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Valentine's Day is tricky when you're shopping for a guy—there aren't many "traditional" gifts that appeal to men. While you can't go wrong with a gift card, you don't have to settle for a cliche gift yet again (looking at you, ties and boxes of chocolate).
Whether you're shopping for your new boyfriend or your husband of 50 years, we've rounded up 40 of the things that men actually want this year. Some of the top picks include the coziest Ugg slippers, the cult-favorite AirPods Pro, and a subscription to Craft Beer Club.
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1. For the coffee drinker: Yeti Rambler Mug
While Yeti makes our all-time favorite cooler, you might not want to shell out nearly $1,000 (!!) for his gift. Fortunately, you can get him the Yeti he loves at a more affordable price point (i.e. less than $25) with the popular Rambler mug. Made of double vacuum-insulated stainless steel, it has nearly 40,000 reviews on Amazon for keeping coffee steaming hot (or their water ice cold) for hours.
2. For the homebody: Ugg slippers
If they're good enough for Tom Brady, they're good enough for the guy in your life. With over 3,000 rave reviews at Nordstrom, these suede slippers are lined with the plush shearling that Ugg boots are so famous for and that will keep his feet warm and comfortable all day long.
3. For the Netflix binge-watcher: Roku Ultra
We tested several streaming boxes and streaming sticks in our quest to find the best streaming devices, and the Roku Ultra stood above the competition as the overall best device money can buy. With the Roku Ultra, he will be free to stream his favorite shows and movies in 4K and HDR. We love Roku's easy-to-use platform, and the remote control is by far the easiest to use of all the devices we tested.
4. For the guy who doesn't like chocolate: A beef jerky heart
A box of chocolates? So last year. This year, gift him something even better: a box of beef jerky. This best-selling gift has 10 different bits of beef in all different flavors from classic to ghost pepper to whiskey maple. Reviewers love the quality jerky and how unique of a gift it is.
5. For the trend-setter: Patagonia Better Sweater Zip Jacket
Name a sweatshirt that's more recognizable than the Patagonia pullover... we'll wait. The knit fleece is so popular for a lot of reasons besides the fact that it looks good—it's also cozy yet breathable, high-quality (so Dad can wear it for years to come), and made with recycled materials.
6. For the podcast addict: Apple Airpods Pro
Maybe he's an audiophile or maybe he likes not dealing with a pesky wire when he's out for a run. No matter his reason, every guy appreciates a good pair of wireless earbuds—and there are few more popular than the Apple AirPods Pro right now. Not only do our experts rave that the white earbuds have a more comfortable fit, but the upgraded AirPods Pro also use active noise cancellation technology so he can listen to his tunes in peace.
7. For the beer connoisseur: GrowlerWerks uKeg
Fact: Beer tastes better poured out of a tap. If he agrees, get him the uKeg from GrowlerWerks. Made of vacuum-insulated stainless steel, the growler/keg combo has gotten a thumbs up from over 2,000 reviewers who say it keeps their beer ice cold and carbonated (you can even customize the carbonation level) all day long. And whenever he's ready for happy hour, Dad can use the tap dispenser to pour the perfect pint.
8. For the meat-eating man: Crowd Cow
Burgers, steak, wings—if it's meat, he will eat it. Make him the happiest carnivore this holiday with a subscription to a meat delivery service like Crowd Cow. I've used Crowd Cow myself and am obsessed with how convenient it is and how delicious and high-quality all of the meat is. One of the best parts is that Crowd Cow only sources its products from independent ranchers and farmers who raise their livestock in a sustainable and ethical way without any added hormones or unnecessary antibiotics.
9. For the phone addict: A wooden docking station
He's always on his phone—which means it always needs to be charged. A wooden docking station like this stylish one from Etsy is one of the most popular Valentine's Day gifts of the year. It's been sold over 46,000 times and is praised for its sleek design and the fact that it keeps all of his things organized in one place.
10. For the man who likes convenience: Dollar Shave Club
The last thing any man wants to do after a long day at work is go back out to the store because he ran out of razors (or worse, realize it in the morning when it's too late and he has a 9 a.m. meeting). Enter a subscription to Dollar Shave Club, which is one of our favorite subscription boxes of the year. It'll keep him stocked with all the necessary shaving essentials delivered right to his doorstep.
11. For the guy who just likes to chill: Gravity Weighted Blanket
Like all of us, men have a lot to worry about. So sometimes they need to decompress—and a weighted blanket could help any guy do just that. Of all the ones we've tested, we like the Gravity Blanket the best because it's super soft to the touch and provides just the right amount of pressure to be comforting but not suffocating.
12. For the one who appreciates the finer things: Mark & Graham Wallet
Upgrade his old worn-in wallet with this luxe one from popular leather brand Mark & Graham. The wallet has tons of rave reviews for being incredible quality and the perfect size for holding all his cards and cash without being too bulky. Bonus: You can even get it personalized with his monogram.
