Let’s face it: men aren’t the easiest people to shop for on Valentine’s Day. Luckily, we’re here to help with a selection of Valentine’s Day gifts for guys sure to satisfy the men in your life. See if the men you know fit into the categories we’ve outlined, and if any of these gifts will work for your dad, brother, husband or BFF.
The Frequent Traveler If you know and love someone who’s booking tickets to far-flung destinations when he’s not combing the pages of Travel + Leisure, channel that interest with a gift of our Saddle Leather Passport Cover. Crafted of distressed leather with hand-stitched details, you can make it extra special with a monogram, which will be centered on the lower-right-hand corner of the cover.
The Boy Scout If you love a fella who fancies himself a handy guy, he’ll appreciate these Victorinox Swiss Army Knives. Each knife has a hardwood handle whose color and grain patterns are unique. The knives can also be monogrammed with your personal boy scout’s initials. With features including a bottle opener, large screwdriver , wire strip, tweezers, toothpick and reamer, you know he’ll be ready for every situation, whether it’s a picnic bottle of wine or a last-minute bicycle repair.
The Gambler If your guy would rather spend his Friday nights playing Texas Hold ‘Em, splurge on this Poker Table, which was inspired by a handmade game table our designers found at a local flea market. With features including chip holders, troughs, cup holders and a black felt top, your favorite poker player will be the toast of game night.
The Collector If you love a man who loves to collect art, our new collection of original art is a great way to show him you care. Our favorite pick for a Valentine’s Day guy? This Glen Firestone oil painting, Establishment II. Painted on wood, Firestone created the painting by stripping wood remnants into thin pieces, sanding and painting them, then laying them down on a larger wood panel. Small dates painted onto various wood strips echo back to Firestone’s obsession with numbers and order.
The Mixologist If your guy mixes a mean drink and prides himself on his home bar, gift him this gorgeous cut glass Library Decanter. Made from hand-cut mouth-blown soda-lime glass, it’s a perfect way to display his favorite bourbon.
The Audiophile If your guy and his iPod seldom part, this Saddle Leather Earphone Case provides a convenient and handsome way to corral those pesky earphones and keep them from tangling. (As for headphone recommendations, it’s hard to go wrong with Thinksound wooden headphones . . .)
The Bibliophile Whether he’s partial to the Kindle, hardcover novel or a selection of magazines, the bibliophile deserves a comfy perch for his hours of leisure reading. We’re partial to the Turner Leather Armchair, whose high back and thick, squared-off arms provide great support for your guy’s favorite hobby. With down-blend cushions and top-grain leather upholstery, it’s the type of chair that will remain a favorite for years to come.
Want to make your gifts look gorgeous this year? We caught up with Pottery Barn’s resident gift wrapping expert, Sean, to get his tips and tricks for creating your best-looking holiday gifts ever.
Sean’s Top Tips
• “Don’t use a gift bag! Even a simple gift looks better wrapped in paper and tied with ribbon or twine.”
• “Using the right materials makes giftwrapping easy. A metal ruler for measuring and cutting paper; a rotary cutter for clean, easy cuts with a straight edge and double-stick tape to ensure everything stays in it’s place and out of sight.”
• “Measuring the paper to fit the box ensures all folds stay crisp and neat. ”
• “Once the box is wrapped use your thumb and index finger to crease all edges for a crisp, clean look.
• “Ensure that the two triangular flaps on each side of the box meet in the middle and face in the same direction.”
• “Don’t forget to embellish your gift! A simple topper like an evergreen branch or holiday ornament is an easy and festive way to finish off the perfect gift wrap.”
Ready to wrap? You can also check out the slideshow below to discover a unique way to wrap pesky round presents like candles. You can also download a variety of PDF tags similar to the one Sean used below.
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Add a shot of Art Deco-era style, a dash of Mad Men suave and a generous twist of imagine — courtesy of our in-house Pottery Barn designers — and mix carefully. The resulting concotion? The Plane Cocktail Shaker.
The Plane Cocktail shaker founds its original inspiration in European cocktail shakers from the early 20th century, which featured similar shapes and expert craftsmanship. When it came to designing our Plane Cocktail Shaker, we sought to embody the same spirit of the original, as well as the level of craftsmanship. What resulted was a shaker that serves as the perfect masculine object for a home bar or office desk — it’s easy to imagine it on Don Draper’s desk at the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce on the set of Mad Men.
We love the graceful curve of the cocktail shaker stand, as well as the movable spinning propellers. When you’re not using the shaker and strainer to mix a martini, it blends in beautifully amongst books, artwork and framed photos. Don’t just call this a cocktail shaker: it’s a decidedly cool sculptural piece and conversation starter as well.
This year, while you’re searching out those perfect gifts for those loved ones on your list, consider gifts that give something back. This year, Pottery Barn is happy to present our special collection of gifts that benefit charities across the country. Learn more about the gifts and see who we think would be the best recipient for each.
Mercury Glass Candle Pot and Votive Set For every Etched Mercury Glass Candle Pot and Votive Set sold, Pottery Barn will donate 50 percent of the purchase price directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helping to support research and treatment for pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases. We think that either the candle pot or diffuser set would be a great gift for a girlfriend with a generous spirit.
Grand Chenille Throw Give new meaning to the term “cozy” when you gift someone this luxurious throw. Why is the Grand Chenille Throw extra cozy? Pottery Barn has partnered with shelters across the country for the Give a Little Hope Campaign, and proceeds raised through the Give a Little Hope products (like this throw) benefit organizations that work to provide temporary and long-term housing for youth and families. We recommend it for those loved ones in your life who are dedicated readers. Imagine wrapping up in it as they dive into their favorite novel or memoir.
Etched Mercury Glass Homescent Gift Basket Set Another product that benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, we’re in love with the gift basket’s white floral bouquet, which is composed of delicate notes of snow roses, Egyptian jasmine, cotton blossom and crisp bergamot. We can’t think of a nicer gift for a beloved mother-in-law or grandmother.
Want to shop the entire collection? Check out all of the products in the slideshow below to find that perfect gift that gives back.
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