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Not Your Average Valentine 15 creative gifts for your guy

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Not Your Average Valentine 15 creative gifts for your guy

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There’s a fine line between cool gifts and seriously not-cool gifts, especially for dudes—and especially on Valentine’s Day. Tracking down a niche brand of tequila for your south-of-the-border spirits drinker? Special! This boob scarf? Horrifying. If you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path presents but fear veering into Crazytown, here are 15 smart ideas for your man.

Workout and adventure gear

The lightweight, waterproof K-Way Men’s Jacket ($54 at Alite Designs) is bananas practical and folds down into its own pocket, making it an ideal item for travelers, sportsmen and any guy who prides himself on always being prepared.

K-Way Claude Men’s Jacket

 

If he’s old-school with his exercise routine, and eschews anything fancy or newfangled, get him a pair of highly rated Everlast Protex2 Training Gloves ($49.99 at Dick’s Sporting Goods).

Everlast Protex2 Training Gloves

 

One of the most unique gifts this past holiday season was an Oru Kayak (a splurge and a half at $1,195 at Oru Kayak). It goes from box to water in just a few minutes!

Oru Kayak

 

Or if you’re looking for something more modest, cyclists can make repairs on the fly with a Crankbrothers Multi 19 Tool ($33 at REI), which features 19 various tools (including screwdrivers, wrenches and a chain breaker) and a case to hold them in.

Crankbrothers Multi 19 Tool

 

Alimentary options

Budget-friendly hooch that doesn’t taste cheap? Look no further than The Black Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky ($29.99 at Marketview Liquor). For pure perfection, add a Whiskey Wedge ($17.95 at Uncommon Goods).

The Black Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky (left) and Whiskey Wedge

 

A subscription to the Beer of the Month Club ($24.95 and up at Beer of the Month Club) is the perfect way into a beer drinker’s heart. Now, if only you could score him a job with the company’s tasting panel.

Beer of the Month Club

 

If he likes his hops, have him try out the Menu Beer Foamer ($29.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond) to enhance the taste of his brew.

Menu Beer Foamer

 

Chef’s Torch With Fuel Gauge ($23 at Home Depot). Because he can.

Chef’s Torch With Fuel Gauge

 

Experiences

Over at Excitations, it’s all about the experience. Let him take an architecture cruise, learn to make sushi, swim with sharks or learn how to skydive (starting at $179 at Excitations). If the gift you choose isn’t his thing, the company has a generous refund and exchange policy.

Gift a Skydiving Lesson at Excitations.com

 

I still can’t get over how much bang for your buck you get with a subscription to Next Issue Media, a company that provides access to magazine content online (plans start at $9.99 per month; free 30-day trial available). If he does his reading on a tablet or smartphone, this is a no-brainer. Try a subscription for yourself while you’re at it.

Monthly magazine subscription from Next Issue Media

 

The looks department

Scraggly and scruffy he ain’t, so this handy, all-purpose Jack Black Epic Moisture MP10 Nourishing Oil ($32 at Sephora) will suit all of his skin care needs. It’s swell for shaving, moisturizing, taming hair and even conditioning beards.

Jack Black Epic Moisture MP10 Nourishing Oil

 

Give him a piece of Bronx Bombers history with a pair of Vintage Yankee Stadium Cufflinks ($170 at The New York Times Store). They’re made from wooden seats salvaged from Yankee Stadium before the 1973 renovation.

Vintage Yankee Stadium Cufflinks

 

Help him broadcast that he went to the best school ever with this X-Men Xavier Institute Royal Blue Pullover Hoodie ($54.99 at SuperHeroStuff).

X-Men Xavier Institute Royal Blue Pullover Hoodie

 

And one for the road

There is one risk with this Itty Bittys Star Wars Collector Set ($29.95 at Hallmark): You might keep it for yourself instead of handing it over on February 14.

Itty Bittys Star Wars Collector Set

 

Coupon tips from our editors banner

Dick’s Sporting Goods: Enjoy free shipping on $25 or more.

Beer of the Month Club: Grab $15 off a six-month prepaid order.

Bed Bath & Beyond: Sign up for Bed Bath & Beyond emails to get 20% off one in-store item.

Excitations: Save 10% off.

Sephora: Grab a free deluxe mystery gift with a purchase of $25 or more.

The New York Times Store: Save 10% off and get free shipping.

SuperHeroStuff: Knock 15% off.

Hallmark: Shop with Hallmark coupons.

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