It creeps up almost unexpectedly every year. January feels like it’s all about post-holiday recovery and resolutions and then suddenly – bam! It’s February and Valentine’s Day already?
Have no fear. You’re thinking ahead and searching for that perfect Valentines day gift for him — one step ahead of most!
Having had brothers, uncles, and boyfriends in my life, I know the challenge of choosing a thoughtful gift for a guy. Practical is a fabulous route, but on Valentine’s Day, you want to put some extra thought into your gift to show how much you care. I love the combination of practical AND thoughtful.
- Personalized gifts – A wonderful way to create a special moment and a one-of-a-kind item he will cherish. Just keep in mind that it can take some extra time for the shop to customize your item so leave plenty of time ahead!
- Experiences – Whether it be tickets to a concert, movie, sports game, spa or a vacation, you will both fondly remember a special experience gift.
- Romantic gifts – Gift him a coupon book of things you might like to do with him (wink wink). Or, blindfold him and take him on a little excursion to a surprise hotel for a night away from home.
- Budget gifts – If you’re watching your wallet then try a night in with a homemade dinner, Netflix, and a modest-yet-tasteful gift.
Hopefully, by now I’ve got your wheels turning for a few ideas. This year, I happened to be prepared during the holiday gift rush and kept some romantic gift ideas fresh in mind. I want you to have your gift all wrapped up by February 14th. Without further delay, here are my favorite Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him in 2022.
Valentines Gifts For Him
1. Chocolate Valentines Day Gift
You would be hard-pressed to find a guy who doesn’t love a box of chocolates, especially when they deliver a sexy message! If you’re looking for a gift that is guaranteed to make him smile, this box of chocs from Diamond Chocolates will do the trick.
Choose from three different phrases and let him know you love him, especially in his birthday suit.
If your man loves the finer things in life (and he must, because he’s with you, and you’re fiiiine), he’ll delight in receiving a box of chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat. Make no mistake about it, these Parisian chocolates are seriously gourmet. Inspired by French master chef Nicolar Cloiseau and handmade using the finest ingredients, each chocolate will sweep him off his feet. And, hey, if you play your cards right he might even share with you!
2. Personalized Leather Bracelet
Take your guy’s style up a notch with this sweet-yet-masculine personalized leather bracelet. Choose his initials, the coordinates of a special place, or a special message of up to 20 characters. It would also be a nice accent to his Fitbit or Smartwatch!
3. Boxer Briefs
Comfy boxers are always a great idea but you know what’s even better? Personalized ones. Let him know he’s yours this Valentine’s Day with these fun boxer shorts.
4. Date Night Box
After a little while together, coming up with creative date night ideas can get challenging. And isn’t it oh-so-tempting to just proclaim ‘Netflix and Chill’ to be your go-to date night?
Well, the folks at Crated with Love have an even better solution to the ‘date night conundrum’ – their Date Night Box!
Their boxes offer up themed date night adventures that you can do at home with no pre-planning required. Zombie Apocalypse, Escape from the Howling Hotel, Retro Game Show, Disrupting Unicorns….. these are just a few of the amazing themes the folks at Crated with Love have conjured up for your date night fun!
I highly recommend signing up for the monthly box subscription (ummm, hello, neither of you will ever have to worry about planning date night again!), but you can also test the waters by gifting him a one-off box. Importantly, you can cancel at any time if you sign up for the monthly subscription
5. Custom Sky Map Print
Looking for a unique, romantic gift this Valentine’s Day? This custom-made print is a sweet tribute to the time and place you met each other or got married.
As an added bonus, he’ll have a handy reminder of how long you’ve been together and *ahem* any special anniversaries to celebrate!
6. Personalized Leather Wallet
Get him a slim and stylish wallet that can also help protect his identity. This cleverly designed, super-slim, leather bifold wallet with RFID protection is the perfect gift. As a bonus, it can even be customised with laser engraving, initials, a sentence or a logo! The premium full grain leather construction ensures that this wallet will last for years to come.
7. Personalized Leather Dopp Kit
Here’s a gift for the man who takes his facial grooming AND the environment seriously.
