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21 Valentine's Day Gifts For The Guy You Just Started Dating

Something slight for the fella you probably like.

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1. A ticket stub diary for organizing memories from their favorite concerts or sporting events (while looking forward to making new ones once we start going to concerts and sporting events again).

Two versions of the same light green covered ticket sub diary, one closed and one opened show pages filled with tickets
Uncommon Goods

Promising review: "This is such a great item for yourself or to give as a gift. I received one as a gift years ago and just purchased a new one as I had filled up my original one. It's so nice to be able to go back and remember all the great concerts or events you've attended by flipping through this ticket stub diary. Each slot perfectly fits a ticket stub and has a few lines for you to write any comments or who you were with. I love this item!" —Jessica

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $14

2. A Polaroid original camera so you can make memories together the old fashioned way. It's perfect for capturing special moments and you'll be grateful to be able to reminisce on them later.

The polaroid original camera
Nordstrom

Comes with rechargeable battery via USB cable.

Get it from Nordstrom for $99.99 (available in two colors)

3. A Bodum French press coffee maker because if they're a big coffee fan, chances are they've heard of (and maybe even pined after) Bodum. It's a leading brand in coffee brewing and is sure to bring a little happiness to their mornings.

The Bodum french press coffee maker in chrome
Wayfair

Promising review: "Husband and I love our French press. It's super easy to use and looks so nice! No bitter taste and filters perfectly! Have used this twice a day since we bought it. It's easy and delicious!!!" —Valerie

Get it from Wayfair for $29.28 (originally $36; available in six colors and five sizes)

4. A set of Valentine's Day dress socks so you can keep things low pressure and stop stressing about what to get him already! It's a cute gift that definitely fits the theme and practical enough that he'll be able to wear them all the time (and think about you while he does).

The Bombas men's dress socks in shades of red
Bombas

Promising review: "They feel great and stay up great. Wish I’d ordered some sooner." —Michael G.

Get it from Bombas for $57 (available in three sizes).

5. A pair of Timberlands because you know what's never a bad idea? Gifting quality footwear and Timberland has been a renowned name in the business for decades.

Model wearing a pair of Timberlands in wheat
Macys

Promising review: "My wife purchased this boot for me. They fit well and happy about the look. They are not boring, they fit good and stylish. She did well." —Wendell C.

Get it from Macy's for $198 (available in sizes 6.5–18 and in two colors)

6. A cozy wine carrier that pairs well with a nice bottle of red and your favorite pasta for a casual but intimate dinner at home. It's the perfect way to have the romantic but low-pressure V-day you desire without the added stress of dining out in the cold.

The cozy wine carrier in red
Graf Lantz

Plus, it'll encourage you both to not only spend a little alone time together but also stay safe indoors. It's an ideal solution to the winter scaries and will make trips to the wine store a little more polished.

Get it from Graf Lantz for $39 (available in seven colors)

7. A pair of AirPods that anyone is sure to love. If you're looking for a no-muss no-fuss gift, look no further. These are sure to impress any partner who values their morning commute music, podcast, and more.

The airpods in white
Walmart

Promising review: "I ordered in-store pick-up. They were new, never opened and they are amazing! I love mine. They automatically linked themselves as my name AirPods. Worth buying and will be buying more for the family." —Steph

Get it from Walmart for $119.99

8. A bourbon lip balm that is sure to bring a smile to their face. It's incredibly well-made and, as the reviews note, is definitely an adult gift that feels as good as it looks.

Three black tubes of Bourbon lip balm
Amazon

Promising review: "Because you’re wondering: Yes, a nice, smooth bourbon smell and taste. Not overpowering. This isn’t lip *gloss* for a junior high schooler. It’s lip balm. For grownups. As for the “balm” part, so far it seems quite moisturizing without being oily. I’m glad I ordered four at once." —C. Romeo

Get it from Amazon for $4.99

9. A restorative sleep mask for the guy who appreciates his Zzs. It's the perfect gift for a little R&R, which we could all use after this year and will definitely inspire some much-needed self-care.

The sleep mask in charcoal/ moonstone
Lahgo

Promising review: "I bought it for my boyfriend! He was super jealous of my Lunya sleep mask. I was so happy that Lunya's owner created a men's line and so I finally got him one and he fell in love. The material of the mask is so soft he falls asleep instantly." —Michelle N.

Get it from Lahgo for $48 (available in two colors).

10. A plant gift bundle that's a great way to help him nurture his green thumb. If he's been looking to try his hand at plant fatherhood, this is a great and low stakes introduction that will make this new hobby feel approachable.

The plant gift bundle
PlantX

If you don't want him to treat plant parentship like the "love fern" a la How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, then take the anxiety out of the process by giving the gift that even those of us with no plant skills can appreciate.

Get it from PlantX for $49.99.

11. A whiskey wedge glass to ensure his favorite spirit is always on ice.

Clear glass with ice and whisky
Uncommon Goods

Promising review: "The perfect glass for whiskey or bourbon if you don't want a watered-down drink. The thick ice wedge that forms slowly melts to release water and mix with spirits. Easy to use and neat, perfect ice every time." —Keara

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $25

12. For the foodie, consider this kit that lets you grow your own salsa.

Salsa growing kit in brown-colored egg carton packaging
Uncommon Goods / Via uncommongoods.sjv.io

Promising review: "I got this as a gift for my friend who loves growing potted plants. He was recently telling me about the progress of his small cactus plants, so I knew this Grow Your Own Salsa Kit would be perfect for him. Plus, he likes salsa. He just opened his gift yesterday and was so happy with it." —Amanda

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $12

13. A basketball mug with a hoop because there's never been a better time to dunk mini marshmallows and tiny cookies than right now. Just prepared to hear them shout "Kobe!" a lot more.

