No matter how long you’ve been together, buying a Valentine’s Day present for someone you love can be hard. You might be tempted to buy them something they have been hinting at for months, or you might want to get them something you know they desperately need. We went through the Strategist archives, looking at expert-recommended products and stylish people-approved essentials, then we snooped in the shopping baskets of celebrities and Strategist staff alike. Finally, we scoured retailers to find dozens more options. Whatever you might be looking for — gifts for bookworm boyfriends, coffee-snob boyfriends, or boyfriends who can doodle — we’ve got you covered. And while most of these options are available on Amazon, we’ve found some options elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around.” Read on for the best gifts for all types of boyfriends, including something for the boyfriend who says he doesn’t want anything (but secretly does).
For the boyfriend who can work anywhere (including bed)
We like this handsome, not to mention inexpensive, bamboo laptop stand, which has room for a mouse (and perhaps a mug of coffee, too).
For the boyfriend who wishes to work by the beach
Should he wish to take “remote working” as literally as possible, these packing cubes will come on handy for his return to jet-setting.
For the boyfriend who insists on blooming his Kenyan single-origin grounds
For the boyfriend whose love language is ‘playlists’
Because roasting a chicken requires just the right tunes to go with it.
For the boyfriend whose love language is ‘ravioli’
He could pick up some new techniques (or just admire the photography).
For the boyfriend who stays up late to read
For the boyfriend who gets up early to read
Give him a series to get stuck into. The first book in the Wormwood trilogy and the winner of an Arthur C. Clarke Award, this story takes place in a futuristic rural Nigeria (2066, to be precise) during the aftermath of an alien invasion.
For boyfriend who gives you beard rash
For the boyfriend who is getting ready for Glastonbury 2022
He’ll also need some records to play on it. How about this hip-hop classic by A Tribe Called Quest?
If he is just building his collection, give him one of the greats.
For the boyfriend who takes out the bins
He won’t mind being caught by the neighbours in a pair of these.
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 shares his OOTD
For the boyfriend who hates whisky
Come for the notes of cherry blossom and cinnamon, stay for the decanter-esque bottle you can reuse.
For the boyfriend who only drinks scotch
For the boyfriend who doesn’t drink like he used to
For the boyfriend who needs a spa day
You could also add in these aesthetically pleasing exfoliating mitts, which will make sitting in a tub full of Radox feel like luxuriating at Soho Farmhouse.
For the boyfriend who is a top-tier doodler
For the boyfriend who loves pasta (but still can’t get a table at Bottega Caruso)
For the boyfriend who is handy(ish)
For the boyfriend who stans Monty Don
For the boyfriend who is obsessed with Vivino
A book to help him make the most of Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2022.
For the boyfriend who hates clothes shopping
For the boyfriend who follows Anthony Joshua on Instagram
For the boyfriend who keeps losing his AirPods
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
For the boyfriend who is not-so-casually into ceramics
For the boyfriend who can’t even keep a cactus alive
We won’t tell if you don’t.
For the boyfriend who loses his keys a lot
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 is proud to call himself a sneakerhead
What you’re really giving him is the confidence to wear his New Balance 900s out the house.
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