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Valentine's Day Gifts for Every Kind of Man

Whether your Valentine is a hipster or a health nut, we've got options that'll fit your gifting budget.

Stressing about Valentine's Day gifts? Never fear — we're here to help. Whether your fella is into gourmet foods or geekdom, or you want to splurge or save, we've got you covered. Read on for our Valentine's Day gift ideas for guys.

We haven't forgotten about the ladies, either. If you know someone who's wondering what to give their gal, direct them to our suggestions for Valentine's gifts for women.

Man Working Out

Health Nut Guy

Under $50: If your guy likes to fuel his mornings with smoothies, a personal-size blender with to-go cups will help him streamline his a.m. routine. If he's a runner, a Hydrosleeve will keep him hydrated without weighing him down on long runs. And if he's a gym rat, a set of cooling towels will help him stay dry and comfortable.

Splurge: Fitness trackers are must-haves for any health nut, so if your Valentine doesn't have one or is considering an upgrade, you have tons of options, like a Fitbit or Apple Watch. For a healthy eater, a subscription box service like Graze will keep his kitchen stocked with nutritious snacks.

SEE ALSO: How to Save on Gym Memberships, Studios, and Classes in 2018

Man with camera

Hipster Guy

Under $50: Any self-respecting would love his own West Coast Style IPA Beer Brewing Kit. And since he probably has a beard to tend to, beard oil or a beard grooming kit would be a thoughtful gift. Also, anything Brooklyn-related.

Splurge: If he's into photography, your hipster boyfriend would be thrilled to get a camera — the more retro-looking, the better. Vintage typewriters are always a good bet. Or get him tickets to see his favorite indie band the next time they're in town. Alternatively, you could just book him a trip to Brooklyn.

Men Playing With Drones

Gadget Guy

Under $50: Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home belong in the splurge category, but their smaller counterparts — the Echo Dot and Home Mini, respectively — both come in around $49. If he's covered on the speaker front, consider getting him a wireless charging pad or Bluetooth earbuds.

Splurge: You can't go wrong with a drone. Since they come in a variety of price points, you can choose just how much you want to splurge. If you really want to go all out, he'd probably love the DJI Mavic Pro, if he doesn't have it already.

SEE ALSO: 10 Awesome Things You Can Do With a Drone

Man Going for a Hike

Outdoorsy Sportsman

Under $50: Multi-tools are an outdoorsy guy's best friend, and a must for camping trips. If he's a hiker, a gift set with beef jerky, gorp, or other trail snacks would feed his sense of adventure. And you can never go wrong with a good pair (or two) of wool socks.

Splurge: A nice pair of polarized sunglasses will help protect his eyes while he's out in the sun all day. High-end backpacks and portable cooking gear for camping would also put hearts in his eyes. And if he doesn't have one already, get him a hammock for two so you can enjoy the great outdoors together!

Man Drinking

Alcohol Connoisseur

Under $50: DIY booze-making kits are always a fun gift, and you can buy sets to make everything from wine to absinthe. If he's not the DIY type, drink chillers and whiskey stones will keep his spirits cool, while sets of bitters and simple syrups will help him elevate his cocktail game. Or just buy him a bottle of his favorite alcohol.

Splurge: A globe bar cart would give him a stylish place to store his booze. If he's a whiskey fan, you could personalize a whiskey barrel for him. Or just buy him a high-end bottle of his favorite alcohol. Johnnie Walker Blue, anyone?

Man Playing Virtual Reality Game

Gamer Guy

Under $50: Games! Depending on your fella's gaming system and where you shop, you'll easily be able to find titles for $50 or less. Some of the big sellers right now are Call of Duty: WWII, Star Wars Battlefront II, Assassin's Creed Origins, NBA 2K18, and Madden NFL 18. If you aren't sure which video games he already has, you can buy a gift card for his platform of choice.

Splurge: If he doesn't have one already, consider a Nintendo Switch. And if he already has that console, get him a Pro Controller or two for a better gaming experience. You may even want to splurge on a VR headset like the Sony Playstation VR or HTC Vive.

SEE ALSO: Valentine's Day Gifts for Every Type of Relationship

Men Watching a Game

Sports Fan

Under $50: Check out the official team stores for his favorite teams. You'll find all sorts of expected (shirts, socks, hats) and unexpected (flasks, fidget spinners, staplers) gifts for under $50.

Splurge: Buy him tickets to a game. If he doesn't have all the games he wants to watch on TV, sign him up for whichever service gives him unlimited access — MLB Extra Innings, MLS Direct Kick, NBA League Pass, NFL Sunday Ticket, NHL Center Ice, or ESPN College Extra. Or get him his favorite player's jersey. And definitely buy him a toaster that brands bread with his favorite team's logo.

Man Working on DIY Project


Under $50: Tools are the obvious choice for DIYers, but think about accessories, too. Headlamps, tool belts, work gloves, and tool organizers are all handy items for folks who do a lot of work around the house. Magnetic wristbands are helpful, too.

Splurge: Inspection cameras allow your DIY guy to see inside walls, and they come in a variety of price points. Or if he doesn't own one yet, consider getting him a chainsaw. If he doesn't have a use for it right now, he'll definitely find one.

Man Cooking

Foodie Dude

Under $50: If your guy's into cooking (and not just eating), get him a cookbook for his favorite cuisine, or by his favorite celebrity chef. If he'd rather be at the table than at the stove, gourmet food gifts from somewhere local will whet his locavore appetite.

Splurge: Experience gift sites offer a lot of local options for foodies in or near cities — like food tours and cooking classes. Online gourmet purveyors like Zingerman's offer a wide variety of monthly food clubs for bacon lovers, culinary adventurers, and even those who want forbidden foods.

SEE ALSO: Can You Get Groceries Delivered If You Don't Live in a City?


Pop Culture Geek

Under $50: Lots of Star Wars memorabilia and novelty items are available right now, and your geeky guy would probably love to get his hands on some of that. Also consider throwback items from his childhood, like a Princess Bride T-shirt. Or pretty much anything at ThinkGeek.

Splurge: Whatever he geeks out on — superheroes, Ghostbusters, or again, Star Wars — there's likely a pricey LEGO set for it. You also can't go wrong with a Millennium Falcon drone or a high-end lightsaber prop.

Man Talking on the Phone

Dapper Guy

Under $50: Gift him a manicure and/or pedicure at a local nail salon. He'd probably also appreciate a nice set of cufflinks or a fancy tie clip — Etsy has tons of unique designs that would allow him to make a fashion statement.

Splurge: If he isn't loyal to a skin care brand, try a high-end gift set for men. Or for a real splurge, treat him to a spa day. Let him choose which services he wants; if he wants company, then you get a spa day, too. It's a win for everyone!

SEE ALSO: What to Expect From Valentine's Day Deals in 2018

Date Night for a Couple

New Guy

Don't splurge on a new guy. At best, you don't know him well enough to get him something he truly likes, and at worst, you'll freak him out. Offer to make him a romantic dinner for two with dessert, along with wine or cocktails.

Or here's a fun idea: the $20 drugstore challenge. You mutually decide to shop at the same drugstore, and you can only spend a certain amount. It'll give the two of you a chance to get creative or silly, and it's a great get-to-know-you exercise. Plus, you won't look lame if you just end up buying a bunch of chocolate.

Do any of these Valentine's gifts strike your fancy, readers? What foolproof ideas did we miss? Let us know in the comments!

Contributing Writer

Jessica Hulett is a freelance writer, editor and obsessive seeker of online promo codes. She's been writing professionally for more than 15 years, and was most recently the managing editor of coupon and lifestyle site
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