16 Valentine's Day Gifts for Guys That are Better Than What You Gave Last Year
With nine days until Valentine’s Day, you still have plenty of time to make or buy the perfect gift for your man. But just in case you’re having a little trouble deciding what that perfect gift might be, we’re here to help. Get ready to rock this Valentine’s Day.
For a more masculine take on the classic V-day teddy bear, gift your sweetie a set of matching his-and-hers throw pillows. You’ll be amazed just how easy it is to make your own. And can’t you just picture cozying up on the couch with this soft set? The adorable pups are not required but are highly recommended.
Make This: His-and-Hers Throw Pillows
Whether he always has something to say or is more of the mysterious brooding type, a soft leather journal featuring his initials is a lovely way to encourage him to put pen to paper and document all those brilliant thoughts.
Our Product Pick: Brown Leather Journal, Badger and Chirp, $25.00
For Chocolate Lovers
Of course, we’ve all heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Why not test that age-old saying with a delicious chocolate strawberry shortcake. You read that right: strawberry shortcake + chocolate FTW.
Make This: Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
For the coffee lover in your life, this easy coffee shortbread might be the perfect alternative to a super chocolatey dessert. Just beware — after one taste of this sweet treat made with ground coffee, orange zest and vanilla bean, you may not want to share!
Make This: Coffee Shortbread Recipe
Tame the Beast
Beards are having a moment, so help him tame his with all-natural beard oils scented with organic essential oils. And with names like, “The Gent,” “The Lumberjack,” and “The Viking,” he should be covered no matter what kind of beard he’s rocking.
Our Product Pick: Beard Oil Sampler, Whiskey, Ink, and Lace, $20
Or perhaps your better half is one of the few who prefers a clean shave every day? If this is the case (or if you’d like for it to be the case), a subscription to the Dollar Shave Club is a gift that keeps on giving. Depending on which quality razor blade you opt for, this deal costs only $1, $6 or $9 a month. He’ll have a fresh blade every week! Plus, they offer all kinds of fun extras like shave butter and hair clay that are sure to delight your boo.
Hoppy Valentine's Day
Does it seem like people are always trying to make their own beer these days? It does seem cool, but it also sounds like a lot of trouble. Instead, give him this ingenious hop beer kit, so he can customize his beer and still have enough time to binge-watch Making a Murderer with you.
Our Product Pick: Hop Beer Kit - Citra, Hop Shots, $15
Cufflinks for Your Cutie
Put your heart on his sleeve, and help him dress his best with a pair of hand-stamped cufflinks. You can add a grown-up spin on the “together forever” sentiment by combining both of your initials for a subtle design that will always remind him just how much you care.
Our Product Pick: Arrow Stamped Cufflinks, White Truffle, $58
Give him a taste of the finer things in life with a gorgeous leather flask and cigar set, complete with a cigar holder and cutter. Now he’ll always have his favorite things within arm’s reach (assuming you’re standing by his side, of course!).
Our Product Pick: Leather Flask + Cigar Set, G & G Mercantile + Co, $53
Panini presses are so 2015. With this killer gourmet sandwich basket, your sweetie can create the hot pressed sandwich of his dreams, all while using his favorite cooking tool: the grill. Oh, and there just so happens to be room for two.
Our Product Pick: Grilled Sandwich Basket, Uncommon Goods, $15
If your guy is a major music lover, this creative gift should be right up his alley. Do you share a special song? Or maybe you want to show off how well you know him by choosing his favorite tune? Either way, you can now turn any song into a work of art by framing the sound wave. What!?
Our Product Pick: Your Song Sound Wave, Newton and Apple, $112
Are you looking to make something the two of you can enjoy together? This awesome giant stacking set may be just the thing! It’s great for outdoor parties and tailgates, and you can even paint the ends to show off his favorite team. To build your own set, you’ll need four 2x4x16 pieces of wood (cut to 10 ½-inch blocks, stacked in 16 levels). Sand each block for a smooth finish, and you’re ready to play!
Can You Hear Me Now?
No outlet? No problem. Make sure you can always reach your SO with this innovative phone charger from Uncommon Goods. Now, he can actually be charging his phone as he pedals, so he can keep it tight and stay connected. You’re welcome.
Our Product Pick: Pedal Power Charger, Uncommon Goods, $130
If your honey loves to travel, set him up with a little something to make his flight a bit more enjoyable. This smart cocktail kit designed as a simple carry on will elevate his travels to new heights. Eat your heart out, Don Draper.
