For whatever reason, society still tends to focus on women when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Similar to weddings, it seems that men just need to show up on time and dress appropriately and that’s all they’re expected to do. For Valentine’s Day, that means showing up on time, and dressing appropriately, arriving with flowers and chocolates in hand, and taking us out for a nice, expensive dinner. Don’t get me wrong, that sounds like a great night! But your man is more than a caveman with a wallet – he has feelings, interests, and appreciates being spoiled too.I recently compiled a list of creative and unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the ladies, which was basically my Evernote and Amazon wishlist in article form, so I wanted to do the same for the guys. Whether you’re valentine is your husband, boyfriend, brother, or male bestie, there should be a little something on here for everyone. Share this guide with your friends who are shopping for a handsome man – and let me know if said handsome man has an equally handsome and single brother or friend!
Home Brews for Your Boo
Does your man love beer? Does he love talking about hops, alcohol by volume, and what aromas he’s picking up as he sips? Do you sometimes wonder, “if I finish this cocktail faster, will I understand what he’s talking about?” Well, I can’t help you care more about beer personally, but care about your man’s interest in all things hoppy and beer-like by giving him a homebrewing kit from Craft A Brew.
If your dude loves his coffee buzz, show him your love buzz for him by gifting him a minipresso, a lightweight, handheld espresso maker, to fulfill his caffeine needs from almost anywhere. As a camper, I could see this being an amazing gadget to pack for a big caffeine punch in a little device.
Shaving Gear for Dummies
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I hate getting in the shower and seeing man-hair in my razor. Boy, I didn’t buy this 4 pack of Bic pink-handled disposable razors for you! To help your detail-disoriented man always have a razor on hand without having to remember to put it on the shopping list, gift him a Harry’s shaving set and subscribe him to a Shave Plan so that razors arrive on his doorstep regularly.
There are honestly a lot of choices here if your dude loves video games. Typically I would buy a new game for his current console that I’ve heard him talk about. But there are the classic editions of game consoles to consider – NES, Super NES, Sega Genesis, and Atari. If you want to get a newer and more versatile gaming system that can be fun for both of you, consider going big and getting him the Nintendo Switch. It’s a gaming system that I would want on my personal Valentine’s day gift list and, since I forgot to put it on there, this could be a gift where you go halfsies!
Fashionably On Time
For your dude who is ready to depend on his phone to know the time a little less, make sure he’s graduated from the tech watch with the Ninja Turtles wristband (at least just for the work week while he’s in the office) by giving him a classic, yet modern MVMT watch. I honestly saw these watches in an Instagram ad and I think they are so smart looking and they could help your man look smart too.
New Age Heart Boxers
While Valentine’s Day is synonymous with lingerie for women, don’t forget about the guys too! But I’m not talking about sexy lingerie for men, I’m talking about quality basics for underwear, socks, and undershirts. Most men I know won’t take the time to buy these staples on their own and sometimes the best gifts are quality base layers. Check Tommy John’s line of men’s underwear for him this year. Tommy John’s second skin boxer brief was featured in Men’s Health and they even have special heart boxers for the holiday!
Not Your Father’s Laptop Bag
If your guy needs to carry some gear to and from work, throw it back to his schoolyard days by gifting him a Herschel Settlement Backpack. This simple and iconic style has room from a 15” laptop to go to and from work without a bulky (and ugly) laptop messenger bag with far too many pockets, clips, buttons, and straps. It comes in over 30 colors so you can choose his favorite and even consider getting yourself one.
Book Club for the Boys
I feel like I’m starting to pick out gifts for him that I would also love to use too. Sounds like a great list to me! For your bookish boy, give him a subscription to Book of the Month Club so he can enjoy new titles all year round. The cool thing about Book of the Month Club is that you can specify what types of books you’re into and you have the ability to skip a month if you’re not interested in any of the current titles.
Skincare For Self-Care
Skincare is another term that usually brings women’s products to mind and commercials with cute celebrities like Carrie Underwood splashing water on their face. But men shouldn’t underestimate the self-care satisfaction that a good skincare routine can bring. Cult favorite Jack Black skincare is a great line to buy for your man who needs a facial refresh – it’s a line I want to try. Before getting too complicated, start with their award winning daily facial cleanser and moisturizer with SPF.
Wool Blankets & Chill
Whether for decorating his man cave or just lounging and camping, give your man a Woolrich blanket for snuggling. Woolrich blankets are soft wool blankets that are beautiful to have in your home, made of soft wool, and super warm! My personal manly pattern favorites are the buffalo plaid, Americana jacquard, and the Hudson’s Bay Capote fringe. Snuggle szn, indeed.