Figuring out what to get the man in your life for Valentine’s Day can be tough. He probably doesn’t want any of the usually-advertised gifts (there are only so many money clips one person can use), so finding a way to make him feel special and loved can be tricky. The key to getting it right is to determine what he really cares about, then find a way to either honor that or make it easier for him to accomplish.
Another strategy? Pump up the romance. Need a little help figuring out how to get there? Here are some ideas to get you started. To make your guy really swoon this Valentine’s Day, remember the 20 Things He Always Wants You to Say.
Surprise Him With His Favorite “Thing”
Something simple and thoughtful is all it takes to make him feel appreciated. “Whether you coordinate with his coworker to have his favorite coffee order dropped and waiting at his desk or you simply slip his favorite candy or a nice love note in his work bag, a small, thoughtful action can easily take away the financial pressures of Valentine’s Day and show your partner that you care,” says Jim Antonsen, relationship expert and matchmaker at LuvBiz Chicago.
Of course, if you’ve got money to burn, you can do the same with something pricier, but it’s really the thought here that counts. If his favorite thing is sneakers, we’ve got you covered with The Coolest New Sneakers for Stylish Men on the go.
Make Love… and Art
Looking for some extra-meaningful art to display in your home? Gift him with this Love Is Art kit, where you—ahem—get busy making some art, if you catch our drift. It comes with all the clean up supplies you’ll need, and just think of the inside joke you’ll share every time someone compliments you on your unique abstract painting.
Do A Group Date
If you’ve already had plenty of romantic Valentine’s Days solo, consider organizing a fun group date to celebrate or even hosting a dinner party at home. It’s an entertaining way to do something totally different, plus, research shows that hanging out with another couple can actually help reignite passion in a relationship. And for advice on what not to do, know the 40 Relationship Tips That Are Actually Terrible.
Plan a Movie Night
Featuring all his favorite films, obviously. If there are any movies you watched together early on in your relationship, those are definitely good candidates too. Want to take this idea to the next level? Book a hotel room and order room service, so you can both enjoy the movie marathon without lifting a finger. And for more inspiration, check out the 50 Relationship Quotes to Reignite Your Love.
Indulge Him In That Hobby You Hate
You know the one. Whether it’s video games, beer collecting, or golf, set aside your feelings about your least favorite of his hobbies and enjoy it with him—for the day. Surprise him with a brewery tour, video game marathon (complete with his favorite snacks), or a prepaid day out on the links together.
Plan A Surprise Night Out
Guys can be swept off their feet, too. “Dress up and meet your partner at the office—just don’t tell them you’ll be coming,” suggests Rebecca Cooper Traynor, founder and CEO of Match Me Canada. “Plan a memorable night of food, good conversation, and lots of touchy feelys.”
Try Something Totally New Together
New experiences have a bonding effect on couples, research shows, so check out Airbnb experiences or Groupons in your city and book something neither of you has ever tried before! Whether it’s indoor skydiving, a cooking class, or an art workshop, the novelty of trying something fresh together is a new twist on romance.
Block Off Time For A Night Out With The Boys
Especially if you have kids, chances are high your guy doesn’t get to spend as much time with his buddies as he used to. Let him know you support his friendships (and his right to a night off!) by setting aside an evening when you’ll take care of everything at home while he enjoys some quality time with his friends.
Gift Him With More Sports Gear Than He’ll Know What to Do With
Married to or dating a serious sports fan? Sure, game tickets are an incredible gift, but if that’s not in the cards this year, a FanChest for his favorite sports team is seriously thoughtful. You can choose from different levels of extravagance, but regardless of which one you decide on, this is a super sweet gift for any dedicated fan.
Take A Trip Down Memory Lane
How you do this is up to you, but options include: going through old photo albums, looking through your Instagram and Facebook feeds, or just sharing your favorite memories of each other out loud. The idea here is to look back on your relationship, remember all the good times, and toast with a great bottle of vino to what lies ahead. And if you’re feeling particular funny, wow him with one of the 50 Pick-Up Lines So Bad They Just Might Work.
Work Out Together
There’s a plethora of research showing that couples who sweat together stay together. Help him stick with his New Year’s Resolution to get in shape by scheduling a workout class for the two of you to try together, booking a joint personal training session, or planning a special hike to complete together.
Book Him A Spa Day
He’d probably never think to do this for himself, which is precisely what makes it such an amazing gesture. “People feel stressed from work and life and need a mini break, so booking a spa day for you and your partner to relax and take a load off will make them him like you’ve been paying attention and listening to their needs,” says Traynor. Chances are, he won’t even realize how much he needed it until you’re there!
Treat Him to Breakfast in Bed
This idea is an oldie, but a goodie. Even if you cook for him frequently, it’s not likely that you regularly bring him his favorite breakfast while he’s still waking up. Not into cooking? Order in!
Get Him a Subscription Box That’s Actually Useful
There are a ton of box-of-the-month services out there, but the key to finding one that will make him feel truly special is figuring out which one he can actually put to good use. Is your S.O. always forgetting to pick up new razors? Try Harry’s. Do his socks keep getting mysteriously eaten by the washing machine? Go for Sock Fancy. Plus, a subscription box is something that will remind him of you—and how thoughtful you are—all year long.
Rent Him a Sports Car
That is, if he doesn’t already have one. Getting the chance to cruise around in the car of his dreams is sure to make his day. And for help finding him the perfect gift to go along with your perfect date, check out The 10 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him.
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