40 Great Valentine's Day Gifts for Men In Their 40s
Valentine's Day gifts don't have to be boring and predictable. This year, surprise your man with a present that actually reflects his age. Keep the romantic fire burning by going off the boring and beaten path of Valentine's Day standards, matching his gift to his chapter in life and getting him something that he'll love as much as you -- well, almost as much.
Price: $34.95 | Buy it on Uncommon Goods
Are you in love with a DIYer who happens to like it hot? Look no further for the perfect gift that combines his need to tinker with his love of spicy food. The kit includes both guajillo and chipotle pepper starters, as well as all the brown sugar and vinegar needed to produce the perfect kick-inducing wing topper.
Price: $39.95 | Buy it on Amazon
Crafted from heavy, pre-seasoned, non-stick cast iron, the lid on this Dutch oven doubles as a shallow iron skillet, which is perfect for sautéing a second course or keeping a side dish warm. Thanks to its heft and durability, the iron can tolerate heat generated by any oven, stovetop, or campfire. It's definitely a kitchen essential that can last a lifetime.
Price: $60 | Buy it on Man Crates
On Valentine's Day, not all bouquets are created equal. If your Valentine is a meat lover, this massive display of what Man Crates calls "romantic meats" includes 8 ounces each of Italian dry salami, chorizo, Calabrese, Sopressata, and peppered salami.
Price: $99 | Buy it on Man Crates
For inside of $100 you can help your favorite aspiring chef turn any grill into his own pizza kitchen. Four pizza stones and a two-sided dough roller are included in the kit, as are a Neapolitan herb blend from Pizzacraft, Passione pizza flour, and a Pizzacraft recipe book. A wide world of pizza awaits.
Price: $50 | Buy it on Etsy
Whether he admits it or not, your Valentine is now a middle-aged man -- and middle-aged men drink in style. This personalized whiskey decanter set is handmade and finished with a heavy glass topper. In total, it weighs nearly 3 pounds and comes complete with a four-glass set to put the finishing touch on the "Madmen" motif.
Price: $23 | Buy it on Etsy
Handmade to order, this dock conceals electronics clutter without becoming an eyesore itself. Not only does it provide a place to park cell phones and smart watches, but the station also contains extra slots and dugouts for wallets, eyeglasses, jewelry, or whatever else needs a home. If you're really looking to impress, personalize it with his favorite photo.
Price: $27.77 | Buy it on Amazon
Reviewers gush about the unbelievable softness of the leather used to craft this handmade wallet. Tanned to the color of dark chocolate, it comes in a gift box that is almost as impressive as the wallet itself. Make it personal with one of 12 monogram options.
Price: $15.95 | Buy it on Cool Material
This ceramic mug is such a dead ringer for a zoom lens that the shutterbug is your life won't know whether to fill it with coffee or attach it to a camera. The rubber lens cap actually fits on top of the cup to keep hot drinks hot between sips.
Price: $39.95 | Buy it on The Grommet
Journals make great Valentine's Day gifts -- especially when they never run out of pages. Not only is the Wipebook crafted from luxurious yet sustainable vegan leather, but its pages kill exactly no trees. All 10 leafs -- 20 pages in total -- are lay-flat, hypergloss dry erase surfaces. A no-smudge pen is included.
Price: $50 | Buy it on Amazon
This lunch tote is as masculine and rustic as the old-school, blue-collar metal lunch pail, yet more refined than the classic brown bag whose size and shape it's designed to mimic. Its 14 ounces of waxed canvas are complemented with solid brass rivets and Horween Chromexcel leather.
Price: $100 | Buy it on Gifts.com
Commemorate the year you and your Valentine just shared with the Year to Remember half-dollar watch. Complete with a 14-inch chain, the classic pocket timepiece is, well, timeless. It comes with a brushed metal case and can be personalized with any three-letter engraving.
