Valentine’s Day is a tricky gift-giving holiday. After all, it basically requires you to address relationship ambiguity (a big no-no if you’d prefer to stay in ignorant label-less bliss) to ensure adequate gift reciprocation (or reciprocation at all, for that matter). And then there are the established couples that have been-there, done-that. Seriously, how many times can one really gift cologne or socks? Not many. That’s why we compiled 10 fail-proof Valentine’s Day presents for the man in your life. Here, something for everyone from the barista who remembers you like extra foam to the long-standing beau. Bonus: Most of them are Philly finds, so you can make a quick trip before the 14th.
Purchasing perfume can be a very intimate experience. Each scent smells differently based on one’s body chemistry. That means that no matter how hard I try, lemon verbena is always going to make me smell like Pine-Sol and not like the citrusy goddess I envision, and I have to accept that.
These gross perfumes are not examples of that. When Be Well editor Emily Leaman tipped us off to Demeter’s pizza perfume, we had a good chuckle. Then we realized this wasn’t the first time someone dreamed up pizza perfume (that honor goes to Pizza Hut), and then we became concerned. What other weird perfumes were out there? How many? And more importantly, who buys them?
Apparently, the answer is a lot. We came across everything from bacon to earthworm fragrances. If you finish reading this blog post ready to detoxify your nostrils, we’ll understand.
Shabby scarves and dark-rimmed glasses are to hipsters what crustacean-bedecked belts and boat shoes are to prepsters. And now, with Lena Dunham getting the Vogue treatment, a report on how investors can flip houses specifically for hipsters, and illustrated guides to Philly’s hipster-dom, it seems the ironically pork-pie-hatted generation is taking over. Here, your official handbook of the most hipster-friendly accessories out there. (Bikes and Warby Parker glasses not included.)