15 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 15 sweet gifts to help you express your love.
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Tex-Mex Cowboy Breakfast Skillet
Start off Valentine's Day the right way by surprising your sweetie with a tasty Tex-Mex cowboy breakfast skillet. This easy-to-make breakfast is sure to leave him with a smile — and a full belly.
MAKE THIS: Tex-Mex Cowboy Breakfast Skillet
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 Shortcakes Recipe
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 THESE: How to Make Matching His-and-Her Throw Pillows
A wallet is always a classic pick, and it's made even more meaningful when you add in a personal touch, like his initials.
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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.
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
DIY Coffee Bar
If your guy loves coffee mugs, build a space-saving solution where he can proudly display his collection. For about $25 and an afternoon of building, your honey can have a new, stylish self-service coffee station.
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 2x4 x 16" pieces of wood (cut to 10-1/2-inch blocks, stacked in 16 levels). Sand each block for a smooth finish, and you’re ready to play!
Delicious Cheese Fondue for Two
Skip making a reservation for that new, trendy restaurant downtown that is sure to be packed. Instead, have a cozy night in with fondue for two. You will be in the comfort of your own home and can spend quality time with your honey.
MAKE THIS: Cheese Fondue
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.
For the Ultimate Music Lover
With Sonos Play:1 Speaker, the music man in your life can connect to streaming services like Spotify or listen to his favorite audio book or podcast — all easily controlled from his smart phone.
Give your boo beer for breakfast! Slather it on their toast with these delicious preserves handcrafted in Vermont. Craft beers are used to give the jellies a malty sweetness with hop profiles of different beer styles. The jellies make a great accompaniment to cheese platters, meat glazes, cocktails and salad dressings.
Personalized Shaving Products
Help your valentine look, feel and smell his best with personalized shaving products sent right to his door. With Dollar Shave Club, he can be introduced to the most popular grooming items before committing to full-sized products.
Avion's Reserva 44 is one special tequila. It's aged for 43 months in a stone temperature-controlled cave, then aged one more month in a special barrel before being hand-poured into a crystal decanter that's been hand-signed by the brand's founder. Bonus: You can now personalize the bottle with a custom etching.
For Sentimental Savers
Help your valentine save memories with this ticket stub journal. Bonus points if you surprise him with tickets to see his favorite band.