So, what are the best Valentine’s Day gifts for Men™, other than a jar of dirt filled with gold krugerrands? We asked a whole bunch of real life dudes what the best gifts they’ve ever received are, and they swore by everything from gardening tools to flasks that won’t quit. What about the best V-Day gifts you can give the men you love? “daddy” in-between ball-gags? The best gifts for husbands, the best presents for long-term (or new) boyfriends, and—lest he be left behind as Union Pool’s Cinderella—Tinder Brian? These rad men are not only bona fide dudes, but they’re dudes who have a romantic place in your personal reality show. They have at least one audition this week.
You might want to bless your long-term boyfriend with a present that reads, “I know how much you love meatballs, and I know how much your posture sucks.”There are many online butcher shops that sell organic meats and low-profile braces for sweet, meaty sweeties. If you’re looking for the best present for someone you just started dating, consider something as emotionally neutral (yet, subtly charged; keep them on their toes) as an outdoorsy pour-over coffee kit, or a great chef’s knife that costs less than your last bar tab.
Whether you’re looking to sweep him off his feet with a trippy NFT or keep him cozy in some Stüssy winter headgear that is actually ~not~ a beanie, here are some of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for ye olde boyfriend, partner, husband, or whatever the male situationship in your life may be.
The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him for Under $50
A box of jerky in a heart shape
Man can eat no chocolate, but only meat. Meat in sticks, in big heart.
Because a knife can be both horny as well as neutral
It’s true. A fancy chef’s knife that costs under a hundred bucks can totally be a gift that feels like a shrug (what, like they’re your only situationship? getouttahere), or a divine hand on their shoulder that whispers, I know how long you’ve wanted to cut a steak in a single stroke. Slice, stud.
From the Black Diamond to The Bar
This fleece Stüssy head warmer can take your boo from John Denver circa the 1980 ski music videoTo “You need anything from the corner store?”Real quick and in style
For maximum chillin’
Literally. The Hyperchiller can make coffee, booze, or any other beverage cold in 60 seconds. It can be used with a coffeemaker to make instant iced coffee. An ice-cold latte or brewski is mere moments away—and 12,000+ happy reviewers are all about it.
He won’t shut up about Ethereum
Ayyy! You are so happy for your man who decided to #cryptolife. But bring him back down to Earth by giving him a coin-sorting piggybank that will help him transform couch-cushion debris into a micro nest.
Polish him up
Grooming is something that makes all the difference, but doesn’t come super naturally to all men, y’know? If his hair could use a little zhuzhing (or if he’s always slathering his ‘do with a goo that’s probably chock full of carcinogens), stuff his stocking with Aesop’s amazing-smelling, shine-infusing Hair Polish; it’s perfect for a guy who wants that slicked-back, G Eazy vibe.
Improve his posture
It’s a very specific kind of person who gets jazzed about a gift that improves their posture; usually a boomer dad/gamer/Virgo, and especially anyone who is a WFH hermit and looking to improve their posture.
He’s one of those straight-edge-hardcore-camping vegans
Naturally, he’s planning on taking you upstate soon. Your Beanie Baby will appreciate a good cup of coffee. This coffee is perfect for winter, thanks to its bright notes of citrus and baked apple.
Beers, bindings, bombing hills
If he’s a winter sports lover who also happens to drink a ton of beer (the overlap is massive in these two categories, trust us) this Wall Mounted Ski Bottle Opener will be the perfect edition to his man cave or bar setup.
He’s got a big, girthy one
We’re talking about his beard, of course—what were you thinking of? The Beard Care Kit is a great gift for him to keep his facial hair soft and healthy with the handcrafted grooming products included (a trifecta consisting of beard shampoo, beer balm, and beard oil) all made from natural ingredients.
Marit Aagaard & Jeff Lovett
The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him for Under $100
Have y’all tried prostate play yet?
It’s really fun. This step-by-step guide will show you how to dip your toes in P-Play. It also includes tips and tricks on everything from toys to foreplay.
The Renaissance Fair was where you first sex.
His lips tasted like Camel Crush, cheap ale, and mutton. SWOON! He is entitled to some chainmail.
