Valentines marketing for her (and the kids) was in full swing early this year. However, the marketing machine behind great gift ideas for him is lacking. So, I have been scrolling my feed and polling my husband in passing, to put together a few Valentine’s gift ideas you can snag for the guy in your life.

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Bargain: Something sweet; bring home GiGi’s Cupcakes owned and operated by former Texas Longhorns, Brian Orakpo and Michael Griffin. Get him inspired to get in the kitchen or manning the grill with cookbooks like Austin’s own Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto. Have fun with a Celebrity cookbook like Snoop Dogg’s From Crook to Cook. Or top off a themed gift with Cook Like a JEDI.

Splurge: Shopping spree! A gift card to Salt & Time will let him explore Austin’s first butcher shop sourcing directly from Texas ranchers. If your guy is more into veggies, make a date to SFC Farmers Markets where they are following COVID-19 cautious guidelines. Let him pick the ingredients, sample the honey, and carry his haul.

Splurge+: Dai Due’s, Jesse Griffiths, co-created The New School of Traditional Cookery offering Butchery classes, Hunting and Fishing “Schools” and various cooking courses open to all at any experience level. If you just want to gauge interest, first pick-up Jesse’s book, Afield, nominated for a James Beard award.

Everything is on a subscription these days and self-improvement is no exception when it comes to Valentine’s Gift Ideas.

Bargain: Master Class is a fun and approachable way to learn from over 100 of the world’s best minds in Science & Tech, Sports & Gaming, Music, Business and more for only $15/month!

Splurge: Your guy think he can be the next Chip Gaines? Enter the subtle suggestion of Family Handyman DIY University. They offer online workshops in home repair and renovation with easy-to-understand instruction.

Splurge+: The at home gym is the new self-improvement must. Fan favorite among men (and women) are Peloton; offering bike, tread and workout classes, Tonal; eliminating the clutter of weights with a device smaller than a flatscreen TV,  and Fight Camp; high-tech, connected at-home boxing.

Looking for a gift to set him on the road to relaxation?

Bargain: Get him in his favorite seat and give him some time to enjoy getting lost in a “borderland dystopia”, Tears of the Trufflepig, or marvel (and laugh) at a real-life quest in The Greatest Beer Run Ever or, aspire to be better informed with The Sun Does Shine.

If relaxation comes with a movie or simple silence, then grab that man a beer from any one of Austin’s breweries. You can try something new on the scene with Hopsquad, offering online ordering.

Splurge: If he needs something stronger, check out “local” whiskey offerings at Garrison Brothers or Balcones Distilling. Already a fan? Make a date of it with a tour to the Distillery!

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Bargain: “Your search for the most comfortable, best fitting tee shirts is over.” Pick out a few cuts and colors from Fresh Clean Tees.

Splurge: Grab him a staple from Bluffworks; easy to wear and easier to care for, thanks to technical materials that look good and feel good.

Splurge+: Offering thousands of top Nordstrom brands in a range of styles and sizes, Nordstrom Trunk Club is no ordinary clothing subscription box.

If your guy has sought refuge in the great outdoors, he can take your gift with him.

Bargain: No matter what you’re doing in Texas, everyone needs a gaiter! Buff at REI offers a variety of options at $20.

Splurge: For the fisher or water lover, a pair of polarized sunglasses from Costa are a must! If you have a hunter in your life, he’s been at it for a few months and may be in need of new gear. Consider the Stealth Cam Trail Game Camera.

Splurge+: At the PGA Tour Superstore, you can snag a gift card, some practice balls and accessories, or go all out with a club or two.

Men also need to be reminded that self-care is essential to help them re-charge and recenter.

Bargain: Have a little fun and introduce your bearded fellow to Austin’s Bossman Brand’s jelly beard oil. No beard, no problem, shop a variety of gift sets for “his set” at Ballsy.

Splurge: GQ’s Best Stuff box is the gift that will keep on giving every quarter with apparel, grooming products, and style accessories.

Splurge+: Create a solid bedtime routine that doesn’t include arguing over the room temperature. Chili sleep has been one of my all-time favorite gifts. Shop with Bubba Wallace’s discount and get in on the quality sleep!

Let us know what you end up getting him in the comments and help your fellow busy moms!

Rachel Montgomery
Born in New Hampshire and raised in Florida, Rachel got to Texas as quickly as she could. She has spent the last 20 years in this amazing city as a student, wife, mother, friend and professional. She met her husband, Jonathan, here in Austin and the two share all things Longhorns, as well as a love of football, traveling, and being amateur foodies. When not carpooling the social butterfly, Claire, or watching the world through the eyes of a toddler, Diana, you can find Rachel researching, planning, and booking their next travel adventure. She is an unapologetic Patriots fan and a firm believer in self-care; eat clean, train dirty, and never under estimate the power of a fresh mani/pedi.


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