Either of these premium-grade leather travel kits are super stylish and can be personalized with his initials. Plus, now you have an excuse to go on some fabulous vacations together (see #43 for inspo).
8. Grooming Subscription Box
Who knew grooming could be fun?! With a monthly subscription from Birchbox, your man might just start looking forward to the daily maintenance of his face and body.
Every month, Birchbox will deliver 5 deluxe samples to your guy – everything from deodorant to soap, lip balm, pomade, and more. He’s sure to find some favorite new grooming products and be reminded of your thoughtfulness every time he receives a new box!
Oh, and best of all, the subscription is only $10/mth, making it super affordable and flexible.
9. A Year of Dates
Here’s another great gift idea if you and your beau love date nights, but have hit a rut when it comes to fresh new ideas.
With this box of dates, he’ll never have to worry about coming up with your Friday night date plans again! Or, well, at least for the next year. The box contais 52 sealed envelopes, each containing a new date idea (there’s one card left blank intentionally, as a surprise week off!).
You can choose between the Surprise Box or Categorized edition, which has color-coded envelopes for ‘going-out’ and ‘staying-in’ ideas.
10. Sex Coupons for Him
This gift takes the cake for the most “fun” gift idea on this list. Sex coupons are a great way to put a little excitement and naughtiness into your Valentine’s Day. These wild little coupons are certain to have your minds racing and your faces smirking at all the suggestions.
11. Handmade Irish Bog Oak Razor
Staying on the grooming train with our gift suggestions, this handmade razor is a wonderful way to show your love AND help to save the planet.
You can order extra double-edged blades like these ones and he will never have to buy a plastic shaver or replacement heads again. Made from Irish Bog oak, this aesthetically-pleasing razor is sure to give a smooth shave.
12. Luxury Beard Oil
And now something for the man who loves his facial locks almost as much as he loves you. Let him know how much you appreciate his glorious beard by gifting him this luxurious beard oil.
Containing jojoba and grapeseed oils, this cult favorite beard oil will help him keep his beard nourished and conditioned every day. You can look forward to less whisker burn and he may just garner the title of ‘best-kept beard’ amongst his pals.
Cologne is a classic Valentine’s Day gift for men and for good reason. After all, what’s more scintillating and sexy than a man that smells as good as he looks?!
The trick when it comes to gifting cologne is simple, but not always easy: find a scent you both love. Sure, it’s a gift for him, so he has to love how it smells, but let’s be honest, you want it to turn you on too.
My husband has a rather vast collection of colognes – some are spicy, some are woodsy, some have a fresher, subtler scent. Clearly, he likes variety. Some men, however, gravitate towards one type of scent – you can get a clue from checking out his deodorant, aftershave, and cologne preferences. Even if he’s only into one scent profile, I reckon you can find a cologne that you both love.
If it were up to me, I’d choose Acqua Di Gio by Georgio Armani every single time. I just can’t get enough of that scent!
14. Manly Candle
Candles have a certain reputation for being on the, erm, feminine side, but it’s the twenty-first century. It’s time we let men in the magic of lighting a scented candle!
These outdoor-themed candles are the perfect gateway candles for your guy. They come in three scents: campfire, night sky and the desert, and the holders have a certain ‘manliness’ about them too. Alternatively, class it up with this oud and bergamot candle by iconic British brand, Jo Malone.
15. Homemade Beer, Gin, or Sparkling Wine DIY Kit
Does your guy love his craft brews? Gift him the opportunity to become a master of his own (beer) domain. This beer kit is perfect for beginners – it comes with everything your man needs to get started and you can even choose from a variety of beer flavours.
If he’s more of a gin and tonic guy, this gin making kit from Uncommon Goods will bring a smile to his face. By the way, it turns out that making gin isn’t all that hard. All you do is start with a vodka base and add aromatics, including juniper berries, of course.
The kit includes everything he’ll need to make a batch of gin, except for the vodka base. You might want to stop at the booze store and pick up his favourite bottle of vodka.
Finally, if your man is into champagne (that’s a song reference, BTW, hope you got it), he’ll be ‘popping’ with excitement when you gift him a sparkling wine kit from Williams Sonoma. This kit comes with practically everything needed to make FIVE bottles of bubbly. In order words, this kit has the makings of five romantic date nights in the months to come!
