12 Valentine's Day Gifts for New Boyfriends

by Lisa Fogarty
Feb 2, 2018 at 5:48 p.m. ET
Valentine's Day Gifts For New Boyfriends
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When you’re in a new relationship, Valentine’s Day gifts 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 few days left to actually buy the damn thing.

But fear not — if you’ve got a new boyfriend, we’ve got a few ideas for what to get him. From whiskey subscriptions to the latest video games, these are the gifts guys are looking for. Simple, practical and all under $100, these are gifts that will put a box of chocolates to shame. Although, you can also get a box of chocolates — who doesn’t love candy?

Here are our top picks for the not-super-serious (yet) relationship in your life.

A version of this article was originally published in January 2016. 

1 /12: 'Hey Handsome' Shaving Kit Bag

Valentine's Day Gifts For New Boyfriends: Shaving Kit Bag
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1/12 :'Hey Handsome' Shaving Kit Bag

A smart-looking bag on the outside, a flirty place to stash his tools to groom his 'stache on the inside. 

Shaving kit bag, $68 at Aha Life

2 /12: 'Let's Make Out' Service Bell

Valentine's Day Gifts For New Boyfriends: Service bell
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2/12 :'Let's Make Out' Service Bell

Yes, this service bell is cheesy, but isn't that what Valentine's Day is all about? Plus, if the relationship is new, you're obviously all about making out all of the time.

Service bell, $7 at Amazon

3 /12: Bacon-Flavored Toothpicks

Valentine's Day Gifts For New Boyfriends: Bacon toothpicks
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3/12 :Bacon-Flavored Toothpicks

While we're still on the corny train, bacon flavored toothpicks are hilarious and functional. 

Bacon-flavored toothpicks, $9 at Amazon

4 /12: Silly Sweeties Treat Jar

Valentine's Day Gifts For New Boyfriends: Treat jar
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4/12 :Silly Sweeties Treat Jar

A box of Valentine's Day chocolate is totally cliché, but an adorable alien, pirate or pig filled with candy from Silly Sweeties Treat Jar will remind them of their childhood and put a smile on their face. No one would ever accuse candy of being too serious, but the fact that you've gone that extra step shows that you put some thought into your gift — perfect for a new relationship. 

Silly Sweeties Treat Jar, $13 at Gifts.com

5 /12: Uproar Wireless Headphones

Valentine's Day Gifts For New Boyfriends: Headphones
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5/12 :Uproar Wireless Headphones

If you find yourself dating a music fan right before the holiday, consider yourself lucky: They are notoriously simple to shop for and, unless you go and temporarily lose your mind and decide to buy something crazy like a guitar (don't), there are a bazillion gift options that won't make you both uncomfortable. A good pair of quality headphones is almost always a winner. 

Uproar wireless headphones, $50 at Skullcandy

6 /12: Naughty Kermit Cup

6/12 :Naughty Kermit Cup

There's a good chance you're still in that we-only-get-out-of-bed-to-pour-more-Champagne phase. Why not skip to the chase and let them know you're happy to ravish their body this V-day... after your cup of coffee. 

Kermit coffee mug, $13 at Amazon

7 /12: Superhero Pillows

7/12 :Superhero Pillows

If they're a comics freak and already spending nights at your place, one option to make them feel welcome is to buy these cool-looking superhero pillows and leave one at your house. If you're so not there yet, no worries — they'll love the pillows anyway. 

Superhero pillow, $28 at EJSIdsgn/Etsy

8 /12: Video Game

Valentine's Day Gifts For New Boyfriends: Video game
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8/12 :Video Game

Here's what they hear when you buy them a video game: "I like you just the way you are. I'm not trying to change you. I think it's so cool that you don't know how to do your own laundry." Just kidding! But seriously, if you're looking for a gift that shouts, "Let's have fun and see where this goes!" you can't do better.

Call of Duty World War II, $60 at Xbox

9 /12: A Very Private Book Club

Valentine's Day Gifts For New Boyfriends: A book
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9/12 :A Very Private Book Club

If you both enjoy literature, a great gift option is to purchase two of the same books you've both been curious about and make a pact to read them together. Split a bottle of wine or hot cocoa on a cold night and host an intimate one-on-one book club party.

10 /12: Loot Crate

Valentine's Day Gifts For New Boyfriends: LootCrate
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10/12 :Loot Crate

The gift of suspense is always welcome in a budding relationship. Loot Crate gives you an opportunity to pick from categories like Star Wars, anime, Call of Duty or pets. They'll curate awesome items for your loot crate (things like T-shirts and books) and your partner will get to enjoy the surprise loot. 

Prices vary at Loot Crate

11 /12: Speak Wines

Valentine's Day Gifts For New Boyfriends: Speak Wines
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11/12 :Speak Wines

It would come off as awkward to bring just a bottle of wine to your new partner — seems more like a gift you'd get your aunt for Christmas. But Speak Wines are more special than your ordinary cabernet because they combine a quality bottle of Argentinian wine with adorable and totally new-romance appropriate messages on their labels. A bottle that reads "Just because xoxo" is sweet, but not creepy. 

Prices vary at Speak Wines

12 /12: Fine Spirits Tasting Box

Valentine's Day Gifts For New Boyfriends: Fine Spirits tasting box
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12/12 :Fine Spirits Tasting Box

If your partner is a fan of whiskey, rum or gin, Flaviar delivers a tasting box of three fine spirits per month for a minimum of two months. This gift gives you the perfect excuse to experiment with various libations, as well. A win-win. 

Prices vary at Flaviar