Men’s Wishlist: 35 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

Valentine’s Day has become a savage, mercenary commercial holiday that is all about materialism. Which. Is. Great. News. A commercial holiday means a chance to both give and receive stuff, which is always fun. If you’re like many people in a relationship and ready to turn the tables on old V-Day by getting a gift for the guy in your life, but you aren’t sure what he’ll like, we have 25 ideas that run from the romantic to the pragmatic. Whether your man is the rough and ready type, only happy when busting up concrete or cracking skulls or a gentle geek with a whole cosmos of gizmos, one of our Valentine’s Day gifts for him is sure to show your adoration and set his heart all a-twitter, no matter what he’s into.

Great American Flask by Jacob Bromwell

Great American Flask by Jacom Bromwell

Hair of the Dog: Kitchenware designer Jacob Bromwell is a man who knows his spirits and knows that whiskey is just better when it comes out of a traditional all-American flask. He made this to cast back to the days of prairie wars and six-gun justice. Using an original 1819 flask as a template, this is hand-made of pure copper with an American Birch stopper that will put hair on his chest whenever he needs a nip of the good stuff. [Purchase: $200]

Bellroy Card Sleeve Wallet

Bellroy Card Sleeve Wallet

Plastic Pocket: A wise man doesn’t want to keep everything in his wallet. That’s just asking for trouble. With this sleeve he can stash his plastic and cash far away from each other, or use it as a separate holster for his business cards for quick-draw deals and pressing the flesh with new clients. Either way its slim, non-nonsense design is a masterful way to forever rid him of the weight, bulk, and back pain of an overstuffed wallet. [Purchase: $55]

Parker 71R Safety Razor Shave Set

Parker 71R Safety Razor Shave Set

Smooth Solution: A good razor that is simple to use and makes shaving a pleasure is something that every guy craves. Not only will this high-class razor set inspire him to look better, you’ll never again have to fight with rough stubble while he’ll never need to worry about razor burn ever again. Best of all since blades are a pittance and shaving soap lasts forever, this will save funds in the long run. [Purchase: $80]

Tumi Alpha 2 Travel Kit

Tumi Alpha 2 Travel Kit

Ever Ready: Movers, shakers, ass-kickers, and deal makers need to be able to look, smell, and feel their best whether leaving their house or stuck in a fleabag airport motel. With this simple shaving kit, he’ll always have the space to store everything he needs to shave, shower, and shampoo himself into beautiful perfection giving him the confidence to do you proud wherever he goes. Pockets, zippers, and straps make a place for everything and keep everything in its place. [Purchase: $95]

Garmin Vivosmart

Garmin Vivosmart

Resolution Keeper: With the Vivosmart you can show your guy how much you care by helping him look after his heart. With a heart rate monitor, automatic smartphone synchronization, calorie counter, online goal setter, and a vibration function that reminds him to get moving, this will help get him up so that he not only lives longer but looks better while he’s doing it. [Purchase: $170]

Call of Duty- Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

The Gift of Violence: Nothing says “I love you” more than telling your fella to get the hell away from you and go slaughter some terrorists or get sniped by epithet-spewing 12 year-old boys online. The latest and greatest in the Call of Duty franchise, AW is a bloody, bad ass slaughter fest with multi-player functionality that lets couples frag the day away together. [Purchase: $40]

Warby Parker Sunglasses

Warby Parker Sunglasses

Future’s So Bright: This is a gift idea that cannot fail so long as human beings live on a planet that orbits a ball of fire. Guys are going to need bitchin’ shades and Warby Parker has the best. Find something for your guys style or find something for the style he needs to have and it is a gift that won’t go to waste. With the high-quality frames and lenses, these can last for years and pimp out the most pedestrian of faces. [Purchase: 95+]

Spyderco Sage Pocket Knife

Spyderco Sage Pocket Knife

The Bodyguard: A man wants to feel safe, but it takes more than just a strong pair of arms. He needs to know that when the chips are down he has the means to defend himself. The Sage with its CPF-S30V steel blade is the perfect EDC self-defense knife to work as a security blanket and let him handle everything from opening letters to defending the honor of his partner with cold steel. Works in a pocket, a pack, or on the included belt clip to suit his particular style. [Purchase: $97]

