City Pulse

By Dina Fierro

Now think hard – has he been naughty or nice this year? While Valentine’s Day is often all about the ladies (holla!), it can be nice to show your guy some love on this most romantic of holidays. In case this thought just occurred to you (selfish, selfish), here are a few very last-minute gift ideas.

Jack Black’s Beard Lube is an innovative pre-shave oil, shave cream and facial skin treatment in one. The dermatologist-tested formula contains phospholipids – a rich source of essential fatty acids that are essential to the function of cell membranes – which bind moisture to the skin and support the natural skin barrier. The result is a clean, smooth, nick free shave.


Pair the Beard Lube with Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm and remind him that you’d like him to remain eminently kissable all year long. Available at Sephora stores citywide or visit

The great thing about gifting men is that a gift for YOU, if positioned properly (ahem), can seem like a gift for him. Take, for example, the French Lesson Panty Set from Kiki de Montparnasse. Four pairs of luxurious silk-screened panties come emblazoned with some very naughty French phrases. Trust me when I say that the one shown here is the tamest of the bunch. The store also sells both more conservative trinkets (think silk ties) and raunchier ones (think 24k gold handcuffs).


Kiki De Montparnasse is located at 79 Greene Street, call 212-965-8150 for store hours. For online shopping, visit

Mom always said that the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, right? If that old adage rings true when thinking of your special guy, take him to a restaurant that specializes in guy friendly food and a relaxed atmosphere. We love R.U.B. (Righteous Urban Barbeque, that is) which serves up the best dry rub barbeque north of the Mason-Dixon line. The no-frills décor (we’re talking paper towels on the table) is sure to set him at ease, while the good grub will keep you both satisfied. Be sure to save room for the deep-fried Oreos!


R.U.B. is located at 208 West 23rd Street; call 212-524-4300 for restaurant hours.

Originally published February 2007
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