Price: $49 | Buy it on Gifts.com
Tweets are for kids, but this traditional cowhide leather journal is all man. Your guy can use it to document a road trip, fill it with recipes, or turn it into a gratitude journal. No matter the use, its cover can be monogrammed with a single letter or branded with a map of the world.
Price: $150 | Buy it on Brookstone
Is your man an aviator -- or perhaps a kid -- at heart? The Flight Force racing drone can fly at two different speeds. When it's not engaged in head-to-head racing competitions, it can switch to surveillance mode with a 720p HD camera and an microSD card.
Price: $34 | Buy it on Amazon
Pamper your bearded Valentine with a gift set that includes your choice of exfoliating scrub as well as your choice of beard and mustache oil or beard and moustache balm. No matter what you choose, he'll receive his gift in a sturdy wooden box made from unfinished pine.
Price: $16.45 | Buy it on Amazon
When it comes to manscaping, few names are trusted more than Norelco -- and this trimmer earned more than four stars out of five after nearly 3,000 reviews. That's because it's the brand's best-selling model, and it comes with three guards each for hair and beard, along with one guard for stubble, a full-size trimmer, a precision trimmer, and a ear-and-nose attachment.
Price: $70 | Buy it on Man Crates
Oktoberfest is the season of beer and brat, mustard and sauerkraut -- and of course, beer. Bring out the German in your Valentine this year by preparing him for the fall. The box contains an authentic, personalized stein, two coasters that double as bottle openers, two types of Old World sausage, kraut, pretzels, and stone-ground mustard.
Price: $8 | Buy it on Amazon
Give the outdoorsman in your life the ultimate wearable survival tool. Earning 4.9 out of five stars on Amazon, the bracelet contains a firestarter, a compass, utility knife, emergency whistle, and 12 feet of sturdy, 500-pound paracord rope. The perfect companion for hunting, fishing, hiking, or camping.
Price: $60 | Buy it on The Grommet
Share your love of art and your love for each other at the same time with this intimate art kit. It comes with special paint and a specially treated canvas, which the two of you will use to create your own unique, one-of-a-kind work of abstract art, which you can then have stretched onto a frame.
Price: $30 | Buy it on Amazon
Coins and cufflinks, watches and Wayfarers. At the end of the day, a guy needs somewhere to dump his stuff, and this luxury nightstand box protects, contains, and defends against tarnish. In total, there are 10 compartments, several of which are contained in a suede-lined pull-out drawer.
Price: $10 | Buy it on Amazon
You might think that all the information on Earth is just one Google search away -- but the pages of Men's Health are still one of the best places to turn to for advice on everything from health and sex to careers and self-help. This six-month subscription is the gift that keeps on giving for half a year.
Price: $17 | Buy it on Cool Material
Help your man become the master of all party games with the book that reveals the tricks of the trade for more than 30 of the most commonly encountered social activities. Within the hardcover's pages are the strategies and tactics needed to dominate every party and game night he attends.
Price: $40 | Buy it on Sharper Image
Take the chore out of the daily shave with a razor burn-reducing heated dispenser for clean, irritation-free shaves. Compatible with both gels and creams from both 7- and 10-ounce cans, it uses an LED light to let you know when your lather is the perfect temperature.
Price: $35 | Buy it on Gifts.com
This year, give your favorite at-home chef the only cutting board and serving tray that imparts flavor into everything from seared meat and fish to chilled food and vegetables. Naturally antimicrobial, the heavy slab of pink Himalayan salt requires no more than a quick rinse for easy cleanup.
Price: $25-$70 | Buy it on Uncommon Goods
From fantasy sports to poker night, trash talking is a part of middle-aged manhood -- even for the former English major in your life. This infographic outlines the best insults to ever come out of the Renaissance or from the pen of the Bard. It's perfect for your Valentine, even when he's acting like a "penurious and indubitate beggar."
