Valentine’s day is often thought of as a women’s holiday – something that men aren’t outwardly interested in. Basically, it’s become an excuse to gift women underwear to help fulfil a man’s inner fantasy while presenting it as a gift.
Equally, if you are alone on Valentine’s, you are made to feel useless, lonely, unwanted. These words are not true. Even if you don’t have a partner on the 14th February, you are not unloved, you have family and friends who love you deeply, and more importantly you do not need a significant other to make you happy, complete you or make your life better.
Showing love for your loved ones, your community, or people in general, should not be reserved to one pre-approved holiday. Love should be shared and showed to all people every day of the year. With the world that we are slowly slipping into what we all feared, now more than ever we need to share love and respect with all those around us, whether it’s giving someone a smile, standing up for what is right or simply sharing a meal with someone who needs an ear.
This Valentine’s gift guide is not just focused on buying for your partner, these can be for anyone that you want to share your love with.
Invest in a time piece
Buying a watch or timepiece can be a big step. It doesn’t have to be a Rolex, but investing in a nice watch is a meaningful gift that symbolises that your relationship (whatever it is) has longevity. For a really special gift, you can personalise it by getting a message inscribed.
Give him an experience he will never forget
Now, not all gifts have to be physical items, sometimes the best gifts you can give are those that create great memories. I personally would get Joe a Whisky drinking experience, to take a friend on because let’s face it, Whisky = Vom. This isn’t limited to Whisky – you can buy track days, comedy show tickets, mini breaks away. Whatever floats the man in your lives boat.
Subscription boxes aren’t just for girls
Subscription boxes have been becoming a big thing for girls the last few years, but there are plenty for men too. There are boxes for practically everything. For all his grooming needs you can get him a ToppBox subscription, or give him the gift of bacon with a Cure and simple box.
Men like there tech, well, in this day an age we all do. But whether you gift him an Amazon Echo, a VR headset or the latest video game, you are likely to be onto a winner.
Boys smell…. good
While some men aren’t all up on the fragrance front, others love a good bottle of aftershave. Find his favourite and buy a bottle, or buy him one that you like. Alternatively, you could make a fragrance especially for him.
Scratch and go…
If you are buying for someone that suffers from wanderlust or plans to travel abroad in future, why not get something to document his travel? This world map comes with a coin so you can scratch off the countries they have visited.
Show then you are interested
No matter how close you are to the man in your life, they will always have some interests that you don’t. I don’t hate Star Wars, I do enjoy the films, but let’s just say Star Wars is to Joe what Hary Potter is to me. That makes it pretty special to him, so while I would probably not got to a Star Wars exhibition on my own, I love him so I would go with him to make him happy. Where would that be for your loved on?
Whether you are alone, with a partner, or celebrating with whoever, have a great Valentine’s or ignore the holiday altogether, because we shouldn’t need to restrict showing love to some pre-approved holiday.
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