Forget flowers. Whether you’re out in the capital or keeping things cosy with a night in, here are ten ideas for gifts that us guys really want for Valentine’s Day. And if you’re single right now, hey, there’s no better time for a little self-gifting.
Dinner at Little Social
One of the most romantic, intimate little restaurants in the West End. For comfort food fanatics, order the macaroni and cheese made with five different types of fromage (then finish off by sharing the beautifully decadent tarte tatin).
Cocktails at the Punch Room
Nestled at the back of the London Edition, this atmospheric oak-paneled bar is the perfect place to start Valentine’s Day right. Sink into one of the overstuffed plush, teal chairs and order yourself one of the venue’s signature punches – we recommend the decadent, gin-infused Edition Punch with oak moss and jasmine tea.
Crazy Stupid Love Blu-Ray, HMV
One of those rare Rom-Coms that appeals to all guys, whether your partner’s more into Emma Stone, Julianne Moore or Ryan Gosling’s killer abs.
Comme des Garcons Play T-shirt, Selfridges
This T-shirt from near-cult clothing line from Japanese label Comme des Garcons gives you a way to be romantic with serious streetwear cred.
Jigsaw Cotton Cashmere Jumper
Show me a man who’d turn down a navy cashmere crew neck and I’ll show you a liar.
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Candle, John Lewis
Warm, masculine and woody, spark this up to turn any room into the most exclusive gentleman’s club around (membership: the two of you).
Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza, House of Fraser
If you’re giving fragrance to a man for Valentines, make sure it’s something that’s specifically designed for after dark. In my opinion it’s hard to beat Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza, which is packed with rich, sexy, masculine ingredients like clove, citrus and amber.
Links of London Silver Stiffeners
If your partner spends a lot of time in the city, these silver collar stiffeners will help him look even sharper than he already does – plus you can get them engraved for a personal touch.
Laurent Perrier Rosé NV, Marks & Spencer
Because rose champagne makes any evening better, whether it’s Valentine’s Day or just a Tuesday.
Deep Tissue Massage at Cowshed, Selfridges
Whether your partner is seriously into sport or simply sits at a computer all day, this full body focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue to relieve any tension he might have.
£110 for 60 minutes. £135 for 90 mins.