4 Offbeat Valentine's Gifts for Your Guy

We’ve evolved waaaaay past flowers and chocolate (although we’d never say no to those) – so it’s only fair that our men also expect a lot from us on Valentine’s Day!

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If he’s a beer lover…
The redesigned Heineken cans are more stylishly silver – and the red-star symbol is now bigger. Depending on how good your guy’s been, give him a Valentine’s score of anything from six to 24 stars (yoh – best put a ring on that!). And if he’s more of a craft-beer type, order him a Yuppie Chef Mixed Case (from R250): he’ll get a kick out of the hand-written, personalised note.

Related: How Well Do You Know Beer?

If he’s a carnivore…
One word: biltong. Netflorist’s gift boxes combine it with nuts, fruit, snacky things, booze… Pick your man’s favourite combo for next-day delivery (from R200).

Related: Guilt-Free Treats

If he’s a party animal…
There’s still time to surprise him with an Ultra South Africa ticket – or win a pair for the two of you. You might not see a music festival as the most romantic setting, but let us remind you of a few of things: great vibe, great sunset, great music, a million chances to grope your BF in the crowd… Plus, you can always let him ‘pay you back’ with a candlelit dinner the week after Valentine’s – once the commercialised-love madness has subsided, and your favourite Italian spot can accommodate you at your favourite table.

Related: Final Ultra South Africa 2015 Lineup Revealed

If he’s a wine guy…
It’s picnic time! If you’re in Cape Town, head to the Winelands for a Valentine’s sunset picnic at Delheim (R235 per person, including a bottle of estate wine; restaurant@delheim.com), a fancy white-tablecloth picnic in the camphor forest at Vergelegen (picnic@vergelegen.co.za), a rustic spread on the lawn at the Bakery at Jordan (R450 per basket; info@thebakery.co.za), a gourmet picnic at Backsberg (R135 per person, including a bottle of rosé;  restaurant@backsberg.co.za), or an Eight to Go picnic a Spier (R450 per basket, including a bottle of Spier’s Signature MCC; Picnics.spier.co.za).

Not in the Winelands? Head to the nearest deli for crispy bread, divine spreads and artisan cheese, get a couple of bottles of his favourite red, whip up a batch of our special brownies, and have your own version of an urban picnic for two on your lounge floor. You’ll have all the romance, intimacy and candle light you want – and you won’t have to wait for a taxi to take you back to your bedroom…

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