For men, Japan’s a great country to be in on Valentine’s Day, since they are the ones to traditionally receive gifts. If your guy has a sweet tooth, Barneys New York department stores are selling cassette-tape- and beach-sandal-shaped chocolate bars by Alain Ducasse-approved patissier Christophe Michalak. Priced at ¥2,800 and ¥3,800 respectively, they come in six flavors, including pistachio and caramel.
What if your guy scoffs at sweets? Then why not pick up a “cuban cigar” at Issey Miyake? A healthy alternative to actually smoking, the cigar rolls contain a rolled handkerchief printed with a pattern from the latest Tropical Dandy collection. The clever packaging alone is worth it — it’s printed with realistic tobacco leaves and labeled “tar, nicotine 0g” (available at all Issey Miyake Men as well as many women’s stores). (M.J.)