Frost River Flight Bag

Frost River Flight Bag

Poetry in Motion: If the guy in your life spends as much time on the road as he does with you, give him a piece of home that makes his life easier wherever he goes. With reinforced leather handles, waxed canvas, and tough brass accents this carry-on is stylish and manly, but also simple and functional. It makes packing a snap and is tailored to fit under seats or in overhead bins easily. [Purchase: $125+]

Pendleton Acadia National Park Full Blanket

Pendleton Acadia National Park Full Blanket

Undercover: Snuggling under a blanket – as well as other horizontal forms of recreation – is one of the allures of couplehood, but most men don’t keep anything more than a ratty old sleeping bag handy. The Acadia looks like a gunfighter’s poncho so it can be draped proudly over the back of his couch. It is also warm and comfortable for date nights in front of the TV. [Purchase: $187]

Beltology Woven Belts

Beltology Woven Belts

Bombastic Belts: Men don’t all want to look the same with nothing but brown and black accessories. Guys like things that are ostentatious and outrageous from time to time. Hell, they invented the offensively loud Hawaiian shirt, so why not give them a personalized belt that shows off their own sense of masculine flair? Made from Beltology makes items that work for any size waist and can be as dapper or as daring as you choose. Made from cotton, rayon, and polyester they’re sure to turn heads and keep pants in place. [Purchase: $55+]

Chemex 8 Cup Coffee Maker

Chemex 8 Cup Coffee Maker

Warm Wake-Up: The brain child of a chemist and an inventor this will make the most tame domestic beans pop with flavor and wake up your guy body and soul. It reduces bitterness in any blend for a better morning brew that will send him off with a spring in his step. So long as you don’t drop it, the non-corrosive materials will never rust or taint your beans with metallic flavors. Even if you just use a basic domestic blend, the change in flavors is shocking. [Purchase: $39]

Frank Oak Genuine Italian Leather Laptop Case

Frank & Oak Genuine Italian Leather Laptop Case

Geek on the Go: Some guys just can’t stand to be away from their computer for long. They either are lugging it to and from work, or just need to constantly stay connected when they travel. Help your guy keep his best battery-powered friend safe with this stylish laptop case that is tough as nails while also being boardroom savvy. The exterior is soft leather that is both classy and holds up after years of use. [Purchase: $115]

Neat Ice Kit

Neat Ice Kit

Party Foul Prevention: The next time you entertain all of your couple friends, you want to show off how much more sophisticated you are than them. For that, you need the neat ice kit. No matter what kind of weird “Truffle Smoked Fashion” cocktail they order, you’ll be able to make the perfect kind of ice for the occasion, from solid blocks for sipping whiskey to shards for frozen margaritas. [Purchase: $80]

J Crew Brushed Cashmere Scarf

J. Crew Brushed Cashmere Scarf

Stick Your Neck Out: The balance between form and function can be difficult to find when it comes to winter wear for men. Most items are either bland but highly useful or fashionable but utterly worthless when the snow flies. The price might be a little steep for just a scarf, but when you see how the fringed trim and brushed cashmere drapes and he feels how well it insulates his throat without chafing or irritation, you’ll both be sold instantly. [Purchase: $100]

Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen

Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen

The Write Stuff: Odds are pretty good that your guy is never going to actually need to dig this out of the throat of one of his co-workers after a Rumble in the Break Room, but he’d like to know he could. It is a machined, stainless steel utensil that writes in the rain, in the snow, and stands up to the worst elements so he can pen you a love letter no matter what trenches he’s in and can be weaponized in a pinch. [Purchase: $39]

Adidas Pure Boost

Adidas Pure Boost

Performance Plus: Adidas put their best teams together to come up with a minimalist running shoe that felt like it wasn’t there. What they devised was the Pure Boost. It is comfortable inside and out so that your guy can wear it when exercising, or just around the house and feel completely contented. Runners will find that it handles equally well on pavement as it does for running along trails in most conditions. [Purchase: $119]

