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Here's a tip: Guys don't want candy or a teddy bear. And they definitely don't want flowers. We're also guessing most would rather skip the Valentine mob at a usually great restaurant, as well—those expensive prix fixe holiday menus (no substitutions); the 4pm or 10pm reservation (they've been booked since last February). So, in lieu of all of that usual Valentine's Day crap—peep our Love, Frank Gift Guide for style-minded guys on the eve of a really stupid holiday! And, hey, are you a guy without a Valentine? We fully support your treating yourself to any of the below ?
1. Just because you're not presenting a heart-shaped box of corn syrup to your boo doesn't mean your gift can't be red. We're loving these slim-fit Dockers—the fit, the color, the fact that the color is called "barn door." They're stylish and just left of the usual—very nautical, very New England, easier to wear than you might think. Get them from the brand's home site, they're $75.
2. Buying someone a fragrance is a challenge—colognes are pretty personal and can produce knee jerk reactions that can leave givers heartbroken and receivers disgusted. And, personally, if someone presented us a bottle of Usher or Jeter we'd pretty much totally freak out. MiN New York has a fabulous solution: A concierge service that provides five generous fragrance samples—your pick or schedule a consultation. It's called the Bespoke Sample Packet and it's only $10. Your man is bound to love one of them, and once he figures out which you can log back in and order a full-sized bottle. Brilliant.
3. This isn't your father's Hawaiian print, nor is it his crusty, old golf bag. Rather, it's the perfect sized overnight duffel—or gym bag—in a jaunty Valentine-colored tropical practically guaranteed to defrost. It's both durable and adorable, absolutely functional, and you can steal it for yourself in a few weeks. By Marc by Marc Jacobs, it's $88 at the Marc Jacobs new e-commerce shop.
4. You can't grill in February. Well, you can, but it's not exactly the "Kiss the Cook," crack-a-beer fun party grilling can be in July. Have your man bring his meat (ahem) inside with a top of the line Le Creuset French oven in I Love You red. A classic, and rather handsome, this size is a Sur la Table exclusive—and as such comes with a special price. Order it (with visions of Beef Bourguignon dancing in your head) for $129.95, from $255, at their website.
5. A lot of guys won't wear a ring. So, have him wear that promise (of whatever) around his neck with a couldn't-be-cooler square ring medallion on a 21-inch chain. Brass and wood, it's by Maison Martin Margiela and available at the Barneys New York website for $270.
6. Personally, we'd pretty much do anything for or with the person that presents us with a cashmere Burberry scarf. This one is pink—how seasonally appropriate! We love it, and we'd wear it, but it might be a lot of look for some men—in which case, go with the classic tan. Either way, a whole litany of Burberry scarves is available at the brand's homepage: This is the giant check iteration, it's $335.
· Love, Frank [RNA]