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Say it with a ritzy cologne (or a fuzzy sweater).

By Lori Keong and Timothy Beck Werth

The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Pickiest Dude in Your Life (4)

    Yeah, yeah, Valentine’s Day is a fake holiday. But don’t get it twisted: the stakes are very much real. Making a shortlist of Valentine's gifts for him is a good place to start, because no matter how anti-capitalist your giftee claims to be, they will be secretly disappointed if you don’t buy them a gift, and will read way too deeply into whatever you get them if you do. It’s a real rock-and-a-hard-place situation, but it’s better to take your chances with the latter. That's why we’ve compiled this list of can’t-fail Valentine's Day gift ideas for him that just about every guy will love—including gadgets that both of you can enjoy on a date night in, comfy but stylish layers for his glossiest fits yet, and skincare picks that'll nudge him in the right direction. Good luck out there, everybody.

    The Best Valentine's Day Gifts for Men, at a Glance

    We still have time before Valentine's Day shopping truly kicks off in earnest (i.e. before you need to shell out extra for expedited shipping). But just in case you want to get straight to the goodies, here are some sure winners that make for the perfect gift for the man you're shopping for.

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      24-Hour Tin Cloth Briefcase

      This classic briefcase is a grown-up version of his backpack, and who knows, it might just score him a promotion.

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      Caldera + Lab

      The Body Bar

      Give your guy a fresh-scented body bar from this GQ Grooming Award-winning brand. Instead of plastic microbeads, it uses a blend of natural exfoliants and essential oils.

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      Bang and Olufsen

      Beosound A1 Waterproof Portable Speaker

      Most party speakers favor tacky designs and RGB lights, but not this one. And where other speakers are merely splashproof, the A1 is a true submersible.

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      Epic Games

      Alan Wake 2

      A new game he can lose himself in for hours that ranks among the greatest of all time for horror aficionados.

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      Todd Snyder x Timex

      Blackout Watch

      If your giftee is into the all black everything aesthetic, he'll love this blackout watch, which he'll actually be able to read.

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      Cableami

      Boa Aviator Hat

      Let him cosplay as Elmer Fudd while he chases you, his wascally wabbit.

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      Knitted Polo

      Everyone's wearing a knitted polo nowadays, and it's about as close as a guy can get to looking like Jacob Elordi without standing on stilts and speaking in an Australian accent.

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      Byredo

      Suede Hand Lotion

      He'd never buy himself bougie lotion, but you know he deserves to smell like a million bucks and have the smoothest skin known to man.

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      Blue Bottle Coffee

      Jade Porcelain Cup

      The only tea he ever involves himself in usually comes from the green, black, or oolong varieties.

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      Patagonia

      Black Hole Duffel 40L

      We called Patagonia's re-vamped Black Hole duffels as “overachievers,” which only means one thing: The overpacker in him can finally stuff his bag with abandon.

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      New Balance

      Fresh Foam X 1080v13

      New Balance really nailed the cushiony feel with the Fresh Foam, so much so that he'll feel like he's running on clouds.

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      Ooni

      Volt 12 Pizza Oven

      If you're lucky, he'll invite you over for weekly pizza nights with pies that didn't come from the freezer.

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      Aesop

      Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Hydrating Cream

      You can lead a man to water, but you can't always make him drink. Thankfully, Aesop has enough curb appeal that with this in hand, he'll at least be tempted to hydrate his face every once in a while.

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      Abercrombie & Fitch

      Handcrafted Long-Sleeve 3-Button Sweater Polo

      An invitation to show a little more skin this year.

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      America the Beautiful Parks Pass 2024/2025

      For the guy who's always down to break new ground, explore the unknown, and maybe even share a tiny van with you out there off the grid, this pass gains you entry to a bunch of new territory to explore around the country.

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      Nike

      ACG Moc Sneakers

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      Braun

      13-in-1 Hair Trimmer

      Getting him one of our favorite beard trimmers will be a subtle nudge to remind him that No Shave November ended two months ago.

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      Todd Snyder

      Space-Dyed Linen Cotton Cardigan

      Wearing his heart on his sleeve has never looked dreamier.

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      Huckberry x Blundstone

      1320 Chelsea Boot

      Turns out limited-edition Blunnies are the key to his heart.

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      Tom Ford

      Myrrh Mystere Eau de Parfum

      Ford's typically sultry cologne—which mixes notes of myrrhe, sandalwood, and sweet vanilla—is practically an aphrodisiac, and makes for a sensational signature scent all year-long.

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      Le Mont St Michel

      French Moleskin Work Jacket

      Nothing more romantic than the kind of trend-resistant jacket that he'll want to keep around for decades to come, no matter what life throws at him. Everytime he wears it, he'll have reason to think of you.

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      Apple

      Watch Series 9 [GPS + Cellular 45mm]

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      Multicolor Check Scarf

      It's a classic for a reason, but in a pattern that feels as new and exhilarating as a first crush.

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      Helios Band Ring

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      Find Your Style Sample Kit

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      Flannel-Lined Waxed Jacket

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