Sennheiser Momentum Headphones

Sennheiser Momentum Headphones

That Loving Sound: Got a guy who lives and dies by his collection of vinyl and constantly talks about sound distortion? Then let him enjoy one of the finest sets of headphones on the market from the audio gurus at Sennheiser. The leather earpads are soft and comfortable while the 18-ohm impedance gives clarity to all kinds of music from jazz to classical to bass that bumps. The Momentum will surely help sate his desire for beautiful music and ensure high fidelity for the future. [Purchase: $187]

Gourmet Chocolate Covered Jalapenos

Gourmet Chocolate Covered Jalapenos

Sugar and Spice: You can’t give a man a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day. He’ll be emasculated and thrown out of the Bro Club. But, if you give him chocolate wrapped around some spicy peppers that can set his eyes to watering, now you’ve found the perfect way to tantalize his taste buds and make him cry. Sweet and spicy peppers are available along with several kinds of chocolate. [Purchase: $70]

Tsovet SVT-DE40 Chronograph

Tsovet SVT-DE40 Chronograph

Time Traveler: Sure, a man has a clock on his smartphone, but a true timepiece is much more. A bare wrist on a gentleman is practically a capital offense these days so don’t condemn your favorite fella to the firing squad. This fine-tuned piece of craftsmanship comes in striking stainless steel and is set to measure not only the minutes that he is away from you, but the 100ths of a second as well. Goes with any outfit and is useful wherever seconds count. [Purchase: $425]

ESEE 6P-B Fixed Blade Knife

ESEE 6P-B Fixed Blade Knife

For Outdoorsmen: To a man, a good fixed blade knife is much more useful than a wedding band, but also just as romantic. This serious piece of 1095 Steel begs to be kept on the belt of hunters, campers, backpackers, and any guy who likes nights out of doors. Cleaning, cutting, and gutting might not be your idea of romance, but they’re near and dear to many a man’s heart. [Purchase: $140]

Thug Kitchen Cookbook

Thug Kitchen Cookbook

Top Chef’s Bible: Want your guy to eat healthier or maybe just get more skills in the kitchen? Then the Thug Kitchen Cookbook is the sneaky gift for you. Brought to you from the same guys behind the beloved website with the same name, itt will teach him to cook amazing dishes that include all the vitamins and nutrients you won’t get from fast food. With a lot of smart humor and great recipes that taste amazing, amateur cooks and pros alike will love the results, all of which will also keep him alive longer. [Purchase: $15]

Braun Cool Tec Solo Shaver

Braun Cool Tec Solo Shaver

Kissably Close: Getting a refreshing shave with the convenience of an electric razor is nearly unheard of in the Kingdom of Man, but this modern miracle is just the gift to reduce shaving problems, help sensitive skin, and keep his rough scruff from ever again coming in contact with your face. It has three stages of cutting, immediate skin cooling action, and can be used wet or dry. [Purchase: $97]

Autodromo String Black Driving Gloves

Autodromo String Black Driving Gloves

On the Road: Standard driving gloves are very bland. These are far above average with a drum dyed sheep leather palm that is buttery soft yet grips a steering wheel with authority. The split cuff allows for easy removal and the ability to use a wristwatch should your motorhead feel like running a few time trials. The cotton crocheted backing allows for better air flow during summer jaunts with the top down and a little added insulation when taking on dangerous curves on icy streets. [Purchase: $125]

Hydro Flask Insulated Beer Growler

Hydro Flask Insulated Beer Growler

Drink, Drank, Drunk: You can’t go wrong with this gift. For beer snobs, it’s an insulated growler that allows them to purchase their finest craft beers to bring home and tell you all about hops and aging. For fitness freaks and adventurers, it’s a large water bottle that will keep water cold all day long, and for workaholics it will give them enough caffeine to cause a seizure. [Purchase: $49]

FUGOO Tough Rugged Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

FUGOO Tough Rugged Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

Mobile Maestro: Music can tame the savage beast, but it can also allow you to set the mood anywhere you go. An evening beside the campfire or out by the pool can be ordinary, but give this to your fella and he’ll be able to crank a little Marvin Gaye to make it romantic, or just some GWAR if you are real freaks. Able to stand up to mud, snow, and rain, the FUGOO can also give you up to 40 hours of portable music. [Purchase: $230]

