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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 a solid assortment of 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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Nordgreen Philosopher Black Leather Watch
This best-selling time piece by premium and sustainable Scandinavian brand, Nordgreen is both a practical and elevated gift for a newer S.O. The Philosopher watch is a great mid-priced model, featuring a versatile black leather band that will suit just about any personal aesthetic. For an extra 15 percent off your order, use StyleCaster’s exclusive discount code STYLEC at checkout.
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.
Allbirds Wool Loungers
Apparently, Allbirds are the coveted footwear brand of 2021. From my friend who’s a men’s lifestyle editor to my uncle, everyone seems to have invested in a pair of these cozy slip-ons for themselves, so if the male on your list hasn’t gotten on board, help him out with this foolproof holiday gift.
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.
Birthdate Co. Candle
This personalized candle is a solid custom gift for anyone, any time of year — especially for those into astrology, tarot, and numerology (or just luxe scented candles).
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.
MasterClass Online Courses
Masterclass’s impressive roster of online classes taught by industry pros—think: cooking lessons with Gordon Ramsey and film 101 with David Lynch—provides the wishy-washy giftee with plenty of unique options.
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.
Opove Deep Massage Gun
If he’s been coveting a Thera Gun massager recently, this is the perfect (and top-rated) dupe — and it’s a fraction of the cost.
“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 2021.
Maptote Coffee Mug
If he’s a big coffee drinker, consider gifting him with a novelty mug that pays homage to his hometown.
A version of this article was originally published in 2013.