Valentine’s Gift Guide: Tips for the Guys

Valentine’s Day- the cause of male anxiety, fear and general distaste. Knowing the heart-shaped box of chocolates and grocery store flowers are just so tired,we decided to help you boys out with some creative ideas to impress your ladies- and know these are not your standard dinner and a movie.

A Drink with a Side of Bling

$200 is a hefty price tag for a martini, but the Cloud Gate Martini at Tavern in the Park comes with a Tiffany’s necklace on the side. Named for Millennium Park’s iconic “Cloud Gate” sculpture (formerly “The Bean”), this indulgent cocktail, perfect for special occasions, comes with a sterling-silver Bean pendant necklace, designed for a top luxury jewelry store by designer Elsa Peretti.

Tavern at the Park. 130 E. Randolph St. 312.552.0070.

Breakfast-In-Bed Box for Two

This unique gift can be pre-ordered and picked up early Saturday or Sunday morning so it can create an entire Valentine’s Day weekend.  With two variations the breakfast in bed box can be packaged with coffee or tea for two, a paper Valentine, candy hearts, and a chocolate.  Pre-orders are suggested, but there will be some available for those last-minute shoppers.

Standard includes a Plain Croissant, Chocolate Croissant, and Brioche Bostock
Vegan offers Mini Coffeecake, Two Muffins and a Scone

Sweet Cakes Bakery. 901 N. Damen. 773.772.5771.

Take in a Show

Hair, Les Miserables and Rain: a Tribute To the Beatles are all in town. Flex your cultural muscle with a trip to the theater. And guys, don’t worry, most have bars if you really need an excuse.

Check out the arts section of ticketmaster for show info.

Sprinkles XOX Box

Sweeter than the generic box of chocolates, Sprinkles Cupcakes are topped with heart sugar in fun spicy flavors like red velvet, chocolate marshmallow and vanilla. Handmade with love.

Sprinkles Cupcakes Chicago. 50 East Walton Street. 312.573.1600.