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The 36 Best Gifts (That You Can Buy on Amazon) for Every Type of Boyfriend

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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, you may well be hunting for the perfect gift online. We’re here to help. Whatever you might be looking for — gifts for complex boyfriends, coffee-snob boyfriends, or boyfriends who can doodle — we’ve got you covered. Below, we’ve rounded up dozens of options, from a suits-everyone cashmere scarf to the best vinyl for boyfriends who miss gigs. Lastly, as it’s edging closer to February 14, we’ve checked to make sure that everything featured will arrive on your doorstep in time for the big day.

For the boyfriend who stays up late to read

Powerful enough so he can keep page-turning, but not so intense it’ll keep you awake, too.

For the boyfriend who gets up early to read

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He might like Ordinary People, which has drawn comparisons with Zadie Smith’s work for the way it explores themes of Black identity and motherhood.

For the boyfriend who kept his lockdown beard

If Queer Eye taught us anything, it’s that more men need to condition their facial hair.

For the boyfriend who’s more traditional, beard-wise

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 is getting ready for Glastonbury 2022

Since we don’t know when festivals (or gigs) will come back, improving his home set-up with this DJ-approved turntable would be a nice gift.

He’ll also need some records to play on it. How about the new Jessie Ware record, a.k.a. the soundtrack to a thousand lockdown discos?

After Hours, by The Weeknd
£22
£22

The synthy new record from the Weeknd would also be a nice addition to any vinyl collection.

For the boyfriend whose love language is ‘playlists’

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 takes out the bins

These slippers have a rubber sole, so he won’t slip.

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 misses dressing up

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This book by the icon of eclectic fashion is part memoir, part moodboard (thanks to the glossy photo inserts featuring LL Cool J and Salt-N-Pepa).

For the boyfriend who hates whisky

Roku Japanese Craft Gin
£25

Come for the notes of cherry blossom and cinnamon, stay for the decanter-esque bottle you can reuse.

For the boyfriend who doesn’t drink like he used to

When we asked nine experts about the best non-alcoholic drinks, this spicy, aromatic option by Seedlip came highly recommended.

These old-fashioned glasses are minimalist enough to be a great vessel for white wine, whisky — even a glug of tequila.

For the boyfriend who’s into skin care

Our U.S. colleague Rio Viera-Newton’s top tip? Keep your sheet masks in the fridge.

For the boyfriend who is a top-tier doodler

If his notebooks look like mini works of art, maybe he’d like a new medium. These watercolours came recommended by Strategist contributor (and artist) Natalya Lobanova.

For the boyfriend who loves pasta (but still can’t get a table at Bottega Caruso)

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 stans Monty Don

Even if he just has a small balcony, he can grow fresh salad leaves and herbs with this seed mat.

For the boyfriend who is obsessed with Vivino

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A book to help him make the most of beaujoulais noveau day 2021.

For the boyfriend who doesn’t use the whisky rocks you bought him last year

For the boyfriend who hates clothes shopping

This cashmere scarf is the kind of thing that will suit any person, at any age.

For the boyfriend who follows Anthony Joshua on Instagram

For the boyfriend who Zooms six times a day

Enacfire Wireless Headphones
£30
£30

Just because he has to talk to his colleagues all day, doesn’t mean you should have to hear them.

For the boyfriend who lurks on r/pens

If he finds biros just a little too basic, then a Caran d’Ache (in a satisfying magnetic case) would make a perfect gift.

For the boyfriend who is casually into horticulture

Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
£7
£7

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 terrified of his Screen Time report

One easy way to reduce his doomscrolling? Give him a less distracting way to check the time.

For the boyfriend who misses the gym

Himaly Mini–Exercise Bike
£35
£35

If his search history includes “Tier 4 Fitness First?,” he might appreciate more ways to work out from the comfort of his desk.

For the boyfriend who is proud to call himself a sneakerhead

What you’re really giving him is the confidence to wear his suede boots outside the house.

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The 33 Best Gifts on Amazon for Boyfriends