Creative, Romantic Valentine's Day Gifts for Him

To Spoil or Not To Spoil?

In my experience, men are a bit more difficult to give to than women. Maybe it's that men are more particular, or want bigger and better... Women are a bit more appreciative of simple gestures, like a single rose, dinner being cooked and served, laundry being done, or a box of chocolates to indulge a sweet tooth. Men, on the other hand, (again, in my experience) have something particular in mind, like a remote control helicopter, the latest lithium ion battery-powered drill, or the biography of Steve Jobs. Without asking him for suggestions, what are some creative gifts for men that are sure to bring a smile to his face?

Here are some suggestions for Valentines Day gifts (or, just gifts for anytime) for the man in your life. Some of the following are inexpensive or free, some funny or entertaining, but all are gifts that will hopefully be unexpected.

*All of the following have been man-approved. This hub was edited by a man prior to being published. Hopefully, the rest of you find it just as agreeable!*

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Creative Gifts of Selflessness

Around the house. Clean his office, workout area, "mancave", tool storage area, closet, or other space that is primarily "his". However, when cleaning, make sure not to throw anything away, no matter how much you may think it should be tossed! Do not overly organize, as men organize in a way that they know where things are, whether they are in a pile or drawer, or scattered messily. Add a finishing touch, like a new picture of the two of you, framed and put on his office desk, or an encouraging note on the treadmill. If cleaning up a work space where tools are involved, leave a note complimenting him on a time that he used those tools well, or how fun it was to remodel together. Helping to organize or clean, but doing so in a manner that still fits his needs and personality will most definitely lead to a smile, and maybe even a kiss!

Do something that he wants to do. Think long and hard about this one. What is something that he has said in passing, that he would enjoying doing, or that he already likes, but would like for you to become a part of or join? Buy tickets to a game or a movie that he really wants to see.Then, (yes, because this is the selfless part!) follow-through with whatever it is. Go to the game or movie with him. Or, cancel a future night out with the girls, and plan a "guys' night" for the two of you, involving games (like poker), his favorite beer, talking about business or remodeling ideas, going to see a speaker, letting him hog the remote, or whatever else that your dearest may enjoy. If you decide to do the "guys' night", give him some sort of contract for V's Day, like a card that says that that particular day will be all about him.

Make something! Make a calendar and add game times, meetings of his that you know of, or other events that are special to him. Add pictures of just you, the two of you, or things that remind you of him. Make him a picture frame with pictures of the two of you, song lyrics from your song, and pictures and sayings of memories. Place a picture of the two of you inside. Make him something that makes his life easier, such as a storage container for pens and pencils or tools, a new container to house his business cards (that will fit in his pocket), or a holder for the remote (maybe that attaches to the couch?). If you are really crafty, make a hat, shirt, socks, or bag that is personalized with "Man of the Year" or his favorite sports team. Making something could be as simple as making his favorite food for dinner, or making the bed (if he normally does).



Who knew that a teddy bear that yells football terms and "boo" or "touchdown" could be loved so much?
Who knew that a teddy bear that yells football terms and "boo" or "touchdown" could be loved so much? | Source

Creative Romantic Gift Ideas

Spa. Need I say more? Men do not typically get massages or facials for themselves. This is something that they know that they would enjoy, but are not comfortable admitting to wanting to do (let alone actually doing it). Schedule a massage, facial, pedicure, or other spa treatment for him. Make sure that it does not interfere with work or other engagements/hobbies. Present it in a light way; do not make too big of a deal about him going to get pampered. Stroke his ego a bit, by saying something like:

  • "You work so hard, honey. Your muscles must be sore. They deserve some work, too!"
  • "Being on your feet all day must be exhausting. Relax for a bit and give your feet a break."

If money is an issue, or you know that your burly man will absolutely not go to the spa, bring it to him! Get an inexpensive bottle of lotion, take off his shoes and socks, and give him a foot massage. Or, give him a shoulder and back massage. If he is lucky enough to have a thick do, give him a scalp treatment (deep conditioning and scalp, head, and neck massage).

Coupons. Oh, the classic coupons. Coupons for Mothers Day, coupons for birthdays, but the most popular have got to be "love coupons" for Valentines Day. Make a simple book of coupons, or print some off of the internet. There are numerous websites that offer free printable coupons. Keep in mind what you are actually willing to do when making the coupons. They can be as risque or selfless as you desire. Here are a few ideas for coupons:

  • "A night off. No dishes, no laundry, no giving the kids baths. Just relax."
  • "Movie Night. You choose the movie, and whether we go to the theater or stay in to watch it."
  • "Full body massage."

