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37 Gifts for Every Type of Husband

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Even though you’ve probably spent more time than ever with your husband over the last two years, you might still be stumped when it comes to choosing a Valentine’s day present. Depending on how long you’ve been married, you may have hit all the usual marks in previous years. To try and make shopping for your spouse easier this year, we’ve rounded up picks (and gone through our archives) to find suggestions for all kinds of husbands — from those who swear they don’t want anything to the ones who have developed a new hobby over the past year, like bird-watching or pastry-making. Whatever his interests, we’re confident you’ll find a perfect gift for him this February. And while most of these gifts are available on Amazon, we’ve included links to other retailers too, for those who like to shop around.

For the husband who likes to celebrate every ‘monthiversary’

LSA GI17 Gio Tumbler
£16 for 4
£16 for 4

Slightly more left field than gifting a set of Champagne coupes, and the perfect token to say “here’s to another 39 months.”

For the husband who watched Get Back in a single weekend

For the husband who misses cycling to work

If he is WFH for the foreseeable future, this exercise bike was featured in our look at the best models on Amazon (and is a fraction of the cost of a Peloton).

For the husband who knows his starlings from his sparrows

Some binoculars, whether he bird-watches from his balcony or a nearby wetlands, would be a thoughtful gift.

For the husband with a recipe spreadsheet

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Not only does this feature some interesting recipes (like black-pudding meatballs), but it’s got loads of ideas for how to use leftovers in other dishes.

For the husband who still says thank-you the old-fashioned way

A stack of tasteful cards for his desk would go down well.

Edding 55 Fineliner
£10 for 10

How about a nice pen to go with it? This was one of the highest-rated pens when Strategist UK editors tested 87 different options. The gel-ink allows for a nice flow, but crucially, it dries quickly — so no smudging

For the husband who is trying to reduce his plastic use

Mason du Savon de Marseille’s soaps are handmade in the heart of Provence. Eminently giftable, and less plastic than a bottle of Aesop’s Resurrection Aromatique.

For the husband who borrows your lip balm

An inexpensive (but luxe) way to say “get your own.”

For the husband who always asks you to carry his hand sanitiser, lip balm, and keys


It’s also a good place to stash a face mask.

For the husband in a sourdough-induced rut

Let 2022 be the year of laminating pastry dough.

For the husband who brunches in his PJs

A couple of these would look nice next to your De’Longhi.

For the husband who hates queuing for take-away coffee

This on-the-go Aeropress is compact enough that all the components fit into the keep-cup-style travel mug.

For the husband who can’t stop doomscrolling

Fold Away Chess Set

If he’s looking for for a new hobby, we recommend chess. This affordable set folds up when not in use.

For the husband who can’t stop doomscrolling in bed

A more extreme (but comfy) way to stop looking at Twitter.

For the husband who has an “exhibitions to see” spreadsheet

A Who’s Who of surrealist artists (like Salvador Dalí and René Magritte) feature in this 1,000-piece jigsaw.

For the husband who pinches the hotel toiletries

Gift him something from his favourite place — this is part of the Cowshed range they stock at Redchurch Townhouse.

For the husband who manages to lose his keys (even while working from home)

(It can also be tucked into a cardholder or wallet).

For the husband who never charges the Dyson

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This robot vacuum can clean for up to 100 minutes and will take itself back to the charging station when it’s low on juice. [Editor’s note: This product is low in stock.]

For the husband who signed up to RebelRebel

Whether he’s signed up to HIIT or boxing classes, this mini massager can help relieve tension or knots.

For the husband starting his (third) Game of Thrones rewatch

This Bluetooth sound bar was highly rated by customers on Amazon for having a rich bass sound and being easy to set up.

For the husband who is fidgety

Romesh Ranganathan told us he likes to fiddle with one of these while he’s on work calls.

For the husband who is a front-line worker

An actually nice hand spray makes for a lovely gift. Case in point: this citrus option, which photographer Rankin is particularly fond of.

For the husband who sips

For the husband who stans Esther Perel

This couples card game might tide him over until the next season of Where Should We Begin?

For the husband who likes his Air Jordans box fresh

Crep Protect Wipes

These individually wrapped wipes are small enough to chuck in a weekend bag.

For the husband who gave up meat this year

This was called a “vegan bible” by one author when we asked experts to recommend the best vegan and vegetarian cookbooks.

For the husband who gave up takeaway this year

This simple cooker will provide soft, fluffy rice every time — but if you’re looking for something for more specific, we have researched lots of options.

For the husband who works from the shed

This aroma diffuser, which you can fill with essential oils, might combat the smell of creosote and make his space feel more relaxing.

For the husband who insists on working from bed

Consider gifting him a subtle hint.

For the husband who is Zoomed out

This charming board game is a favourite of Strategist intern Lucy Carr. She told us that “the aim is to be the first person to fill your ‘plate’ with three sets of different-coloured bao buns. This involves rolling three separate dice and picking up, swapping, and stealing buns from other players, all while trying to avoid the grey fish-head buns, which spoil your plate.”

For the husband who has vowed to get into skin care in 2022

This is a lightweight gel moisturiser that one Strategist UK writer swears by.

For the husband who is already watering this spring’s bulbs

This neat watering can would be handy for any small plants, from trailing pothos to devil’s ivy.

For the husband who feels the chill

Make padding around the house on a Sunday night feel luxurious.

For the husband who travels

This book captures everything from the intricate geology of China’s Wulingyuan National Park to the flower-filled meadows of the Dolomites.

For the husband who snuggles

Or, if he’s happy on the sofa, then a soft, cosy blanket will do the trick.

For the husband that loves to flip through a photo album

Fujifilm Mini Link Photo Printer

He can fill his fair share by printing photos directly from his camera roll (via Bluetooth).

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37 Gifts for Every Type of Husband