By Contributing Writer, Will Odom (Erin’s husband!)
I have to admit that I am not a big fan of Valentine’s Day for various reasons. It seems to have become another over-commercialized holiday that requires gift giving.
As a matter of fact, the average person spent $130 on a loved one in 2013. And this is just a month after Christmas?
I just don’t see the need for a specific day to show someone I love them when I do that all year around. And I really dislike spending $5 on a card that will more than likely end up in the recycling bin anyway.
Now before I get drawn and quartered by all the romantics out there, I think it’s totally fine if you do celebrate Valentine’s Day and give gifts on your loved ones.
Though gifts are not necessary to show love, I am a gift giver by nature, so I often demonstrate love through giving gifts.
My wife, however, is a words person and receives love through words, so a hand-written poem or carefully-chosen card will show my love for her.
Discover how your spouse receives love and fill his/her love tank in that way. Gifts don’t always have to be tangible. The Five Love Languages is a great book on the subject.
As such, if the man in your life is looking forward to a little gift but you need some ideas, I’ve put together a small list to help.
It doesn’t have to be much. As a matter of fact, we have a word in the South for a small gift. My mom always called them a “happy.”
Many of the items from our stocking stuffer for men list could work for Valentine’s Day as well, so I’m trying to list different items here in addition to what was on the stocking list. Erin also wrote a post last year on gifts for couples that could help as well.
If you are crafty, make him something. Have the kids make something using their handprints or footprints. A handmade gift can really demonstrate how much you love the other person.
But if you are not crafty, other tokens (not just gifts) of appreciation can be shared as well.
Of course gift cards to his favorite stores or restaurants are always a good idea. His favorite candy or tools or other items associated with this hobbies (gaming, collecting, techie, etc.) and interests (sports, hunting, fishing, etc.) are excellent choices.
But let’s think outside of those gifts and try a few things outside the norm that won’t break the bank.
Check out these 14 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Men:
1) Time together
Something that wouldn’t necessarily cost you anything is to just spend quality time together, and this should be a top priority any time of year.
You can take a walk, go for a picnic (if weather permits…or inside if it doesn’t), have coffee together and talk, cook his favorite meal and enjoy together, etc. You could take him to his favorite restaurant or other favorite place in town.
You may not necessarily like to eat there, but you will show him you care. For example, I love BBQ, but Erin, not so much. If she takes me to such a restaurant, I know she is doing so because I like it, and that lets me know that she cares.
2) Favorite Movie or TV Series
There are always your typical guy movies that any guy would enjoy, from Indiana Jones to the Godfather. Or a little more sci-fi with Star Wars or Star Trek. Need to go for some action with a Western collection or The Bourne Identity. Or how about going old school with the Superman movies (Christopher Reeves) or Batman the Movie (Adam West) or Back to the Future or Karate Kid.
If he likes going to the movies, how about some movie tickets or tickets to his favorite concert? Does he like to read instead? Grab the newest thriller from his favorite genre.
3) To Shave or Not to Shave
I’ve been interested in trying out shaving soap. I have the cedarwood and sage soap from MadeOn Skin Care Products, but I need to get a shaving brush and a shaving bowl. I would like to try a safety razor as well. Creating a set of these items would make a great themed gift
Dollar Shave Club is also worth checking out–quality razors delivered to your door for a fraction of the overpriced ones.
If your man doesn’t shave, then I would highly recommend Lex: Beard Cream or Hobo Beard Oil. Both are excellent products that I love. I also use the Lexie: Memphis Brew beer soap. It’s one of my favorites.
4) Shaving Kit or Bag
Perhaps some Mangroomer wipes would go well in a shaving kit.
Either of these would be beneficial for someone who travels a lot or goes to the gym or needs to keep some toiletry times with them. Both could be easily embroidered with initials or a sports team logo for a more personal touch. If you want something a little classier, this leather shave bag looks great. Stock it with this favorites for an added bonus.
I like being organized and knowing where my things are. Unfortunately, I often come in and just dump things on the dresser.
6) Writing Utensils
I spend a lot of time writing, so I decided to upgrade to a pen that I enjoy writing with. Check out Living138Designs for a great selection of handmade wooden pens (rollerball or fountain). Granted, I don’t write with it all the time, but I really love the look and feel and the craftsmanship.
7) Relax and chill
8) A New Toy
My in-laws gave me a remote-controlled helicopter one Christmas. I actually had a good time with the little thing just to relax and have a little fun. My kids loved it as well.
There may be some other “toy” that your husband would enjoy just for some fun. It was a good stress relief and got my mind off the list of things I needed to accomplish. Also gave me some quality time with the kids.
9) A Day Out
If your guy likes to shoot, book a day at a local shooting or archery range and provide some ammo or new arrows. If he likes to fish, let him head to the lake with some new lures. If he’s a gamer, get him a new game and let him play for a little while. Send him off to play 18 holes.
Give the day with no guilt or strings attached. Give him a 24 hour getaway, and I can almost guarantee that he’ll return the favor. This is all obviously another day after you have your romantic dinner together.
Most guys I know always need some type of tool to add to their arsenal or an upgrade to an existing tool. I personally need an allen wrench set (or this one), a ratchet set, a screwdriver set (even the small precision set), or pliers set.
Of course, your man may have specific needs or prefer a specific brand, so keep that in mind.
11) Sampler Gifts Sets
Does your man like BBQ sauce? An assortment of his favorite meats to grill? A variety of coffee from Phoenix Community Coffee? What about different types of sodas? Or a candy variety from his decade? Our local candy store has a great variety of soda and candy, so check our your local stores and support them.
Any set or theme of gifts would be well appreciated. Does he like to grill? You could create a themed gift around the grill. Or really any interest that he has.
If he’s a coffee drinker, how about a new mug? Tervis makes a great one or a more traditional retro mug or a gamer mug might be more suitable. There are a ton of options to match any personality or interest. If he has any other things that he enjoys frequently or on occasion, grab a little something to support him.
13) Wallet with a Bonus
I know I mentioned this before, and guys can be picky about their wallets, but a wallet or slim clip that includes a couple of gift cards or some coupons or special checks would be well received. A good, old fashioned money clip might work for him as well. Most guys like anything made of leather.
One of the best gifts you can give your husband is yourself. Intimacy is an important part of your marriage that your hubby is sure to enjoy. God designed intimacy for marriage, and we should enjoy everything that it creates in our marriage. So grab some new lingerie and enjoy each other.
I guarantee he will enjoy that gift. TheMarriageBed.com has a list of online shops that contain no questionable graphics or images, and Sexy Marriage Radio has some great podcasts to create or improve intimacy in your marriage.
I know this is not an exhaustive list by any stretch of the imagination, but hopefully it may spark some ideas for your loved one. There really isn’t enough room to list every possibility for ever interest and every hobby for every personality out there.
Know your man and choose gifts that are thoughtful and meaningful, whether that be quality time or an actual gift. However you choose to show him that you love him, make it known so that he has no doubt of your feelings.
For more gift ideas (including gifts for wives!) check out this post.
And for other ideas for men, check out these posts written by a man:
- 32 Stocking Stuffers for Men
- Even More Stocking Stuffers for Men
- Natural Skincare for Men
- Father’s Day Gift Ideas
Do you buy Valentine’s Day gifts for each other? What are your favorite Valentine’s Day gift ideas for men?
See all of our previous gift guides HERE!
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