I don’t know how your man feels about Valentine’s Day, but mine hates it. It’s not that he doesn’t love me or want to show it, but the idea of being made to spend a ton of money or make some grand gesture just for the sake of a holiday makes him crazy. He’s not really a sappy kind of guy… very sweet, but not sappy. This is a little unfortunate because I like the idea of a day dedicated to thinking about love and the person you love. So, to help you ladies who know what I’m talking about, I’ve come up with my top 5 ideas for a Valentines Day that is romantic, and manly, enough to please everyone. *grin*
1. Steak Dinner
Food is the way to every man’s heart and what could be more manly than a steak dinner? Of course, if he’s a vegetation or doesn’t enjoy steak, you should probably think about substituting this with whatever his favorite food is. Whatever you choose, you can make a special meal yourself (or, even better, together!) or you can reserve (in advance!) a seat at a favorite restaurant.
2. Gift basket with his favorite beer/cider and snacks
Remember how food is the way to a man’s heart? Well, I’m pretty sure snacks and booze are a close second to an all out meal for most guys. Ideas for things to include: a bottle or two of beer or cider, a growler with a coupon for a fill, and snacks (jerky, cookies, mixed nuts, dark chocolate, etc.).
Pretty much everyone I know enjoys a good massage – whether you send him to a professional (or go together with him as a date) or give him a more intimate experience yourself, he’ll enjoy being nice and relaxed!
4. Something from his favorite movie/show/book/comic
If you’re looking for something a little more tangible – something you can actually wrap up and give to him – you might look to his fandoms. Search for artwork, Pop Figures, or t-shirts/hoodies that reflect his favorite characters. Etsy is a great place to find this kind of gift.
5. Something to support his hobby
Look to what he spends his time on. Things like art supplies, games or game accessories (eg: headphones, miniature figures, manuals, dice, etc.), gym stuff/sports gear, and fishing/hunting supplies will be a big hit.
The most important thing about Valentine’s Day is to pay attention to your fella and do something nice that reflects his interests. I don’t know any men who love red and pink hearts or fancy, overpriced flowers… so rather than getting wrapped up in the commercial side of the holiday, get wrapped up in things that will show you’re genuinely supportive of him and his stuff. And if he’s any kind of decent guy, he’ll happily do the same for you!