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!).
Chic and sleek for all the travels you have planned together this year.
For the artsy guy in your life who never minds snapping a selfie or two...or three.
A sleek card case for those who want to downsize from a bulky wallet.
Warby Parker, $95
A pair of shades that go with just about anything (and for you to totally steal every once in a while).
Elevate his style with these high-top sneakers.
A fancy cologne for the guy who would love to bask in the exotic aromas of citrus and wood.
Acne Studios, $75
A sweet woolen beanie (with the signature wide Acne band) that he'll keep for years to come.
Our new year's resolution of adding more color to our lives has never held stronger, and he'll be thrilled to add these rose-colored lenses to his collection.
Tie Bar, $10
In the name of the holiday, a subtle pink pocket square for every special occasion (including Valentine's Day dinner).
Jack Spade, $798
Pack your bags for a romantic getaway with your S.O., but not before you gift them with this amazing kaleidoscope weekender bag.
Oui oui for the reversible tee (and no more boring cotton t-shirts).
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.
Paul Smith, $75
A comfortable pair of tapered (read: non-baggy) sweatpants with a fun multi-colored drawstring.
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.
A perfect gift for the fashion enthusiasts.
Listening to his favorite music has never looked this good.
An understated ring that's flattering for all, even those who haven't worn jewelry since their class ring days.
Consider these cult-favorite sneakers the ultimate trump card for the sneakerhead in your life.
Super Good Thing, $24
Sculptural trivets for the ones who consider pot holders and bar coasters their primary countertop protection.
A high quality, ultra-popular watch that won't set you back one month's rent, in monochrome black.
The 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.
Lovely Beards, $10
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.
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.
Boy Smells, $42
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).
An ironic baseball cap for the guy who hates sporty ones. It's funny, get it?
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.
The ultimate gift for a shutter-bug: a waterproof and super lightweight nylon bag to guard all of his $$$ camera gear.