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He Will Be Loved


With Valentine’s Day just 10 days away, I thought it was high time I did a dedicated gift guide (or two…) on some ideas to show your sweetheart you care. In general, I believe love is something worth celebrating every day. However, so long as you two aren’t putting intense pressure on one another to deliver an out-of-this-world gift or experience, I also think there’s nothing wrong with presenting a token of your affection to your paramour this Valentine’s Day. Here’s some awesome ideas for the man in your life.

Kama Sutra Weekender Kit
Kama Sutra Weekender Kit – $25 @ Amazon.ca
One fun way to approach Valentine’s Day is to skip over gifts that are meant to symbolize your ‘love’, and focus in on things meant to enhance your lovemaking. For a cheeky pick, check out this pint-sized Kama Sutra kit, including edible oils and powders to enjoy a tantric massage. With five luxury sample-sized items and a skin-teasing feather tickler, it’s a fun way to spice things up in the bedroom and enjoy a very love-filled Valentine’s Day.

Offal Goods Bow TiesOffal Goods Bow Ties – $60 each
Credit where it’s due – my parents spotted these snappy bow ties at a local retailer and told me I had to feature them. And I’m quite happy to, given Offal Goods is a Canadian brand based out of Edmonton, and the rising popularity of the bow tie in men’s fashion (my husband dons one every day). Handmade with love, these dapper accessories are a great way to add a pop of colour, pattern or general flair to his work or formal wear. And if you really love a particular style, you can also nab a matching pocket square for just $10 more. Offal Goods is producing new designs on the regular, so even if you can’t find one of their existing styles that quite works for your guy, keep your eyes open!

Brookstone Bed Cooling FanBed Fan – $99.99 @ Brookstone
So maybe you don’t want to heat things up in the bedroom…maybe you’re looking to cool things down. Every lady I’ve ever talked to has confirmed that their male bedmates are crazy sleepytime furnaces. If he’s tired of tossing and turning from the heat and you’re tired of practically getting a fever from the heat waves on the other side of the bed, check out this ultra ‘cool’ gift idea. It’s controlled by a wireless remote that sits on your bedstand. If things are getting too hot, simply click it on and this adjustable fan will send a nice, chilled ripple over your body, potentially saving you moola in comparison to air conditioning your whole home. It’s a thoughtful twist on telling someone how hot they are, isn’t it?

Moroco X's and O's ChocolateX’s & O’s Chocolates – $6.95 / box @ MoRoCo Chocolat
Give him a sweet treat this Valentine’s Day with a classic box of chocolate – with a twist. This gourmand box of proxy hugs and kisses comes in milk, dark or white varieties. To make things a little sweeter, offer up a hug or kiss for ever piece he devours. Fair warning – he might end up with a tummy ache and you with sore lips based on how fast he’ll gobble this entire little box up! A sweet and affordable way to say you care.

Pacific Shaving CoPacific Shaving Company Products – ~$7.99 each @ London Drugs
When I learned about Pacific Shaving Company, my first reaction was to go ‘Finally!’ I mean that in the sense that women have had access to affordable, all-natural brands (like Burt’s Bees) for their skin and beauty needs for eons. But the men’s realm of grooming products has been slow to catch up. Pacific Shaving Co. is an all-natural brand based out of the U.S., although their products are trickling up north with a presence in London Drug stores country-wide. While their specialty is shaving products – including oils to help prevent and soothe nicks – they also offer an exfoliating wash and daily moisturize, as well as a ‘buzz’-worthy twist on shaving cream: one with caffeine that’ll give him a java-like jolt when shaving off that facial hair before work. It’s so affordable, you can easily nab a full set of products and a nice new razor. Bonus: it also means less beard burn when you’re getting your smooch on during Valentine’s Day.

Black's Square Metal Wall ArtSquare Metal Custom Printed Wall Art – $34.99 @ BLACKS
If you want to go the sentimental route then you better hop to it! BLACKS has tons of amazing custom photo products available – many of which are also on sale, as you can see in the image above – but they also have a cutoff for February 4, EOD, to guarantee Valentine’s Day delivery. My pick from the bunch are these cool square pieces of wall art. Rendered in modern metal, they’re manly enough to hang just about anywhere. Pick a cute photo of the two of you from this past year, or opt for a favourite photo from a trip you took together. Not wanting to exhibit such a public display of affection? No worries, BLACKS has tons of other more subtle options, including phone cases, cards, pillows and more.

