15 Unusual – and Affordable! – Gifts for Men on Valentine’s Day

Unusual gifts are a creative and fresh way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with guy you love. These unusual gift ideas for men on Valentine’s Day revolve around toys, tools, and food. What man doesn’t love toys, tools, and food? These Valentine’s gifts are unique because they range from remote helicopters to baconnaise to thoughtful little details that make February 14 unforgettable…

unusual gifts for men on valentine's dayThe Tonight / Not Tonight Throw Pillow Gift Set is one of my favorite “unusual gifts” because it’s a cute way to bring romance into Valentine’s Day without being corny or crass. Think of this gift idea as a communication tool :-) because he can’t read your mind! One side of this 18×18″ throw pillowcase says “tonight (woo hoo!)” on one side and “not tonight (sorry)” on the other side. Put it on your bed to let your boyfriend or husband know what you’re thinking.

The way to keep your man sweet — and sweet on you — is to surprise him. These unexpected and unusual gifts for men on Valentine’s Day will not only do that, they’ll keep your relationship fresh and new. I stole a couple ideas from my 17 Gift Ideas That Will Make Your Boyfriend’s Parents Adore You, because those were quite unique. But I digress – let’s stay focused on these unique gifts for your boyfriend or husband on Valentine’s Day…

Your boyfriend or husband probably loves tools of some type, food of all types, and tech toys. Those aren’t unusual gifts at Christmas or for his birthday, but they’re definitely surprising on February 14. So, why not surprise your man this year with a Valentine’s Day gift that isn’t mooshy or romantic? You can still GET mooshy and romantic with him when you celebrate the day together! But give him something that makes him happy in daily life – not just in the boudoir.

15 Unusual Gifts for Men on Valentine’s Day

The best Valentine’s Day gifts for men make them feel warm and fuzzy without being embarrassed. These unusual gifts for men won’t make you feel warm and fuzzy because they’re not romantic. But, they are a great way to say “I love you” to a man who loves tools, toys, and food.

A King and Queen beverage set

unusual gifts for him valentines dayThe “King Beer” and “Queen Wine” Glass Gift Set is a fun, light-hearted way to ring in another Valentine’s Day with your boyfriend or husband.

“I bought this glass set as an anniversary present for my fiancé as a visual way to symbolize our future roles when we finally get married,” says Taylor. “He loved them. The writing on the glasses are solid, and it shipped rather quickly. I am very happy with my purchase and highly recommend this as an unusual gift for men on Valentine’s Day.”

An unusually creative gift from his childhood

“It’s the thoughtful little details that create the biggest and most unusual gift surprises for men on Valentine’s Day,” says Frankie Picasso, author of Midlife Mojo: How to Get Through the Midlife Crisis and Emerge as Your True Self. “For example, you could find a cherished childhood toy that was lost or never received in an antique store, or ask an artist to paint a portrait of a beloved pet. One year, I asked a woodcarver to make me a totem pole that I designed for my husband. The pole contained a grizzly bear and his beloved guitar – his favorite things. That was the most unusual gift for Valentine’s Day I ever gave a man!

Those are super sweet and thoughtful Valentine’s Day ideas for a man on February 14. Whether you’ve been together for one month or 10 years, you want to find that special gift idea that shows your love without overwhelming him.

Lumio Nightlight

gift ideas for insomniacs people who can't sleepThe Lumio Nightlight Booklight one of my most recent discoveries, and it’s one of those unusual gifts that is practical and beautiful. It’s a book-shaped lamp that you don’t plug in – I featured it in my list of gift ideas for insomniacs.

When you open the book, it turns on; when you close the book, it turns off. The LED lamp’s usage is flexible and creative; it can be used as nightlight, droplight, desk lamp, unique decoration, outdoor light, etc. This is an unusual gift for men on Valentine’s Day because it’s sorta sexy but very practical. A long USB cable is included so this booklight can be charged from the USB port of a computer, laptop, power bank or even by a standard USB wall adapter plug.

Upgrade his software, photography, or computer tools

The Kindle Fire HD Tablet might be an unusual gift on Valentine’s Day, depending on your man’s stock of tech toys. My husband’s iPhone is almost 10 years old, and I’m seriously considering buying him a new iPhone on February 14. He’s been putting it off because he doesn’t want to spend the money; I know he’s appreciate if I just bought it for him. Sometimes one of the most loving gifts we can give is something practical that costs more money than a man wants to spend.

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for BoyfriendHere’s the gift one writer gave her boyfriend for Valentine’s Day last year:

“My husband was going on a long cross-state bike ride, and was weighed down with all the chargers for the little devices that are somehow necessary,” says freelance writer Alex Sharp. “So I researched and found a solar charger (such as a backup rechargeable charger for iPods, iPhones, BlackBerry’s, Kindles) that would work for multiple devices. He had less stuff to carry, less imposition of having to find outlets, and less stuff to clutter our lives. He loved this gift!”

