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Cuffing season is still in full swing, and many of you have just secured a new boyfriend. First of all, congrats on finding someone with whom to spend Valentine’s Day with! It’s a tough world out there, but you managed to secure a cuddle buddy for the cold temperatures. Of course, since it is the holidays, figuring out the perfect gift for your new boyfriend is a new challenge—but one which we’re here to help. You’ve already done the hard part (finding a boyfriend, in this case), but now it’s time to take the next step and really make this V-day grand.
If you’ve just started dating someone, finding a gift for them is hard AF. On one hand, you want to impress your significant other with the perfect item. On the other hand, though, you don’t want to go too big too soon. You need a gift that says, “Hey, I like you and think you’re great, but we just started going out, and I’m not sure if you’re my soulmate yet.” Yes, it’s a difficult task, but there are plenty of ways to gift your boyfriend a special item without going overboard. The key: Pay attention.
When you talk to your new boyfriend, pay attention to what he likes, what he complains about or what he’s lacking. If he’s always cold, gift him with a chic winter accessory to keep him warm (like a beanie or scarf). If he can’t stop talking about how his favorite show is about to be removed from Netflix, get him the DVD box set so he can have it forever. If he’s a huge fan of a specific sports team, find a chic sweatshirt with a vintage-inspired team logo. There’s no need to get anything too fancy—just find a gift that’s practical and personal, and you can’t go wrong.
Below, you’ll find 15 different new boyfriend gift ideas to get you started on your journey. Whether your new boyfriend is a total foodie or always complains about his long commute to work, you’re sure to find something that suits his needs—without going over the top. Save the fancy gifts for your first anniversary, K?
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Lumin Modern Bathroom Set
Upgrade his shower game with this bundle of elevated essentials, featuring a tea tree and aloe body wash, keratin-infused shampoo and conditioner, a charcoal face cleanser and a moisturizing balm that’s all tailored to his age and skin/hair type. Lumin creates affordable men’s skincare that’s on par with the premium products lining your own bathroom shelf, so you’ll be more inclined to stay over even if you didn’t pack a bag — making this gift a win-win in his book.
ESPN+ Subscription Gift Card
Perfect the sports fanatic on your list this year (or anyone who likes to watch live games), ESPN+ is now offering gift cards to send online for subscriptions.
Nike Dri-FIT Academy Jacket
A Nike jacket is both a safe and stylish gift for the new boyfriend—whether he wears it during your next movie night in (tbh, what other kind is there right now) or the next time he hits the pavement.
Truff Gourmet Hot Sauce
This truffle-spiked hot sauce has gone basically viral this year because yes, it really is that good and the packaging is so luxe it might as well be a designer perfume. This is the perfect low-key gift for foodie BFs.
The Office Box Set
A comprehensive box set of his favorite sit-com (or whatever genre) is the perfect gift when you’re trying to avoid coming on too strong.
Viva Leather Personalized Dopp Kit
If your new S.O. is always traveling, treat him to a sleek monogrammed dopp kit to help him keep his toiletries neat and organized when he’s on the go (or just staying over at your place).
“Rick & Morty” Face Mask
Whether he’s into this hit animated comedy (like so many guys I know personally) or another TV series, why not gift him with a fun mask? After all, it is the hottest accessory of 2020 (and will continue to be in 2021).
Portable Wireless Charging Station
If his phone always seems to be dying, give him this problem-solving solution that he’ll actually use on the daily.
If your new beau has a taste for fashion, he’ll love this cozy and stylish scarf for the holidays.
Madewell Men’s Slippers
If he’s working from home (which most of us are right now), he’ll be stoked about these ridiculously soft slippers.
Goodfellow & Co. Strap Watch Set
Perfect for indecisive types who like to keep their accessory game feeling fresh, this luxe strap set makes the perfect useful gift that still comes off as thoughtful.
Bearaby Napper Weighted Blanket
If your man’s always freezing, give him the gift of warmth and comfort with a chic weighted blanket.
Personalized Amp Doormat
If he’s a musician, gifting him with a new instrument or audio system if the safest bet. Try a music-themed home decor or novelty item instead.
Tee Public Retro Sports Sweatshirt
If he’s into sports, gifting him with some vintage-inspired merch emblazoned with his team’s logo is the way to go.
Maptote Coffee Mug
If he’s a big coffee drinker, consider gifting him with a novelty mug that pays homage to his hometown.
Alen BreatheSmart 45i True HEPA Air Purifier
Sure, this sleek air purifier may be on the pricier end of the spectrum, but if you and your new S.O. like to splurge on one another, give him the gift of clean air and better sleep—trust us, he’ll thank you later. It’s designed with vivid LED colored lights that visually tell you the quality of the air you’re breathing and emits pink noise to help you fall asleep faster—without allergies and pollution getting in the way.
A version of this article was originally published in 2013.