A plant he can’t kill
Philodendrons are easy-going plants. They’re excellent climbers, and can tolerate as much or as little water and light as your boo deems necessary. They have heart-shaped leaves. Aw.
Snake Plants are also loved for their ability thrive in low-light conditions, and require very minimal water.
A 70s CBD smoke in a mellow setting
Dad Grass CBD bud offers a mellow high that is legal and smokable, just like Pops enjoyed back in 1977. What does this all mean for the user No paranoia, no scaries, and no dubious legality—just chill vibes and that comforting, skunky haze. They partner with biodynamic farmers to bring you the most happy hemp nugs. Their half-ounce tins even include rolling papers.
He’s a swanky stoner
Molly J. is a Bay Area confectioner who makes luxurious CBD gummies. They’re the kind of tasty you won’t be able to stop thinking about, and a nice wind-down treat after a long day.
He’s a jam band baby
Because he’s already hogging the closet with merch from the Dead’s 1969 McFarlin Auditorium gig (understandable), but he’s yet to own a versatile, dancing skeleton bandana that can cradle everything from joints and bits and bobs, to that sweet cranium of his, and some beer glasses with vintage Dead posters.
Warm his heart…
… And other parts of his chilly body with this personal and portable concrete fireplace. The FLIKR gives you all the perks of a regular-sized fireplace in a compact design that’s perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. (City folks, we’re here for you. It also just uses isopropyl alcohol, which makes for a clean burn that won’t create soot and is safe to eat over. The marshmallows are ready.
A gift for you both
You know how sometimes guys gift their partners lingerie, and how that’s often really more of a gift for them? Yeah—this is giving them a little taste of their own medicine, because your man is gonna absolutely love the simplicity and ease of a solid cologne (especially if he’s used to the liquid/spray stuff) there’s no better gift to yourself than a good-smelling hubby. BaseLight’s three pack is both affordable and excellent.
The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him for Under $200
This book is a must-read about traditional tattoos
Is your man a tatted daddy? Grab him Taschen’s big, beautiful book of legendary Dutch tattooist Henk Schiffmaffer’s work and archives, which meticulously documents the modern history of tattooing around the world. (Schiffmacher has tattooed everyone from Kurt Cobain, Lady Gaga, and more. It’s a hell of a coffee table book, and one your inked up dude is guaranteed to pore over (and use for new tat ideas).
Alarm clock that stops the awful ringing in your cell phone
Although it is convenient to use your phone as an alarm clock, it can also make us feel anxious every time the ringtone goes off. Getting a proper alarm clock may seem weird and old school, but not when it’s the Loftie, a new smart alarm clock that doubles as a white noise machine and soothing-vibe beacon. Designed to reduce stress and improve sleep quality, it’s full of features that make hitting the sack feel like a spa treatment.
A sherpa-lined trucker jacket
What do we need in a man for the holidays? Cozy, lumbersexual energy—like he could build you a knotty-pine-floored cabin with his bare hands, then pick you up, wrap you up in a bearskin rug, and carry you over to the fire for hot toddies. Regardless of whether your mans can actually accomplish any of these things, he’ll look the part in this sherpa-lined plaid jacket from Lucky Brand, which looks just as killer with Chucks as it does with broken-in work boots. [Supported by Lucky Brand.]
Cast iron is indeed worth the hype
We asked some of our favorite chefs if cast iron is all it’s cracked up to be, and they responded with a resounding, sizzling yes, because you can cook everything from meats to veggies, shakshuka to stews and more in the right semi-deep skillet. Lodge, a well-respected brand of cast iron, received unanimous praise. Their skillets are durable and can be seasoned correctly. They also look beautiful when they’re cooled on your burners.
You can also customize your boo’s skillet with the help of Smithey Ironware CompanyYou can engrave this cast iron in vintage-inspired style:
Smithey Ironware Co.
A Carhartt jacket that will last us all
Carhartt is a favorite of all kinds of cutes, from buttoned up bros to grumpy pusks. Carhartt jackets are waterproof and breathable and feature a hood and are lightweight enough to be used as layering pieces. “I bought one of these 8 years ago,”One of the jacket-owners who is a ride-or-die enthusiast writes: “[and] I have gotten nothing but compliments on it. I wear it at work as an industrial electrician, at home, on cool days, or wet days. I have worn this in misty rain and torrential downpours, [and] it took 8 years to get to the point of water penetrating the outer layer, which is why I bought another exactly like it. Hopefully in 8 years, they’ll still be available.” Damn.
