From stepped-up sweets to personalized mementos, take the stress out of Valentine’s Day shopping with these unique finds. Real Simple’s editors have searched far and wide to curate this thoughtful and varied array of gifts for the number one man in your life. Whether he’s an astute businessman who spends most of his days brokering deals in the office, an enthusiastic foodie with an insatiable appetite (no pun intended) for the coolest new snack crazes, a trend-driven designer with a penchant for home décor, or a kid at heart, these choices are certain to satisfy even the most discerning man. Looking for a gift that serves a dual purpose? Perhaps a set of palm reading coasters will strike his fancy. If he is a die-hard sports fanatic with an appreciation for history, he would certainly enjoy a vintage-inspired ball cap representing a now defunct (but once loved) 1930’s baseball team. And, for those men in your life who are a bit more traditional, we’ve rounded up some classics: a whimsical tie with a modern twist, a luxe shaving kit, and a practical, yet stylish magnetic bottle opener. Take the plunge and scroll through for gifts that are sure to please even the pickiest on your list.
STATE Nevin’s Backpack
So a briefcase isn’t really his style? For the rugged guy with a fashionable side, here’s a home for his laptop and lunch while he rides to work or a place to stash his carry-on travel essentials when he’s on the go. With a mixture of leather and wool panels, the bag is a big step up from the sporty pack he’s probably had for years. But he won’t have to sacrifice style for utility with this pick—inside he’ll find a padded laptop sleeve, multiple organizers, a key clip, an iPad pocket, a front stash, and two side pockets.
To Buy: $95; bloomingdales.com.
Americana Deluxe Wallet
For the guy who loves his slim cut chinos, here’s a compact wallet that won’t add bulk to his pockets. At just 2.25 inches by 2.75 inches, it’s small but still mighty enough for all of his needs, thanks to a double pocket design that means he can carry cash, cards, and even an extra key in one centralized spot. One side is constructed of soft brown Italian lambskin leather, while the other is a durable canvas blend in red, white, and blue. Double stitching and elasticity ensure he’ll have a handsome place to stash his cash for many years to come.
To Buy: $46; ahalife.com.
‘Luckiest Guy – That’s All’ Mug
There’s nothing wrong with reminding him what a good pair you two are—and, in particular, how grateful he should be to have you as his partner. This cheeky 16-ounce mug (another bonus: that’s two servings to help him wake up in the morning) will serve as a daily reminder that he’s pretty darn lucky to have you. And when he gets to the end, he’ll find a secret message (“That’s All.”) printed inside. Despite the comical text, the muted white color means that this piece can blend right into any kitchen (and your existing mug collection).
To Buy: $19; amazon.com.
Goo Goo Cluster Supreme
You could stop at the convenience store on the way home from work for a last-minute sweet treat for your valentine—or, you could show just how thoughtful you are by ordering some specialty candy ahead of time. These insanely delicious milk chocolate, caramel, marshmallow nougat, and pecan clusters originated in Nashville more than 70 years ago. The original version (still available for purchase) was made with peanuts, but the supreme means you get a pecan upgrade. Each box, complete with a charming vintage design, comes with 12 1.75-ounce goodies. (Here’s to hoping he shares!)
To Buy: $22 for 12; jet.com.
Maybe you met while backpacking through Europe… or OK maybe you just like to dream about the trips you want to take in the future? Let this gift, a scratch off map of the world, serve as a way to document the travels you’ve already taken together—and inspire future adventures. Bonus points for the gifter who has the forethought to have the poster framed before it’s presented on Valentine’s Day (just remember to choose a frame without the glass). Available in two sizes: standard (23 inches high and 32 inches wide) or large (33 inches high and 47 inches wide).
To Buy: From $26; uncommongoods.com.
Plaid Flannel Neck/Back Aromatherapy Wrap
With everything he does on the job, at home, and beyond, your partner works hard. So he deserves some R&R on Valentine’s Day (and after, too). This year, give him this cozy aromatherapy wrap to make sure he takes time out to throw up his feet and relax every once and a while. Inside, the 100-percent cotton flannel wrap holds 12 fragrant herbs (peppermint, spearmint, rosemary, lemon grass, and more) and flax that warms in the microwave in just three minutes to deliver the ultimate in relaxation.
To Buy: $100; ahalife.com.
MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker
Does he need a little extra coaxing to get out of bed in the morning and then a latte with a double shot of espresso to actually stay awake at his desk before 10? How about a travel mug that doesn’t just keep his morning jolt warm… it actually brews a quality espresso in transit. All he needs to do is fill the top with fresh grounds, the body with piping hot water, and then press the button to brew espresso straight into the included mini mug. Maybe dinner can be on him next time, thanks to all the money he’s saved by not frequenting the coffee shop next door.
To Buy: $60; amazon.com.
Sega Genesis Wireless Classic Game Console
If you had some (ok, a lot) of trouble getting your hands on the throwback Nintendo NES he wanted for Christmas, make it up to him with another nostalgic game system: Sega Genesis. This version is wireless, so those hours with Sonic the Hedgehog will be a little more seamless than they used to be. (Plus, we bet he has a much larger TV to play on these days, too.) The console come pre-loaded with 80 different games he’ll remember from days gone by. If he’s still hanging onto some of his favorites, those old cartridges will work just as well.
To Buy: $80, amazon.com.
Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain
If 2016 left him feeling seriously blue, brighten his spirits with this blast from the past. This album, which includes some of standouts like “Purple Rain,” “I Would Die For You,” “When Doves Cry,” and “The Beautiful Ones,” features the original packaging from when it was first released during the summer of 1984. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl and mastered from the original analog tapes, the sound quality is top-notch, too. He might opt to display this true classic treasure in a prominent spot on his shelf, even if he doesn’t own a record player. (Just don’t be surprised when that’s the next thing he asks for!)
To Buy: $23, amazon.com.
Vanilla Nougat Caramel Bar
Whether you’re looking for a little something extra to present with the gift you got him or the two of you prefer small gestures over grand ones on Valentine’s Day, this decadent chocolate bar is sure to hit the spot. The 3.5-ounce bar features layers of silky caramel salted with fleur de sel, nougat flavored with vanilla bean and studded with lightly toasted almonds, and coated in rich, creamy 66 percent dark chocolate. The Wisconsin-based company also offers a coconut and salted caramel bar or a kitchen sink bar. Hopefully he’ll share. (Or maybe you should get one for yourself, too.)
To Buy: $9, mouth.com.
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