Valentine's Gifts to Please the Man in Your Life

Since it's not always easy to buy for a man — they're so practical! — consider the following top Valentine's Day gifts for him. Whatever you can do to personalize any of these will emphasize how much you think about him, how well you know him,  and how much you care. And don't forget to include a couple of Valentine's Day cards, at least delivering one that's funny and one that's sweet.

  • 01 of 09
    Amazon Echo
    ••• Amazon

     Is it his fantasy to command the world from his couch? The brilliant Amazon Echo can become the soundtrack of his life, playing all his music and much more. Hands free, ask the Echo a question, tell it to read the sports scores, provide weather and traffic reports. And if he installs a smart home device, he can also control the lights and thermostats in your home. And the device's functionality keeps growing. The device can even order a Domino's pizza for him or call an Uber to take you out on the town.

  • 02 of 09
    beer kit
    ••• On tap. Amazon

    Is he a do-it-yourselfer with a taste for suds? This Valentine's Day, give him a kit that enables him to brew his own.  Mr. Beer provides all the equipment needed for him to home brew 4 gallons of beer.

  • 03 of 09
    drone with camera
    ••• Amazon

    He'll feel on top of the world when he captures the views from this drone that can use his iPhone or Android phone to take aerial videos and photos. Note: The Federal Aviation Administration now requires registration of many drones flown in the US for hobby or commercial purposes.

  • 04 of 09
    ghurka-wallet.jpg
    ••• Available in several colors. Nordstrom.
    How long has he been carrying that same wallet? If the answer is, "too long," consider replacing it with a smart-looking new one. And don't forget to slip a picture of you inside.
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  • 05 of 09
    men's watches
    ••• Help him build a collection. Amazon.com.

    Most men aren't comfortable wearing a lot of jewelry, but few — even those who usually turn to a smartphone to get the time — can resist a fine watch. And many men actually appreciate having a wardrobe of watches to wear on different occasions. Plus, a gift of a watch will remind him to make time for you!

  • 06 of 09
    cordless drill
    ••• Cut the cord!. Amazon

    Most men are hard-wired to fix things, especially when they have the right tools at hand. So surprise him on Valentine's Day with a cordless drill or other power tool that will inspire him to build those shelves or make the repairs your place needs. If he's at all handy, he probably has an old drill that plugs in. This one is much more portable and its lithium-ion battery holds a charge up to 18 months. Don't forget to reward him affectionately when the job is done!

  • 07 of 09
    universal remote
    ••• Logitech.

    If he's got a TV, a stereo, a VCR, a DVD, and/or cable, he may also have enough remote controls to confuse a NASA engineer. Not to mention that the one he wants is often the one that's missing. So if he's more of a channel surfer than a wave runner, help him coordinate his entertainment by converting to a universal remote, which can operate all his IR-electronics from one keypad.

  • 08 of 09
    basket of fruit
    ••• Amazon

    Is he always hungry? And will you be spending Valentine's Day away from one another? Then consider sending him a handsome gift basket of fruit, cheese and nuts that includes two kinds of pears, two types of apples, oranges and mandarins, and a fruit in season. He can also snack on delicious natural cheddar cheese and roasted almonds. And with each lick of the licks, he'll be thinking of you.

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  • 09 of 09
    iPod Touch
    ••• Niki Odolphie @odolphie flickr.com Creative Commons License

    The iPod Touch does everything an iPhone does, without requiring him to change his phone plan after Valentine's Day. Depending on how much memory you choose (8, 16, and 32 gigabyte models are available), he can stash between 1,750 and 7,000 songs, watch movies and play games on the widescreen display, and download his favorite apps.