When I was assigned to write a Valentine’s Day gift guide for guys, a thought crossed my mind: I don’t think I’ve ever received a single Valentine’s Day gift from whoever I was going out with at the time. To find out if it was just me, I polled a few of my guy friends and guess what? Neither have they. While this is based on a tiny sample size of 5 dudes, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that, in Singapore at least, guys don’t get VDay gifts.
What this means is that if you have a special guy in your life, getting him ANY gift at all on February 14th is going to be a pleasant surprise. Hell, get him something from Daiso if you’re broke af, and I bet you’ll make his day.
But if you want to be the most awesome girlfriend in the universe, get him one of these super cool, slightly-pricey-but-not-really gifts that any dude will love to get on Valentine’s:
Casio G-SHOCK x SBTG DW-5600, $249
Every guy needs at least two kinds of watches – a dress watch to wear to formal events, and a beater watch to wear on the daily. The Casio G-Shock is the ultimate beater watch. Besides the fact that they can literally take a beating and keep on ticking, they’re super stylish too, especially the special limited edition runs that are released from time to time. The sickest one at the moment? The G-Shock x SBTG DW-5600. Rocking a military-inspired design, the watch is the result of a collaboration with none other than Singapore’s very own cult sneaker customiser Mark Ong aka SBTG. It’s available at various G-Shock boutiques around Singapore from today.
Comme des Garçons Classic Leather Wallet, $130
If your guy is still using one of those old school velcro wallets, do him a sartorial favour and gift him this stylish wallet from Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons. Made from 100% cowhide, it has a large zip-closure main compartment, a smaller inner pocket that doubles as a divider, and has plenty of room for cards and cash. It comes in a range of colours, but we recommend you get him a classic black or brown one to be on the safe side. You can get it at Dover Street Market Singapore at 18 Dempsey Road.
Crate and Barrel Carter Cocktail Accessories, from $20.95
Singapore has one of the best and most vibrant cocktail scenes in the world. Unfortunately, a visit to a fancy cocktail bar here is the surest way to burn a hole in your wallet. If your man loves his Negroni and Old Fashioned, I can’t think of a better gift than a cocktail accessories set so he can whip up his very own drinks at home – and save heaps of cash too. My pick is this classy one from from Crate & Barrel’s Carter collection. The tongs, strainer, muddler and bottle opener come as a set for $83.90; while the jigger, $20.95; shaker, $52.95; and ice bucket, $129.95, are sold separately at the Crate and Barrel store at 2 Orchard Turn (just opposite 313@Somerset).
GoPro HERO6, $595
If your guy’s the outdoorsy type and you’ve got cash to spare, get him the new GoPro HERO6. This palm-sized action camera shoots in super sharp 4K at a buttery-smooth 60 frames-per-second – it’ll feel like you’re right there with him when he shares with you footage from his latest adventure. It’s also waterproof down to 10m, has impressive low-light performance, and voice control, so he can start recording even when his hands are tied (no kidding: he just has to say “GoPro, start recording” – how cool is that?). Available at all major gadget stores like Challenger.
TENGA FLIP ZERO, $127.90
Valentine’s Day isn’t just about roses and chocolate. This year, spice things up in the bedroom by gifting him a sex toy. If you’re too embarrassed to step into a sex shop, order one from Don Don Donki’s website. That’s right, the wildly popular Japanese discount store stocks a wide range of sex toys (albeit only via their webstore), from cheap, single-use ones to more expensive ones that are built to last. I haven’t tried any of them yet (honest), but I’m guessing you can’t go wrong with established sex toy manufacturer TENGA’s flagship product, the TENGA FLIP ZERO. I have no idea how it actually works, so I’m going to just cut and paste the official description:
Zeroing in on the Possibilities of Pleasure
Using our finest materials yet and the latest technology, TENGA is proud to present the latest in Male Pleasure Technology, the FLIP ZERO.
A seamless insertion point provides the perfect seal for no lubricant leakage and a strong vacuum made possible by a one-way valve.
The FLIP ZERO features our most intricate internal details yet for great sensation, and our pioneering FLIP-open function keeps the item hygienic for multiple uses.