If your heart’s desire is to give your beau a gift other than a timepiece or briefcase, then I’ve got a couple ideas to spread the love–all for under $200.
Shopping for the ladylove in your life? Stay tuned–a Valentine’s Day list for her arrives next Friday, just in time.
Here’s something for the guy who appreciates a fine spirit: Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka
Not only is it encased in a mystical crystal skull-shaped bottle, but this super-premium vodka is made "with water from a deep aquifer in Newfoundland, Canada, blended with selected grains for a creamy and slightly sweet finish, and triple crystal filtered through Herkimer diamonds, which, according to New Age belief systems, embody positive energy and goodwill."
Nothing says “I love you” like vodka filtered through diamonds…
Why not upgrade his boat shoe to something hip? L.O.V.E this handcrafted footwear by BucketFeet AND it’s unisex – so why not get a pair for yourself, too? Awww, matching kicks for Valentine’s Day–now we’re gettin’ somewhere…
Does your man tend to tote his travel toiletries in an unsightly Ziploc bag? It may be just the time to upgrade his Dopp kit with this handsome Coach Crosby Leather Travel Kit. And! Coach will add his monogram, free.
The cummerbund has made it’s own comeback, which will improve your fella’s black tie choices when he’s dressing for your next event. Consider going with an alabaster or champagne color story for an elegant look, like the Armani Collezioni set at The Met on St. Armand’s Circle. (And to see even more ways your guy can up the ante on his formalwear look, check out our videos for how to tie a bowtie, a skinny tie and a full tie.)
And, while we’re on comeback trends and ties, have you noticed that the tie bar is back? Really, I swear. OK, here’s proof:
Want to surprise him with more than supermarket candy? You may want to pop into St. Armand’s Circle’s Le Macaron for a freshly packaged peridot box of silky chocolates, handcrafted by Love–master chocolatier Norman Love, that is.
How about some pampering like an old-fashioned Barbershop straight shave? You know, the hot-towel-luxury-lather kind at an all men’s salon like Just Gents BarberSpa.
I’m currently obsessed with the zippy moustache trend and really dig these stylishly witty Paul Smith porcelain cufflinks with the turn-of-the-century ‘stache. $135 at paulsmith.com.
Jewelry for the eco-minded guy: This bracelet is created from 100 percent reclaimed metal, leather from sustainable cattle ranchers, and the dye is non-toxic and Earth-friendly.
‘80s throw-back cube print phone case by Pierre Hardy :: barneys.com, $95.
Have a mid-century modern lover on your hands? This book, with nearly 300 homes by the Viennese-born architect Richard Neutra, may be just the thing for his bookshelf.
Does he jones for java? Think life’s too short to drink a bad cuppa joe? Enable his habit and help him get in touch with his inner barista with this Nespresso Citiz with milk frother.
Nespresso Citiz, Sur la Table, $349