Ditch the hearts and flowers, we've pulled together an essential edit of Valentine's gift ideas we're confident he (and you) will love
Want to think outside the box this Valentine’s Day? This year step up it a notch and buy them something you know they’ll love. Avoid a panic-induced shopping spree, our edit of unique gift ideas is guaranteed to go down a storm.
From cheese platters and wine bouquets to techy gadgets and romantic weekend getaways, our stylish edit of Valentine’s Day gifts for him will give you all the inspiration you need. And the good news: there isn’t a cheesy heart in sight.
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so what better way to say “I love you” than with a succulent T-bone steak? Meat Mondays offer a monthly meat subscription box packed full of Australian reared grass-fed beef, pasture-fed lamb and free-range chicken and pork. Choose from couples or family-sized boxes from $100 per month, delivered within Victoria.
Couples box including 10 cuts of meat, $100, Meat Mondays, delivered monthly to Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong, Ballarat/Bendigo, Albury, Traralgon, Warrnambool, Echuca
Or for Sydney sliced cuts, head to the Meat Store, their sustainably sourced, grass fed free range cuts are packed with flavour.
Instead of serenading your other half with your favourite Beyoncé ballad – take it from personal experience, Queen B won’t score you any extra brownie points – surprise him with a customised myBOOM 3 speaker this Valentine’s Day. Choose your own style of fabric, pattern and colour shade, as well as your own personalised text. You can be as romantic and/or silly as you like.
myBOOM 3, $199.95, Ultimate Ears
This neat little combo of natural-based goodies is the ultimate beauty bag. Filled with three all-natural skin health tools – Daily Face Fuel, Charcoal Cleansing Stick, Hand & Body Wash – this pamper pack will give you even more reason to get up close and personal.
We are swooning over these ‘80s-inspired retro classics. And if your other half is a Stranger Things fan, he’ll be swooning over them too. Inspired by the epic Netflix series, this quirky collab will bring a taste of the Upside Down world to your beau’s retro wardrobe collection.
Stranger Things x Nike Cortez, $250, Doughsgtore
Run by the former food editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller, Rodney Dunn, this epicurean adventure is set on the grounds of an idyllic farm retreat in rural Tasmania, for added rustic ambience. Helmed as one of Australia’s finest cooking experiences, budding chefs will get to learn the kitchen’s paddock-to-plate philosophy – from foraging fresh garden produce to cooking up a storm in the farm kitchen, this hands-on cooking course will take foodies from novice to pro in the flash of a frying pan.
Classes run the gamut from charcuterie to fermenting to handmade pasta. But for the ultimate foodie indulgence, surprise him with the Agrarian Experience, which includes an entire day of foraging, harvesting, cooking, learning, and of course the most important part – eating and drinking.
The Agrarian Experience, 9am-4:30pm, $385pp, The Agrarian Kitchen
For the discerning foodie, you can’t go wrong with cheese and charcuterie. Unless you’re vegetarian of course. But for the lactose loving carnivores out there, we guarantee this gourmet gift box filled with creamy brie, vintage cheddar, cured meats and seasonal fruit, will go down a storm. You can even add a bottle of vino and cheesy message card to your purchase too. Wine not?
Cheesy Little Gift, $35 + $15 with wine, Say Cheese
Delivery available in Brisbane only
For cheesy gifts sent further afield try Cornelius Cheese or Ocello – they deliver Australia-wide and are just as delicious! Or for hardcore cheese fiends, sign up to Cheese Therapy’s 2020 Cheese Club, you’ll get four delicious cheeses from around the world sent to you each month ($80 per month), along with tasting notes and serving suggestions. Sign us up immediately!
For the bearded beau, you can’t go wrong with a grooming kit. We love The Original Beard Oil + Balm Duo from The Groomed Man, which includes a softening beard oil and moisturising balm packed with jojoba and Vitamin E. Pair it with Stag Supply’s Wooden Beard Comb for the ultimate grooming combo.
The Original Beard Oil + Balm Duo, $65, The Groomed Man
If your other half fancies himself as a mastermind in mixology, call on Cocktail Porter – they’ll send him a handy little cocktail box that comes with all the ingredients you need to mix up all your favourite tipples. Think Espresso Martinis, Bloody Marys and Treacle Old Fashioneds complete with recipe cards, spirits, mixers and fresh garnishes. You can even splurge in a monthly subscription. Can you think of a better way to impress your beau?
