If you're shopping for Valentine's Day gifts for him, you know how tricky it can be—there aren't many "traditional" presents that appeal to men. While you can't go wrong with a gift card, you also don't have to settle for something cliche yet again (looking at you, ties and boxes of chocolate).
Whether you're shopping for your new boyfriend or your husband of 50 years, we've rounded up some of the best Valentine's Day gifts for Canadian men this year.
1. Yeti Rambler Mug
While Yeti makes our all-time favourite cooler, you might not want to shell out nearly $1,000 (!!) for his gift. Fortunately, you can get him the Yeti he loves at a more affordable price point with the popular Rambler mug. Made of double vacuum-insulated stainless steel, it has nearly 40,000 reviews on Amazon for keeping coffee steaming hot (or their water ice cold) for hours.
2. Ugg slippers
With more than 6,000 rave reviews, these suede slippers are lined with the plush shearling that Ugg boots are so famous for and that will keep his feet warm and comfortable all day long.
3. Roku Ultra
We tested several streaming boxes and streaming sticks in our quest to find the best streaming devices, and while the (US-only) Ultra took the top spot, the Roku Streaming Stick+ is the best option available in Canada. With the Roku Streaming Stick+, he will be free to stream his favourite shows and movies in 4K and HDR. We love Roku's easy-to-use platform, and the remote control is by far the easiest to use of all the devices we tested.
4. Patagonia Better Sweater Zip Jacket
Name a sweatshirt that's more recognizable than the Patagonia pullover... we'll wait. The knit fleece is so popular for a lot of reasons besides the fact that it looks good—it's also cozy yet breathable, high-quality (so he can wear it for years to come), and made with recycled materials.
5. Apple Airpods Pro
Maybe he's an audiophile or maybe he likes not dealing with a pesky wire when he's out for a run. No matter his reason, every guy appreciates a good pair of wireless earbuds—and there are few more popular than the Apple AirPods Pro right now. Not only do our experts rave that the white earbuds have a more comfortable fit, but the upgraded AirPods Pro also use active noise cancellation technology so he can listen to his tunes in peace.
6. GrowlerWerks uKeg
Fact: Beer tastes better poured out of a tap. If he agrees, get him the uKeg from GrowlerWerks. Made of vacuum-insulated stainless steel, the growler/keg combo has gotten a thumbs up from over 2,500 reviewers who say it keeps their beer ice cold and carbonated (you can even customize the carbonation level) all day long. And whenever he's ready for happy hour, he can use the tap dispenser to pour the perfect pint.
7. Dollar Shave Club
The last thing any man wants to do after a long day at work is go back out to the store because he ran out of razors (or worse, realize it in the morning when it's too late and he has a 9 a.m. meeting). Enter a subscription to Dollar Shave Club, which is one of our favourite subscription boxes of the year. It'll keep him stocked with all the necessary shaving essentials delivered right to his doorstep.
8. Gravity Weighted Blanket
Like all of us, men have a lot to worry about. So sometimes they need to decompress—and a weighted blanket could help any guy do just that. Of all the ones we've tested, we like the Gravity Blanket the best because it's super soft to the touch and provides just the right amount of pressure to be comforting but not suffocating.
9. Leatherman Wave+ Multitool
Even if he doesn’t need a multitool, most every guy wants one—or at least to have one when the moment calls for it. The Leatherman Wave Plus is the near-identical follow-up to the Leatherman Wave that won our roundup of the best multitools. It looks great, offers impressive performance, has excellent user reviews, and comes with a 25-year warranty.
10. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Why give him one book when you could give him thousands? After all, that's what he'll have access to with the Kindle Paperwhite. It's ourfavourite Kindle because it has the most storage space of all the models, 24 different levels of illumination so he can read anytime, anywhere and a waterproof exterior.
11. Skagen Aaren Watch
Smart watches are fun and all, but a traditional wristwatch is still a timeless way to complete an outfit. This Skagen Aaren watch is simple, but pairs perfectly with casual and formal outfits. One of Reviewed's executive editors owns two Skagen watches himself and says he wears them all the time. If you’re buying for someone who likes a little more pizazz in their wardrobe, MVMT also makes a huge array of stylish, affordable timepieces with great reviews.
12. Good Hurt Fuego Hot Sauce Sampler Pack
With 7 different flavours of hot sauce and a clever packaging design, this sampler pack from Thoughtfully is a standout gift idea for any guy. It has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon with more than 3,600 reviews. The spices range from mild to very hot, including even the fabled Ghost Pepper.
He might not be able to get a massage at the spa this year but, according to thousands of happy shoppers, He can get one that's (almost) just as good at home. All he needs is the very trendy Theragun. One of our staff members put the handheld massager to the test and liked that it was powerful (perfect for kneading out knots) and could get to even the hardest-to-reach spots.
