Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Men 2016

Before you know it, Superbowl Sunday will soon be behind us and Valentine’s Day will be right around the corner. Men always say that women are so difficult to shop for. Well, we adamantly disagree. There are a plethora of gifts that are almost always a hit with women but for men it seems that they often say they “don’t care” when asked what they might enjoy for this holiday. Peruse our gift guide for some great ideas for what to get the man in your life this year. We have combined an eclectic mix of items so there is surely something that will suit his fancy, no matter how difficult he seems to be to shop for. After all, gift cards just don’t cut it for Valentine’s Day, so it is time to be a bit unique!



Personal Drummer By BeatBuddy

The Gift

Make this Valentine’s Day rock for the hip musician in your life with the BeatBuddy Mini, an innovative and unique product in a guitar pedal design that provides you with your own personal drummer. In a small size, perfect for slapping onto a pedal board, the BeatBuddy Mini can be played with any instrument and features 100 included songs, making it easy and fun to jam in the garage solo. With the ability to insert fills, transition from verse to chorus, add accent hits, throw in drum breaks, plus much more, playing your favorite instrument with the accompaniment of a real live drummer in your ear will definitely amp up your musical experience!

Connect the BeatBuddy Footswitch to your BeatBuddy Mini for an even easier way to play. This durable and modern footswitch makes controlling the settings on your BeatBuddy Mini a breeze; keep your hands on your instrument and control with just the tap of your foot!

Features to Love

BeatBuddy Mini

  • High quality 16-bit sound
  • Monochrome LCD screen
  • LED visual metronome
  • 100 included songs in 21 different genres
  • Can be played with any instrument
  • No programming necessary
  • 4.4″ x 2.3″ x 1.3″

BeatBuddy Footswitch

  • Operate the BeatBuddy Mini hands-free, with just the tap of your foot
  • Connects easily to the BeatBuddy Mini with the included 1/4″ right-angle stereo cable
  • Whisper-quiet momentary buttons
  • Designed to withstand heavy use
  • 5″ x 3.5″ x 1.5″
Brand

The geniuses behind BeatBuddy created a solution to a big problem in the music world; less than ideal drum machines that were too complicated and unable to be controlled hands-free. Along with other musician’s input and advice and an overwhelmingly successful crowdfunding campaign, BeatBuddy became the world’s first guitar pedal drum machine, awing and inspiring musicians, performers, music teachers, and everyone who needs a hands-free beat.


Diaper Bag by OiOi

The Gift

This Valentine’s Day, give your man the gift of fashionable functionality. The wax canvas satchel diaper bag from OIOI is sleek and modern, looking more like a boho computer bag than a diaper bag. But inside, the dad in your life will find everything he needs to keep all of baby’s things in place while out and about. 

The wax canvas satchel comes with all of the essentials for baby – a changing pad, wet bag, wipe container and insulated drink holder – but is so versatile it can also be used as a computer bag (measuring at 15.5 inches wide).

With its sleek design, complete with crushed wax water-resistant canvas, and convenient pockets inside and out, this will be his go-to bag anytime he leaves the house, with or without the kids in tow. 

This rich chocolate-colored bag, with simple blue and white pinstripes accented inside, is so good looking you’ll love using it too! 

Features to Love

  • Crushed waxed canvas on outer
  • Outer shell is water-resistant 
  • Adjustable shoulder strap for ultimate comfort
  • Built-in stroller straps
  • Main internal area has two elasticized pockets
  • Front, back and side pockets (side pocket is insulated)
  • Antique silver metal hardware and protective feet
  • Key fob holder
  • At 15.5 inches long, perfect for most laptops
  • Comes with padded changing mat, zip top wet bag, non-phthalate wipe case and insulated bottle holder
Brand

OiOi was the brainchild of handbag designer, Lisa Bennetts. When she was pregnant with her first child, she quickly found herself unimpressed with the options for stylish diaper bags on the market. She adapted a “little black handbag” to use after her daughter was born, but later realized she wanted something that her husband would be comfortable carrying. Soon after was the birth of her first “incognito” classic messenger bag – which led her line of “sassy satchels with not a fluffy bear in sight.” Since then, OiOi has been dedicated to designing bags that suit the needs and styles of the people carrying them.  


Shaving Gear by Detroit Grooming Company

   

The Gift

Kick any man’s shaving game up a notch with the Brown 3 Piece Shaving Set from Detroit Grooming Company. Please throw the cheap disposable razors in the trash and let him shave like a pro with this gorgeous faux horn Mach 3 razor and Badger shave brush. The weight of the handle balances the razor and brush as it is used. Store them both right where they are needed in a matching chrome and faux horn stand that allows both razor and brush to dry in between use.

