Traditionally, Valentine’s Day consists of a box of chocolates and a dozen roses for her. However, the reality is that most people aren’t that impressed with these unoriginal tokens of affection. Men, in particular, can be difficult to buy a Valentine’s Day gift for. While many men do not even expect a gift on this Hallmark holiday, it’s always nice to surprise him with something fun and unique. These places in Minnesota have you covered for the perfect Valentine’s gift for him.

(credit: Red Wing Shoes)

(credit: Red Wing Shoes)

Red Wing Shoe Store
315 Main Street
Red Wing, MN 55066
(651) 388-6233
www.redwingshoes.com

A 100 percent Minnesotan company, Red Wing Shoes has been manufacturing high-quality footwear in Southern Minnesota for many years. Whatever type of shoe your man may like, Red Wing Shoe Store has the best quality and top-of-the-line model. Manufactured by the Mississippi River, these shoes are made for residents of Minnesota who enjoy all kinds of weather. Find a great pair of work boots, snow boots, casual shoes, dress shoes or just ask for a custom style to fit your needs. Visit the Shoe Museum inside the store while you’re there and find the world’s largest boot. Red Wing Shoes also offers repair, advice and fantastic customer service.

Inside Edge Golf
16502 W 78th St.
Eden Prairie, MN 55346
(952) 937-6251
www.insideedgegolf.com

Is the man in your life suffering through golf withdraw during this long and cold winter? Get him a gift cart to an indoor golfing facility and keep his irons from collecting dust. Inside Edge Golf is better than any old dome; it offers fun and entertaining ways to practice your swing and even helps simulate a real game. Inside Edge Golf has a surrounding projector that displays 3-D images of 50 world famous golf courses. Practice your swing at Spyglass Hill or putt around at Pebble Beach, right in Minnesota. Aside from practicing, Inside Edge Golf is also entertaining and fun for groups. Check out its menu for a delicious meal or enter a tournament to win prizes. Gift cards can be purchased on site or online.

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Penn Cycle
10750 Cedar Bend
Minnetonka, MN 55305
(952) 593-5030
www.penncycle.com

Is the man in your life an avid biker? Perhaps he is just one that bikes for fun or when the car is out of gas. Either way, Penn Cycle probably carries something that he will love. The first and largest Trek dealer in Minnesota, Penn Cycle has been family owned and operated since the 1950s. Staffed with knowledgeable and friendly bikers, you are sure to get the help and advice you need for the perfect gift. Take his bike in for a tune-up and surprise him with a road trip to an out-of-the-way trail. Penn Cycle also offers classes on bike maintenance, suggestions for the best trails and all of those fun accessories you wish you had.

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Duluth Trading Company
300 E. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 481-7580
www.duluthtrading.com

A truly Minnesotan store, Duluth Trading Company carries some of the best gear for the man in your life. What started as a mail-order company with artistically hand-drawn catalogs has become a destination retail store for lovers of the outdoors and great-looking outerwear for all. Duluth Trading Company has several locations throughout Minnesota and a couple in Wisconsin. The best way to find something great is to visit a store or just look online for the latest styles and old favorites. Duluth Trading also carries work tools and gear that are perfect for the outdoor life in Minnesota.

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J. Longs
1817 Adams St.
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 345-8885
www.jlongs.com

In the shopping district of Mankato, Minnesota, J. Longs carries everything a man needs to dress for success or just look great. The store’s stock and service makes it easy to shop for the man in your life. Clothing comes with the offer of tailoring, in case you are unsure about sizes or the fit of items. Find casual to formal wear and all of the accessories that make the outfit complete.

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature. Examiner.com.