The best gifts for him: fantastic Valentine's Day gift ideas
Whatever he's into, there's something in this list for him.
Some people can be pretty hard to buy for – which is probably why they end up with the same pack of M&S socks year after year.
But beyond multi-packs of pants and socks, there's a world of brilliant gifts you can choose for the men in your life this Valentine's Day.
Whether they're into music, sports or something else entirely, our best gifts for him guide features a hand-picked selection of the best products out there – no half-hearted last minute shopping needed.
Top picks include shaving goodies, some deliciously nerdy merch and some classy accessories for the whisky lover in your life.
And, this goes without saying, but these gifts are universal and not just for men - that's just the way we have to focus the headline of this piece, to get eyes from your favourite search engine on the page.
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The best gifts for him: great Valentine's Day ideas
1. The Double-O Gift Box
The new James Bond movie may not be coming out this year, but that shouldn’t stop you celebrating all things Bond (and remembering Sean Connery) with these fantastic socks from the London Sock Exchange. Embroidered with some key iconography from the long list of spy movies Bond has been in, they are a brilliant buy - we have our eyes on the Odd Job ones.
2. Serenity Box
This is one we have already sampled and it’s a calming delight. Inside is a whole host of CBD products, including CBD Oil, coffee, gummies and face oil. In total, the RRP is £89 for all the products, so the box offers a hefty discount. This is a one-off box but if you fancy a subscription then there are plenty of options on the site.
3. LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System
4. Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock
There is something about this Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock from Joy Resolve that just makes us ridiculously happy. It looks like a science experiment that delivery spectacular coffee right by your bedside. The alarm clock allows you to wake up gently to the sound of your coffee or tea brewing or with an accompanying alarm. It has a milk cooler and is just the right size for placing on a bedside table.
5. Casamigos Blanco Tequila
You might think of tequila as a studenty drink – something you endure rather than something you enjoy. Sometimes that is the case, of course, but this Casamigos Blanco Tequila, with its hints of citrus, vanilla and agave, is a cut above. One to savour.
6. Sony WH-1000XM4
Probably the most expensive thing on this list but for good reason: the Sony WH-1000XM4 noise-cancelling headphones are the best headphones we have tested this year, possibly ever. They are comfy, the noise cancelling is out of this world and the battery life is superb. If you are looking for a real treat, then these are it.
7. The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Illicit Still Limited Edition
This is a fun limited edition. The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Illicit Still is a whisky that’s inspired by our Founder's Original illicitly distilled whisky. Because of this, it’s got an ABV kick at 48%. We enjoy this one neat and it has a fruity and floral style, tropical and sweet notes all ending in a long and smooth finish.
8. FIFA 21
FIFA 21 is a swansong for FIFA on the now-generation of consoles but a great one at that. It’s refined the gameplay so dribbling, shooting and penalty taking are even more fun and improved on its side games such as Career Mode. If you are thinking of going on to a PS5 or Xbox Series X at some point then the good news is that you can upgrade to the next-gen version of the game for free.
9. The Pinter
We had a lot of fun with The Pinter when we reviewed it earlier in the year. It’s a really easy (but not too easy) way to brew beer and cider at home. The kit looks great, the instructions are comprehensive and the beverage at the end tastes amazing. If you know someone who wants to get into brewing, then this is for them.
10. iiiMY whisky stones and glasses set
Whisky stones and some proper glasses are essential for anyone who enjoys a dram, and this iiMY set does the job perfectly. Includes soapstone whiskey rocks, crystal whisky glasses and a free velvet bag, just throw in a bottle of the best whisky with the set and you're onto a winner.
11. The Roasting Tin
Simple cooking doesn't have to be boring, as this book confidently proves. It shows off over 80 one-dish dinners from starters to dessert, and will quickly become a staple in your home. Perfect for the unconfident cook – and even better if they hate washing up.
12. The Pembroke Hipflask
This pewter flask sits in a handcrafted Burnt Oak leather pouch (the same leather found in a Bentley) making it an excellent luxury gift for the person in your life that seems to have everything. Holds up to 6oz of your drink of choice.
13. Opihr Spiced Gin: European Edition
Opihr is already in our best gin list for its spiced gin, but the brand has branched out offering up a number of different spice offerings. Our pick is the European Edition which comes with distinctive botanicals from Europe, combining fragrant myrrh (to get you in the Christmas spirit) and the distinct aromatic bitterness of cascarilla bark. If you want more of a gift set, then you can get one with a gin glass, too, for £35.
14. Nanoleaf Shapes
Nanoleaf Shapes was one of the best smart light systems launched in 2020. The hexagon-shaped light panels can be customisable, easy to install and look fantastic. There will be a new Triangles shape added to the line-up soon, too, so these lights are only going to get better and better
15. Roberts Beacon Bluetooth Speaker
The Roberts Beacon 320 and Roberts Beacon 330 are the first Bluetooth speaker from Roberts and they look and sound fantastic. Blessed with the retro looks associated with Roberts and some cutting-edge tech, they are a brilliant purchase to add a bit of character to any room. We’ve tried one and think they are well worth a purchase.
16. Fender Fullerton Strat Ukulele
Personally, we are guitar players (and proud owners of a Ed O’Brien Fender guitar) but the Fender Fullerton Strat Ukulele looks fantastic, aping the majestic style of the Fender but unmistakably a uke. It’s electric so you can plug it into an amp, making it the perfect choice for the ukulele player looking to inject the spirit of rock ’n roll into every performance.
17. Personalised Timothy Taylor Landlord Bottles
We have a particular liking for Timothy Taylor Landlord, so when we saw they were doing a personalised label version of their legendary Landlord beer, we just had to put it on the list. Two bottles and a tulip pint glass gift pack is £25 but you can spend up to £138 and get 40 bottles of the good stuff.
18. Disney Plus gift subscription card
We are huge fans of Disney Plus and can’t get enough of The Mandalorian. If you or your partner is yet to make the jump, then this gift card is a fantastic purchase. At a snip under £60 it means that you are getting a year of Disney Plus for around a fiver a month. The service is packed with your Disney favourites, Marvel movies and all the Star Wars gubbins you need.
19. Cut throat razor
Multi-blade razors are so last year. This cut throat razor removes any of the irritation normally associated with razors, and it looks pretty cool too. One for the Peaky Blinders fans out there – just make sure they have a steady hand.