Besides the fact that men are notoriously difficult to shop for year round, finding an appropriate Valentine’s gift for your man may prove to be the most difficult task yet.
Now some of you may be shaking your head in disbelief that I am actually suggesting that men should get a gift when clearly Jared and Kay do not market men’s rings or necklaces for this obviously only “female appreciation” day. HAHAHA! Ok now that I got that out, let’s talk reality for a second. Maybe just maybe, it’s time to stop being so selfish and let the gift of giving be your reward.
You know deep down that you want something special and you don’t want that something special to be picked up as a second thought on his way home from work. Well perhaps consider that he too would like to be dazzled by the enormous amount of creativity flowing through your veins….because that is what you expect from him right? Catch the sarcasm here? To most men just shopping in general is a chore but shopping for the right gift for a woman is practically a punishment! So take it easy on the poor fella this year and get him something that will shock the socks off his stinky feet!
So let’s assume that you do not have a clue on what he could possibly want OR appreciate. Here are 8 fantastic MANLY gifts that he might just like and they aren’t cheesy either! Win win!
Made by HoodieBuddie, you can choose a jacket, shirt, or sweatshirt for your man and have him zipped up and tuned in in style. The Hoodiebuddie’s are made with built-in washable headphones at the end of the hood’s drawstrings. Cables are embedded along the interior, ending inside a zipped pocket where the jack is housed to connect and store an mp3 player, iPod, iPhone or other mobile device. To make this gift even more spectacular, you can have it delivered in a pizza box. He may not get a pizza but he certainly won’t be disappointed! $86.00 from www.hoodiebuddie.com
For the more refined gentleman in your life, the Bandito is designed to accommodate his everyday gear. Including slots for, but certainly not limited to, pencils, pens, stylus, cords, brushes, sticks, stones, glasses, and a spacious zipper pouch.
Each Bandito is made with the highest quality leather, metallic Riri zipper and leather zipper pull.
$120 from www.thisisground.com
Every kickstand is a handpicked and crafted slab of pine. The stand uses the natural weight of the device and rests on a steel bar and wooden dowels. Your charging cable slides through the bottom slot to connect with your PC or Plug. Only a small batch of 75 pieces are made each year. 50 in the darker pine and 25 in the lighter pine. Plus, each stand is given a unique number.
$60 from www.thisisground.com
Instead of you cooking a Valentine’s meal, why not turn the tables with an amazing gift that will make him want to run to the kitchen and cook for you? He can try his hand at making an extravagant Wagyu and foie gras burger (enhanced by truffle butter) at home with this easy-to-follow recipe kit that serves two.
Let your man feel like the king of the kitchen with this complete kit that comes with 2 kobe-style Wagyu beef patties (8 oz. each), 2 grade A foie gras slices (5 oz. average) and 1 black truffle butter (3 oz).
$46.99 from www.dartagnan.com
This is 50 Shades of bacon for your man. Men are not ashamed to say that their love for bacon has no boundaries. Let this crate open your mind to seven new ways to express your love to your man. Comes with two flavors of Real Bacon jerky, Bacon popcorn, bacon salt, Sir Francis bacon peanut brittle, bacon sunflower seeds, and bacon pop microwave popcorn. It is delivered in a sealed wooden crate with a laser-etched crowbar. No bow, no ribbon, no fluff, and absolutely no instructions.
$59.99 from www.mancrates.com
This gift is literally keeping evil at bay! The Annihilation Crate comes with a Gerber® Gator Machete Junior with a 10.75" high-carbon steel blade and Gator-Grip, the Gerber® Gator Combo Axe and Knife, the Gerber® Gorge Folding Shovel, and the combination Paracord Knife with Built-in Firestarter. Yep. We said built-in-firestarter. How cool is that?
And to make sure he knows what to do with his weapons of zombie destruction, he will also get the Zombie Survival Guide (Max Brooks), Zombie LED Flashlight, First Aid Kit, Duct Tape, and Spam. Delicious, delicious Spam.
This crate will be delivered in a sealed wooden crate with a laser-etched crowbar. Once again, no bow, no ribbons, no fluff, and absolutely no instructions.
$179.99 from www.mancrates.com
This all-natural set was created by a mechanic who let his dirty, damaged paws drive his inspiration to design products for dudes. The manly salves, scrubs and balms included are specially made to meet the needs of the working man.
From soothing sore feet, to healing cracked lips and knuckles, to buffing the dickens out of dry skin, this kit goes beyond simple cleansers to get the job done. The kit includes a Walnut Scrub 16 oz., Soap for Men 3.75 oz, Knuckle Wax .35 oz., After Shower 8 oz, Hand Repair 8 oz., Foot Relief 1 oz. and XTreme Lip Balm.
$50.00 from www.uncommongoods.com
Just because he loves sporting facial hair doesn't mean he has to look like a grizzly man. Keep his 'stache and beard in top-notch shape with this all-natural facial hair care set. This line of products, created by a mechanic, is gentle enough for daily use. The kit includes Beard Oil 4oz, Whisker Wash 2oz. and Moustache Wax 1oz.
$39.95 from samsnatural.com
So there you have it, 8 great MANLY gift ideas and nothing to sappy or girly. You can thank me later...with a girly gift or two.