I couldn’t forget about the guys when writing about Valentine’s Day. Today I’m highlighting five fab picks any guy on your list would love – almost as much as he loves you!
CULTI Home SPA Mareminerale Moisturizing After Shave Balm – $60 USD @ French Studio Imports
One of the best ways to approach Valentine’s Day for him is to upgrade the things he already needs. Shove aside those drugstore brands of shaving products and invest in something luxe, like CULTI’s amazing SPA products for him. Created in a unique scent called Mareminerale (CULTI is well-known for their candles and diffusers), he’ll smell like an aromatic blend of sea, sap, and mineral musk. The line includes a shaving cream and barber cream as well, but the after shave is a must have to keep ingrown hairs and irritation from cropping up. Plus, what woman wouldn’t love a supremely smooth face to nuzzle up against?
Banana Republic Cotton Cashmere Vee Pullover – $85
One of my favourite ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to opt for a gift idea that plays at the holiday without going over the top. One easy way to hint at V-day is to gift him something red – like this cuddly v-neck sweater. Made from cotton with a kiss of cashmere for extra snuggly softness, this cozy sweater is a great reflection of the fact we’re still in the chilly winter months. And if red isn’t his colour, well, this nice wardrobe staple comes in a few other less-Valentines-esque hues.
12 Reasons I Love You Box – $22.50 @ Cococo Chocolatiers, owners of Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut®
Sure chocolate is a traditional gift for lucky ladies, but guys have every bit the sweet tooth in my experience. Appeal to his luxe side with this gourmand box of award-winning chocolates from Cococo Chocolatiers. Featuring 12 delectable treats with amazing flavour profiles like Mango Peppercorn and Honey Anise, this scrumptious gift is super well-priced and a great introduction to the brand for those who haven’t had the pleasure of trying it just yet. Plus, while it’s still plenty romantic, you get to skip the swoony heart business he might otherwise scoff at. The only test from here will be how much he’s willing to share with you…
Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Home Brewing Craft Beer Kit – $86.44 @ Amazon.ca
Get his dreams of starting a brewery off the ground with a little trial run. This incredible kit contains everything he’ll need to whip up two batches of beer for him and his buddies to share. After he’s mastered the basics using the included DVD / instruction manual, he can move onto crafting his own beers using a variety of hops and ingredients. You can also pick up refill kits as future gift ideas, saving you the stress of having to shop around come birthday or anniversary season.
Massage Oils – $29 each @ Neal’s Yard Remedies
He may want to treat you to a day at the spa, but how about treating him right back with a little bit of alone time at home? Whether he’s stuck at a desk all day, working a job that keeps him on his feet, or simply an athletic type, there’s a million and one ways that a massage will make him feel amazing. One way to up the relaxation (and sensual) factor is to add in a soothing massage oil to the mix. Neal’s Yard Remedies has several on offer, each with their own formulation of natural ingredients to suit different issues. Does he want something uplifting? Try the Orange & Geranium blend. Are his muscles aching? Try the Ginger & Juniper one. Or if he simply needs to unwind, the Soothing Massage Oil offers lavender and cypress to help him relax. Just fire up a few YouTube videos before you get started or freestyle it and help him feel good in a whole new way.
The des Amants – From $13 USD @ Palais des Thes
Valentine’s Day is for lovers – including tea lovers! This dreamy blend of looseleaf tea literally means the ‘tea of lovers’ in French, in part for its sensual notes of almond, apple, cinnamon and vanilla. Never mind the fact it’s oh so romantic, it’s also oh so delicious. Available in three varieties – herbal, green and black – these delicious teas also come in two formats; a looseleaf tin of tea and ready-to-go tea bags. Whether he sips at home or at the office, this is one warm idea of a gift he’ll truly treasure.
Alright ladies and gents, I’m pleased to have another great prize package available for one lucky reader to nab. Valued at $152.95, if you win, you’ll receive:
- CULTI Home SPA Mareminerale Moisturizing After Shave Balm
- Cococo 12 Reasons I Love You Gift Box
- Neal’s Yard Remedies Massage Oil
- The des Amants Box of Tea Bags
Here’s how to enter!
1) First & foremost: you must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. It’s as simple as finding ‘The Gift of Gab’ box in the righthand column and dropping in your email or clicking follow. Then leave me a comment below by February 23, 2016 telling me what your favourite Valentine’s gift for him is from this list! You’re welcome to pick more than one 🙂
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 24, 2016 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: Do as many or as few of the following as you’d like. For every bonus entry you rack up, be sure to leave a separate comment with proof (i.e. a link – Google ways to grab links to Tweets / FB posts) or your bonus entries won’t count!
French Studio Imports – Follow them on Instagram and either regram one of their photos or share a photo of the after shave to your own feed. Be sure to tag them either way, and follow up by leaving a link to your post in a separate comment below.
Cococo Chocolatiers – Like Cococo on Facebook and leave a wall post about which of their delectable treats you’re most interested in trying this Valentine’s Day. You have no obligation to mention my blog, but you must post a separate comment below that links back to your wall post.
Neal’s Yard Remedies – Like them on Facebook and leave a wall post about which of their massage oils you’re most interested in. You have no obligation to mention my blog, but you must post a separate comment below that links back to your wall post.
Palais des Thes – Follow them on Twitter and Tweet about this giveaway, linking back to this post and tagging them + me (@cdngiftguide). Leave a link to your Tweet in a separate comment below.