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Valentine Gift Baskets For Him

Updated on March 9, 2014

Men Are Hard To Shop For!

Men have it easy on Valentine’s Day: all they have to do is get their special lady some great jewelry, pour her favorite wine, cook her favorite dinner, and treat her like the queen she is for the day. Easy! But what about women?

Shopping for men can be challenging because they tend not to get misty over things like roses, chocolate, and love letters. What will they love?

Here are some ideas for Valentine gift baskets for him.

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Variety of Foods

You cannot go wrong with food. Does the man in your life like sweets and baked goods?

Whip him up a few batches of cookies, brownies, and cupcakes. If you must, you can decorate with little heart sprinkles, but he will love them just as much without.

Does he like cheeses and meats? Get him a variety of exotic jerkies, like elk, buffalo, and alligator, to try. Add in some cheese and gourmet crackers, and you are done for this year!

This is a great gift for new relationships because it is thoughtful and nice without being too intimate.

You can customize it for an established relationship by adding a gift card to his favorite store or tickets to an event he wants to attend (that means no ballet or spa day – unless he wants to!).


If he enjoys beer, take a trip to the liquor store and browse. Buy a selection of different types of beers. Many stores offer brews from around the world, so you could make that the theme of your gift basket.

Likewise, you could give him a selection of beers from local breweries or artisan or craft beers. Add in some pretzels, chips, salsa, and other snack foods to round out the package. Instead of a basket, consider using a galvanized tub that he can reuse (as a beer cooler, maybe!).

You could even fill up a regular cooler with the drinks so he can reuse it when camping or during backyard barbeques.


If beer is not his drink of choice, try an assortment of liquors. You could buy a few larger bottles of his favorite drinks or nips of several different kinds.

You could also include different mixers, shot glasses, and other delicious snack foods.


Game Day Supplies

If you have a sports fan on your hands, give him a tailgate party in a sports gift basket.

You can include snacks such as popcorn, chips, salsa, roasted peanuts, beef jerky, snack mixes, and beer or soda.

Or, if you have more room in your budget, you can slip a pair of tickets into the gift basket so he can see his favorite team play! He'll be so excited to be there for the real deal.


Casino Night

What could be better than a basket full of games, snacks and gambling? That's the idea when you stock a gift basket full of casino night items.

Pack in cards, poker chips, dice, and of course some snack foods such as chips, pretzels, dip, popcorn, cookies, candies, and other fun poker favors.

As an added bonus, plan a night when he can have the house to himself to invite the guys over for a poker night.

You'll be the favorite of all his friends!

Have You Noticed a Pattern?

You may have noticed something at this point: all of these baskets involve food! Most men, though there are exceptions, do not think of Valentine’s Day in the same way that women do.

They are not as likely to ascribe emotional significance to your gift. If a man buys his wife or girlfriend a bathrobe, for instance, she is likely to leap to the conclusion that he doesn’t find her sexy. The man involved, though, probably thought she needed one or just wanted her to be warm after her showers.

From a Man's Perspective

Men, therefore, are not likely to agonize over the significance of the beer or Valentine cookies you made and use it as a barometer of your relationship. They are likely, however, to appreciate the thought, and that takes a lot of the pressure off when getting or making your gifts.

Retailers and media like to portray Valentine’s Day as an occasion for men to buy, buy, buy for their girlfriends or wives, but don’t forget to treat the man in your life to some great gifts, food, and, best of all, time together.


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    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, I love the idea of the food basket and sports tickets! now that would go down very well, great ideas!

    • janices7 profile image

      Janice S 6 years ago

      I love food gifts because they are always well-received. A heart-shaped giant brownie or a cookie bouquet with iced cookies are really cute ideas too. Thanks for sharing your tips!

    • Apple Guy profile image

      Apple Guy 6 years ago

      You definitely know what guys like!

    • Duffee profile image

      Duffee 6 years ago

      I have to agree--food is very thematic when it comes to men. I've been married for 16 years--and we dated awhile before that--and it seems that on Valentine's Day my husband loves it when I make him a cheesecake!! Yep--once again Food. He sure doesn't want, cards, flowers, balloons or even alcohol--well okay, he may enjoy a Heffe Weizen but he sure does look forward to his cheesecake!!

      Great Hub. I love the videos!! Cheers--Duffee