The only thing not included are the wine bottles themselves, so make sure you add those to the gift!
16. Stainless Coffee Mug
Since we’re on the topic of drinking vessels, here’s one he’ll love if coffee is the only thing (other than you) that makes him smile in the morning.
The YETI brand seems to have quickly become the gold standard for on-the-go drinking vessels, thanks to its sleek and smart design. It’ll keep his coffee hot for hours, or if he fancies taking this mug on a camping trip and filling it with beer, it’ll keep the good stuff cold for hours. And it comes in a wide array of colors – pick one that matches your man’s personal style.
17. AeroPress Coffee Maker
And while I’ve got coffee on the brain, I might as well include one of my favorite items that I gift regularly. The Aeropress is one of those products that, once you discover it, you wonder how you ever lived without it.
While it’s the perfect travel accessory, I use mine on a daily basis. Not only does it brew the perfect Americano, but you can also clean it with a 10-second rinse. And as a tip, buy the reusable metal filter and skip paper ones completely. This little device has been through many years and countries with me and it’s great for camping or road trips.
Trust me, he’ll love this one almost as much as he loves you.
18. Smart Mug
Now here’s gift idea for the man likes to be on top of the latest tech and enjoys a hot cup of joe (or tea!). The Ember smart mug lets you control the exact temperature of your beverage. It’s app-controlled, battery-powered (comes with charging coaster) and, well, super cool!
19. Bluetooth Speaker
It may be small, but this little piece of tech from Bose has loads of great features.
If your guy likes to listen to music wherever he goes or prefers to go handsfree when he’s on phone calls, this bluetooth speaker will become his new favorite toy. It also connects with Siri/Google, has voice prompts, and is water-proof.
Comes in five fabulous colors so you can find one that matches your man’s style.
20. Naughty Beer Stickers
He’ll get a chuckle the next time he goes to grab a cold one from the fridge, and sees these naughty stickers!
21. Personalized Wall Art
Do you and your man have a favourite quote? Or maybe you want to let him know how much he means to you in a unique way.
Get your custom quote foil-pressed on rich navy paper, framed and ready for him to hang in a special place. I’m a big fan of Minted; their products are always high-quality and their designs classy. In fact, if you use the code LOVEANDLAVENDER on their site, you’ll receive 20% off your first purchase!
22. Custom Marvel-Themed Shadow Box
Is your man a Marvel fan? Choose this geeky-yet-chic custom-made shadow box to show him that he’s your superhero. Add your name, the date you met, and a personalized quote for a gift that will have him feeling like a true Avenger.
23. For the Pokemon Lover
A fun and affordable Valentine’s Day gift idea designed specifically for Pokemon lovers.
Choose from an array of super cute messages to add to the bottle and let your man know he caught your heart. D’awwww.
24. Wireless Earbuds
He’ll be stoked with a set of wireless earbuds! As a bonus, if you buy them from Apple direct, you can get the case personalized free of charge.
Whether he loves pumping up the jams while he’s out on trail runs, or drowning out the sounds of public transit on the way to work, these little earbuds will become his, erm, best buds. See what I did there?
Of course, you’ll want to make sure you choose a brand that’s compatible with his phone, smartwatch or other device. But you already knew that, of course.
25. Custom Watch Box
by Pottery Barn
This custom watch box is suited to the timelessly stylish man who keeps an array of watches on his dresser.
He’ll love receiving a Valentine’s gift that’s equal parts luxurious and practical. Made of leather, it’s not just a box for storing his favourite timekeeping accessories, it’s a statement piece. Choose from black or brown leather, and 3 or 5 watch slots. Make it even more personal by getting his initials monogrammed on the glass top.
Can you ever go wrong with an UGG gift? The answer is, unequivocally, ‘no’. UGGs are the epitome of comfort when it comes to footwear, and these stylin’ slippers are bound to keep his feet warm and cozy.
Worried he might never want to leave the house again lest he have to take off his slippers? Scratch that, because these slippers are designed for indoor AND outdoor wear. Just make sure he doesn’t start wearing them to business meetings!
