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25 thoughtful gifts your boyfriend will actually want

You already have his heart, now win the title of best gift giver with these Valentine’s Day finds.

You'll be crowned Partner of the Year if you snag any of these beau-dacious gifts.
You'll be crowned Partner of the Year if you snag any of these beau-dacious gifts.

Valentine’s Day usually conjures ideas of flowers and jewelry for the women in our lives, but what about the guys? Boyfriends like gifts, too, which is why we’ve rounded up some of the best gifts to show your love on Feb. 14. And we’ve thought of everything for every kind of dude in your life, from the grill master to the reading buff, the coffee enthusiast to the DIY king. From top to bottom, this gift guide is packed with high-quality products your live-in boyfriend, long distance lover or soon-to-be-husband will absolutely adore. (Already got something for Valentine’s Day? Save these ideas as anniversary gifts or even birthday gifts. They’re versatile and practical and not all are romantic gifts.)

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How can I be so sure they’ll love these gifts? Well, for starters, I tapped my very own boyfriend for suggestions (the Bellroy key cover and wallet combo is his fave). I also sprinkled in some items that I've given in the past (these Mack Weldon sweats were a hit) along with a few unique finds that I've been eyeing for upcoming birthdays and anniversaries.

So, take it from me, Yahoo's resident gifting expert, and shop straight from this list to win Valentine’s Day.

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Maybe he's still young enough that he plays with his food. Maybe he's an aspiring gourmand with a serious carnivorous bent. Either way, he'll have fun making thin, crispy — aka smash — burgers with this press. And when he's not in the mood for burgers, he can use it for grilled cheese. "Because this press has a lip on its circumference, it works great for grilled cheese sandwiches without pressing them flat and oozing out all of the cheese," one reviewer observed. 

$15 at Walmart

Talk about a dynamic duo. This leather wallet and key cover combo will encourage him to carry only what's necessary — like, say eight cards, a few folded bills and up to four keys. Make 'em match by selecting black, navy, caramel or deep plum, or choose complementary colors.

$128 at Bellroy

Attach this Bluetooth-enabled sensor to the front of any ol' paper airplane and watch it soar for up to 10 minutes. Use the smartphone app to control the speed and review metrics from takeoff to landing.

$60 at Amazon

The more gadgets and gizmos he has, the more cables and chargers he has to wrangle. Luckily, he can store them all in this compact carrying case, which has two main compartments and interior mesh pockets to hold all of his tech essentials. 

$10 at Amazon

Convince him to ditch his duffel (ya know, the one he's had since ... forever) for this sleek getaway bag. At first glance, this recycled polyester wonder looks small — that is, until you realize there's a padded laptop sleeve, two water bottle holders and exterior zip pocket in addition to the main compartment. 

$95 at Everlane

Dull knives make slicing and dicing a hassle ... and they're, ironically, very dangerous. Restore blades back to their original (read: sharp) form with this wetstone set — just soak the stone in water, sharpen each side and polish until it looks like new. 

$37 at Amazon

There's just something about a man in a flannel. Along with the nearly 60,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, one plaid partisan gushed that this bestseller is "actually a thick material (without being too heavy), so it's super warm, but it's also super soft." Choose between tall and regular sizes, and 39 color options.

$30 at Amazon

This No. 1 bestseller is a must for car fanatics — or any car owner, really. Simply push the putty into nooks and crannies — cup holders, air vents and other hard-to-reach places — to peel away dust and debris. 

$6 at Amazon

I'm gonna make you an offer you can't refuse. The doting pooch papa in your life needs this embroidered crewneck, so everyone knows where his loyalties lie. 

$60 at Uncommon Goods

Forget soap on a rope: This rub-a-dub multitasker cleanses, exfoliates and massages with each swipe. One reviewer even raved that it makes for the "best back scratcher."

$16 at Amazon

The next time he's playing the eponymous game, he can grab a snack or drink without even pausing the action — as long as he keeps this mini fridge nearby. The whole thing glows with green light, but he can always turn off the exterior lights if they're too distracting. 

$45 at Walmart

Your wannabe Sherlock Holmes will get a thrill out of solving each month's fictional mystery. Each box introduces him to a new unsolved case, and it's up to him (and up to three other people) to use the puzzles provided to figure out what went wrong. Sign him up for a three- six- or 12-month subscription (as low as $24 a month) to get the most bang for your buck.

$27 at CrateJoy

Dry hands, warm heart? Not so much. Give him this hydrating salve to help him soothe his parched paws through the winter and beyond.

$9 at Walmart

You read that right: These steel candles last for as long as you want them to. Let the trio soak for 30 minutes in (the included) oil, light and enjoy hours and hours of burn time sans soot or smoke. 

$75 at Bespoke Post

Finally, a way to power up all of his gadgets without cluttering his nightstand with a nest of cables and cords. One plug, three devices: He can fully charge his phone, smartwatch and AirPods in just over three hours — all at once.

$30 at Amazon

His sweatpants could use an upgrade (to put it mildly), and these French terry ones from Mack Weldon are some of the best ones out there. One happy customer claimed they're "definitely the most comfortable sweats I’ve owned," yet the tapered fit still makes them stylish enough to be worn out in the wild. 

$78 at Mack Weldon

My boyfriend is the proud owner of this toiletry bag and constantly sings its praises. I get why: It's made with a special weatherproof fabric that repels stains and cleans easily, plus it has tons of interior pockets including a designated spot for his toothbrush and razor.

$60 at Amazon

He's a functional man — and that's why he can't get enough of his Crocs. But has he seen these sherpa-lined ones? Well, they're perfect for keeping his feet warm during the winter months, but are just as supportive and slip-resistant as his OG pair. Available in 11 colors. 

$45 at Zappos

Doesn't the man in your life rate a better option than regular old iced coffee? This all-in-one pitcher will take him from steeping to sipping — just remind him to let the java steep for anywhere from 12 to 24 hours, depending on how strong he likes his brew.

$33 at Amazon

Given all the movies you two watch at home, it's high time to bring multiplex-worthy tech to his home-theater setup. Start with this soundbar, which delivers full-range sound to make everyone who's watching feel like they're in on the action. When he's not tuning into something on the TV, he can pair the speaker to his phone or laptop to play music, podcasts or audiobooks.

$279 at Walmart

He'll be the first one to tell you that he'll never be too old for Legos. Embrace his inner (or not-so-inner) child by gifting him a figurine that looks just like him. Design a one-of-kind brick by choosing the its head, hair color, shirt and pants. 

$17 at Etsy

He'll be on cloud nine — get it? — when he runs in these lightweight sneakers. Something to note: They run a bit small, so order a half size up if he's between sizes. 

$140 at Nordstrom
Cashmere Baseball Cap

This is a great gift idea because 1) Baseball caps aren't just a summer staple, and 2) Wouldn't it be great to see him in a different one for a change?! Well, this 100% Mongolian cashmere number is lined with ultra-cozy sherpa, making it a must for the colder months ... and givng you an opportunity to introduce his usual lid to some soap and water. 

$50 at Quince

Take a memorable site — the spot you first laid eyes on each other, said "I love you" or had your first kiss — and display it on a map inside this mango wood tray. Just submit the hallowed address, select a wood color and prepare to send him back in time. 

$94 at Uncommon Goods

A gift he'll never "Fore!"-get. He'll love being able to stamp his name, nickname or initials on his Titleists, Callaways or Srixons, endowing him with instant cool and allowing him to easily spot them on the green. An included matching hat clip will tie together his whole look. 

$26 at Etsy

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