Stylish gifts for him: What men really want for Valentine's Day 2022

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14 February 2022

Forget the usual trinkets, say 'I love you' with things he’ll actually appreciate 

14 February 2022 Luxury London | If you purchase something via our website, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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hat good’s a pair of cufflinks when he’s not worn French cuffs for the past two years? Ditto ties, tie bars (though they’re a no-no on any occasion), briefcases, fountain pens, pocket squares, lapel pins and, to be honest, formal shirts in general (unless, of course, you’ve got a wedding on the horizon. In which case, Eton shirts gets our vote).

Nope, now that dressing up is on the way out and office dress codes belong to a time of fax machines and VCR recorders, Valentine’s Day 2022 is all about toys, tech and tasteful accessories.

Here’s what the man in your life really wants this Valentine’s Day...

The Private White V.C. x Tenue. varsity jacket

Manchester-based outerwear authority, Private White V.C., has teamed up with Amsterdam-headquartered denim experts, Tenue., on an 11-piece capsule collection inspired by 90s American sportswear. Among a range of retro-styled T-shirts, sweatshirts, overshirts and jerseys, this varsity jacket is the stand-out piece. Made from 100 per cent Melton wool and featuring calf-leather sleeves, this is contemporary streetwear done Private White V.C. style (read: properly). You best move quickly, though – only 30 pieces in navy and 30 pieces in green are being made.

£500, privatewhitevc.com

Aidas X9000L4 running trainers

During the period when team sports were cancelled and social interactions banned, dopamine hits became hard to come by. If, during the pandemic, your other half turned to running as a way of generating some feel-good chemicals (and keeping the lockdown weight gain at bay) chances are he also developed a mild obsession with running trainers. Not only have Adidas’s latest JETBOOST shoes been developed to be more comfortable than ever, they also feature uppers made from a minimum of 50 per cent recycled materials. Choose this brown-and-orange tiger-print pair (which really shouldn’t work, but somehow really do) for something he can wear straight to the pub, once he’s finished pounding the pavement.

£120, adidas.co.uk

A staycation at Sopwell House

With restrictions easing, summer holidays are back on the agenda. Before then, schedule some you-and-him time at Hertfordshire’s Sopwell House, a country spa hotel that’s less than one-hour’s drive from central London. Formerly the summer home of Lord Louis Mountbatten – and one-time refuge for Anne Boleyn – today, Sopwell House is a contemporary spa retreat set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens, which boasts indoor and outdoor swimming pools, two restaurants and a cocktail bar. Because, although he’d never admit it, he enjoys a spa break just as much as you.

Book via booking.com

Age-appropriate jewellery

Sidney gold & silver men’s necklace, £175, Alice Made This

There was a time when signet rings were exclusively for stockbrokers, and sovereign rings were for men who minded doors. Those days are gone (although probably still best to steer clear of sovereign rings). These days, men are free to ornament themselves with as many rings, cuffs, bracelets and earrings as they like. Into this space has stepped a smorgasbord of brands established to help men elevate their outfits with a grown-up accessory, or several. Not sure what to pick? Remember the sacred style maxim, KISS (Keep it simple, stupid).  

Read more at luxurylondon.co.uk

A slap-up steak

Whether he’s a fillet type of fella or a rump kind of guy, few and far between are the men who don’t get excited by the prospect of a good steak. Once regarded as the worst in the world, British beef has been put back on the map by a collection of serious steakhouses and their obsessive suppliers. Rare breeds from Yorkshire and Cornwall appear on the menus of places like Blacklock and Hawksmoor, while Marylebone’s Lurra is pioneering a new type of British beef by buying ex-dairy cows and extending their lives on a diet of grass (rather than grain).  Alternatively, see what all the Wagyu-related fuss is about at places like Beast and CUT.

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A personalised watch from NOMOS Glashütte 

To celebrate Valentine’s Day 2022, German watchmaker, NOMOS Glashütte, is offering complimentary engravings on the case-backs of a number of its watches. Each of the Bauhaus-inspired models – the Orion, Tetra, Ludwig and Tangente –  has room for four lines of 22 characters on their steel backs. Hand-making its timepieces from the Saxon village of Glashütte, NOMOS manufactures the majority of its movements in-house. A watch brand for watch guys. Order online by midnight 9 February to ensure the watch arrives in time.  

nomos-glashuette.com

The Rapha Pro Team Long-sleeve Thermal Jersey

He bought the bike during the depths of the first lockdown and wouldn’t stop checking Strava during the second and third. Sliding temperatures might have kept him off the saddle during the winter, but now that the mercury’s rising, the tarmac will be beckoning. This mid-layer, long-sleeve Pro Team jersey from Rapha has been engineered to provide warmth without adding extra weight – perfect for long rides in cool conditions. The fabric’s four-way stretch and seamless construction creates a streamlined silhouette while reducing bulk. The three rear pockets provide plenty of space for his energy bars and sarnies. He’ll be over the moon, trust us.

£150, rapha.cc

The Yoshida Hamono ZDP-189 Bunka Black kitchen knife

Family-owned Yoshida Hamono traces its history back to blacksmiths on the Japanese island of Kyushu. As well as high-grade swords, the company manufactures smaller blades – like the seven-and-a-half-inch one on this hand-forged chef’s knife. It’s made from ZDP-189 stainless steel, the hardest money can buy, and has been left unprocessed at the top, where it will develop a unique patina.

£238, sharpedgeshop.com

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