16 Real Guys Pick Out Valentine's Day Gifts They Actually Want
Raise a Glass
"Booze." - Peter, 33
Get him that bottle of whiskey he wants - then because it's hardly to wrap a bottle nicely, get him some classy glasses to drink it out of.
Buy It! Luminarc gold-rimmed glasses, $16.99; macys.com
Lace 'Em Up
"New Timbs." - Jake, 19
Is there any greater gift than that of dry, warm feet?
Buy It! Timberland classic 6 boots, $189.95; zappos.com
Join the Club
"I’m a huge fan of Criquet Shirts’ vintage, classic look. This shirt is perfect for both on and off the course." - Luke, 45
Luke Wilson became the brand ambassador for these cool-guy golf shirts after simply being a fan for a while, which is cred enough for even the pickiest golfer in your life.
Buy It! Criquet "Players" shirt, $75; criquetshirts.com
It's So Key
"A non-dorky way to not lose my USB drive all the time." - Nick, 37
Bonus: This will also help him not lose his keys all the time.
Buy It! Michael Kors USB keyring, $40.95; shopspring.com
"Socks. I can never have enough. I'm picky when it comes to shopping but least picky with socks above any other piece of clothing." -Aaron, 26
This pair from the Tie Bar is fun enough to feel special but subdued enough to wear to work.
Buy It! The Tie Bar black sock pack, $20; thetiebar.com
"My girlfriend usually bakes me something like brownies or cake and I like that. I don't need anything over-the-top." - Donny, 22
If the way to his heart is through his stomach, this year appeal to his eyes as well with a very thematic baking tin.
Buy It! Wilton 12-cavity cupcake pan, $9.99; target.com
Feel the Power
"I just want power tools." - Jared, 34 ("Umm..." - his wife)
Get him these x-treme onion-chopping goggles so he can pretend he's using a bandsaw if you just can't spare the room in your apartment.
Buy It! Uncommon Goods tear-free onion goggles, $19.95; uncommongoods.com
A Total Home Run
"Sports tickets." -Jake, 31
Grab a pair of hockey tickets now, or give him something to look forward to for opening day of his baseball team.
Buy It! Tickets, various prices; stubhub.com
Tie One On
"My sister-in-law got me a pair of these for Christmas and I actually kind of like them?" - Jon, 29
Upgrade his frat-bro Day-Glo neoprene Croakies with a classy leather pair.
Buy It! Sounder Goods stitched-leather sounders, $42; tnuck.com
Shoe Him Love
"I really like my Allbirds." - Rich, 59
They're sporty and comfy, which means dads will love them. And they still look cool, which means you can love them too.
Buy It! Allbirds men's wool runners, $95; allbirds.com
Eye on the Prize
“I would love a new surveillance system to protect my home.” - Rudy, 72
This motion-sensor video camera is small and battery-powered, so all Dad has to do is stick it in a window and then spy on his front porch from his phone.
Buy It! Blink home security system, $99; amazon.com
"Something since I'm always watching videos on my phone?" - Craig, 29
It's half silly, half brilliant: Drop his phone into this box to watch skateboarding dog videos projected onto a wall in your apartment.
Buy It! Copper smartphone projector, $30; urbanoutfitters.com
Sounds Good to Me
"Brown alcohol." - Matt, 27
He'll need something to drink it out of, and this flask has the classy addition of a built-in, collapsible shotglass. (Less swigging.)
Buy It! Uncommon Goods shot flask, $25; uncommongoods.com
Sock It To Him
"Have you seen Stance socks? They're really good." - John, 43
For a truly out-of-this-world sock gift, try this Star Wars-themed set.
Buy It! Return of the Jedi sock set, $60; nordstrom.com
We're Sensing a Theme
"Fancy beer!" - Rich, 31
So if it wasn't already clear, all he really wants is for you to give him some nice alcohol and maybe a few hours to watch TV. Ensure he thinks of you with every sip by giving him some pub glasses to hold his pint.
Buy It! Personalized classic pub glasses, $46.99 for 4; worldmarket.com