A Valentine’s Day treasure hunt for men

When was the last time your boyfriend searched for lost gems or a buried treasure chest? A fun, creative Valentine’s Day gift for him is a treasure hunt. It can be inside the house, yard, park, neighborhood, city – or even a neighboring town or city. Your treasure hunt can be sexy and romantic, or fun and silly. You can plan a family treasure hunt for Valentine’s Day, or an “adults only” treasure hunt later on in the evening.

While this isn’t one of the most unusual gifts for men on Valentine’s Day, it might be fun to prepare clues that lead him from one place to another. You can have as many as 15 clues, or as few as three. The last clue could lead to your bedroom, a candlelit bathtub full of bubbles, or a hotel room you’ve booked. Prepare the “treasure chest” with candles, music, roses, and chocolate…and enjoy a romantic February 14-style evening with your boyfriend or husband.

For more low-cost and unusual gifts for men on Valentine’s Day, read 80 Ways to Show Your Love Without Spending Money.

A car dash cam – an unusual gift for men who love cars

Gift Idea for Car Enthusiasts dashboard cameraBack to the more unusual gifts for men on Valentine’s Day: the Car Dash Cam with Night Vision. It has a G-sensor for real time video sharing, motion detection, traffic accident disputes, and a parking monitor loop recording.Described as “intelligent and magical”, this dashboard camera recorder (car dash cam) is one of the best gifts for guys who love cars.

This Valentine’s Day gift has a wireless wifi connection, mobile app control, and remote Magickey. This allows drivers to capture, edit, and share videos on his smartphone and instantly post on Facebook or other social media sites. If your automobile enthusiast has his own blog or website, he’ll love this gift even more. He’ll be able to instantly and easily share his car-related experiences with the world. And if he drives a lot for work or enjoys road trips, he can share live videos of road conditions and beautiful views with you, his loved ones, and his friends.

A usual but romantic Valentine’s Day gift gift for men

Unusual Gifts for Men on Valentine’s DayThe Tantric Massage For Beginners: Discover The Best Essential Tantric Massage And Tantric Love Making Techniques may be one of the most unusual gifts for men on Valentine’s Day, or maybe you and your sweetheart wrote the book :-)

Are you and your husband or boyfriend starting to feel distant with one another when you’re in the bedroom together? Do you oftentimes wonder if there isn’t something more that the two of you could be doing that would make you feel closer to one another? Tantric massage is lovely because there is no pressure for a “happy ending.” This is a wonderful way for couples to reconnect emotionally and intimately.

A homemade Valentine’s Day gift bag

For Valentine’s Day last year, I gave my husband a homemade cloth bag of sensual goodies. It wasn’t an unusual gift for him because we started out married life with it. The difference was that we haven’t dug out the sensual goody bag for a few years – and that’s what made it a great Valentine’s Day gift for us as a couple. It was romantic and touching to engage in activities that we did when we were first married. This in itself was unusual.

The love notes are my favorite: there are 15 or 20 notes that we draw out of the bag with our eyes closed, which contain beautiful acts of love that we both enjoy. Our drawstring bag also includes massage oil, a pen and paper for new love ideas, a book, candles, and other assorted goodies.

This is one of the most affordable and romantic Valentine’s Day gifts for men – but not really an unusual idea.

A classy watch with a matching “love you until the end of time” message

Valentines Day Unusual Gifts for Men The Bulova Men’s Marine Watch is a timeless way to say “I love you” to your boyfriend or husband on February 14. The beautiful thing about giving him a watch on Valentine’s Day is the creative ways to tell him you’ll love him forever.

“I bought this as a Christmas present for my husband,” says Linda. “The reviews were all pretty positive so I crossed my fingers and waited. When the watch arrived I loved it even more in person as I did online. It looks like a MUCH more expensive watch and has so many nice details, including a large face and substantial weight. The rubber watch band is thick and high quality. I was worried it would have a “fitbit” feel to it, but to the contrary, it makes this watch the perfect combination dressy/casual. My husband loved this gift as well and it looks great on him. I couldn’t be happier with this purchase.”

The first Valentine’s Day gift my husband ever gave me was a red heart necklace for our first Valentine’s Day. I haven’t given him jewelry yet, but I know he needs a tie clip and cuff links. Watches, tie clips, and cufflinks may not be the most unusual gifts for men on Valentine’s Day, but they can be beautiful expression of love and commitment.

A Valentine’s Day gift for your man’s best friend (his dog!)

Automatic Pet Feeder for Dogs

Automatic Dog Feeder

The Automatic Pet Feeder for Dogs isn’t the most romantic gift on February – but if you love your boyfriend or husband, you love his dog! And we know how much dogs love to eat. And eat. And eat.

An automatic pet dish that supplies food at scheduled times throughout the day is definitely an unusual gift for men on Valentine’s Day – and it’s incredibly practical. Many dog owners occasionally run late getting home from work. You and your man want to make sure the dog gets his dinner on time. And, some dogs have health conditions – such as diabetes – that require regular food at consistent intervals during the day.

