36 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Man

Don’t assume all gifts work for all men.

Assorted gifts for men

It’d be a big mistake to assume a man wouldn’t love to receive a Valentine’s Day gift, but an even bigger mistake would be to assume all gifts work for all men. Some guys might like a nice beard oil, while others would love nothing more than a chef’s knife. Or maybe your guy just wants a nice candle. To help find the right Valentine’s Day gift for the man in your life, we rounded up a bunch of Strategist-approved stuff along with a handful of other neat things that would make thoughtful presents for practically any type of guy you might be shopping for. All can conveniently be found on Amazon — and most of them come with free shipping for Prime members, too.

For the man who still hasn’t organized his 2020

BestSelf Co. the Self Journal

We talked to a bunch of professional organizers and productivity experts about the best planners for getting your life in order, and this BestSelf Co. journal came recommended by two of them.

For the man who likes to read in the tub

Kindle Paperwhite

The newest Kindle Paperwhite is lighter and thinner than the prior model. It’s also waterproof.

For the man who wants to (lightly) scent his body

Musgo Real Soap on a Rope, Classic Scent

Claus Porto has been making its luxe soaps in Portugal since 1887, and the company describes this “classic” scent from its Musgo Real line as “resolutely masculine” with notes of sandalwood, patchouli and vanilla.

For the man who wants to (lightly) scent his beard

Baxter of California Beard Oil

When we asked barbers and grooming experts about their favorite beard oils, this one from Baxter of California was one of their top picks thanks to its mix of hydrating ingredients and blend of light fragrances including cedar wood, jasmine, and sandalwood.

For the man whose beard needs a bit more attention

Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer Series 7200 Vacuum Trimmer

This vacuum beard trimmer is one of the most consistently purchased items on our site, and for good reason. According to writer Kurt Soller — who tested out a bunch of beard trimmers and named this his favorite — it has a “convenient radial dial” for selecting your preferred cutting length (within 0.5 millimeter increments), and its “vacuum-suction feature” ensures a mess-free trim.

For the man who wants no beard at all

Philips Norelco 6800 Rechargeable Cordless Wet/Dry Electric Shaver

We wrote about this electric razor in our roundup of the best options according to barbers and grooming experts, many of whom told us a rotary-style like this one is the way to go if you’re looking for a quick, close, and easy shave.

For the man who still doesn’t have wireless earbuds

Apple AirPods With Charging Case

You could get him a pair of AirPod alternatives if he simply can not with the real things, but the real things really are the best option for most people. (Though if he’s got bigger earholes, he might prefer AirPod Pros, which one writer told us are the only earbuds that fit her oversize earholes).

For the man who is trying to declutter his desk

Anker PowerWave Fast Wireless Charger Stand

If your man is trying to minimize the number of wires and cords running across his desk, Strategist contributor (and former tech columnist) David Pogue told us that this wireless charger is the first one he’s ever liked: “It props your phone up so you can see it from your pillow or across the room. Better yet, the charging happens whether you’ve put the phone down vertically or horizontally, while watching a movie, for instance.”

For the (fancy) man who is trying to declutter his desk

Courant Catch:2

This charging pad offers the same fast-charging technology as the Anker, but in a much more luxurious package. The charging surface is textured Italian leather, and it’s available in a range of colors. Plus, it’s big enough to charge two devices at the same time.

For the man who needs a new hobby

Kikkerland GG107 Wooden Puzzle, 3D, Owl

Puzzles, we’ve written, are having a bit of a renaissance. But if he’s not into any of the new 2-D options out there, this 3-D owl puzzle with pieces made from Balsa wood might be just the ticket.

For the man with a sweet tooth

Tony’s Chocoloney Dark Chocolate Trio

Do him one better than a heart-shaped sampler from the drugstore with this trio of bars from Tony’s Chocoloney, which we named last year’s status Halloween candy after speaking to in-the-know parents and candy experts.

For the man who says he doesn’t want flowers

Costa Farms Blooming Anthurium in White Ceramic Planter

That doesn’t necessarily mean he wouldn’t appreciate an actual houseplant — especially one as cheery and exotic as this Anthurium, which comes with the ceramic planter.

For the man who wants to be a better plant dad

Haws Handy Indoor Plastic Watering Can, 1 US pint, Teal

If he’s already got plants, this small plastic watering can from status gardening brand Haws is nice-looking enough to leave out on display, easy to use — and a heck of a lot cheaper than their famous copper watering can.

For the man who likes to make his own pesto

Click and Grow The Smart Garden 3

We featured this automated “smart garden” in our roundup of the best indoor garden kits. It’s a popular choice among indoor gardeners thanks to its minimalist design, fuss-free operation, and simple “Keurig-style plant pods” that let you grow everything from green lettuce to wild strawberries to ornamental flowers. This one comes with three complimentary basil pods to get him started.

