5 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Smart, Sophisticated Man

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Guys.  Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.  I kid, somewhat…  I love Ross and am SO grateful to have him in my life, but he can sure be hard to buy for sometimes!  You guys and friends of mine have shared similar sentiments, so, I went straight to the source for you girls to get some solid help: my smart, sophisticated (most of the time 😜) husband.

He’s getting his PhD and can have a robust conversation about anything politics or photography related, so he is definitely as smart as they come.  But he also has gotten into style and aesthetics since I started my blog, and is getting pretty good at both of those as well!  (Ps- he recently started his own style account – @mensstyletheory – if you want to follow him!)  I asked him to help me with this post, so these are all Ross-approved.  (He might even be not-so-subtley hinting he wants a few of these 😂)

5 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for the Smart, Sophisticated Man

(Jacket & Jeans from Blank NYC)

1) Blank NYC Jackets or Denim

Blank NYC is one of my favorite brands for denim, faux leather, and suede, but since learning they make some pretty cool guys clothes, they’ve become one of Ross’s as well.  Their products look expensive and wear really well!  Ross now has a few jackets and pairs of jeans by them in his collection and he has gotten to the point where he is shopping for pieces to go with something from them, rather than just styling them with what he owns. Their pieces make such good wardrobe staples/foundations. Because they’re practical, high quality, annnnd super stylish, we think they make a great gift for any man on Vday!

2) Driving Moccasins

Going to come out and admit this one was 100% Ross.  He says that this is a great gift for a guy because it makes something guys love doing (driving cars), luxurious and comfy.  He also hinted he is lacking a pair, so apparently I need to buy these with you guys.  Apparently his dad had them and he would steal them, and they’re the equivalent to cashmere joggers for us girls.

3) Quality Backpack

If you’re like me, purses are life.  Just cause guys are guys doesn’t mean they need to carry everything around or settle for a $20 backpack!  Something Ross has been shopping for the last few months is a really nice backpack that’s great quality and really stylish.  Something timeless.  Here are some we’re looking at for him:

4) Stylish Headphones

These are literally the coolest headphones I’ve ever seen.  These look so cool, any guy would be #blessed to own these (in my and Ross’s opinion, (that’s probably not the grammatically correct order but whatever)).  But seriously, #aesthetics.

5) Quality Sunglasses

After scoffing at my first designer sunglass purchase, I was SHOCKED to hear Ross suggest this one.  But it’s SUCH a good one!  Quality, stylish sunnies are like the icing on the cake for an outfit!  They’re so worth the investment, which is why they’re such a great gift.  I personally think aviators look especially good on guys, but I’m linking a few styles below that will look amazing on your beloved man!


Hope you enjoyed guys!  Let me know if you plan on tagging any of these or if you have any good ideas to add down below!



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  • Ashley Zabel
    February 8, 2019

    My husband loves sunglasses! Love those pics! Thank you!

    • bellebylaurelle
      February 27, 2019

      Aw you’re so welcome!

  • Christina Almond
    February 11, 2019

    These are great, straight-forward ideas! My husband can be so difficult to shop for too!

    • bellebylaurelle
      February 27, 2019

      It’s so true! Men can be so hard to shop for!

  • Dana Stargazer
    March 9, 2019

    In our house sunglasses are number one, Rob is very OCD about his shades. They have to be a certain brand and look, I guess I’m glad he has some accessory style 😂😂

    • bellebylaurelle
      March 12, 2019

      Aw haha! That’s so funny!