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15 romantic mens gifts to make him smile this Valentine's Day

Cheesy romantic gifts are always a winner

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Maisie Bovingdon
Maisie BovingdonFreelance Writer
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Feeling unsure what to buy the man in your life this Valentine's Day? You can't go wrong with a romantic present. Whether you are buying for a secret admirer, boyfriend, or husband, there are plenty of gift ideas to suit all budgets and interests. 

While some may wish to go all out on a romantic weekend away, or a hot air balloon ride, which will be a memory you can cherish forever, others may prefer to give a physical gift. 

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When it comes to buying for males it can be trickier than females. Typically women are gifted chocolates, roses and maybe some lingerie, but for some reason, tradition hasn’t set a guideline when buying for men come Valentine’s Day. 

Though some men will love to receive a brightly coloured bouquet, others may be blown away by the classic purchases, such as a wallet, aftershave, or chocolates. 

We have sifted through what retailers have to offer to bring you classic gift ideas, cheesy presents, and some that are slightly more outside the box. 

Scratch map

val map

Luckies Deluxe Scratch Map, £24, John Lewis


For some couples, or the jetsetter in the relationship, travelling is a dream come true. While a ticket to fly around the world may be over budget, and stressful to plan, we think the second best thing is this scratch map, so your lover can scratch off the places he has been, and plan trips for the future too. 

Photo keyring

photo keyring

Personalised Metal Photo Keyring With Navy Leather Case, £29, NotOnTheHighStreet


A keyring may seem like a small gift, but it can be useful, and be sentimental too, especially this design, which can be personalised. Whether you engrave initials, a meaningful date, the options are yours, and you can also include a special photograph too.

Date night in with a cookbook

date night book

Date Night In: More than 120 Recipes to Nourish Your Relationship, £14.99, Amazon 


Whether your other half fancies himself a Gordon Ramsey in the kitchen, or you’d like to spend more quality time at home together, rustling up some tasty feasts may be the answer. 

This recipe book has a whopping 120 recipes waiting to be concocted and devoured. 

His 'n' Hers spa break

liverpool hotel

Titanic Hotel Liverpool, from £82 per night,


While some like to head to the countryside, or seaside, for a romantic weekend, others may hark after the hustle and bustle of city life. If that is the man in your life, then a stay at Liverpool’s Titanic Hotel, which is situated on the iconic Stanley Dock is for you.  Not only can you enjoy a relaxing break in the hotel, which has a spa, and ESPA treatments on offer, but it is steeped in history, and close to restaurants, bars and cafes.  

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Personalised comic book

personalised comic

Personalised Valentine's Day comic, £29.99, NotOnTheHighStreet


Hot air balloon ride

hot air baloon ride

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two, £309, Red Letter Days


What could be more romantic than a hot air balloon right, taking in all the views, and watching the sun rise? If you ask us - nothing. 

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Date night cards

treasure hunt cards

Personalised Couple's Treasure Hunt, £12.80, NotOnTheHighStreet


It can be difficult to make time for your loved ones when you have work commitments, clashing schedules, and get caught up in the daily grind. 

But for those who want to show how much they love their partner, dedicating at least a day to do a treasure hunt together, maybe a week long, or even spread over the course of the year this set is ideal. You can make new memories or retrace your steps over the months or years you've been together. 

Photobook of memories

photo book

The Valentine's Day Mini, £22, Papier


We're the generation that takes a lot of photos on our smartphones, or devices, but often forget to print them. So, why not change that? Papier has created a stylish photo book you can fill with all of your favourite memories of your favourite person at your favourite places with ease. So romantic!

A mystery adventure

adventure challenge

Couples Edition, £49, The Adventure Challenge 


The competitive couples, or those who want to shake up their long-term romance, may find exactly what they are looking for with The Adventure Challenge's creation. Simply scratch off the mystery challenge or experience, of which there are 50 waiting to be enjoyed, make some romantic memories, and take photos to reminisce all about it after. 



Personalised Paperweight, £34.99, Getting Personal


For those who work in an office, boast an impressive book collection filling their bookcase, or like a sentimental ornament, this personalised paperweight will do the trick. 

This design can be personalised with your postcode, or an address that has a special meaning to your loved one, we think it’s simply genius - and practical. 

A couple’s journal

q and a journal

Our Q and A a Day: 3-Year Journal for 2 People, £13.74, Amazon 


We’ve found adventure challenge books, memory books and photo albums, but why not journal together?

Journaling has become a popular past time for people to practice self-care, and we personally love the idea of journaling in your couple because nothing can be more open and raw than sharing all your thoughts and feelings with one another to bring you closer. 

A keepsake

monica vinader

Havana Men's Friendship Bracelet, £100, Monica Vinader


We are always on board a personalised item, or engraved item of jewellery, because it is a keepsake that will be treasured forever. 

What we love with Monica Vinader is you can engrave your jewellery items, and you will most likely find a matching his and hers accessory, so you can really open the flood gates this Valentine’s Day with your thoughtful gifts.

Personalised chocolate

birthday choc

Dairy Milk 850g with personalised sleeve, £13, Cadbury Gifts


If he loves chocolate, you can't go wrong with this huge 850g bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk. Choose your own message to add to the packaging and even personalise it with a photo.

Personalised aftershave

Whether you are looking to buy your boyfriend or husband a fragrance - after all, who doesn't love a new scent? Jo Malone London is the eplace to shop. 

There are plenty of scents to choose from, plus the option to personalise it too.

jo malone engraved

Colognue with engraving, £32, Jo Malone London 


Romantic wine tasting experience

We think one on one time is more precious than any gift. 

So, if your partner likes a tipple, embarking on a romantic day out wine or beer tasting, followed by a cosy meal for two, is the perfect gift for the pair of you to enjoy. 

wine tasting gift

Winery and Brewery Tour with Tasting for Two, £19 (WAS £34), Menkind



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