So I previously posted an article on Valentine’s Day gift ideas for women, which I suggested shamelessly shoving under your other half’s nose for inspiration.
With his great gift to you (hopefully) in the bag, you need to return the favour (whoever said you don’t give to receive is a liar). So to make that job easier, I have created a Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him guide.
When choosing a gift for your other half, the rule is simple. Whatever you’d like for yourself, get the opposite for him (this excludes perfumes, as you’ll see below).
I learnt this the hard way last Valentine’s Day, I was being whisked away to Paris, so I didn’t know what to get to even compare with that. However, I knew my hubby – like most men – is a big kid at heart, so I figured that his favourite toy – Transformers Bumblebee – wouldn’t be a bad way to go.
However, my Bumblebee took much longer than I thought to arrive. So as a last minute idea, I thought it would be sweet and thoughtful to make a card on Moonpig with some photos of us, and send it to his place of work.
Anyway, said card never arrived (I never did chase Moonpig up on it), and when I explained to my hubby that was what I ordered, he was as grateful as hell that it got lost in the post.
You see, what us women love – flowers and cards sent to our work – men hate. We gush with fake embarrassment in front of our colleagues (but secretly love it). While men are mortified and get endless ribbing from the other Neanderthals in the office. It’s just the way it works.
On the plus side, when the Bumblebee finally arrived, it went down a storm.
So, avoid Moonpig, and get your partner or husband something that they really want for valentine’s Day.
To help you along, here’s my roundup of gifts you could get for him.
Budget Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him
Rockface skincare – under £5
If your man is anything like mine, his skincare routine will consist of a quick splash under the shower, followed by a haphazard rub of face cream before heading out of the door. As we’re in the ravages of winter, this simply won’t do, and a poor skincare routine means dry patches and bad skin.
And of course, heaven forbid they use any of our products, should they become emasculated.
So give the gift of good skin this Valentine’s Day with some goodies from Rock Face, the McCoys of skincare – i.e. bloke’s stuff.
Rock Face have butters, body sprays, scrubs and post-shave balms all designed with mankind in mind.
I’ve had a little go of the scrub myself, and it’s actually quite good. So while he won’t be stealing my St Ives scrub, I have no qualms about using his Rock face scrub. So a gift for him can also benefit me. How good is that?!
Mid-range Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him
Superdry cologne gift set for men – £29.50
Superdry cologne for men
Uber-trendy Superdry have brought out a gift set which contains four embossed 25ml bottles from their coveted Neon collection. Not only do they contain very unique scents, the bottles and their sleek outer
packaging are nothing short of what you’d expect from a brand that loves attention to detail.
As Superdry is a brand that’s got kudos in the male market (you can’t move for Superdry-clad men on the tube), a gift set from them isn’t a bad way to go.
Like the women’s gift set (featured in my Valentine’s gifts for her feature, see here), Superdry minis contains four generously-sized 25ml colognes in distinctly different frangrances.
Obviously being aimed at blokes, the minis have very masculine and testosterone-fuelled names such as ‘Steel’, instead of the female version, Neon Pink, Neon Orange, etc.
The range includes such heady fragrances as:
A statement fragrance, with top notes of lime and bergamot, a heart of cardamom and violet leaves with rich base notes of cedarwood and moss.
An aromatic heart of lavender, jasmine, thyme, coriander and nutmeg, with juicy lime and rich ripe fruits completed by a deep base rich of sandalwood, balsam, incense, leather and moss.
This scent evokes oceanic freshness (read, it’s like Davidoff Cool Water) with blended notes of bergamot, pear, clary sage and moss.
A spicy cluster of black pepper, frankincense, sandalwood and patchouli crowned with the zesty sweetness of blood orange for a distinctive and exotic scent.
Paul Mitchell’s ‘Mitch’ travel kit – £38.00
Paul Mitchell’s travel kit
This perfectly-sized travel kit contains every grooming product that man needs. The 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner can guarantee a good hair day (let’s be honest, your other half is never gonna use a separate conditioner off his own back). So they can have smooth sleek locks without feeling too metrosexual.
The kit also contains a number of handy little pots containing things I have no business writing about, including hair putties in different textures from matte to shiny, making it the perfect gift to give this Valentine’s Day.
Splashy splashy Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him
Tateossian Big Ben cufflinks – £200
Tateossian Big Ben cufflinks
If you want to really treat your other half to a luxury item he’ll keep forever, you can’t go far wrong with these Tateossian cufflinks.
Yes, they’re flash and expensive, but oh my, they’re beautiful. Once I set eyes on these at Selfridges, I couldn’t really bring myself to buy anything else, despite its eye-watering price tag of £200 (eek).
The working clock face makes it extra special, and it’s the kind of item that your other half can wear for years to come – if not a lifetime. So while the price tag is harsh, it will last longer than the latest ipad or Macbook pro, which would cost you more. A true keepsake, accessory and timepiece rolled into one.
Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him? It’s in the bag.
For that perfect gift for you, see my Valentine’s Day gift guide for her here.
For alternative gift ideas for couples, see here.