It’d be a big mistake to assume a man wouldn’t love to receive a Valentine’s Day gift, but an even bigger mistake would be to assume all gifts work for all men. Some guys might like a nice beard oil, while others would love nothing more than a chef’s knife. Or maybe your guy just wants a nice candle. To help find the right Valentine’s Day gift for the man in your life, we rounded up a bunch of Strategist-approved stuff along with a handful of other neat things that would make thoughtful presents for practically any type of guy you might be shopping for. All can conveniently be found on Amazon — and most of them come with free shipping for Prime members, too.
For the man who still hasn’t organized his 2020
For the man who likes to read in the tub
For the man who wants to (lightly) scent his body
For the man who wants to (lightly) scent his beard
When we asked barbers and grooming experts about their favorite beard oils, this one from Baxter of California was one of their top picks thanks to its mix of hydrating ingredients and blend of light fragrances including cedar wood, jasmine, and sandalwood.
For the man whose beard needs a bit more attention
This vacuum beard trimmer is one of the most consistently purchased items on our site, and for good reason. According to writer Kurt Soller — who tested out a bunch of beard trimmers and named this his favorite — it has a “convenient radial dial” for selecting your preferred cutting length (within 0.5 millimeter increments), and its “vacuum-suction feature” ensures a mess-free trim.
For the man who wants no beard at all
We wrote about this electric razor in our roundup of the best options according to barbers and grooming experts, many of whom told us a rotary-style like this one is the way to go if you’re looking for a quick, close, and easy shave.
For the man who still doesn’t have wireless earbuds
You could get him a pair of AirPod alternatives if he simply can not with the real things, but the real things really are the best option for most people. (Though if he’s got bigger earholes, he might prefer AirPod Pros, which one writer told us are the only earbuds that fit her oversize earholes).
For the man who is trying to declutter his desk
If your man is trying to minimize the number of wires and cords running across his desk, Strategist contributor (and former tech columnist) David Pogue told us that this wireless charger is the first one he’s ever liked: “It props your phone up so you can see it from your pillow or across the room. Better yet, the charging happens whether you’ve put the phone down vertically or horizontally, while watching a movie, for instance.”
For the (fancy) man who is trying to declutter his desk
For the man who needs a new hobby
Puzzles, we’ve written, are having a bit of a renaissance. But if he’s not into any of the new 2-D options out there, this 3-D owl puzzle with pieces made from Balsa wood might be just the ticket.
For the man with a sweet tooth
Do him one better than a heart-shaped sampler from the drugstore with this trio of bars from Tony’s Chocoloney, which we named last year’s status Halloween candy after speaking to in-the-know parents and candy experts.
For the man who says he doesn’t want flowers
That doesn’t necessarily mean he wouldn’t appreciate an actual houseplant — especially one as cheery and exotic as this Anthurium, which comes with the ceramic planter.
For the man who wants to be a better plant dad
If he’s already got plants, this small plastic watering can from status gardening brand Haws is nice-looking enough to leave out on display, easy to use — and a heck of a lot cheaper than their famous copper watering can.
For the man who likes to make his own pesto
We featured this automated “smart garden” in our roundup of the best indoor garden kits. It’s a popular choice among indoor gardeners thanks to its minimalist design, fuss-free operation, and simple “Keurig-style plant pods” that let you grow everything from green lettuce to wild strawberries to ornamental flowers. This one comes with three complimentary basil pods to get him started.
For the man whose wallet is literally hanging on by a thread
According to Keith McNally, who has been carrying this inexpensive wallet for more than a decade, “people are generally so impressed when I reveal it that I’ve become cagey about who actually sees it.” The Balthazar owner added that “I tend to expose it only to those I’m anxious to impress — which means everybody.”
For the man who’s still buying pre-ground coffee
When we asked baristas and coffee roasters to recommend coffee grinders for home use, they all said that a burr grinder is a must-have because they’re way more consistent. This Krups burr grinder is an affordable, but still effective, alternative to some of the pricier ones that you can buy.
For the man who wants to make cappuccinos at home
For the man who lives for “Bread Week”
For the man who likes to season generously
Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski told us this black garlic salt is “freaking delicious.”
For the man who wants to start cooking more
Writer Liza Corsillo called this cast-iron skillet the best thing she bought this past decade: “I use it every day, would buy it over and over again, and enthusiastically recommend it to everyone I know,” she wrote. “Like a good leather jacket, if you treat your Lodge skillet well it will continue to mature and get better with age.”
For the man who needs a better knife
If he is still trying to cut tomatoes with a steak knife, do him a favor and upgrade to a chef’s knife that we love.
For the man who likes to glamp
For the man who wants to mask together
Writer Garret Munce tried out a selection of face masks for men, and this was his favorite. “I truthfully didn’t want to take the mask off, it felt so good, but after I did, my skin was noticeably more hydrated and calm. I’d use it every day if I could.”
For the man who always asks to borrow your lip balm
For the man who needs to put down the vape
Maybe just a nice status candle with the gentle waft of cannabis.