A Valentine’s Day shopping guide for lads and dads

A Valentine’s Day shopping guide for lads and dads

by Robyn Pullen
9 min

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and – assuming you’re not happily single – you should probably be looking for a gift for your partner (whether they’re a lad, dad, or anyone else)… One that isn’t a gift voucher to a restaurant only you want to go to. In case you’re still set on that voucher, here’s some male-oriented gift inspiration that’ll make their heart melt this Valentine’s.

Rick Owens Silver Grill Thumb Ring – £295.00 / $375.73

No, we’re not telling you to propose this Valentine’s Day (unless you want to). A ring doesn’t always have to mean eternal devotion, it can also just be a symbol of your impeccable taste; a way of saying “you’re welcome” with a piece that they’ll undoubtedly wear everyday. That’s why Rick Owens’ silver thumb ring is the perfect Valentine’s gift: it’s timeless, personal, and goes with every outfit. Definitely better than socks.

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Fenty Skin Lux Balm – £16.00 / $20.38

This Valentine’s Day, gift the person you love something that’s also in the pockets of A$AP Rocky. Obviously, it’s Fenty Skin’s Lux Balm Ultra-Hydrating Cherry lip balm, endorsed by A$AP himself. Barbados cherry flavoured lip balm is intensely hydrating with Vitamin E to instantly transform even the most chapped lips. If he’s the type still refusing to use lip balm, show him the A$AP campaign and he’ll be easily convinced.

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Balmain Brown B-Court Sneakers – £650.00 / $827.89

We’ve all heard of the “shoe theory” (that giving your partner a pair of shoes will effectively cause you to break up) but trust me, it doesn’t apply to sneakers this good. Balmain’s B-Court sneakers with brown monogram detailing are exempt from the shoe theory because there’s literally no way anyone can walk away from you with these on their feet.

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Escentric Molecules ‘Theirs’ Gift Set – £171.00 / $214.25

Escentric Molecules is celebrating fragrances outside of binary boundaries this Valentine’s Day, with its ‘Theirs’ Gift Set. The limited edition set comes complete with two full-size, genderless fragrances, both radically minimalist and designed to be worn and loved by anyone. As the ‘Theirs’ Gift Set’s slogan outlines, “a molecule is a molecule; love is love.”

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Dion Lee Black Plaque Card Holder – £260.00 / $331.15

If there’s one thing everyone needs, it’s a new wallet. The ripped, shredded, taped up wallets in the world need to be binned, and replaced with a sleek, luxurious update, and this one from Dion Lee with logo-engraved silver and gold-toned hardware fits the description. 

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Louis Vuitton Ombre Nomade – £320.00 / $401.24

Fragrances are a tried and tested Valentine’s Day gift that will always be well-received, but Louis Vuitton’s Ombre Nomads is next level. A unisex fragrance designed with visions of escaping into sun-baked desert dunes in mind, Ombre Nomads is a blend of oud wood, benzoin tears, incense, and raspberry. 

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Byredo ‘La Mini Sélection Bois’ Candle Set, 3 pcs – £120.00 / $153.27

What’s functional, aesthetic, and smells amazing? Byredo’s scented candles. If you’re the type to struggle to choose one, though, then the La Mini Sélection Bois Candle Set is perfect, as it provides a range of Byredo’s most beloved scents. Within the three-piece set, you can gift your loved one Bibliothèque, a blend of peach and patchouli; Burning Rose, with notes of rose, leather, and ebony wood; and Bohemia, mixing opoponax and geranium. 

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Fussy Love Hearts Limited Edition Deodorant – £26.00 / $33.12

The best Valentine’s gift is one that’s good for the Earth, so if you know someone who hasn’t made the switch to using refillable deodorant yet, give them a nudge with a gift wrapped starter from Fussy. Not only are Fussy’s deodorants sustainable but they also come in a limited edition scent for Valentine’s Day: Love Hearts! With a one-off purchase you get a case and three refills, so it’ll last plenty of time too.

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Burberry Beige Check Socks – £80.00 / $101.89

The stereotype of buying our partners socks for every annual gifting occasion (Christmas, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, etc.) needs a makeover. Instead of purchasing some tired black socks in a multi-pack, elevate their wardrobe with these Burberry check socks that will add an aspect of taste to any fit. Socks aren’t a bad gift; it just depends what they look like.

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Obayaty Anti-Rouge Lip Balm – £34.00 / $43.30

OBAYATY, the men’s beauty brand that only recently burst onto the scene, is the perfect place to look for Valentine’s Day gifts for the man in your life, due to its dedication to designing products with men in mind. This includes the recently dropped Anti-Rouge Lip Balm which actually has colour-correcting green pigments to tone down red lips.

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Edie Parker Orange & Black Tabletop Lighter – £170.00 / $216.52

Ashing into an old mug is not hot, so if your partner’s still doing that, help them out, gift them Edie Parker’s tabletop lighter. It’s a perfect living room or balcony accessory that’s both aesthetic, furnishing any empty table tops and side boards that you know they have no idea how to fill, and functional, with a detachable acrylic ashtray base included.

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Nahmias Classic Branded Hoodie – £196.00 / $249.64

Yes, you’ve seen Justin Bieber in this sweatshirt and that does justify you getting it for your partner this Valentine’s Day. Made in Los Angeles from 100% soft cotton, NAHMIAS’ grey branded hoodie is a wardrobe essential you know they’ll wear on the regular. Plus, we all know putting “you and Justin Bieber have something in common” in their card would make anyone happy. 

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