As Valentine’s Day rounds the corner in a fortnight, it’s time to have a think about what you’re going to gift him as a symbol of love. After all, the last thing you want is to show up for dinner and receive a bouquet of flowers with nothing in return. Instead of giving a box of chocolates that will go straight to his waistline, here are 11 other gift ideas that are super useful, and he will absolutely love and find useful.
1. Buck slim-fit corduroy-trimmed virgin wool jacket, $148, from Oliver Spencer at MR PORTER
Every modern man needs a casual jacket that they can use to smarten up a t-shirt and some slacks. This throw-on jacket ticks that box, with its smart cutting and versatile colour.
2. Herbrand round-frame tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses, $185, from Cutbitts at MR PORTER
A pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses spells suaveness and gentlemanly charm. Plus, it’s a timeless investment that he will wear over and over again.
3. Court vantage nubuck, leather & mesh sneakers, $55, from Adidas Originals
Give him a pair of white sneakers that he can wear out to the mall or to a casual gathering with friends, so you never have to see him wearing his dad-sandals again.
4. 1960 606 slim-fit garment-dyed jeans, $104, from Levi's
Instead of his usual baggy trousers, show him how a little fit can go a long way. Slim-fit jeans are more forgiving on the figure, allowing for more ease, less cling and a cleaner look.
5. City Guide Collection, $61, from MR PORTER
If he’s got a serious case of wanderlust, gift him a collection of city guide books to help him plan your next couple retreat. Rather than default to the usual tourist traps that provide little amusement, this collection of guidebooks promise to offer plenty of interesting finds, hip establishments and a new way of seeing your favourite cities.
6. Space-dyed dri-fit tank top, $25, from Nike
A good workout begins with good basics, and this tank top fits that purpose nicely. Engineered to wick away sweat fast while remaining dry, it’s comfortable to wear, and comes ready to be worked out in!
7. Dock stretch-cotton shorts, $78, from J.Crew
For those lazy weekends where both of you just want to hit your favourite brunch spot for a long, leisurely meal, he’ll need a pair of shorts that are comfortable, easy and versatile. These khaki-coloured shorts provide all that, and can be worn with a button-down shirt or a simple tee.
8. Burgundy tie bar set, $29.90, from Topman
A tie bar is one of those small details that can completely change a man’s appearance. Reminiscent of those Old Hollywood actors who were as disarmingly handsome as they were suave, this simple tie bar can be clipped onto his work tie or a black silk tie for an evening event.
9. Navy and red tile tie, $26.90, from Topman
Give this to your man as a quick style fix. He can keep it in his desk drawer for those last minute meetings that he needs a tie for.
10. Convertible tote bag, $139, from Zara
Capable of holding a laptop, his essentials and some gym gear even, this roomy tote is everything a working guy needs.
11. Underwear subscription, $28.80/month, from Bundies.com
Newly launched in Singapore, Bundies offers up a fantastic underwear subscription service that delivers fresh undies to your doorstep when your man needs it. No more having to see over-worn undies lying around the house!
For an affordable price, the brand will send you fresh batches of undies that your man can wear comfortably. You can choose to skip a shipment if there are too many pairs to be worn, switch between various types of undies or just cancel it as and when you see fit. Plus, he gets to be surprised with a pair of undies every month or bi-monthly.
Furthermore, individual pieces sold without the subscription package are priced at $32 for basic designs, and $36 for any designs with prints.