10 cool Valentine’s Day gifts for the guy in your life – CNET

Gifts aren’t everything, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day, a token of your love can’t hurt. As the holiday of love approaches, you may be scouring the internet for a great gift to win your guy’s heart. Look no further than this curated list of fantastic options. Whether you’re looking for a modern spin on a classic — like a box of chocolates — or you want something unique — like a curated spice kit — you’ll find it here. There’s something for every dude: a coffee table book for the music-lover, a gadget for the cook, a knife for the outdoorsman, a massage gun for the athlete, a plant for the gardener, and even a lovely robe for the couch potato. And for the practical guy? A shiny new beard trimmer, of course. 

So before you embark on your quest for a romantic present, peruse this gift guide. You might just find the unique gift that makes his Valentine’s Day.

Odd Bird

The earthy colors and luxe texture of Odd Bird’s Limited Edition Altin Robe Collection will delight any lounger. Handmade in small batches, these robes get better with age, just like your Valentine. The mid-weight linen/cotton blend is lovely for warmer temperatures so it’s great year-round. Bonus: the Altin designs are unisex so you might be able to share. Make your order extra special and add embroidery.

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Yes, at around $450, this is a splurge gift. But — if he’s an Apple guy and a music lover — these are awesome headphones, and exactly the sort of thing he probably wouldn’t buy for himself.

Read our Apple AirPods Max review.

Callaway Arts & Entertainment

If your boyfriend enjoyed Peter Jackson’s recent Beatles Disney+ docuseries, Get Back, he’ll love this music-themed tome. The Beatles: Get Back documents the legendary band’s last year together. Previously unpublished images and the Fab Four’s own words help memorialize 1969, making this a fascinating read for any Beatles fan.


A bouquet of flowers is nice, but will eventually die. Get creative and show your love with a cute gift that will last a lot longer: a heart-shaped bamboo plant. This guy does best in 3-4 hours of bright, filtered sunlight and a once-per-week watering. Simple! If you want to go deluxe, make your bamboo a double (or triple) heart and even add a candle.


If you’ve got a practical dude, a something sensible like the Philips Norelco Ultimate Beard and Hair trimmer 9000 Prestige is an ideal gift. It’s a top-notch trimmer and sure to be appreciated by hirsute fellows. This gadget is waterproof, goes cordless for 120 minutes on a charge, and features advanced full steel blades and Beard Sense Technology. In fact, the 9000 Prestige is the Winner of the 2021 Men’s Health Grooming Award for best all-in-one beard trimmer. 

Max Brenner

Who doesn’t enjoy a good old-fashioned box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day? Go classic and order Max Brenner’s A Chocolate Love Story gift box this year. Your man can sink his teeth into 27 pieces of decadent chocolate pralines. Each cube of handmade chocolate is made in the French praline tradition and features modern designs and flavors.


A folding knife from classic French company Opinel makes a unique Valentine’s Day gift. The No. 8 is a classic folding knife that’s nearly unchanged from 1890. It features a handsome Beechwood handle and stainless steel blade. Snag a limited edition one that’s made in collaboration with tattoo artist Jérémy Groshens -Les Aiguilles de Dje on Opinel’s site. Or order the set with a leather sheath on Amazon.


CNET’s pick for best overall massage gun is Theragun’s latest Prime model. (Read the full review here.) A massage is a romantic gesture, so getting him unlimited muscle-relaxing rubs is a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. The Theragun Prime is a quiet gadget featuring five speeds and four different attachment heads, for ultimate relaxation.

Little Spread

Whether you enjoy creating culinary creations for your love, or you’re looking for a thoughtful and practical gift for the chef in your life, this spice kit is a winner. Put together by non-profit Miry’s List, these Middle Eastern-inspired spices (Shawarma, Za’atar, Aleppo Pepper and Sumac) will enhance your dishes. And one hundred percent of net proceeds go to Miry’s List, helping provide goods for new-to-the-U.S. refugee families.


Rated the best countertop oven and air fryer by CNET, the Ninja Foodi is a surefire hit in the kitchen. This gadget has eight functions: air fry, air roast, air broil, bake, bagel, toast, dehydrate, and keep warm. You can’t afford not to gift this to your valentine. Especially if he likes pizza.

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