Non-Cheesy Valentine’s Day Gifts for Guys

Non-cheesy Valentine's Day gifts for guys.
Non-cheesy Valentine's Day gifts for guys.

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is on its way! This means that at some point in February many ladies will start wondering what sort of gift they are going to buy for their boyfriends, fiancés or husbands.

While this day is embraced as a day for all lovers, the truth is that most gifts you see available in stores are really meant to be given to women. Aside from boxers with hearts on them (most guys wouldn't be caught dead in those), there are very few options for guys. Most ladies who receive gifts on Valentine’s Day want to return the gesture, but since there are limited options for men, many end up buying teddy bears and stuff with the word “love” written on it for their significant others, which are not exactly gifts that most guys want.

If you are lucky and know what your partner wants or needs, you don't have any worries. But if he is one of those people who say they don’t want anything, you may need some help.

Here are some Valentine’s gift ideas for guys that will get your thoughts flowing as you try to choose the best one for him.

Paint a Canvas with Your Bodies

Express your love this Valentine's Day with an intimate paint kit from Love Is Art.
Express your love this Valentine's Day with an intimate paint kit from Love Is Art. | Source

A great Valentine’s Day gift is not something that can be defined by a specific “romantic” place, but rather by who you spend it with and what you do. There is no need to dress up in a tuxedo and an expensive dress and go to an overcrowded restaurant with an overpriced menu when you can have much more fun on dressing casual and doing something less predictable.

One less predictable, and certainly fun, thing you can do, for example, is capture your love on a canvas. How do you do that? Well, there are special painting kits called Love is Art that let couples create unique abstract paintings with their bodies. You and your partner simply have to pour specially formulated, non-toxic paints onto a huge canvas and use your bodies to spread the paint around it. After your intimate art painting is ready, you let it dry and then take it to your local art store to have it stretched onto a frame. If you are a crafty person, you can even stretch it yourself – just grab your staple gun and some stretcher bars from Michaels.

An intimate painting technique that you can enjoy with your partner this Valentine’s Day.
An intimate painting technique that you can enjoy with your partner this Valentine’s Day.

These one-of-a-kind art kits include a very soft cotton canvas, non-toxic paints, a clear plastic tarp to protect your floor and a pair of disposable slippers to keep your house clean as you make your way to the shower.

The kits come is several different combinations. The simplest one includes a white canvas and a single color of paint. There is a custom edition where you can choose four paint colors and a black or white canvas. And there is even a special gallery edition kit, which includes stretching of the canvas and covering it with epoxy coating to give the painting shine and protection.

The Love is Art kit would make a great gift not only for Valentine’s Day, but also for weddings, anniversaries and birthdays.

Underwear Without Hearts

On Valentine's Day give a guy comfortable, high quality underwear instead of one covered in hearts.
On Valentine's Day give a guy comfortable, high quality underwear instead of one covered in hearts.

Getting your boyfriend or husband underwear for Valentine’s Day is definitely a safe choice, because guys don't usually buy underwear unless they absolutely need it. Some of them will even wear it until it disintegrates.

However, steer clear of lipstick prints and heart-covered underwear, because these will never be worn again. The same is true for silk boxers. You can be sure that they will end up right next to the heart-printed tie he never wears.

The matching socks and underwear by Related Garments will make a great Valentine's Day gift for him.
The matching socks and underwear by Related Garments will make a great Valentine's Day gift for him.

If you want to buy your significant other something he will actually wear, get him several pairs of soft, comfortable and breathable boxers briefs. You don’t have to go out and spend a ton of money on designer underwear, though. Just look for a good brand that gives you quality, good-looking underwear at a good price. For example, check out the brand called Related Garments.

These guys make super stylish and incredibly soft boxers briefs that come with a pair of matching regular socks and a pair of matching no-show socks. Even the names of their collections sound cool – The Dillon, The Hemsworth, The Baldwin and The Manning. Who wouldn’t like a set of comfy undergarments worthy of showing off!

