Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day Gift Guide Part 3: "Top 10" Picks for Him

By: Anne M. Raso

The FF team has selected "Nice 9" items that won’t empty your wallet when buying a V-Day gift for that special guy in your life! And to be perfectly honest, a couple of them are one’s that will very sneakily make YOUR life better, LOL!

Everyone loves Lavazza’s fantastic coffee imported from Italy, so just about any man would love the Lavazza Deluxe Barista Gift Set available for $99 (but featuring almost $124 in items) available at The set is comprised of a Bodum Chambord French Press, four bags of Lavazza drip coffee blends (one of each blend made), two Lavazza cappuccino cup and saucer sets, a recipe booklet including recipes from brand ambassadors Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos and a 10-piece box of Baci Perugina chocolates. Nothing beats having chocolates on Valentine’s Day except pairing them with champagne…or a darn good cappuccino!
Lavazza Deluxe Barista Gift Set
We don’t have to tell you that Hammacher Schlemmer is the place to shop for the man who has everything, whether he is practical-minded or interested in collecting reproductions of vintage popcorn machines (yes, HS has several of those in their catalog). If your guy is tired of your constant nudging and/or nagging due to a snoring problem, maybe he needs The Snore Activated Nudging Pillow. This 100 per cent polyurethane filled pillow actually detects snoring and nudges a sleeper into changing their body position thanks to a carefully placed microphone (that can be adjusted for different levels of snoring)! This might just be a Godsend for many women! The Snore Activated Budging Pillow is $149.95 at and Hammacher Schlemmer stores.
Snore Activated Nudging Pillow
Also from Hammacher Schlemmer is The Only Automatic Cordless Tire Inflator—which automatically turns off once a tire reaches the desired pressure level. It operates and looks like a cordless drill; just one squeeze of the trigger inflates a car tire to 36 psi in minutes! It also works on a bicycle tire and can inflate one in one minute flat—not to mention inflatable toys! The device works with a lithium-ion battery and gives hours of continuous usage with just a two-hour charging period. Price is $89.95 at and Hammacher Schlemmer stores.
The Only Automatic Cordless Tire Inflator
Badrick’s EVOLUTIONMAN The Sports Guy Kit includes the full sizes of the following popular products: Face & Body Wash, Moisture Protect SPF 20, Lip Balm SPF 15, an EVOLUTIONMAN Logo Sport Bottle and EVOLUTIONMAN Logo Dopp Kit Bag. Available for $80 on, this products bought separately would normally run $131. The Nu Noir scent of the Face & Body Wash is so fresh, crisp and appealing, ladies will want to sneak some while taking a shower! EVOLUTIONMAN prides itself in using natural ingredients like Tea Tree and Sunflower Seed Oils, plus adds Vitamin E into nearly every product, so you know that they’re pure and good for the skin.
Badrick’s EVOLUTIONMAN The Sports Guy Kit
Got an air guitarist around the house? Or just an audiophile who loves the sound of live entertainment? Then we’ve got the gadget for your Valentine: reveel is a portable audio technology device with headphone amplifier created by musician Barry Stephen Goldfarb that actually enhances pre-recorded music to sound LIVE! Can’t afford those Stones tickets? Well, just download Sticky Fingers off iTunes, put on your headphones and hook up your reveel—and it will be hard to believe that Mick Jagger is not right in front of you in your very own living room! Available for $119.95 at, reveel works with virtually all portable audio devices, from iPods to stereos-in-a-box.
If you guy likes to unwind with an after-work drink, you can’t even go wrong with a good bottle of vodka. Purity Ultra-Premium Vodka ($40 to $60 per bottle) is available at fine liquor stores everywhere and we find that it can’t be beat for smoothness. It is made from organic winter wheat and malted barley, and is handcrafted in small batches. The heart of the vodka is actually distilled 34 times! For more information on this proud product of Sweden created by master blender Thomas Kuuttanen, go to It’s won the heralded Spirits Masters Award for Vodka Of The Year three years in a row!
Purity Ultra-Premium Vodka
Got a golf-crazed guy? The PGA Resort And Spa n Palm Beach Gardens, Florida—the host venue of the PGA TOUR Honda Classic – now offers its “Champion Golf Package” that enables golfers the chance to play the Jack Nicklaus-designed champion course with its famous “Bear Trap.” This lovely resort is currently offering a “stay And Play” deal that starts at $379 per night double occupancy, includes a daily round of golf and lasts through April 30th. Their Valentine’s Romance Package includes luxury accommodations for two nights, champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and more—and it starts at only $299 plus tax per night. For more PGA National Resort & Spa information, go to or call 561.627.2000.
PGA Resort And Spa n Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
A good watch is something every man needs, and the Men’s Bulova Precisionist Wilton Chronograph Collection is accurate to 15 seconds a month (the key is the Precisionist’s unique three-prong crystal)! Features include a chronograph face, precision timing within 1/1000th of a second and a signature continuously sweeping second hand. All the watches in this collection look stunning and the black on white numbers are easily to read; buyers have a choice of leather or stainless bracelet bands. Model 96B183 (pictured here) is currently on sale at Kohl’s and for $524.50 (instead of the list price of $699) and you can get another 15 per cent off by using the coupon code CELEBRATE. (They also give free shipping on all orders over $50!)
Men’s Bulova Precisionist Wilton Chronograph Collection Watch
If you like the look of the Bulova here but are on a stricter budget, try this Caravelle Men’s Chronograph Collection watch. This durable timepiece features a chronograph in stainless steel with patterned gray dial, luminous Arabic and stick markers and hands, second hand, 24-hour track, double-press fold-over clasp, and water resistance to 30 meters. Available for only $110 at Kohl’s and Be sure to use the coupon code CELEBRATE for 15 per cent off and free shipping.
Caravelle Men’s Chronograph Collection Watch
They say that you should never buy a woman a vacuum for Valentine's Day--but the new Dyson DC59 Digital Slim Cordless Animal Vacuum is something a busy person of either sex would appreciate because of its speed and dexterity (thanks to fabulous swivel action). We here at say that this is the one vacuum you can get a guy to actually use; not only can it clean a 500 square foot studio apartment in under five minutes (as we tested out personally without even using any of the attached for hitting the small crevices of a home) but it's got fabulous "techy" features including a 350W Dyson digital V6 motor, a special Boost Mode that gives you 50 per cent more power and mini motorized tool. It's sleek, lightweight (4.6 pounds) and its super sturdy silver and purple plastic frame looks like something straight out of the next century. $499.00 at and Macy's Stores/
Dyson DC59 Digital Slim Cordless Animal Vacuum
Be sure to check out Part 1 (For Foodie gifts) and Part 2 (For Her gifts) of our Team Finance Foodie Valentine's Day Gift Guide series!

All photos courtesy respective designers/manufacturers.

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