Let’s agree that Valentine’s Day is an occasion perpetuated by the gift-and-card industry. And let’s also agree that for as long as Valentine’s Day has been a thing, women, florists, and chocolatiers have been the primary beneficiaries.
If we’re going to make peace with the commodification of love this year, the very least we can do is bring our beloved menfolk into the fold. While we’re at it, we may as well do it right. That means forgoing the sale on mass-produced, heart-printed ties in favour of something your one-of-a-kind guy may actually like.
In the spirit of
conscientious consumerism love and giving, here are 14 gift ideas for your man among men.
14 one-of-a-kind gifts for your one-of-a-kind guy
For the Literary SartorialistThese Scrabble Cufflinks from DeOnne Jewellery may not be elegant enough to receive the Queen, but they’ll make a great conversation piece at this year’s Book Lover's Ball. Custom made to order, so you can even choose his favourite letter. $12 at Etsy.DeOnne Jewellery
For the Visual SentimentalistHe’s an animated guy, so make it literal with a personalized illustrated portrait of your love from PaperYarnMoon. $65 at Etsy.PaperYarnMoon
For the Man Who Likes to See His Name in PrintImmortalize his story with a custom book tailored to his preferences, whether it’s golf, hockey, fishing or a range of other traditional male gender stereotypes. $16 at Personalized Story Books Canada.Personalized Story Books Canada
For the Typeset NerdHandmade Helvetica humour for the typophile who says he just wants a card and really means it. $8 at Rodasho.Rodasho
For the Picky GourmetHe loves to cook (or at least he loves to eat) but the daily grind can have anyone falling back on the same old recipes. Instead of a big, fancy, overbooked restaurant dinner, save up to bring in a professional chef that will teach your foodie a few new tricks. $289 from Life Experiences.Image Source White
For the Sappy Music LoverIf you can’t afford to commission a unique love song, this alternative may do the trick. Plug in his name and a real studio singer will record it atop a pre-packaged five-song set. $22 from Juke Box CanadaJuke Box Canada
For the Well-Groomed LumbersexualThe newest hipster iteration may fancy Alaska wilderness chic, but unless he’s an actual lumberjack, he might still need to groom his face for work. Put together a customized beard and moustache kit for his individual facial hair needs. $10 and up from Urban BeardUrban Beard
For the Star Wars Breakfast LoverHis love of George Lucas is only second to his love of logoed English muffins. And you, of course. May the toast be with you. $45 at Big Bad Toy StoreLicense 2 Play
For the Retro PhotographerTell him the real thing is way more romantic than his Instagram filter collection. The only downside is he can’t delete unflattering angles with this old-school Polaroid. $86 from Etsy VintageSenyor Ronda
For the Comic Fan with Refined TastesThis custom-made cigar box may look out of place at the Gentlemen’s Club, but if your man is still a kid at heart, this should get his Spidey sense tingling. $36 from EtsyReInnovation
For the Beer-Loving Neat FreakHe loves beer, but hates draining the foam out of his mustache. This Whisker Dam should cover it. Literally. $20 from Whisker DamWhisker Dam
For the Love-Note LoverLove emails don’t quite have the same effect as a custom printed metal love note he can slip in his wallet. Probably should leave it at home before heading through an airport security scanner, though. $32 from EtsyMessageMeThis
For the Romantic RifferSurprise him with this custom engraved copper guitar pick. Surprise him again with a few lessons. $28 from Etsy (guitar lessons optional)FiredUpLadiesHammer
For the Coffee-Loving CanuckHis love of coffee is only equal to his love of country. $34 from Drake General StoreDrake General Store