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Is the man in your life particularly hard to buy for? Struggling to find a meaningful Valentines Day gift when Christmas feels like only yesterday? Not to worry, The Sybarite have found a selection of luxurious and unique Valentines Day gifts that will be perfect for any man.

You know how they say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? While that may have been true for when men and women dwelled happily in caves and hunted dodos, the 21st century man is a little more complicated than that. And that, ladies, is both good news and bad news. Good news because you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen fixing up the perfect meal to find the way to his heart. Bad news...

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