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10 Valentine’s Day gift ideas to impress the hard-to-please man in your life

Valentine’s Day can be a serious pain. Couples everywhere pretend to hate the age-old tradition, but still feel obligated to come up with a gift come February 14th. If your man won’t find Tide Pod chocolate boxes amusing, here are ten ideas that he’ll actually enjoy.

1. Broome & Mercer FORTYSEVEN Unisex Watches

A classy watch never goes out of style, and it doesn’t have to be a Rolex to impress your S.O. These Broome & Mercer FORTYSEVEN Unisex Watches are perfect for the sophisticated man who’s always on time — or who could use a few reminders. These watches are also water resistant up to 50 meters, so he won’t mess it up if he accidentally wears it in the shower or gets caught in the rain.

2. ROAV Eyewear: The World’s Thinnest Folding Sunglasses

If he sees himself as more of a beachy, wanderlust type, you should consider getting him a pair of ROAV Eyewear Sunglasses, which are super thin folding sunglasses. Even though they’re compact, they’re also durable and offer essential UV protection. They won’t scratch or shatter easily either, meaning he won’t feel bad if he drops them.

3. Ticwatch 2 Active Smartwatch

A smartwatch is one of those gifts you can give to pretty much anyone, but a lot of people will hesitate on dropping that kind of money on themselves. Luckily, you don’t have to get the latest FitBit or Apple Watch to find an innovative and helpful wearable. The Ticwatch 2 Active Smartwatch does everything brand name smartwatches do at a fraction of the price. You can call an Uber, set reminders, make calls, get text notifications, and track your vitals. It’s no surprise they raised over $2 million on Kickstarter.

4. Bomber Barrel Duffel Bag Complete Set

If one of your partner’s goals is to travel more in 2018, you can support him by investing in a well-designed duffel bag. The Bomber Barrel Duffel Bag, which is Kickstarter’s most funded bag ever, is extremely lightweight and weather-resistant. It includes a travel kit to keep your toiletries organized, as well as inner and outer pockets for small essentials.

5. Dash 4.0 RFID-Blocking Wallet

Everyone carries credit cards, but not everyone knows how easy it is to steal credit card info using RFID technology. That’s why the Dash 4.0 RFID-Blocking Wallet is such a useful gift. It holds and protects up to 15 cards and even includes a cash slot and utility compartments. Despite its features, the Dash 4.0 is exceptionally slim and fits into any pocket easily.

6. Conversion Turntable with Stereo Speakers

The Conversion Turntable with Stereo Speakers is one of those gifts he wouldn’t think to get himself but would love, especially if he’s into music. This nifty turntable lets you convert records and cassettes into digital audio. Obviously, the sound quality of records is reason enough to purchase, but with this turntable, you can back up all those records in case anything ever happens to them.

7. Graphene 5K HyperCharger + Triton Cable

A lightweight mobile battery pack is another one of those gifts that’s sure to be a perennial favorite. The Graphene 5k Hypercharger + Triton Cable is perfect for anyone who’s always on the go, with 5,000mAh of power. It even has two USB charging ports for simultaneous fast-charging.

8. The Mindful Notebook

The perfect gift for a goal-oriented person (or just someone with a lot of New Year’s resolutions), The Mindful Notebook is an excellent tool for perennial goal setters. Each page includes a daily inspirational quote and helps its owner become a more mindful person. As a bonus, Corso donates a portion of every purchase to the Foundation for a Mindful Society.

9. TUO: The Ultimate Travel Organizer

TUO: The Ultimate Travel Organizer is an essential for any traveler no matter where they’re going. This useful organizer is essentially a portable closet made of water-resistant fabric. Its three mesh zipper pockets and six internal elastic pockets will keep small belongings secured. It even includes a mini laundry bag, which is one of those things everyone forgets to pack.

10. Men’s Trakline Belts by Kore Essentials

It can be difficult to buy clothes for someone without knowing their exact measurements, but the Men’s Trakline Belts by Kore Essentials make it easy. These innovative belts have no belt holes whatsoever because the track allows them to adjust to 40 different sizing points. One size fits every waist, which can be re-assuring after a big meal. The underside of the buckle actually opens bottle tops too and can come off to pass through airport metal detectors without having to take the whole belt off.