Price: $14.95 | Buy it on Cool Material
Take your Valentine's love for his locks beyond the cheap, foreign-made plastic junk combs that dominate the male grooming market. This comb from the Madison Bay Co. is carved from beautiful, sturdy and naturally smooth, naturally marbled animal horn.
Price: $90 | Buy it on Gifts.com
If you're his Valentine, you probably know his favorite place in the world. Now he can wear that place on his sleeve -- literally. These ¾-inch cufflinks are pewter toned and secured with easy-to-shut pin closures. Best of all, they're adorned with any map location in the world.
Price: $26 | Buy it on The Grommet
Made from a hardened grade of stainless steel, the Ringtool is crafted for a lifetime -- and that claim is backed with a lifetime warranty. Made in the USA and TSA-approved, the Ringtool contains a variety of driver heads, hex heads, a bottle opener, spoke wrenches, and more -- all of which can fit in his pocket.
Price: $19.95 | Buy it on Cool Material
Somewhere inside every man, there's a Viking just waiting to burst out and pillage. Release your Valentine's inner Viking with these cups carved from steer horns and polished to a fine finish. They curve naturally, and since they come from authentic horns, no two are identical in color and thickness.
Price: $60 | Buy it on Sharper Image
Your Valentine doesn't need to be a real musician to tear up the blues on this three-string fretless cigar box guitar. The included glass slide makes it easy for anyone to play notes and chords in G -- without having to memorize chords. It comes acoustic, but is amp-ready as soon as he's ready to go electric.
Price: $185 | Buy it on Uncommon Goods
If your man is a baseball fan -- and you happen to know his favorite MLB team and stadium -- stop shopping now. These blueprints, complete with design specs, have a vintage, antique feel. Made it Portland, they're framed in "BonanzaWood" and printed on archival, museum-grade paper.
Price: $70 | Buy it on Sharper Image
The golfer in your life no longer needs an AC outlet to practice his short game indoors. This battery-operated putting green and ball return rolls up for easy transportation to imaginary links both indoors and out. The regulation-sized hole comes complete with two hazards.
Price: $55 | Buy it on Gifts.com
Desktop novelties cease to be novelties when they're actual, functioning, scale-sized games -- and there's no game like foosball. Crafted from anti-tarnish aluminum with stainless steel balls and a felt playing surface, this mini-foos field transforms back into elegant desktop decor when the game is over.
Price: $17.50 | Buy it on Amazon
Woods Boss makes your man smell not like a department store display case, but like a lumberjack fresh out of the Maine woods. The blended scent of cedar, fir, and cypress is mixed with other complex and natural notes bottled in glass with a roll-on applicator.
Price: $24.95 | Buy it on Cool Material
If he wants to smell good but is looking for something a little more hefty than a roll-on, this solid cologne just might be the perfect Valentine's Day gift. Since it's a solid, a tiny scoop quickly melts, allowing him to apply the perfect amount and leave behind the guesswork that comes with sprays.
Price: $17.95 | Buy it on The Grommet
Save time, money, and a little piece of the Earth by sharpening your razor blades instead of buying new ones every time your razor gets dull. All the while, you'll protect yourself from nicks, razor burn, and ingrown hairs. Made of silicone and ABS plastic, the Blade Buddy earned 4.6 out of five stars after nearly 450 reviews.
Price: $20 | Buy it on Uncommon Goods
All your Valentine needs to take his green thumb to the next level is the AvoSeedo starter kit, sun, water, and a little patience. While he's preparing for his first harvest by looking up guacamole recipes, his soon-to-be avocado tree will be germinating, sprouting, and growing in this hydroponic planter.
Price: $60 | Buy it on Sharper Image
No matter how far audio technology progresses, there will never be any way to do a Google search that leads to all those perfectly blended mix tapes your beau made back when pushing play and record at the same time on a boombox was how magic was made. This converter will finally let him bring his tape collection into the 21st century -- and out of your closet.