Gentlemen, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but chocolates and flowers no longer cut it. In fact, they haven’t cut it since your mom helped you pick the perfect bouquet for your grade nine crush.
Valentine’s Day is one of those days that half of us love and the other half hate. Argue all you want that it’s a contrived holiday thought up by the greeting card and florist industries, but the fact is that regardless of how you feel about it; chances are your better half expects ABC’s The Bachelor style romance.
Rest easy men. Our team at Gentleman’s Gazette has put our heads together and we’ve come up with the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift guide that she’ll love, and so will you. We have it on good authority (our wives told us so) that she’s guaranteed to swoon over these ideas, and she’ll be sure to tell all her friends just how amazing you really are.
Now of course we couldn’t put together a list without also thinking of you, so make sure you either show her the guide or give her some ideas because we’ve loaded this list with ideas that will make even the most discerning gentleman tingle with delight. Heck, you might just fall in love all over again.
The Experience is What Counts
It’s no longer about single gifts guys. Sure, we’ve listed some below, but the real way to impress your partner is by giving them an experience that they’ll never forget.
Private Dance Lessons
There’s really nothing more romantic than sharing the floor with your favorite person. Take it from me that private lessons are far more sensual than group lessons so shell out the extra few bucks for one-on-one floor time. Whether it’s traditional ballroom or a hot and steamy tango, it’s the perfect form of foreplay that’s sure to get her, and keep her in the mood for romance. One tip: Dress the part. Leave the jeans at home and get dressed up. Put on your finest suit or tuxedo and tell her to wear a dress she feels sexy in. Just make sure you keep the actual experience a surprise.
Want to have dinner at the top of the world? One of the newest food experiences is paving its way around the world, opening up a pop-up restaurant suspended high in the sky by a strong and sturdy crane. Nestled snugly under a white canopy, the dinner in the sky experience offers inspired cuisine prepared by some of the world’s most award winning chefs. Just remember, this isn’t offered everywhere so you might have to travel to get there.
Dinner and a movie no longer cuts it. Unless it happens to be in your own backyard. Cozy up under a blanket under the stars by renting one of these outdoor movie screens and play her favorite classic film for the two of you to enjoy. Be sure to pair it with a bottle of champagne and some incredible fare, which brings us to our next experience…
Private Chef for a Night
Restaurants are for the masses, unless you’ve managed to secure a chef’s table. But, have you ever thought of bringing a professional chef into your home? Hiring a private chef is usually only a few hundred dollars and includes everything from menu selection to clean up. Most major cities offer these services and it’s a great way to ensure an exquisite meal that works perfectly with the movie in your backyard.
American Museum of Natural History VIP Tour – $600
The doors are closed, the public isn’t around and you and your loved one have the entire museum to yourself with a private tour guide to show you around. If history is something you’re passionate about this offers one of the most uniquely educational and romantic opportunities in the world. If you don’t happen to live nearby, contact your local museum and ask for an after-hours tour. Chances are they’ll accommodate you for the right price.
This is for the true aristocrat (or the lottery winner). Available exclusively through the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, you receive a private dinner at one of the most beautiful and acoustically impeccable theatres in the world. Taking your seat center stage, the curtain will rise and the lights will dim as the orchestra begins your private concert. Captivating cuisine is presented to your table where you’ll spend one of the most unforgettable evenings of your life across the table from a woman who knows how much she means to you.
Warner Bros. Studio Lot VIP Tour – $54 per person
The 45-minute tour is for everyone else. For the true film buff, the VIP studio tour is a 2-hour private tour that will show you where and how some of the most memorable moments in film and television history were created. Complete with inside access to areas normally off limits, this tour of the most historic studio in Hollywood will take you back to classic cinema and into new shows like The Big Bang Theory, Conan, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Mentalist, Two and a Half Men, Pretty Little Liars, Mike & Molly and more.
Okay, this one might be more for the men. But, I know many women who enjoy sports just as much as their boyfriends and husbands. Thuzio is one company that offers the ultimate sports fan experience. Whether it’s golfing with a PGA Tour player or playing catch with an NFL All-star, you get your pick of a handful of some of professional sports most well known athletes. Prices and locations vary but we’re sure you’ll find the player that causes your jaw to drop.
