Jan 27, 2010 1:16 PM
Valentine's Day: it strikes fear into the hearts of kids with crushes and married-fifty-years types alike. Why? It's just a day... Okay, a day fraught with overblown expectations and way too many stereotypes. That's why, this year, we're presenting gift ideas that will really mean something to the recipient and show them that you appreciate them for them. Over the next few weeks, we'll be suggesting gifts for the special someone in your life, whether they're the hunkamunk coworker you lust over from afar, your BFF, your new sweetie pie, or the sweet schmuck you've lived with for three years.
The Cynic... You have surely heard lamentations such as "romance shouldn't be relegated to one day," "just because the roses cost twice as much doesn't mean they're twice as nice," "great - let's celebrate a day that makes everyone who is single feel like a sack of hot garbage" and so on. But just because he's Anti-Valentine's Day doesn't mean he's anti-romance. Treat your hardened skeptic to something unexpected that is all about what makes him happy.
Dream Big: He might rather shoot cupid dead than be nailed by a stray arrow, but everyone likes to know they're loved and understood. You know what your fellah likes best. If he's a foodie - lavish him in gastronomic glory - order up a box of Private Reserve Filet Mignons (price varies depending on the cut) and pair it with an aged single malt scotch like this 18 Year-Old Glenlivit ($70). If he considers himself quite the dapper dresser, these Diesel Timmen jeans ($325) will fit your sharp-dressed man like a dream. But if your heart rests in the hands of a clever techie, surprise him with something you'd know he'd love but would never buy for himself. His geeky friends will drool over his new LCD keyboard ($150).
Doable: Big ticket items aren't the only things that can warm the cockles of his cynical heart. Work up his appetite for food (and... other things) by thumbing through the pages of The Country Cooking of France ($30). Windowshop your way through Bloomindales, Brooks Brothers, and Saks, then treat him to the movie of his choice (yes even if it's the newest Jason Statham chase flick you do NOT want anything to do with) and all the cinema trimmings. Get tickets to the local science museum, history of the ninja exhibit, or video game convention, and have a blast nerding it out with him for the day.