6 Best Stores for Men’s Valentine’s Day Shopping
Guy gifts are historically tricky purchases. Valentine’s Day guy gifts are even trickier. Laden with meaning (are we or aren’t we?), a perfectly appropriate present can propel you to the next relationship stage (or precede a breakup if necessary). To help you zero in on the ideal gift, we rounded up the best local shops and e-tailers for men’s Valentine’s Day shopping.
ToBox // 25 South 19th Street, Rittenhouse.
The go-to pick for luxe men’s accessories, ToBox stocks a bevy of high-end designers that will make him wonder what he did to deserve such a thoughtful present.
What to buy: Handmade shoehorn accessories and money clips ($25-$195) or transitional SWIM Galoshes for spring ($100).
Duross & Langel // 117 South 13th Street, Market East.
Home to tons of house-made soaps and shaving accoutrements, the shop is a must for indulgent bath goods that he might not buy himself — but will be so happy that you did.
What to buy: Owner Steve Duross suggests gifting their Beard Box which includes facial moisturizer, beard oil, beard balm and a brush ($32) or, for a clean-shaven guy, the Shave Kit encased in an artful clear paint can ($30).
Art in the Age // 116 North 3rd Street, Old City.
Hip, low-key presents are abundant at the Old City shop. If your guy is bespectacled, likes SNAP and wears raw denim, you’re about to win SO Of The Year.
What to buy: Gift earthy, unexpected scents like Prospector Co., Burrow’s beard oil, ($28) or Juniper Ridge Cologne which is harvested from essential oils ($60). Or, there’s always their extensive Warby Parker sunglasses selection. Psst: Manager and buyer Bob Myaing let us know that all winter stock is on sale, too.
Ubiq // 1509 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse.
Perhaps the most notable sneaker haven in Philly, this boutique stocks in an insanely impressive selection of limited edition and collaboration kicks.
What to buy: Head to the boutique tomorrow, February 7th, to snatch up a pair of limited-edition Andy Warhol Converse sneakers. The pop art-inspired sneaks are quirky, not kitschy.
Totem Brand // 535 South Street, Society Hill.
Stylish guys love the sprawling men’s shop which stocks quality brands like Barbour, Todd Snyder, Steven Alan, Filson, Woolrich and Arc’teryx.
What to buy: Man jewelry looks classic, not club-inspired, with these made-in-Miami Miansai bracelets. Plus, they’re unisex (and awesomely minimalist) so you can snag one for yourself, too.
Forage Haberdashery // Online only.
This Philly-based e-tailer is the best for low-key pocket square and tie pairings that look fresh instead of stuffy.
What to buy: A handkerchief ($32) from their limited-edition Valentine’s Day collection. Handcrafted from new, vintage and deadstock fabrics and adorned with a letterpress heart, they’re perfectly personal. Psst: Order before February 14th and use code VALENTINE for 20 percent off purchases.