A Valentine gift guide for your guy

photo courtesy of Fortis Design Inc. of Raleigh—photo courtesy of Fortis Design Inc. of Raleigh
The Wally by Fortis Design

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, gifts for the ladies may seem obvious — flowers, chocolate, and jewelry, of course. But what about the fellas? The key is to think about what sounds most like his cup of tea…or perhaps, his cup of beer.With our gift guide you’ll have just enough time and inspiration to grab that personalized N.C. item for the man in your life.The WallyThis brushed stainless steel bottle opener slides into a wallet easily as it is the same size as a credit card. Not only that, but this opener from Fortis Design in Raleigh can be engraved with a love note or his name. Add in a six-pack from a North Carolina brewery, and he can try out his new bottle opener right away.Freaker socksWhether it’s to keep his beverage chilled or his feet warm, Freaker USA from Wilmington has the sock for just about every occasion. For local pride, get him the “cackalacky” socks complete with the N.C. flag or some with the mascot of his alma mater to wear on game day.SpicesFor the chef in your life, grab a few new flavors to try from a local spice shop, like Spice Bouquet in Kinston, Cape Fear Spice Merchants in Wilmington, or Spice It Up! in Black Mountain and Hendersonville. For the not-yet-chef in your life, pair those spices with cooking classes that you can take as a couple.Deck of OaksGive a gift that gives back with this artistic deck of cards designed by 54 Raleigh artists. Not only do proceeds from the playing cards go to a number of local nonprofits, but they are perfect for everything from poker night with the guys to playing Go Fish! with the kids.Gift cardFor the guy who maybe has something specific in mind, sometimes it’s better to let him make the final decision. So choose something that coincides with his passions. Some ideas to consider are Oak City Cycling in Raleigh, Hatteras Island Surf & Sail in Waves, Hunter Banks Fly Fishing in Asheville and Waynesville, Lichty Guitars in Tryon, or simply his favorite coffee shop up the street.