With Valentine's Day imminent, men across the country are begrudgingly acknowledging the need to get the finger out and get their other half something.
The shops are awash with coronary-shaped candy, red satin has been applied to things it never should come in contact with and cards are at least 4 times the usual size. True, fellas are uninspired and resort to the cliched tokens of petrol station flowers and chocolates, naff teddy bears and dodgy underwear.
Not just for formal occasions, rock this with a fitted dark denim shirt and chinos for a preppy twist on date night.
But we are going to make this year different and lead by example!
I've taken the 3 biggest Valentine's themes and adapted them into a (hopefully useful) selection of alternative gift ideas for the man in your life.
Red is not a colour for the faint hearted, but it can be a bold accent. (Please don't do the red boxer thing!)
|river island dark red tartan bow tie £6.00|
|converse all star hi tops £48.00|
Floral patterns are everywhere and not just for women. If in doubt, keep it dark, as an accent or an accessory.
|topman washed black floral tapestry bomber £35.00|
|river island navy flower lapel pin £3.00|
Don't present a slab of Dairy Milk this Friday. While it will no doubt be appreciated by most, get more creative!
|timex easy reader brown strap watch £29.99|
While Valentine's Day is looked upon with cynicism by some, why should we need an excuse to treat a loved one? I hope my little guide has provided some last minute inspiration if you are still looking for that elusive gift idea.
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