Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017: 7 Gifts for the Discerning Gentleman

Valentine’s Day is a time to give a nod to the special man in your life. But it can become challenging task when he is sartorially selective. To help you find a gift that is both elegant and something he will actually use, we have put together this list of 7 gifts for the discerning gentleman. These are thoughtful items at several price points to suit your budget and his taste.

From a perfectly fitting, Italian-made wool suit from Eidos to statement monk-strap shoes, there’s a unique gift for him.

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Eidos Basic Lana Wool Suit $1625

Helmed by young creative director Anotonio Ciongoli, Eidos is a line that fuses Neapolitan tailoring and American sportswear. Beautifully crafted in Italy, the Eidos Basic Lana Wool Suit will keep him equally warm and sharp for special occasions during the winter. A simple notched lapel and comfortable silhouette prevent the suit from looking too severe.

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Tom Ford Noir Eau de Parfum $135 for 1.7 oz.

Tom Ford Noir Eau de Parfum presents a captivating duality: oriental notes of Bulgarian rose and Italian bergamot intertwine with softer, classic notes of vanilla and nutmeg. The company describes Noir as a fragrance that “captures the twin facets of the Tom Ford man – the refined, urbane sophisticate who everyone gets to see and the intriguingly sensuous, private man they don’t.” It’s the perfect cologne for cool weather or a night out.

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Kindle Paperwhite $99.99

If he always has his nose in a book, the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader will dramatically multiply his reading options, while lightening the load. The Paperwhite holds thousands of books and features a glare-free screen and high-resolution 300 ppi display. He can easily slip it into his messenger or backpack for the commute home.

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Trunk Club (Price Varies)

No matter his sartorial expertise, when he gets busy it can be hard to make a trip to the store – or spend hours browsing the internet – to purchase new pieces for his collection. That’s where Trunk Club comes in. The subscription service asks him a series of questions to create a style profile. From there, he’ll get matched with a stylist who will help pick clothing that fits his look, size, and spending preferences. Trunk Club carries pieces from Jack Erwin, Bonobos, Ralph Lauren, and Belstaff, to name a few.

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Penhaligon’s Maduro Leaf Candle $135

At the end of the day, there’s nothing more relaxing than lighting a candle and unwinding with a glass of wine. Penhaligon’s makes this ritual even more luxurious with their Maduro Leaf Candle, a triple-wick candle that fills his space with a scent reminiscent of a smoking room in an elegant gentlemen’s club. This warm and comforting scent evokes cigars, soft leather armchairs, and a fire burning in the grate.

Spicy top notes open to a heart of cedarwood, patchouli, and oakwood. Base notes of white musk and amber anchor the fragrance.

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Dovo Inox 5/8” Full Hollow Straight Razor – Olivewood $160.81

An exquisite straight razor, the Dovo Inox 5/8” Full Hollow Straight Razor in Olivewood makes a fine gift for seasoned shavers and novices alike. The 5/8” full hollow carbon steel blade holds its sharpness, while the handle has a one-of-a-kind grain pattern that’ll make his razor uniquely his.

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John Lobb William Leather Monk-Strap Shoes $1300

The John Lobb William Leather Monk-Strap Shoes in Oxblood are for the gentleman who’s looking to step out of the classic Oxford comfort zone. With two monks and buckles, these monk-strap shoes are an adventurous alternative to Oxfords. This pair looks particularly charming in Oxblood. Best yet, he can match monk-strap shoes to casual denim and sharp suits alike.

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Grooming Artist News Roundup: February 2017

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Welcome to February!

With Valentine’s Day less than two weeks away, we’re sharing ideas for beautifully crafted, thoughtful presents for your significant other that don’t come from the mall or the neighborhood drug store. If you’re in a long term relationship and really want to impress her, we’ve included an article featuring the most romantic hotels in the world. From Marrakesh, Morocco to Shima, Japan, these hotels are destinations in and of themselves.

In wet shaving news, the Sharpologist talks about the allure of luxury razors and explains what you’re getting for the money. And we interview Barbershops of America author and photographer Rob Hammer about why it was important for him to document traditional barbershops across America. Hammer captures these community watering holes – and their barbers – in a way that honors this slowly disappearing institution.

We hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

Sharpologist does a roundup of 11 high end, luxury razors. (Sharpologist)

We interview Barbershops of America author Rob Hammer about documenting the disappearance of traditional barbershops around the country. (Grooming Artist)

Five vintage wet shaving products you should be using today. (Grooming Artist)

Stumped about what to get her for Valentine’s Day? Ask Men has a long list of non-cliché ideas that will exceed her expectations. (Ask Men)

If you’re looking to really splurge this Valentine’s Day (or to go big for the next one), these destination hotels are some of the most romantic in the world. (MR PORTER Journal)

Chances are you’ll be watching the big game this Sunday. This year, skip the vats of queso and pizza pockets and instead enjoy the elegant fare suggested by Food & Wine, like a beet slider with goat cheese. (Food & Wine)

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Gift Guide: 7 Luxurious Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

Valentine’s Day is the ultimate day to indulge your significant other. If you’re in the giving mood this year, we’ve got a list of 7 unique and luxurious gift ideas to make him feel regally pampered. Whether it’s the perfect champagne glass or a throw made to military specs, all of our picks are finely crafted and built to last.

Check out our list of gift ideas to make this Valentine’s Day one he won’t soon forget.

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The Portland Press by Bucket $159

If your guy is a purveyor of high quality, locally-made goods – and also a coffee addict – he will fall for The Portland Press by Bucket. Made entirely in Portland and sourced from the USA, The Portland Press is a French press for your Mason jar. Why a Mason jar? French presses typically use a thinner glass that breaks easily. Mason jars are thicker and can be replaced inexpensively should they break.

The wool cozy is sourced from Oregon’s Creekside Fiber Mill, and one of the parts in the filter mechanism is made by Custom Stamping & Manufacturing, a family-owned business that has been in Portland over 50 years.

Even better, The Portland Press comes with a Lifetime Warranty.

Merkur Futur Adjustable Razor

Merkur Futur Adjustable Razor, Polished Chrome Finish $89.10

A RoyalShave customer favorite, the Merkur Futur Adjsutable Razor in a Polished Chrome Finish synthesizes beauty, revolutionary craftsmanship, and adjustability. A snap-top head allows your guy to change double-edged blades readily, and the adjustable handle gives him precise control over his shave.

Foot Soldier Military Wool Gray Stripped

Foot Soldier Military Wool Blanket – Gray Stripped $210

Originally made according to military specs to accommodate the varying sleeping temperatures of Cadet sleeping quarters, the Faribault Foot Soldier Military Wool Blanket is warm yet breathable. Made from 100% pure wool, the blanket features a “double cloth” construction and a stylish striped gray finish.

Monti-Flute Champagne Glasses

Monti-Flute Champagne Glasses, Set of Two $50

A perfect marriage of style and function. The Monti-Flute Champagne Glasses by Sempli feature a unique profile and are designed to elegantly hold your Champagne or sparkling wine. These fluted glasses are made in small batches for that exquisite shape.

Muhle STYLO Thuja Wood Silvertip Badger Hair Shaving Brush

Muhle STYLO Thuja Wood Silvertip Badger Hair Shaving Brush $232

If your guy already owns a double-edged safety razor or straight razor, the Muhle STYLO Thuja Wood Silvertip Badger Hair Shaving Brush will complete his Old World wet shaving experience. Made from carefully selected Thuja Wood, the handle is richly grained and coated with resin for a 100% waterproof finish. Muhle’s STYLO line tends towards modern, clean lines and sophisticated profiles.

Featuring top-of-the-line silvertip badger hair, this brush produces a rich lather and won’t scratch the skin.

Nixon ‘The Sentry’ Leather Strap Watch, 42mm

Nixon ‘The Sentry’ Leather Strap Watch, 42mm $150

Everything about this watch bespeaks quality and class, from the elongated, modern indexes to the rustic leather strap. A stainless steel watch frame and mineral crystal face keep this beautiful design durable and sleek.

Diptyque Feu de Bois “Gris”/”Grey” Wood Fire Candle

Diptyque Feu de Bois “Gris”/”Grey” Wood Fire Candle $90

Diptyque candles instantly fill a room with rich, beautiful scents. The Feu de Bois “Gris” candle presents the Parisian company’s signature Feu de Bois scent in a gray-colored glass. Woodsy and warm, this candle is ideal any time you want to be transported.

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