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43 Gifts for Every Type of Boyfriend

Presents at a variety of price points.

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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

Original Penguin Men’s Long-Sleeve Reversible Tee

If he’s the type who’d prefer not to have to do laundry ever again, he’ll likely appreciate the extra mileage he can get out of this two-in-one, reversible hoodie that one travel writer swears by.

For the boyfriend who’s a jeans-and-T-shirt kind of guy

Gildan Men’s Classic Cotton Short Sleeve T-Shirt

He can never have too many basics. Gildan’s classic cotton tee topped our list of the best black T-shirts for men, and at this price, you could get him one for every day of the week.

For the boyfriend who loves his plants (almost) as much as you

Teak & Tides Genuine-Leather Plant Hanger

This handsome plant hanger made with genuine leather can accommodate a range of different sized pots, making it a perfect way to display one of his many plant babies.

For the boyfriend who wants to grow his own salad ingredients

Meiwo 7-Pocket Hanging Vertical Garden Wall Planter

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

Zeus Boar Hair Pocket Beard Brush, Firm Bristle

A pocket beard brush that grooming experts recommend for taking on the go. As Xavier Rodriguez of Fellow Barber Soho says, “The best beard brush is the one you have with you.”

For the boyfriend whose hair needs a little love

Verb Reset Clarifying Shampoo

This clarifying shampoo (which came highly recommended by a hairstylist) removes product buildup and resets your scalp’s natural oils, no matter your hair type.

For the boyfriend who’s always complaining about razor bumps

Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser

An exfoliating cleanser, like this one containing glycolic acid, should be his first line of defense, according to those who know.

For the boyfriend who has already mastered cribbage

Get The Games Out Top Backgammon Set

It doesn’t get more classic than backgammon — and if you’re just learning how to play, this set comes with a guide.

For the boyfriend who likes to cook dinner

Marchesi de Frescobaldi Laudemio Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

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)

Champion Men’s Closed Bottom Light Weight Jersey Sweatpant

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

Joseche Sleep Bluetooth Headphones Eye Mask

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

Lipper International Acacia Wave Serving Bowl

This handsome acacia serving bowl with a pleasing wavy rim will make them look even more appetizing.

For the boyfriend who’s a coffee snob…

Breville Smart Grinder Pro

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

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

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

Yeti Rambler 20 oz Tumbler

Outdoor Voices founder and CEO Ty Haney never leaves home without her Yeti.

For the boyfriend who prefers matcha

SHARP HEALSIO Tea PRESSO Red System TE-GS10A-R

He’ll appreciate this matcha-obsessive-recommended machine (which is also beloved by Hannah Bronfman).

For the outdoorsy boyfriend who hates the smell of sunscreen

PURITO Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++

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…

Apollo Tools DT9706 BL General Tool Set

Consider this highly rated tool set an ideal starter kit for the guy who wants to build more than Ikea furniture (though it would be good to have on hand for that, too).

… and the boyfriend who likes to keep his tools on him at all times

Klein Tools Utility Bag, Zipper Tool Bags in Olive, Orange, Blue, Yellow, 12.5-Inch Canvas

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

Coleman Portable Deck Chair With Side Table

Give him a chair that will let him turn his fire escape into a plein air office, thanks to the convenient collapsible side-table attachment.

For the boyfriend who’s getting serious about wine

Menu Winebreather Carafe

This highly rated wine carafe aerates an entire bottle in one step.

For the boyfriend who won’t use just any old pen

OHTO Horizon Needle Point Knock Ballpoint Pen

Our runner-up best pen is this superfine ballpoint from Ohto, which former Strategist senior editor Simone Kitchens wrote “yields the thinnest, smoothest line. You’ll be amazed at how small you can write with this thing.”

For the boyfriend who won’t use just any old notebook

Zhi Jin Classic Thick Cloth Linen Notebook

This classy cloth linen notebook came in at No. 4 on our list of the 100 best notebooks.

For the boyfriend who wants to do some plein air painting

Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Sketchers Pocket Box

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

American Sfoglino: A Master Class in Handmade Pasta

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

The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving

Help him turn his surplus of red onions into pickled red onions.

For the boyfriend who’s looking to upgrade his watch

Orient ‘2nd Gen Bambino Version III’ Japanese Automatic Stainless Steel and Leather Dress 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

JARLINK Illuminated Jewelers Eye Loupe Magnifier

Any Howie Ratner superfan will be thrilled — especially if he’s in the market for an engagement ring for a certain somebody.

For the boyfriend who listens to Mets games on the radio

Panasonic RF-2400D AM / FM Radio

A charmingly classic battery-operated radio.

For the boyfriend who does yoga

Jade Yoga Harmony Yoga Mat

The yoga mat that executive director of the National Book Foundation Lisa Lucas says is “never slippy.”

For the boyfriend who always loses his keys

Londo Leather-Tray Organizer

Great for keys, loose change, and various smoking or vaping accessories, this leather valet tray with handy partition will encourage him to organize his desk — or at least keep the mess contained.

For the boyfriend who snores (or endures your snoring)

Rhinomed Mute Nasal Dilator for Snoring Reduction

We’re not pointing fingers, just saying: This anti-snoring device is a relationship saver.

For the boyfriend who’s kind of modern

Light Accents Iris Table Lamp Natural Wooden Base with Round Glass Shade

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

Klymit Motion 60 Backpack

Contributor Steven John names this his go-to backpack for weekend camping trips.

For the boyfriend who’s just getting into grooming

Ursa Major Natural Face Moisturizer

If you’re dating a man who doesn’t currently own a moisturizer, this is a good one to start him on. It’s lightweight, vegan, not too perfumy, and doesn’t leave a heavy residue.

For the boyfriend with chronically chapped lips

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

He could probably use some of these SPF 25, highly moisturizing lip balms in a cooling natural mint flavor.

For the boyfriend with holes in his socks

SmartWool Mens Hiking Medium Crew Sock

If talking to cis, straight men has taught us anything, it’s that men are not great about buying themselves socks. He’ll appreciate the widely beloved SmartWool socks more than you know.

For the boyfriend with (literal) cold feet

Minnetonka Men’s Pile Lined Hardsole Slipper

Slippers might seem a little obvious, but any man would be happy to receive this sheepskin-lined pair that will double as picking-up-the-mail or walking-the-dog shoes in a pinch.

For the boyfriend who runs hot

Dyson Hot + Cool Jet Focus Fan Heater

If he complains that his apartment is oppressively hot, give him the Rolls-Royce of room fans (which also can be used as a heater).

For the sneakerhead boyfriend

Reshoevn8r Shoe & Sneaker Cleaner

An expert-approved all-purpose sneaker cleaner to keep his kicks looking their best.

For the boyfriend who used to be a caddy, and will one day be a golf dad

JEF Golf Gifts and Gallery 23 in. Collapsible Chipping Net

A collapsible net that makes chip shots a fun Skee-Ball–like game.

For the boyfriend who refuses to give in to AirPods

Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Headphones

These wireless Bluetooth headphones are a lot harder to lose than AirPods and they come highly recommended for working out.

For the boyfriend who’s always hosting

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone

For dinner parties (or podcasts in the kitchen, or days at the beach), this Bluetooth speaker is an audiophile’s dream come true.