In need of some inspiration to find the right Valentine’s Day gift for him? It can be tricky work. For the man that has everything, what could he possibly need? For the man with exacting tastes, what if he doesn’t like your carefully planned present? Here at Elite Traveler, we’ve taken the hard work out of your search to shortlist our favorite Valentine’s Day gifts for the man in your life. From unforgettable Formula 1 experiences to sustainable cashmere sweaters and cruelty-free fine fragrances, you’re guaranteed to impress with one of the offerings below.
Louis Vuitton, Tambour Horizon Light Up Smartwatch
Quite literally “all dancing”, the new Tambour Horizon Light Up Watch from Louis Vuitton is the Maison’s smartest yet. Featuring a beautifully engineered sapphire glass face, 24 LED lights illuminate a signature Louis Vuitton Monogram ring whenever the watch is activated. For this its third-generation connected watch, Louis Vuitton has reimagined every element of the timepiece, from its new operating system to a fully customizable animated display that can be tailored to suit mood and occasion. He can even add his own initials with a choice of color and typeface.
Balblair, 25-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Balblair 25 Year Old Single Malt is a great choice for the discerning whisky lover in your life. The oldest in the 230-year-old Highland distillery’s main repertoire, this is a whisky to drink and enjoy. Spending over a quarter of a century in American oak ex-bourbon barrels and Spanish Oak butts, the dark copper-hued liquid is full-bodied and indulgent, with aromas of luscious apricots and licorice and notes of chocolate praline and spices.
Mandkhai, Cashmere Double Layer Jumper
Upgrade his favorite sweater with this stylish cashmere double layer knit from Mandkhai — a Mongolian label dedicated to reinventing cashmere for the 21st century. Committed to goat-to-garment transparency, the brand only uses the wool of free-roaming cashmere goats, highly desired for its exceptional quality. Apparel is carefully crafted in Mandkhai’s own factory allowing for 100% transparency along the supply chain. This versatile twin-layer sweater can be worn together for a fashion-forward layered look or styled separately, making it a true wardrobe staple.
Embark Beyond, Monaco Grand Prix Experience
Our ‘For Him’ Valentine’s Day Gift Guide wouldn’t be complete without a once-in-a-lifetime experience and Embark Beyond might just have nailed it. The luxury travel firm’s bespoke packages open the door to the planet’s most exclusive events, from the Cannes Film Festival to New York Fashion Week. Knock his socks off with an unforgettable Monaco Grand Prix experience this May. The package includes VIP seating and coveted access to an Omega party, plus five nights of pure luxury with a suite at the world-famous Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo. Embark Beyond can also arrange a donation to an environmental program to offset the carbon footprint of your trip.
From $45,000 for 2 people, embarkbeyond.com
Cartier, Santos de Cartier Daily Mood Cufflinks Set
If your Valentine loves his shirts, he’ll love this exquisite Cartier Cufflinks set. Presented in the French Maison’s signature scarlet leather case, this miniature treasure trove contains the only set of cufflinks he’ll ever need. Featuring an engraved head crafted from palladium-finished sterling silver, he can dress to suit his mood with the choice of five sets of perfectly formed interchangeable stones. These come in striped chalcedony, silver obsidian, malachite, sodalite and red tiger’s eye.
Le Labo, Santal 33 Eau de Parfum
This heady unisex scent works just as well as a Valentine’s gift for her as it does for him, despite having been inspired by possibly the most masculine figure in American advertising history — The Marlborough Man. Le Labo took the elements of this icon and interpreted it into Santal 33: responsibly sourced cardamon, iris and violet mingle with smokey sandalwood and cedarwood. The result is an addictive aroma with notes of spice, musk and leather. Once you purchase your perfume, the New York-based cruelty-free brand will hand-blend your bottle, before printing its unique label featuring your loved one’s name.
$289 for 100ml, lelabofragrances.com
Peter Millar, Stable Shirt Jacket
Having celebrated its 20th year in 2021, Peter Millar goes into its third decade as a standard bearer for high-quality casual wear. Best known for its golf apparel, the brand offers a range of polo shirts, cashmere sweaters and high-performance sportswear, all made with the finest materials and superb craftsmanship. But its range goes beyond the golf course. This Stable Shirt Jacket perfectly encapsulates Peter Millar’s interpretation of casual refinement. Made with 50% virgin wool and 50% cashmere, the jacket is lightly brushed and tumbled to give it a vintage look and feel. Comfortable enough in the day and formal enough for the evening, this versatile garment is the perfect spring/fall jacket for all occasions.
Tom Ford, Bannister Low Top Sneaker
With sneakers having one of the heaviest carbon footprints (pardon the pun) of any item of apparel, make his next pair sustainable. As much thought has been poured into the make-up of Tom Ford’s eco-conscious Bannister Low Top Sneakers as has gone into the universally appealing design itself. With an upper crafted from 26% recycled apple peel, a recycled polyester silica-free lining and a sole comprising of 25% recycled rubber, the planet will also thank you for this Valentine’s Day gift.
Leica, M11 Camera
The M was first introduced in 1954 and since then Leica has revolutionized the series, making it one of the most iconic cameras to date. The classically stylish M11 combines the experience of traditional rangefinder photography with contemporary camera technology, extended battery life and a unique triple resolution sensor that can record at 60, 36 or 18 megapixels (to give you an idea, the latest iPhone 13 Plus is capable of 12 megapixels). Representing the finest German engineering, this Valentine’s gift will give him the ability to capture life’s special moments in remarkable clarity.
Tiffany & Co., Makers Cocktail Shaker
Whether he’s a mixology master or simply a man that prefers his martini shaken not stirred, look no further than Tiffany & Co.’s elegant Makers Cocktail Shaker. Part of the Tiffany 1837 Makers collection that honors the jeweler’s legacy of expert craftsmanship through a modern lens, this sleek piece of kit would make a prized addition to any home bar. Built from sterling silver and brass it can be engraved for a personal touch.
Panerai, Submersible ELAB-ID Watch
We’ve selected to include this watch in our ‘For Him’ Valentine’s Day Gift Guide not only for its exceptional quality but for its eco-credentials. Crafted from 98.6% recycled material in Panerai’s Swiss workshop, the 161 component dive watch is a self-proclaimed first for the industry. With a brushed EcoTitanium bezel and a watch strap made from recycled plastics, it is water-resistant to 300 meters. Just 30 are available making it highly collectible.