As February 14 inches closer, so does the countdown to finding the perfect gift for the special man in your life.
Whether you’re gifting for a husband or boyfriend, crafting up a masculine gift in a swarm of red and pink plush bears can be seemingly daunting.
It takes a certain amount of artistry and creativity that involves stepping outside the (heart-shaped chocolate) box.
This year we’ve devised a set of Cupid-worthy goodies that your man will truly adore, breaking it up by intensity of romance.
Spending multiple Valentine’s together can create a stagnate routine of a dozen roses and dinner for two at your favorite Italian restaurant. Change up your plans this year and skip the reservation. Surprise your man by setting up wine and cheese for two at home.
Make up a basket of bourbon honey, hot pepper bacon jam, crackers and chocolate covered strawberries and pair it with a bold cabernet, our pick Paratus Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon. This opulent cabernet offers aromas of fig, raspberry and cherry with a chocolate and pomegranate finish, perfect for a cheese plate under the stars.
If a romantic charcuterie board is not for him, give him a gift to enjoy for more than an evening. Our suggestion, a bottle of Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum. This Venezuelan rum is distilled from molasses in copper pot stills and then aged for 12 years before bottling. Considered a “sipping rum”, it is not meant to be hidden in a fruity cocktail, so pair this gift with a liquor decanter to match. Allowing the spirit to breathe will enhance the sipping experience.
This one is a little tricky, the difference of dating for three months and three years plays a factor in the game of gifting.
If you’re newly in love, go for something light-hearted and fun. Our suggestion - a growler. Fill up with your love’s favorite craft beer and tie a cheesy poem to it. When he drinks the last drop, he can bring it in to his nearest Brew Stop for a refill, all thanks to you.
For the couples that have spent multiple Valentine’s Days together, take your gift to the next level.
Create a basket of love with your man’s favorite spirits and a handful of cigars. You can either crack it open the night of to enjoy or save it for later. We suggest Four Roses Bourbon or Letherbee Gin for the spirit, depending on his personal preference. For cigars, check out this bundle. The range in flavors allows him to try new brands and takes the pressure of decision making off your plate.