By PK Greenfield
That mischievous cherub did some research.
According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent $18.6 billion on Valentine’s Day in 2013. $1.9 billion was spent on flowers. $4.4 billion was spent on diamonds, gold and silver. Countrywide, men spend an average of $176.27 on jewelry, flowers, a romantic evening out and more, while their counterparts spend approximately $88.78.
Cupid has some gift suggestions that will please every type of guy without digging too deep into your Prada handbag or Coach wallet.
A Travelin’ Man
For the weekend warrior or globetrotter, here is an awesome travel bag. The Eddie Bauer Adventurer Bag is perfect to get everything he needs from here to there, wherever he ventures.
It’s ruggedly handsome but more importantly, it will survive the elements, time and rough travel conditions because it’s durable. While the company proposes this as a hunter’s bag, I’ve found it useful for traveling with camera equipment, snorkeling gear and still had plenty of room for my sportswear. The bag has a main compartment and several storage pockets.
Cupid flings four out of five arrows for quality.
Check it out at http://www.eddiebauer.com.
Hiker and Hipster
Alegria Shoes have created one of the most comfortable boots on the market. The Men’s Packard Nubuck is casual, comfy and their patented interlocking footbed system made with latex, memory foam and cork molds to the foot and supports the arches. (Executive chefs, doctors and everyone who thinks on their feet live by this brand).
If your guy is a walker, hiker or just constantly on the go, these boots will be a favorite addition to his footlocker.
Cupid flings four out of five arrows for comfort.
Make your purchase online: http://www.alegriashoes.com.
If your guy is all about his appetite, here are Cupid’s picks for your night out in The Big Apple.
Patsy’s is a New York institution dating back to 1944. If your Valentine is fond of Italian cuisine, this is your la cucina. Known as the restaurant that Frank Sinatra made famous, you may just bump elbows with some of their repeat customers: Michael Bublé, Tony Danza, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Oprah, Tony Bennett, Robert DeNiro…
Ask about their Valentine’s Day Aphrodisiac Menu.
236 West 56th Street
New York, NY
Is your guy more of a meat and potatoes man? Then check out the Empire Steak House owned and operated by the Sinanaj family — three decades of grilling to perfection. They are offering a special three-course Valentine’s Day dinner that will sate any carnivore’s desire.
237 West 54th Street
New York, NY
For the guy with a sweet tooth, fulfill his confectionery pleasure with a tour of some of the best treats in Manhattan and Sugar Tooth Tours.
This year’s Valentine’s Day tours are scheduled for February 8th, 9th, 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th. Tours run at 5:30pm. Your sweet sensation starts in the Chelsea neighborhood. Visit: http://www.sugartoothtours.com.
Cupid flings 5 out of 5 arrows for Sinatra, steak and s’mores.
The Richard Petty Driving Experience or the Exotic Driving Experience is a great gift for your speed demon to check off their bucket list. There are several locations throughout the States but you’ll need to journey from NYC. As if you need a reason to travel.
Give him the chance to drive his dream car on a real Indy track in a NASCAR stock car or a Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche or Audi. Or both!
Cupid’s Note: Tell your Valentine to pack his bag, lace up those boots, join you for dinner and dessert in the city and then head off to the track. The rest is up to you.