Shopping for Valentine’s gifts for him that are thoughtful without being too mushy can be a delicate task. Maybe you want to say “I love you” but also need to say, “You need new boxer briefs” or “I hate that hoodie you won’t stop wearing.” Maybe you’re shopping for your best friend and just want the gift to say that you value them. The best Valentine’s day gifts say all of that and so much more.
We know men are difficult to shop for—their hobbies are always changing. And worthy gift ideas can be hard to come by, but don’t fret—we, the experts here at Clever, are here to give you a healthy dose of Valentine’s day gift ideas that aren’t a gift card and definitely aren’t a heart-shaped box of chocolates.
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If his response to “Where should we eat for date night?” is always Korean BBQ, this two-in-one hot pot and grill will help recreate the experience at home.
And in case the two of you share a wardrobe, here’s a luxe cashmere sweater that doesn’t come with a luxe price tag.
Arguably one of the most fashionable headphones on the market, this pair of AirPods are a great gift he can take from the gym to office and everywhere in between.
Since loungewear is his love language, gift him a fresh pair of sweatpants he’ll actually be able to leave the house in.
Stylish but still comfy, these Salomons are equally equipped to take on serious hiking trails and a night on the town hitting their favorite wine bars.
He’ll be grateful that he finally has a place to house his favorite timepieces with this high-quality watch box from Bey-Berk.
Made with an earthy blend of suede, saffron flower, pot leaf, and patchouli, this candle will help his space channel the wholesome vibe of cowboys smoking in a saloon.
He can try his hand at brewing his own stout beer with this fun DIY kit.
Whether it’s your first Valentine’s Day together or one of many, mark the special occasion with a personalized gift, like their name on a carabiner clip.
Bring the heat with this hot sauce gift set from Truff that’ll have any foodie salivating.
This sleek pack is the perfect gift for your favorite commuter. It’s even weatherproof to keep all their belongings safe and sound.
They’ll be able to clip their trusty AirPods to just about anything with this handy leather case from Shinola.
This stainless steel fireplace might not seem like a romantic gift upon first glance, but once the two of you are cuddled up around the flames it’ll certainly warm up the vibes.
Made from 100% recycled polyester for an enhanced performance, this beanie—which is available in seven different colors—might have been crafted with the great outdoors in mind, but it’ll look just as chic while on a walk in the park.
Is he the kind of guy who’s owned the same pair of beat up running shoes for over 10 years that he wears everywhere? Help him level it up with these bestsellers from Hoka—designed to be super breathable and lightweight whether you’re walking or running.
Though if he’d prefer something a little more casual and every day, you can’t go wrong with new Adidas.
Whether they’re someone who likes to camp or just enjoys carving into an apple here and there, the Carter pocket knife offers a stylish workhorse knife with a safe slide lock mechanism that you can use all the time.
This unique gift really hits the mark for car aficionados and adult lego lovers. There’s over 2,000 pieces to assemble, so we think he’ll enjoy winding down with this set and his drink of choice.
Get this sleek gadget for any music lover in your life, especially if they already own an extensive record collection. They’ll undoubtedly appreciate this player that’ll elevate their listening experience.
Everyone can always use a few new pairs of underwear. This pair in particular is made with lyocel—the most sustainable cellulose fabric that feels especially silky and soft.
He’ll really want to keep this hoodie from getting stolen. It’s made of a cotton polyester blend that’ll look better with each wash and is available in nine versatile colors.
This is a perfect gift if he’s just starting on his mixology journey. You can get it in a classic steel or six other colors—including red, blue, and a limited edition color like light purple.
Pair this with a coffee subscription that’ll introduce him to new beans and brews that’ll get his morning started right.
This handsome suede layer from Quince is a great transitional piece for those days where all you need is a light jacket.
Gift him a timepiece he can wear with any outfit. This classic Timex has a 21-jewel mechanical movement, which winds automatically every time you move your wrist.
If he can’t get enough of The Bear, these very stylish and weather-friendly clogs are inspired by footwear worn by foragers, growers, makers, and food professionals.
For your bookish beau, this Kindle that will house all his favorite reads is a very thoughtful gift.
An easy addition to any capsule wardrobe, this leather moto jacket from Buck Mason is something he’ll keep in his closet for years to come.
Bose’s bluetooth speaker is waterproof, has up to twelve hours of battery life per charge, and comes in fun shades like this icy blue.
Impress your aspiring sommelier with this elevated corkscrew made by Craighill and André Hueston Mack, which is expertly designed to open just about any type of wine bottle.
A really nice classic tee is the staple he’ll reach for again and again—whether he’s lounging at home or running errands.
Though he likely has a good rotation of baseball hats, this irresistible Polo bear cap is a worthy addition to his collection.
Curate a soothing vibe in his space with this chamomile, neroli, and vetiver scent from Colbo, the cool-kid haunt based in LES.
If he’s a nature enthusiast, a weekend trip courtesy of Getaway is a V-Day gift the both of you can enjoy. With cabins located from New York to Portland (costs pending location, seasonality, and availability), a picturesque vacation is just a few clicks away.