13. For the always prepared: Leatherman Wave+ Multitool
Even if he doesn’t need a multitool, most every guy wants one—or at least to have one when the moment calls for it. The Leatherman Wave Plus is the near-identical follow-up to the Leatherman Wave that won our roundup of the best multitools. It looks great, offers impressive performance, has excellent user reviews, and comes with a 25-year warranty.
14. For the avid reader: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Why give him one book when you could give him thousands? After all, that's what he'll have access to with the Kindle Paperwhite. It's our favorite Kindle because it has the most storage space of all the models, 24 different levels of illumination so he can read anytime, anywhere, and a waterproof exterior.
15. For the perpetually late: Skagen Aaren Watch
Smart watches are fun and all, but a traditional wristwatch is still a timeless way to complete an outfit. This Skagen Aaren watch is simple, but pairs perfectly with casual and formal outfits. I own two Skagen watches myself and I wear them all the time. If you’re buying for someone who likes a little more pizazz in their wardrobe, MVMT Watches also makes a huge array of stylish, affordable timepieces with great reviews.
16. For guys who love a hot sauce kick: The Good Hurt Fuego Hot Sauce Sampler Pack
With 7 different flavors of hot sauce and a clever packaging design, this sampler pack from Thoughtfully is a standout gift idea for any guy. It has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon with over 2,100 reviews. The spices range from mild to very hot, including even the fabled Ghost Pepper.
17. For the guy who needs a massage ASAP: Theragun
He might not be able to get a massage at the spa this year but, according to thousands of happy shoppers, He can get one that's (almost) just as good at home. All he needs is the very trendy Theragun. One of our staff members put the handheld massager to the test and liked that it was powerful (perfect for kneading out knots) and could get to even the hardest-to-reach spots.
18. For the outdoorsy man: Carhartt beanie
Experts are predicting it's going to be colder than usual this winter. Help him stay warm with a knit beanie from Carhartt. According to its 74,000+ (!!) reviews on Amazon, this stretchy one-size-fits-all hat is equal parts comfy and cozy and has the durable quality that Carhartt is so famous for.
19. For the one who always plans date night: DateBox Club
Whether you're newly dating or have been married forever, gift the guy in your life a subscription to DateBox Club. The fun service comes with a monthly box of everything you'll need to spend some quality time together, from dinner and dancing to game night to delicious recipes you can whip up together.
20. For the man who wants to stay active: Fitbit Charge 4
For some of us, staying active isn't easy. For others, working out is a lifestyle. The beauty of the Fitbit Charge is that it's useful to everyone, regardless of how much they exercise. Topping our list of the best fitness trackers, the Fitbit Charge 4 is perfect for any dad, whether he's a fitness fanatic or just looking to make some minor lifestyle changes. It features everything we love about the Charge 3—namely its ease of use and its comfortable design—plus improved battery life and GPS integration.
21. For the one who likes to crack a cold one: Craft Beer Club
A six-pack of Bud Light just isn't going to cut it for this beer drinker. If he loves exploring new breweries and trying out new beers, he'll love a subscription to Craft Beer Club. The service delivers 12 bottles each month and include a wide variety of unique breweries and beers, from stouts to IPAs to porters.
22. For the one who likes to relax: Parachute Classic Bathrobe
He might not be at a five-star resort in the middle of the Caribbean but he can feel like he is with this luxe robe that everyone's buying right now. Made of super soft Turkish cotton, it's so cozy that some reviewers even compare it to being wrapped up in a cloud.
23. For the one who wants to learn something new: MasterClass
What do you get the guy who already has everything? Classes taught by his favorite celebrities, of course. With an All-Access Pass to MasterClass, he can learn how to cook from Gordon Ramsay, how to tell better jokes from Steve Martin, and even how to shoot hoops from Steph Curry. Our editor-in-chief tried out the service for himself and said the classes were inspiring and that he liked how you can take them at your own pace.
24. For beards of all shapes and sizes: Wahl Clippers Beard Trimmer
The Wahl Clippers Stainless Steel Beard Trimmer won our roundup of the best beard trimmers, with its top-notch battery life, trimming ability, and professional-quality build. It’s not waterproof, but it is easy to keep clean, so if you’re buying for someone with a beard, they’ll appreciate this one.
25. For the tech-savvy guy: Amazon Echo Dot
If last year was the year of the Echo, this year is the year of the Echo Dot. It has all of the features of the Amazon Echo, but at a fraction of the price, making it the best entry-level smart speaker, according to our experts. The newest Dot, while still a tiny four inches in diameter, even has a majorly improved speaker for better sound quality and is a great gift for anyone who wants their first smart speaker or who already has an Echo and wants a complementary device for another room.
