You're not close enough to plan a trip to Aruba together, nor are you close enough to give him an electric tweezer to take care of his stray hairs. Nothing says, "I'm still getting to know you," like making an extended offer to combine liquors, and nothing says, "we aren't quite at the sweatpants and wine phase in our relationship yet," like making an effort to learn how to make fancy-schmancy cocktails together. At a play, you can connect over how much you appreciate the arts — a little bit of post-show dramatic criticism is basically mental foreplay. There's a reason tha hardcover books make great gifts, and no, that reason is not "they look soooo good on my built-in bookshelf." They can provide you with amazing, smart, interesting, provocative conversation. Bottom line: Reading is sexy, and always will be.12. OK, maybe nobody says that, but a quirky mug that can give a coffee drinker a chuckle in the morning is a pretty good (and not crazy-expensive) gift.
But just because you aren't comfortable manscaping him (…yet), doesn't mean you have to get him something lame for Valentine's Day. It's also a subtle way to clear out his souvenir shot glass cabinet for some whiskey and bitters. And if you like sports, nothing brings two people closer together quite like cheering in the bleachers in the freezing cold while chugging down overpriced beer.3. OK, so maybe elaborate mixology isn't his — or more importantly, — thing. Give him your favorite book, or one that you could read together and then talk about it. Look for a mug that's specific to the person you're dating — i.e.: a mug that says, "I'm The Top Bitch In Cat Town," may not bode well for a dude. He told you when you first started messaging online that he music, but you noticed that he's still using the crappy headphones that came with his phone.
And no, you cannot just get him a box of boring chocolates. Then there is nothing cooler than BYOB, or Brewing Your Own Beer. If you're unfamiliar with the world of board games beyond Monopoly, Settlers of Catan is a great place to start — just don't forget to put away all of the little pieces before you have sex on the table after you win. He probably jots his thoughts down on whatever's handy, like in his phone in a million files in his notes app. Sometimes giving a guy winter gear can look a bit grandma-ish, but grandma can't text, can she? It's a hub for PC video games, including new and more unique games. As cool as it is to purchase a ton of movies on your Apple TV, a Fandango gift card lets you go to the movies together. *~* Get a gift card that's not a set amount of money to help him avoid having a few random dollars on his gift card that live in Gift Card Money Purgatory until the end of time. Society6 has some pretty cheeky mugs, as does Someecards. Give him a cool listening experience with a nice set of headphones, like the Sony ones pictured, which happen to noise-canceling too.
Afterwards he told me he had a great time and it was the best present he ever got because it showed that I knew what he liked and I would do anything for him (even slave over a hot stove!
) It was a great night." --Alyssa, 15"I think that a good birthday gift for a guy is a DVD season of their favorite television show or some of their favorite movies.
Every guy loves TV and movies." --Amber, 18"One time I made my bf a picture frame, decorated it, and put one of our pics in it.
Brooklyn Brew Shop makes kits in a variety of flavors that make DIY brewing easy to do, and you two can get your brew on together. Trying to figure out how to get a tiny game piece out of your butt can definitely bring two people closer together, but you might want to wait til you've known each other a little bit longer for that.6. He'll love when he writes his ideas in that sweet Moleskine pad or unique leather notebook — and it's way, way classier. (Or maybe yours can, in which case, props to your grandma.) Texting glove are super functional and super stylish. Like, a hardcore, take-no-prisoners, I-forgot-to-eat-because-I-was-gaming gamer? If you're a gamer too, you can join in, and if you're not, he'll appreciate that you're supportive of his hobby. Instead, get a gift card that approximately amounts to seeing a set number of movies together.
Post your free-flowing homemade brew on Instagram, and then drink up, you Craft Beer Queen! You can start off with a basic cookbook if you're a newbie to the kitchen, but if you're more experienced, go bold and try something new and adventurous. Plus, the "I couldn't text you because I was wearing gloves" excuse is out the window.8. And when he's gaming, it's a great excuse for you to catch up on 9.
, you thought, imagining the two of you exploring the hot and steamy worlds of the deep-fried sage magic or simply an amped-up pasta dish with chicken.
"My guy loves music, and he had just bought himself a new i Pod.
He's obsessed with the painting The Great Wave, and I found an i Pod skin with the exact painting on it.
He loved it, and now he thinks of me every time he listens to his music!
" --Alex, 17"I got my boyfriend a blanket with his favorite sports team on it. :)" --Alissa, 17"I decided to cook my boyfriend his favorite dinner for his birthday.
We had a nice quiet meal and he was completely surprised!