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Homme Improvement: Valentine Gifts that Are Secretly for You

February 2, 2011
Valentine Gifts

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to let your honey know there’s nothing you’d ever change about him. Well, maybe just a few things. Put it gently, by giving him one of these sneaky gifts, which happen to act in your best interest.

So you want him to…

Lend a hand in the kitchen
Grilled cheese. Mac and cheese. Boring! Expand your man’s culinary repertoire with this T-Bone cutting board ($20) and trendy recipe collection, The New Brooklyn Cookbook ($24).

Lose the scruff
Smooches are more enjoyable sans 5 o’clock shadow. In God We Trust’s classic shaving kit ($30), and Ursa Major’s small-batch Stellar Cream ($21), will turn him totally kissable.

Get a style sense
You love him in jeans, but he sure does clean up nice. Drop a hint with this versatile, skinny-cotton tie from Steven Alan ($40).

Be more cultured
That dusty Sports Illustrated stack could use a heave-ho. Quietly replace them with a subscription to Lapham’s Quarterly ($49). Each themed issue of this history-focused literary magazine features contributions from renowned historians and authors.

Fix that squeaky door
The Elemen’tary Screwdriver No. 3 Set ($68) will give him no other choice than to get handy. Otherwise, he’s sleeping on the couch.

Originally written for PureWow.

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