The basketball mug with a hoop
Amazon

Promising review: "Oh my goodness when this arrived, I, who hate sports had a great time practicing throwing both marshmallows mini, and peanuts into the hoop before I gave it to a friend who coaches a girls basketball team. When we use them for drinks or soup or ice cream it's a ball (no pun intended) to try to play a game of basketball! Great size and had a good weight, large enough for a good size serving of what you want." —Cindy Lindsley

Get it from Amazon for $25

14. A pair of noise-cancelling wireless headphones because there's never a bad occasion to up your technology game. It's definitely an essential item so you can be sure they'll will get tons of use out of it. Plus, it'll keep their ears a bit warmer all winter long.

Black and silver over-the-ear headphones
Amazon

Promising review: "These were my first wireless headphones so I got these based on the good reviews. Not at all disappointed. Work great, Comfortable and were a great price. I am very pleased and have no problem recommending these headphones. Not an audiophile so can't get into technical stuff but they sound great. I had an old set of Bose headphones I think were close to $300 and to be fair there is not that much difference." —Lester M. Carson

Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in seven colors)

15. A Champion weave sweatshirt for the boyfriend who lives in the same sweatshirt. This is a great way to incorporate new versions of the same style into their wardrobe, which we know they'll love.

The Champion weave sweatshirt in gold
Nordstrom

Promising review: "Best quality sweatshirt! Definitely worth the money, it’s so nice and cozy, I love the color too" —Nazark

Get it from Nordstrom for $50

16. A pack of Blue Point Brewing beer because there's no reason the holiday season needs to be dull and with this many flavor profiles to choose from it we're certain it won't be! Blue Point has a brew for every mood and every dude so it'll definitely be a crowd-pleaser.

The Blue Point Brewing Toasted Lager and Hoptical Illusions
Blue Point Brewing

It's never a mundane holiday when you get to celebrate with a nice cold brew. If he's into local breweries and his favorite thing to do on a regular weekend night is hitting a craft beer shop then you can be sure he'll be a huge admirer of this thoughtful gift. Plus, it supports a small local business, which we can all get behind.

Get it from Blue Point Brewing for $10.99+ (available in multiple flavors).

17. A match striker because if your boyfriend appreciates fine ceramics as well as gifts from small businesses, you've struck gold. This is a simple gift that literally anyone could use to spruce up their coffee or bedside tables.

The match striker in white and beige
Amazon

Promising review: "I love this match striker. It is beautifully made and works very well to light matches. The colors offered are all very pretty but I think it’d be cool to add a black gloss/ matte black one for a more modern option as well!" —Hi I’m Jane

Get it from Amazon Handmade for $29.99

18. A portable record player sure to be a crowd-pleaser, especially if they love music. Throw their favorite record in there and you're an expert gift-giver.

The portable record player in turquoise
Walmart

Promising review: "First time using this type of record player and was so easy to figure out! I love how easy it is to switch/connect to the Bluetooth setting and is a great speaker. Sound quality is amazing for the price and is still crystal clear even at max volume. Would highly recommend to any beginner enthusiasts! BONUS: It comes with a replacement stylus and instructions on how to safely replace it as not to damage it." —Christina

Get it from Walmart for $44.98 (originally $59.99; available in 30 colors)

19. A gourmet coffee sampler that is perfect for the coffee lover in your life. If your boyfriend is constantly sipping Trader Joes coffee, give them the gift they wouldn't normally get for themself: high quality beans.

The gourmet coffee sampler
Amazon

Promising review: "I have not used any of the bags of espresso beans yet but we are very excited. My girlfriend and I traveled to Seattle a few months back and we already miss the coffee. We consider ourselves somewhat of a coffee fanatic of sorts. We both make home-brewed lattes each morning and grind our own coffee beans daily. Again the beans are from Seattle and we actually got beans from a familiar location cafe ladre so that is really awesome. Again we are excited to use the new coffee Seattle does coffee the best and can't wait. I will write another review on each bag after testing." —Bennie87

Get it from Amazon for $28 (available in six styles, eight flavors, and four sizes).

20. A Levi's denim jacket for the boyfriend who knows what they like and it's usually jean. It's a simple gift that they'll get tons of use out of and think of you every time they throw it on!

The Levi's denim jacket in faded light blue color
Amazon

Promising review: "Absolutely love this jacket. It’s my second one. Good for mild days and on cold days, you can add a sweater. Sleeves roll up nice. Inside pockets are to die for, you can store so many sweet items in inside pockets. Man....this jacket sets the bar for lightweight rugged jackets. I’m about 5’8, 160 lbs., super average-size dude and large fits perfectly." —Amber Downs

Get it from Amazon for $25.98+ (available sizes XS–4X and 24 colors).

21. An Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet so you can watch that list of movies that you've compiled, play your favorite music, and video call friends together, all from the comfort of your own living room.

The Tablet playing a TV show
Amazon

Promising review: "The tablet is awesome! it is really fast and it is really smooth. I have the Fire HD 8 and it's not nearly as fast or smooth at this tablet. Plus with the Anker Type C PD charger, I've been able to charge this tablet at 16 watts! Fast charging, type c, faster wifi, faster processor, and etc... this tablet is a steal at 149 dollars!" —wwjoshdew

Get it from Amazon for $149.99 (available in two sizes, four colors, and two styles).

Find the perfect gift for any occasion, from white elephant gift exchanges to gifts for teachers, housewarming gifts to birthday gifts, and even the perfect gift basket if you’re truly stumped. Plus, check out the BuzzFeed gift guide for even more incredible gifting ideas.

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