Another holiday, another panic attack: What on earth is there left to get for the man in your life? Well, a good home-cooked meal should work, but if that’s not your idea of a special gift, I suggest you say “I love you” with:
… a Hot Shave
I recently got the chance to check out Alexander’s for Hair, a mid-range, family-owned, all-in-one spa and salon in west L.A., and I thought, “What a great place to take my [insert any family member here]!” Formerly the male-targeted Reeder’s Barber Shop, complete with beers and flatscreen TVs, Alexander’s for Hair has undergone a recent makeover to suit its growing clientele base, offering more services for both men and women as well as eco-friendly hair products by Eufora and high-quality GRAM skincare by Dr. Bernard Gramlich (you should see his skin!). Helmed by new owner Krissy Smith and her mom Jeanne Phares, the salon has both a small-town feel and a cosmopolitan flair — perfect for those who want luxurious treatment but find super-high-end salons and spas either intimidating or just not worth the extra dough. Best of all, while you’re loved one is getting his Signature MVP Hot Shave, you can indulge in a Eufora Deep Conditioning and Scalp Treatment (free this month with any color service), a fantastic facial, a mani-pedi or a delightful (and affordable) deep-tissue massage (ask for Barbara!). Ah, the perks of co-ed bliss.
Alexander’s for Hair is located at 11515 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. Call (310) 473-0462 to make an appointment. Readers, mention the code AFHGO through February and you’ll get 30 percent off your service!
… Custom Kicks
If the love (or like) of your life is a label-savvy jet setter who frequently blends street style and upscale threads (or just likes any of the aforementioned), he’ll appreciate the new G3 collection by Ryz, the brainchild of former president of Adidas America and Adidas Japan Rob Langstaff. Men love sneaks, especially cutting-edge, customizable new sneaks that are designed to pretty much go anywhere. And while these are SO cutting-edge they won’t ship for six to eight weeks, they’re an opportunity to remind him of you every step he takes this spring. (It’s also a chance to buy something quick online, then get really creative with your card.) Made of high-quality materials like leather and suede, each shoe comes in four simple designs that are customizable in shade and pattern. (You can even upload your own design to put on the bottom!) Starting at $119, the price is worth it (we assume he is, too). (Prefer to hand him his sneaks right away? Browse the KDU World Paradigm and Competition sales for a unique pair that’s ready the ship!)
TDO readers, get 20 percent off your order with promo code RYZ-Dietch-20Daily, valid until March 7, 2011.
… Cheap Frills
What better gift is there to give than a bit of yourself decorated with hot pink ruffles and lace? Um, there isn’t one! Count on Frederick’s of Hollywood to serve up naughty-but-sweet Valentine-themed lingerie at wallet-friendly prices. My favorite piece of theirs, incidentally, is not an exclusive V-Day piece but I wear it every day so I think it’s a good investment: the Hollywood Exxtreme Cleavage Satin and Lace Demi Bra. (Just buy it in Boudoir Pink and every day will be Valentine’s Day!)