16 Valentine's Day Gifts for Guys That are Better Than What You Gave Last Year

From fun gadgets to meat-of-the-month clubs, raise the bar this year with 16 sweet gifts to help you express your love.
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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.

Dude-Approved Decor

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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.  

XOXO

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Badger and Chirp

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. 

For Chocolate Lovers

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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.

Coffee Kick

Coffee Shortbread

Coffee Shortbread

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!

Tame the Beast

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Whiskey, Ink, and Lace

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. 

Smooth Operator

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Dollar Shave Club

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

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Hop Shots

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.

Cufflinks for Your Cutie

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White Truffle

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.

Southern Gent

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G & G Mercantile + Co

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!).

Grill Master

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Uncommon Goods

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 Song

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Newton and the Apple

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!?

Giant Jenga

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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?

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Uncommon Goods

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.

Drink Service

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Uncommon Goods

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.   

Meat 101

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Amazon

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.

Meat of the Month

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Carnivore Club

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. 

42 Sweets for Your Sweetie

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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.

Pink Champagne Truffles

Toast to love and another year of happiness with these bite-sized truffles that pair perfectly with a chute of champagne. 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.

Pie Crust Designs

Spell out "love" on your significant other's favorite pie, then mail it, or hand-deliver for a true reaction. Get the instructions.

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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.

Perfect Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Bake the perfect batch of sugar cookies to decorate for Valentine's Day. Get the recipe and four decorating how-tos.

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.

Chocolate Chai Cups

Who puts dessert in a porcelain bowl? Not us! Not only can you eat the cinnamon-sprinkled chai cream, but the chocolate cup is edible, too. Get the recipe.

Neapolitan Cupcakes With Bonbon Toppings

These cupcakes are rich and decadent from their bonbon tops to their chocolate cake bottoms. Get the recipe.

Fluffy Waffles

Wake up your loved one with fluffy, heart-shaped homemade waffles covered in sweet maple syrup. Get the recipe at DIYNetwork.com.

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Raspberry Muffins

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.

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Coffee Shortbread

Get a taste of coffee in the form of shortbread squares topped with powdered sugar. Get the recipe.

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.

Red Wine Lollipops

Lollipops always bring back a bit of nostalgia, but these are purely for adults. Top off your romantic meal with a red wine lollipop that offers a bit of a kick. 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.

Ganache-Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone loves a good ole' chocolate chip cookie. But if you dip it into chocolate ganache, you have a tasty chocolate explosion. Get the recipe.

Rose Swirl Vanilla Bean Cookies

Nibble on these delightful frosted sugar cookies all weekend long as you celebrate being a couple. Get the recipe.

Pina Colada Baked Doughnuts

Doughnuts may feel like a naughty breakfast food, but try baking the dough instead of frying it. You and your sweetie will feel less guilty. 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.

Better Than Heaven Cakelette

Give your love something they can eat (guilt-free) in one sitting. This cake-in-a-jar serves one, but can easily fit two spoons. Get the recipe.

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Heart Mints

You'll be ready for that goodnight kiss with these homemade candy heart mints. For an extra-special touch, incorporate your sweetheart's favorite color or flavoring. 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.

Tiffany-Blue Macarons

Anyone can buy delicious macarons, but impress your love with these handmade sandwich cookies embellished with sugar pearls for an extra-special touch. Get the recipe.

Pink Raspberry Macarons

Or, whip up these pink raspberry macarons with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream. Yum! Get the recipe.

Fondant Glitter Hearts

Make your sweetheart's favorite cupcake, then top them off with a sparkling fondant heart (your own special touch). Get the recipe at DIYNetwork.com.

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Chocolate Soup

Thick and creamy chocolate soup with a soft, whipped topping that serves only two — need I say more? Get the recipe.

Triple Chocolate Brownies

Three types of chocolate — bittersweet chocolate, dark chocolate and cocoa powder — combine to create the most swoon-worthy brownies you've ever tried. Get the recipe.

M&M Sugar Cookies

No one can resist soft, chewy and delectable sugar cookies, especially when they're filled with melt-in-your-mouth M&Ms in traditional Valentine's Day hues. 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.

Petite Apple Pie

There's no need to feel guilty about eating a whole pie; these petite pies are baked and wrapped-up with one recipient in mind. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Truffles

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.

Creme Brulee

You don't have to be a professional chef to whip up a beautiful and delicious creme brulee. Surprise your sweetheart with this creamy culinary classic. Get the recipe.

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Chocolate Mousse Crepes

Jazz up breakfast in bed with handmade crepes filled with chocolate mousse and garnished with fresh raspberries and white chocolate shavings. Get the recipe.

Salted Caramel Bars

Looking for something to satisfy both sweet and salty taste buds? Bake these rich and gooey caramel bars with a sprinkle of sea salt flakes on top. 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.

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Affogato

If baking isn't your forte, give this simple yet elegant dessert a try. Pair Italian espresso with ice cream, chocolate sauce and crispy biscotti. 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.

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