Shopping for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for him can be a real bother -- we all know that it’s the thought that counts, but you don’t really want to be gifting your bae with cheesy boxes of chocolates or stalks of roses (way overpriced, by the way), right?
Well, at Urban Oak, we believe in quality over quantity, and that less is more -- that’s why we’ve put together a gift guide featuring well-made and functional items he’ll actually like. Happy shopping!
For the CBD gentleman
Is he always immaculately groomed and dressed? For the corporate high flyer who is clear about what he wants, we’ve got just the gift for him.
Grooming gift sets
Gentlemen’s Ultimate Ebony Gift Set by Gentlemen’s Tonic (S$345)
For a man who appreciates the finer things in life, this grooming gift set -- with its elegant ebony details -- tticks all the right boxes. An ideal gift for Valentine’s, the set comprises pre-shave oil, shave cream and aftershave balm to ensure skin is kept in its optimal condition, while the Mayfair set provides all the tools he’ll need for a smooth shave.
Biotherm Aquapower Set by Biotherm Homme ($59)
For a man who always needs to put his best face forward, this hydrating skincare set will make the ultimate gift. Keep his face looking refreshed with the Biotherm Aquapower Set by Biotherm Homme. The set comprises the Aquapower Cleanser (40ml), Aquapower Lotion (30ml) and Aquapower Gel (75ml).
Bellroy Note Sleeve (from S$129)
Is he the sort who’s used to slipping his wallet into his pants pocket? We all know how unsightly pocket bulges can be -- gift him with a minimalist wallet that can fit all his essentials and yet maintains a slim profile. The Bellroy Note Sleeve fits up to eleven cards, aside from cash and coins! Plus: It has quick-access slots for your daily cards and a compartment for seldom-used cards - simply pull on the tab to retrieve with ease.
The Ridge Wallet in Carbon Fiber (US$115)
Another noteworthy wallet option is The Ridge Wallet in 3K carbon fiber weave. The slim front pocket wallet features a matte finish, and has an expandable card holder, which can be fitted with a money clip or cash strap -- the choice is yours. And not only does it hold up to 12 cards without stretching out, it blocks RFID (wireless theft) as well.
Orient Sun and Moon Version 3 (US$495)
At first glance, this automatic timepiece looks deceivingly ordinary. Take a closer look, however, and you’ll realise that this exquisite and highly detailed timepiece has all a man wants for a classic office staple. And its specifications are just right too -- 42.5mm across, and 14mm thick. The domed sapphire crystal used for its face is a plus.
Filippo Loreti Venice Moonphase Blue Gold (US$249)
The Venice Moonphase Blue Gold is for bold leaders who don’t take “no” for an answer. With its luxurious deep blue case and its bright gold accents, this is a watch that cannot be ignored. At the center of the dial, a burst of sunlight as the hour and minute hands trace bright golden indices. Behind it all hide three sapphire jewels - the subtly textured subdials - and a gorgeous moonphase.
For the frequent traveller
Grooming gift sets
Billy Jealousy Face3some Travel-Size Face Trio (S$59)
Frequent travelling can leave his skin feeling dry and irritated. Help him combat his skincare woes with this travel-size trio (cleanser, scrub and moisturiser) that’s free from harmful ingredients such as SLS, colorants, parabens and artificial fragrances. The gentle formula makes this set suitable for normal-to-dry and sensitive skin types.
JS Sloane Gentlemen's Shave Set - Heavyweight (S$99)
Your man doesn’t have to settle for a disposable razor while he’s overseas. This travel set, which comes in a special JS Sloane gift box, is everything a frequent flyer can dream of:
1 x 2oz JS Sloane Heavyweight Brilliantine 1 x 8oz Gentlemen’s Shave Cream 1 x After Shave Moisturising Lotion 1 x Chrome Badger Travel Shave Brush Buy here.
Bellroy Travel Wallet (S$186)
Help him keep his travel documents and foreign currency organised with Bellroy’s sleek Travel Wallet. With two note sections, a tailored passport pouch, card slots and even a portable pen, the only thing he’ll have to worry about is boarding his flight on time.
Bellroy All-Conditions Essentials Pocket (S$199)
If he’s the more active sort, however, go for the hardy Bellroy All-Conditions Essentials Pocket instead. Made from water-resistant leather and featuring a YKK water-resistant zip, the travel wallet can fit up to 12 cards, fits a passport and iPhone 7 Plus and micro travel pen comfortably. It also has five internal pockets for coins, keys, folded bills and cables. Boasts a 3-year warranty as well.
Blackjack Watch from Todd Snyder and Timex (US$138)
Inspired by a sporty 1970s style from the Timex archives, and updated in a modern all-black look with a 40mm case, this vibrant timepiece is an homage to the stylish drivers of Formula One in the 1960s and 70s. Nodding to speed dials and roulette wheels, the Blackjack evokes the noir glamour of fast cars, hot tires and midcentury Monaco casinos – all in a sleek urban style. Additional features include 50 Meter Water Resistance and Quartz Movement.
Xeric Soloscope RQ Tan Blue ($345)
Talk about an interesting conversation piece. For this particular timepiece, time is read using a single hour hand, fusing hours and minutes. Xeric's signature "halo" hand encircles the hour and points to the minutes. Additional features include a 24 hour indicator as well as a 60 second stopwatch disc. The stainless steel case is paired with a stainless steel Milanese mesh strap with adjustable sliding clasp.
For the quirky hipster
Grooming gift sets
Percy Nobleman Ultimate Grooming Box (S$349.90)
If the handcrafted wooden box this grooming set comes in doesn’t thrill him, hardly anything else will. Beautifully sturdy, the box is a great and tidy option for storing all his beard grooming essentials and more. Included in the gift set: Beard Conditioning Oil (scented), Beard Wash, Moustache Wax, Beard Balm, Gentleman’s Styling Wax, Beard Comb, and a pair of Beard & Moustache Scissors.
Deluxe Pomade Combo Tin by Uppercut Deluxe ($50.40)
For the man who rocks a side part, slick back or pompadour hairstyle, this combo tin is everything he can ask for. This set includes a tin of water-based Deluxe Pomade, a CT5 Tortoise Shell Comb, as well as the Everyday Shampoo and Everyday Conditioner for healthy hair.
Urban Organizer Mini (US$59)
Because he’s not going to settle for a conventional bi-fold, the Urban Organizer Mini makes a great gift with its urban hipster vibes. Also, the compactness of this wallet allows it slip into his pocket easily without any added bulk. Plus: It comes with two front slots for his essentials, as well as a card slot in the back for his most frequently used credit card.
The Trucker’s Hitch Utility Wallet (S$118.16)
Is he a sucker for details? Every order of the Trucker’s Hitch is handcrafted and made to order in America, where it is cut, stitched and burnished with great care. Also noteworthy: the wallet is crafted with 4oz American tanned leather, a durable material that will not only endure daily use but develop a patina that’s unique to you. That’s right, just like fine wine, it gets better with age.
Hammerhead 1000m Diver Meteorite (US$659)
The Hammerhead hearkens to the glory days of dive watches. The distinctive cushion shaped case, once common among many dive watches, has been given an angular facelift. A high double domed crystal tops off the vintage influences for the Hammerhead.