Fill-in-the-Blank Gift Journal

An alternative to cheesy Hallmark cards.

This fun, customizable journal makes a better Valentine's Day gift for a guy than a sappy Hallmark card.
This fun, customizable journal makes a better Valentine's Day gift for a guy than a sappy Hallmark card.

Valentine's Day cards are supposed to be something romantic, but unlike girls, most guys don't get really excited over the cutie sayings or the pink and red hearts on them. We are talking about the sappy Hallmark cards with the fancy cursive and someone else’s words on them. Most guys won’t display these on their desks or bedside tables and they will probably end up at the bottom of a drawer.

What will not end up at the bottom of a drawer is a fill-in-the-blank gift journal like those from the company Knock Knock. Some of their journals that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day are:

Why I'm Crushing on You

“Why You're So Awesome”

“Why You're So Hot”

“What I Love About Us”

They are more or less the size of a postcard and contain 50 questions that prompt you to say what is in your heart. The nice thing about these journals is that if you play with your answers a bit, you can make them sound either amusing or romantic, depending on your partner’s personality. For example, there are prompts like: “I am a little obsessed with your ___” or “I dig the way you ___” that could be answered in so many different ways. There is also plenty of space around the questions to draw doodles and silly sketches if you like it that way.

Style Accessories

Killer Watch Without a Killer Price Tag

MVMT watches are high quality, stylish and affordable, and make awesome gifts for men.
MVMT watches are high quality, stylish and affordable, and make awesome gifts for men.

Jewelry is a good gift that guys who wear rings, bracelets or pendants won’t mind getting on Valentine’s Day. However, if your significant other doesn’t wear jewelry, he might find this gift a little weird. In this case a stylish watch is a great alternative. It is also a safer choice.

If you know the guy’s specific taste, it will not be very difficult to choose a watch he will like. However, if you are not sure about his preferences, it is easy to get lost in the countless amount of existing watch brands and model ranges. In this case, check out the MVMT watches.

The MVMT (it is pronounced “movement”) is a crowd-funded brand that makes excellent watches, similar to luxury brands in terms of quality, but without the insane price tags. For example, their parts are made from premium materials like:

  • The precise quartz movement is by Miyota, which is a Japanese firm that is actually part of the Citizen group.
  • The glass of the watch is made from hardened mineral crystal (heat treated), which is much more durable and scratch resistant material than the not hardened, inexpensive mineral crystal, used in cheap watches.
  • The case is waterproof and made from stainless steel.

MVMT watches would make an excellent Valentine’s Day gifts, because their look is very clean and minimalist and will appeal to many guys. Plus, every watch in the collection is designed to fit into every look – it can be worn both casual and dressed up.

Safe Rings that Adapt to His Job or Active Lifestyle

A flexible, silicone wedding band is the perfect Valentine's gift for the hardworking guy in your life.
A flexible, silicone wedding band is the perfect Valentine's gift for the hardworking guy in your life.

Do you have a husband that always takes his wedding ring off when working out at the gym, because it digs into his finger and it hurts? Or he simply never wears it, because he has a job that makes wearing a ring impractical and even hazardous? Then this Valentine’s Day gift idea may be for him: it is a flexible silicone ring that can keep up with his job or active lifestyle.

A special ring for the active guy.
A special ring for the active guy.

Unlike metal rings, silicone rings are safe in any environment, comfortable, lightweight and don’t get in the way when working on something. Most of them are made from medical grade silicone that stretches easily, so they fit even when your finger swells. You can find them in a rainbow of colors and variety of designs that include metallic-like finishes and stamped infinity symbols.

Silicone rings can make great Valentine’s Day gifts for mechanics, construction workers, firefighters, welders, gym-goers etc. They are not only a practical alternative to a wedding band, but can also be used as couple’s rings or promise rings. And the best part: they are super cheap.

Homemade Geeky Chocolates

An alternative to Valentine's candy hearts.

Homemade geeky chocolates make for great Valentine’s gifts for guys.
Homemade geeky chocolates make for great Valentine’s gifts for guys.

