Valentine’s Day will be here soon, and many are looking to get the men in their lives a gift that shows just how much he means to them. It doesn’t have to be difficult; any guy will be touched at receiving something he really wants or could use. Whatever your guy’s needs or interests, you’re bound to find something suitable for Valentine’s Day at one of these Connecticut shops.

Raggs Fashions For Men
1020 Chapel St.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 865-3824
www.raggsnewhaven.com

Raggs has been a fixture on New Haven’s Chapel Street for three decades, distinguishing itself with its impressive selection of casual and formal men’s clothing. It currently carries shirts, jackets, suits and hats from top designers like Hugo Boss, Ted Baker and Zachary Prell. There are also a number of slim, stylish wallets from Bellroy to choose from. And Raggs stocks several playful and unusual cufflinks decorated with images from bulldogs to skull and bones.

Cabela’s
475 East Hartford Blvd. North
East Hartford, CT 06118
(860) 290-6200
www.cabelas.com

If the man in your life is the outdoors type, you won’t go wrong shopping for him at Cabela’s. The store’s only Connecticut location has 185,000 square feet of space filled with all the gear and apparel he’ll need for a weekend of camping, fishing or hunting. Whether you’re looking for tools, backpacks, rods and reels, or accessories for his boat or truck, Cabela’s is likely to have dozens of different kinds. It’s the perfect place to buy him clothes he’ll need for wet or cold-weather activities. You can even find video games and electronics.

Retro Games Plus
1761 Post Road East
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 955-1090
www.retrogamesplus.com

Any guy who loves video games will love to receive something from this independent store (which also has locations in Newington and Orange). As one can tell from its name, Retro Games Plus caters to both fans of current games and those nostalgic for the titles of the ’80s and ’90s. It buys and sells classic games and game systems like Atari, Sega and Nintendo, along with modern systems like XBox and PS4. You’re bound to find something there the two of you will enjoy playing together. The store also has used tablets and smartphones at discount prices.

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The Villa Gourmet
11 River St.
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 878-8646
www.thevillagourmet.com

Surprise your guy with a gift basket from this Milford gourmet food shop. Among the several baskets offered are the Cocktail Hour Basket filled with artichoke spinach dip mix, blue cheese olives and sea salt crackers, and the Breakfast Basket with organic coffee, whole wheat pancake mix and Vermont maple syrup. Or you can have its employees arrange your own custom basket with his favorite foods. The Villa Gourmet sells a variety of imported cheeses and chocolates, high-quality oils and condiments, and fresh pasta.

The Art Of Shaving
461 Westfarms Mall
Farmington, CT 06032
(860) 503-1022
www.theartofshaving.com

The Art of Shaving in Westfarms Mall carries everything your man needs to look smooth and perfectly groomed. Its line of shaving products includes everything from creams and soaps to brushes and electric, fusion and straight-edge razors. You also have the option of purchasing a combination of any of those items in dozens of different kits, and there are handsome leather travel bags as well. The Art of Shaving also has stores in Stamford and Danbury, but this is the only one that has a Barber Spa as well. Buy him a gift card and treat him to a Royal Shave, a luxurious 45 minutes of pampering for his face.

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Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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