Makita Cordless 1-2-Inch Driver-Drill Kit

Makita Cordless 1/2-Inch Driver-Drill Kit

Bits and Pieces: Gearheads, tinkerers, gadgeteers, and handymen can never have enough tools. They’ll break stuff just for an excuse to get more, so beat them to the punch with this simple cordless drill that will allow them to fix and build their days away. With a powerful 4 pole motor that pushes 480 pounds of torque it’s mighty, yet only 3.3 pounds for easy carry to any job. Give this and odds are he’ll build you a Thank You present. [Purchase: $197]

Boden Quilted Jacket

Boden Quilted Jacket

Hot Times: Your love might burn like the surface of the sun, but a man needs more to keep him warm when the snow is flying or the rain is falling. This stylish quilted jacket is snappy enough to be used in professional environments, yet casual enough that he won’t look like too much of a dandy. Complete with a full lining and storm flap it will hold him close and ensure he’s toasty when you can’t. [Purchase: $168]

Valentine One Radar Detector

Valentine One Radar Detector

Hurry Home: Guaranteed to give the receiver a chuckle, the Valentine One is nonetheless an excellent radar detector that lets any leadfoot run and gun as hard as he likes. It covers all major radar bands including X, Y, Ka, and wideband Ka in 360 degrees around the car. The display is easy to read and works at long distances so he has ample time to avoid The Man. Every time he evades a speed trap, you’re sure to be on his mind. [Purchase: $475]

ENO DoubleNest Hammock

ENO DoubleNest Hammock

Summer Lovin’: Part laziness and part romance the DoubleNest promises long summer days napping together under the shade of your willow trees fighting off the dog days and engaging in what Italians call “il dolce far niente”**ITALICS** (The sweetness of doing nothing) which is made even sweeter when you can share it with the one you love. [Purchase: $70]

YETI Hopper 30 Cooler

YETI Hopper 30 Cooler

Ice Heart: Ideal for the borderline alcoholic the Hopper is a portable cooler that looks like a messenger bag but is outfitted like an cryogenic storage tank with hazmat grade zippers and insulation that hold in the cold for days at a time allowing soda, water, or booze to stay frosty even when being lugged to barbecues, camping trips, or Burning Man parties in the scorching desert. [Purchase: $350]

Patagonia Nano-Air Jacket

Patagonia Nano-Air Jacket

Rain or Shine: The Nano-Air is intended to be a lightweight jacket or outer layer for guys who use their time off to see the world. The limited heft makes it ideal for backpackers while the patented insulation system uses air to keep out winter chills in the most brutal of climates. Travelers can easily stuff this into a carry-on bag while guys who enjoy a day on the slopes can easily add it to their wardrobe for nearly any conditions. The cut is made for action, so he’ll never be bound up by anything but your unflagging devotion. [Purchase: $250]

Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cooks Knife

Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook’s Knife

Deep Cuts: Any kitchen maestro needs a beautiful standard blade in his quiver, and Wüsthof has some of the best. Each knife is hand forged in a 38 step process by specialized craftsmen who know everything about creating the perfect knife for work at home or a restaurant. Computer sharpened for surgical acuity, there are few knives made that can compare to any Wüsthof. [Purchase: $128]

Bellroy Elements Phone Pocket

Bellroy Elements Phone Pocket

Secret Stash: Guys have to carry around a lot of stuff and they don’t really have the option of adopting a purse. To help combat this, Bellroy Elements is a wallet that holds cash, credit cards, keys, and even a smartphone. It’s all leather for a macho feel and increased durability. There’s also plenty of space to slip in a few racy photos of yourself for him to enjoy later. [Purchase: $100]

Breaking Bad Complete Series

Breaking Bad Complete Series

The One Who Knocks: Breaking Bad was one the most powerful, mold-breaking shows of all time. It redefined television for 5 seasons as viewers followed the Chemistry teacher turned meth cook move from average middle American to underworld overlord. Any guy who owns a TV will be happy to have this DVD or Blu-Ray collectors set complete with money barrel, apron, and tons of tweaked-out extras. [Purchase: $223]

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