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Valentine’s Gift Guide for Men by Aloha Sunday

2014 February 6


So not only do I want to make sure your man is well taken care of this Valentine’s Day, I want to make your life a little easier at the same time. So I asked Michael Chen, the brains behind one of my favorite men’s lifestyle stores, Aloha Sunday, to send over his top gift picks for the guy in your life. You can shop them all online or in his two San Diego locations in North Park and Leucadia. Here are Michael’s must-haves of the moment:

(Clockwise from top left)

Wood & Faulk – Grey Northwesterner Bag – This is a piece we’ve carried since our first year in business. It’s made by hand in Portland, OR and made to last! The leather straps and bottom wear in like his favorite baseball glove and it can fit clothes for up to 10 days of travel.

Baxter of California – Travel Kit – (features the after shave balm pictured above) We dig products that just ‘make sense’ for us. Things we didn’t even know we needed until our brands made them. The matching 2 oz. bottles are a godsend, providing a little bit of organization when traveling can often be unpredictable. This lightweight nylon kit is spacious enough for 2-3 weeks of travel. I tend to stash emergency money, copies of my passport, etc. in the water proof bag it comes with.

Aloha Sunday – Hickam Camo Tie – We just introduced a slew of in-house designed accessories which have been doing very well. If you look closely the camo pattern in this tie is woven rather than just printed. A process that takes a lot longer but you end up with an amazing texture and hand feel.

Skywatch – Poppy Red Steel Chronograph – If you’re really looking to impress, these Swiss-made dive watches are a must. Taking cues from 1960s designs, Skywatch modernizes the classic look with a stainless steel face softened with a soft nubuck leather strap.

Aloha Sunday – Beach Mug – It’s cliché but it’s true: it’s the thought that counts. On the surface you’re just giving him something to drink out of but beyond that it means more mornings spent together over a good cup of coffee.

Apolis – Transit Issue iPhone Case – Guys like things simple, this case lets you live life without a bulky wallet. Especially when traveling or going out, sometimes all you need is an ID and a credit card. I’ve had the iPhone 4 version for about two years with no cracked screen yet. It’s pretty durable.

Thorogood – Black Moc Toe Boots – These boots have been made in Wisconsin since 1892 and there’s a reason they are still around. Construction workers and surfers alike have been coming to us for their durability and comfort. I’ve had my pair for about five years now and they are going strong. He can easily wear them with chinos or denim. The insole is made for people who are on their feet day in and day out. Every guy needs a good pair of boots.

Check out all these great gift options – and a ton more – on Aloha Sunday. They ship internationally.

Thank you, Michael!

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