Candlelit Dinner. Plan and execute a romantic dinner for two, sans restaurant noise and bitter servers and bartenders. Have candles that are a neutral scent or one of his favorites. Try to keep the dinner a bit light, as neither of you want to be too bloated or tired later, right? Or, if you must go out (in order to get a baby-sitter), try to wow him by choosing somewhere that is not too popular, somewhere of meaning to the two of you, or somewhere that you do not frequent often. Call ahead and ask to be seated somewhere quiet, and maybe even dimly-lit. If you do go out, get dressed up! Feeling attractive and comfortable will help put you at ease so that you can really enjoy the evening together.

I do not want my mom to blush when she reads this hub, so I have attempted to keep it PG-ish. Here is one suggestion that I have to give. Sorry, mom!

Something for you, something for him. You avoided the desert table at Christmas, drank a glass of wine instead of a glass of beer, and are a few days/weeks into your resolution to eat healthier and exercise more. Show it off! Buy that little black dress or the naughty outfit that would make a sailor's mom blush. I am willing to bet that this suggestion will lead to a bit more than a hug...

To Spoil Him...

If all-else fails, or you're in a time constraint, or maybe you do not know him too well, opt for the gift that he wanted for his birthday or Christmas, but was maybe already too-spoiled to get. (Or, maybe it was not on sale, or was out of stock?) Think about something that he would really use or enjoy, and not just another tie or belt clip. Of course, the following may not be the best ideas for the man in your life, but here are a few suggestions to get the wheels turning:

  • Gloves that still allow him to talk, text, and type.
  • The latest headphones, arm band (for working out), or heart rate monitor. Something cool and sleek, but useful.
  • A new grill cleaner tool, meat thermometer, or apron (yes, a grill apron) that says "King of the Grill" or something else that is silly and not too demeaning. Something for the grill is always a great idea - as men love to grill, and can never have enough tools to do anything.
  • A book that he has not exactly mentioned wanting, but suits his personality, or something that he wants to do... like, a book about yoga, traveling to New Zealand, history of airplanes, ghost hunts, or an inspirational book of quotes.
  • A kit, software, book, or tutor for learning a new language.
  • A new football jersey, baseball hat, or watch. Men can be quite particular about these three things, but if you can pull it off, you'll definitely be Woman of the Year!
  • A new travel coffee mug, water bottle, or camel pack. These items are usually not high on a man's shopping list. Do him a favor, and buy something that he forgets to buy for himself, but that he would actually really like and use!

At an OSU Buckeyes game together. THAT is love.
At an OSU Buckeyes game together. THAT is love. | Source

Love, Love, Love

Remember that Valentines Day is not about who can better "prove" love for someone, but is about letting people know that you do care. Do not forget to say "I love you" to dad, grandpa, brothers, and other men in your life; Valentines Day is not just about romance, it is about love.

Have fun with these ideas, and feel free to add your own below. I probably could have spent days writing this. My mind is still racing with funny and creative ideas. I probably should save a few for myself to use...

Happy Valentines Day!



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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Fantastic Valentine ideas!! I like the way you think!!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

haha Thank you! I kind of do, too. ;) I had a great time crafting this hub. I am glad that you enjoyed it! =D


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I do always struggle to choose a gift for my husband! He is the worst to buy for! Love your ideas....he likes football a lot - might have to consider that! thanks!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

They are difficult to buy for, aren't they? =]

I honestly do not know where the bear (in the picture) came from (my mom gave it to Phil as a Christmas present), but it was absolutely perfect for him. He's hard to buy for and loves sports. One hand says things pertaining to offense, the other to defense. One foot is for negativity ("boo" and things like that) and one for positivity ("touchdown!"). It's the cutest thing, and just a thought. ;)

Thanks for reading and commenting! =]


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Veronica -- I believe there will be some very grateful women out there after they have read this hub! Great ideas and so helpful!!

Voted up! I'll share this fantastic hub with my followers!


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how-to-make 4 years ago from India

voted it up.. really interesting creation and ultimate gift ideas.


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Sannel,

That's so nice of you to share this one! Thank you! I am so happy that you found this helpful! =] Thank you, too, for your vote!

I hope that you're doing well!

How-to-make,

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this hub, and for the vote!

Welcome to Hubpages!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

What excellent ideas. I shall leave this hub around to be accidentally discovered before Valentine's Day. Voting this Up and Useful.


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

hehe I can't say that I blame you for that! =]

Thank you for your comment and votes!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Hi, TA! Thank you for reading the hub and taking the time to leave a comment! I am glad that you liked it! =]


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Veronica - I just have to come back to enjoy your hub again. I like your suggestion to give a heart rate monitor. Could come very handy, if you know what I mean! Heck, I may need one myself! Hehe!!

Thanks for putting a link back to my Sensual Chocolate hub!

By the way, I love the great picture of you and Phil!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Hehe You are too funny! =] I guess maybe I should change the wording to "buy one for him AND one for you!" lol

Thank you for the compliment! You're welcome for the link! It's a fantastic hub!


