Despite what the doubters and naysayers might think about Valentine’s Day, it’s more than just a Hallmark Holiday to some of us guys. That is, as long as you play your cards right over the course of the previous year. The only difference being that instead of chocolate and carnations, we prefer to get our hands on some gear that’ll prove reliable and utilitarian in nature as the years accumulate over time. And to be frank, what better way is there for our significant others to secure themselves in our memory than that?
It’s here where we figured a little helping hand was in order — either directly or indirectly — for those who might still be a little confused as to what to gift us guys this year. Our preference? Everyday carry. Why? Because of the gear’s highly applicable nature and dependability — when executed properly, of course. So, here’s a list of our preferred gifts to help get your ladies on the right track.
Jack Mason Racing Chronograph
The racing chronograph is easily one of the most adored and sought-after watches of all time. Thankfully, our friends over at Jack Mason opted to build this incredibly handsome 40mm Racing Chronograph positioned to honor both time and speed. Each piece is inspired by elements of mid-century sports cars, hosts a 316L stainless steel case that’s water resistant to 100 meters, features a grey dial with a two-eye chronograph, boasts a tan leather strap, and functions without error compliments of reliable Japanese Quartz movement.
Craighill Wilson Keyring
As a more minimalist approach to the classic carrying accessory, Craighill’s Wilson Keyring is made from 1/8” diameter brass and hosts a secure hook-and-eye closure, a minimalist spring design, and it’s built right here in the USA.
Tile Pro Tracking Device
Show us someone who has never misplaced their smartphone or wallet and we’ll show you someone who’s never owned either. Misplacement is a fact of life. It’s that simple. Luckily, the Tile Pro works to keep the recovery process as simple and straightforward as possible.
Alfred Lane Bravado Fragrance Oil
While fragrance on the go might be new to the market, there’s little argument against the notion. At least that’s our opinion on the matter. Well, ours and the fine folk over at Alfred Lane, of course. Here, their Bravado scent boasts a woodsy, oriental blend complete with notes of sandalwood, leather, and spicy notes of nutmeg. Each concentrated cologne is handcrafted in small batches and utilizes a special blend of healthy oils and vitamins in their composition.
The James Brand Halifax Keychain Multi-tool
Sleek, utilitarian, straightforward. It’s what The James Brand does best — engineering the best of the best in both form and function. Each Halifax is built from 6AL4V billet titanium, hosts a fine black Cerakote finish, a 416 stainless steel bottle opener, flathead/Phillips combination screwdriver, pry bar, and scraper. Also, the entire piece is CNC machined to ensure quality remains paramount.
Samsung 250GB Flash Drive
Ideal for creatives on the go, this 250GB flash drive not only features file transfer speeds of up to 300MB/s but is exceptionally compact for simplified transport. It’s a reliable way to safely store photos, videos, music, and more without worry thanks to a waterproof, shockproof, magnet proof, and x-ray proof composition.
Carry-On Cocktail Kit 3 Pack
Say goodbye to poorly executed and over-priced in-flight cocktails. Instead, come prepared with this 3-Pack Carry-On Cocktail Kit complete with ingredients for an Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule, and Gin & Tonic. Just add the booze and you’ll be flying high without regard in no time.
American Bench Craft Hemingway Journal
For the analog specialist, some things are just best done by hand — note taking in particular. So, it only makes sense this Hemingway Journal is set to house your Field Notes notebook comfortably within a premium full-grain vegetable-tanned leather construction held together by metal rivets that are guaranteed for life. Also, each USA-made journal hosts an internal cover stash pocket for loose papers and random memorabilia for good measure.
YStudio Classic Rollerball Pen
Things don’t get more “everyday” than the pen. It’s here where ystudio opted to up the design element of this tradition tool with their Rollerball Pen. Their method? Incorporate brass and copper into the build for a hefty stable grip and smooth writing that’s refillable and made to last a lifetime.
Silver Piston Buffalo Nickel Zippo Lighter
It’s already common knowledge that Zippo owns the refillable lighter space. So when Silver Piston decided to attempt to build a hand-carved iteration of the well-known Zippo lighter we were quite pleased. Now, this USA-made staple looks even more heirloom-worthy thanks to a soldered-on carved Buffalo nickel and a unique oxidized finish all completed here in the USA.
Victorinox Swiss Army SwissChamp Knife
There’s a lot to be said about the iconic Victorinox brand — the look, style, utility, and feel of their Swiss Army Knives are second to none. And that storied expression goes double for their new SwissChamp Knife. Each handsome piece hosts walnut wood handle scales, 33 built-in functions, stainless steel tools, and only clocks in at 6.5 ounces. It’s a no-brainer, that’s for sure.
Dango M1 Maverick Special Ops Wallet
If you’re all about getting the absolute most out of your wallet, then Dango’s new Maverick Special Ops Wallet may be the ticket. That’s because this USA-made piece is both inspired and built for first responders. Meaning, there’s clearly more at work here than just cash and card storage. We’re talking over 10 built-in tools, a silicone cash strap, a high-carbon heat-treated MT04 stainless steel multi-tool insert, water resistance, 10-card capacity, an RFID-blocking build, and a DTEX fabric exterior.
Shinola Money Clip
Call it over-executed branding if you want but one thing’s for certain, Shinola gets it right every time without fail. Take this money clip for instance. It’s a simple and sophisticated means to keep your cards and cash secure without the need for a bifold. Each piece is crafted from brushed sterling silver complete with a unique finish that’s designed to be engraved for personalization purposes. Can’t go wrong here.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Wireless Earbuds
Whether you’re at the gym or simply trying to block out an undesirable conversation in the city streets, this pair of wireless earbuds is the key to survival. And since the innovative minds over at Bang & Olufsen are simply some of the best, you can trust their signature sound is present with this pair. Each set hosts Near Field Magnetic Induction audio streaming tech for enhanced connectivity, a handy charging case, and an intuitive touch interface for ease of use.
Persol D-Frame Sunglasses
For most of us, Persol means one thing: McQueen. And we challenge you to find someone who doesn’t feel that Steve McQueen isn’t a legend among men. Needless to say, style appropriation from the famed gentleman is never a bad look, especially when that comes in the form of these D-Frame sunglasses from Persol. Each pair is made from glossy black acetate along with polished gold-tone metal for an added touch in conjunction with green D-shaped lenses that boast 100% UV protection.
For the Gearhead: Jack Mason's Racing Chronograph
Heavily sought after and respected, the racing chronograph is a great addition to any collection. And with a little help from Jack Mason, the iconic piece is even more accessible. Each 40mm Racing Chronograph is inspired by mid-century sports cars, features a 316L stainless steel case, a two-eye chronograph on the grey dial, and water resistance to 100 meters.