Struggling to shop for the men in your life? Match the gift with his personality
We've picked out eight personalities and the presents that suit them
We all have that person in our lives who just stumps us when it comes to gift giving. This can be especially hard on Valentine’s Day, when you want your gift to be thoughtful and useful in the recipient’s life. For those currently struggling on what to get the men in their lives, we have a quick tip: Just hone in on their personalities.
Does he love fashion? Or is his forte traveling? Once you narrow down what his main interests are, you’d be surprised at how many gift options there are suited just for him. For gym buffs and athletes, quality water bottles, top-of-the-line juicers and stylish running watches are perfect presents, while tech fanatics will love high-quality shower speakers or instant photo printers.
To get your gifting search started, we’ve identified eight different personalities and the Valentine’s Day presents that suit them. So no matter if the man you’re shopping for is a dapper gent or an at-home chef, he’ll be thrilled to receive one of these gifts come February 14.
Note: The prices below reflect the listed retailer’s price on the date this article was published.
For the techie
The name of the game for techies is quality. That means you’ll want to give a gift like powerful shower speakers, fan-favorite voice-controlled tech devices or instant smartphone printers, so they can cherish your Valentine’s Day memories for years to come.
FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower Speaker ($19.99; stacksocial.com)
Amazon Echo ($99.99; amazon.com)
Prynt Pocket Instant Photo Printer for iPhone ($147.99; amazon.com)
For the art enthusiast
His spare time is spent by an easel or admiring the greats at the local museum. For the art enthusiast, stunning coffee table books, artist-made backpacks and supply subscription boxes are right in line with his passions.
Phaidon “The Art Book” ($40.80; barnesandnoble.com)
Natural Collective Wood Grain Stripes Black Granite Backpack ($69.99; society6.com)
Paletteful Packs Subscription Box ($23.95; cratejoy.com)
For the dapper gent
Staying stylish while also being comfortable is his sartorial M.O. Gifts that exemplify that include an everyday scent which is fragrant but not overpowering, a moisture-wicking dress shirt to keep him cool, calm and collected all day long, and a minimalist watch that can pair with most of his wardrobe.
Commodity Book Eau De Parfum ($105; sephora.com)
Mizzen and Main Douglas Gray & Chili Mini Check Shirt ($125; mizzenandmain.com)
Skagen Hagen Blue Steel-Mesh Watch ($99.99, originally $195; jomashop.com)
For the practical gift lover
He may not always love the frivolous gifts, but ones that can really make a difference in his day-to-day routine are foolproof winners – think a shaving kit membership, ice molds that can chill his drinks without diluting them, or a multipurpose coffee maker that will create all of his favorite morning brews.
Dollar Shave Club Starter Set ($5; dollarshaveclub.com)
Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds ($9.99; amazon.com)
Ninja Coffee Bar ($91.99; amazon.com)
For the traveler
He’s always on the move, so he needs products that can keep up with him on vacations, work trips and beyond. Smart suitcases which can charge up his devices, high-quality headphones to help him block out unwanted noises and TSA-approved travel kits that can keep his skin hydrated 10,000 feet in the air will be his new favorite travel companions.
Raden A22 22-Inch Charging Wheeled Carry On ($295; nordstrom.com)
QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones ($179.95; bose.com)
Kiehl’s Since 1851 Men’s Starter Set ($43; macys.com)
For the athlete
His goal is to stay healthy and keep motivated throughout the year. Products like a state-of-the-art running watch, a powerful juicer for post-workout fuel and an insulated water bottle for mid-workout refreshment all fit the bill.
Garmin Vivomove HR ($299.99; macys.com)
Hurom HZ Slow Juicer ($584.99; amazon.com)
Corkcicle Heathered 16-oz. Canteen ($32.99; thepaperstore.com)
For the chef
Gifts for the at-home chef will err on the practical side, but for him that’s totally fine. Kitchen essentials like durable cast-iron pans, vibrant plates, fondue sets and New York Times Best-Selling cookbooks will soon become beloved everyday staples in his home.
Le Crueset Cocotte Mini Fondue Set ($40; lecreuset.com)
Lodge Cast Iron Pan ($12.99; jet.com)
Draper James Dog Ceramic Appetizer Plate Set ($35; draperjames.com)
Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook ($14.89; amazon.com)
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