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Danareva 4 years ago from Miami

Great ideas! I might just try the camel pack! That and some chocolate of course! Nice work!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thank you, Danareva! Great idea - something sweet always goes a long way! =] Thanks for your comment!


DiannaPhelps 4 years ago from Illinois

You have very good ideas and suggestions, but my husband is so "plain" that these suggestions don't work for him. I am at a loss and have no idea what to get (or do for)him! Any further suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Dianna, Thank you for your comment and welcome to HubPages!

Hmm.. more suggestions?

You could try putting together a movie basket. Get a popcorn tub, put a movie or two in the tub, maybe along with his favorite candy, & there you go! A movie night for the two of you. =]

RealHouseWife has a Valentine's Day Gift Hub as well:

http://hubpages.com/holidays/Perfect-Valentines-Da...

There may be something there, or this one from vanchen:

http://hubpages.com/relationships/Unusual-Valentin...

I hope that that helps! Best of luck! =]


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

Well since I dropped the hints for the guys to make us waffles.. it's only fair that we know what to do or get for our men! Right?!?! Great Hub Veronica!!!!!! Definitely sharing this one!

Lisa


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

These are all great ideas. I think I will pick one from the free "heartfelt acts" group and one from the "spoil him" group just to be sure all my bases are covered. I have SUCH a difficult time buying for my husband because he NEVER mentions what he would like. I just have to be able to figure it out...ugh :)


DiannaPhelps 4 years ago from Illinois

Veronica, that is an AWESOME idea! Now to get movie ideas without him realizing what I'm really doing.


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

You have some great ideas here! Shared and voted up!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Lisa - I'm definitely putting a link to yours on here! I loved it!!

Ardie - Thank you! lol I know the feeling. Men are stubborn. They know what they want, but won't tell you & usually won't just get it, either. lol Good idea to pull from both groups! He's a lucky guy! hehe =]

Dianna - Good! Thank you! Good luck! I hope that you two have a wonderful Valentines Day!

urmilashukla23 - Thank you very much for the comment, vote, and for sharing!! =]


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The Stages Of ME 4 years ago

Really great ideas ~ I may use a few of these. My hubby works so hard and takes such good care of all of us. Truly blessed and thankful for the ideas :)


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thank you for your comment! :)

He sounds like a great guy, and you sound like you're still happily in love!!! That's beautiful! I hope that you two have a wonderful Valentines Day!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

That's awesome, bennyliu. What a great idea! Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

Wonderful Hub! I had to come back and read it again! You think the same way I do! I really enjoyed reading about the ideas! Great focus and info! WTG! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day! :)


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Why thank you! =] That is really nice of you!!!

I did have a good Valentines Day. Thank you! I hope that you did as well! :)


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

Shared and voted this hub up! Thanks for the great tips. Actually, I kind'a need it. I am clueless in giving my hubby a gift. He, on the other hand is the best when it comes to gift-giving. :/


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thank you for your vote & share!! I hope you found something you can roll with for the man in your life! :)


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iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

Fascinating, unique and fantastic ideas... I might refer this to some of my friends. Voted up and useful. :)


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frozenink 3 years ago

Wow! Very creative! I am a man and I'm reading this. Thanks for sharing!


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Pinkchic18 3 years ago from Minnesota

Very nice ideas! I don't think my hubby would actually ask for a massage gift card but he would definitely enjoy getting some knots worked out. Great hub!


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VeronicaFarkas 3 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thank you very much! I appreciate your feedback and your votes! Happy Holidays!


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VeronicaFarkas 3 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Lol Thank you! :) Happy Holidays!


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VeronicaFarkas 3 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

I think that guys just don't know how to admit they enjoy being pampered. ;) My husband loves massages! (Probably not anything else, like facials or waxes! lol)

Thanks for your comment. Happy Holidays!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I was the first to comment 11 months ago! Cool! This hub is just as useful as it was then :)


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VeronicaFarkas 3 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

lol That is pretty cool!!! :) Seems like yesterday that I wrote this. It was a fun one to do.

Thanks for sharing this!!


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TracyLitchfield 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Great idea's i love the bring the spa home if you can't afford it or if he won't go. This Christmas I am making a spa basket with massage lotions and oils, stuff for facials and pedis and all that other good stuff, then we can treat each other to a spa day at home, plus it is a little more romantic! Great hub!


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TracyLitchfield 3 years ago from Massachusetts

One more thing I have to say I love when you said "Buy that little black dress or the naughty outfit that would make a sailor's mom blush."


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VeronicaFarkas 3 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Hehe Thanks!

I like the idea of doing a spa basket. How creative! That sounds like so much fun (& so relaxing). :)

Happy Holidays, Tracy!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Happy Valentine's Day Veronica!!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Totally different and great ideas! love the apron idea!


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VeronicaFarkas 3 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Ahh! Sorry, ladies. I just not saw your comments. Thank you both, and Happy Belated V's Day (as I call it lol) to you two! :)

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