Do you ever catch yourself worrying that your SO is a better dresser than you? Or maybe you want to start encouraging him to pay better attention to what he puts on his body. Either way, buying something that is on trend, but not too over the top, and comfortable, but not sloppy, requires some research. Luckily, we’ve done all that work for you.
Here are 14 Valentine’s Day gifts for all the stylish men in your life.
14 Valentine’s Day gifts for your stylish man
Hugo Urban JourneyBuying a scent for someone else is tricky business, but this one is a pretty good educated guess in the right direction. With its of hidden top notes of Himalayan whorlflower and heart notes of intense, aromatic Black Tea, it's just the right balance of refreshing and energizing.
HUGO Urban Journey, $74 in stores at Shoppers Drug Mart. Hugo Boss
A T-shirt with valuesYes, shopping big-box is easy, but there are many smaller, independent brands—made right here on Canadian soil—that deserve your attention (and hard-earned dollars). Take Chez Bippy and its butter-soft stripe shirts, handmade in Toronto. Pro tip: consider buying two, so you can have your own instead of stealing his.
Stripe shirt, $65 at Chez Bippy. Chez Bippy
An umbrella that withstands it allUmbrellas that fold up and fit in a pocket are great for saving space, but when the time comes to actually use it, there’s hardly enough room underneath for an ant. Instead, get him carrying a luxe large umbrella that’ll actually keep him dry.
Umbrella, $49 at John Lewis. John Lewis
A retro-inspired leather jacketLet him relive the ’80s in a modern version of that leather biker jacket he loved so hard back then. The smooth black cow hide of this Mackage option is soft to the touch, but still durable so it'll last.
Leather biker jacket, $950 at Mackage. Mackage
Stylish skate shoesIf he refuses to let that teenage skate kid that lives deep inside him die, he’ll adore a pair of Vans. They’ve got the iconic branding that he’ll remember from his younger days doing kickflips out front of his childhood home, but a more sleek silhouette makes them adult appropriate.
Gum old skool, $80 at Vans. Vans
Shiny blingIf he’s been wearing the same watch since you met, chances are, he’d appreciate a new one--even if he’s never asked. A new watch doesn’t have to break the bank, so set your budget and look for something within it that has a unique face and classic strap, like tan leather.
Expedition scout chrono, $93 at Timex. Timex
A backpack he’ll have foreverThis port-hued backpack is way too cool for actual school. Instead, ensure he carries his goods--laptop, iPad, kids’ diapers, you name it--safely in style.
Backpack, $900 at Slightly Alabama. Slightly Alabama
Sleek swim trunksMaybe you’re taking off on a sunny vacay, or perhaps just prepping for cottage season. Either way, a fresh pair of swim trunks will make your man feel good when he’s getting into the water. Bather, another Canadian-made brand, offers a variety of suits from solid hues to patterns with personality.
Jungle tropics swing trunks, $85 at Bather. Bather
Subscription to a men’s magThey say print is dead, but if you look to the newsstands, there are still loads of glossies making a push. In the men’s category, a handful of titles will keep your guy on top of his sartorial A-game. Consider a subscription to a Canadian publication, and think of it as the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.
Title magazine, $5.95 at thetitlemag.com. Title
A polo that fitsPolo shirts are a wardrobe staple in so many closets, but often they end up being on the loose side. Lacoste are the purveyors of these collared shirts, and this slim fit option, with its signature piping and alligator crest, will make him look ready to hit the links at the country club… whether he actually golfs or not.
Slim fit piped sleeve polo, $115 at Lacoste. Lacoste
Lightweight kicksThese will be the go-to shoe he slides his foot into this spring, guaranteed. Native, a Canadian brand, creates kicks that are light-weight, water resistant and look good. Plus, the company is “beast free,” which means no animal products are use in any of its footwear. Impressive, right?
AP Chukka Hydro, $130 at Native Shoes. Native shoes
A unique tie clip or cufflinksIf your stylish guy gets dressed up on the daily, accessories that elevate his workwear will be welcomed. Etsy remains the spot to score one-of-a-kind pieces from artisans around the globe, and there are loads of treasures to be had like a custom engraved tie bar.
Monogrammed tie clip, $26 at Etsy. Etsy
Grown-up travel bagNot only is a canvas and leather weekender a great grown-up travel accessory, but it makes for perfect carry-on luggage, too. You can pack just the right amount of clothes in this duffle, and when it comes time to shove it into the overhead bin, it’s soft enough that you can mould it into a spot without having to gate check last minute.
Weekender bag, $199 at L.L. Bean. L.L. Bean
An adult-appropriate sweatshirtSweatshirts are a glorious gift to humanity, and sometimes your guy just wants to wrap himself up in one. You get it, we get it. But college is a distant memory, and that means the hoodie from those days should be retired, too--at least when he’s leaving the house. A crew neck, colour blocked sweatshirt that’s not too loose and not too tight will ensure he stays stylish and comfortable.
Sportswear graphic crew, $74 at Levis. Levi's