Valentines ideas for him – gifts & dates

Let’s face the reality: most men are hard to shop for.  So, if you’re a thoughtful lady looking ahead to Valentine’s day, you may find yourself wondering how to make your sweetheart feel special.  I’ve rounded up a bunch of ideas, from gifts to date nights, that are guy-approved (reviewed by my husband for confirmed quality control). Read up!

Backroads Goods – Beard Care


PC: Backroads Goods. Check them out:

Backroads Goods has a whole host of beard care products available, from aftershave to beard oil to handmade beard combs. The grooming products are made with natural ingredients and are no-fuss, good quality, and a great gift for your bearded fellow.

The Greenville Jerky Company – satisfy the carnivore


PC: Greenville Jerky Company. Order some here:

For the carnivorous man in your life, you can’t beat some locally-sourced jerky from Greenville Jerky Company.  This makes the perfect snack–and maybe consider throwing in a case of your man’s favorite beer or soda (jerky makes you thirsty!)

A Dapper Sandlapper – handmade accessories 

dapper sand

PC: A Dapper Sandlapper. Check out handmade bow ties, pocket squares, and more:

For your dapper man, there’s A Dapper Sandlapper, makers of bow ties, pocket squares, key chains, and more.  These are well made and the patterns range from tame to wild & funky–perfect for your expressive, stylish guy.

LaRue Fine Chocolates – specialty treats

LaRue choc

PC: LaRue Fine Chocolates. Have fun drooling over their website:

Hey, chocolates aren’t just for the lady. I know plenty of fellas who would die and go to heaven over these specialty chocolates: especially the boozy “Sweet Kentucky” and the sophisticated tea-flavored “The Earl.”

Our Board Boutique – custom engraved products

bottle cap openers

PC: Our Board Boutique. Check them out:

Though based all the way up in New Jersey, I’ve been seriously impressed with Our Board Boutique They have beautiful wood products on their Etsy shop, but I was particularly drawn to these engraved bottle openers. This is the perfect guy gift: both personalized and useful.

Sidewall Pizza – Ice cream date

Side Wall icecream

PC: Sidewall Pizza. Take a peek at the menu:

How about some date ideas? I’m a sucker for the classics, and I don’t know anyone who would turn down a good old-fashioned ice cream date.  Around here, Sidewall Pizza is known for (duh) their pizza, but did you know they have daily ice cream flavor specials? They’ve got both classic and creative flavor combos–all winners.

Sweet Sippin’ – Valentine-worthy events all weekend long

Sweet Sippin

PC: Sweet Sippin. Stay up-to-date on their events here:

Sweet Sippin in Simpsonville pulls together fun events on a weekly basis, but they have a particularly fun lineup of events over Valentine’s weekend. Attend a salsa dance classthe Valentine Wine & Dine event, or go head-to-head at the trivia nightAll of these, of course, are accompanied by excellent beer and wine (shout-out to my favorite, City Scape Winery!)

Swamp Fox Donut Day – go sugar crazy

Swamp Fox donuts

PC: Swamp Fox Donuts. Follow their popup schedule:

Hosted monthly at the Birds Fly South Ale Project, this is a fun, laid-back event that is perfect for both the sugar and beer lover. Swamp Fox Donuts make some pretty spectacular doughnuts!

There’s a dozen other ideas I could throw out there; Greenville is a thriving community with tons of fun events, restaurants, and shops. But I hope this gives some worthwhile ideas for those of you planning a special day for your sweetheart.

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