NICETIES, NOT NECESSITIES
What could there possibly be left to get for a man who's in his sixth decade on Earth? Well, plenty, actually. Whether your Valentine is refined and mature or cruising through his 50s as a kid at heart, you've got options for keeping the spark alive that break the boring, traditional Valentine's Day mold.
FITBIT FLEX 2
Price: $59.95 | Buy it on QVC
Help him keep that New Year's resolution this year with this slim, waterproof fitness tracker. The LED display on the Fitbit Flex 2 is backed up by wireless syncing, reminders to get moving, and exercise-recognition features. It also silently monitors sleep duration and quality as you snooze. Looking to spend a little less? There are plenty of fitness trackers under $50.
EXOTIC MEATS CRATE
Price: $100 | Buy it on Man Crates
If your Valentine is a carnivore, go beyond ordinary meat and get him a box filled with delicious jerky made from the most exotic flavors in the animal kingdom. Ostrich, alligator, pheasant, boar, venison, elk, buffalo, and the legendary African delicacy of biltong are just a few of the choice cuts he'll enjoy.
BROOKLYN BUTCHER BLOCKS AMERICAN FLAG CUTTING BOARD
Price: $135 | Buy it on The Grommet
When it comes to countertop slicing and dicing, there are cutting boards and there are butchers blocks. The three ingredients in this heavy hunk of kitchen masculinity are cherry, oak, and maple. An essential kitchen item made to last a lifetime, this New York City-bred butchers block is perfect if the chef in your life and the patriot in your life are the same person.
Price: $19.96 | Buy it on Amazon
Whether he's out on the boat or out in the woods, these polarized sunglasses will stand up to whatever abuse he can dish out. Crafted from a durable magnesium/aluminum alloy, they have a hardness level rated several times higher than that of traditional sunglasses, all while blocking 100 percent of harmful UV rays. If you feel like spending a little more, you might consider some of these fashionable shades.
TURKISH COTTON BATHROBE
Price: $51 | Buy it on Amazon
The same quality and softness found on robes in five-star hotels and spas, this cozy bathrobe is made from genuine unprocessed combed Turkish cotton. Thick and absorbent, but not bulky, this plush robe, breathes in the summer and keeps you warm in the winter.
FIRE IN THE BRIAR PIPE CARVING KIT
Price: $80 | Buy it on Man Crates
Few things are more refined than a gentleman who pauses for a few puffs on a pipe -- except for him crafting his own pipe by hand, that is. The Friar in the Briar kit includes all the high-quality pipe-carving tools needed for the job. When he's finished, his new pipe will represent the ultimate in delayed gratification.
ALL-IN-ONE GOLF CLUB CLEANER
Price: $24.95 | Buy it on The Grommet
Even if your man's play on the course doesn't always reflect that of the pros, his equipment can be PGA all the way. This scrub pad, towel, and groove cleaners all in one earned 4.9 stars out of five with happy reviewers. Light and portable, it will keep his equipment in tip-top shape -- and perhaps even improve his game.
SILVERSTONE BLESSING BRACELET
Price: $25.88 | Buy it on QVC
No matter how stressful his life is, you can give your guy the gift of serenity this Valentine's Day with the My Saint, My Hero bracelet. Hand woven in Medjugorje, it's displayed on a card that tells the tale of Medjugorje and the Benedictine medal. Valentine, after all, was a saint.
GOODFELLOW & CO. KNIT PAJAMA PANTS
Price: $15 | Buy it on Target.com
Show how much you care by encouraging a few healthy lounge days now and then with the perfect lounging PJ bottoms. Soft and lightweight, the 60/40 cotton/modal blend stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
TRAVELAMBO MINIMALIST WALLET
Price: $16 | Buy it on Amazon
With 4.4 out of five stars after nearly 2,000 reviews, this slim leather wallet features not just RFID blocking technology, but superior craftsmanship for men with refined taste. Made from renowned Napa leather, this front- or back-pocket wallet is tanned with 100 percent plant oil -- not chemicals.
STAINLESS STEEL CITY MAP
Price: $29.95 | Buy it on The Grommet
Whether it's the city where he was born, his adopted hometown, or the place where he dreams of retiring, every man has a favorite city. This stainless steel, laser-cut precision map is framed in black and protected with plexiglas -- perfect for a desk or hanging on a wall in a home office.
