February has arrived, which means Valentine's Day is around the corner. Cue the mixed feelings and gift-giving anxiety. St. Valentine's holiday triggers a variety of emotions. For some, it's the highlight of a dreary, boring, and weirdly short month, while others find it sappy and contrived.
Whatever you feel about this day of hearts and flowers, choosing a gift for your Valentine can be tricky. You don't want to be too lovey, but those chalky conversation hearts simply won't do, so play to his interests. Here a Valentine's gift for every type of guy.
1. For The Cinephile
Okay, so he'll likely argue that Moonrise Kingdom was not Wes Anderson's greatest film, but he'll still appreciate the sweet sentiment behind these adorable love-note hoops, inspired by the movie (etsy.com, $69).
2. For The Sports Fan
While this enthusiasm is endearing, and you can even take the statistics spouting (sometimes), those ratty sports posters have got to go. Up the ante on his sports love with a Ballpark Blueprint. The attractive prints display his favorite stadium along with its history and, yes, more statistics (uncommongoods.com, $185).
3. For The Dog Lover Sometimes it seems like he loves Fido more than you. Not true, of course, but show you’re supportive of the pooch with the Tin Cloth Dog Bowl. Made of durable nylon, the bowl folds up easily so he can easily bring it along when he and his friend are hunting, camping, and doing other things you'd rather not (filson.com, $38).
4. For The Music Man
He loves music in all its forms, and his record collection is vast (just ask your office). He even still has a few cassette tapes hanging around. The Archiver will let him manage and maintain all his music, in whatever forms. The sharp-looking gadget plays not only plays records, cassettes and CSs, but it allows him to revive old records by converting and editing the vinyl to digital audio format, so he'll never lose his tunes, even if the records scratch (crosleyradio.com, $219.95).
5. For The Cowboy (At Heart)
A manly slab of steel, his own initials, and fire. We’re pretty sure that a Custom Steel Branding Iron speaks to the heart of many a man, cowboy or no. He can heat the thing up and brand soft surfaces (leather, wood, a steak) with his initials, or he can just leave it out where his buddies can see it and be envious (scoutmob.com, $165).
7. For The Tippler
Just think how much fun he'll have mixing an Old-Fashioned using these gorgeous old-fashioned decanters. The bottles, reclaimed from bars, are artisan etched in an Art Deco style that recalls the days recreated in many an artisan spirit and handcrafted cocktail today. Now he can have a sip of the glamour. The set of four includes decanters for Bourbon, Genievre (Gin), Agave (Tequila), and Rhum (etsy.com, $199).
8. For The Foodie
What does every self-respecting food dude need in his cooking arsenal? A jerky gun. Okay, not really, but he'll still love having the Original Jerky Gun, a nifty gadget that allows him to turn any ground meat into jerky strips that he can dehydrate in the oven, as well as a funnel for making sausage (onestopjerkyshop.com, $39.99).
9. For The Adventurer
Whether he fancies himself Indiana Jones or he's more of a Paul Bunyan type, every adventurer needs a good knife at hand. The Pallares Solsona Navaja is a beauty crafted from carbon steel and olive wood. Handcrafted by a third-generation knife smith in Solsona, a small town in Spain, this knife is the sort of thing he’ll have forever, and pull out for cutting cheese at a picnic or for use while camping. Given the variations in the wood, each is one-of-a-kind, and the blades are hand-stamped (quitokeeto.com, $82).
10. For The Self-improvement Junkie
He's got a spreadsheet for everything from how much water he drinks a day to when he waters the plants, but even the guy who keeps track of everything can use a little help sometimes. Introduce him to Mother, and we're not talking the one who always calls at inopportune times. Sense Mother is a handy gadget with seemingly endless uses. It comes with "Motion Cookie" sensors that can help him keep track of everything from sleep patterns and how many steps he takes in a day to the temperature in the house or when the kids get home from school. He can even stick on on the fridge to know when it's left open or see if he's snacking too much throughout the day. Much like his own advice-dispensing mom, Sense Mother offers all array of ways your self-improving man and keep on self improving — although, thankfully, this mother is silent (sen.se, $222).
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