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20 Valentine's Day gifts men actually want

Shopping for men doesn't have to be hard

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Valentine's Day is tricky when you're shopping for a guy—there aren't many "traditional" gifts that appeal to men (though chocolate is always great). No worries, we've got a list of our favorite gifts for men, with picks for every budget from $10 and up. Here are some of the things that men actually want this year.

1. For the "Costanza": A slim wallet

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Slim front pocket wallets are a great gift for any guy.

If the guy in your life still uses a bulky wallet, a slim front-pocket option is a huge upgrade. This leather one comes in a wide range of colors, is affordable, and has great reviews. I love mine, and it has room for everything I need from credit cards, to IDs, bills, and even subway passes.

Get the Travelambo Slim Wallet on Amazon for $9.99

2. For the outdoorsy type: Patagonia Better Sweater Zip Jacket

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Name an item of clothing that's more iconic than Patagonia's Better Sweater. I'll wait.

Outdoorsy or not, I honestly think every single guy will look and feel good in this classic zipped sweater from Patagonia. It has sterling 5-star ratings everywhere online and it’s a perfect jacket for fall and spring. Plus it's lightweight enough to layer under a shell jacket when things get really chilly. Best of all, it comes in a wide variety of colors, so even if your man already owns one, he’ll be happy to have a second option.

Get the Patagonia Better Sweater Performance Slip Fit Zip Jacket at Nordstrom for $119

3. For the frequent flyer: Sony 1000XM3 Noise-Canceling Headphones

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Sony WH1000XM3 headphones are well worth the price tag.

Sony WH1000XM3 headphones are widely regarded as the best all-around noise-canceling 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.

Get the Sony 1000XM3 Noise-Canceling Headphones on Amazon for $298

4. For the well-traveled: Grafomap Custom Framed Map

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You can remind your man of the special places that they hold dear with a beautiful custom map.

I’m in love with these custom maps from Grafomap. Just put it in any location, move it around to frame it how you want, and you’ll get a killer map in one of a number of eye-catching designs. You can customize the labels, get it framed, or have it printed directly onto canvas. Posters start at just $49 with framed versions costing $60 more—way less than it’ll cost to have anything custom framed at a store.

Get a Custom Map Poster at Grafomap.com for $49

5. For athletes and fitness addicts: Fitbit Charge 3

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This fitness tracker is sure to excite, no matter what activity levels are being reached.

Whether you’re buying for a hardcore athlete or someone just trying to get up off the couch more, the Fitbit Charge 3 is the way to go in our opinion. It has 7-day battery life, activity tracking, a heart-rate monitor, and sleep tracking, as well as one of the better apps of any other smart fitness tracking watch.

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Get the Fitbit Charge 3 Fitness Tracker on Amazon for $99.95

6. For the home cook: Philips Airfryer

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Airfryers are all the rage right now, and the Philips Airfryer ranks #1 in our books.

Whether it’s game day or just a busy Wednesday, sometimes you just want something quick, easy, and delicious. Airfryers 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 airfryers, excelling in most of our testing.

Get the Philips Airfryer on Amazon for $199.95

7. For the Netflix binge-watcher: Roku Ultra

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The Roku Ultra has great features, and what's more, it's easy to use.

If you own a TV, you need a streaming box. The Roku Ultra costs around half what the Apple TV costs, but it’s easier to use, works with all the major streaming services, and supports new 4K and HDR TVs. It's our favorite streaming device that we've tested. The best trick? Just plug headphones into the remote for easy wireless listening. That’s perfect for late-night streaming, no specialty headphones required.

Get the Roku Ultra on Amazon for $80.95

8. For the aspiring chef: Henckels Zwilling Pro 8-Inch Chef’s Knife

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Get ready to chop like a pro.

Ask any chef or serious cook: an 8-inch Chef’s Knife is a must-have. This Henckels model is almost universally praised by online shoppers and won our roundup of the best chef’s knives, easily slicing through the competition in our testing. If you want something to go with it, I personally love the $65 Epicurean Gourmet Series cutting board, which is beautiful, functional, excelled in our testing, and is even dishwasher-safe.

Get the Henckels Zwilling Pro 8-Inch Chef’s Knife on Amazon for $149.95

9. For the tech-savvy: Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

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Alexa, what should I buy for Valentine's Day?

