Valentine’s Day gift guides, chock-full of advice on what to get wives, girlfriends and moms, are a dime a dozen. But where can you turn for some much-needed guidance on what to get your guy?
Jmore’s got the goods!
What man wouldn’t love a monthly membership to The QG ($30 to $260)? A one-stop repository for grooming, fine apparel and dining, The QG also has a spa, cigar lounge and clubhouse! In essence, The QG can tailor an experience to your guy’s needs. And speaking of tailoring, we’re sure he’ll appreciate a beautiful custom-made suit (starting at $1,000) from one of The QG’s two locations in downtown Baltimore and Hunt Valley.
Rather express your love with some weekend duds? Look no further than Sixteen Tons in Hampden. Two items that caught our eye were the exceptional, Baltimore-made hats from Creative King ($55), and their selection of Baltimore-nostalgic, Baltimore-made T-shirts by This Sporting Life ($30).
Can the man in your life do with a bit of flair? Nowadays, a handsome wristwatch is the go-to styling accent for men, and this austere Shinola watch from Radcliffe Jewelers ($550) is both attractive and affordable.
If you’re looking for something that makes a bolder statement, it would be hard to top a Montblanc Limited ‘Leo Tolstoy’ Writers Edition pen ($840) from Radcliffe Jewelers. It will surely inspire his next handwritten love letter to you!
Bring out his artistic side with a camera — and not just any camera, but a Leica Sofort instant camera ($299). With a taste of retro appeal and legendary quality, the Sofort will capture those magical moments you can instantly hold in your hand! The friendly staff at Service Photo in Hampden can help get him inspired.
If your main man is less genteel and more, shall we say, geared to the outdoors, then a Rokform smartphone handlebar mount ($99.99) will help keep him on the right bicycling path. Let Cycle Mill in Ellicott City help you find the perfect fit for his two-wheeled steed.
Perhaps he’d appreciate a gift meant to be savored only on special occasions. Maryland’s own Davidus Cigars offers many fine cigars ($9.99 to $21.99) and carrying cases (Craftsman’s Bench 3-Finger, $37.95), as well as starter kits that can be customized to your budget and his taste.
Can the way to a man’s heart truly be through his stomach? If so, then Paradise Donuts of Linthicum has just the ticket. Their new Dozens Club includes a free dozen doughnuts, a travel mug fillable with a daily dose of Zeke’s Coffee, as well as discounts on future dozens. For $50 a year, that’s a tasty deal!
Vince Lupo is a Baltimore-based freelance writer and photographer.
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