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What men really want: Valentine's Day gifts revealed

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It's hard to figure out what to purchase for your guy on the most romantic day of the year. Does he really want flowers or a box of chocolate? Most likely not, so what do men really want for Valentine's Day?
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The simple fact is that Valentine's Day means something different to men than it does to women, and the better women can understand this, the better the chances are for everyone getting along with Cupid. I'm letting you know so you can get Valentine's Day right for BOTH of you.

Here's the one thing your man wants above all others for Valentine's Day: He wants you to be happy and to spend that special time with you!

Get something you can share together.

Set the romantic scene

Belgain linen candles

Run a hot bath for you both and light your Linnea's Lights Candle in the bedroom. Belgian Linen ($30) is an intoxicating scent. Handmade of natural soy, this luxurious and sophisticated blend of soft floral woven with ozone on a bed of woods and musk will entice the senses.

Mastrad ice balls

Next, chill a cocktail with the very sexy Mastrad Ice Ball Mold ($20). Nonstick silicone creates perfectly round 2.75-inch ice balls to keep your drinks fresh and cold for longer!

Try this

Pour his favorite (and yours!) cocktail — a couple of fun recipes follow!

Cruzan Strawberry rum

For a sensual drink, try Cruzan Strawberry Rum ($16). It is great on the rocks or mixed with your favorite tropical juice. Its flavor is ripe, wild strawberry coupled with subtle ginger root. Pair it with a little passion fruit juice and soda — taking you immediately to the island of St. Croix!

Camus cognac

Why not try a little cognac to sip by the fireplace? Serve Camus Cognac  ($69) on the rocks, neat or with a dash of water. It's double matured — this is a bold, distinctive Cognac with unmistakably maritime tones. On the palate, it displays a perfect balance between smoky notes and touches of candied fruit with a hint of honey.

Makers Mark bourbon

How about the perfect classic? Maker's Mark Bourbon. Old fashioned, handcrafted and aged to perfection, Maker's Mark 46 Bourbon ($36) should be served straight, over ice or used to make the PERFECT Manhattan. Its rich flavor is firm and complex with dry spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and clove pairing with layered sweetness of caramel and vanilla.

Le bon garcon caramels

Pair something sweet with your drinks Instead of the typical chocolate, so why not go for some delectable CARAMELS. Le Bon Garçon fits the bill. Try the Caramour-Blood Orange with subtle notes of vanilla and spice or the Mango-Passion! These French-style caramels are handmade in California of plugra butter and hand stirred to creamy perfection in order to achieve the best quality product. From start to finish, everything is prepared in the artisanal French manner. ($15 for a 4-ounce box)

Looking for that perfect fragrance as a gift?

Comme une evidencd cologne

Comme une Évidence Homme Eau de Toilette by Yves Rocher ($55) is a marvelously masculine scent that encourages harmony and self-awareness… A perfect balance is struck between the citrus notes of bergamot and mandarin, and the spicy floral vibrations at its heart and the classical elegance of the woody notes of cedar at its base. An invitation to a timeless moment…

Ayurvedic Massage

Why not give him a massage he'll never forget and get one in return! Try Auromere Massage Oil ($9). This Ayurvedic massage oil contains 25 exotic oils and extracts and will put you into a state of euphoria. Rich and not at all greasy, it's moisturizing and has a therapeutic aroma.

 

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