At Reviewed, we love voice-controlled smart speakers like the Amazon Echo, but the diminutive (and affordable) Echo Dot is a perfect way to bring that functionality to other rooms in your house. I use mine in the kitchen, where it’s perfect for streaming music while I cook, setting timers, or entertaining my kids.

Get the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) on Amazon for $29.99

10. For the always prepared: Leatherman Wave+ Multitool

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A multitool: the every-man gift.

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.

If you go this route, we also highly recommend picking up a pair of the best work gloves we’ve tested: Carharrt Men’s Grain Leather Work Gloves.

Get the Leatherman Wave Plus on Amazon for $99.95

11. For the perpetually late: Skagen Aaren Watch

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The Skagen Aaren watch is stylish and functional.

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. I own two Skagen watches myself and I wear them all the time. If you’re buying for someone who likes a little more pizazz in their wardrobe, MVMT Watches also makes a huge array of stylish, affordable timepieces with great reviews.

Get the Skagen Aaren Leather Watch from Skagen for $89

12. For the avid reader: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

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Take your library on the go, wherever you go.

The Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader you can buy. It has more storage than any other model, a built-in backlight, a lighter and thinner design, and waterproofing. If that wasn't enough, you can even pair it with Bluetooth to listen to audiobooks. It's the perfect gift for any avid reader. 

Get the Kindle Paperwhite on Amazon for $94.99

13. For beards of all shapes and sizes: Wahl Clippers Beard Trimmer

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Nothing beats a fresh shave, and no beard trimmer can beat Wahl's.

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.

Get the Wahl Clippers Beard Trimmer on Amazon for $59.97

14. For the child at heart: Nintendo Switch

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The man in your life will love playing classic games like Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., and Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening.

The Nintendo Switch took a little time to get going, but it’s been out awhile now and there is a long list of new and classic games available for it. Whether you’re buying for a young gamer looking for family-friendly titles, a person who wants to play the latest and greatest, or a classic gamer jonesing for a nostalgia fix, the Switch has it all. 

Buying for someone who already has a Switch? We highly recommend some newer games like Super Mario Party (49.99), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ($53.90), our favorite Switch case ($17.73), and a great portable charger ($49.99) for extra battery life on the go.

Get the Nintendo Switch on Amazon for $308.99

15. For the gym rat: Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffel

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A quality duffel bag is something that every man should have.

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.

Get the Herschel Supply Co. Novel. Duffel at Nordstrom for $90

16. For the coffee lover: SterlingPro Double Wall French Press

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For that satisfying taste and a barista-worthy cup of joe, many coffee enthusiasts will say, it’s hard to beat a 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 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.

Get the SterlingPro Double Wall French Press on Amazon for $35.95

17. For those who always put off cleaning: Ecovacs Deebot N79S

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Cleaning has never been easier.

Robot vacuums aren’t enough to keep your whole place clean, but they do a good job of keeping it looking neat on days where you just don’t have the time. This model from Ecovacs did well in our testing and it has some fancier features like compatibility with both Alexa and Google Assistant, customizable schedules, and a “max mode” that increases cleaning power temporarily—all despite being one of the more affordable robot vacuums around.

Get the Ecovacs Deebot N79S on Amazon for $229.99

18. For the music lover: Sonos Play:1 Wireless Speaker

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The Sonos Play:1 is a small yet powerful speaker perfect for streaming music and more.

People adore their Sonos systems, and the Sonos Play:1 is the best way to get in on the act. Just a single Play:1 can fill a room with beautiful music that is so, so much nicer than what you get from basic smart speakers like the Amazon Echo. The Play:1 can stream from all the most popular music services, works with Alexa, and can even be paired with a second Play:1 for wireless stereo sound.

Get the Sonos Play:1 on Amazon for $147.67

19. For guys who love a hot sauce kick: The Good Hurt Fuego Hot Sauce Sampler Pack

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Can your man handle the spice?

With 7 different flavors 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 over 93 reviews. The spices range from mild to very hot, including even the fabled Ghost Pepper.

Get the Hot Sauce Sampler Pack from The Good Hurt on Amazon for $34.99

20. For literally every guy: A day of solitude

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You can't put a price tag on some relaxation.

Look, we love you. We really do. We want to spend time with you. We also just want to be left alone for an indeterminate period of time of 12-24 hours. What are we going to do? Probably nothing. How much are we going to love you for understanding? More than you can imagine.

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