Buying gifts for guys are always a challenge, whether the man in question is your father, friend or boyfriend. And with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the pressure is on to get your man a gift that will leave him impressed. While a home-cooked dinner sounds just about right, if you prefer something that requires less effort (no judgment because we know how busy everyone is) or practical, here are a few gift ideas that he’ll love.
A shaving product
If there’s one thing most men do in the morning, it’s not washing their face with facial cleansers, but shaving their stubbles – unless he wears a beard. Which is why the most practical gift is anything related to shaving, whether it’s a shaver, a shaving cream, or this oil that can be used before and/or after shaving to care for the skin.
Aromatherapy Associates The Refinery Shave Oil 30ml, $67, Sephora
A leather wallet
A man can leave home without his bag, but not his wallet, and this is why he needs a sturdy one that lasts through wear and tear – including being squished in the confined space of his back pocket. This one is not only durable, but also comes with a simple design for him to differentiate his wallet from his bros.
Coach Canyon Quilt 3-in-1 Wallet in Buffalo-embossed Leather, $425
Expensive or limited edition sneakers
While women love limited edition bags (at least we do), men go for limited edition sneakers. But they’re hard to get and with only a week left till V-Day, securing a pair of Yeezys will be an uphill task. Why not opt for a pair of sneaks from a luxury brand like Golden Goose Deluxe? The sneakers have a dirty finish – done on purpose – for a rugged look.
Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Leather and Suede 'Super Star' Low-top Sneakers, $502, Farfetch
If your man has been complaining to you how his pomade doesn’t have the same holding power as the gel he used to apply in his school days, why not gift him this sponge wax, which marries the best of both worlds? Use it on dry hair to define strands or wet hair for better control.
Hanz De Fuko Sponge Wax, $30, Sephora
A functional bag
For most men, it’s always function over form when it comes to bags. Most men would love a backpack that stores everything because let’s be real, one of the few times they actually bring a bag out is when they’re travelling or going to the gym. This Herschel backpack can fit everything and his kitchen sink, so he’ll love this.
Herschel Little America Mid-Volume Backpack, $169, Zalora
A Kanye West merchandise
Is your man a Kanye West fan? Never mind if you can’t afford those Yeezys. He’ll love this unique air freshener that comes with Kanye’s mug. But don’t worry, it doesn’t come in the scent of Kanye’s sweat (though we think he’d like that) – it gives off the scent of the ocean.
Mr Marvelous Air Freshener - Kanye, $12.85, Naiise
A trusty pair of jeans
Everyone owns at least a pair of jeans, so this is a safe choice, especially if your man likes to dress casually. Levi’s jeans are known to be durable, so this will last him a few years.
Levi's 510 Skinny Fit Jeans Chukar 05510-0651
A pair of running shoes
For the gym or sports enthusiasts, running shoes always make for great gifts because one can never have too many sports shoes. This pair of Nikes can also be used on other occasions, such as when he’s going out with you or even when he’s going to work on casual Fridays.
Nike Free Rn Motion Flyknit, $239
An exercise gear
If your man already has more than 10 pairs of running shoes, this makes for a better alternative. Made with AIRism technology, the hoodie wicks away sweat to keep him dry and comfortable throughout his run. He’ll be reminded of you every time he works out!
Uniqlo MEN AIRism Long Sleeve Full-Zip Hoodie, $29.90
A game console
Unless you’re a fellow gamer, you’ll probably lose a bit of his attention once he gets his hands on this, but he’ll show you unconditional love – until he loses a game. But hey, at least he’ll proudly tell his buddies about the awesome gift you got for him.
Sony PlayStation®4 (500GB), $449 (recommended retail price)