The best men’s hiking boots that aren’t ugly
These Salomons are almost too good to be true. We might have to make them part of the horny Chili’s date night ‘fit. There are loads of aesthetic men’Salomons is a brand that makes high-quality hiking boots, and they have a design that would make Rick Owens blush.
Timberland boots are a great option for loyal Timberland fans. Grab your hunny a full-grain waterproof boot from the brand for just $100
While camping, keep his tush warm
Camping rocks, and we’re all about it. But what we’re less enthused by is when the temp suddenly drops while you’re out in the wild old yonder and you’re left shivering instead of enjoying Slenderman stories and blackened mallows around a barely controlled campfire. That’s why Gobi Heat’s heating camping chairs—with three heat settings and up to nine hours of continuous heating power via battery—are just the right balance between outdoorsy and, dare we say, glamp-y; although, you know, we’d rather not use that word even if we like a little touch of luxury with our survivalism.
Some mitts to his mitts
These wax-coated gloves by Give’r are a slow burn gift. At first, he’ll be like, “Gloves?” and then after using them, he’ll be like, “Gloooves.”These will be his “everything” gloves—they’re heavy-duty, waterproof, and insulated for optimal protection, which means they’re good for everything from grabbing a burning log out of a fire to ice fishing in -25 degrees.
Toast to his health
Imagine going on an adventure without this Firelight 750 Flask from High Camp. It fits a fifth of liquor or a full bottle of wine, the tumblers magnetically attach to the flask so they don’t get lost, and the wide mouth makes filling and pouring a breeze. This one’s a no-brainer, people.
Damn, You Really Love this Cugine
This furniture is a better choice for sex.
Here’s an idea: Turn your living room into a horny, sex furniture-filled playground with the help of some strategic purchases, such as this chaise lounge that moonlights as a boning station. The curvature and width are ideal for two (or three or whatever) to be lubed up by human rubber bands.
A solid shed to hide his secrets
Becoming the proud owner of a solid wooden shed and a bunch of crypto is basically our generation’s version of owning a home and having a 401(k) plan. Think of all the cool bullshit y’all will be able to store in here; it’s basically an outdoor closet.
Baby’s first NFT
Have y’all been curious about NFTs, but also feeling like everyone who is already talking about them somehow ~knows~ the ins-and-outs? Fret not. We were also n00bs and did some research to find the best places where you can buy NFT and crypto art at a reasonable price. The online auction house 1stDibsIf you have some big goblin coins (money, we don’t mean regular, paper money), this is a great place. Their rotation of digital artists is beautiful and thoughtfully curated. Crypto.com also has pieces like this one by Snoop Dogg.
This rowing machine is an amazing work of art
Eames designed the Ergatta rowing machines? This is one of those items we dream about having in the ideal at-home gym set-up, because there’s something so gratifying about working out on an apparatus that relies only on cherry wood construction, spinning water, and a svelte shape that supports your form. Rowing is good for nine major muscle groupsSo, dude, you can pop a shroomy upstream and merrily travel to Swole City.
He’ll be the envy of all his boys
You arrive at the party with a twelver and 11 other people like you. You show up with a Tundra Haul YETI Cooler full of suds, you’re a fucking hero. It’s the first-ever YETI cooler on wheels, and features unmatched insulation power and durability, which means this puppy is good for the trails, the beach, and house parties galore.
He will be the one to raise the bar
“Oh, your man doesn’t have a sope home bar setup?” That’s what you’ll be saying to your friends after you gift him this customizable home liquor tap. It works just like a beer tap, except you don’t need a complicated draft system. It’s great for parties, movie nights, and—honestly—it just looks wicked cool.
Bud and DeeDee Paterson
Happy holidays, you little eggnog hogs. Here’s hoping next year’s husband has a car.
All of the items featured in this story were selected by Rec Room staff members independently.