For the true adrenaline junkie, nothing gets the blood flowing faster than going into space; and for most people, this is as close as it gets. This is real-life astronaut training where you’ll perform hands-on space exploration activities from operating a full-scale shuttle simulator to taking over the controls at mission control – all designed for you by a team of veteran NASA astronauts. Forget flying lessons in a Cessna – it doesn’t get any cooler than this.
Experiences can be hard to come by. Often you either need to book early or spend a revolting amount of money. If you can’t book your dream experience for Valentine’s Day, consider a sentimental gift that will woo her until you’re able to take on the experience of a lifetime. Here’s a few suggestions for both you and her.
What Victoria’s Secret has done for lingerie, Tiffany has done for jewelry. Choose from their vast selection of Valentine’s inspired lockets, necklaces and bracelets that are sure to take her breath away. I know my wife never complains when gold and diamonds are presented.
Bottle of Fine Champagne
Champagne is the wine choice for lovers and selecting the perfect bottle of champagne can result in rekindled romance and a night you’ll never forget. Pair it with some extraordinary foods such as oysters, caviar, strawberries or even chocolate. If you’re on a tighter budget, consider a bottle of Prosecco. Remember, this should just be a part of your Valentine’s Day. Don’t count on it to carry you through.
Jordon Rothstein is probably one of the best known songwriters in New York. He’s composed for feature-length films, he’s written for national ad campaigns and he’s been in studio with some of the world’s best known recording artists. For $5600, he’ll create a completely original love song that’s designed to support your vocal range. Then, you’ll step in studio with a production team that’s worked with the likes of Chuck Berry to record your perfect song. If singing isn’t your strong suit, we’re sure they can hook you up with an artist to help finish it off. If you’re on a tighter budget, check out a website called Fiverr where you can hire musicians starting at just $5.
Create a Signature Scent
Scenterprises has worked with some of the biggest brands from Chanel to Saks Fifth Avenue to create the fragrances you see on the shelves around the world. What I bet you didn’t know, is that they also offer the ability to craft bespoke fragrances. Working alongside one of the world’s top fragrance creators, you’ll create a completely custom perfume that will forever remind your Valentine of the day that you got her the perfect gift.
Dreamy and inspirational, this espresso inspired fountain pen is perfect for the woman that treasures the finer things in life. I myself am a huge fan of Pelikan fountain pens and this is a truly incredible pen at a very reasonable price. She can use to constantly write you love notes or practice writing her married name like she once did as a little girl.
This is where you hand the laptop or tablet to her and say “hint, hint”. Here’s are some great gift choices that just about any man would be thrilled to have.
It’s been said that every gentleman should carry a pocket knife. However, a bright red, plastic Swiss Army knife isn’t what the most discerning gentleman wants in his pocket. Thankfully, there are companies like Laguiole. These exquisite and traditional Occitan pocket knives from France come in a variety of finishes that are beautifully decorated and overtly masculine. They really are spectacular and equally useful.
Many of our readers are interested in photography and my editor Sven Raphael Schneider loves JpegMini pro, a photography program that has saved him 70GB by downsizing his jpegs in a beautifully working manner, and it will reduce your jpeg images by up to 80% too, without losing quality. Every photography aficionado will appreciate a program like this. Plus, it lets you take even more romantic pictures to create lifelong memories with your loved one.
When Zegna came out with their first cologne it was all about Italian elegance. The second was intended for a more youthful audience, but the third – Intenso – was entirely about seduction.
Of my collection of colognes, this is my wife’s favorite. It’s sensually masculine and has the ability to attract women from across the room. I can’t count the number of compliments I’ve received from strangers in public asking where I possibly found such an enchanting scent. If you’re looking for a new cologne that is worthy of your attention, this is it my friend.
Gifts on an average day are something that need to be special. However, on Valentine’s Day it’s your one day a year to show your partner just how much they mean to you. Simply taking her out for a steak dinner doesn’t do that. It says “I like you as much as Bob from accounting who I went for drinks with last week”. But bringing the steak home and serving it under candlelight in the backyard as you watch Gone with the Wind and drink champagne says “I love you”. It’s that extra special touch that takes your gift from good to great.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours – From all of us at Gentleman’s Gazette.