Men's Valentine's Day 2015 Prize PackageThere you have it! Six swell ideas to celebrate your guy this Valentine’s Day. And as an added bonus, I’ve also got a sweet Valentine’s-themed prize package for one lucky lad or lass, valued at over $90. The lucky winner of this prize will nab a 4-piece Pacific Shaving Company collection and a bow tie from Offal Goods (not necessarily the one pictured). Interested in winning? Here’s how to enter:

1) First of all: you must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. Just look for โ€˜The Gift of Gabโ€™ box in the righthand column and drop in your email or click follow. Then, tell me in the comments below by February 20, 2015 what your favourite Valentine’s gift idea for him is from this list.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around February 21, 2015 to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Like Pacific Shaving Company on Facebook and leave a comment on their wall regarding the product of theirs you’re most interested in. Then, link back to your FB wall post in a separate comment below.

5) Bonus Entry #2: Follow Offal Goods on Instagram and either Regram one of their photos, or share a photo from their website onto your own Instagram feed, tagging them. Link back to your image in a separate comment below.ย 

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111 Responses to “He Will Be Loved”
  1. Heather Swanson says:

    OX chocolates

  2. The ties from Offal Goods are my favourite. So elegant and on trend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. CLC says:

    He would love the XO chocolates since he has an unending sweet tooth.

  4. Dreena says:

    I love the bow ties from Offal Goods, especially the floral patterns.
    Cheers.

  5. Cheryl A says:

    That bed fan looks awesome! I’ve never heard of that one before… Now, it’s hard to imagine using it in February but come summer, if you don’t have A/C, Wow!

  6. Erika E says:

    My favourite Valentine’s gift idea from the list is the Bed Fan.

  7. Leah says:

    I would love to get my hubby the Square Metal Custom Printed Wall Art with a pic of our daughter – he would love that!

  8. Joan G. says:

    I would pick the Kama Sutra Weekender Kit because I could share it with him

  9. Aimee says:

    I love the bow ties

  10. cheryl mclellan says:

    I love the bed fan!

  11. Kelly says:

    I actually really like the bed fan idea!

  12. Susan Patterson says:


    i love the bed fan – it would be so awesome!

  13. Tracy says:

    I loved them all, but I think this is really fun ( especially a few of them together!) Square Metal Custom Printed Wall Art โ€“ $34.99 @ BLACKS

  14. Elena says:

    I think the bowties are so cute!

  15. cookie3 says:

    I’d love the OX chocolates for hubby. Here’s hoping he’d share them.

  16. mcmc says:

    I think he would really like the bed fan

  17. l p says:

    the Bed Fan โ€“ $99.99 @ Brookstone is just right! then, of course, the chocolate. thanks

  18. Karen H says:

    ove the bed fan

  19. Lynn Andersen says:

    Black’s custom metal square wall art.

  20. Audrey Skinner says:

    My favorite is the wall art.

  21. S. Hirano says:

    The XO chocolates are great for Valentine’s Day.

  22. jessica e says:

    fav is Pacific Shaving Company Products โ€“ ~$7.99 each @ London Drugs. Subscribed as jssychan@yahoo.com

  23. Caroline says:

    Bed Fan is my favorite! I’ve seen this one before, years ago! My hubby needs this!

  24. Carol McCann says:

    steak dinner and lots of loving

  25. Chantelle says:

    the bow ties are my favorite gift for him, we love Dr. Who in our family and it just so happens that one of the Drs is also a fan

  26. Susan says:

    My favourite idea from the list is the square metal wall art from Blacks.

  27. Erin McSweeney says:

    i love the Xโ€™s & Oโ€™s Chocolates โ€“ $6.95 / box @ MoRoCo Chocolat…lots of fun

  28. Katharine says:

    I think the bed fan is the most interesting

  29. Sherry K says:

    Lots of great ideas, but he loves chocolate so I have to choose the X’s & O’s Chocolates.

  30. Anne Derkat says:

    chocolates, chocolates, chocolates, please.

  31. linnett says:

    The Pacific Shaving Products would be nice, thanks

  32. debra says:

    the bed fan

  33. Sean M says:

    The X & O’s chocolates

  34. intensev5 says:

    I like the Bed Fan โ€“ $99.99 @ Brookstone

  35. Karen says:

    The bed fan as my husband is like a furnace.

  36. Elizabeth says:

    The Shaving Cream with Coffee is my Favourite!

  37. Jennifer Johnson says:

    love the bed fan, what a neat idea!

  38. linda paley says:

    The chocolates would be wonderful – what could be better than chocolate??

  39. GARRY S says:

    BED FAN

  40. Carol McCann says:

    everything sweet for my hubby

  41. Darlene Boyle says:

    bed fan

  42. Pam says:

    The caffinated shave cream sounds very interesting.

  43. Debbie says:

    Great Valentine gift ideas.

  44. mousecat says:

    I like the Pacific Shaving Products (particularly the caffinated shaving cream)!

  45. Cahley Tod-Tims says:

    I love the bow ties, very hipster haha!

  46. Lisa G says:

    Well, all of the gifts here are unique and cool but my fav one would have to be the Kama Sutra Weekender Kit….Thanks for the chance!

