Jackalope Ranch's Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Him
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It's become clear after years of painstaking research and trial-and-error gift giving that Valentine's Day is not nearly as important to men as it is to women. Still, we're of the belief that it should be given ample thought. After all, just because V-Day isn't a deal-breaker for your guy, that doesn't give you an excuse to hit up the neighborhood Walgreen's at midnight to buy a tiny heart of chocolates declaring the recipient "dino-mite" with a picture of a Brachiosaurus.
The hallmark holiday falls on Friday, February 14, which gives you a handful of days to get your guy something he not only might like but also might actually use. Though we don't pretend to know your lover the way you do, here are five suggestions for a nearly foolproof holiday hit.
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The Gatsby from Dapper+Dash
Yeah, okay -- traditionally, ties are reserved as the unimaginative and universally accepted gift for Father's Day. There are the goofy, the drab, and the standard all tied up in a perfect Windsor knot. So it's understandable that they may not seem like a good choice for your valentine, and, frankly, we have to agree. Enter the bow tie: its fashion forward and, well, dapper cousin.
Dapper+Dash specializes in all things bow tie. Think less Pee-wee Herman or Chippendale's and more James Bond or that cute barista. (And if you happen to be dating that cute barista at Cartel, well, good for you, girl.) Ties like the Gatsby, Dagwood, and Churchill are named for the gentlemen who inspired them, with prices ranging from $48 to $52 and unique, locally made designs. They may not look as sexy around your neck the next morning but, come to think of it, maybe that Chippendale's image wouldn't be such a cringe-worthy reality after all.
Hand-carved silver rings from Mother of Gideon
Courtesy Mother of Gideon
Jewelry may be a staple present for any woman on any holiday, but just because diamonds are a girl's best friend doesn't mean there isn't something surprisingly attractive about a guy donning a badass ring -- we're talking more brass-knuckle than thumb. For a truly unique piece of handcrafted jewelry, look no further than Mother of Gideon, created and designed by Seth Fainkujen and Charis Elliott -- who are themselves engaged.
Their stunning rings and pendants rely heavily on materials like recycled gold and silver, locally sourced gems, and certified conflict free diamonds. Each one-of-a-kind rugged piece is made to order, ranging in price from $190 to $2,800. In addition to selling through their online store, the couple is creating a line for their first brick-and-mortar foray, specifically to be sold at Fifth Street Paint Supply, which opened last month in downtown Phoenix.
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