Many women find that the men in their life approach Valentine’s Day with about as much enthusiasm as they do the prospect of spending an evening watching pairs figure skating. Ladies, it doesn’t have to be this way. By following the recommendations of this article, you’ll be able to get your guy excited about Valentine’s Day and rekindle some of the mystique that used to surround the holiday.
One of the reasons why many men are not fans of Valentine’s Day is that it’s a holiday that pays little attention to reciprocity. Countless companies perpetuate this trend by advertising solely to men about getting their girlfriend or wife something for Valentine’s Day while paying little to no attention to the gifts that women could get for their guys. If you want your man to be excited about Valentine’s Day, give him a reason to be excited by doing something for him, too.
Men’s interests are eclectic, and Valentine’s Day provides you with an opportunity to show your guy how much you know him. If you can afford to buy him an extravagant gift such as a new set of Ping golf clubs or tickets to the Super Bowl, then by all means go that route, and he will probably love what you get him. However, if you’re a member of the other ninety-eight percent of the population who can’t afford such extravagances then you’ll have to focus on what you know about your guy. Pay attention to what he likes and dislikes. Does he have any hobbies? What does he do with his free time?
Most men have hobbies. These could range from playing a sport to fishing, collecting vintage items, or tinkering on cars. Does your guy have a favorite car? You could search for and purchase him some sort of vintage replica of his favorite car. Whatever his interests may be, you can rest assured that they sell something related to them online. Getting him a thoughtful gift that he is excited about will set the standard for him to reciprocate by treating Valentine’s Day as something to look forward to in the future rather than as an irritant to be tolerated.
Another suggestion is to make your guy a coupon book that offers various services that can be redeemed whenever he wants. This gift will obviously require you to trust that he won’t choose to redeem one of his coupons at an inopportune moment. Men like a lot of the interesting and creative things that women make, so you should take this opportunity to exercise your imagination and put together something that will make him smile. These coupons could be for just about anything ranging from cooking dinner to massages or even sexual favors. Be creative and draw upon your knowledge of him and what he likes and dislikes.
Of course, there is always the Valentine’s Day standby of getting lingerie that he would enjoy seeing you in. Lingerie as a stand-alone gift, however, can be fairly boring for men; but if you can find a way to incorporate new lingerie into a more interesting role playing scenario then the gift can work.
A word of caution about Valentine’s Day gifts: do not make the mistake of thinking that the simple thing he would be happy with is what you want for him. You can expect a disgruntled gift receiver if you happen to purchase him an ab roller after you have commented for months about how his belly was growing larger. Gifts that are part criticism, part gift should be avoided at all cost.
The final tip is to not waste your money on a card. Hallmark and companies like it have made millions of dollars by selling simple expressions of love on colorful cards. Men don’t really care much for cards. They’ll read it once, appreciate the sentiments expressed therein, and as soon as the opportunity to get rid of the card presents itself, that card that cost money will wind up in the trash can. Take that same money that you were going to spend on a card for him and buy him something interesting like a few lottery scratchers. There will be less clutter and he won’t have to feign interest.
Hopefully these helpful tips will assist you in reviving the allure of Valentine’s Day.