This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Valentine’s Day can befuddle the best of us. On top of the whole holiday serving as a dedicated relationship reminder (a.k.a. whether we have one or not), there’s an added tricky-gifting component too — a February 14 shopping tradition that can become even further complicated when the Y-chromosomes in our lives aren't longing for standard floral arrangements or heart-shaped chocolate boxes.
But there'll be no need for present drama in 2020, because we’ve got the dude-approved goods lined up right here to save you from last-minute gifting fiascos. Scroll on for our curated hit-list of creative gadgets to unique fashion finds and sleek grooming products that your main man (whether friend, family member or S.O.) will adore. And for those who are opting out of V-Day altogether, the 20 stylish finds ahead are all still single-and-fabulous-approved.
Upgrade his ancient, formerly-white sneaks with a responsibly-made pair of leather V-12s (or a vegan option) from French label Veja.
VEJA V-12 Sneaker, $, available at Nordstrom
Danish brand Skagen makes some of the most stylish, affordable watches around. If you're looking to give a subtle hint to your perpetually late mate, try this Amazon gem, which clocks in at just $69. (Nice.)
Skagen Men's Jorn Minimalistic Stainless Steel Quartz Watch, $, available at Amazon
If your partner is still waiting for a replacement of the cozy hoodie you "borrowed" from him, gift him this un-basic basic from Everlane's Uniform collection.
Everlane The French Terry Crew | Uniform – Dark Blue, $, available at Everlane
Getting your partner a dozen roses may be Valentine's Day 101, but a bottle of Four Roses? This year, we're making the case for raising a glass of bourbon sweeter than a first kiss.
Four Roses Bourbon Single Barrel, $, available at Drizly
Whether you want to enjoy a cup of cocoa while camping/#glamping, or want to keep your spiked slushie frozen while in the hot tub, this vacuum-insulated growler can handle it all.
Stanley Growler Gift Set, $, available at Huckberry
If your man is always schlepping his laptop to and from the office, make sure he does it in style with this on-sale backpack from Chrome Industries.
Chrome Hondo Backpack, $, available at Chrome Industries
Because nothing is sexier than keeping things safe in the bedroom.
Maude rise, $, available at Maude
Keep his beard looking neat with this super-slick, special-edition razor set from Harry's. Disposable razors who?
Harry's Chrome Winston Set, $, available at Need Supply
If you're going to splurge this year, treat him to a pair of timeless leather boots that will only get better with age. (Just like him!)
Thursday Boot Co. Men's Rugged & Resilient Captain 6" Lace-up Boot, $, available at Amazon
Win 10,000 relationship points by gifting him what's likely been collecting dust in his Amazon wish list since last year: A portable, sleek Nintendo Switch Lite — and if you're feeling extra generous, add in a game for him to enjoy.
Nintendo Switch Lite – Turquoise, $, available at Amazon
There's nothing wrong with a practical, affordable gift — when's the last time he invested in some new underwear? — and your male S.O. will feel like he's the star of his own #MyCalvins campaign with this two-pack of candy-colored briefs.
Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Boxer Brief 2-Pack, $, available at Urban Outfitters
Bring the heat this Valentine's Day with a DIY hot sauce kit that allows you to get creative in the kitchen. (Bonus points if you put your taste buds to the test with an at-home Hot Ones challenge.)
Uncommon Goods Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit, $, available at Uncommon Goods
If you and your partner like to keep things simple with a thoughtful card exchange, look to Etsy: After all, nothing says "romance" quite like George Costanza striking a sensual pose.
CartoonStop Seinfeld love card, George Costanza, Funny Valentine's, $, available at Etsy
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