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11 Most Unexpected Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Boyfriend or Husband

11 Unexpected Valentine’s Day Gifts

Forget the tired greeting card or boring cologne. Get him something cool and functional! Show the man in your life how truly thoughtful you are with one of these unique gifts.

  1. Mantry Food Subscription Box

Mantry is a subscription box catered to the foodie you love. Six food products, curated with a culinary theme, arrive on your doorstep every two months. The first one comes in the handmade Mantry wooden crate. The products are all chosen from the very best American artisan food makers.

Every box comes with a Mantry manual detailing information about the artisan makers, where the products came from, and recipes to make with your new ingredients. Mantry donates 1% of their sales to City Harvest, a New York organization committed to collecting good surplus food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributes it to those in need. Order your special guy a Mantry box and share in the delectable results.

  1. BottleLoft

How are these beer bottles hovering, you ask? Thanks to BottleLoft, the magnetic strips you can affix to the ceiling of your refrigerator. The adhesive is specifically designed for low temperatures. The magnets are the highest grade Neodymium and can bear three times the weight of a 12oz bottle, so no need to worry. These will save space and look really cool doing it.

  1. Laser Projection Keyboard

This futuristic keyboard will have him thinking he’s in Back to the Future II. The projector is small enough to fit in your pocket and easy to use—just connect it to any Bluetooth-enabled device and the red laser keyboard appears, ready to work on any counter. The motion sensor also allows you to use the device as a mouse.

  1. Brand & Iron Brass Bottle Opener

This elegant bronze bottle opener is the perfect addition to the beer lover’s collection. It’s small, yet solid and smooth in hand. The Italian leather handle—which comes in natural, brown, or black—allows you to hang the bottle opener in the bar or attach it to your key ring. It comes in a drawstring cloth bag—a great gift already wrapped up for your practical man.

  1. Reyn Spooner Aloha Nouveau Shirt

Give him something to wear on Aloha Friday, or to those dressy casual events that sometimes stump him. Reyn Spooner’s fabric gets better with age—a blend of cotton and polyester that is soft, breathable, and wrinkle-resistant. Look closely, and you’ll see the subtle heart pattern, perfect for Valentine’s Day.

  1. Wooden Beer Caddy with Bottle Opener

For your beer enthusiast who totes the occasional six-pack, make the job a little easier and a lot more stylish with this lightweight wooden beer caddy. The caddy is put together by hand with upcycled redwood from San Francisco salvage yards, so every caddy’s wood grain is individual. Its design holds your bottles snugly. The handle is steel, as is the useful bottle opener on the side. Take him out for a Valentine’s Day picnic with this handy carrier full of his favorite brew.

  1. Brackish “Seabrook” Bowtie

This statement piece and forever classy accessory will make him stand out from the party crowd. Brackish feather bowties are handcrafted in South Carolina, and each feather is handpicked, making every bowtie one of a kind. The “Seabrook” tie features blue, green, and black and white pheasant feathers.

  1. Spotify Premium Subscription

Music lovers should all be using Spotify, an online music streaming service. With millions of songs to browse through and tons of playlists to explore, you’ll never have to wonder what to listen to next. You can use Spotify for free with ads, or you can subscribe to Spotify Premium for $9.99 a month, which allows you to listen to your music on and offline without ads. Make a romantic playlist for your man to go with the subscription.

  1. Smartphone Projector

If he’s a cinema buff, he’ll love this neat little projector. Its simple, retro design allows for any smartphone to fit inside, and increases the display size up to 8x magnification. You just have to adjust the back compartment to focus and the glass lens will take care of the enlargement, no power needed. There are also two slots to allow for a speaker and a charger. Let the projector work its magic on a flat surface in a dark room; then you and your man can cuddle up for a movie marathon.

  1. Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera

Is he a social media addict? Does he appreciate photography? Both those desires can be fulfilled with this 10-megapixel camera, which prints 2×3” photographs right after they’re taken and also saves them digitally on an SD card. You get a nice souvenir to commemorate this Valentine’s Day and something to post on Facebook in one go! Be sure to purchase the photo paper as well.

11. Romantic Photo Session


What could be more romantic than a snuggle-sesh with your favorite guy in an incredible location? From the ocean to the mountains, you’re sure to have an amazing time when the focus is on loving each other and not posing for the camera. Lifestyle sessions that capture your personality and love are on the rise in popularity.

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