjoy the music you love anywhere, anytime.
The OontZ Angle 3 is an inexpensive and powerful Bluetooth speaker that can stream clear and accurate music from wireless devices. It is durable, water resistant, and offers an impressive 12 hour battery life for all day listening.
12. Minnetonka Men’s Pile Lined Hardsole Slipper
Some guys can never relax, even when they’re at home where they should be comfortable. If you cohabitate with a man who doesn’t know how to relax, try introducing him to a pair of plush Minnetonka slippers.
These faux fur-lined moccasins offer warmth and comfort from the toes up, yet their sturdy sole still enables you to wear them outside if your man needs can’t keep himself seated.
13. InteVision Foam Wedge Bed Pillow
If you share a bed with your Valentine, a new pillow might be a pleasant surprise for them, especially if it’s a pillow like this foam wedge from InteVision.
This pillow can be used to help with sore muscles while you sleep or, ahem, reach new angles with your intimacy.
14. LEGO Valentine’s Cupid Dog Building Kit
I believe that both love and Legos stimulate the same part of the male brain that creates a lasting feeling of happiness. This 150-piece Valentine’s Dog set is a great token of affection for your favorite tinkerer.
No matter their age, anyone who was once a child can still find the joy in piecing together a Lego set, especially one that was chosen out of love.
15. Lokai Classic Balancing Bracelet
Not every guy is into wearing jewelry, but most men can make an exception for jewelry with a purpose. The Lokai Classic Balancing Bracelet is just that, as it keeps its wearer attuned to life’s highs and lows. Without either one of these extremes, we would not appreciate the other.
This bracelet is infused with elements from both the highest point on Earth (the peak of Mt. Everest), and the lowest point on Earth (mud from the Dead Sea). Wearing it will invoke a zen-like sense of balance between life’s craziest moments.
16. Romance Scented Candles Three Pack
The calming flame of a candle can enhance the mood of any environment, but not every guy is crazy for sweet floral scents. That’s why this romance-themed candle three pack from Old Factory is a great compromise for your guy.
Scents of Rose Petals, Champagne and Dark Chocolate will offer something for everyone, and their long-burning wicks will provide hours of enjoyment.
17. AUKEY 10400mAh Portable Power Bank Charger
If your guy is always on the go, he would likely benefit from having a portable charger to keep in touch at all times.
A power bank is a thoughtful gift for anyone who’s always on their phone, especially this 10400mAh power bank from Aukey. This charger works best with Qualcomm Quick Charge-compatible phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the Galaxy Note Edge.
But even if he doesn’t have a QC-compatible phone, the hours of extra battery life are always helpful.
18. F*ck Love: The Perfect Antidote to Valentine’s Day by Diane Cormack
Okay, this is the part where things get real. Not everyone likes Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean they have to be excluded from the fun. This mischievously titled coloring book appeals to those who tire from the commercial obligation to spend, and forced sensations of love.
If you have managed to wrangle a Valentine out of a person like that, then they would no doubt appreciate being included, even if it is with a snark coloring book.
19. Meat: Everything You Need to Know by Pat LaFrieda
Not all men love cooking, but all men love meat. And guys who want the most out of their meat should definitely read Meat: Everything You Need to Know. It is not just a cookbook, but a full meat manifesto from author and third generation butcher Pat LaFrieda. With the help of Carolynn Carreño, Pat explains everything from meat cuts to proper storing, maintaining, and cutting.
The book also includes a selection of 75 recipes, including delicious picks like LaFrieda Custom Burger Blends, Tuscan Fried Chicken with Lemon, Crown Pork Roast with Pineapple Bread Stuffing, Beef Wellington with Mushroom Cream Sauce, and more.
20. Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition
Nothing is more healthy for a relationship than some Netflix and chilling. However, there is a whole new world of fun awaiting couples who have yet to begin gaming together.
Gaming on dedicated consoles or a PC can be an intimidating endeavor, but if you have access to Amazon Prime, the Fire TV Gaming Edition will provide access to a wide selection of games that range from casual to competitive multiplayer.
Some of our favorites include Minecraft, Lego Star Wars, and Pac-Man 256, but the selection of currently over 1,400 games is always growing.