It’d be a big mistake to assume all men are the same. Some guys would like a nice set of scented beard oils. Others would love nothing more than a chef’s knife. And maybe your guy just wants a nice reading lamp. Turns out, lots of fun Valentine’s Day gifts can be found on Amazon — most of them with free shipping, too. We went and turned up the best for every type of guy. (And though we realize it’s not quite the same thing, you might find some goodies from our very recent holiday gift guide for dads on Amazon, too.)
For the man who still hasn’t organized his 2019
A reusable smart notebook — the pages will sync to your phone — that he can wipe down with a damp cloth to erase and reuse forever. (We’ve written about it before.)
For the man who keeps you up at night reading Stephen King
For the man who needs the new Stephen King
For the man who wants to read Stephen King in the tub
For the man who wants to scent his beard
MCMC’s Dude No. 1 beard oil conditions beards with the scent of ginger, sandalwood, and pink pepper.
For the man who needs a distraction
For the man who can hear the girl in 3A talking to her parents every night
For the man who appreciates wearable design
This Dieter Rams–designed watch is much less expensive than it looks.
For the man who wants his own coffee “station”
For the man with restless legs
If you’re tired of feeling his knee bopping up and down, might we suggest an under-the-desk elliptical for him to release all that tension at work?
For the man who hates wired headphones
Strategist writer Maxine Builder tested a bunch of truly wireless headphones to find solid alternatives to the Apple Airpods, and the Jabra Elites were some of her favorites.
For the man who hates wired charging
We had not heard of Yootech before we consulted a bunch of experts on their favorite superfast wireless chargers, but many of them agree that its full 10 watts is nothing to sneeze at.
For the man who needs something more than Old Spice
Not to brag, but every time we wear this deodorant, we get compliments (not on the deodorant, but on our general scent). It’s like more-expensive-smelling Old Spice.
For the man who’s tired of Trader Joe’s green tea
He needs something with more verve — Harold Koda loves Marukyu Koyamaen, and we’d trust him with anything.
For the man who likes a Balvenie before bed
For the man who likes a back rub
If you don’t know what to get a man, you can’t go wrong with a back and neck massager. A lot of you bought this over the holidays.
For the man who prefers a foot rub
An extremely well-reviewed foot massager with five different pressure settings to give him a rubdown when you’re not feeling up to it.
For the man who needs a better knife
Are you still trying to cut tomatoes at his place with a steak knife? Upgrade with a chef knife that we love.
For the man who wants a beard but not a beard
This beard trimmer with a vacuum is the one writer Kurt Soller loved the most of the several he tried.
For the man who wants no beard at all
Strategist deputy editor Jason Chen tested more than a dozen electric shavers to find his favorite, the Philips Norelco Series 5550, which he says is “lightweight, feels good in the hand, and catches hairs on the first pass with hardly any effort.”
For the man who loves real books
For the man who needs to put down the vape
Maybe just a nice status candle with the gentle waft of cannabis.
For the man who travels for work
Does your boyfriend need to simulate the feel of lying all the way down in coach? Writer Alyse Whitney calls this airplane footrest the closest thing to first class in economy.
For the man who’s a media nerd
It’s the book everyone’s been waiting for — former Times executive editor Jill Abramson on her time heading the newspaper. (She’s taken pains to say it’s not just about her tenure there but about examining the strategies of new media players like BuzzFeed and Vice, too, but we all know what we’re here for.)
For the man with a creaky back
Acupressure mats — which come covered in tiny plastic rosettes that stimulate nerves — are all the rage right now, and as writer Lori Keong found out, they actually work.
For the man who wants blue-light glasses that aren’t hideous
For the man who wants a cleaner mug
For the man who lives for the weekend away
Why not a new weekender to help him bring everything? It comes with a handy shoe compartment that more than 600 reviewers on Amazon are raving about.
For the man who’s curious what all the mask fuss is about
Here’s a fun activity: The next time he says he wants to “try a mask,” pull out this hellish Korean peel-off mask that writer Garrett Munce calls “the strongest thing in my medicine cabinet.”
For the man who’s a sensitive sleeper
We have been sleeping under a weighted blanket for months now, and while we can’t speak to the anxiety-relieving properties, the thing just feels good. This one was a top seller of all of 2018, and they’re finally back in stock after being gone for most of December.
For the man who is still drinking from plastic tubes
How has he not made the switch to stainless-steel straws yet? These things not only look cool, but help the environment, too.
For the man who wants to work (out) from home
For the man who needs to zhuzh up the bar cart
Can you see the little indentation on this guy’s head? That’s what you use to open a bottle. When at rest, he’s just a sleek, little sculpture resting on the bar cart.
For the man who wishes he were Jeffrey Garten
For the man who’s still buying pre-ground coffee
It really makes no sense: Beans last longer, taste fresher, and are just smarter for the coffee junkie. This very cheap and expert-recommended coffee grinder ticks all the boxes.
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