Valentine's Day is fast approaching, which means it's time to start thinking about what to get your guy. Cologne may seem a little old-fashioned (though we assure you it's not!), but it's actually a great gift idea, especially if you haven't been seeing your man for a really long time because it shows you've put some thought into what scent they might like, without totally breaking the bank. Fragrance has the power to insight emotions and boost your mood–and even transport you to a different time and placeAnd hey, if you like the scent too, all the more reason to get close for some V-Day snuggles.
1. The latest scent from the Nautica brand, Voyage N-83, takes inspiration from the sea for the fresh scent-loving man in your life. Crisp notes of ocean water accord, spearmint and citrus petitgrain splash together with warm cardamom, nutmeg, lavender, musk, sandalwood and cedarwood for a scent that will help melt away the winter chill and make you both feel like you're beachside. $60 (50 ml), available at mass retailers
2. For the celebrity scent-loving guy, we recommend the Holy Grail–Magna Carter, that is. Jay Z Gold is as rich as its name implies with a warm and modern blend of notes such as grapefruit, ginger, vetiver, myrrh and amber. $66 (50 ml), available at Sephora
3. Bottega Veneta Pour Homme tailors to a more contemporary classic man. This smoky masculine toilette is warm and inviting and will make many a bear hug from your guy smell fantastic. Warm, woody and leathery, this fragrance has pine, pimento, patchouli and leather accord and may just become his new signature scent. $80 (50 ml), available exclusively at Holt Renfrew
4. Calvin Klein Encounter melds together a feeling of freshness, spiciness and smokiness for an unexpected but balanced combination. The dynamic scent has mandarin, cardamom, rum, pepper, patchouli, jasmine, cognac, woods and musk, leaving a soft but masculine sweetness. $67 (50 ml), available at mass retailers
5. Ralph Lauren Polo Red is racy and vibrant and not at all subdued. Red grapefruit, red saffron and red cedarwood make up the tone of this bold scent, and are complemented by notes of cranberry, sage and coffee berry for the guy in your life that commands attention when he walks in a room. $75 (75 ml), available at mass retailers