Buying a gift for a boyfriend might seem easy, but depending on how long you’ve been dating, your budget, and (of course) his interests, a lot can go wrong — especially if it’s for Valentine’s Day, a holiday he maybe only grudgingly celebrates. But people love gifts, no matter the occasion, so to help you with your search, we compiled three-dozen-plus options at a variety of price points for every kind of boyfriend out there, from the laid-back dude who prefers takeout to the coffee snob to the guy who’s always looking to discover a new hiking trail.
For the boyfriend who hates doing laundry
For the boyfriend who’s a jeans-and-T-shirt kind of guy
For the boyfriend who loves his plants (almost) as much as you
For the boyfriend who wants to grow his own salad ingredients
According to homesteaders, this hanging planter lets you grow lettuce or tomatoes even when space is limited.
For the boyfriend whose beard needs a little love
For the boyfriend whose hair needs a little love
For the boyfriend who’s always complaining about razor bumps
For the boyfriend who has already mastered cribbage
For the boyfriend who likes to cook dinner
If he thinks homemade meals are more romantic than prix fixe menus, he’ll appreciate this Tuscan olive oil that James Beard Award–winning chef Jonathan Waxman recommends for salads, seafood, and vegetables.
For the boyfriend who’d rather stay in (and order Seamless)
Wouldn’t he — and you — much prefer a fresh set of sweatpants for lounging around the house?
For the boyfriend who’s always anxious on a plane
This “game changing” eye mask equipped with Bluetooth speakers is what one globe-trotting celebrity facialist swears by for shutting out the world around her whenever she flies. If he gets the jitters on the plane, it should help him relax — and hopefully get some shut-eye while he’s at it.
For the boyfriend who’s trying to eat more greens
For the boyfriend who’s a coffee snob…
According to Brad Leone (a.k.a. #BABrad), the host of Bon Appétit’s “It’s Alive” series, this coffee grinder is a “game changer.” “You can customize the grind of the beans, and it has this giant airtight hopper on top that you can dump a whole bag into,” he says.
… and then insists on drinking coffee at exactly 137 degrees Fahrenheit
When we talked to trend forecasters about the gifts for men that were going to be big this past holiday season, Ember’s temperature-control mugs were high on the list. If left on its charging coaster, this the mug will keep his coffee at the exact temperature he likes it (between 120–145 degrees Fahrenheit) all day. And if taken off the charger, it’ll still keep it at that precise temperature for an hour and a half.
For the boyfriend who’s more easygoing about his coffee
For the boyfriend who prefers matcha
For the outdoorsy boyfriend who hates the smell of sunscreen
Beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton raves about this centella-infused, “actively soothing,” and “ultrahydrating” sunscreen, that now comes scent-free, so your boyfriend doesn’t have to worry about smelling like he’s wearing any product at all.
For the boyfriend who’s getting into home improvement…
… and the boyfriend who likes to keep his tools on him at all times
If he only wants to carry a few essentials around. (This utility bag is actually writer Liza Corsillo’s Dopp kit of choice.)
For the boyfriend whose “outdoor space” is a fire escape
For the boyfriend who’s getting serious about wine
For the boyfriend who won’t use just any old pen
For the boyfriend who won’t use just any old notebook
For the boyfriend who wants to do some plein air painting
A very portable watercolor set that one Strategist writer uses to paint on flights, at home, and while relaxing in Prospect Park.
For the boyfriend who is always “down for Italian” food
With this, he can learn to make his own pasta courtesy of “pasta master” Evan Funke, the chef behind Los Angeles restaurant Felix.
For the boyfriend who’s getting into canning
For the boyfriend who’s looking to upgrade his watch
Whether he has an upcoming job interview or just got a promotion, this dress watch will give him a boost of CEO confidence — for less than $200. James Stacey, watch expert and senior writer at Hodinkee, opened our eyes to this Japanese watch brand with a cult following. “In the same vein as Seiko, Orient has made a name for themselves with the Bambino because it’s a bit dressier.”
For the boyfriend who’s obsessed with Uncut Gems
For the boyfriend who listens to Mets games on the radio
For the boyfriend who does yoga
For the boyfriend who always loses his keys
For the boyfriend who snores (or endures your snoring)
For the boyfriend who’s kind of modern
Give the gift of better bedroom lighting this year and watch as he (and you) enjoy reading by the warm glow of this spherical lamp.
For the boyfriend who likes camping
For the boyfriend who’s just getting into grooming
For the boyfriend with chronically chapped lips
For the boyfriend with holes in his socks
For the boyfriend with (literal) cold feet
For the boyfriend who runs hot
For the sneakerhead boyfriend
For the boyfriend who used to be a caddy, and will one day be a golf dad
A collapsible net that makes chip shots a fun Skee-Ball–like game.
For the boyfriend who refuses to give in to AirPods
For the boyfriend who’s always hosting
For dinner parties (or podcasts in the kitchen, or days at the beach), this Bluetooth speaker is an audiophile’s dream come true.