For more dog-related gift ideas (and unusual gifts for men), read 10 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Dogs and Dog Lovers.

Unusual foods to eat on Valentine’s Day

I’m considering buying my husband Baconnaise for Valentine’s Day, even though he’d probably rather get a power tool — but he has every tool known to man! Food can be a fun gift idea, even for men who don’t cook, including pickle popsicles, snake wine, Astronaut ice cream, chocolate covered grasshoppers or ants, curry-flavor buffalo dung beetles, or edible crickets.

If your boyfriend loves chocolate, you can find gorgeous gourmet chocolate figurines and specialty items (eg, chessboards, teddy bears, fruit, books, etc). For more ideas, search the internet for online retailers of exotic food products. Another Valentine’s Day gift idea for men is to order a case of “homemade” beer or wine from a store that does all the mixing and brewing for you.

Buffalo Bills’ Beef Jerky

best gifts for your boyfriendIf your boyfriend likes to eat (who doesn’t?) and needs quick pick me ups, get him Buffalo Bills Beef Jerky 6-Pack Gift Cooler.

It’s a zippered cooler with 12 assorted 1.75oz packs of Buffalo Bills Jerky: seven packs of Country Cut Beef Jerky – BBQ, Chipotle, Hickory Pepper, Mesquite, Mild, Spicy, Teriyaki – four packs of Western Cut Beef Jerky – Cajun, Black Pepper, Sweet n’ Spicy, Teriyaki – and one pack of Turkey Jerky. This beef jerky gift basket finds in perfectly with my last “best gifts for boyfriends” idea at the end of this article.

Give your boyfriend the best gift of all: an unusual experience

What would your boyfriend like to experience more than anything? Some guys want to drive a Ferrari or Lamborghini for a couple of hours; others want to explore the Amazon jungle for a couple of months. While you may not be able to afford an exotic vacation for your boyfriend, you might consider splurging on a weekend getaway for both of you.

Pair a weekend away with something from 12 Gifts for People Who Love to Travel, and you’ll have an experience to share with him. This really is one of the best gifts for boyfriends: something to do with you that creates memories.

A jar of “missing you” notes

valentine day unusual gift ideas for men february 14The KindNotes Jar of Messages in Mini Envelopes – Missing You is sweet and simple. It includes 31 love-themed “I miss you” messages to be opened each day of the month of February – or anytime your husband or boyfriend needs a little pick-me-up.

This is a unique gift that will bright his day, especially on the bad days when he needs a little cheering up. This beautiful keepsake glass jar is filled to the brim with linen decorative cardstock envelopes, and can be displayed and treasured in the office or at home.

If you want to make your own “Jar of Love Notes”, simply gather a pretty glass jar, ribbon, and paper to write thoughtful, loving notes. You can make this one of the most unusual gifts for men on Valentine’s Day by writing personal messages to your boyfriend or husband. As you can see from the image, the messages in the jar come in mini envelopes, which is a very classy touch.

Write your man a letter that describes an inside joke in your relationship

Have you and your boyfriend had an experience together that was totally disastrous? Maybe you got lost on the way to a funeral, or were caught making out at the office. If you can find a way to poke fun at that experience in a light-hearted way, you’ll have an unusual gift idea on February 14!

Sharing memories strengthens your bond, and makes your relationship deeper and more special. The most unusual gifts for men on Valentine’s Day are those that make him remember how much he loves and needs you, and how much you love and need him. February 14 isn’t just about giving stuff, it’s about connecting on a whole new level. That’s why experiences make the best gifts – and so do inside jokes or situations only you and he know about.

And now, dear reader, I have to go meet my husband. It’s not Valentine’s Day yet, but I feel in the mood for love :-) If you have any unusual gifts for men, please do share below. I’d love to hear from you!

If you’re thinking about giving something to his mom and dad, read 17 Gift Ideas That Will Make Your Boyfriend’s Parents Adore You.


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6 thoughts on “15 Unusual – and Affordable! – Gifts for Men on Valentine’s Day”

  1. Thanks for these gift tips for men on Valentine’s Day.Every year it gets more difficult for me to know what to buy my husband but February 14 is still a special day for us. Even after 17 years! These gifts for men are good, but I still haven’t found quite what I’m looking for.

  2. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for your Valentine’s Day gifts for boyfriends ideas! Appreciate the tips.

    My husband and I are going to Hawaii on Monday, and will be there for Valentine’s Day. No gifts for us — just the trip. :-)

  3. Get him gadgets! Prepaid cell phones are great gifts! For only $50 a month, your loved ones can get unlimited minutes and texts on the Net10 plan. It’s a great deal that won’t break the bank. Finally, prepaid is stepping it up.

  4. Valentine’s gifts don’t need to be expensive! Actually research has shown that small, thoughtful acts are appreciated more than grand gestures. So no need to get her a ring or to buy him that expensive leather briefcase. An unexpected kiss, voicemail, note or text message is all it takes.