Before the tips, a quip:
“Anybody who believes that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach flunked geography.” ~ Robert Byrne.
The way to keep your boyfriend sweet — and sweet on you — is to find his soft spot. Does he love tools, food, tech toys, or cars? This Valentine’s Day, give him something he enjoys. I recently gave my husband a remote flying helicopter because every time we passed one in the mall, his eyes lit up. He loved it! It may not be the most romantic Valentine’s Day gift for a man, but it’s fun and happy-making…and the best way to love a man is to find things that make him feel great.
The best Valentine’s Day gifts for boyfriends are things that make them all warm and fuzzy inside. They may not make you feel warm and fuzzy, but they’re a great way to say I love you! Check these Valentine’s Day gift ideas out…
Valentine’s Day Gifts for Boyfriends
1. Upgrade his software, photography, or computer tools. How about more memory for the tech gadgets he has, or an accessory for his iPhone, iPod or Kindle? Here’s how one writer loved her man last year: “My husband was going on a long cross-state bike ride, and was weighed down with all the chargers for the little devices that are somehow necessary,” says Alex Sharp. “So I researched and found a solar charger (such as a backup rechargeable charger for iPods, iPhones, BlackBerry’s, Kindles) that would work for multiple devices. He had less stuff to carry, less imposition of having to find outlets, and less stuff to clutter our lives.”
2. Plan a Valentine’s Day treasure hunt. When was the last time your boyfriend searched for lost gems or a buried treasure chest? A fun, creative Valentine’s Day gift for boyfriends is a treasure hunt, which can be inside the house, yard, park, neighborhood, city – or even a neighboring town or city. Prepare clues that lead him from one place to another. You can have as many as 15 clues, or as few as three. The last clue could lead to your bedroom, a candlelit bathtub full of bubbles, or a hotel room you’ve booked. Prepare the “treasure chest” with candles, music, roses, and chocolate…and have fun loving your man!
3. Love your man with a romantic gift “bedroom bag” of messages and toys. For Valentine’s Day last year, I gave my husband a homemade cloth bag of sensual goodies. My favorite are the love notes: there are 15 or 20 notes that we draw out of the bag with our eyes closed, which contain beautiful acts of love that we both enjoy. Our drawstring bag also includes massage oil, a pen and paper for new love ideas, a book, candles, and other assorted goodies. This is an inexpensive, romantic Valentine’s Day gifts for boyfriends.
4. Splurge on jewelry – cuff links, a watch, a tie clip. The first Valentine’s Day gift my husband ever gave me was a red heart necklace for our first Valentine’s Day. I haven’t given him jewelry yet, but I know he needs a tie clip and cuff links. Jewelry is a beautiful expression of love and commitment — even for men who don’t wear jewelry all the time.
5. Find cool foods to eat. I’m considering buying my husband Baconnaise for Valentine’s Day, even though he’d probably rather get a power tool — but he has every tool known to man! Food can be a fun gift idea, even for men who don’t cook, including pickle popsicles, snake wine, Astronaut ice cream, chocolate covered grasshoppers or ants, curry-flavor buffalo dung beetles, or edible crickets. If your boyfriend loves chocolate, you can find gorgeous gourmet chocolate figurines and specialty items (eg, chessboards, teddy bears, fruit, books, etc). For more ideas, search the internet for online retailers of exotic food products. Another Valentine’s Day gift idea for men is to order a case of “homemade” beer or wine from a store that does all the mixing and brewing for you.
6. Buy a music-oriented gift – but not necessarily CDs. I bought my husband a Sony iPod Docking System, and we both love it. If your boyfriend loves music, go beyond his favorite CDs or playlists! Consider a video game such as Wii Music, or even a new musical instrument. I’m hoping for a flute for my birthday — I played in a band when I was in high school, and would love to take it up again.
7. Get Valentine’s Day gifts that are fun for your boyfriend to use. I planned to give my husband an Electric Blower/Vacuum for Christmas, but decided on an iPod Docking Station, pajamas, slippers, an electric toothbrush, and the flying helicopter. The electric leaf blower is next on my list — it’s perfect for fall and spring yard cleanup sessions.
“It’s the thoughtful little details that create the biggest surprises,” says Frankie Picasso, author of Midlife Mojo: How to Get Through the Midlife Crisis and Emerge as Your True Self. “For instance, finding a cherished childhood toy that was lost or never received in an antique store, or asking an artist to paint a portrait of a beloved pet. I asked a woodcarver to make me a totem pole that I designed for my husband. The pole contained a grizzly bear and his beloved guitar – his favorite things.
For more Valentine’s Day gift ideas, read 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Dads Who Love Food and Beer (the gift ideas aren’t just for dads – they’re for all guys who love food and beer!).