Buying your boyfriend a gift should be straightforward, but here we are. How much do you spend? How many gifts do you buy? What do boyfriends like? What does anyone like? There are no straightforward answers, really, only suggestions, and we have compiled three dozen or so of them. Whether you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift or something for an anniversary, we’ve got the goods. From complex boyfriends to coffee-snob boyfriends, from boyfriends who love tacos to boyfriends who heard that, actually, they’re saying five a day isn’t enough now and you actually need ten portions of fruit and/or veggies. We’ve got you covered.
For the boyfriend who has a playlist for every occasion
Because roasting a chicken requires just the right tunes to go with it. Our panel of experts voted this as the best portable home speaker.
For the boyfriend who is a die-hard five-a-side player
Ditch that raggy T-shirt he got on a Fresher’s Week bar crawl circa 2008 for something more functional. Chris Black likes these Nike T-shirts.
For the boyfriend who regrets signing up to Tough Mudder
Decent running shoes can be pricey, so pick a pair he’s also happy to wear on less tough, less muddy occasions (like going to the pub).
For the boyfriend who was late to dinner (again)
What do you get the man who has everything, including a lax approach to restaurant bookings? This.
For the boyfriend who is obsessed with counting steps
Alternatively, giving him a more sophisticated-looking way of hitting his daily targets would be nice.
For the boyfriend who stays up late scrolling
Comically long, virtually indestructible.
For the boyfriend who stays up late reading
Powerful enough so he can keep page-turning, but not so intense it’ll keep you awake, too.
For the boyfriend who looks forward to Movember
Think of the money you’ll save on moisturiser.
Condition. Your. Moustache. We don’t make the rules.
For the boyfriend that’s more traditional, beard-wise
For the man who’s more Don Draper than Stan Rizzo.
For boyfriend who gives you beard rash
As a last resort, how about a gift that makes your position on facial hair crystal clear?
For the boyfriend who goes to ATP each year
Music journalist Jessica Lipsky suggests this Sony belt-drive turntable.
For the boyfriend who is on his feet a lot
It’s time to address the size 11 elephants in the room.
For the boyfriend who goes barefoot all the time
… And when his feet are in decent shape, get him a comfy, adult-y pair of Birks with a pop of colour.
For the boyfriend who is a Sunday snuggler
If you’re going to spend a whole day under a blanket, make sure it’s the comfiest one you can find.
For the boyfriend who hates whisky
For the boyfriend who can’t drink like he used to
For the boyfriend who hates selfies
If he’d rather be behind the camera than in front of it, this Sony camera was selected by us as an ideal all-rounder.
For the boyfriend who still uses Lynx shower gel
Make every morning feel like you’re in a fancy European hotel.
For the boyfriend who’s into skin care
Our US colleague Rio Viera-Newton’s top tip? Keep them in the fridge.
For boyfriend who sends you ‘Bon Appétit’ videos
For boyfriend who loves Padella (but hates queuing)
This is an inexpensive way to learn the ropes.
For the boyfriend who is handy(ish)
All boyfriends secretly love the inherent prying and jimmying that comes with a knife.
For the boyfriend who thinks Pret coffee tastes like soil
Artisan coffee he can make directly into his favourite work mug. So long, £1 filter coffee!
For the boyfriend who’s a working-from-home extremist
For the boyfriend who is obsessed with Vivino
For the boyfriend who doesn’t use the whisky rocks you bought him last year
Why are large cubes of ice so aesthetically appealing?
For the boyfriend who thinks Patagonia is too mainstream
Berghaus is Patagonia’s sensible older brother who has a private pension and did his taxes months ago.
For the boyfriend who follows Anthony Joshua on Instagram
Rocky-theme tune 100 percent optional.
For the boyfriend who’s a frequent flier
This attachable footrest will make economy feel more like, uh, premium economy.
For the boyfriend whose date night is outside-the-box
Grab a blanket and some mulled wine and get gazing. Astronomers told us this model is the best telescope for beginners.
For the boyfriend who *insists* on watching ‘MOTD2’
We call this conflict resolution.
For the boyfriend who does a mean poached egg
For the boyfriend who blows his budget on fresh juice
Tough enough to blitz leafy greens (and one of the highest rated in our exhaustive guide to the best blenders).
For the boyfriend who is casually into horticulture
Also known as a snake plant or viper’s bowstring hemp, this low-maintenance plant can handle missed watering and low light.
For the boyfriend who can’t even keep a cactus alive
For the boyfriend who loses his keys a lot
Now he can track them on his phone (as long as he hasn’t lost that, too).
For the boyfriend who is proud to call himself a sneakerhead
For the boyfriend who welcomes our robot overlords
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