7 Valentine’s Gift Ideas for the Tuscaloosa Man
Wondering what to get your man for Valentine's Day this year? Don't stress--we've got seven great (and local!) gift ideas for your sweetheart.I know a lot of people think Valentine's Day is a holiday for women--that we're the only ones who should get presents and flowers because big, bad macho dudes aren't into all that lovey-dovey stuff. Those people are 100% wrong.
A) It's not 1916; get over those outdated gender roles and B)EVERYONE loves presents, especially presents that are thoughtful. Show your dude he's #1 in your life with a special gift this Valentine's Day. I'm hooking y'all up with a little Valentine's Day Dude Gift Guide--and I'm taking it to the next level because everything in this gift guide is from right here in Tuscaloosa.
1. Buy Your Guy Grooming Gear from The Left Hand Soap Company
The Left Hand Soap Company offers beard balms, beard and hair oil, shaving soap bars, and beard and mustache combs in addition to their incredible line of soaps, lotions, scrubs, and more. They even have BEER SOAP. I'm not kidding--it's soap made from beer and hops from local breweries like Druid City and Black Warrior! You can make your purchase online, or you can bring your dude to their shop in the Parkview Center off of 15th Street.
2. Sample Local Brews Together
Tuscaloosa is home to three craft breweries, Druid City Brewing, Black Warrior Brewing Company, and Band of Brothers Brewing Company. Why not take your dude to one or all of their taprooms and taste what they've been brewing? I'm a sucker for Druid City's Downtown Northporter and Band of Brothers' Saison.
3. Hook Him Up with a Haircut or Massage
Dudes need TLC, too. Get him a gift certificate for a shave and a haircut; if he doesn't have a regular barber, try Gentlemen's Grooming off of University Boulevard Downtown. Hook him up with a massage from Nancy Taylor Day Spa or Gilda's Salon and Spa.
4. Watch the Game Together
Alabama Basketball travels to Gainesville to take on the Gators in a game that tips off at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Why not head out and watch the game at one of T-Town's awesome sports bars? You can't go wrong with Innisfree or Buffalo Phil's.
5. Have a Drink
Take your dude to Alcove International Tavern off 22nd Avenue Downtown. Treat him to a glass of top-shelf bourbon or a pint of his favorite beer. They have over 100 different beers on their menu with many craft brews on tap. The Alcove's smoke-free location is the perfect place to unwind with the man you love. Treat him to a glass of top-shelf bourbon or a pint of his favorite beer.
6. Take Him Shopping
Guys like new clothes. Everybody likes new clothes! Tuscaloosa is home to awesome stores like The Shirt Shop and The Locker Room; they'll have your man looking sharp and sexy in no time. If your guy's an adventurer, check out Woods and Water, Academy Sports and Outdoors, or Dick's Sporting Goods. If he's a techie, check out The Core off McFarland Boulevard for a wide array of Apple products and accessories.
7. Check out Cravings
Cravings Specialty Grocery is located on University Boulevard Downtown. They sell regional and hard-to-find candies, chips, sauces, and other staples, and they have the best selection of bottled craft beer in town. Take your dude to Cravings and create your own six-pack. Pick up a bottle of wine; their selection is incredible--and don't forget dessert. Cravings sells cakes, pies, crème brûlée, and so much more.