The Valentines Day Gift Guide

Craig shows us some great gifts for that special man this Valentines Day

Love is in the air! With the annual problem of what to get that special man in your life this year for Valentines day, That Dapper Chap is here to help with a selection of great gifts that he’s sure to love and appreciate just as much as he does you. Whether you have a big budget or something more modest I hope that this post inspires you.

The Jewellery

First up is the gold and brown diamond cuff from Alex Orso. At £270 the 3.5mm square gold and brown diamond cuff is cast in solid Sterling Silver, and plated in 22kt Gold. Available in 2 sizes, the cuff features a 1.8mm square brown diamond, discretely fitted flush into one end. The inside surface and edges of the cuff have a high polish, while the outside surface has a brushed satin finish. The product features Goldsmith’s Company hallmarks.

Alex Orso diamonds are sourced through suppliers who comply with The Kimberley Process and the World Diamond Council System of Warranties. The brown tinge of the brown diamond is very subtle making the stone look almost completely clear. 

The Fragrance

Why have one fragrance when you can have five! With the Penhaligon’s Gentleman’s Fragrance Collection you get a selection of the best men’s fragrances in individual 5ml bottles. Perfect to introduce him to the Penhaligon’s range and also great for the overnight bag, gym bag or desk drawer. Priced at just £32 it’s a nice affordable and luxurious gift.

Your gift box will contain Quercus: Fresh, as warm as English oak; strong stable and modern. Blenheim Bouquet: A bracing mix of citrus oils, spices and woods. Immaculately turned out with a flash of heritage. Endymion: A study in contrasts; spicy and fresh, strong deep. Halfeti: The beginning of this story is fresh and vigorous. It evolves with gusto thanks to jasmine and spiced rose. And Juniper Sling: Nothing brings jubilance and joy to the senses quite like gin.

The Bag

Every man needs a great bag, but one that’s both stylish and practical. The Maxwell Scott Alanzo briefcase is just the ticket. Currently on offer at a reduced price from £429 to £380 the bag is a good size at H30 x W42 x D11 and is handmade in Italy, using the finest vegetable tanned Italian leather and can be personalised with 3 initials for an additional £10.

Available in chestnut (as seen here) black and dark brown it’s ideal for business people who need to carry plenty business paraphernalia such as documents, files and a large laptop, it features two main zipped compartments with detachable utility slots for pens, cards and a phone and two external front pockets. The design also includes removable straps to attach your umbrella or a rolled up newspaper perhaps. The sturdy handle and the attachable and adjustable shoulder strap means that it can either be carried or worn over the shoulder.


The Glass Decanter

If your man enjoys a tipple, why not get him a personalised glass decanter? At just £40 the decanter is made from thick, heavyweight glass and stands 21cm tall. Beautifully etched with a stylish design featuring the recipient’s initials and the year of your choice. From, it’s a great gift ideal for storing and serving up their favourite tipple, be it wine, whisky, brandy or port.

The Experience

If the man in your life is a bit of a thrill seeker and fancies himself of a rally driver, offer an exhilarating, high speed driving experience on a purpose built track. With hard turns, bumpy terrain, power slides and slippery tracks, they say it’s the most fun you can have on four wheels! With 11 locations nationwide, each with their own unique track built to test your driving skills. Your instructor with run through a detailed induction into the rally cars, the track, and the techniques you’ll need to master this unique motor sport. You will then be driven around the course to help familiarise you with the turns and race lines you need to take, before taking the wheel yourself and letting rip. And that’s not all; your instructor will then take you on a high speed passenger ride to show you how it’s really done! At £179 it’s a thrill he won’t forget in a hurry.

The watch

At a reasonable price of £105 the Timex Archive Whitney Avenue Gold-Tone Watch is a really nice classic looking timepiece. Available at Mr Porter, the watch has a preppy look with its gold-tone case and striped grosgrain strap, directly inspired by Ivy League ties. This is a watch ideal for day-to-day wear.


The ‘Going Out’ Shirt

With a wide range of wonderful printed shirts, Simon Carter shirts are some of the best out there. This marble print from the Liberty archives hails from 1954 and is exclusive to Simon Carter. It’s super stylish but also adds a touch of individuality. In a muted palette of dusky pinks, grey and olive green it’s not as ‘impactful’ as some prints on offer, so if he likes a louder shirt there will certainly be something at Simon Carter to suit his taste. Available in collar sizes 15″ to 17.5″ the shirt has a three button cuff and is priced at £135.

The Cufflinks

Give him your heart this Valentines Day with these vintage style anatomical heart cuff links from Cool At just £13.99 they’re a great affordable handmade gift made using high quality silver plated settings and a resin seal. They also come in a stylish gift box.

The Romantic Break

Set in stunning countryside the family owned Glazebrook House Hotel in Devon is a beautiful historical and romantic escape. With interiors designed by acclaimed designer Timothy Oulton each room has a quirky Alice In Wonderland theme. They are currently offering a two night spa break, staying in one of their amazing room, along with a relaxing day of pampering at the nearby Dartmouth Spa with a one hour treatment of your choice. Breakfast and a gourmet dinner is also included on both evenings in the award winning restaurant.

Weekdays: Standard Room £549. Superior Room £589. Luxury Room £629 . Weekends: Standard Room £699. Superior Room £749. Luxury Room £799. Having stayed here myself it is highly recommended!

Whatever you choose to get him this year, it’s about showing your affection, not about the cost. Take the time to appreciate each other and remind yourselves why you’re still together, whether it’s a luxury weekend away or a walk on a blustery beach with a bag of chips.

What are you doing for Valentines day this year? Maybe there’s something I should include in my list that I’ve missed? Please leave me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.


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