Valentine’s Day can befuddle the best of us. On top of the whole holiday serving as a dedicated relationship reminder (a.k.a. whether we have one or not), there’s an added tricky-gifting component too — a February 14 shopping tradition that can become even further complicated when the Y-chromosomes in our lives aren’t longing for standard floral arrangements or heart-shaped chocolate boxes.
But there’ll be no need for present drama in 2020, because we’ve got the dude-approved goods lined up right here to save you from last-minute gifting fiascos. Scroll on for our curated hit-list of creative gadgets to unique fashion finds and sleek grooming products that your main man (whether friend, family member or S.O.) will adore. And for those who are opting out of V-Day altogether, the 20 stylish finds ahead are all still single-and-fabulous-approved.
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Veja V-12 Sneaker
Upgrade his ancient, formerly-white sneaks with a responsibly-made pair of leather V-12s (or a vegan option) from French label Veja.
VEJA V-12 Sneaker, $, available at Nordstrom
Skagen Men’s Jorn Minimalistic Stainless Steel Quartz Watch
Danish brand Skagen makes some of the most stylish, affordable watches around. If you’re looking to give a subtle hint to your perpetually late mate, try this Amazon gem, which
clocks in at just $69. (Nice.) Skagen Men’s Jorn Minimalistic Stainless Steel Quartz Watch, $, available at Amazon
Man Crates Jerky Heart
This year, say it with…beef jerky. If your man has a special place in his heart for dried, smoked meats, then this gift box will surely delight.
Man Crates Jerky Heart, $, available at Man Crates
Everlane The French Terry Crew
If your partner is still waiting for a replacement of the cozy hoodie you “borrowed” from him, gift him this un-basic basic from Everlane’s Uniform collection.
Everlane The French Terry Crew | Uniform – Dark Blue, $, available at Everlane
Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon
Getting your partner a dozen roses may be Valentine’s Day 101, but a bottle of Four Roses? This year, we’re making the case for raising a glass of bourbon sweeter than a first kiss.
Four Roses Bourbon Single Barrel, $, available at Drizly
Stanley Growler Gift Set
Whether you want to enjoy a cup of cocoa while camping/#glamping, or want to keep your spiked slushie frozen while in the hot tub, this vacuum-insulated growler can handle it all.
Stanley Growler Gift Set, $, available at Huckberry
Chrome Hondo Backpack
If your man is always schlepping his laptop to and from the office, make sure he does it in style with this on-sale backpack from Chrome Industries.
Chrome Hondo Backpack, $, available at Chrome Industries
Maude Rise Condoms
Because nothing is sexier than keeping things safe in the bedroom.
Maude rise, $, available at Maude
Harry’s Chrome Winston Set
Keep his beard looking neat with this super-slick, special-edition razor set from Harry’s. Disposable razors
who? Harry’s Chrome Winston Set, $, available at Need Supply
Thursday Boot Company Men’s Rugged & Resilient Captain 6″ Lace-up Boot
If you’re going to splurge this year, treat him to a pair of timeless leather boots that will only get better with age. (Just like him!)
Thursday Boot Co. Men’s Rugged & Resilient Captain 6″ Lace-up Boot, $, available at Amazon
Nintendo Switch Lite – Turquoise
Win 10,000 relationship points by gifting him what’s likely been collecting dust in his Amazon wish list since last year: A portable, sleek Nintendo Switch Lite — and if you’re feeling extra generous, add in a game for him to enjoy.
Nintendo Switch Lite – Turquoise, $, available at Amazon
Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Boxer Brief 2-Pack
There’s nothing wrong with a practical, affordable gift — when’s the last time he invested in some new underwear? — and your male S.O. will feel like he’s the star of his own #MyCalvins campaign with this two-pack of candy-colored briefs.
Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Boxer Brief 2-Pack, $, available at Urban Outfitters
Uncommon Goods Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
Bring the heat this Valentine’s Day with a DIY hot sauce kit that allows you to get creative in the kitchen. (Bonus points if you put your taste buds to the test with an at-home Hot Ones challenge.)
Uncommon Goods Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit, $, available at Uncommon Goods
Seinfeld George Costanza Valentine’s Card
If you and your partner like to keep things simple with a thoughtful card exchange, look to Etsy: After all, nothing says “romance” quite like George Costanza striking a sensual pose.
CartoonStop Seinfeld love card, George Costanza, Funny Valentine’s, $, available at Etsy
Beanies are like friends: You can never have too many. Double down on cozy with this wool-blend, Japanese-made cap that comes in a variety of colors.