14. Carhartt beanie
Experts are predicting it's going to be colder than usual this winter. Help him stay warm with a knit beanie from Carhartt. According to its 120,000+ (!!) reviews on Amazon, this stretchy one-size-fits-all hat is equal parts comfy and cozy and has the durable quality that Carhartt is so famous for.
15. Fitbit Charge 5
For some of us, staying active isn't easy. For others, working out is a lifestyle. The beauty of the Fitbit Charge is that it's useful to everyone, regardless of how much they exercise. Topping our list of the best fitness trackers, the Fitbit Charge 5 is perfect for any guy, whether he's a fitness fanatic or just looking to make some minor lifestyle changes. It features everything we love about the Charge 4—namely its ease of use, GPS integration and comfortable design—plus improved battery life and even more tracking abilities.
16. Wahl Clippers Beard Trimmer
The Wahl Clippers Stainless Steel Beard Trimmer won our roundup of the best beard trimmers, with its top-notch battery life, trimming ability, and professional-quality build. It’s not waterproof, but it is easy to keep clean, so if you’re buying for someone with a beard, they’ll appreciate this one.
17. Amazon Echo
Make his life a lot easier this year with an Amazon Echo, which is the best smart speaker according to our experts. The newest 4th-Gen. Echo has a majorly improved speaker for better sound quality and is a great gift for anyone who wants their first smart speaker or who already has an Echo and wants a complementary device for another room.
18. Philips Airfryer
Whether it’s game day or just a busy Wednesday, sometimes he just wants something quick, easy and delicious. Air fryers aren’t the most health-conscious products in the world, but they do a good job of providing crispy food without the mess or hassle of frying in oil. This Philips model won our roundup of the best air fryers, excelling in most of our testing.
19. Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite were one of the hottest gifts of the past year. Whether you’re buying for someone who's looking for a new at-home hobby, a person who wants to play the latest and greatest, or a classic gamer jonesing for a nostalgia fix, the Switch has it all. He'll be entertained for hours.
20. Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffel
Duffel bags are definitely the black sheep of the bag family—that’ll happen when you mostly stuff dirty, smelly things in them—but they don’t have to look bad. This Herschel Supply Co. duffel looks good enough you could bring it to the office, but it’s functional enough to work as a daily gym bag or as a day trip carry-on, with necessary touches like a separate compartment where you can stash your shoes or smellier gear after a workout.
21. SterlingPro Double Wall French Press
If you’re buying for someone who really loves coffee, the Sterling Double Wall French Press is perfect. It is double insulated so it keeps coffee nice and hot, it looks fantastic, it works for everything from frothed milk to hot chocolate, it's dishwasher-safe and it's the best stainless steel French press we've ever tested. Best of all, it’s about a third the price of many other stainless steel French presses, meaning it’ll feel like your gift cost way more than it actually does.
22. JBL Flip 5
If there's one thing guys from all walks of life can agree on, it's that stuff should just work. Especially tech stuff. Based on this criterion, the JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker couldn't be more dude-friendly. Simply turn the Flip 5 on, wait a second or two for it to pair and you're good to go. The Flip 5 is our winner for the best value portable Bluetooth speaker. It's splash-proof, features a rugged design and pumps out some seriously good sound.
23. Eufy Robovac 11S Robot Vacuum
Robot vacuums aren’t enough to keep your whole place clean, but they do a good job of keeping it looking neat on days when you just don’t have the time. He'll appreciate this one from Eufy, which is our favourite affordable robot vacuum this year. It picked up the most dirt per run in our testing and is incredibly quiet while it cleans.
24. Apple AirTag
If his favourite phrase is "Has anyone seen my keys?!" he'll benefit from an Apple AirTag. All the rage right now, the tiny tracker pairs easily to his iPhone and can locate things up to 800 feet away. He can hook it on his keys, his wallet, his dog's collar or even his AirPods. Users praise its ease of use and the loud volume of the ringer (no way those keys are going to get away from him next time!).
25. Bose QuietComfort 45 Noise-Canceling Headphones
Bose headphones are widely regarded as the best all-around noise-cancelling headphones you can get. They offer superb sound quality, cancel out ambient noise beautifully and are supremely comfy for long flights, train rides or just working at your desk. He'll love using them to crank up his favourite Spotify playlist or taking a conference call for work.
26. Mark & Graham wallet
Upgrade his old worn-in wallet with this luxe one from popular leather brand Mark & Graham. The wallet has tons of rave reviews for being incredible quality and the perfect size for holding all his cards and cash without being too bulky. Bonus: You can even get it personalized with his monogram for an extra $12.50.
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