Choose from five gorgeous color options and give him the most comfortable Valentine’s Day gift ever!
27. Chocolate Covered Donuts
I donut know what I would do without you!
Sorry, couldn’t help it, I love a pun almost as much as I love donuts. If your man is a fiend for sweet treats, deliver him a dozen mini donuts for Valentine’s Day and watch his eyes light up!
Just be warned – these lil’ rings of deliciousness from the Chocolate Covered Company are definitely in a whole different league than your coffee shop donuts. If he can’t go back to the dunkin’ kind of donuts after V-Day, you may be on the hook for delivering up gourmet donuts from here on out.
28. Monogrammed S’well Water Bottle
Sometimes practical gifts end up as favorites. With the current state of the planet, everyone is trying to do their part. That includes reducing the number of single-use plastics and paper cups. A reusable stainless steel water bottle is essential. Not only can he reduce his carbon footprint, but you may also save him some money if he takes his stylish bottle to go.
If your man loves learning, he’s going to be over the moon when you gift him a subscription to Masterclass.
In a nutshell, Masterclass offers a huge number of courses on topics ranging from cooking to writing, business, arts, science, gaming, sports, and so much more. The courses are incredibly well designed, with video instruction, accompanying lesson plans (with supporting PDF documents) and a community of fellow students to connect with.
But here’s the real kicker – the class instructors are some of the world’s leading authorities (and celebrities) on their subjects. We’re talking Gordon Ramsay, Malcolm Gladwell, Serena Williams, Neil deGrasse Tyson, David Sedaris, Shonda Rhymes, and many, many more giants of the world.
Just don’t be surprised when he starts sharing all the insights he’s got from his new pal, Timbaland.
Sometimes the best gifts are the intangible ones – the gift of time or the gift of doing something together that you wouldn’t normally try.
If that sounds like the kind of gift your man would appreciate, consider booking a Virgin Experience or AirBnB Experience in your own city or nearby. You don’t have to go far to have an adventure. From a yoga sessions with goats, to surf lessons, a farm-to-table dining experience, designing a custom fragrance – the options abound!
For the man who fancies himself a gourmet home cook or simply lives to eat well, you’ll want to check out Cozymeal. They offer a wide range of food-focussed experiences, including cooking classes, private chef experiences, and food tours. Can’t decide for him? Get him a gift card!
31. Gift Basket
This gourmet gift basket from Harry & David puts an elevated twist on the classic V-Day box ‘o chocolates gift.
Perfect for the meats and sweets-loving man, the basket features a variety of savoury snacks, including beef jerky, sausage sticks and trail mix, as well as sweet treats that he may or may not end up sharing with you.
32. Weekender Bag
Whether he travels a lot for work, heads to the gym most days, or likes to take weekend road trips (with you, of course), he’ll adore this leather bag.
Personalize it with his initials and if you have the budget to go all out, include an itinerary for a weekend away in the bag (planned and paid for by you, of course!)
33. Reasons I Love You with Hershey Kisses
Want to impress the heck out of him, without blowing the bank? Here’s an idea taken straight from my own book of love:
Take Hershey’s kiss chocolates, get little plain white stickers/paper and write reasons you love him on the stickers then attach them to the bottom of each candy. Put them in a jar with a note instructing him to open one a day for the next 50 days.
I did this for Andrew when we first started dating. He then kept those stickers and turned them into a card which he gave me on our wedding day. Super romantic!
34. Trendy T-Shirt or Sweatshirt
If your guy is like most guys, his preferred daywear is probably a t-shirt (maybe a sweatshirt in the winter). Help him elevate his look, while staying within his comfort zone by gifting him a trendy T-shirt. I love the huge selection offered by Nordstrom – you’re bound to find a stylish t-shirt that fits his aesthetic.
And you can’t go wrong with an Orlebar Brown t-shirt, after all that’s the brand that outfits James Bond, and we all know how much wear and tear he puts on his clothes!
35. Moscow Mule Copper Mugs
It’s going to be a classy Valentine’s Day with these Moscow Mule mugs. Are they from Moscow? Why are they made from copper? Most importantly, why are they magnificent? The description answers all of these questions and more. Essentially you’re gifting a beautiful, solid, practical set of mugs plus some special extras.
