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When you’re in a new relationship, finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for your new boyfriend can be tricky. You want to get something because you’ve got somebody to celebrate with, but you don’t want to go too far and make it seem like you’re in deeper than you actually are. It should be cute and thoughtful but also not too expensive. So many etiquette rules to consider, so many items to peruse, and so little time to shop.
But fear not — if you’ve got a new boyfriend, we’ve got a few Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him that he’s guaranteed to love. From a gourmet pour-over set for your (wannabe) barista boyfriend to smart tech, these are the gifts guys are looking for. Simple and practical, these are gifts that will put a box of chocolates to shame. Although, you can also get a box of chocolates if that’s what he’s into— who doesn’t love candy?
Ahead, the best Valentine’s Day gifts for the not-super-serious (yet) relationship in your life. And if you’ve reached the intimate part of your relationship, make sure to check out these sexy Valentine’s Day gifts for your partner, based on their love language.
A version of this article was originally published in January 2016 2021.
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A Studious Pair of Glasses
If you’re in a new relationship, stick with simple gifts that are actually useful. A studious pair of glasses makes a great gift. Luckily, Pair Eyewear has a ton of options in stock. Right now, you can shop from the brand’s limited-edition holiday picks just in time for Valentine’s Day. Or you can opt for a classic pair like the Finley Frames. The frames have a medium body and rectangle shape, making them a great fit for most face shapes.
For the Barista
If your special one loves to make coffee, gift this pour-over set that makes the perfect cup of Joe every morning. He’ll feel like a professional barista as he whips up his favorite blends.
Warm Wool Calf Socks
Honestly, socks make a great gift. Don’t discredit wrapping up a cozy pair of socks that look great dressed up or down. Luckily, if you’re looking for a pair for your boyfriend, Bombas has you covered. You can shop from the brand’s best-selling pairs or pick up a pack that includes a variety of prints and colors.
For the Sweet Tooth
Who doesn’t love chocolate on Valentine’s Day? Add these sea salt flakes to your cart now. They have delectable flavors that make the perfect snack. The best part? They’re under $15.
Out of ideas for this Valentine’s Day for your boyfriend? If he’s into yoga, this Lululemon mat should do the trick. It has a gorgeous marble print that lines the entire mat. Other features to note: The yoga mat is crafted from FSC-certified natural rubber, and it has a grippy top layer that absorbs sweat and moisture.
A Carryall Bag
For the avid hiker, a bag that holds everything is a must-have. This water-resistant backpack has a Scandinavian design that makes pacing essentials a breeze. The bag is under $100 and comes in 16 colors.
Why buy one bottle of cologne when you can get this set that comes with five samplers? The Jo Malone London discovery set gives your boyfriend a chance to test out the scents he prefers before committing to the real deal. It’s just $20, so there’s nothing to lose.
If you just DTR’d, then you won’t want to scare off your new S.O. with an over-the-top gift. And if you met online, this cheeky card is just the right amount of cute without getting too mushy.
It’s the year of the Nintendo Switch, so chances are he needs a new game to keep him occcupied while at home. Target has plenty of picks he’ll be into, like Minecraft.
The Ultimate Grooming Kit
The dude with an impressive beard will appreciate this complete grooming set. This four-step routine is a non-intimdiating way to help him introduce some self care into his bathroom routine.
Next-Level Whiskey Glasses
These aren’t any regular whiskey glasses, they’re cool whiskey glasses. Engraved with a map of their favorite city or hometown, this glass is guaranteed to unlock the key to their whiskey-loving heart.
A Gift for Both of You
If you’ve reached the intimacy phase, a sex toy makes for a pleasing Valentine’s Day present for both of you. This 24-Karat gold toy features a dual-motor design and a remote control design to help you take things to the next level.
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