As if we don't already do so much, come Valentine's Day it's socially encouraged to think beyond the ordinary when
scrambling to find a last-minute shopping for a Cupid's Day gift. Ahead, a V-Day primer on creative picks for the special friend or man-child in your life, whether you've been dating for ages or are freshly cuffed (mazel!).
The newly launched wireless earbuds from Apple respond with a simple tap system, and make an easy gift for techies and clumsy people who routinely break their headphone cables🙋.
They sync up to Siri so you can discreetly hear the news even on a crowded subway, plus they're catnip for runners who spend at least 10 percent of their time untangling wires at a red light.
Wireless Airpods, $159; apple.com.
Sculptural trivets for the ones who consider pot holders and bar coasters their primary countertop protection.
Spiral Trivet Set, $24; supergoodthing.com.
A comfortable pair of tapered (read: non-baggy) sweatpants with a fun multi-colored drawstring.
Paul Smith Tapered Cotton Jersey Sweatpants, $95; mrporter.com.
A sleek card case made from soft Italian leather, for those who want to downsize from a bulky wallet.
Oliver Cabell Jackson Cardholder, $78; olivercabell.com.
A high quality, ultra-popular watch that won't set you back one month's rent, in monochrome black.
Chrono All Black Watch, $140; mvmtwatches.com.
Crafted from soothing aloe vera plus softening beeswax, here's one beauty product he'll actually use. Whether he's got winter skin or just third-day facial hair, the beard balm will help him ease any itching and discomfort.
Unscented Beard Balm, $19; lovelybeards.com.
An understated ring that's flattering for all, even those who haven't worn jewelry since their class ring days.
Gold Hex Ring, $85; miansai.com.
A clever reading lamp that's not too bright before bedtime and comes designed to resemble a book itself.
Lumio Book Lamp, $198; store.moma.org.
Favored by athletes like Lindsey Vonn and Blake Griffin, athletic company Hyperice specializes in cold therapy for aching joints post-workout. Here, relief in a bottle thanks to soothing essential oils and natural plant extracts.
Hypersoothe Lightweight Topical Cream, $30; hyperice.com.
A new waterproof backpack from Herschel Supply Co., in a crowd-pleasing powder blue and with vegan leather details.
Herschel Supply Co. Tarpaulin Settlement Mid Volume in Quarry, $140; needsupply.com.
A soft, water-repellant cooler with double-insulated lining throughout that's ideal for camping and fishing.
Large Soft-Sided Cooler, $295; filson.com.
Consider these cult-favorite sneakers the ultimate trump card for the sneakerhead in your life (get them while they're still on sale).
Common Projects Sneakers, $312; mrporter.com.
A sweet woolen beanie (with the signature wide Acne band) that he'll keep for years to come.
Acne Studios Pansy Wool Beanie, $120; openingceremony.com.
A far cry from stale laundry and Glade-plugins, behold a woodsy candle he'll actually want to use (mostly because it smells like camping trips and the outdoors).
Boy Smells Cedar Stack, $29; boysmells.com.
An ironic baseball cap for the guy who hates sporty ones. It's funny, get it?
Art Every Day Cap, $36; poketo.com.
Guaranteed to impress any audiophile/music snob/nostalgia fiend/aspiring DJ.
Audio-Technica Vinyl Record Player, $299; urbanoutfitters.com.
Designed to resemble equestrian riding helmets, this streamlined bike option might convince him to actually protect his noggin while cycling (or just upgrade an old bulky one).
Super cool thing: it comes with a patented Pop Lock to prevent helmet theft, too.
Thousand Heritage Collection Bike Helmet, $85; explorethousand.com.
A tongue-in-cheek gift designed by Rachel Antonoff that's perfect for feminist shoppers.
In God We Trust x Rachel Antonoff Money Clip, $70; ingodwetrustnyc.com.
A powerful (and not price-y) mini-projector that will make it easy for him to screen his favorite oldies right on the kitchen wall.
Xinda LCD Mini Portable Projector, $60; amazon.com.
A robe he can (and probably will) live in at home. It's a true bargain if you consider how often you'll be borrowing it.
Glenn Robe, $398; sleepyjones.com.
The ultimate gift for a shutter-bug: a waterproof and super lightweight nylon bag to guard all of his $$$ camera gear.
ONA Bowery Camera Bag, $169; onabags.com.
A very discreet pipe for the, uh, herbalist in your life.
Fredericks & Mae Marble Pipe, $98; ingodwetrustnyc.com.
A fancy cologne for the guy who would love to bask in the exotic aromas of lemon, pink pepper, cardamom, and sandalwood (just for starters).
Gucci Guilty Pour Homme, $88; macys.com.