The ink is barely dry on the Christmas receipts and yet, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and it’s time to max the plastic and empty the bank account again – or not. Despite the romantic overtones, there’s always something a little quid pro quo about the Valentine’s gifting situation, making it the perfect excuse to get him that thing he really wants, but would never buy himself.
Here are 10 things every man will be happy with on the 14 February.
Tonasi: For The Bearded Gent
It can be a brutal time for personal finances, as we’re only one payday post-Christmas, so there’s every reason to ask for/offer a small token of your affections, especially as it’s mostly the thought that counts. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be something to elevate his every day.
Raising the standard of his daily ablutions, Tonasi Rejuvenating Hair and Beard Tonics will revitalise his follicles and lift his mood with its natural fragrances in zingy Lime + Litsea and woody Bergamot + Patchouli.
These all-round, skin-improving, hair-strengthening cocktails contain 2% salicylic acid, to exfoliate dry, flaky scalp and skin conditions and organic extracts to soothe, support and repair including; lavender, for its anti-inflammatory and sebum-regulating properties, to soothe away itch and irritation, peppermint, to stimulate and improve blood flow to lessen breakage; and Aloe Vera for its antimicrobial abilities, along with Vitamin A, B12, E, copper, zinc and essential amino acids.
Anthony Veer: Premium Footwear From The USA
Anthony Veer is a premium footwear brand based in the USA. Focused on providing quality shoes at an affordable price point, you’ll find all the dress shoes and boots are made with either Goodyear welt construction or Blake stitch construction. You’ll find our top three picks (all variations of the brands’ best-selling Clinton shoe) below to improve any gentleman’s footwear game.
In first place is Anthony Veer’s classic Clinton Cap-toe Oxford, a well thought-out and designed men’s shoe. It uses premium leather imported from gold-rate tanneries, constructed with a recraftable stitch construction – Goodyear welt, and has a rubber outsole for the ultimate grip.
When the occasion calls for something with a little more stylish-flair, choose the Clinton Cap-toe Oxford in “tuxedo” format – this dynamic dress shoe is available in a patent leather to give his evening-wear some pop.
And finally, for anyone who might benefit from a comfortable dress shoe, the Clinton Cap-toe Oxford can be worn right out of the box. With a cushioned OrthoLite® insole and sheepskin lining, these could be the most comfortable Oxfords you’ll ever try on.
Acqua di Parma Zafferano: His New Signature Scent
Fragrance is the classic Valentine’s Day gift, and his feelings for Acqua Di Parma’s Zafferano may prove deep-seated, as it has all the hallmarks of a love-at-first-whiff.
This warming addition to the Signatures of the Sun collection combines golden Italian citrus, with notes of one of the world’s priciest spices, red saffron, underpinned by woody, amber notes of tonka bean and vanilla.
It’s that oldest of spice route clashes between East and West. Customise the bottle or the lid with initials, for that meaningful touch.
Ember: For The Man On The Move
Has he seen the Stateside frenzy around the Stanley cup? We’re sitting over here, chuckling into our steaming Americano, because there’s no need to queue up outside any big box store in the dark. Ember is designed to keep his hot drink nice and toasty for up to 3 hours.
These hardy, rechargeable smart mugs and tumblers include an LED light to indicate when his drink has reached his perfect temp (ranging between 50℃ to 62.5℃), a built-in battery with a charging coaster, and auto sleep mode.
The tumbler is available in white, black, and grey along with additional metallic finishes for the mug, in two sizes, roughly akin to tall and grande. It’s also possible to add a name or message to the tumbler to make it his. In the car, on the train, or wherever he may be, never let him suffer a cold brew again.
Sleep.8: For The Stressed & Over Worked
Meditation isn’t for everyone, but he will definitely benefit from a few minutes of time-out. The wireless Eye Massager from Sleep.8 will let him drift away to the sound of tinkly spa melodies, accompanied by the slow movement of the soft touch massage pads as they clench and release tension around the temples, eye sockets and forehead.
The warming mode soothes stressed-out, screen-strained retinas with a cocooning heat. It’s shareable with a loved one, so it’s a double win for any partnership.
Our Place: For The Master Chef
It’s amazing how having the right tools for the job can make it that much more enjoyable. Take, for instance, the Always Pan 2.0, from most-wanted cookware brand Our Place – it’ll quite easily claim the most-used spot in his kitchen.
