Valentine's Day Gifts for Men
by Kate Duttera
Megan had a problem.
"He loves gaming and his car, but those aren't really romantic-gift areas," she lamented. "What am I supposed to buy him for Valentine's day?"
It's a common question. Guys have it easy for the most part: buy your lady flowers and candy and call it a day. But shopping for men isn't always as quickly done. After all, what can you buy a guy that is romantic enough for Valentine's Day without wounding his delicate masculinity?
"I may just buy myself something," Megan said, brainstorming. "You know, something we can both enjoy."
This is probably the first solution many of us come to.† Shop for some something sexy to wear in the bedroom, a new toy or set of handcuffs and wrap it all up for him to open.† As fun as that option is, however, I think men appreciate romance, too. Maybe more than they let on sometimes.
Have flowers delivered to your sweetie at work, a slightly darker-colored bouquet (or plant arrangement), rather than in typical Valentine style feminine pastels. Tell the florist it's for a man, and ask for bold colors.†
His coworkers may pretend to tease, but secretly you know they're jealous. And he'll be more than a little surprised that you thought of him (especially if you include a sexy note on the card).
"I cooked for my boyfriend once," Lila, 26, recalls.† "He loves my cooking but I'm always so busy.† He thought it was so nice that I'd taken the time out to do all that work just for him."
Lots of men have gotten used to being the ones who are expected to arrange the dates and take charge of the romance. So having the same kind of attention paid to them on a special occasion could be all the gift he needs.† If cooking isnít your bag and youíre not one for role play, turn off the cell phones for a couple of hours. Break out the massage oils and candles, open a bottle of wine and turn on some slow music.† And since many, many massages end up becoming something more...well, that's a whole different kind of gift.
Author, Kate Duttera, is a freelance writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, their two kids, two ridiculous cats, and an incredibly robust goldfish. You can find her online at KateDuttera.com.