  47. voodoo1973 says:

    All of these gifts are cool, but my fav would be the Kama Sutra Weekender Kit!! Thanks for the chance:)

  48. Irene says:

    I think the Bed Fan would be enjoyed by my guy because he’s always warm underneath the sheets.

  49. ginafleury says:

    My husband is always hot so the bed fan would work for us both. thanks.

  50. Jason Quarrie says:

    My favorite is the X’s & O’s Chocolates – manly or not, I’m a TOTAL chocoholic, and all my friends and family know it!!!

  51. Dru Edmiston says:

    Oh that bow tie is superb!

  52. Renee Lacasse says:

    would love to win

  53. Jennifer L. says:

    I love the Pacific Shaving Company products.

  54. Tabitha D says:

    The caffeine-infused saving cream, how cool is that? perfect for my caffeine-addicted hubby ๐Ÿ˜‰

  55. Mike Mottishaw says:

    i like the Pacific Company Shaving products- have to check them out…

  56. Maria Goulart says:

    Love the chocolate and shaving products and he will too!

  57. dabrowne says:

    Love the idea of the bed fan.

  58. Mary Warner says:

    I’d love to see my husband in one of the bow ties.

  59. Jessica says:

    I love the XO chocolates

  60. Jessica Lord says:

    i love the shaving products

  61. My favourite gift idea is the Bed Fan. Hubby would love it! I want one of those for myself! LOL

  62. Neil says:

    My favourite gift idea is the bed fan

  63. truckerofbc says:

    The Shaving Cream supplies would be awesome.

  64. aarone mawdsley says:

    I would love to have Bed Fan โ€“ $99.99 @ Brookstone
    that would be awesome!

  65. Maryanne says:

    I love the Pacific Shaving Company collection!

  66. Caelin W says:

    My husband would LOVE the Bed Fan- he is always too warm, and I am always too cold!

  67. Vanessa L says:

    My fave gift would be the XO Chocolates. They look delicious!

  68. Kiersten says:

    i love the bow ties

  69. Victoria Ess says:

    The Offal Goods Bow Ties are my favourite gift idea!

  70. Victoria Ess says:

    @offalgoods

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  71. KELLY E says:

    bed fan

  72. 100% the bed fan because my man is an absolute furnace!!

  73. Alison K says:

    I’m a subscriber. My favourite Valentineโ€™s gift idea for him, from this list, is the Xโ€™s & Oโ€™s Chocolates โ€“ $6.95 / box @ MoRoCo Chocolat. Can’t beat chocolate to win them over ๐Ÿ˜‰

  74. Janice Lewis says:

    I love the bow ties, but he would love the chocolate more.

  75. Sunshine G says:

    The OX chocolates – yum!

  76. Rachel Cartwright says:

    I think the bed fan would be a fabulous Valentine’s gift for my boyfriend!

  77. The Pacific Co shaving products

  78. Burcu says:

    I love the bed fan

  79. Margaret Helgason says:

    the bed fan would be great

  80. Brenda Lacourciere says:

    Pacific Shaving Co products

  81. aclily19 says:

    He would love the bed fan.

  82. Grace says:

    I love the custom wall art idea! Would be a very unique way to show a memory

  83. mj mendes says:

    the bed fan

  84. I think the Pacific Shaving company gifts are perfect. So many men are hard to buy for, and these are a no-brainer.

  85. Cherie Varrin says:


    Caffeine Infused Shaving Cream & After Shave

  86. Cherie Varrin says:


    Regramed.

  87. Elizabeth Friesen says:

    Love that bed fan!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  88. Megan Young says:

    The bow ties!!! My husband just started wearing them and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!

  89. Lynn M says:

    I really like the bow ties.

  90. Jennifer Weidmann says:

    My boyfriend is a furnace and the bed fan is genius! A present we could both benefit from!

  91. debra says:

    custom printed wall art

  92. Heather Arnould says:

    The bow tie would definitely suit his sense of fashion.

  93. Shelley says:

    Oh my goodness – the bed fan is brilliant !!!! My husband is a furnace and I am always cold ! This would help our marriage BIG TIME !! He He

  94. laurie burns says:

    Love the bow ties!!!!

  95. edmontonjb says:

    I really like the wall art – definitely a gift that will be appreciated for a long time to come.

  96. aimee says:

    love the bow ties

  97. Sharon says:

    I like the chocolates

  98. Taps says:

    my husband likes practical gifts so it would be Pacific Shaving Company Products

  99. Angela Mitchell says:

    I’m a subscriber. I love the Pacific Shaving Company products. My husband would appreciate that one!

  100. i like the Pacific Shaving Compnay products!

  101. Lisa S says:

    Those bow ties are absolutely fantastic! A little pricey for me but oh so much fun!

  102. Rae D. says:

    I like the Pacific Shaving Company products for a gift, which is useful.

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