whether you (or your lover) are a valentine’s day enthusiast or not, these 9 gift ideas eschew the traditional tokens in favor of everlasting… quality
The safety razor: a classic, time-honored tool of gentlemen’s grooming. It takes a bit more care and attention to shave with one of these versus your standard disposable razor, but once he gets the hang of it, these are better in every way. The shave is closer and more precise, leaving clean, smooth skin and a sharp lineup. The blades are a fraction of the cost of disposable cartridges, and since they’re a simple slice of metal, nothing more, they avoid all that clunky cartridge-plastic going to landfill. And last but not least, since it’s constructed of solid stainless steel and a rose gold finish, one of these lookers will elevate his bathroom aesthetic forevermore as it develops patina with age.
Your man already has a safety razor? Well then, this is the next step. Whether he likes to believe it or not, a man’s hands speak volumes about him. No, we’re not talking size here, we’re talking fingernails! Whether he’s in the studio, the boardroom, or the bedroom, a man’s nails should be trimmed, filed, and clean. Help him keep those digits groomed with this leather clad travel set, also made in Germany. Crafted entirely of German materials, from metal to calfskin. Six tools tuck securely in a dark zippered pouch, making it easy to store inconspicuously atop his vanity, in a drawer, or in a Dopp kit.
Valentine’s Day has always been about the little details – secret tokens of adoration exchanged between lovers – and if it’s details he loves, then this wallet is guaranteed to please. Starting out as a single piece of Horween hide, edges and stitch holes are precisely laser-cut. Each wallet is then stitched together by hand, using beeswaxed twine, combining to form a supremely durable seam. Edges are hand-burnished for a clean, finished look and feel. All in all, this is one of the finest billfold wallets we’ve encountered, from materials to craftsmanship to design. Available in the Massachusetts exclusively at Craft & Caro.
Your man already has a good wallet? Well then, on to bags! This leather rolltop is a simple yet eyecatching piece. Constructed of full-grain USA steerhide and heavy duty nylon straps, it has a single closure with a sturdy aluminum quick-release buckle. Continuous, adjustable shoulder straps ensure the right fit with no loose ends dangling about to get caught in subway doors or tangled in a bike wheel. The large, raw-interior rolltop panels make for extra stowage and multiple styling options. Made in Massachusetts exclusively for Craft & Caro, this limited edition design is rare enough that you’ll probably never run into someone else who has one – only 10 units of each color were produced.
Unfortunately, as this guide was being written, the last of our Soldier’s Knives were sold. Being the 125th anniversary edition, only 1,884 units were made. Still sometimes-available on secondary markets like eBay (for a big premium) these knives are replicas of the original Swiss Army knife, the very first one manufactured for standard issue to Swiss soldiers in 1891. They are a shining example of heritage and craftsmanship, built to the exacting standards that have made Victorinox synonymous with quality for over 125 years. While we are indeed sold out of this limited edition, we do still have some excellent pocketknife choices available, like the beefy Swisschamp with hardwood handle, and the hammered sterling silver Classic SD. A man can never have too many knives, really.
Yet another essential tool of the gentlemans kit, a pen. Having become so accustomed to the throwaway norms of this modern day, many forget – or have never experienced – the pleasure of using a really good writing instrument. The flagship line of pens from local designer Ian Schon offers a great starting point for the uninitiated and a next step for the connoisseur alike. The pens form remains consistent throughout the line – each style is identical in design and function save for one feature: material, and more specifically, the shine and weight of that material. From the sleek 1.0oz aluminum to the warm and weighty 3.2oz bronze, each yields a different experience. Which pen is right for him – or you – depends highly on personal preference; some people like it heavy, others like it light. For those who aren’t sure of their preferences yet, we recommend a lighter weight to start off.
One good writing utensil deserves another! This time, a pencil. The best-looking, most user-friendly pencil around. This design takes its queue from British soldiers during WWI, who were known for jamming pencil tips into spent shell casings to make writing with tiny pencils more comfortable. The Bullet Pencil augments that historical habit with a screw-tip that holds the pencil safely inside the tube when not in use, then flips around and screws back on the tube when needed. No more worries of skewering oneself through a pocket! With finishes in a range of materials and colors, this is the perfect tool for designers, students, and anyone who appreciates the undeniable utility of erasure. Pair it with one of these notebooks for a truly unique set.
If your man enjoys his spirits, then he needs a flask. This design has remained unchanged since its original production in 1819, from the American birchwood stopper to pure copper body, hot-tinned interior, and soldered edges. A truly authentic example of American history, these pieces are made in USA and come with a lifetime guarantee. The gleaming copper exterior will tarnish quickly with use, gaining a unique patina and eventually turning that iconic green hue, but can also be polished up right back to its original luster. Keep his lips wet and his heart warm, whether you’re with him in body or spirit 😉
h/t to Bully Boy for being our favorite local distiller and nextdoor neighbor
Is there anything cozier than the warmth of lovers cocooned within a soft blanket? This is a gift that will keep on giving, to both of you. 100% merino wool is ultra soft and markedly warm, while also being lightweight, making this blanket a great choice for cuddling up on the couch or the beach. A three-inch fringe creates a homey formality that’s welcome in the living room, and the bold, simple Rob Roy Camel plaid leaves this blanket masculine enough for him to call it his own: possibly the perfect Valentine gift. And since it’s a Pendleton, it’s sure to last a for many date nights to come.
Thank you for reading! Check out all of the above and many more carefully selected goods at craftandcaro.com