Stumped on what to get your guy for V-Day this year? We don’t blame you—men are hard to shop for. But trust us, a watch or a bottle of cologne is not the answer.
Here, 14 thoughtful Valentine’s Day gifts for him that he actually wants. We know, because we asked real guys to share their past favorites, as well as what they’re secretly hoping to get this year.
1. Ticketmaster eGift Card
One gift guys love? Experiences (preferably with you, of course). “This year my girlfriend and I got each other tickets to see the Lumineers on Valentine’s Day,” shared Jack, 23. If you didn’t plan ahead enough for a concert on February 14, just get him a Ticketmaster gift card and you two can pick something together.
2. 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, 26, told us.
3. 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. I’d wear them to work if she’d let me,” said Sean, 29.
4. Brybelly Poker Chip Set in Wooden Carousel Case
“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 carousel set.
5. eCreamery Ice Cream & Gelato Subscription
One of the best parts of being in a relationship is indulging in yummy food and desserts together, obviously. 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.
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. ‘Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over’ Cookbook
If he’s always cheffing something up, get him this best-selling cookbook from The New York Times food columnist Alison Roman. Matt, 23, shared, “I’ve been dropping hints to my partner ever since we 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.”
8. 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.
9. Letters to Open When...
In a long-distance relationship? These customizable letters 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.”
10. 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.
11. The Comfy Oversized Blanket Sweatshirt
Behold, your new excuse to cuddle up and watch Netflix all 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.”
12. FANCHEST Box
Got a major football or hockey 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 New England Patriots Fanchest box that came with a bunch of awesome stuff like a Patriots T-shirt and beer koozie,” said Jamie, 51.
13. MP2 Heated Electric Sherpa 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. Plus, now you’ll never have to listen to him complain about his drafty windows again.
14. 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.” We see some breakfast in bed in your future.
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