26. For the one who hates shopping: MeUndies Subscription
He might not like going to the mall but that doesn't mean he shouldn't have nice things—specifically, nice underwear. Give him the gift of MeUndies, which will deliver comfortable, high-quality underwear right to his doorstep. One of our writers has used the service and says it's the softest underwear he's ever worn.
27. For the home cook: Philips Airfryer
Whether it’s game day or just a busy Wednesday, sometimes he just wants something quick, easy, and delicious. Airfryers aren’t the most health-conscious products in the world, but they do a good job of providing crispy food without the mess or hassle of frying in oil. This Philips model won our roundup of the best airfryers, excelling in most of our testing.
28. For the child at heart: Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite were one of the hottest gifts of the past year. Whether you’re buying for someone who's looking for a new at-home hobby, a person who wants to play the latest and greatest, or a classic gamer jonesing for a nostalgia fix, the Switch has it all. He'll be entertained for hours.
29. For the gym rat: Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffel
Duffel bags are definitely the black sheep of the bag family—that’ll happen when you mostly stuff dirty, smelly things in them—but they don’t have to look bad. This Herschel Supply Co. duffel looks good enough you could bring it to the office, but it’s functional enough to work as a daily gym bag or as a day trip carry-on, with necessary touches like a separate compartment where you can stash your shoes or smellier gear after a workout.
30. For the coffee lover: SterlingPro Double Wall French Press
If you’re buying for someone who really loves coffee, the Sterling Double Wall French Press is perfect. It is double insulated so it keeps coffee nice and hot, it looks fantastic, it works for everything from frothed milk to hot chocolate, it's dishwasher safe, and it's the best French press we've ever tested. Best of all, it’s about a third the price of many other stainless steel French presses, meaning it’ll feel like your gift cost way more than it actually does.
31. For the music lover: JBL FLip 4 Speaker
If there's one thing guys from all walks of life can agree on, it's that stuff should just work. Especially tech stuff. Based on this criterion, the JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker couldn't be more dude-friendly. Simply turn the Flip 4 on, wait a second or two for it to pair, and you're good to go. The Flip 4 is our winner for the best portable Bluetooth speaker. It's splash-proof, features a rugged design, and pumps out some seriously good sound.
32. For the guy who lives in sweatpants: Zella Joggers
These days, it seems like loungewear is most people's everyday uniform. If he loves being comfortable yet stylish when he's hanging out at home, give him a pair of these trendy Zella joggers. They have a high rating on Nordstrom for being great quality and super soft.
33. For those who always put off cleaning: Eufy Robovac 11S
Robot vacuums aren’t enough to keep your whole place clean, but they do a good job of keeping it looking neat on days where you just don’t have the time. He'll appreciate this one from Eufy, which is our favorite affordable robot vacuum this year. It picked up the most dirt per run in our testing and is incredibly quiet while it cleans.
34. For the man who's always losing things: Tile Mate
If his favorite phrase is "Has anyone seen my keys?!" he'll benefit from a Tile Mate. The number one item finder on Amazon, the Bluetooth tracker clips right onto his key ring and can locate things over 200 feet away. Users praise its long battery life and the loud volume of the ringer (no way those keys are going to get away from him next time!).
35. For the audiophile: Sony Noise-Canceling Headphones
Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones are widely regarded as the best all-around noise-canceling headphones you can get. They offer superb sound quality, cancel out ambient noise beautifully, and are supremely comfy for long flights, train rides, or just working at your desk.
37. For the pit master: A grill set
There's something about the bond between a man and his grill that can't be matched. So you can't go wrong with a barbecue-themed gift like this highly-rated 20-piece set of grilling tools, which has over 2,000 positive reviews. People like that it has everything you could ever need for a backyard BBQ (from spatulas to tongs to skewers to even corn cob holders) and that the tools are made of high-quality, durable stainless steel.
38. For the man who prefers wine: Firstleaf
Red or white, sweet or dry, boxed or bottled... When it comes to wine, he may love to try new bottles. Indulge his love of vino with Firstleaf, a service that will deliver a curated box of wine to his doorstep each month. Our kitchen and cooking editor tried it out (she gifted it to her mom) and says it was one of the most successful gifts she's ever given.
39. For the well-traveled: Grafomap Custom Framed Map
I’m in love with these custom maps from Grafomap. Just put it in any location, move it around to frame it how you want, and you’ll get a killer map in one of a number of eye-catching designs. You can customize the labels, get it framed, or have it printed directly onto canvas. Posters start at just $49 with framed versions costing $60 more—way less than it’ll cost to have anything custom framed at a store.
40. For literally every guy: A day of solitude
Look, we love you. We really do. We want to spend time with you. We also just want to be left alone for an indeterminate period of time of 12-24 hours. What are we going to do? Probably nothing. How much are we going to love you for understanding? More than you can imagine.
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