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Spoil Your Special Guy With These Valentine's Day Gifts

Show your guy you care on Valentine's Day with a gift that'll knock his socks off.

Lindsey Hunter Lopez
Aaron Pruner Writer
Aaron covers what's exciting and new in the world of home entertainment and streaming TV. Previously, he wrote about entertainment for places like Rotten Tomatoes, Inverse, TheWrap and The Hollywood Reporter. Aaron is also an actor and stay-at-home dad, which means coffee is his friend.
Aaron Pruner
8 min read
See at Converse
Custom-made chucks
Some pumped-up kicks
$42 at Amazon
Yeti Rambler travel mug
An insulated mug to warm his commute
$70 at Amazon
SodaStream Terra soda water maker with bottles and water glass
SodaStream Terra Sparkling Water Maker Bundle
Make your own soft drinks at home
$46 at Amazon
Make Your Own Churros Kit
A sweet alternative to chocolates
$190 at Amazon
Apple's AirPods Pro 2 are displayed against a blue background.
Airpods Pro 2
Top-notch earbuds for audiophiles
$45 at Uncommon Goods
ticket-to-love box
Personalized Ticket to Love Box
A fun, romantic gift for the guy who has everything
$90 at Amazon
man with icemule backpack on back
IceMule Jaunt Collapsible Backpack Cooler
Take a hike with this sturdy backpack cooler
$125 at Heroes & Villains
Star Wars Jedi Bomber Jacket
A stylish jacket for the Jedi in your life
$11 at Criterion Channel
Criterion Channel subscription
A premium service for movie lovers
$40 at Amazon
A beautiful set of Lego succulent plants
Lego Icons Succulents
An alternative to flowers
See at Atlas Coffee Club
women opening box with coffee bag inside
Atlas Coffee Club
A giftable coffee subscription
$15 at Target
goodfellow cologne
Goodfellow & Co. cologne sampler
Help your dude find his signature scent
$128 at VMP
Records of the Month Club
A subscription service for record collectors
See at True Classic
True Classic T-Shirts
A simple and well-made T-shirt
$55 at Plants.com
Sweetheart Bamboo
Sweet heart bamboo
Forget flowers; opt for a romantic plant instead
$42 at Max Brenner
Max Brenner chocolates gift box
Max Brenner chocolates
For the guy with a sweet tooth
$146 at Butcherbox
ButcherBox Monthly Subscription
Quality meats for the grillmaster
$139 at Weber
Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill in the backyard
Weber's Original Kettle Charcoal Grill 22-inch
A time-tested classic grill
$50 at JBL.com
JBL Portable Bluetooth speaker
JBL Go 3
Pocket-sized portable sound for the music lover
$43 at Best Buy
Wahl Lithium Ion MultiGroom
Get that man a trimmer upgrade
$98 at Rei
vuori joggers
Vuori Sunday Performance Jogger
The ultimate loungewear
$30 at Amazon
Opinel folding knife
A token of love for the outdoorsman
$169 at Best Buy
The Theragun Mini 2.0 is 20% smaller and 30% lighter than the original
Theragun Mini massage gun
A rubdown is a Valentine's Day must
$40 at Little Spread
Miry's List spice kit
An altruistic gift for the dude who cooks

In a blink of an eye, Valentine's Day will be here, and that means it's high time for you to brainstorm some cool gift ideas for the man in your life. Sure, you can go the easy route and give him a box of chocolates, but perhaps you're interested in getting him a gift that will knock his socks off. Instead of scouring the internet to find some worthy ideas, we've compiled a cool roundup of great gift options for you to consider below. 

This list has all sorts of stuff for every kind of guy: for the Star Wars dude, check out the stylish bomber jacket; for the cinema lover, a Criterion Channel subscription may be the way to go; for the grillmaster, there's the tried-and-true outdoor grill; and don't forget the custom pair of pumped-up kicks for the guy who could use a new pair of shoes. Your man will be pleased with whatever Valentine's Day gifts you choose and, chances are, this Feb. 14 will be one for the books.


