The best Valentine’s Day gifts for men — the foodie, homebody, techie, minimalist and more

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It’s that time of year — the season of love, also known as Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re boo’d up this year or you’re gearing up to make your first move on your dream Valentine, the holiday will be here before you know it, so it’s probably best to get a head start on shopping.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the man in your life and don’t know where to start, no worries, let us do the heavy lifting.

We’ve broken down the types of men to shop for into eight categories: The cocktail connoisseur, the well-groomed guy, the minimalist, the techie, the homebody, the gym buff, the traveler and the foodie. If your Valentine falls under any of these, we’ve got some amazing gift ideas that he will absolutely love!

Take a look at our recommendations below:

1. The Cocktail Connoisseur

Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine, $349.85

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The booze lover of your life needs a stylish way to (responsibly) drink on demand, and the Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine is ideal for the occasion. This game-changing countertop device takes the guessing game out of creating your favorite drink, alcoholic or not.

Think of it as your personal bartender of sorts. Simply pour your alcohol of choice in the labeled vats, fill the vessel with water, place a pod in there and press the button — an instant specialty cocktail in seconds!

2. The Well-Groomed Guy

SUPRENT Professional Hair Cutting & T-Blade Trimmer Kit, $69.9

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If you’re shopping for a man who enjoys staying well-groomed and manicured, consider yourself lucky. If he doesn’t have one already, he’ll love you even more if you get him this sleek and thorough barber kit that comes with everything he needs to keep his hair and beard perfectly groomed.

The set comes with one set of hair clippers, one T-blade hair clipper, an oil bottle, a cleaning brush, a cape, a haircut comb, two USB charging cables and nine stainless steel guard combs. This is the gift that will definitely keep on giving.

3. The Minimalist

Rothy’s The Minimalist Wallet, $125

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For those men who strongly believe in the mantra “less is more,” it’s best to look for gifts that aren’t too flashy or attention-grabbing while also being fully functional and chic.

Rothy’s The Minimalist Wallet is all of those things wrapped into one. Available in four colors, this classic bi-fold wallet keeps clutter to a minimum with multiple card slots and a top-loading pocket to keep essentials organized in a smart, streamlined style.

Best of all, though, it’s machine washable and knit with 100% recycled materials. So once it gets dirty, all he needs to do is toss it in the wash, and it’ll be as good as new.

4. The Techie/Music Lover

FAUNA Bluetooth Audio Smart Sunglasses with Open-Ear Audio and Charging Case, $149

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Shopping for a techie or music lover isn’t very difficult. Most folks tend to choose a pair of premium headphones or a well-reviewed Bluetooth speaker. While both of those choices will surely get you serious brownie points, this unexpected gift will impress your Valentine so much more.

The FAUNA Bluetooth Audio Smart Sunglasses allow you to listen to music, make phone calls and control voice assistants like Siri and Alexa completely hands-free.

Designed with the on-the-go man in mind, this stylish and high-tech device features open-ear technology that allows you to enjoy your audio while still hearing your surroundings. It’s also perfect for those who don’t like the look and feel of bulky over-ear headphones or the discomfort of earbuds.

These are also dust and water-resistant and, best of all, only the wearer can hear what’s playing. Get the tech-lover in your life this. Neither you nor he will regret it!

5. The Homebody

West Elm Faux Fur Ombre Throw, $100

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Valentine’s Day falls during the thick of the winter season, making it the perfect time of year for cuddling. If your Valentine’s a homebody, chances are he needs a well-insulated and lined blanket to cuddle up with, and, honestly, there is no better option than this West Elm Faux Fur Ombre Throw.

Whether he’s lounging on the couch binging his favorite show or cuddling up with his special someone, this blanket will instantly make things much more enjoyable due to its unparalleled softness alone.

Any owner of a cheaper faux fur throw knows already that they’re not all made equally. Budget options tend to shred and thin over time, but West Elm’s standard and oversized faux fur throws are premium, plush and long-lasting.

6. The Gym Buff

Kettle Gryp Kettlebell Adjustable Portable Weight Grips, $34.95

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Right now, going to the gym may not be the safest place to get a workout in (ironically enough). So if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the exercise lover in your life and want him to get his workout on in the comfort of his own space, this game-changing piece of equipment is the perfect pick.

The Kettle Gryp is simply a holder with a built-in clamp that turns dumbbells into kettlebells. With this, he’ll be able to instantly expand his workout regime without having to purchase extra equipment. All he needs is his own set of dumbbells or free weights, and he’s good to go.

7. The Traveler

Monos Carry-On Pro, $275 (Orig. $324)

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Is your Valentine a jet-setter and can’t stay put for too long? Well, he’ll appreciate it if you help him upgrade his luggage collection with this best-selling carry-on. In fact, it’s the “best overall carry-on” you can buy right now, and it definitely fits in the overhead compartment of most airlines.

The Monos Carry-On Pro is, by far, the most user-friendly, stylish and safe carry-on suitcase you can buy. Measuring 22 x 14 x 19 in., it’s the perfect size for overhead storage on a flight.

Also, if your guy is a one-bag traveler, he’ll absolutely love this carry-on as it has a built-in front compartment for easy access. Here, he can store his passport, headphones, wallet and more. The slot also fits a 15-inch laptop and keeps it protected under the same unbreakable aerospace-grade polycarbonate as the rest of the suitcase.

8. The Foodie

BALMUDA Steam Oven Toaster, $299

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If your Valentine loves food — especially bread and pastries — the BALMUDA Toaster is the ultimate gift. With four bread modes and an additional oven mode, this gorgeous countertop appliance heats various types of bread, pastries and even pizza to perfection.

The device’s impressive oven comes in three temperature zones to perfectly heat other foods like lasagna and gratins.

Another way it vastly differs from your standard pop-up toaster is in its revolutionary cooking technology. With the small 5cc cup provided in the package, just pour water into the toaster at the beginning of the cooking process and see how much of a difference it makes to your toast. With this, the oven heats more rapidly than with air alone, and a thin layer of steam surrounds the bread, lightly toasting its surface while preserving its inner moisture and flavor.

Consider this the older and much more sophisticated brother to your regular toaster. You’ll probably want one, too, after you see it work its magic.

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