Whether he shaves everyday or has decided to finally get rid of his beard, the Ludington Shave Cream from Detroit Grooming Company will give a man his closest shave ever. Any irritation from shaving is soothed by the pure sandalwood, comfrey, calendula, and aloe. Skin stays soothed and toned thanks to oat betaglucan, gotu kola, anti-oxidants green tea and vitamin E. Skip the drug store shaving cream full of chemicals and treat the man in your life to this cream that is actually good for his skin.

Features to Love

Brown 3 Piece Shaving Set

  • Brown, faux bone handles with chrome accents
  • Matching stand holds and dries razor and brush
  • Brush is authentic badger
  • Razor uses Mach 3 refills

Ludington Shave Cream

  • Can be used with or without a brush
  • Luxurious lather, soothes irritation
  • Clean smell
  • Generous 4 oz jar
Brand

Locally owned and operated, Detroit Grooming Company delivers superior grooming products for the modern man who knows you can’t get a good shave or skin care from the aisles of a big box discount store. Their line includes shaving, personal care, creams and cleansers, and hair care. Detroit is on the verge of a big comeback and we are sure to see some of the next big things come out of this classic American city and one of those big things is Detroit Grooming Company. They are changing the way men see grooming just like the world is changing the way it sees Detroit.


Skincare by Every Man Jack

The Gift

Is the special man in your life in need of a little pampering in the hygiene department this Valentine’s Day? As women, we always look forward to a new lotion, body scrub or wash. Every Man Jack has some great natural options specially designed for men. Their Cedarwood Body Wash has a fantastic masculine scent and is crafted of coconut-derived surfactants to cleanse and naturally derived essential oils as well as hydrating glycerin to help retain skin’s moisture. For the hair, the 2 in 1 Sport Shampoo + Conditioner is designed to remove chlorine buildup while cleansing, moisturizing and preventing discoloration and damage. It contains amino acids from Quinoa, Wheat Proteins, and Jojoba Oil which helps moisture bind to hair. This is the perfect combination for daily use!

Every Man Jack created a sleek Manual Razor designed specifically for a close and smooth shave. The kit includes a new razor, display stand, and four cartridges. Every cartridge has six long-lasting, easy-to-rinse blades and a lubricating strip with Olive Oil, Chamomile and Herbal Extract. He should be prepared to really look and feel his best with such a close and gentle shave. To round off the shaving experience he will need their Signature Mint Shave Cream. It is made from a thick, low foam formula that contains olive oil extract to hydrate, chamomile to soothe, and aloe to heal. With Every Man Jack your man can be good to go from head to toe! 

Features to Love

Every Man Jack Products

  • Only naturally derived ingredients
  • No parabens
  • No phthalates
  • No dyes
  • No sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Never tested on animals

Chrome Manual Razor

  • Handcrafted razor designed for maximum control and maneuverability
  • Six stainless steel blades
  • Easy to rinse cartridge
  • Specially designed for the closest shave 
Brand

Every Man Jack was derived out of a need in the marketplace for high quality, natural and exceptionally performing skin and body care products specifically for men. They realized that although the marketplace for women was drastically growing, men were severely lacking in options designed especially for them that really get the job done.  


 Kamuela Boots by OluKai 

   

The Gift

Our men work hard to provide for their families. In many cases, that means a lot of time standing on their feet; to which, finding a comfortable pair of shoes becomes a constant search. With that in mind, this Valentine’s Day, treat your man to footwear designed to deliver the ultimate balance of comfort, lasting support and style. 

Several months ago, we found the ultimate brand for comfort in men’s shoes in Olukai, but with cooler temperatures looming for a few more weeks (or months), we wanted a pair of boots that would provide some additional warmth. We found that OluKai’s Kamuela Boots can easily be dressed up or down. Providing comfort straight out of the box, these boots will essentially form-fit to any foot (including wide feet). So, whether you’re wearing jeans or khakis, they’ll look great while offering incredible arch support.  

Features to Love

  • Premium full-grain leather that evokes the rustic spirit of Hawaii’s upcountry ranches with a rugged strength and a lifetime of durability
  • All-weather rubber outsole with full-grain leather foxing and non-marking rubber traction pods
  • EverFit contoured footbed with microfiber suede cover that is removable and washable
Brand

OluKai shoes are specially designed to be a better class of products for a relaxed lifestyle, built with strong values and roots in style, craftsmanship, durability and comfort from heel to toe. OluKai uses the highest quality materials, true fitting lasts, and anatomical footbeds to give you the perfect fit and all day comfort.  


Glassware by theUncommonGreen

The Gift

If you’re looking for something truly unique for the spirit lover in your life, theUncommonGreen’s city maps glassware is sure to wet his whistle and leave him drooling.

With a variety of glassware choices – pint glasses, mason jars, mugs, stemless wine glasses, rocks glasses and carafes – there’s something for all of his drinking needs. 

Choose from a selection of some of the most memorable cities in the country – perhaps the city he was born and raised in, the city you met or the home of his favorite football team.