OLD DUTCH MOSCOW MULE MUGS
Price: $64.95 | Buy it on QVC
Moscow mules are among the classiest and most timeless drinks a man can stir up when he has company over. But if you want to be authentically Russian, you're going to need an authentic set of mugs -- and this set is special if nothing else. Made from hammered solid copper, all four mugs hold 16 ounces of mule and are finished with cast brass handles.
Price: $25 | Buy it on Target.com
Whether it's for a water break during a 4K race or a meeting gone long at the office, the ThermoFlask is insulated to preserve the temperature of both cold and hot drinks. The sleek, stainless steel bottle holds a full 34 ounces.
RAPID BEARD GROOMING KIT
Price: $39.97 | Buy it on Amazon
Beards are in -- which means there's no shortage of grooming kits to choose from. But this luxury collection from Rapid Beard will pamper his whiskers with butter wax, leave-in conditioner, oil, and balm. The kit, which earned 4.6-star total reviews, also includes a high-quality brush, comb, and scissors.
PREMIUM CIGAR HUMIDOR
Price: $120 | Buy it on Man Crates
Made from American cedar, this moisture-managing humidor features a double-guillotine cutter for surgically perfect cuts, as well as a '50s-era Thunderbird butane torch. The moisture content of every single stogie that emerges will be perfect, thanks to an on-board hygrometer.
EARTH CORK TONDELA BRIEFCASE
Price: $102 | Buy it on QVC
Everyone else at work will have to step up their office-accessory game if they want to keep up with your Valentine's Earth Cork Tondela briefcase. The corners of this unique cork satchel are reinforced with polished steel, which is the same material used for the main zipper.
STORY OF A LIFETIME
Price: $80 | Buy it on Gifts.com
This Valentine's Day, give the gift of a legacy that he'll eventually hand down. Leather-bound with gold-tipped pages, this journal poses questions that, when answered, give an intimate and accurate glimpse into his life and heart for those who come later down the line.
LE CREUSET FRENCH PRESS
Price: $68 | Buy it on QVC
This 27-ounce French press is likely to be the bridge between hobby and obsession for the coffee connoisseur you're shopping for this Valentine's Day. True coffee lovers know that no system creates a more authentic brew than a French press, and this imported stoneware model can even handle loose tea.
HIDDEN MESSAGE TIE
Price: $50 | Buy it on Personal Creations
Hand made from 100 percent silk, this tie isn't perfect for Valentine's Day because it's deep red. It's perfect for Valentine's Day because of the secret pocket hidden in the back designed for you to hide love notes. Even better, you can personalize it with any name up to six characters long.
TIGER STONE BLESSING BEADS
Price: $13 | Buy it on Amazon
Wow the Eastern philosopher in your life with these stone onyx chakra beads. The four-piece set is believed to have healing properties and comes inscribed with the soothing six-syllable mantra of compassion held dear by Buddhist monks: Om Mani Padme Hum.
MASTERBUILT PORTABLE SMOKER
Price: $87.98 | Buy it on QVC
Anyone who loves barbecue knows that there is simply no substitute for a good smoker -- but they're too big, too involved, and too expensive to be a legitimate gift for your grill god. None of that, however, applies to this dual-rack, chip-fed electric smoker, which is portable, affordable, and perfectly capable of challenging its larger cousins to a cookoff.
WHISKEY STONES AND GLASSES SET
Price: $40 | Buy it on Amazon
For the refined and mature partaker, watered-down drinks just won't do. This set, packaged with class in a joint-structure wooden display box, includes two heavy crystal rocks glasses, eight smooth-edged, no-scratch chillable whiskey rocks, and an engraved woodworking design on the box.
LOCKER ROOM PRINTS
Price: $45 | Buy it Gifts.com
Give the gift of nostalgia this Valentine's Day by letting your man finally rub shoulders with his childhood heroes. Whether it's baseball, hockey, or football, his jersey can hang in the locker room among giants -- either literally or metaphorically, depending on his team loyalties.
VINTAGE LEATHER BRACELET SET
Price: $9 | Buy it on Amazon
For the man who's all about understated but elegant jewelry, these braided bracelets are 100 percent handmade and wood built from genuine leather. You can pick up a set of 10 for about a buck each, and he can wear a different one each day or mix and match them depending on how he feels.
