4 Unique Valentine's Day Gifts for Him

Your holiday hangover is receding and you have a few blissfully present-free days before you’re smacked in the face with the cold reality: Valentine’s Day is almost here. When it comes to choosing a gift for Valentine’s Day, you feel the pressure of finding the perfect one that communicates how much you adore and appreciate your husband—and it doesn't help that traditional gifts are geared more toward women.

If you’ve already exhausted the coupon book idea (which you never quite got around to redeeming) and have cooked countless versions of his favorite meal, take a deep breath because we're here to help. Check out this list of unique Valentine’s Day gifts for all kinds of guys, and treat yourself to a few more of those shopping-free days. You deserve it.

For the Sporty Trendsetter

If your partner would never be without his beloved Oakley’s, this is the gift for you. While you don’t dare to replace his prized possession, you can get him a pair of spare lenses that he can swap in depending on his activity. Revant offers replacement lenses for Oakley frames in a variety of tints and models, including polarized Polarium for clarity and cutting glare, MirrorShield for optimizing usable light and Repel for hydrophobic nano-coating to keep lenses clear.

You don’t even have to send the frames in to get the replacements (and really, how would you pry them from his face?). Revant has an easy step-by-step instructional video that shows how to remove and install the lenses. The prices start at $32 a pair, so you can afford to give him a seemingly new pair of sunglasses that you already know he’ll love.

For the Craft Beer Lover

Local breweries are popping up in cities around the country. If your Valentine is a craft beer lover, then a Beer Tasting Map of the United States from 33 Books Co. is a great gift idea. The map challenges the recipient to taste and log beers from each state, and it’s fashionable enough to hang proudly in your home.

If you’re feeling generous, put together a variety six-pack from different breweries to get him started. You know he’s not going to drink alone, so don't be afraid to get in on the action. It’s a gift for both of you, and what’s more romantic than that?

For the Foodie

If your husband always picks the restaurant and gets excited to try a new recipe with unique ingredients, you may be living with a foodie. Cooking for this person is probably out of the question, since he is so particular about what he eats, but you can plan a culinary adventure where someone else does the cooking. Hire a private chef for a romantic night in, or plan a progressive dinner starting with drinks at a swanky cocktail lounge, appetizers at a local pub, main courses at a trendy restaurant and dessert at an ice cream shop that flash freezes its treats with nitrogen.

For the Man Who Has Everything

Some people are impossible to buy for because they don’t want "stuff" or they buy themselves the things they do want. If this describes your husband, give him the one thing no one can ever get enough of (and no, that’s not what we're talking about) — the gift of a new experience.

Book a quirky hotel in a neighboring town for a night, get your palms read together or get him tickets to see an unknown-to-him band. Even if the palm reader ends up being shady, or the band doesn’t quite live up to the hype, sharing a new experience is what keeps romance fresh and will give you something to laugh about for years to come.

Sally Brooks is a writer and nationally touring stand-up comedian. Her album, "Brooks Was Here" was released by Rooftop Records in December and debuted at #5 on the iTunes charts. She's been with her husband for thirteen years and is constantly trying (and often failing) to come up with non-lame gift ideas.



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