When thinking about what to get your loved one for Valentine’s Day we always come up with the obvious: flowers, chocolate, lingerie. And while those things may be liked by many they aren’t the ideal gift for all, especially the men in our lives.
As noted by fashion historian Vivian Kelly, “People do some crazy things for love. Who can forget that King Edward VIII abdicated the British throne to propose to socialite and commoner, Wallis Simpson? The pair were blissfully happy and widely regarded as the most romantic couple in the world. During their marriage, Edward gifted Wallis a slew of fine jewelry, such as a coral diamond and emerald choker by Cartier. It wasn’t a one-way exchange however ladies! Wallis gave Edward a watch and a monogramed golf scorer which sold at a Sotheby’s auction for £2,250.”
While we all can’t be so extravagant, we can still certainly show our love and appreciation with simple gifts and gestures. Below are some modern and affordable options to gift your guy this Valentine’s Day.
An always great gift item is any form of self-care. For him, we love this Grown n’ Sexy beard oil from Brooklyn based, Black-owned Shaun Leon. It’s a great way to help him feel luxurious and well-groomed. The deep conditioning oil is made specifically to maintain and manage facial hair and composed of fractionated coconut oil that penetrates the hair shaft without the heaviness.
Shaun Leon also recently debuted their candle collection including the “mancave” scent which would be another great gift for him. The soy wax candle is hand poured and crafted to bring a seductive element of design and ambiance to your home. The “mancave” scent is a complex blend of deeply traditional masculine notes of freshly cut tobacco leaf and leather, balanced with subdued hints of ylang ylang. It might be called mancave but this intoxicating scent will be appreciated anywhere.
It may seem a little utilitarian but no doubt that pain care is self-care. Give him the wonderful gift of relief with this collection of premium, CBD products from Sky Wellness. We recommend the CBD Pain Relief Lotion that will help him melt away muscle tension and discomfort. For an added benefit, it contains CBG – an all-important minor cannabinoid that compounds the effects of the CBD in this outstanding lotion. It also has a light eucalyptus scent that’s super clean and refreshing.
Now for the fashionable man in your life, we love the idea of a stylish belt, something to finish every outfit. The Sedona belt by Remo Tulliani has the perfect touch of design, utility, and craftsmanship. The belt is made with genuine Italian leather and detailed with an Italian brushed nickel buckle. It is printed in an attractive plaid print and comes in four great colors.
Luxury socks have been such a great trend in recent years. We love these small personal indulgences and can’t get enough of these super luxe socks by Remo Tulliani. These designer socks feature a cushioned footbed, arch support, ventilated side and toes, and a comfort non-binding top. They identify with movement and give comfort so profound its sensual.
Lastly, what a better way to show him your appreciation than going down memory lane with a personized work of art. We LOVE, LOVE these customizable “matchbook” illustration by NYC based artist Deanna First. You can suggest his favorite spots or all your date places for Deanna to create. This is sure to be a gift that he will remember forever.
These are all just a few fun ideas for something different to celebrate love this year!