This multi-tasking marvel is made from recycled aluminium, with a ‘Thermakind’ non-stick toxin-free coating, and is oven-safe up to 230℃. On the hob, it functions as a generously deep frying pan, saucepan and a lidded casserole for the oven, suitable for braising, baking, roasting, searing and steaming/straining with the metal basket. Plus, there’s a nesting beechwood spatula that sits neatly on the handle.
It’s also compatible with a host of other accessories that can multiply its uses – like a tagine lid, egg poacher, flipping platter and bamboo dumpling baskets. Eminently practical, it has a sleek, minimal look so it won’t disappoint as a serving dish, and it comes in modern shades like sage, char, blue salt and steam, to suit his space.
Stattics: Jewellery To Mark The Occasion
The destination for contemporary men’s jewellery, Stattics offers a magpie’s mix of minimalism, rebellion and tradition through a curated brand list that includes modern bling merchants Hatton Labs, understated wrist-decorators Le Gramme, and pared-back luxury from Tom Wood.
Stolen Girlfriends Club presents a tongue-in-cheek sentiment with a punk aesthetic. Created by Marc Moore in 2005, SGC designs have been worn by Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd, Tove Lo, Rita Ora and Kid Laroi.
If your twin flames burn bright, consider the Baby Blades Necklace (above), in meticulously crafted 925 silver. This intricately engraved double pendant features two razors, with one bearing the inscription ‘Love Kills’, and sits on a longer style 22cm length chain.
The Love Kills Razor Ring embodies the brand’s edgy spirit with a single razor blade style design, while there’s space on the band for a local jeweller to add a personalised engraving of his choice – and for the organised, they can send a free ring sizer in advance.
Or, perhaps the Baby Blades Bracelet to adorn his wrist? It features three links that resemble individual razor blades and crafted in solid silver, form part of a 22cm chain. All pieces come in a Stolen Girlfriends Club presentation box, with express delivery in 1-2 days.
A.P.C.: Stylish Self-Care
French arbiters of cool, A.P.C. has released a new genderless self-care collection of hand and body products. The orange blossom-scented range includes Shower Gel, Body Lotion, Hand Cream, Hand Soap, Lip Balm and Cologne that will easily knock Aesop off the side of his sink.
The Cosmos Organic formula is made from ingredients that are 98% natural origin and 40% from organic agriculture, certified by EcoCert Greenlife and the range comes in recycled and recyclable containers.
Lather up in style and give his mitts the love they deserve with the Hand Soap and Hand Cream duo.
Pangaia: For The Casual Dresser
With a huge choice of vivid and neutral colours and sizes to accommodate all shapes, eco-brand Pangaia has produced the ultimate live-in hoodie.
Made from 100% 320 GSM midweight cotton, it’s suitable for all the seasons of the British climate, has functional side pockets and a loose, relaxed fit. It’s nice enough for him to wear out to lunch, naturally suited to the gym with its specialised PPRMINT anti-odour treatment, and just a little too good for the sofa.
Mark our words, it’s going to spend more time on his back than in his closet.
Fielding & Nicholson: For The Sartorialist
Make sure he’s impeccably turned out with a made-to-measure suit. Independent tailors Fielding & Nicholson operate in Mayfair, Manchester, Cheshire, Zurich and New York, providing a full wardrobe service to create formal, business and wedding suits, bespoke shirts, and country and shooting attire, in over 1,000 premium quality fabrics from Dormeuil, Loro Piana and Scabal.
The Icon Range starts at £1,200 and goes up to £4,500, offering an accessible entry point to made-to-measure tailoring. This service offers a superior fitting process by highly trained tailoring consultants, a choice of 300 worsted wool and super 120s fabrics, and a half canvas suit with a five-year guarantee.
Vollebak: Upgrade His Basics
If his wardrobe staples never go the distance, the 100-Year T-shirt from Vollebak will fix that. Available in the essential shades of grey, black, white and navy, it’s literally designed to live beyond the average human lifespan.
Crafted from high-strength Japanese Cordura, developed for military combat, and cotton, it’s as soft to the touch as his regular tee, only this one is 14 times stronger and highly abrasion resistant.
It’s also fast drying and moisture-wicking, so it can just as easily be worn for intense activity as lounging around. And, it has that perfect fit around the neck, being slim yet relaxed.