Cocktail Porter cocktail boxes from $69.95 or monthly subscription $135
Apple’s latest update to their newly launched Airpods, Beats by Dre uses the same Apple H1 chip found in the new AirPods, so you can easily pair with your iPhone or iPad, just like AirPods. A great gift for music and tech lovers, these wireless, noise cancelling headphones are easy to set up; after you initially pair your iOS device and Beats — which is done with a simple tap — the headphones will automatically sync when you turn them on, they offer voice control via Siri, and when fully charged, you can enjoy up to 40 hours of battery life. If you don’t buy them for him, then buy them for yourself instead.
Apple Beats by Dre Solo Pro, $299.95, Beats by Dre
Add a personal touch this Valentine’s and send your man a special handwritten note. Thankly allows you to send beautiful handwritten cards in three writing styles, to really dial up the romance.
Love at first sight. Your loved one will be even easier on the eye in a new pair of sunglasses from Bailey Nelson this Valentine's Day! With a diverse range of colourways and styles, you can't go wrong with their high-quality frames and range of accessories that are perfect for any kind of love. Better still, most sunglasses come with your choice of non-prescription polarised lenses or 1.5 index single vision tinted sun lenses for added comfort.
Sunglasses, range between $145 - $245, Bailey Nelson
Ditch his old beach towel for a stylish upgrade
A practical Valentine's buy, the Sand Society's sand-free towels are the perfect companion for your beach-loving S.O. Not only are they lightweight, quick-drying and completely sand-free, they are incredibly stylish; goodbye salty sand rag, hello beach babe. With a curated selection of prints, you'll need to get in quick to pick up your fave style. At the moment we're loving Pebbles.
Sand-free towel, $69.95, Sand Society
Whether you’re looking to score some brownie points for Valentine’s Day, or you just love a first-rate alfresco spread, Australia has no shortage of picturesque locations to roll out the picnic rug. And it’s even better when someone else does the hard work for you. AmazingCo Mystery Picnic Dates dates are a dream; they’ll get your hamper ready and a surprise location in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. All you need to worry about is cracking open the bubbly.
Mystery picnic date, from $120 per couple, AmazingCo
Patricks’ game changing SH2 shampoo not only deeply cleanses the hair and scalp with proteins, ceramides, vitamins and antioxidants, it also contains high-tech patented peptides that work to boost hair growth too. This deep clean pack comes with a luxurious, moisturising and hair thickening conditioner together with a cleansing, collagen-stimulating body wash.
Deep Clean Pack, $120, Patricks
Treat your special someone to a bespoke piece of hand-blown and hand-crafted glassware from Melbourne based Denver & Liely. Each of their products is uniquely crafted for specific alcoholic beverages, so you will be able to ditch his red plastic cup collection for good. Whether he is a bourbon lover, gin fan or a whisky neat kind of guy, there is a glass that suits every kind of spirit connoisseur.
Glassware, from $50, Denver & Liely
Struggling to find a last-minute gift? Consider the problem solved with Brewquets' brilliant concept. Like same day flower-delivery services, Brewquets delivers three craft beers in a hessian tote bag with a cute card attached for $39. The gift service also offers a Big Brewquet, which includes six beers, as well as Cider Brewquets. The types of beers and ciders change all the time, but your special guy is guaranteed to get a selection of the best Aussie craft brews.
Monday-Friday, order before 11am, from $59.99, Brewquets
For the wine buff boyfriend, nothing says “I love you” quite like a delicious local drop. And the folks at Good Pair Days do exactly that for you – send out an expertly curated box of wine that’s tailored to your taste preferences. Or, if you’re a bit of a wine snob, you can customise and pick your own. Either way, your other half will be whole when this neat little wine trio arrives in the post. And what’s more, each bottle comes with accompanying tasting notes and food pairings, so you can plan the perfect meal post-present opening.
Good Pair Days wine box (includes three wines), from $78
Music lovers will fall in love instantly with this vintage vinyl turn table. Although it’s been made to look like a retro classic, it’s got all the mod cons, including built-in speakers and Bluetooth technology to stream your Spotify playlists. It comes with a bonus wooden storage crate to store all your favourite vinyls – you’d better book a trip to record store quick!
Crosley Voyager Portable Turntable + Bonus Crate, $189, Rockit
Looking for more inspiration for Valentine's Day? We've got plenty to keep you and your loved one entertained besides shopping for Valentine's gifts. If you're thinking of a date night with a difference, take your pick from these quirky date ideas in both Sydney and Melbourne. But if you want to go traditional, these romantic restaurants have got you covered. Here's where to head for a decadent dinner for two.