This February 14th will be the 12th Valentine’s Day my husband and I spend together (that’s right, we’re already up to a dozen!). Maybe it’s just me, but I’m finding it tougher and tougher to come up with novel, non-cheesy gifts that he’ll actually like. No, it’s not just me, I’m sure of it – shopping for love tokens for the menfolk is just plain hard!
Just in case you’re struggling with the same dilemma, I’ve curated a short list of guy gifts for every price range. With a little over three weeks ’till the big day, this should give you plenty of time to make sure your sweet heart is all set. Read on for the goods and let me know in the comments if you have any additional ideas (it’s never too early to start thinking about next year).
This is the largest ticket item on the list but it’s soooo worth it. If your guy is into some good java then the Keurig Single Cup Home Brewing System is the gift for him. We got one a few months ago and I went from a girl who only drank lattes and mochas to someone who starts each morning with an old fashioned cup of jo (and a little Irish Cream creamer).
Include a variety sampler to get help your guy find his favorite flavor. Or, if he’s already got a favorite, snag one of these refillable k-cups and he can use whatever roast he prefers. (I highly recommend the Newman’s Own cups, which you can by in bulk at Costco, and don’t forget to check out Keurig friendly teas and hot cocoa too.)
If you’re looking for something a little more personal, take a cue from the gift giving that went on over at Young House Love last Christmas. I love John’s idea of taking one of his inside joke’s with Sherry and turning into some hip wall art.
Not to be outdone, Sherry created some personalized artwork of her own. Using scanned images of actual boy scout merit badges, she paid homage to all the things she appreciates about John. Not quite up to that level of craftiness? I’m almost positive that if you look, there’s an Etsy artist out there willing to do the hard part for you.
And speaking of Etsy, they’ve plenty of great ideas all their own. Click through for the goods…
Or, for the techie, check out this personalized QR code art (available as a print or a card) with a message of your choosing.
For even more ideas, Etsy has pages and pages of Valentines for men collected and collated by it’s users.
Finally, sometimes the best gift a guy can get for Valentine’s Day is to be let of the hook. Consider nixing the fancy dinner and grilling some steaks at home instead. Amp up the fun factor by cooking your steak fondue style. My husband and I received our first fondue pot as a wedding gift and we love breaking it out every once in a while for date-night-in. We also really like this cook book. (By the way, I had to fight surprisingly hard to resist making a “cheesy” fondue pun here – but resist I did!)
Follow up by snuggling on the couch while watching Money Ball, a flick with a little something for you both :). For bonus points, get him the book too.
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