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It’s that time of year — the season of love, also known as Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re boo’d up this year or you’re gearing up to make your first move on your dream Valentine, the holiday will be here before you know it, so it’s probably best to get a head start on shopping.
Particularly, if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the man in your life, and you’re on a strict budget, no worries — let us do the heavy lifting.
We’ve broken down the types of men to shop for into eight categories: The cocktail connoisseur, the romantic, the “fashionisto,” the techie, the homebody, the gym buff, the traveler and the home cook. If your Valentine falls under any of these, we’ve got some amazing gift ideas that all currently retail below $100! Take a look at our recommendations below:
1. The Cocktail Connoisseur
Shop: Vinglacé Tumbler, $24.95
The boozy lover of your life needs a stylish way to (responsibly) drink on demand and this Vinglacé Tumbler with removable cover is ideal for the occasion. Consisting of a stainless steel outer and glass inner, this double-walled, vacuum insulated cup can carry everything from chilled white wine to hot coffee, maintaining the temperature of its contents for extended periods of time.
2. The Romantic
Shop: Key To My Heart Key Chain Set, $50
Some may call it corny, but the romantic in your life would consider this the sweetest gesture of love, ever! The folks at Things Remembered are known for offering some of the most gorgeous customizable gifts imaginable, and this "Key To My Heart" keychain set is the perfect daily reminder that you and your partner need of each other's love.
3. The Fashionisto
Shop: Fossil The Commuter Chronograph Leather Strap Watch, $45.98 (Orig. $115.00)
There seems to be various sayings about a man and his watch, like, "A man is never fully dressed without his watch," and, "The telling of a well-dressed man is on his wrist." So, to avoid your special person falling into watch-less territory, we recommend this stunner from Fossil. The Commuter Chronograph Leather Strap Watch can be worn with any outfit and only puts the cherry on top of your stylish Valentine's dapper look.
4. The Techie/Music Lover
Shop: JBL Flip 4 Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker Bundle, $84.94 (Orig. $89.99)
There is a common misconception that it costs an arm and a leg to effectively shop for the tech and music lovers in our lives. Lies! There are tons of quality electronics that fit the bill — and then some — and this JBL Flip 4 Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker Bundle is the perfect example of this. In addition to being one of the most premium portable bluetooth speakers on the market, this piece of tech comes in eight color options, and is fully equipped with a sturdy carrying case.
5. The Home Body
Shop: Amazon Echo Dot, $34.99 (Orig. $49.99)
If you're spending the holiday inside with your Valentine — or he's a proud, self-proclaimed couch potato — the Echo Dot seems like a no-brainer. Ditching the necessity of getting up, the popular and insanely affordable device is integrated with Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa, whom he can ask to perform tons of requests. From turning on the lights to playing his favorite tunes, she's got it covered.
6. The Gym Buff
Shop: Fitbit Inspire HR Activity Tracker, $99.95
Admittedly, it's a tough task to snag a premium fitness tracker without spending upwards of $150. Well, it looks like your gym buff Valentine is in luck (only for a while, though), as this Fitbit Inspire HR Activity Tracker is currently available at Macy's for $99.95! For that only, I'll stop there. Go! Get one before they're all gone!
7. The Traveler
Shop: ASOS Design Leather Luggage Tag And Passport Cover, $14.00 (Orig. $40.00)
If your Valentine is a jet-setter, chances are he's using his passport more often than not. Why not give TSA a treat when he hands the book over with this sleek, 100 percent leather passport cover? This ASOS set also comes with a matching luggage tag and only retails for $14 ($26 off its initial retail price)!
8. The Home Cook/Griller
Shop: 'All This... And I Can Cook!' Black Men's Apron, $18.79
We can't forget about the home cooks, grillers and self-proclaimed chefs. With grilling season coming later in the year and V-Day right around the corner, this find is sure to serve double-duty. Have your love whip up Valentine's Day dinner in style in this clever apron, decorated with the words "All This... And I Can Cook" on the chest. As an owner of one of these, myself, I can say it's surely a conversation piece (and is perfect for the 'Gram).
Happy shopping, love birds!