A new pair of kicks is always a great gift option. Instead of choosing something rather basic, level up his selection of footwear with some custom-made Converse Chucks. Converse lets you choose a variety of styles, colors and print options. The possibilities are endless. Prices start at $75.


The Yeti Rambler 30-ounce travel mug is an insulated wonder. Your man's drink will stay hot (or cold) for hours. The screw-on lid features a magnetic closure that helps keep it properly sealed and leak-resistant. The bottom is tapered so that it fits perfectly in a cup holder. Most importantly, the mug is made of kitchen-grade stainless steel, so it'll withstand plenty of wear and tear.


If you're shopping for a fizzy drink lover, look no further than the SodaStream Terra sparkling water maker. Whether he digs a simple glass of bubble water or wants to sample a variety of flavors, this sparkling water maker does it all. It comes with one bottle of lime Bubly drops and one CO2 cylinder to get you started. Instead of shelling out cash on bottled soft drinks at the store, now he can make his own tasty sodas at home.  

Uncommon Goods

Who doesn't love churros? That wonderful combination of sugar, cinnamon and crunchy fried dough is a delicious mix of nostalgia that brings anyone back to their childhood. Now your special man can enjoy this experience from home with this cool and easy-to-use DIY kit.


If you're looking for something for the Apple user in your life, investing in a pair of Airpods Pro 2 (USB-C) is a fine way to go. These updated earbuds still deliver the performance users have come to expect. USB-C is a new feature here, allowing users to charge their earbuds by plugging directly into an iPhone 15, which is pretty cool. To learn more, read our full Airpods Pro 2 (USB-C) review here.

Uncommon Goods

If the special guy in your life doesn't need more "stuff," here's a fun gift that's straight from the heart. This little box comes with 40 wooden tickets, each with treats and offers for your partner to redeem. Breakfast in bed? Massage? His pick on movie night? The possibilities are endless. Bonus: You can personalize the box with his name on the front.


A solid backpack cooler is a great Valentine's Day gift idea for the outdoorsy man in your life. The IceMule is a fantastic addition to the gear he takes to the campground or on a day hike. It's light, leakproof and most importantly, will keep his food and drinks ice cold. CNET's David Watsky calls it his "favorite cooler bag" and a "perfect gift for anyone who makes regular treks to the park, beach or campground."

Heroes and Villains

This officially licensed Star Wars bomber jacket will up your man's geek cred while keeping his street cred intact. Dressing like a Jedi has never been so cool.

Criterion Channel

If he's a film fanatic, giving him a subscription to the Criterion Channel will be a Valentine's Day gift he won't soon forget. The service's library contains over 1,000 titles, from classics to independent flicks, art-house films, to contemporary ones. Additional programming features like audio commentary, filmmaker interviews and educational film analyses are all part of the service, which will broaden any movie buff's knowledge and love of cinema. 

A gift subscription to the Criterion Channel is available on its website. You can pick a one-month subscription for $11, or splurge on a whole year for $100. 

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You don't have to be a kid to enjoy building with Legos. Immersing yourself in a Lego set is a surprisingly relaxing and entertaining activity, and this one offers nine different succulent plants for several hours of building fun. As a bonus, they look great when you display them on a desk or shelf.

Atlas Coffee Club

Surprise the coffee connoisseur in your life with beans from around the world. Atlas delivers single-origin craft coffee from more than 50 countries, and each delivery comes with a postcard detailing the region of the coffee's origin. CNET rated Atlas Coffee the best and most giftable coffee subscription. A yearly subscription currently costs $189 (or $15.75 per 12-ounce bag), a six-month subscription costs $99, and a three-month subscription costs $50.


A twist on the classic Valentine's Day perfume gift, this handy sampler provides four trial-size vials of Goodfellow & Co.'s fresh scents for men. Fragrances include a half-ounce of each: No. 01 Blue Sage & Tonka, No. 02 Juniper & Sandalwood, No. 06 Cedarwood & Geranium and No. 07 Spiced Ginger & Rum. No matter which scent he prefers, you both win.


