Looking to get a special guy on your list something great for Valentine’s Day? Forget boring ties, socks, car care kits, and other typical gifts. Guys of all ages love tech that’s useful, fun, and a combination of both.
If you’re looking for ideas for someone to whom you want to show your love this year, whether it’s a significant other, father, brother, son, or someone else in your life, check out these great ideas.
Gifts for the Smart Home (or Office) For Him
Any guy who likes to plan out his days will love the Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant. This smart display is perfect for the nightstand or desktop so he can use it to set alarms, check calendar appointments, play music or videos, and more—all by using his voice, with results displayed on the 4” screen. Placed on the nightstand, he can queue it to wake him up in the morning, show him the weather and traffic reports, and provide a breakdown of his daily calendar. Or, put it on his desk at the office to make video calls to the family, use it as a radio to play tunes from his favourite streaming service, and check in on when his next meeting is.
If he’s a Google fan through and through, consider going with the Google Nest Hub, which also works with the Google Assistant and can perform the same tasks. It has an even bigger 7” screen and is compatible with Nest devices like the smart thermostat, and thousands of others from hundreds of brands.
He might prefer the Amazon Echo Show 5 instead, if Alexa is his preferred voice assistant. This one works much the same way with a larger 5.5” screen. Use it to control smart home devices, see security camera footage, make video calls, play music and videos, keep on top of schedules, and more.
For the guy who has shown interest in adopting a smart home, kick things off with the Philips Hue Play Light Bar Starter Kit, which he can set up in his home office or man cave to create awesome mood lighting for playing video games, watching movies, or just relaxing with the guys, or for a romantic night in. It can showcase more than 16 million different colours and 50,000 shades, so there’s something for every activity—from warm blue lights for reading to bright red hues for party time.
Guys tend to love new gadgets, and ones that serve a useful purpose are always welcome. The Arlo Wi-Fi Video Doorbell will get him excited at the prospect of being able to see who’s at the door any time motion is detected, whether it’s an intruder or a delivery person. He can even communicate with the person to tell them to leave the package at the front door or advise an intruder to leave the property immediately or he will call the police.
Handy and Thoughtful Gifts For Him
After my husband lost his house keys for the umpteenth time (thankfully they turned up at his office), I urged him to get Tile Bluetooth trackers, which I use on all my sets of keys. These handy trackers clip onto a keychain, loop, or lanyard on an item like keys, a camera, or gym bag, and keep track of the location. Pair them with the app, then “ring” them
whenever you misplace something if it’s in Bluetooth range, or check the app to pinpoint their location anywhere around the world thanks to the network of Tile users. I also love that you can use a Tile to ring your phone if you misplace it, which I’ve done countless times. Grab a 4-pack for four special guys on your list, like co-workers, or give the whole set to one special person who can use Tiles on all of his valuable devices and keys.
If your special man has a green thumb but isn’t so keen on the outdoors, lives in an apartment, or lives somewhere that makes gardening only possible seasonally, the Click and Grow Smart Indoor Garden would be a really thoughtful gift—particularly for those who are conscious about their health and where their food comes from. It allows for growing various plants and herbs free from pesticides, hormones, and other harmful substances, right from the comfort of inside your home. Using built-in sensors and Smart Soil, it’s pretty effortless to manage as well. Plug it in, add water, and let the system do its thing! It comes with three basil plants so he can get started then buy others separately once he gets the hang of it.
Gifts for the Car for Him
For guys who are always on the go, having a charger in the car is a must. The Roav Bolt Smart USB Car Charger doesn’t just add a second USB port so he can charge or power up two devices at once, it also comes with the Google Assistant so he can use voice commands while driving, initiate navigation, make calls, and play music from streaming services. It includes Bluetooth and AUX connections, making it compatible with a multitude of devices, and easy to install.
Dash cams are a big trend these days to help with insurance claims and viewing footage to see what was happening on the road during an incident or issue. The Nextbase 322GW Full HD 1080p Dash Cam has a 2.5″ LED HD IPS touch screen and connects via Wi-Fi. It even has an emergency SOS response that can send medical data to emergency services in the event of an accident. It comes with night vision mode, auto-save for incident footage, and loop recording that will continue even when memory is full. And it’s easy to mount using just one hand. Make sure to grab him an SD card to go with it for storing footage.
Audio Gifts for Him
If he’s into music, consider getting him something he can use to enjoy his favourite playlists.
Every guy should have a portable Bluetooth speaker, and the JBL Xtreme 2 is a great option thanks to its rugged and waterproof design, along with trusted JBL audio quality. Get him one, or buy two he can pair together for stereo-quality sound. It offers up to 15 hours of battery life per charge, so he can take it to the office, use it at home, or even outdoors.
A good pair of headphones is always a great gift, and while he might have a favourite pair already, does he have a nice set of true wireless earbuds yet? You can’t go wrong with an established brand like Jabra, and the new Elite 75t in-ear passive noise cancelling buds are a great option for anyone. They offer an impressive up to 28 hours of battery life using the included charging case, and they work with the Jabra Sound+ App, so he can customize sound to his liking, regardless of what music he likes to listen to. He’ll love not having to worry about a tangle of cables or lugging a big pair of over-ears everywhere when buds might do just fine.
Finally, any guy looking to get into analog audio for the first time (or who would love reminiscing about those halcyon days) might love a new turntable. The Audio Technica AT-LP60X-GM belt drive turntable is perfect for those just starting out or getting back into vinyl. It can play both 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records and comes with a detachable RCA output cable so he can connect it to his speaker system with ease.
Check out plenty more gift ideas for him for Valentine’s Day at Best Buy Online.