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
Give guy who’s way into iPhone photography somewhere to show off his snaps besides Instagram. This handy portable printer attaches to your smartphone so you can print photos from your camera roll or live as you take them.
$149 at prynt.co
Forget long-stemmed roses: Instead, send a bouquet of nine plush Star Wars characters as a Valentine’s Day gift for him. Darth Vader, Chewbacca, BB-8 and Yoda all make an appearance.
$79.99 on thinkgeek.com
Inscribe a two-liter barrel of whiskey with your boo’s name for a Valentine’s Day gift for him he’ll never forget. You two can crack it open for some cocktails on the big night.
$85 on uncommongoods.com
Corny as they look, these crimson cufflinks serve as a sweet V-Day reminder of your red-hot love. Plus, guys who work in buttoned-up corporate offices can get away with just a touch of color on the sleeve.
$55 at cufflinks.com
Dudes who swoon over local suds will be psyched to brew their own beer using this DIY kit. Aromatic hops give this everyday IPA citrusy undertones that make it almost too easy to drink.
$40 at brooklynbrewshop.com
Anyone on #food Instagram has already seen about 100 photos of the widely beloved salted chocolate chip shortbread cookies from this cookbook. Maybe it’s time to master a few of the other recipes together.
$30 on amazon.com
Instead of the traditional roses, send him a flower delivery he won’t expect: a succulent. Since these plants don't need much care or water they they make an excellent gift for first-time plant dads.
various on ftd.com
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
Give the gift of caffeination in a three-month subscription to Blue Bottle. The recipient will get a 6-ounce bag of beans from the company’s Blends series every other week.
$72 for three months on bluebottle.com
Contrary to what Friends may have led you to believe, most New York apartments don’t have enough room for a full-size foosball table. This tabletop option is the next best thing.
$36 on urbanoutfitters.com
These reclaimed New Hampshire granite coasters don’t just look cool: They can actually chill a bottle of beer. Just store them in the freezer and bring them out when you’re ready for a brewski.
$68 on uncommongoods.com