Our Product Pick: Old-Fashioned Carry-on Kit, Uncommon Goods, $24
You knew it was coming. So many fellas have a passion for grilling, so why not give him a little inspiration with this fun book that really says it all: MEAT. He’ll find over 75 tasty recipes for beef, pork, lamb, veal and poultry. Plus, he’ll discover tips on which cuts are the most flavorful. Really, this is a gift for you, too.
Our Product Pick: MEAT: Everything You Need to Know by Pat LaFreieda, Amazon, $25
Meat of the Month
Who said Valentine’s Day has to end after the 14th? With a subscription to the Carnivore Club, you can treat your bae to a monthly gift of mouth-watering cured meat every month! But if you’re more interested in a one-time deal, they offer a pretty tasty Valentine’s Day special that comes in an impressive, handcrafted pine box.
Chocolate Brownie Pudding
This super chocolatey treat is sure to satisfy your sweetie's sweetest tooth. Is it a brownie? Is it pudding? We're not sure. All we know is that it's sinfully delicious. Get the recipe.
Cupid's Arrow Hot Chocolate
Kids and adults alike will love this fun twist on a classic winter treat. Dress up hot chocolate with heart-shaped marshmallows and a paper straw "arrow" for the finishing touch. Get the recipe.
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cookie Truffles
You're probably familiar with classic chocolate truffles. But these beauties mix chocolate sandwich cookies, cream cheese and fresh strawberries for a treat that's seriously irresistible. Plus, you can use a heart cookie cutter and hot-pink sprinkles to make them even more delightful. Get the recipe.
Conversation Heart Cookies
This year, swap those traditional candy conversation hearts for something homemade and customized. Make vanilla sandwich cookies and use a custom stamp-setting kit and food-safe decorating pen to create personalized and scrumptious messages right on top. Get the recipe.
Heritage Red Velvet Cake
You don't need any special supplies to make this sweet, heart-shaped cake. Just create a hand-drawn template and cut out the heart with a knife. If you can resist eating the cake scraps, crumble them and coat the cake for a soft, crumb layering. Get the recipe.
Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes
Nothing goes together quite like chocolate and strawberries, but here's a combination you probably haven't seen. Chocolate shortcakes give this traditional dessert an unexpected twist. Get the recipe.
White-Chocolate-Dipped Fortune Cookies
Surprise your valentine with a special delivery in the form of white-chocolate-dipped fortune cookies packaged in a personalized Chinese takeout box. Get the recipe and how-to.
Make your favorite muffin recipe extra-special for Valentine's Day by using heart-shaped muffin tins. The sweet results will surely surprise your significant other. Get the recipe at DIYNetwork.com.
Chocolate Mint Dessert Smoothie
You can still be naughty while remaining health conscious. Ingredients like pear and avocado make this healthy, but add in the cacao powder and dairy-free chocolate chip ice cream for a perfect after-dinner treat. Get the recipe.
Champagne-Glazed Fruit Tarts
Does your sweetheart prefer something a little less rich? These fruit tarts feature a mix of fresh fruits on mini tart shells with mascarpone cheese. The champagne-apricot glaze is the perfect mouthwatering finish. Get the recipe.
Cupid's Crispie Treats
Spice up classic crispie treats by adding cinnamon imperials and inserting Cupid's arrow as a sweet embellishment. It's the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Get the recipe.
Raspberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
Instead of going out for ice cream, why not treat your valentine to a night in with a homemade recipe? It's easier than you think, and you only need six ingredients. Get the recipe.
Strawberry Milk Whoopie Pies
These colorful whoopie pies might be too pretty to eat! Strawberry milk gives these pink sandwich cookies their sweet color and flavor, while vanilla icing and rainbow sprinkles embellish the exterior. Get the recipe.
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies
Imagine a dessert with brownies, cheesecake and a variety of chocolate chips all mixed together. This dream treat does exist, and your sweetheart won't be able to resist. Get the recipe.
Chocolate Biscuit Cake
Make your beau this royal-inspired chocolate cake made from tea biscuits, lots of chocolate and cinnamon. FYI, it was Prince William's groom cake, and it's simple to make, too. Get the recipe.
Chocolate truffles are the perfect bite-size treat to satisfy any sweet-tooth cravings. Plus, they're easier to make than you think. Customize the fillings with extracts or flavorings, cookie pieces, dried fruit and other add-ins. Your sweetheart will love the thoughtful, homemade mix. Get the recipe.
Orange and Cranberry Bread Pudding
Oranges, cranberries, cinnamon and cloves combine to form a sweet bread pudding that's perfect for a mouthwatering breakfast or as an after-dinner treat. Get the recipe.
S'mores for Two
Bundle up and head outdoors with a cooler packed full of just enough marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate to make s'mores for two. Pull out all the ingredients once the fire's crackling. See more at DIYNetwork.com.