Though most of us would prefer to swipe left when it comes to Valentine's Day — dating is stressful enough — for those in a relationship, the holiday isn't the easiest thing to avoid. And we don't just mean because stores and restaurants are decorated in glittery hearts and pink balloons.
For some reason, February 14 has come to equate with giant teddy bears and
flower bouquets the size of a small house. And while we find presents to not even be necessary (cook dinner! watch a movie!), if you are going to dive head-first into the world of gifting, we're leaning towards the practical. Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned from our many years of dating (and shopping), it’s that most men aren’t too tricky to shop for — they just want something they actually need. This year, skip the stress, and instead take our advice: keep it simple, keep it cool, keep it fun — and use the 30 options ahead as your no-fail guide to the best gifts around.
Guys like to groom, too! Show him you care about his complexion just as much as he does.
Aesop, $129.5, available at MR PORTER
For the guy who’s trendy, loves Bernie Sanders, or both.
Balenciaga, $95, available at SSENSE
Durable enough for the slopes — or a quick deli run.
Columbia x Opening Ceremony, $100, available at Opening Ceremony
Slip in train tickets and a Catskills reservation for the ultimate weekend getaway.
Herschel Supply Co., $119.99, available at Herschel Supply Co
Let this be a gift for both of you.
Jason Markk, $12, available at Need Supply
If his beard is his
thing, help him keep it under control. One Handsome Man, $16.7, available at One Handsome Man
Is there anything more luxurious than cashmere sweats?
Abercrombie & Fitch, $160, available at Abercrombie & Fitch
Throw it back to the '90s with this classic Patagonia pullover.
Patagonia, $119, available at Patagonia
For the guy whose apartment is always too cold.
Lands' End, $49.95, available at Lands' End
Time to start planning that trip around the world.
Smythson, $72, available at MatchesFashion.com
Everyone’s butt looks good in vintage jeans.
RE/DONE, $267, available at RE/DONE
Old Spice, meet Spiced Citrus.
Claus Porto, $22, available at Claus Porto
Shaken, not stirred.
Rabbit, $49.95, available at Williams Sonoma
Know a tie guy? A skinny black option won't steer you wrong.
Neil Barrett, $205, available at SSENSE
Quip, $40, available at Quip
could wear contacts, but why should he with glasses this good? Warby Parker, $95, available at Warby Parker
Sometimes, a classic gift is the best gift.
J.Crew, $18.5, available at J.Crew
For his to-do list...or writing you love notes. You choose.
Delfonics, $20, available at Need Supply
Camembert and Cabernet Sauv not included.
Brooklyn Slate, $35, available at Blue Apron
Priority number one: Stay hydrated.
Swell, $35, available at Swell
If he’s still carrying his backpack from high school, a gentle nudge towards adulthood couldn’t hurt.
State Bags, $95, available at State Bags
No more excuses for showing up late.
Fossil, $95, available at Fossil
For those who overuse the flame emoji.
Vans, $65, available at Urban Outfitters
Forget diamonds. Signet rings are forever.
Maison Margiela, $360, available at Need Supply
If he’s always ahead of the game, he likely already wants this bucket hat.
Acne Studios, $150, available at Totokaelo
Give him a cute coat, because you know you’ll end up stealing it at some point.
Everlane, $295, available at Everlane
"Luv u always & 4ever," you wrote on his Facebook wall.
Valentino, $425, available at MR PORTER
Why do guys like Henley shirts so much? Who knows, but here’s a cute pink one!
Bonobos, $98, available at Bonobos
Because being organized doesn't need to compromise his style.
Thom Browne, $290, available at Thom Browne
You know what they say, if your head's warm, everything else is!
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