A Valentine’s Gift Your Guy Will Love – And Really Use!

A Men's Grooming Basket

A Men’s Grooming Basket

Guys tend to get overlooked when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts. Somehow the holiday became about spoiling the lady in your life with chocolate, jewelry, and flowers. So we ask you, why not get the special guy in your life a gift on this loving day?

This year, let’s spoil those guys! We could go the traditional route and pick up something we find at the store like a stuffed animal or some boxers with lips on them…or we could get creative.

Monthly subscription boxes are kind of big right now. They started with boxes stuffed with makeup samples for women but the men’s subscription boxes have become very popular lately.

Boxes for the gents have included themes such as monthly shaving clubs, outfit in a box, and men’s grooming gift boxes. Say what? Men want “grooming” products? Color us surprised, but yes they do! (They just don’t want to admit it.)

Here’s how to duplicate one of those men’s grooming gift boxes and give your guy something he really wants for Valentine’s Day – but would never ask for.

You can go two routes: a basket that your guy might keep to store the items in, or a gift box. These can be purchased at your favorite retail or hobby store.

Old Fort Soap Company Soaps

Old Fort Soap Company Soaps

To keep it unique, try to include one homemade item. We decided to make our own beard oil since beards have become so popular and beard oil is the new thing. To make this, you’ll need a base oil – aka carrier oil – that will be the bulk of your oil. You can use any kind: argan, sunflower, jojoba, olive, etc… We used organic olive oil because it already has a musky type scent so it’s perfect. Then, add a few drops of a fragrant oil of your choice. Clove is a great scent for a guy, so we picked up a bottle of clove bud oil from Earth Fare. Right under the oils are cute little empty bottles that are perfect for the homemade oil and very affordable.

Add drops of the essential oil until the scent is perfect. Your guy will apply this to his facial hair and thank you since many bearded guys struggle with dry, itchy skin under that hair. If your man is beardless, they can use the oil on their faces at night or perhaps you could give him a back massage with it. Wink wink.

Another great thing to pick up is a shaving gift set. Even if he has a beard, he most likely still shaves some portion of his face and if not, these kits include pretty great products like scrubs, cleansers, and moisturizers.

Finally, pick up some items that your guy wouldn’t seek out on his own. We are in LOVE with everything from The Old Fort Soap Company. A big thanks to owners Gary Birch and Hagan Amburgey for hand picking the best selection for our gift basket!

Their natural soaps are a true luxury and so fragrant. For this gift we have the following natural soaps: Tobacco Flower, Eucalyptus Spearmint, Citrus Cedar & Sage, Antique Sandalwood, Bay Rum, and a really cool detox soap that is great for acne prevention.

Muscle & Foot Soother

Muscle & Foot Soother

In addition to the soaps, we also scored something that’s sure to be a hit with your guy – a muscle & foot soothing massage bar. This thing is awesome! You rub the smooth side on achy areas then flip it over and use the textured side to massage the product into your skin.

And in case your guy likes to steal your chapstick, pick up a bacon-flavored all natural beeswax lip balm while you’re at it! The Old Fort Soap Company is famous for their bath bombs so we grabbed one of those too that has a tobacco flower scent to it. Hey, guys can enjoy baths too!

We at Living Fort Wayne make a habit of visiting The Old Fort Soap Company’s booth at the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana’s Winter Market at The ASH Center. They are there every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month as well as the farmer’s market at Parkview Field every 1st and 3rd Saturdays.

We hope your Valentine’s Gift giving is a success. Be sure to post pictures of your unique men’s grooming gift sets, we’d love to see them!


Lisa Adams

Author: Lisa Adams

Being a triple threat - Makeup Artist, Licensed Esthetician, and Licensed Nail Tech - Lisa loves to research all things beauty. Especially when that research calls for a trip to the spa! In addition to her beauty licenses, Lisa also has a BA in Media and Public Communication from IPFW.

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