Do you want to add some awesome vinyl selections to his record collection? This is a great way to do it. Each month, VMP curates and presses a record for each of its featured genres: classics, essentials, country, rock and hip-hop. These pressings are rare, with many titles either never having appeared on vinyl or not in quite a while. 

Subscription tiers start at three months for $128 and go up to a year for $435, with bonus records included with each subscription tier.

True Classic

Getting the man in your life a set of T-shirts for Valentine's Day may sound like a boring and basic way to go, but hear us out: These shirts are amazing. True Classic sells a variety of clothing options, and all of them offer a perfect fit. They feel pleasant to wear and will make him feel great wearing them. Get a 3-pack of the tried-and-true Classic for $50, or a Staple 6-pack for $80. He may never want to go back to his worn-out T-shirts again.  


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 plant does best in three to four hours of bright, filtered sunlight and a once-per-week watering. Simple for everyone. If you want to go deluxe, make your bamboo a double (or triple) heart and even add a candle.

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 the box includes modern designs and flavors.

Butcher Box

If your man loves a good cut of meat, you can't go wrong in getting him a monthly subscription to ButcherBox. Sure, you can treat him to a fancy night out at a high-end steakhouse, but if he's a wiz on the grill, getting some quality meats delivered straight to him will surely spark some joy. The service features a variety of meats, including 100% grass-fed & grass-finished beef, organic chicken and wild-caught seafood. Lunch and dinner just got way more interesting.

For more information, read our full ButcherBox review here.


When it comes to putting meat on an outdoor grill, the market is cluttered with all sorts of BBQ equipment. If you're stuck trying to figure out which way to go, set your sights on a classic like Weber's Original Kettle Grill. Available in both 22- and 18-inch sizes, this piece of simple equipment delivers both quality and value. 
There's something quite satisfying about cooking over an open fire. When it comes to charcoal grills, Weber's best is this tried-and-true classic, which is why it tops our list of the best charcoal grill for 2024.

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The JBL Go 3's durable design, coupled with surprisingly decent sound for its tiny size, makes it one of the top micro Bluetooth speakers. It even made CNET's list of the best Bluetooth speakers. It's a great gift for the guy in your life who travels a lot or likes listening to music or podcasts around the house.

Available in multiple colors, it has an IP67 water-resistance rating, meaning it can be dunked in water and it's dust-proof. Battery life is rated at up to five hours. To learn more, read the full JBL Go 3 review from CNET audio guru David Carnoy.


If you've got a practical dude, something sensible like the Wahl Lithium Ion MultiGroom is an ideal gift. It's a top-notch trimmer and hirsute fellows are sure to appreciate it. This gadget is adjustable to 10 positions between 1.5 and 13 mm. It comes with four interchangeable heads -- a precision detailer, a dual shaver, a stubble blade and a T-blade -- as well as six guides, three for stubble and three for precision trimming. In fact, it made CNET's list of the best beard trimmers of 2023.


Athleisure brand Vuori has taken the work-from-home world by storm with its comfortable performance wear. Most notably, the Sunday Performance Jogger is a favorite for its relaxed yet tapered cut. This pant goes from the home office to school pickup to the grocery store and everywhere in between. They're available in six different colors and your man will likely want to collect them all.


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. 

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A massage is a romantic gesture, so getting him unlimited muscle-relaxing rubs is a perfect gift for Valentine's Day. CNET's pick for the best overall massage gun is the Theragun Elite, but if you don't want to spend $400 on a Valentine's gift, the Theragun Mini is here to fulfill your dude's massage needs. With the Theragun Mini, he can knead his sore muscles with three different speeds. It provides 120 minutes of battery life and it's actually quiet, making it nicely portable. 

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 the nonprofit Miry's List, these Middle Eastern-inspired spices (Shawarma, Za'atar, Aleppo Pepper and Sumac) will enhance your dishes. 100% of net proceeds go to Miry's List, helping provide goods for refugee families who are new to the US.