Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so you may be a little apprehensive about what to get for the special guy in your life. Men can seem a little bit difficult to shop for, but you do not have to feel that way any longer!
So what do you buy your husband or boyfriend for Valentine's day? We are going to give you a comprehensive guide to cover anything your boyfriend or husband could possibly want.
Men tend to carry very few things on them at all times, the essentials being a wallet, keys, and a phone. Giving your significant other something that he can use every day does not have to be boring. There are several different ways to take your present to the next level!
Is his wallet looking a little run down lately? Since it is one of the most important things he takes with him regularly, get him a new one! It is important that you choose one of high quality so that it lasts longer. What are high-quality wallets made of?
Materials for a Sturdy Wallet
- Leather is one of the most popular choices for wallet material because it is durable and soft at the same time. The few downsides to having one are that the water resistance of the material is low, and the leather can be tough to fit certain plastic cards in.
- Metal wallets are made of tough materials like titanium. Unlike leather, these wallets will be water resistant. However, they will be less compact and more uncomfortable to carry around. If he is going through airport security, he needs to remember to hand the wallet over!
- This material is quite resistant to scratching, though the exterior may crack a little. These are also a little bit stiff at first when it comes to fitting things in the card slots, but they wear comfortably over time.
How to Make it Romantic
You may be thinking, “How is a wallet a thoughtful or romantic gift?” It can be if you put just a little bit of thought into it. For example, choose one with a slot for photos and stick a couple of them featuring the two of you in it. If you have children, put pictures of them in there as well. You could also fill it with gift cards for date nights!
If you’re feeling lost on where to start looking, check out this list of a few that may really come in handy!
Keys are one of the other few things that your boyfriend/husband carries on him every day. Why not remind him of your love and appreciation wherever he goes? Customize your own keychain!
There are lots of wonderful options on Etsy to convey whatever message you want to send. It can be engraved with the lyrics of your special song, it can have a photo of the two of you together, or it could even be a symbol of whatever means most to him!
You may be of the mindset that this kind of gift is a strictly feminine thing, but the market for men’s jewelry is growing all the time! Rings, necklaces, and bracelets all have masculine themes if you know where to look for them. Let’s look at a few examples and what you could do to make the pieces special.
Simple, minimalistic rings add the perfect, masculine touch to any man’s look. The bands are often thicker, and they usually have a metallic or black finish. You can give him the ring to symbolize a promise that you make to him, such as, “I promise to spend every day loving you.” Men can have promise rings, too!
You could also have his ring engraved with something meaningful. It could be a line of a love poem, your promise, or both of your initials. The possibilities are nearly endless when! If you think this is a nifty idea, check out Think Engraved. The company has a wide selection of men’s rings that are customizable and personal. They are more affordable than the competition without sacrificing quality!
For more options, peruse Etsy and see what catches your eye! The artists on the site hand create almost everything you see. You may even consider getting matching rings if that suits your couple style.
Necklaces also provide a lot of versatility when it comes to gifts. They come in all manner of styles with any symbol you can think of.
If your significant other is devoutly religious, honor that with a charm like a cross, the Star of David, or a pentagram if he is Wiccan.
If he happens to be active duty or retired military, you can find dog tag necklaces that are engravable as well!
If you want to engrave something else in the necklace that you pick, Think Engraved also has a line for that. While some of them are feminine, there’s a good mix of masculine styles in the bunch.
You can get him a plain vertical charm with your anniversary date on it, a cross with his favorite Bible verse, or a personalized dog tag/guitar pick style charm if he is a musician.
If your boyfriend or husband is the more subtle type or tends to lose things that are not strapped to him, consider buying a bracelet! Again, these can be just as masculine as any other jewelry item. Let me show you what I mean.
This one is a fairly simple band design made of leather with a metal plate on it for engraving. You can put up to 70 characters on it! If your message to him is rather long, this is the ideal gift. The band is adjustable so you won’t have to worry about his wrist size. The material is durable; your money will not go to waste.
This highly affordable version is engraved with one initial. Give him yours, and buy one with his! It’s minimalistic while still being classy.
One of the most intimate and personal gifts you can give your partner is a photo album. Depending on the theme of the pictures, they will touch his heart. He will be sure to cherish them forever! Hiring a photographer can be more on the pricey side, but I promise that the finished product will be worth your time and money. If you are one, that’s just a win-win situation for you!
Photos for Two
If you don’t care about surprising him as much as you care about the meaning behind the gift, tell him ahead of time what you plan to do and make a day of taking photos together!
Go to the places you have made memories in over the course of your relationship and get your portraits taken to reminisce over years later. If you do this every few years, you can put together an album showing your growth and bond over time. When you are both old and gray, you can show them to your grandchildren.
If you have children together, either make your photo session a family one or surprise him by having them taken with just you and the kids. Be sure that you add a personal touch. Make signs for the children proclaiming their love for their dad, and make your own as well.
Spice It Up
For something romantic and a little bit sexy, get boudoir shots done. The photos will be elegant without taking out the mature aspects of them. The best part is that they are a lot of fun! You get to go shopping for costumes and feel like a supermodel. However you pose, and whatever you wear, I am sure that he will appreciate your gift. Just be sure to keep them away from little prying eyes!
If you are an old-fashioned romantic, go with some of the classic Valentine’s Day gifts. Chocolates are a nice treat for either sex. If he doesn’t like chocolate, get him whatever his favorite candy is.
You could cook a special meal with aphrodisiac foods to get you both in the mood. What are they? Common aphrodisiacs are oysters, pomegranates, almonds, and salmon. Most berries are libido-boosters as well! Strawberries and cherries are popular in this category.
There is a reason that going to dinner and the theater together is a popular date night choice! After a great meal where you get to spend some time face-to-face, you sit in the dark and hold hands or kiss like teenagers in said movies always do. It’s timelessly romantic!
Whatever you choose to do this Valentine’s Day, remember that the key is just to make your gift meaningful. Hallmark cards are great, but nothing says “I love you” more than putting in a little time and effort.
Personalized jewelry, well thought out dates, and memories that last a lifetime will sweep your boyfriend/husband off of his feet! Now you can put your mind at ease knowing that you won’t be putting something together at the last minute. You’re welcome!