Malentine's Day

22:29:00

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.

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
Not just for formal occasions, rock this with a fitted dark denim shirt and chinos for a preppy twist on date night.

converse all star hi tops £48.00
You should know by now of my enduring love of Converse. These red beauties make a cool alternative to black.



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
The bomber jacket trend from 2013 has not gone away. I love the combination of solid black body contrasted with the floral sleeves

river island navy flower lapel pin £3.00
Lapel pins, button holes, brooches, boutonnieres; call them what you like but there's no denying these little wonders are a quick way turning on the dapper.



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
The Timex easy reader is a modern classic and every man deserves a casual watch. The sheer simplicity of this watch means it is never going to go out of style.



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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