A box of homemade chocolates is another nice Valentine's Day gift for guys that will always be well received. When you make things like homemade chocolates or cookies, you really add your personalized touch and that will mean a lot to him.

Make a box of cool, geeky chocolates for your Valentine using just a bunch of ice trays.
Make a box of cool, geeky chocolates for your Valentine using just a bunch of ice trays. | Source

Valentine’s chocolates don’t have to be heart-shaped though. A guy will be more impressed if you give him a box of chocolates that are shaped like different geeky objects. For example, if he is a Star Wars fan, make him a batch of dark chocolate Darth Vader truffles, white chocolate Storm Troopers and milk chocolate with peanut butter R2D2s. All you need to make them is a bunch of Star Wars silicone molds and chocolate or candy melts. This is such an easy to make gift that even people who can burn water can pull it off. In case your guy is not into Star Wars, you can get other geeky candy molds like game controllers, robots, Batman logos, Androids, Pac-Man and Ghosts.

Collectible Figures

An alternative to cuddly teddy bears.

Cute teddy bears are not the best Valentine's Day gift for a guy. If he really likes a girl, he will pretend that this is an awesome present, but cuddly toys are not what your typical guy is into. Guys have no idea what to do with them and they almost always end up being clutter. Plus, cuddly toys definitely look a bit odd in a grownup's bedroom.

A collectible figure of guy's favorite movie character, video game character or sports player is a great alternative to the cute, mushy toys usually given on Valentine's Day.
A collectible figure of guy's favorite movie character, video game character or sports player is a great alternative to the cute, mushy toys usually given on Valentine's Day.

What would not look odd, however, is a cool collectible figure of his favorite movie, anime, cartoon, or video game character, or his beloved sports player. A gift like that will show him that you know him well and you support his interests.

Funko is the brand that makes small collectible figures that are cute, yet super cool, and for guys, they can be the perfect alternative to the cuddly teddy bears on Valentine’s Day. The Funko Pop figures, for example, feature stylized face designs with button-like black eyes, a small nose and no mouth, and this combination of cute and cool have made them very popular with people of all ages and genders. Their ever-expanding lineup of pop culture icons covers almost everything – comics, movies, television and sports, so you just need to find out what your guy’s favorite TV character or player is and you’ve got your Valentine’s gift for him sorted out. The standard size for these figures is about 3 3/4 inches and they usually cost around 10 dollars, which means that is not going to be difficult to fit one or even two into your budget.

If your boyfriend or husband is a fan of more realistic-looking figures, you can look for McFarlane Toys, because they make some of the most detailed comic, TV and video game figurines on the market today.

Fun Things to Do on Valentine's Day

  • Flip the Town – A fun thing to do on Valentine’s Day is let a coin flip guide your date. No Plans! Just flip a coin to make decisions on whether you go right or left, whether you take the car or the public transport, weather you head to a restaurant or a museum and so on.
  • Head on a Mini Road Trip – Pick a random direction and drive about an hour from where you live. Then do whatever activities you find at that location. It could be anything from taking a stroll through the streets to visiting an attraction or taking a wine tasting tour.
  • Play a Real-Life Escape Room Game – These type of games are getting very popular and if there is an escape room in your area, make a reservation and have some fun. It is an adventure game where both of you are locked in a room and you have to solve a series of puzzles, find clues and escape the room within a set time limit.
  • Be a Tourist in Your Own City – There is likely some attraction in your own city that you have never been to or have not visited in a very long time.
  • Go "Glamping" – Glamorous camping, aka glamping, can be an incredible way to spend Valentine’s Day. It is something between a hotel and a traditional campsite. You will sleep in a tent, but the amenities at the campsite will far exceed anything most campers have ever experienced.
  • Paintballing for Two – Every guy will be pleasantly surprised by a paintball game for two.
  • Get tickets to a sports game.
  • Go Wine or Beer Tasting.
  • Go Indoor Skydiving.

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