Want to show the man in your life how much you care? We scoured NYC's best shops and websites to find the perfect Valentine's Day gifts for him. And don't worry, none of these presents are over-the-top lovey-dovey. (Okay, maybe a few of them are, but in the best way.) Whether you’re going all out with a lavish gift or want something low-key but cute, this list includes Valentine’s Day ideas for him at every price point. We also suggest planning a cozy date at one of the city’s most romantic restaurants, but if you’re on the hunt for something less traditional, we’ve come up with a list of excellent and quirky Valentine’s Day date ideas.
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Best Valentine’s Day ideas for him
Just For You Hanging Air Plant
Instead of the traditional roses, send him a flower delivery he won’t expect: an air plant. Since Tillandsia ionantha succulents don’t need any soil to survive—just water and bright sunlight—they make an excellent gift for first-time plant dads.
$29.99 on ftd.com
Sugarfina The Vice Collection Bento Box
Satisfy his sweet tooth with the eight indulgent candies in this collection by Sugarfina: single malt scotch cordials, stout pints, maple-bourbon caramels, chocolate-bacon pretzels, bourbon bears, brown butter brittle, cuba libre gummies and mint-chocolate caviar.
$65 on nordstrom.com
Still need to plan a date?
Brasserie 8 1/2
There is such a thing as a refined all-you-can-eat buffet and no restaurant does it better than midtown’s Brasserie 8 ½. The Sunday brunch is French-inflected and features everything from a crepe station to a seafood bar with ceviche, smoked salmon and poached shrimp. Save room for the desserts, though, which, at last count, featured over 15 pies, cakes and cookies.
Venue says: “Join us on Sundays for our endless brunch buffet! Sunday and Monday nights are BYOB with a special prix fixe menu. Book your reservation!”