The Grooming Journal

Why We Should All Be Gifting Ourselves This Valentine’s Day

We put so much effort into trying to find the perfect gift for someone else, but it’s about time we give ourselves some love this Valentine’s Day. Make yourself a priority for 2023!

Einstein love is the answer
Words by Rebecca Loades
Jan 19, 2023 

Whether you’re in a relationship or not, Valentine's Day can be intense! We’re bombarded with saccharin advertisements for a whole month in advance; telling us to shop for our significant others and encouraging us to ‘spread the love’ by breaking our bank accounts.

Chances are, you’ll probably end up buying something last minute and something you, and the recipient, are not entirely confident about. Saying that, we think Valentines can be an excuse to have a bit of fun; you can raise a glass and kiss goodbye to the January blues for a start! 

Aside from celebrating our love and adoration for other people, what about ourselves? We’re not talking about being selfish (well, maybe a little), but we are talking about a bit of self-care

A major plus side of treating yourself, is that there is only a tiny amount of room for disappointment. There’s zero pressure on providing the perfect gift: you don’t need to worry about the right scent, the right size, the right colour, the right brand. You’re making all the decisions for yourself - it’s foolproof! Even if you have to send it back for some reason, there should be no guilt whatsoever. 

The pleasure in receiving and opening the gift will be just as exciting as watching someone else do it, and there is satisfaction in knowing that you bought it with your own earnings. And of course, at the end of the day, we really do deserve to treat and pamper ourselves now and again. We work hard for our money!

Self-care comes in many forms: it could be the simple act of going for a long walk by yourself, cracking open that favourite bottle of whiskey you’ve been keeping to one side for a special occasion, spending an extra ten minutes in the morning with some meditation, or by investing a bit more in your daily grooming routine. Whatever makes you feel good about yourself, both inside and out, is totally worth it. So, we may feel a little bit of guilt splashing some cash about, but if it gives us a boost - even just for a day - it will turn into a priceless purchase. 

Humanery has picked out some of our favourite grooming products to produce a so-called ‘Valentine’s Gift Edit, which we believe make the ideal presents to give to yourself on 14th February. You can even keep it a secret from your other half and enjoy every bit of luxury, all to yourself, when it arrives on your doorstep.

Top Valentine's Gifts For Yourself

Acqua Di Parma Sandalo Eau De Parfum (£204) - Fancy spicing up your fragrance wardrobe? Nothing makes you feel more confident by spritzing on a new eau de parfum. This aromatic men’s fragrance from Acqua Di Parma will hit all the right notes; either for yourself or a date.

Acqua di Parma Sandalo Eau de Parfum
Acqua di Parma Sandalo Eau de Parfum
Acqua di Parma Sandalo Eau de Parfum
Acqua di Parma Sandalo Eau de Parfum

anatome Be Well Box For Him Set (£134) - This curated set of four wellness products for men has everything you need to reset your body and mind for 2023. Who says your new year can’t start in the middle of February?! Just imagine treating yourself to a long, hot soak in the tub, listening to your favourite podcast on Valentine’s Day - sounds like the perfect night in to us. 

Wahl Mini-Deep Tissue Massage Gun (£90) - The six-speed massage gun will be your ideal partner after a long session at the gym; all those niggling knots will be eased in no time. Get ready to feel loose and limber for the next day. Its lightweight design means it can be taken with you wherever you go. 

Wahl Mini Deep Tissue Massage Gun
Wahl Mini Deep Tissue Massage Gun
Wahl Mini Deep Tissue Massage Gun
Wahl Mini Deep Tissue Massage Gun
Wahl Mini Deep Tissue Massage Gun
Wahl Mini Deep Tissue Massage Gun

YESforLOV Massage Candle Titillating Scent (£29.90) - We’re popping this in here as we can’t talk about Valentine’s without talking about the more intimate form of self-love. Once lit, this candle will certainly put you in the mood, and should you wish to invite someone to join in the fun, the YESforLOV candle can also be used as a massage oil.

valentines day rainbow heart

Bolin Webb X1 Matte Red Razor Set (£160) - We’ve decided to embrace the classic Valentine’s colour palette with this sophisticated red razor. If you decide to have a night in on Valentine’s day, why not spend it perfecting your facial hair? This grooming tool was actually voted Best Razor of 2020 by GQ Magazine; not only will it offer a precise shave, but it would make a real statement in any bathroom. 

Bolin Webb X1 Matte Red Razor Set
Bolin Webb X1 Matte Red Razor Set
Bolin Webb X1 Matte Red Razor Set
Bolin Webb X1 Matte Red Razor Set
Bolin Webb X1 Matte Red Razor Set
Bolin Webb X1 Matte Red Razor Set

Saunders & Long The All Rounder (£86) - These four grooming products are everything you need for a simple but effective grooming routine. Focusing on the hair and body, this set features a foaming cleanser, leave-in hair conditioner, facial moisturiser, and the brands unique 5-in1 multi-tasking product. They all smell amazing too. 

Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream (£135) - This moisturiser is the epitome of luxury skincare. The viral, and award-winning, Rich Cream is at the top of the list for grooming editors as it guarantees results. It will restore, hydrate, nourish and protect any lacklustre and ageing skin. Use this the morning of Valentine’s Day to kickstart your grooming routine into a whole new level. 

Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream
Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream
Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream
Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream
Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream
Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream
Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream
Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream
Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream
Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream

PATRICKS Essential Hair Thickening Starter Kit (£92) - We all want to feel confident when it comes to our hair and if hair loss or thinning is causing you a lack of confidence, now is as good a time as ever to take control. Used regularly, this starter kit will help to improve the health of your hair and promote hair growth. This is a great place to start to give your hair the TLC it deserves. 

PATRICKS Essential Hair Thickening Starter Kit
PATRICKS Essential Hair Thickening Starter Kit
PATRICKS Essential Hair Thickening Starter Kit
PATRICKS Essential Hair Thickening Starter Kit
PATRICKS Essential Hair Thickening Starter Kit
PATRICKS Essential Hair Thickening Starter Kit
PATRICKS Essential Hair Thickening Starter Kit
PATRICKS Essential Hair Thickening Starter Kit
PATRICKS Essential Hair Thickening Starter Kit
PATRICKS Essential Hair Thickening Starter Kit
PATRICKS Essential Hair Thickening Starter Kit
PATRICKS Essential Hair Thickening Starter Kit

TenT Collagen + Vitamin C (£32) - Wellness starts from within and these supplements can help improve your health from the inside to the outside. Collagen and vitamin C work in harmony to restore skin elasticity, ease joint pain, promote healthier hair, and improve sleep for a clearer mind. Add a couple of teaspoons to your morning smoothie and enjoy its positive effects. 

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