Valentine’s Day is coming. Say what you will about the day, but at its core, it is a day devoted to celebrating how we feel about the people we have in our lives. Sometimes we need that pause to appreciate what we have.
You don’t need to spend money on a gift to let the men in your life know that you love them. However, if you want to get something, here’s a gift guide of things they will actually like and use.
All these things are meant for the men in your life. Things they may not consider getting for themselves, but that they’ll enjoyEverything here is great quality, and unisex. Don’t feel bad if you’re tempted to get two of each. (Just in case you want one for yourself.)
Notebooks are a great gift because they let someone know that you value their thoughts and ideas. They give permission to the boy or man in your life to think, create and dream. I recommend MOLESKINE notebooks and supplies ($10 – $22).
Moleskine makes quality notebooks in the style that artists like Vincent van Gogh and Ernest Hemingway used centuries ago. They feel great and they look great, which makes you not only want to own them, but use them. Chances are the men in your life are great thinkers. Every great thinker needs a great notebook. I use one for my morning journal, and pocket-sized ones for daily notes.
Signature Pens ($10 – sky’s the limit)
If you get a notebook, you’re going to want a stylish pen too. The mark of a man who has it “together” is preparedness. Having a pen is a great way to be prepared to sign a receipt or document, or offer it to someone who needs it. There’s nothing worse than meeting a famous person, having a great idea or getting a phone number, but you don’t have a pen to jot it down. I recommend getting a signature pen, something French, like a Parker.
Parker pens have been made for more than 125 years. They’re quality writing tools that stand out when you pull them from your pocket. It always gets a intriguing glance from onlookers, whether subtle or obvious. I recommend their entry series– Jotter ($10 – $30) — which is sleek. It’s stylish without being ostentatious. I use one myself, and go for the blue ink option to add an extra flair.
Shaving Kit ($60)
Most men shave, and many men are obligated to because of their jobs or significant others. Style or duty aside, a shaving kit for your man turns the daily activity into something more personalized. Change the routine and get a razor that will last and creams that treat his skin nicely without stinking up the bathroom. These days I use and recommending Bevel shaving kit ($65). If your man doesn’t like shaving, this will make it more fun.
Bevel is a luxury kit that has special creams and a single-blade razor to prevent razor bumps, ingrown hairs, scarring and discoloration that may come with shaving. This brand is different since you buy it once, and every three months they refill your entire supply ($30) in the mail. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. You give it once, and you save him the hassle of remembering to refill his supply ever again. When you use this link, you’ll get $30 off your purchase.
For a bonus pair it with a fun travel bag. I wish someone would gift me this.
Gifting clothes is tricky. You may like a look and style, but that doesn’t mean he will. Well keep it simple and focus on undergarments. Think undershirts for right now. Giving a cool undershirt is something any man can and will use. The added benefit for you is not only will they wear it, but it’ll improve how they feel and look in it. I recommend jT Invisible ($15 – $39).
Invisible Undershirts are an undershirt designed so that you can’t see them when wearing a collared shirt. The shirts are great, 100% cotton, and come in various styles such as V-neck and thermal wear. They’re lightweight to wear underneath, and thick enough to wear by themselves. Best of all they don’t stain around the collar like a regular shirt. It’s the future of menswear.
Headphones (starting at $99)
If the men you know love music and movies, getting headphones is a perfect gestures. It lets them know you care about their likes and how they can enjoy them better. Get “over-the-ear” headphones since they block outside noise. There are so many options, it’s overwhelming. I recommend SONY products that come in the MDR category. My personal favorite is the SONY MDR7506 ($99).
This is a great headset that professionals use to make the audio for music and movies that you like. It’s the most popular and best bang for your buck when it comes to headphones under $150. That means you get to hear all the qualities of your favorite songs without disturbing those around you. Great for the office, working late without disturbing others, and just a way of letting people subtlety know that you need some alone time.