Valentine’s Day has usually been reserved for men romancing their wives or girlfriends with amorous gifts like chocolate or flowers. For many couples, that arrangement works just fine, but what if you want to spoil him this year?
Maybe Valentine’s Day has always been a two-way street in your relationship, but that doesn’t make buying the perfect “you mean the world to me” gift a walk in the park. If you’re planning a romantic gesture for your guy, consider luxuries he might never splurge on for himself.
If he’s notoriously hard to shop for, we’ve got some great Valentine’s Day gift ideas that even the pickiest partners won’t be able to resist. If all else fails, there’s always a Peloton bike.
Most men have a cologne that they’re partial to, and it’s never a bad idea to help them restock. If he hasn’t found his signature scent yet, Dior Homme is a classic with notes of citrus and bergamot that won’t scare off a cologne newbie.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $117
Your cannabis loving partner will love this walnut tray set by Friendly Stranger. The handy set includes everything he’ll need to unwind, including a wood grinder, dugout and rolling tray.
SHOP IT: Friendly Stranger, $90
He might insist he doesn’t want anything for Valentine’s Day but let’s not kid ourselves. If you surprise him with a custom in-home massage, he won’t send them away. Soothe is an online service that allows you to book on-demand massages by licenced and vetted therapists in your city.
SHOP IT: Soothe, $139+
A high-end fountain pen is both practical and thoughtful, especially if you get it personalized. Fountain pens by Germany-based company Lamy are the cream of the crop when it comes to writing tools. For under $40, it’s a great gift idea that won’t break the bank.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $31
Sometimes, giving the opportunity to grow and learn is the most thoughtful gift you could give. MasterClass may not be a tangible item he can unwrap, but an all-access pass to learn from the best in the world might mean more to him than a “world’s best husband” mug. Whether he’s into cooking, photography or growing his business, knowledge is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
SHOP IT: MasterClass, $240/year
Is there anything more hyped up than sneakers these days? You don’t have to spend $500 on a pair of Yeezys to win hearts. In fact, you can spend under $100 for a luxurious looking pair of Converse Pro Leather sneakers that we’re certain he’ll swoon over.
SHOP IT: SSENSE, $90
Men are finally starting to get onboard the skincare routine bandwaggon, and it doesn’t involve just a bar of soap. This Valentine’s Day, give him something he may not be as inclined to buy for himself. Trust us, he’ll appreciate this gift a lot more when he starts noticing how bright and rejuvenated his skin looks.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $53
Unless he recently subscribed to the Keto way of life, cookies are never a bad gift. Felix and Norton bakes up some of the most decadent, mouth-watering flavours like Caramelt, Honey Pistachio and classic milk chocolate chip. They also get bonus points for delivering across Canada, but they have a cut off date so you better get ordering asap.
SHOP IT: Felix and Norton, $29.99-$39.99
If your partner is a serious coffee enthusiast, the Chemex Coffee Maker is probably on his must-have list. Despite the simple set up, this elegant coffee maker allows serious customization based on what his preferred brewing techniques are.
SHOP IT: Well.ca, $63
One way to pick a great gift is to give him something he might never purchase for himself. If your partner is a whisky buff, shell out for a luxury bottle like this Ardbeg Scotch Whisky. It isn’t absurdly priced, but still provides a smooth and luxurious experience.
SHOP IT: LCBO, $100