Huckberry Beanie, $, available at Huckberry
Sydney Hale Woods Candle
This woody candle doesn’t
just smell nice; 10% of all profits from the Virginia-based brand benefit various local animal rescue organizations across the United States, meaning that he’ll get a fresh-smelling home while also helping a furry friend. Sydney Hale Woods, $, available at Huckberry
Urbanstems The Geoff
Brighten up any space with this adorable air plant (a suitable choice if you’re far from having a green thumb) in a whimsical giraffe planter.
Urbanstems The Geoff, $, available at Urbanstems
Brick Touch Speaker
No more Bluetooth #struggles here — this minimally-designed wireless speaker magically connects to your phone when put in direct contact, allowing you to instantly blare your favorite songs (and let all your friends take a turn playing DJ) without any technical difficulties.
Uncommon Goods Brick Touch Speaker, $, available at Uncommon Goods
Warby Parker Downing Sunglasses
These Warby Parker sunnies are the chicest way to shield eyes from UV rays. Pro tip: Shop them now so he can have them for your next trip together.
Warby Parker Downing Antique Shale Fade with Green-Grey lenses, $, available at Warby Parker
Cable Guys Darth Vader Device Holder
This miniature Darth Vader is perfectly sized to hold gaming controllers and iPhones, and uses the Force to charge (okay,
fine, an included 6 ft micro USB cable) your tech devices, too. Cable Guys Darth Vader Device Holder, $, available at Urban Outfitters
Topman Stretch Skinny Fit Chinos
These highly-rated slim chinos are just as comfortable as his favorite lived-in jeans, but are the perfect nice-casual wardrobe item for a romantic date night.
Topman Stretch Skinny Fit Chinos, $, available at Nordstrom
This photo history of the Nike SB Dunk is the stuff of a sneaker-heads’ coffee table book dreams.
For outdoorsy types or for those who simply like the smell of the outdoors. Outdoor Fellow has six scents that include: winter fir, sandalwood + pine needle, mulled wine, and more. Plus, 5% of all proceeds go to The Trust For Public Land — an organization that fights to keep public lands just that.
Math nerds, intellects, and humorists alike will appreciate that on closer inspection, the repeat pattern on this tie is indeed Pi.
A true hot sauce swag essential. Trust.
A draw-dropping gift with *oof,* a price tag to match. But, if you’re in the market, this very special, limited edition collaboration between The Skateroom and the estate of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is a W-O-W gift he’ll admire for years to come.
Throw a little loving and stylish shade his way this Valentine’s Day.
This classic, red-striped shirt feels like a timely buy for the February 14 occasion.
For the ANIMAL in your life.
Skip the heart-shaped chocolate box and invest in a sweet ball cap instead — this one’s by Paris-based design house Ami, which also means friend in French — how suiting.
This comb-meets-bottle opener that can fit inside a wallet is the sweetest gift he never knew he needed.
What kind of pants have 1,921 stellar reviews? Damn good comfortable pants that he will never ever want to take off. These are unassuming luxury.
For the napper in your life who also travels on the reg.
Any audiophile worth his salt is going to be both protective of his ears and keen to go to live shows. Vibes reusable earplugs are designed for sound quality. They allow you to hear sound clearly, just at a quieter volume.
If you really love that traveler, upgrade his suitcase gear with this tech-savvy stunner.
Make sure he looks super fly at that next pickup game.
The outdoorsy-hipster in your life will appreciate this super cozy pullover.
Because he deserves a top shelfy too. Plus, this go-to UK site for men’s grooming and skincare offers free shipping to the US on all the brands you need to know (with competitive prices to boot).
Art lovers will enjoy this high-brow puzzle that can be mounted and framed once complete.
What time is it? Time for him to embrace a more timeless wristwatch.
Keep him on his toes with these on-trend hiking-hybrid trainers.
A collector knife used for decades by the French Foreign Legion, and perhaps on a future camping trip?
We suggest heading to Huckberry in general to see what’s in store at this mecca for guys who like gear.
Help him to cultivate and grow his hot sauce obsession.
A clean-lined backpack that has a padded laptop compartment and zippered pockets inside and out. Everything down to the black on black label and leather trim is built for a modern man.
Make that beard feel as great as it looks.
This limited edition Game of Thrones-themed Johnnie Walker “White Walker” Blended Scotch Whisky is gimmicky for sure — but he’s going to love it.
Sometimes it’s best to give him what he’s been asking for.
The dad hat of all dad hats.
Socks are not a lame gift! And this new brand that creates styles for every dude’s foot size (whether he’s a 7 or 17) proves it.
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