With the season of love fast approaching, it’s once again time to scour the internet or jostle with the crowds at Orchard Road as you shop for a Valentine’s Day gift for your loved ones.
We know how stressful finding the perfect gift for the men in your life can be, but we’ve got you covered with our gift guide — with fashion, tech and lifestyle gift ideas that they’re guaranteed to love, no matter how difficult they are to buy for.
1. Maison 21G Perfume Creation
Here’s the thing, you know your man best (including his most-worn scents), so what better way to show your love than to get him a scent that’s uniquely him and created by you?
Every tailor-made Maison 21G Perfume Creation is freshly blended and created by you, so you’ll have the total freedom to express your unique personality and taste! Be it a sweet, heavy, or earthy scent, the bespoke creation is all up to you, including the text and colour on the bottle.
The Maison 21G Perfume Creation retails for S$95 at Maison 21G.
2. Molton Brown Russian Leather Single Wick Candle
Housed in a sophisticated glass votive with Molton Brown branding, this lovely candle will fill his house with raw, woody notes of Siberian Pine, aged Leather and woody Birch with accords of smoky Black Tea and Tobacco for warm, burning embers of a crackling campfire. If warm and cozy was a scent, this would be it!
The Molton Brown Russian Leather Single Wick Candle retails for S$70.50 at LookFantastic.
3. Sphere FLO Diffuser Home Starter Bundle
This Valentine’s Day, give the gift of a lovely smelling living space with a calmer and more pleasant-smelling ambience.
Certain essential oils such as lavender and peppermint are also known to have some incredible health benefits; Lavender relieve headaches, anxiety, and insomnia, while Peppermint improves digestion and even sinus congestion!
Besides wellness benefit, you’ll also be reminding him of you each time he’s working from home or chilling out over Netflix. We love that idea.
This essential oil nebulising diffuser is both waterless and heatless, and the bundle includes a FLO Diffuser Home with 2 pure essential oils (S$24.90, 10ml) and a cleaning solvent. (U.P S$230).
The Sphere FLO Diffuser Home Starter Bundle starts from S$198 and retails at at FLO.
4. Simply Hamper Elegance Pair Wine Hamper
Packaged in an exquisite wooden crate, this hamper is the gift to get for any wine connoisseur out there.
Each hamper includes a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, South Of France 2018 and Sauvignon, South Of France 2018, so it has the perfect balance of a red and white.
Further suggestion: cook him a perfect Valentine’s day dinner at home if you’re not intending to join the crowd, and choose one of these bottles to make the perfect pairing.
The Simply Hamper Elegance Pair Wine Hamper retails for S$97 at Simply Hamper.
5. THEIMPRINT Large Saffiano Pouch
Work accessories can look a little plain and boring sometimes, but we’re sure he’ll love THEIMPRINT’s Large Saffiano Pouch made with a scratch-proof microfiber leather that comes with a personal touch — monogram his initials or name!
What’s more, it’s even the perfect size to fit an iPad (9.7 inches or less), phone, cardholder and wallet, so there’s definitely enough room to store his essentials.
THEIMPRINT Large Saffiano Pouch retails for S$48.80 at THEIMPRINT.
6. Happy Socks The Beatles Collector Box Set 6-pack
If your significant other is a Beatles’ super-fan (or pop culture fan), we just know that he will absolutely adore this Beatles Collector Box Set of fun, quirky, Beatles-themed socks!
This complete set of six pairs of socks includes every design from their collab with The Beatles, including the instantly-recognisable Yellow Submarine sock presented in an LP record sleeve box, with all of the iconic characters from this cult film on the front.
The Happy Socks Beatles Collector Box Set 6-pack retails for USD$57.60 at Happy Socks.
7. Crudo Ricordi Italian Leather Wrap Bracelet
Accessorising is one of the best and most subtle ways to spice up an outfit without having to be flashy or over-the-top, and we think this bracelet will do just the trick!
This leather wrap bracelet comes in various colours, and can be personalised with any engraving of your choice for that added intimate touch, so it’s the perfect gift for that special someone.
The Crudo Ricordi Italian Leather Wrap Bracelet retails for S$120 at Crudo Leather.
8. Rimowa Never Still Large Backpack
Designed with flexibility in mind, this luxurious and versatile bag is built to accommodate daily essentials from business to leisure and beyond.
Featuring two side zipped pockets, adjustable shoulder straps (min 22 cm, max 41 cm), a padded back for added comfort, a large drawstring compartment and a laptop-sized padded pocket, we’re sure that your man will appreciate this thoughtful and practical gift!
The Rimowa Never Still Large Backpack retails for S$2,370 at Rimowa boutiques.
Tech and gadgets
9. Google Nest Mini
If your significant other has ever mentioned about trying out smart home devices, you’ll know that this gift will be just the thing for him.
This smart speaker may visually look the same as its predecessor, the Home Mini, but it has a lot of added features for an even better price! Sound improvements to this second-gen speaker include a clearer low bass and midrange tones, and music sounding a lot clearer as a result.
Not forgetting the best additions to the Google Nest Mini —the wall mounts and a sensor under the fabric cover that will detect when someone is reaching towards it.
The Google Nest Mini retails for S$49 at Lazada.
10. Garmin vivosmart 4
This slim, smart activity tracker comes with a ton of fitness and wellness features for anyone who’s looking to start a healthier and more active lifestyle.
It monitors heart rate estimates at the wrist and includes helpful tools such as all-day stress tracking, a relaxation breathing timer, Vo2 Max and activity timers for walks, runs, strength training, pool swims and more.
There’s also a wrist-based pulse ox estimate sensor that lets you check blood oxygen saturation anytime during the day and body battery energy monitoring that helps you know when you’re primed to be active or when you may need to rest.
So, if he’s got some New Year’s resolutions he hasn’t quite yet started on, maybe this fitness tracker would be the perfect motivation and jumpstart.
The Garmin vivosmart 4 retails for S$134 at Amazon.
11. Sudio Tolv R truly wireless earphones
With 5.5 hours of battery life from a single charge and up to 22 hours of total playtime, the Sudio Tolv R truly wireless earphones are perfect for everyday commute and long phone calls.
Any tech geek out there will love the long-lasting battery, ultralight charging case, and of course the automatic pairing functions that give you that seamless listening experience.
The Sudio Tolv R truly wireless earphones retails for S$92.99 at ASOS.
12. Belkin BOOST↑UP™ Wireless Charging Stand 10W
We’ve seen the usual wireless charging pads that have your phone lying down on a flat surface, but the Belkin BOOST↑UP™ Wireless Charging Stand 10W takes it up a notch further with its smart design that allows you to use your phone without straining your neck even when it’s charging.
What’s more, this wireless charging stand offers up to 10-watts and is optimised for both Apple and Samsung devices, and who doesn’t love it when their phones are charged in almost no time at all?
The Belkin BOOST↑UP™ Wireless Charging Stand 10W retails for S$89.10 at Amazon.