Oh sure, it has more to do with rampant consumerism than old-fashioned romance, but the way we look at it, there’s nothing wrong with getting nice new stuff. Unfortunately, Valentine’s Day gifts are synonymous with schmaltz and tat. (FYI, we don’t want a neon sign to go above the headboard that says #blessed.)
So, for the avoidance of doubt, we’ve compiled a list of Valentine’s Day gift ideas that no man alive will gag at. From stylish threads to essential tech, if you really want a way to his heart, tie one of these up in ribbon and make him panic that you’ve outdone him again.
3-Pack Calvin Klein Trunks
If watching him strut around in a pair of grubby old sausage skins is making you question your relationship, use Valentine’s Day as the perfect excuse to take matters into your own hands. By kitting him out with some respectable underwear from a trusted name like Calvin Klein, you tick the gift box and get to burn those old ones at the same time.
Arket Pocket T-Shirt
An assortment of plain tees is one of the fundamental building blocks of a man’s wardrobe, and this particular one from Scandinavian brand Arket is a prime reason why. For added interest, the uber-cool cotton basic is finished with a chest pocket. Granted, no one in their right mind would ever put anything in a T-shirt pocket, but it looks good, right?
Molton Brown Tobacco Absolute Candle
Scented candles aren’t just for girls. In fact, this earthy offering from Molton Brown (a brand he’ll no doubt be acquainted with), was designed with him in mind. Incorporating a combination of manly notes including wood, balsam, musk and tobacco, it’s the sort of burner that even a hairy-chested lumberjack or weather-beaten bricklayer could get on board with.
Paul Smith Sunglasses Cufflinks
There’s only one man whose sleeves should flap around à la Gandalf (and that’s Gandalf). Help keep your fella’s together at his next formal gathering with a tasteful pair of cufflinks. Few do such details as well as Sir Paul Smith, so trust in the British designer’s stylish sunglasses set, which are guaranteed to put his look one step ahead of the sartorial competition.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 1970s White
There are few trainers out there that can claim to have been around for almost 100 years, remaining largely unchanged in the process. That honour belongs, solely, to the Chuck Taylor All Star. This retro pair riffs on the 1970s version of the iconic high-top, the ideal Valentine’s Day gift for men who like to keep up with the trends.
Tweezerman Essential Grooming Kit
Gone are the days when a bit of soap and a splash of Old Spice constituted ‘grooming’. These days it wouldn’t be weird for your man to own almost as many products as you. To save schlepping up and down the high street, Tweezerman has compiled all the essentials into one handy kit.
Marks & Spencer Crew Neck Sweatshirt
Guys can be just as tricky to buy clothes for as they claim women are, which is why both tend to shy away altogether. However, if you stick to the basics, it’s impossible to go wrong. They don’t get much more classic than a simple, block-colour, crew neck sweatshirt. No matter how fussy he is, there’s no way a staple piece like this will end up abandoned at the back of the wardrobe.
MVMT Voyager Watch
If your other half has a habit of showing up late for social gatherings with excuses like “sorry, I didn’t realise the time”, “my watch is broken”, or “I’m not actually late, time is an ephemeral concept, which has no real bearing on reality”, it’s probably wise to buy him a watch. Kill two birds with one stone by simultaneously shutting him up and sorting his Valentine’s gift with this handsome example from MVMT.
Triggerpoint Grid 1.0 Foam Roller
Chances are you’re as sick of hearing about “delayed onset muscle soreness” as he is with feeling it. The fix is a foam roller, which soothes his muscles and your ears simultaneously by breaking up achy knots after a workout.
Uniqlo Slim Stretch Selvedge Jeans
The smallest details in a man’s outfit can make a profound difference, so it pays to be clued up. Nowhere is this truer than with denim. A selvedge seam on a pair of turned-up jeans, like this one from everyone’s favourite Japanese high-street retailer Uniqlo, is indicative you’re buying more than just bog-standard legwear. Girlfriend points for you, style points for him.
Reiss Black Oudh Eau de Parfum
Oud fragrances are among the most sought-after scents in the world; the only downside is that they are also some of the most expensive. Thankfully, premium high-street retailer Reiss has distilled the musky note into its first Eau de Parfum for men – resulting in a gift that’s heavy on the nose but light on the bank balance.
Anonymous Ism Red Marl Socks
It’s a well-known fact that as men grow older they come to learn the true value of high-quality socks. From around the age of 20 upwards, what was once little more than a stocking stuffer becomes the main event. So, though you may think that £20+ is a lot to pay for something that will be hidden inside a shoe, trust us, the guy in your life will almost certainly appreciate them.
Nikon L340 CoolPix Digital Camera
Looking to take your ‘Gram game to the next level but aren’t exactly Annie Leibovitz? The answer is simple: buy your significant other a professional-grade camera and let him do all the legwork. He’ll have a new gadget to keep him entertained, while you’ll have a 24/7 personal photographer and a grid to die for.
Persol Suprema Sunglasses
Some guys are perfectly capable of picking out their own sunglasses. Others, however, wait until they’re on holiday and snap up the first pair of Fay-Bans they see. Don’t take the risk, ensure he’s properly armed for the summer months with a stylish pair of sunglasses from a classic name like Persol.
Irresistible: The Rise Of Addictive Technology And The Business Of Keeping Us Hooked
These days it’s not uncommon for there to be more than two people in a relationship (when you count phones). To send him a not-so-subtle message about his sofa-time scrolling habits, wrap up this best-selling book that takes an in-depth look at our unhealthy relationship with tech.
Ted Baker Premium Ballpoint Pen
It’s no good for a man to rock up to a business meeting in a suit so sharp its lapels could cut glass, only to produce a chewed-up old biro to take notes with. For the man who takes his business seriously, a smart pen is an absolute must. We’re particularly fond of this premium ballpoint from Ted Baker, which comes in its own presentation box.
Topman Leather Biker Jacket
We’d go as far to say there isn’t a man alive whose look can’t be enhanced with the addition of a leather jacket. For a timeless outerwear staple that channels James Dean circa 1995 and will (as morbid as it sounds) most likely outlive you both, opt for a biker style like this one by Topman.
Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Moisturiser
Whether it’s heavy winds or a heavy weekend, your man’s face has to put up with a lot. Soften it up and make kissing a tad less scratchy with a quality, specially-formulated moisturiser. Kiehl’s hydrating Facial Fuel is packed with everything needed to show his skin some love this February.
Nintendo 3DS XL Handheld Console SNES Edition
One of the biggest comebacks since cargo pants, there isn’t a guy out there who hasn’t thought about digging out his old gaming system. Save him a trip up the loft with Nintendo’s SNES Edition of its handheld 3DS console.
Wahl Super Taper Clippers
There’s nothing better than a fresh trim, but as any man will tell you, spending £30 a week on a buzz cut can quickly rack up. Barbershop-approved hair clippers are the answer, and these from Wahl, which come with chrome plated blades and several attachments, are some of the best on the market.