Each glass is intricately etched with the city’s map and coordinates. The city maps rocks glasses are the perfect combination of sentiment, practicality and creativity in a gift. He’ll love the thoughtfulness behind a gift that he actually wants to use!

Features to Love

  • Choose from all the major cities 
  • Can mix and match cities to create the perfect gift set
  • 11 ounce glass
  • Your city’s streets and neighborhoods etched into a glass 
Brand

Founder, Brian Johnson, started theUncommonGreen in 2009 “to make everyday products that meld artistry with functionality, practicality with wit, and style with sustainability.” Inspired by his background in mechanical engineering and industrial product development, he began creating and building things in his apartment that incorporated high performance industrial materials with common household items. 

Today, theUncommonGreen’s mission is to provide consumers with one-of-a-kind products that are fun, interesting, practical and created in eco-friendly fashion. This Boston-based company makes everything from barware and glassware to home furnishings and custom art. In their own words, they: “Design in a different light. Materials used unconventionally. Products for everyday, hands-on interaction, in a more natural manner.”


 Men’s Grooming by Ulio & Jack 

   

The Gift

This cologne is perfect for your adventurer on the go. Sized to fit in a carry on bag or pocket, this solid cologne can even go on a plane without any hassle from security. Made from jojoba, shea butter, beeswax and fragrance, it has a scent that is subtle and refreshingly sweet.

The Beard Oils from Ulio and Jack keep facial hair rich and healthy and put a stop to itching. The key to their effectiveness is the blend of organic carrier oils of Jojoba, Grapeseed, Argan, Apricot and Castor mixed with essential oil fragrance. The Woodward Oil is named after Woodward Avenue, a major street in Detroit and is scented with Texas cedarwood infused with pine and eucalyptus. The Matterhorn Beard Oil is named after the Swiss Alp peak and is inspired by boldness and complexity. This oil is scented with blood orange and Texas cedarwood. Ulio and Jack Beard Oils moisturize skin, feel great for massage and have anti-aging benefits. So pick some up for your man and use some for yourself!

Features to Love

Aviator Solid Cologne

  • Natural ingredients
  • Subtle scents
  • Travel Friendly

Beard Oils

  • Natural ingredients
  • Relieves itching, conditions facial hair
  • Great for a gift in a trendy vintage bottle
Brand

Ulio and Jack is a lifestyle company all about strength, integrity and experience. This brand is designed for a man they call the “sophisticated adventurer”, who takes “necessary risk — furthering life experiences, expectations, and accomplishments through merit, integrity, and devotion.” We think this description perfectly describes this Detroit based company and the renewal and resurgence happening in the Motor City. Detroit is now filled with the creativity, energy, and entrepreneurial spirit of days gone by and Ulio and Jack is a part of this. If you have a man in your life who embodies risk and hard work, just like the great city of Detroit, Ulio and Jack makes the perfect gift.


Mini Portable Chargers by Jackery

The Gift

There’s nothing worse than having your iPhone die while out and about. Most of us depend on our smartphones for everything — work, email, news, social media (and the occasional phone call!) — and are in big trouble if our phones run out of power. Whether we are work-from-home moms, jet-setting professionals or simply errand-running parents, a mobile battery charger is a must — and we love the chargers from Jackery.

The Jackery Mini is a portable, purse-sized charger that will revive your dying iPhone. Clocking in at a mere 3.7 inches (“lipstick size”), this charger can easily be stashed in a purse, diaper bag, briefcase or date-night clutch! It’s also compatible with virtually any smartphone or device — including that tablet your kids use on road trips. Once your battery’s replenished, simply recharge your Mini by connecting to a USB AC adapter (such as an iPhone adapter) or computer USB port.

Features to Love

  • Less than 4 inches long, and weighs just 2.7 ounces
  • Roughly the size of a tube of lipstick (and much more useful!)
  • Compatible with a range of smartphones, tablets and devices
  • Sleek, stylish design with durable aluminum case
  • Perfect for purses, briefcases or even diaper bags!
Brand

Jackery is an innovative technology company providing mobile chargers for smartphones, tablets and devices. The company offers a variety of mobile chargers for everyone, from sports fans to students, moms to mountain climbers. Jackery is the top-selling premium brand on Amazon for external batteries, and it’s easy to see why! These high-quality, super-portable chargers are a must-have for anyone and everyone. Jackery empowers people on the go.

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Jackery Mini

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Jessica is a holistic health counselor and work from home mom living in the middle of nowhere USA with her sweet little boy! She suffers from a serious case of compulsive globe-trotting and is always counting the days until her next move or adventure. You can often find her trying to get in her exercise in by lunging through the park while chasing after her very energetic little boy! She is constantly fueled and energized by her love for healthy eating and occasionally copious amounts of caffeine.

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