Price: $16.10 | Buy it on Amazon
With 4.4 out of five stars, this ninja-esque balaclava will keep your Valentine's visage warm and cozy, no matter what his preference of winter sports. From skiing and skating to hunting or hiking, this soft, full-coverage, windproof fleece hood will keep the winter out.
PERSONALIZED POCKET KNIFE
Price: $30.25 | Buy it on Amazon
Relied upon by men for countless generations, the pocketknife is the world's oldest utility tool, and this engraved beauty from Tac-Force is the collision of the old world and the new. The burl wood handle, laser engraved in your choice of font, is a throwback to another era. But the black tactical stainless steel blade oozes 21st century tech.
LUXURY WATCH BOX
Price: $45 | Buy it on Gifts.com
After five decades of telling time, a man collects a whole bunch of wrist watches. This elegant, lockable display box showcases as many as 10 timepieces at once. Laser engravable, the box comes in black or brown and is topped with a glass display window.
Price: $45.46 | Buy it on QVC
Let's face it. In your 50s, it's easier to lose stuff than it ever was before. This pair of tiny Tile Mate devices can be attached to key rings, cell phones, wallets, or just about anything else. Since they're linked to the Tile Mate mobile app, when you misplace something, it will never stay lost for long.
CASHMERE-LINED DEERSKIN GLOVES
Price: $65.79 | Buy it on Amazon
The only thing softer than the deerskin outside of these hand-sewn gloves is the cashmere inside. Cozy but durable, these cold-weather accessories retain their plush, soft feel even after they get wet, unlike traditional leather, which turns brittle and chips after a soaking.
VETELLI HANGING TOILETRIES BAG
Price: $44.95 | Buy it on Amazon
Whether at home or on the road in a hotel, this toiletries bag from Vetelli brings not just organization, but class to the bathroom. Made with easy-to-clean, water-resistant, high-grade leather, it's lined with canvas and features four internal pockets -- two with snaps and two with zippers.
HIDDEN MESSAGE DOPP KIT
Price: $59 | Buy it on Gifts.com
If a Dopp kit is more his speed than a toiletries bag, this one is crafted from cotton canvas and accented with rich suede. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, each bag contains a hidden message of your choice, which will be revealed to your Valentine each time he opens it.
HAMILTON BEACH BREAKFAST SANDWICH MAKER
Price: $19.79 | Buy it on Amazon
Bring the drive-through to him this Valentine's Day with a morning sandwich maker. The dishwasher safe set takes your own fresh ingredients -- like eggs, English muffins, ham, bagels, sausage, or whatever else he craves -- and turns them into an effort-free breakfast of champions.
MINNETONKA SOFTSOLE MOCCASINS
Price: $94 | Buy it on QVC
Some call them driving shoes, others refer to them as luxury slippers. But no matter what word you use, these soft, double deerskin slip-ons feel will feel great on his feet. Stitched in the Dominican Republic, these moccasins feature plush deerskin not just on the outside, but also in the insole, outsole, upper, and lining.
LUXURY CORPORATE GIFT SET
Price: $40 | Buy it on Amazon
For the corporate man, this gift is actually four gifts in one: a classic leather notebook with a pen loop, a sleek metal pen to put in that loop, a matching 8GB USB flash drive, and a wireless optical mouse. Unlike most office gifts, which are often little more than showpieces, this functional set is more than just a pretty face.
Price: $90 | Buy it on Gifts.com
Squirrels eat in the park -- men go on picnics. This insulated backpack comes packed with everything he needs for an outdoor spread, including a bread knife, cutting board, flatware, melamine plates, goblets, a detachable wine cooler, a corkscrew, salt and pepper shakers, and a comfy felt blanket.
BOSE SOUNDLINK MICRO BLUETOOTH SPEAKER
Price: $99.95 | Buy it on QVC
If the music lover in your life demands full, rich sound in a small package, the Soundlink packs legendary Bose quality into a speaker slightly larger than a hockey puck. Rugged and waterproof, it pairs with Google Assistant, Amazon Echo, Siri, and more -- all while responding to voice commands.
HIGH-DEFINITION GRIP SCOPE
Price: $39.95 | Buy it on Amazon
Unlike bulky binoculars, this BAK4 prism-equipped monocular 6x30 viewing scope can be easily balanced and stabilized with just one hand. The high-definition optical glass provides clear, crisp images through the no-slip grip device, which can be used with or without glasses.
