Valentine's Day. Whether you love it, or you hate it, it's coming, and we think it's getting a bad rap. There are two ways you can approach this touchy subject (no pun intended), ignore it or embrace it. Let's face it, if you're in a relationship, it's probably not a good idea to ignore it (we've been there). If you're single, it can be a painful reminder. Many think Valentine's Day is an artifically contrived day that puts too much pressure on couples and singles alike. Last year, Canadians spent an average of $126 each on disposable Valentine's Day gifts (majority being wine, chocolate and flowers). So if you're tired of the same old Valentine's Day offerings, we have compiled a list of quality items for him that won't wilt and die after a few days, affect his waistline, or end up in the trash.
This goose down vest from The North Face is the gift that keeps on giving year round. Amply insulated with 700 fill goose down, this iconic vest is extremely warm, lightweight, and highly compressible for travel. Ideal as both a stand-alone layer in cold conditions or as a layer underneath a waterproof shell during cold rain showers, this high loft down vest features sewn-through construction that keeps down shifting, eliminating cold spots.
The iconic Caribou boot from Sorel is a Valentine's Day gift that will never go out of style. Rated to -40°C, there is no better time to give the gift of warmth and comfort. The nubuck leather upper and handcrafted vulcanized rubber shell are seam-sealed for complete waterproofness and lined with a removable 9mm ThermoPlusï¾ felt InnerBoot that traps heat next to your foot, where it belongs. Underfoot, a thick rubber midsole insulates the boot from cold ground, while the Sorel AeroTracï¾ non-loading outsole provides sure footing.
The Ascot slipper from Ugg is the epitome of coziness. Featuring rich suedes and leathers, and fully lined in genuine sheepskin with a reinforced heel and toe for everyday wear, these slippers might be the best gift you ever give. Ever since Tom Brady made Ugg cool for guys, they have been flying off the shelves.
The Greenwich hoodie from The North Face is one of our favourites. Made from heavyweight cotton/fleece, and featuring a large kangaroo style hand pocket in the front, this hoodie should be a staple in any man's wardrobe. Plus, it's easy wash and holds its shape over time. Who doesn't love a cozy hoodie in the Winter?
Valentine's Day need not be a day of long-stemmed roses and boxes of chocolates (although we won't turn those down), instead why not give your special someone a gift that lasts beyond the romantic holiday, and one that he'll actually wear and enjoy. Next week we'll be featuring our Valentine's Day gift guide for her, so you'll be ready when the 14th comes around.