16 Real Guys Pick Out Valentine's Day Gifts They Actually Want

Stumped again for what to get your guy? We polled our boyfriends, brothers, dads and friends to get a list that's already dude-approved. (One common theme: You can't go wrong with alcohol)

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01 of 16

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

02 of 16

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

03 of 16

Join the Club

Courtesy Criquet; Inset: NBC

"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

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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

05 of 16

Pattern Play


"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

06 of 16

So Sweet


"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

07 of 16

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

08 of 16

A Total Home Run

USA, Maine, Portland, Close-up of hand holding tickets at stadium

"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

09 of 16

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

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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

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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

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Project: Romance


"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

13 of 16

Sounds Good to Me


"Bose bluetooth speakers, please." - the Pin Lord

Make sweet music - literally - this Valentine's Day with a portable, waterproof, wireless speaker no guy can resist.

Buy It! Bose SoundLink speaker, $129; amazon.com

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Bottoms Up


"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

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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

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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

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