The copper cup helps to keep your drink just the right temperature, which is a key aspect of a Moscow Mule. Not sold yet? You’ve got a year to make sure he loves them or you can have your money back.
Throw in a nice quality vodka, ginger beer, and lime for a great drink.
36. Scratch Off Print Valentines Day Gift
You know that satisfying feeling of scratching off a lotto ticket? This gift brings a romantic twist to the classic scratch-off game.
Customize this print by writing your own 14 “things” and then apply the scratch stickers. He is sure to appreciate the thought you put in and will have it to keep as a reminder of how much he’s loved.
37. Sex Token
The possibilities are endless with this magic metal sex token. Pop this little token inside a card and let him know he is in for an exciting time on the day or night of his choice. It will be equally exciting for you when he spontaneously decides to cash in!
38. Custom Playing Cards
Another way to convey all things you love about him is with this deck of custom-made playing cards. Choose to write on the cards in your own handwriting or have them printed off. Either way, he’s sure to be touched by the thought and time you put into this special gift.
39. Cozy Cabin Personalized Blanket
Admittedly this is a slightly self-serving gift as you’ll also get lots of snuggles under this cabin blanket. Made from the coziest fabric and personalized with his name, this is a great gift for the guy who has everything.
40. Personalized Guitar Pick
I love a good pun, especially when it’s paired with practicality! This copper guitar pick is SO perfect for the music man in your life. The cute, punny message will make him smile every time he plucks the strings of his beloved guitar.
Even better, you can personalize it with his initials or an important date (you know, like your anniversary), so he has a ‘handy’ reminder of your love story.
41. Handmade Leather Boxing Gloves
If you’ve got a sports fan on your hands, here’s something a bit different. These gloves are not only handcrafted with love, but they also give off a classic vintage look reminiscent of the days of Rocky Balboa.
Not a boxer? No problem.
This top-rated shop also offers handcrafted footballs, basketballs, baseballs, and netballs . As a bonus, offer to watch a sports game or movie with him. With this combo, it’s a total score (pun intended).
For the man who fancies himself a bit, well, fancy. I mean, really, what’s more high-brow than leather driving gloves, amirite?
And these ones are touchscreen-friendly to boot (or should I say, to glove?). Made with soft leather, knuckle holes, and an elastic gather at the wrist, these hand acceessories are as comfortable as they are stylish.
If your man loves roadtripping or has a penchant for race car driving, he’ll appreciate these fancy-yet-affordable gloves.
43. Meal Kit
by Hello Fresh
A meal kit is a date night just waiting to happen. The best part is that he won’t have to spend time poring over recipe books trying to find the perfect meal inspo, or navigating the grocery store in search of ingredients.
Instead, he can just open up his Hello Fresh meal kit and focus on making a sumptuous dinner with his favourite person (that’s you!).
What I love about meal kits is that they often introduce you to new ingredients and cooking techniques that you can add to your culinary repitore. Plus, some of their meals are fancier and others are simpler, so there’s something for every occasion, including that aforementioned date night!
44. A Romantic Vacation at Sandals
There had to be at least one splurge item on the list. February is a great month to plan a vacation, and staying at a Sandals resort is certainly romantic. Beat the winter blues with a trip for two to enjoy the sunshine, sand, golf, gourmet dining, and scuba diving.
Sandals has 15 resorts to choose from. Although I’ve never been, I have friends who repeatedly go to Sandals St. Lucia and rave about it.
45. Gift Card
A gift card isn’t necessarily the most romantic gift card, but I reckon the vast majority of guys would love recieving one to their favorite online store. And the stats suggest you’d not be alone – 22% of women buy gift cards for their man.
The key to making a gift card thoughtful? Buy a really unique Valentine’s Day card (I love Etsy’s selection), and include a hand-written love note along with the gift card.
Love is in the Air, Celebrate it With Your Beau!
Now that the new year has arrived, Valentine’s Day is coming up fast. Let us know how you’ll be spending the day with the love of your life. Practical, experience, romantic, splurge – whatever gift you choose, have a warm and wonderful V-Day!!
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