These are the Valentine’s Day gifts he actually wants

As pleasurable as shopping is, though, there’s the perpetual headache that comes into play: What exactly does that special someone want? If you’re not lucky enough to have them tell you, let us cut the guessing game for you.

In this two-part series, we put together a guide to the gifts your partner will actually want on 14 February. This one is for him.

Every man needs a signature scent, but that scent has to be versatile enough to carry him through the day, no matter the occasion. BOSS Bottled Classic fits the bill completely, given that it is dynamic and layered enough to take from day to night. Composed with a mixture of citrus and masculine accords of spice and wood, BOSS Bottled Classic is as distinctive as it gets.

Boss Bottled Classic, S$128.

A day out pampering is not an exercise reserved just for the fairer sex. Men deserve it as much, so book yours a spa treatment for Valentine’s Day. We recommend the P.S. I Love You treatment at Auriga Spa, a two-hour-long full-body session that begins with a foot scrub and ends with a candlelit bath. The best part: it’s a couple’s package, so take it like you’re treating yourself too.

Auriga Spa, S$718.

Nothing says practical like giving the gift of time to someone, but in this day and age, a smartwatch trumps a luxury timepiece when it comes to adaptability. It doesn’t just tell the time, but is capable of a myriad of other functions that make life a touch easier for its wearer. We’re big fans of the Huawei GT2, a smartwatch that also harbours a detailed fitness tracker within, perfect for the gym buff in your life. Its battery also lasts for two weeks, an added bonus for the forgetful.

Being hunched over a gaming device as “Overwatch” or “DOTA” blinks on the screen is virtually man’s favourite hobby. Enable that pursuit by gifting him a new gaming headset, like Sennheiser’s signature Game Zero, which prides itself on being the ultimate in terms of sonic and microphone clarity. All the better to trash talk with.

S$249. Available at Sennheiser.

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A custom suit

No man’s wardrobe is complete without a suit, and at some point in his life, he deserves an upgrade from off-the-rack to tailor-made. Be the one to show him the light by gifting him an appointment with a tailor to create the suit of his dreams.

 

Whisky enthusiasts will understand the struggle of either having to purchase entire bottles to sample a dram, or the never-ending need to visit bars to enjoy new whiskies. Here’s where a whisky subscription service ends up being the ideal gift. Whisky Master is one such platform, where you can gift monthly subscriptions to your person of choice. Each delivery offers four 20ml bottles of curated selections by the team behind Whisky Master.

S$87 a month.

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