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Mad for monograms: Personalized gifts for guys

Tracking down the ideal Valentine’s Day gift for a guy can be a journey into the ordinary. This year, rather than recycling the same old DVDs, boring ties, standard chocolates and ho-hum shirts you’ve gifted a dozen times in the past, surprise your valentine with a monogrammed trinket he’s sure to treasure.

Sterling silver ring

Sterling silver ring |

Mongrammed ring, $65 plus shipping, SincerelyMePJD via Etsy

This bold sterling silver ring offers a modern take on a classic piece of men’s jewellery. Made of durable sterling silver, it can be personalized with one, two or three initials — perhaps a blend of yours and his? — and express shipping is available throughout Canada.

Pinstripe cufflinks

Pinstripe cufflinks |

Monogrammed cufflinks, $41 plus shipping, Tiposcreations via Etsy

Elegant, stylish and quintessentially classy, a pair of pinstripe cufflinks is the ideal gift for the dapper man in your life. These round silver-toned cufflinks feature a thin black stripe inset around the perimeter and can be engraved with up to three letters.

Hand-stamped money clip

Handstamped money clip |

Monogrammed money clip, $21 plus shipping, 3sweetpeasjewelry via Etsy

Looking for a quirky vintage-inspired Valentine’s Day gift for your slightly alternative guy? A hand-stamped money clip could be just the thing you’ve been searching for. This one is made of aluminum, and the edges are hammered for added texture, leaving you with a thoughtful gift your man is sure to find both unique and useful.

Vintage pocket watch

Vintage pocketwatch |

Monogrammed pocket watch, $39 plus shipping, Tiposcreations via Etsy

This vintage-look pocket watch is a touch of old-school romance and practical purpose rolled into one! Featuring a modern black face with Roman numerals and a gunmetal finish, it measures around 4 centimetres and includes a 30-centimetre chain. Your valentine’s monogram will be etched on for free, and for an extra $10 you can also engrave a short message on the back too.

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belt buckle

Monogrammed belt buckle |

Monogrammed belt buckle, $30 plus shipping, InspiredSouth via Etsy

When you’ve seriously exhausted all options, you can still surprise and delight with this little gem! Etsy artist InspiredSouth says of its stylish belt buckle, “It is cast from pewter and sealed with a protective resin coating to preserve the colours and artwork, so it’s incredibly durable. Your new buckle will also arrive wrapped and ready for gift-giving.”

Beer stein
with pewter coat of arms

Beer stein with pewter coat of arms |

Beer stein with coat of arms, $30 plus shipping,

Pair a six-pack of beer with this classic beer stein, and you’re good to go! Priced at $30, you can have the monogram of your choice engraved into the pewter coat of arms for an extra $5. If the coat of arms isn’t his style, the stein is also available with a plain medallion, the Vancouver Canucks team logo or a simple rope design.

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