For the man whose wallet is literally hanging on by a thread

Airmail Mighty Wallet

According to Keith McNally, who has been carrying this inexpensive wallet for more than a decade, “people are generally so impressed when I reveal it that I’ve become cagey about who actually sees it.” The Balthazar owner added that “I tend to expose it only to those I’m anxious to impress — which means everybody.”

For the man who’s still buying pre-ground coffee

Krups GX5000 Professional Electric Coffee Burr Grinder

When we asked baristas and coffee roasters to recommend coffee grinders for home use, they all said that a burr grinder is a must-have because they’re way more consistent. This Krups burr grinder is an affordable, but still effective, alternative to some of the pricier ones that you can buy.

For the man who wants to make cappuccinos at home

Nespresso Aeroccino4 Milk Frother

A Nespresso milk frother that’s on one Blue Bottle barista’s personal wish list.

For the man who lives for “Bread Week”

Paul Hollywood’s Bread

If he’s a fan of The Great British Bake Off, he’ll surely appreciate this bread cookbook written by the master of all things carb. Just try to be nice — or nicer than Paul Hollywood, at least — while he’s getting the hang of it.

For the man who likes to season generously

Jacobsen Salt Co. Infused Black Garlic Salt

Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski told us this black garlic salt is “freaking delicious.”

For the man who wants to start cooking more

Lodge 10.25 Inch Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet

Writer Liza Corsillo called this cast-iron skillet the best thing she bought this past decade: “I use it every day, would buy it over and over again, and enthusiastically recommend it to everyone I know,” she wrote. “Like a good leather jacket, if you treat your Lodge skillet well it will continue to mature and get better with age.”

For the man who needs a better knife

Global G-2 Chef’s Knife 8”

If he is still trying to cut tomatoes with a steak knife, do him a favor and upgrade to a chef’s knife that we love.

For the man who likes to glamp

Snow Peak Titanium Fork and Spoon Set

This titanium fork and spoon set is one of the least expensive things you can buy from status-y Japanese camping brand Snow Peak. Great for camping, glamping, takeout, or even the office.

For the man who wants to mask together

Jaxon Lane Hydrogel Bro Mask

Writer Garret Munce tried out a selection of face masks for men, and this was his favorite. “I truthfully didn’t want to take the mask off, it felt so good, but after I did, my skin was noticeably more hydrated and calm. I’d use it every day if I could.”

For the man who always asks to borrow your lip balm

JACK BLACK - Intense Therapy Lip Balm set

We featured this lip balm trio in our roundup of the best grooming gifts for men. Each lip balm in the set has SPF25 for sun protection and flavors include natural mint, asian pear, and black cherry.

For the man who needs to put down the vape

Boy Smells Kush Candle

Maybe just a nice status candle with the gentle waft of cannabis.

For the man who likes a Balvenie before bed

Everest Whiskey Glasses Set of 2

Mountaintops float just below the surface of his glass of whiskey in these nifty glasses.

For the man with restless legs

Cubii Jr. Desk Elliptical With Built-in Display Monitor

If you’re tired of feeling his knee bopping up and down, might we suggest an under-the-desk elliptical for him to release all that tension at work?

For the man who travels for work

Sleepy Ride Airplane Footrest

Does he need to simulate the feel of lying all the way down in coach? If so, writer Alyse Whitney calls this footrest the best thing to make that economy seat feel first-class.

For the man who loves a good neck rub

Zyllion Shiatsu Back Neck Massager

If you don’t know what to get a man, you can’t go wrong with a back and neck massager.

For the man who loves a good foot rub

Miko Shiatsu Foot Massager With Deep-Kneading

Give him the gift of relaxation (and give yourself the gift of no longer fielding foot massage requests) with this extremely well-reviewed foot massager with five different pressure settings and heated massaged option.

For the man who’s always sending you memes

Mocking Spongebob Masterpiece Meme

If he “gets it,” he’ll love it.

For the man who wants to start listening to vinyl

Audio-Technica AT-LP60X-BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable

When we asked professional DJs and vinyl collectors about the best turntables for beginners, this Audio-Technica was one of their go-to recommendations (and the least expensive of the bunch).

For the man who loves real books

Tom Dixon Men’s the Bookworm Quill

A brass quill bookmark by Tom Dixon, so he’ll never lose his place.

For the man who loves going to concerts

Vibes High Fidelity Concert Earplugs

Popular with concertgoers, these earplugs are designed to lower the volume without interfering with sound fidelity, so he can still enjoy the show without damaging his ears.

For the man who loves to sing in the shower

Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

A shockproof and waterproof Bluetooth speaker that should be able to handle anything, including his too-loud, off-key voice.

For the man who doesn’t want anything

Hot Sox Men’s Artist Series Crew Socks, The Scream

Pretty much any man will appreciate a new pair of socks, and we love the novelty factor of these art-themed socks from our roundup of the best socks for men (if he’s not into Norwegian expressionism, there are also pairs with Michelangelo’s David and Klimpt’s The Kiss).