Choosing presents for guys on Valentine's Day can be challenging. You know that flowers and chocolates are what you like, but is that what men want as well? The best gift ideas for guys are the ones that take his personality into account. Valentine's gifts perfect for men can include everything from romantic, homemade presents to traditional watches and cologne.
Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Romantic Guys
Romantic Valentine's Day ideas for him capture his love language and your relationship in one item. Romantic gifts for guys can include romantic homemade Valentine's Day gifts or thoughtful, sweet purchased presents.
Special Social Media Posts
Show the world how special your man is in one or more romantic social media posts on Valentine's Day. Include the best pictures of you together or your favorite photos of him with a long, romantic rant about how much you love him and what a great guy he is and a custom hashtag. This modern public display of affection will melt his heart.
Romantic Scavenger Hunt
Give your guy an unforgettable adventure all about your love when you plan a romantic scavenger hunt for him. Lead him to all the places that are special in your relationship with homemade clues. When he gets to the end, he can find you and a gift or picnic lunch.
Framed Photo of You Together
Grab the best show of you together and find or make a frame for it. Look for something that already has hearts on the frame or the word "love." You could also write a personalized message on the matting for the framed photo. Opt for a smaller frame like a 4 by 6 or 5 by 7 he can keep on his desk at home or at work.
While you could buy lingerie for you to wear, you might also consider a matching his and hers underwear set or some special underwear just for him. Guys who wear boxers might like silk boxers with a matching silk robe while boxer brief guys might find an all-over lip print romantic.
Romantic guys who are really into symbolism will appreciate a cool potted plant with the message that its growth represents your relationship. He'll be able to physically see how your relationship is doing based on the state of the plant and, like your relationship, he'll want to nurture it and help it grow.
Dinner and a Show
If you've got a little more money to spend, a nice dinner out followed by a Valentine's Day comedy show can be really romantic. Pick a restaurant you know he's been dying to try and look for a special show made for couples.
Man's Best Friend
Romantic men are often loving caretakers, so a puppy might be the perfect gift to keep him company when you're not around to snuggle. Make sure he's ready for a dog, pick a breed he loves, and buy the beginner accessories he'll need. If you're not ready to make the purchase alone, take him to see the puppy litter and let him choose for himself.
Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Traditional Men
While they might not be totally original Valentine's Day gift ideas, the gifts traditional men want are obvious and easy to find. This type of guy is looking for something masculine, classic, and potentially useful.
An Intimate Night With You
Many traditional guys see Valentine's Day as an opportunity to get in some intimate alone time with you. Whether you book a hotel room for the night or turn your bedroom into a special romantic location for the night, he'll be thrilled.
Guys who are traditional appreciate when a woman shares her feelings without expecting him to do so in return. Write him a 100 Reasons Why I Love You poem or letter that he can read and keep to himself. Use special paper and a matching envelope.
Streaming Service Subscription
With so many TV and movie streaming services available, you can get your guy the one he's been hesitant to order for himself. You can find services that specialize in sports or specific types of movies. Prices for most of these services are around $10 per month and you'll want to opt for a whole year to make it worthwhile.
Personalized Money Clip
Traditional guys don't necessarily want to flaunt their loving side, so subtle reminders are great. Money clips are small and useful, so men love them. Look for a money clip that includes a design of something he loves and add a cryptic message about your relationship that only he'll understand.
Stylish and Multifunctional Watch
People don't need watches as much as they used to thanks to cell phones keeping us all informed of the time. However, watches can also be a fashion statement or clothing accessory. Look for a watch that is both stylish and functional for his lifestyle.
Tickets to a Sporting Event
If your guy follows a certain sports team or enjoys a favorite band, consider buying him tickets to the game or the concert. Ideally, you would go along with him to the event. If it is something you can't stand, however, then buy him two tickets and tell him to take his best friend for a boys' night out.
Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Teenage Guys
Gift ideas for a teenage boyfriend on Valentine's Day don't differ much from teen guy gift ideas on other holidays. While not all teen guys are the same, most aren't ready for major public displays of their softer side. Look for a romantic gift he can enjoy at home or something cool he can show off to his friends.
Gather all the songs your guy loves or all the love songs that remind you of him and create a custom Valentine's Day playlist. If you do something similar for all holidays, he'll end up with a custom playlist tailored to him for every occasion.
They say the way to any teenager's heart is through his stomach. So, why not pack your guy a bin full of his favorite snacks? Add a couple single-serve drinks, snack foods, and even candy to a storage bin or box decorated by you. For about $10 at your local dollar store, you can get a ton of snacks to fill your gift box.
Men's Cord Bracelet
Teen guys who wear sentimental jewelry will love romantic keepsake jewelry for men that includes their favorite colors and a charm or two tied on. You can find tons of cord bracelets online that include things like camping and fishing charms and braided designs. It will be an outward symbol of your relationship he can wear with subtlety.
Two-Player Video Game
If your guy is into video games, show him you can enjoy his hobby together with a new two-player video game. Look for a game that's made for two players, fits with his gaming system, and includes elements of the games he typically plays on his own. New games typically cost between $30 and $60, but you can find great used games for under $20 at most gaming stores. He'll get a new game and the promise of fun times spent with you.
Give your teen boyfriend a cool shirt he can rock while thinking about you when you pick out a funny pun (punny) t-shirt. Prices for shirts range from $10 to $30 and can include food puns, people puns, or punchlines and characters from his favorite TV show. This gift shows you know him well and appreciate his sense of humor.
Two-Person VR Experience
If you have a local virtual reality (VR) place and a healthy budget, you can book a two-person experience for you and your guy. He'll be able to pick the game when you arrive and you'll both have fun making new memories in an alternate reality. Prices typically start around $15 per player for a half hour of gaming.
Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Your New Man
If your relationship is new or you're only casually dating, generic gifts are the way to go. Try to pick up on something personal you do know about this new guy and find a way to tie that into the gift like picking out something in his favorite color.
No Gift and No Expectations
When your relationship is new, men don't want to feel any more pressure than they already feel. Since your relationship hasn't hit the romantic point yet, some men would appreciate your acknowledgement that you aren't expecting anything from them and don't plan to do anything special for them on Valentine's Day. The key here is knowing this is what he wants and expressing your honest desire to follow suit.
Homemade Valentine's Day Card
If you set the bar too high on your first Valentine's Day, you'll forever be trying to top it. Keep the day stress-free, yet special, by acknowledging whatever feelings you currently have about the relationship in a homemade Valentine's Day card. The time, thought, and personalized sweet message will make him feel special without the pressure to match an expensive gift.
Use a phrase like "I'm lucky to call you my Valentine this year!" paired with a DIY lottery ticket gift. You can fan the scratch-offs out and secure with a paper clip or create an elaborate display in a coffee mug. Pick out inexpensive scratch-off tickets with a luck, heart, or Valentine's Day theme.
Beef Jerky Bouquet
As long as your new guy isn't a vegan or vegetarian, he'll probably love a beef jerky sampler. Look for local varieties and unique meat sticks you can fill a beer mug with to create a cute, but masculine bouquet.
Buying cologne can be tricky since not everyone agrees what smells best. Since you might not know him well enough to know what cologne he loves, opt for a small sampler pack with a variety of scents you enjoy.
What Do Guys Want?
It is possible to show your man that you love him with a gift. You just have to know what your guy likes. Men appreciate gifts related to their specific interests or gifts that solve a problem and make something in life easier. Aim to spend about $50 or less on a Valentine's Day gift for him depending on your relationship and budget.