Valentine’s Day is upon us once again. Whilst the shops peddle an array of fuzzy trinkets, panicked partners across the world scour the internet for that most elusive of loot — the perfect gift. The latter can be particularly harrowing when you’ve made a point of avoiding heart-shaped cheese and meat crafted into the shape of a football. From the finest drinks to far-out synths and credit card sized computers, let’s take a closer look at the most awesome Valentine’s Day presents out there for your man-shaped sweetheart.
Valentine’s Day is this week! As frightening as that prospect may be, there is actually still time to get something special for someone special. In this article, we’ll go through some of our top picks.
For the Whiskey Lover: Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
Although they say love makes the world go round, whiskey sure does speed up the spin. What better than this amber coloured nectar straight from the heart of Kentucky to ease away those mid-February blues. Comprised of a delectable 200 flavour notes, ranging from sweet vanilla to spicy pepper, Woodford Reserve packs a unique taste that even the most discerning booze connoisseur will appreciate.
For the Tech-savvy Traveller: Eastpak London Laptop Bag
Boasting classy vintage appeal, this handsome backpack proves that lugging a computer around needn’t reflect badly on a man’s style. Perfect for a chap about town, its internal padded sleeve holds up to 15” of laptop securely. The bag also features smaller pockets for assorted hoo-hahs. Coloured with army-favourite Khaki, it’s sure to complement all wardrobes.
For the Curious Engineer: Raspberry Pi 3
A popular choice amongst tinkerers, makers, and electronics enthusiasts the world over, this credit card sized computer is a whole load of fun for the tech inclined. Whether he’d like to setup a low-power media centre, emulate old-school games, learn to programme or build a robot — the Raspberry Pi 3 is sure to inspire all types of deep-level tinkering. Grab it with an electronic starter kit to really get the synapses fired up with new projects.
For the Hop-head: Home Brewing IPA Starter Kit
Ideal for those who are crafty and also love a fine beer, these India Pale Ale starter kits are very simple to setup and culminate in tasty gold-home-brew. The kit can also be re-used multiple times, setting you up for a hearty and ale winter, or giving him the option to try new flavour combinations. Absolutely everything he needs to pour himself a frothy pint within the comfort of home, don’t forget to nab some bottles for travelling.
For the Hardcore Chef: Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
All serious cooking enthusiasts know a cast-iron skillet is the secret to preparing the perfect steak and proves handy in the event of a surprise zombie attack. Guaranteed to last over 100 years when taken care of, this beast is so durable it can be used outside — literally sitting on an open flame just like Father Nature intended. Whether he wants to get primaeval with hunks of steak or bake a delicious pie, this cast iron skillet has all possible culinary adventures covered.
For the Musical Maestro: Monotron Handheld Portable Synth
This remarkable battery-powered and palm-sized analogue synthesizer — dubbed the somewhat sinister monotron — is perfect for encouraging your beloved to explore their psychedelic side. As well as a nifty synth keyboard, the aptly named Space delay function will create the sound of yawning eternity with just the push of a button. Super-simple to pick up and play, it’s great creative fun for casual players and seasoned musicians alike.
For the Noise Junkie: Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker
This palm-sized yet vastly powerful bluetooth speaker is perfect for music on the go, whether that’s in the shower or camped out in the wilderness. Waterproof and packing a badass battery and in-depth bass, it’ll keep the music pumping come rain, shine or apocalypse.
For the Dystopian Dreamer: A Clockwork Orange
A tale of ultra-violence, milk and totalitarianism, the disturbing cult classic “A Clockwork Orange” is perfect for sci-fi fans or rebel rousers. This elegant edition’s introduction by Irvine Welsh, vivid full-colour illustrations and beautifully rendered cover makes for a memorable gift.
For the Tortured Artist: Moleskine Notebook
Encourage the creative soul in your life to not only record their musings but keep them stylishly stashed away with this beautiful journal, complete with the luxuriant trimmings fitting of a potential Hemingway or Picasso. Ivory pages encased in sumptuous sapphire blue binding are just the ticket for scrawling a memoir or inking out a distant dream.
For more ideas for all the best Valentine’s day gifts for everyone from all walks of life, be sure to check out our Valentine’s Day gift guides elsewhere on the site. We’ve got guides to Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her and Valentine’s Day Gifts for Gamers, among other features.te.