Every year I find it more and more difficult to know what to do for my hunny on Valentine’s day. Last year, I thought seeing a movie and dinner would be a safe play. I should have done more research before picking a flick off the marquee. Thinking I had scored by choosing an action film, after 2 ½ grueling hours watching two hikers die a slow death on the side of Eiger, dinner just wasn’t the romantic event I had imagined.
For your convenience, and mine :), I have compiled some of my male co-workers’ favorite Valentine’s gestures below. Have fun spoiling your Valentine this year!
Spend time together!
Take a hike. Go window shopping. Check out some live music. Make a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt.
Cook him dinner …we all know food is the fastest way to your hunny’s heart
Buy a cookbook & let him pick the recipes YOU cook (maybe even for the next week)! or serve him breakfast in bed (mimosas anyone?)
With dinner, open a bottle of wine and explain why the name reminds you of him.
Make him a homemade card or present.
Include the story of how you met, your feelings then and now!
Write a top 10 list of what you adore about him, 10 things you remember about your first year together, 10 most memorable moments of your relationship, etc. Serve together in your local community
Make a reverse BINGO blackout game.
Cover all the squares and draw letter (row) – number (column) combinations until he guesses the message you’ve written underneath.
Pick him up at his office for lunch and surprise him with a picnic lunch in the park.
Frame a Picture of you or one of your adventures.
Try making a collage or Memory book. Snapfish has some great resources!
Make a donation to his favorite non-profit in his name
Get him a subscription to his favorite magazine
Check out this remote control indoor helicopter for less than $30! Really, you can’t go wrong with remote control anything for guys!
Pep up his personal computer, organizer or smart phone with fun accessories
Get his car detailed
Buy him a round of golf
Engrave his initials on a new money clip
Outerwear, Outerwear, Outerwear
We all know that boys are going to, and like to, get dirty!
Feed his habit with coffee accessories
Think mugs, grinders, and his favorite grounds
Buy him tix to go to an event with his FRIENDS (he might think it’s the best surprise…a free night out)! Adventure gift certificates
Adrenaline is always a safe bet.
Hot air balloon or air glider rides make great gifts!
Rather than just a bottle or flask of their favorite alcohol, give the gift that keeps on giving…wine club memberships or home brew kits
Schedule a couple’s massage….because let’s be honest, he isn’t going without you to some frilly salon
Plan a weekend away to his favorite retreat
These are men. Think cabins/camping/yurts/the ground
I hope these suggestions are helpful! Let us know how you chose to celebrate this year!