07 February 2017

Men are considerably harder to buy for than women are. It’s a fact*.

*Not actually a fact, but could be a fact.

But women can be easy to buy for – no matter our interests. Show me a woman who doesn’t like flowers, chocolates or a good bottle of wine! Actually, any wine… Some men are the same. But some just aren’t.


With Valentine’s Day approaching, we want to share some gift inspiration with you so that you can treat the man in your life. Valentine’s Day is not about what you do or how much you spend, it’s about showing that special person how much you mean to them. So without further ado – treat him with these ideas (and it’s always a bonus if you get to share it with him!)

1. A nice bottle of wine or bubbly

Pop the cork and indulge in a bottle of Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage, Tattinger or Dom Perignon for a luxurious night in. Grab his favourite DVD (or the one from your first ever movie date!) and settle in for a romantic evening. Top it off with a back massager and you have one happy and relaxed partner. If your man is not the bubbly type, give him the red of his life (Penfolds Grange Shiraz 2012).


Tip: Countdown currently has 20% off all bottled wine when you buy six or more (good opportunity to top up the rack!) and you can find the aforementioned drops there. For CDS, DVDs and more check out JB HI FI, and visit The Body Shop, Noel Leeming or LynnMall Pharmacy for massagers or at-home treatments for him.

2. A night of all-you-can-eat ribs at Cleaver & Co

Smoked for 14 hours, stacked high and dripping bacon maple butter onto chips and slaw, this is your place to bring him to meat heaven (assuming he isn’t a vegetarian, of course!). With starters such as mac and cheese bites, jalapeno bombs and cheese and bacon tater tots, Cleaver & Co really aims to please the tum, and also boasts a good selection of beer on tap. Make a night of it and head to Reading Cinemas after – tickets start from just $10.

3. The full Reading Cinemas experience

He’ll never again want to see a film with the “common folk” after experiencing Reading Cinema LynnMall’s premium dine-in cinema! Think hot food, desserts, fully licensed bar, and soft reclining armchairs with footrests while taking in the current cinematic sensation. We reckon he’ll dig the beef sliders, beer battered fries and a Coruba or two. Tickets start from $15.

4. A man makeover – “the manover”

If he’s the rugged type that moans when you drag him shopping with you, we’re sure that you could turn the experience around if you make the shopping all about him! Let him pick the pace, the place and he’s on his way to treat town! New jeans, shoes or even to pick out his own sportsgear, he’ll love the experience and that you appreciate his choices and letting him take the lead. You could suggest Farmers, Hallensteins, Meccano, Jay Jays, Jeanswest, Just Jeans, Cotton On, Stirling Sports, Hannahs or Number One Shoes. To go with his new outfit, he could even get a slick haircut from Hair Co, Hairlab, Hairport, Rodney Wayne, Sharing Shed or Just Cuts. To take the manover home with you, head to Shaver Shop for all of your exclusive DIY manscaping and beard taming needs. The team at Shaver Shop have infinite knowledge of the manscape so ask them if you need a hand.

5. Treat him to a massage

Now a soothing traditional back massage is something that he’s surely not likely to buy for himself, but will immensely appreciate. Alternatively, a head massage or a special relaxation massage especially for the hardworking corporate man, or a rejuvenating whole body massage for the sports player or tradesman is a great choice! Sisters even has a men’s works menu! Check out Fans Massage and Simply Soothing for other options. Perhaps you could even get one together! How’s that for a win/win?!

6. Man smellies

This is something that certainly benefits both of you! We once asked a wise person*, “if a man was really nice, really smart and really good looking, but he didn’t smell nice, would you still be attracted to him as a potential friend or partner?” The wise person did not think they would. Our favourite safe picks from Farmers when you don’t know what scents he prefers are John Varvatos Classic EDT or Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male, but there is a huge selection to sample, starting from $25. You can also check out the pharmacies.


*Based on one opinion. Also “wise” is debatable.

7. Man toys

Boys like toys. If it moves, lights up, flies or beeps, he’s probably going to want to play with it. From drones, electric razors, robots, Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo consoles, projectors, sound bars, headphones (deep breath), iPads, phones, portable power banks, action cameras, digital cameras, VR headsets, and smart watches, Noel Leeming has it all. Just stay away from the kitchen/household appliances, nobody wants those as a Valentine’s gift… Also check out EB Games and JB HI FI for your gaming and electronic needs. Bonus for you: him playing with his gadgets means more “me time” for you, or you could join in if you share in the gadget-loving interests.

8. A watch

There’s no time like the present, so give the present of time! Ha ha… Jokes aside, a new watch is always nice to have, especially if the old faithful is getting a bit tatty or past its use-by date, so to speak. Make an extra-special effort to show a bit of love on V Day by engraving a nice quote or meaningful message on the back of the watch. A great token of love to last the testament of time…. Okay, we’ll stop now!!

You can view and purchase watches from David Keefe, Michael Hill, Pascoes, Stewart Dawsons, and Silvermoon. Engraving can be done at Minit Solutions. Bonus for you: he’ll never have an excuse to be late again, even though he’ll try…


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