The Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Him
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for her – from a thoughtful gift to quirky experiences he won’t resist telling his friends about, see below our pick of what to get him this February 14th to ensure an unforgettable day:
London Sock Company
Proudly offering quality, luxury men’s socks available online and via their popular Sock Club subscription service; founders Ryan & Dave made a simple observation – that very few men wear ties these days and people really do notice socks. They were now on a mission: to help modern men add style, personality and be noticed for the right reasons, simply by wearing better quality, stylish socks. At London Sock Co. you’ll never find any novelty socks with designs that are about quality and a professional-looking style.
Gift sets start from £36, visit londonsockcompany.com
The Bluebeards Revenge Sabre Straight Razor
The Bluebeards Revenge Sabre Straight Razor is a stunning tool that provides men with a traditional wet shave that can’t be matched. Named after a traditional, ninth century cavalry sword, this beautifully crafted instrument will carve its way through a beard like a regiment of heavy cavalry through a line of light infantry. Each razor acts as a totally unique piece of art thanks to its striking blade profile, hollowed out spine, and polished cow horn scales. Every razor also carries a serial number and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
This razor retails at £249.99, visit bluebeards-revenge.co.uk
Alphalates: Core Workout for Men at Pilates Squared
The Alphalates class at Pilates Squared is anything but easy but achieves great results. The hour-long core and alignment workout was created especially for men by a former ex-military soldier Hakan Erol. Alphalates focuses on every movement coming from the core to build muscle strength and alignment with a focus on overall symmetry. The in-studio workout incorporates many exercises on the reformer machine, with a sliding carriage and adjustable springs and pulleys to regulate tension and resistance.
Private one to one sessions start from £78, visit pilatessquared.co.uk
Organic Sweater from Hopeful Traders
For a gift with some added value, Hopeful Traders is a social arts project and clothing brand. By collaborating with artists affected by homelessness and mental illness, they give a voice to all the people affected by these issues. The apparel they produce is unique in its design and produced to a high quality and ethical standard. Profits from all sales are divided between the individuals they work with and charitable organisations that they have chosen.
Organic sweater is £30, visit hopefultraders.com
Axe Throwing at Whistle Punks
Whistle Punks is the ultimate urban axe throwing venue for thrill seekers where you can sling axes and hit bullseyes – all backed up with great music and atmosphere. An ideal alternative for couples this Valentine’s, Whistle Punks was the axe throwing hotspot Harry Styles and Nick Grimshaw visited on the recently aired BBC One Show Harry Styles at the BBC. Launched in 2016, the popular activity has brought a whole new world to the social scene. Guests are given a brief masterclass in the art of axe flinging, before being unleashed into a tournament. Points are awarded based on how close to the bullseye the axe lands, with the top scorers being crowned the axe king/queen at the end of the event.
Whistle Punks Vauxhall address: Arch 25, Hnadel Business Centre, 73 Bondway, London, SW8 1SQ. Prices: £29 Peak Thursday-Saturday, £22 Off-Peak Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday. Whistle Punks also have venues in Birmingham and Manchester. Visit whistlepunks.com
Camel Oasis Printer Boxer Shorts from Beaufort & Blake
Beaufort and Blake’s classic men’s boxer shorts feature the brand’s exclusive, iconic prints. All boxer shorts are made from the finest cotton and are constructed with comfort and style in mind with a fine tunnel waistband and an added gusset over the seat. Available this Valentine’s Day in a vibrant array of designs, all of which come in a stylish matching pouch.
Beaufort & Blake’s boxer shorts retail at £20, visit beaufortandblake.com
Bandito masks from MasqueBAR for him
With the male grooming market set to double in worth by 2020, the UK’s No. 1 Korean mask brand MasqueBar steps ahead of the trend launching their first men’s mask collection BANDITO. With one of four fun and easy to use outlaw inspired face masks, the rebellious line-up includes two sheet masks complete with badass bandito facial hair designs and two cream masks.
The BANDITO Mask range is £3.99 each, visit ASOS or feelunique.co.uk
Avail Pink Shirt
If the modern man has changed, so must the product. Avail London’s collection has been pre-tailored with cutting-edge stretch fabrics, stylish fits and fashionable details. Crafted to stretch around men’s arms, broad shoulders, strong quads and calves, while providing a slimming fit to the rest of your physique, they come ready to wear, straight from the gym. Avail London has drawn its inspiration from the tailoring heritage of London, witnessing the need for a true mesh of fashion and function for today’s gentleman. What’s been created here is a product for the modern man’s life; for the 22 hours spent outside the gym each day.
Avail’s light pink shirt is £34.99, visit availlondon.com
The GreatDrams of Scotland
In The GreatDrams of Scotland, whisky-lover and award-winning writer and blogger, Greg Dillon, takes readers on an epic journey of discovery through the fascinating world of Scottish whisky, exploring the brands that have brought Scotch to life throughout history. Taking in 28 distilleries and 23 iconic brands, The GreatDrams of Scotland reveals the legend and the history, the fact and the fiction, through personal accounts of the author’s many journeys across the country. Perfect for whisky enthusiasts new and old, the book is brimming with tasting notes, inspirational interviews, fun facts, amusing anecdotes, insider secrets, and a whisky pairing in each chapter so you can drink along as you read.
The GreatDrams of Scotland (RedDoor Publishing) is available at Amazon, Waterstones and independent book shops at £19.99
iFLY indoor skydiving
Whether you’re a romantic at heart or consider it just another day, there’s no escaping Valentine’s Day. Last Valentine’s Day Brits’ spent £980 million on loved ones, but for some, flowers and chocolates will not do – so why not try indoor skydiving with iFLY? You and your special someone can experience the feeling of freefall as you float on a smooth cushion of air – there is no parachute, no jumping and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. Ideal for all abilities and experience levels, iFLY has centres in Milton Keynes, Basingstoke and Manchester, and a Valentine’s Day date at iFLY is much more fulfilling than material possessions after all, and what you’ll really be creating memories that will last a lifetime!
This Valentine’s Day enjoy 25% off a flight experience for 2 people for £72.99 between Tuesday 6th – Wednesday 14th February. Visit iflyworld.co.uk