Best Valentine's Gifts for Men
What's one more guide to buying the "right" gift for your man this Valentine's Day, and who really cares anyway? Valentine's day is "about the ladies," and "men aren't romantic anyway." Why is it that we carry such a poor attitude toward men during romantic occasions such as this one?
How many of the guides that you've read tell you that men don't really need or want anything for Valentine's Day? It seems that half the guides you find tell you absolutely nothing, wasting your time and leaving you frustrated.
If you want purchase a Valentine's gift for your man, this guide will help you to choose something for him. You won't find any excuses here. Nobody's going to tell you that this is a holiday just for women or that men don't desire romance, because these things simply aren't true.
Come and enjoy Valentine's Day with your man by giving him a loving and romantic gift that he can actually use.
Tip: Choose Something Usefully Romantic
Men typically prefer useful gifts over frivolous trinkets that get put on a shelf to attract dust. This often makes it difficult for women to shop for men, because in general, women prefer to have things that they can look at and which make them feel good. The key to getting a good Valentine's gift for a man is to choose something that is both romantic and practical.
Important: Don't get your husband or boyfriend a useless trinket for Valentine's Day. If it's going to sit on his desk at work or on a shelf, it's probably not going to suit a man's taste. There is nothing wrong with masculine wearables such as jewelry (watches) or ties. What you're trying to avoid is paperweights, and almost anything that smacks of "trinket" is going to be a paperweight for him.
Do you believe men and women like the same things for Valentine's Day?
Don't Buy Your Man Something You Want -- Put Him First
When choosing a gift to give to your husband or boyfriend for Valentine's Day, you should make sure that you're putting his preferences before your own. While you may prefer to receive jewelry and trinkets, flowers and chocolates, a man has different tastes and needs.
Consider what he's interested in, and then cater to that. If he enjoys cooking, particularly grilling, you may wish to check out Best Valentine's Gifts for Meat Lovers for ideas. If he enjoys grilling, a new grill is both practical and romantic (because it allows him to spend time with you while cooking, making it romantic).
Ever Heard that "The Way to a Man's Heart is through his Stomach?"
Chocolates may be a bit too mushy for guys, but never underestimate the power of food gifts for guys. Whatever his tastes, there's sure to be something that he'll enjoy eating. Especially if you're looking for homemade gifts that you can prepare for Valentine's Day, baking him cookies or cupcakes is sure to be a hit.
Consider food. If he enjoys grilling, buy him premium steaks -- they double as dinner for Valentine's Day as well. If you want to get him flowers but don't know what you should get him, try an edible arrangement instead. These things are practical and are romantic in part because they're so practical. Everybody likes feeling like their partner knows them well enough to make good gift-giving decisions, and that will make him feel respected and appreciated.
Gift Ideas for Men
Grills for Meat Lovers
Hobbies to do Together
How to Be Romantic with Your Husband or Boyfriend this Valentine's Day
If you really want to be romantic with your husband or boyfriend this February 14th, you'll arrange to do something he enjoys -- with him. Choose an event and decide that you're going to get him tickets for something he truly enjoys. Maybe he likes football and you can get tickets to the Super Bowl (see to the right). Buy the tickets, but don't send him with a buddy: Go with him.
Men (generally) experience romance differently than women do, and it's your job to figure out what it is that makes your husband or boyfriend tick. When you choose something for him that he will enjoy, you tell him that you're thinking about what he likes and about what makes him work and tick. This is very romantic for people of both sexes, but women are often taught that it's the man's job to romance her. Why shouldn't you romance your man?
The most romantic thing that you can do for him is to spend time with him doing something he enjoys. Particularly if you've not made a habit of engaging with him in his hobbies, this will be unforgettable for him and he'll feel appreciated, respected and romanced by his own interests.
Engage in his interests enthusiastically for the best romantic experience with your man.
Get to Know What Interests Him
The most important gift that you can give your husband or boyfriend any time of the year is your respect and your time. This may sound trite, but it isn't meant to be an excuse. When you choose a gift for him, the gift will be more romantic for your man if it allows him to spend time getting to know you and quietly bonding.
Any practical item (including food or event tickets) which allows you to spend time together will be cherished by your man. This is an important thing to remember.
If you choose something for the both of you to do together (events), make sure that you understand the event and can enjoy it. If not, there's no point and the gift isn't romantic at all.
Whatever he's interested in, take the time to get to know more about it. If he golfs every weekend with his buddies, learn the names of the major professionals and study up on the game and the rules. Maybe he watches football on television two nights a week but you don't know how the game is played. Learn.
It may be that the most romantic gift you can give your husband is your understanding of his passions.
Bigger Gifts for Valentine's Day
If you have the ability to spend heavily at Valentine's Day and you know that he has something in particular he'd really like to have, there's no better time to give your husband or boyfriend a big gift than at Valentine's Day.
Many women hope that their boyfriends will buy them a diamond and "pop the question" so why not consider doing something tremendous for your boyfriend or husband this year if you want him to do something similar for you?
Cars, expensive watches, whatever you choose (if you're choosing to buy a big gift) should suit his taste and not yours. The cars shown to the right are Chevy Camaros.
Give Him Yourself -- Literally
What most men really want for Valentine's Day is their women. It can be said that many men find amorous encounters to be highly romantic and if you want to make him happy this Valentine's Day, put some new sheets on the bed, light some candles, and settle in with your honey. He's almost sure to find this romantic!
Consider giving him a romantic massage (use scented oils if you like!) and make sure that you've set aside time in the evening for the two of you to spend an hour or so enjoying one another physically.
© 2014 Becki Rizzuti