Price: $22.98 | Buy it on QVC
The handle on the Revers-a-Brella doubles as an adjustable, rotatable flashlight, and it uses two layers of protection to ward off the elements. The real reason he'll love it, however, is that opens in reverse -- inside out -- to keep not just him, but also the floor nice and dry when he's back indoors.
VINTAGE LEATHER ARTIST'S POUCH
Price: $20 | Buy it on Amazon
Rustic and vintage, this pencil, brush, and charcoal tote was made with sustainability in mind. It's crafted from thick, durable buffalo leather that was tanned in a traditional fashion that's more environmentally friendly than modern chemical treatments. Completely recyclable, the pouch is made by the people from the desert culture of Rajasthan, India.
PERSONALIZED COLLAR STAYS
Price: $49 | Buy it on Gifts.com
Even though they're critical components to a crisp, sharp shirt, normal collar stays would be a pretty boring Valentine's Day gift -- but these aren't normal collar stays. Made from stainless steel and presented in a lined, bonded leather carrying case, all 12 stays are engraved with a dozen of your best flirty, loving, or otherwise romantic messages.
HAVERN WOOD WATCH
Price: $65 | Buy it on Etsy
This watch, which received five out of five stars after more than 1,100 reviews, is made from natural, sustainable wood. The eco-friendly timepiece looks rustic but is backed by Japanese quartz movement. Make it his own with personalized engraving.
SAUVAGE EAU DE TOILETTE GIFT SET
Price: $150 | Buy it from Bergdorf Goodman
Eau de toilette spray and a refillable eau de toilette travel spray bottle combine to make this the ultimate gift set for the man who likes to primp before he leaves the house. Since it's Dior, it's made in and imported from France.
GROW OLD WITH ME CANVAS ART
Price: $60 | Buy it on Gifts.com
If romantic decor is on the shopping list this Valentine's Day, this piece is all about personalization. It's available in different sizes, on canvas or framed, with your choice to personalize any two names and a unique message.
URMISS SHOULDER BAG
Price: $19 | Buy it on Amazon
If your man has grown out of his backpack but just isn't a briefcase kind of guy, this bag is worn across the body messenger style. Made from canvas, it's thin but it opens up nicely with six pockets in the front and one in the back -- all in addition to the main space.
LIFEAROUND2ANGELS BATH BOMBS
Price: $26.80 | Buy it on Amazon
Who says women are the only ones who appreciate pampering bathroom gifts on Valentine's Day? Once he soaks with these bath bombs, it will become abundantly clear why the set earned 4.9 out of five stars after more than 3,600 reviews. Therapeutic, moisturizing, and made in California, these bombs turn bathtubs into fountains of youth.
CHEF'S VISION COSMIC KNIFE SET
Price: $59.95 | Buy it on Amazon
If your Valentine is a science buff, a whiz in the kitchen or both, this knife set will be much more than just a gift. Designed with the brilliant colors of the expanding universe, this cutlery is far more than a novelty. Made from razor sharp stainless steel and fitted with ergonomic handles, each cosmic knife in the set is coated with non-stick surface.
ROLLING SHOP SEAT AND TOOL TRAY
Price: $29.38 | Buy it on Amazon
More than 500 customers have combined to give this mechanic's stool and tool tray combo a 4.2-star rating. Made of steel and fitted with a comfortable padded seat, your Valentine and his tools can now glide effortlessly through the garage on 360-degree casters.
'ONE-MINUTE PRAYERS FOR MEN'
Price: $8.49 | Buy it on Amazon
There's time for a moment of serenity and peace even for men with the tightest schedules. This prayer book is small enough to tuck away in briefcases or even pockets. When a free moment presents itself, he can emerge refreshed after stealing away for just a single minute of meditative prayer on topics like health, family, temptation, and success.
ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER
Price: $27 | Buy it on Amazon
From congestion and allergies to headaches and slumping concentration, there's an essential oil for every ailment. This diffuser's wooden veneer gives it a rustic, natural look. Thanks to ultrasonic technology, it runs nearly silent and soothes with a seven-light LED display.
HIDDEN PASSAGE BRAIN TEASER
Price: $13 | Buy it on Amazon
Whether it's for decompressing after a hard day's work or challenging his brain upon waking up, this highly rated brain teaser will keep him occupied while boosting mental dexterity. Handmade from natural, organic monkeypod wood, the 3D puzzle was built by master craftsmen and comes with a full warranty.