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Best of Indie Spotlight: Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Guys

Feb. 1, 2013
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Having a hard time Valentine’s Day gift shopping for the loveable guy in your life? In a hasty panic, you might reach out to grab a pack of Valentine’s Day inspired boxers or plain white undershirts as a last-minute gift for your darling, even though he has a million of those in his drawers. You’ll get a half-hearted “thank you” and a peck on the lips for your gift, and the pattern repeats next Valentine’s Day. If you’re in a Valentine’s Day gift-hunt rut, then famed Etsy crafters can help you choose a fabulous, thoughtful present for your sweetheart! As Valentine’s Day slowly creeps up, you can find a gift your man will surely adore and use with enthusiasm, making him wonder with glee what you’ll get him next year. He won’t be opening another box of ordinary shirts or boxers this year! Even though you express your affection to your man all year round, this is a day for a major celebration of the most powerful energy in the universe — the big L.O.V.E!

Hard Cider 4-Pack Beer Tote
By Frick & Frack

Unload a pack of beer or your favorite cider into Frick & Frack’s handmade beer tote! Crafted with authentic hardwood, a small apple tree branch, and sturdy wires, this earth-friendly drink carrier provides a rustic appearance to any home. Created to hold up to four beverage bottles or cans, Frick & Frack’s beer tote is the perfect size to carry drinks for a relaxing evening at home or in the wilderness during the summer and under a starry sky!

Felt and Leather Messenger Bag

Toss out that plain briefcase and give your beloved fellow a stylish and practical messenger bag from RAGZ.NL! From thick books to folders packed with documents, your man will be grateful for this spacious and durable bag for all his important work supplies. Molded with wool felt and strapped with thick, vintage leather, this modern-styled and masculine messenger bag makes for a fabulous Valentine’s gift for your beau!

Metal Moustache Money Clip
Bulky wallets not your man’s style? Then charm him with Watto’s metal moustache money clip! With a quirky yet macho moustache, this simple money clip is the perfect tool to carry around cash without the thickness of a traditional leather wallet. Formed with sturdy steel, this moustache money clip will secure your well-earned cash in a miniature way!

Steampunk Pocket Watch
By Accessory Avenue Boutique
Instead of a Rolex watch, present an edgy and classy steampunk pocket watch to your partner from Accessory Avenue Boutique! Circled with golden Roman numerals, this time tracker is a must-have accessory to make your man feel like an old-school beau. With a 14’’ chain, your boyfriend or husband can attach this watch to the pocket of his suit or jeans.

Shaving Mug Kit
By Dirty Deeds Soaps

Make any man feel like a well-groomed stud with Dirty Deeds Soaps’ ultimate shaving kit! Supplied with handmade shave soap, brush, and “The Art of the Manly Shave” shaving instructions card, all the necessities for a classic and manly shave are placed in a red ceramic mug. Your favorite dude will happily groom with this fully loaded shaving kit!


Vintage Bicycle Treasury Box
By House of Dreams

Transform your gentleman’s cluttered belongings into a well-organized area with House of Dreams’ treasury box! Painted with an antique, distressed appearance, this white and black bicycle treasury box is a trendy and old-fashioned accent to place on your man’s dresser. Whether for treasured cufflinks or a coin collector, your man will enjoy the versatility of this vintage box!


Muscle Rescue Massage Balm
By The Little Flower Shop Co.

If you have a gym rat as a loving partner, then an excellent and relaxing Valentine’s gift for him will be The Little Flower Shop Co.’s relaxing muscle massage balm! Infused with small doses of cassia oil and menthol, you can experience a warming and cooling sensation to loosen up tight or soothe sore muscles after a hardcore workout. With a combination of oils and butters, The Little Flower Shop Co.’s muscle massage balm moisturizes as well as ease sore muscles.


Lamb’s Wool and Leather Heart Gloves
By Wool and Felt

Men need warm accessories, too! Crafted with soft lamb’s wool and stitched with a leather heart, Wool and Felt’s gloves for men are a one-of-a-kind way to show your darling your love for him. With the heart stitched on the palm side of the gloves, your man can maintain his manly, tough nature yet secretly hide his soft, loving side for you. Warm his heart (and his hands!) with a pair of Wool and Felt’s gloves!


Italian Art Deco Marble Gilt Gold Cigar Dish
By MidCenturyProps

If your favorite dude loves his poker nights with the boys, there’s bound to be cigars as party favors during these game nights. With MidCenturyProps’ Italian cigar dish, you’ll make your lad feel like a sophisticated manly man! Marbled with white, gray, and salmon colors and rimmed with gold, this cigar dish is a classic addition to your man’s office or at his next poker night.


Vintage Ceramic Yellow-Gold Divided Tray
By Sexy Trash Vintage

From snack nuts to keys to change, every man can enjoy Sexy Trash Vintage’s ceramic divided tray! Split into 3 sections, this handy, yellow-tinted tray can give your adored beau a miniature, versatile storage area for his desk or bedside table. It also helps him keep his belongings organized, which is also a plus for you!


As the love holiday draws near, observe your man and listen to all the “I’d love to have that!” he exclaims to get a good idea for what to give him for Valentine’s Day. If you’ve chosen one of these awesome gifts for your lover, make sure to add a little love note with it or write a long love letter or create a recording or video expressing your love for him. Have a sweet and lovey-dovey Valentine’s Day with your special man with a meaningful gift and lots of couple quality time!

Written by Emily Nguyen, a freelance writer and core contributor to NerdWallet Shopping.