Having a hard time finding the right boyfriend gifts? These creative ideas will put you on the right track for finding gifts your boyfriend will really love!
Before you start, ask yourself:
Also, keep in mind:
Different occasions call for different gifts. If it’s his birthday (and you’ve been together for awhile), consider giving a little more.
Anniversaries are also great opportunities to give meaningful, thoughtful boyfriend gifts. Spending a little more thought and money here is OK. No, not for the 3-month anniversary. That’s a little strange…save it for 6-month intervals at a minimum.
For all other gift giving occasions, less is more. The focus is on your thoughtfulness and appreciation, not on the gift itself. Extravagant gifts can set an expectation, and he may feel pressured to spend as much or even more in order to give you a gift that “measures up.”
Before thinking of the gift itself, consider your relationship with your boyfriend.
Relatively new boyfriend?
The best gifts come from paying attention to your boyfriend. This requires some advanced planning, but it’s easy. Just listen during conversation for needs, and write them down so you don’t forget.
When the time comes, revisit your list. You’ll find tons of great gift ideas that he’ll love and that show you care.
Let’s face it. Little things in life can bug us. We break and lose things. Our favorite possessions often wear out after awhile. Give them a gift that makes life a little easier. Listen for:
Replace it or fix it, and you’ve got a great gift!
Sometimes, your man needs your help to solve everyday annoyances.
However, there is a fine line between a helpful gift and one that says “you need to shape up.” Avoid boyfriend gifts like:
Wow, that’s a loaded question! To simplify, just ask yourself…what does he talk about?
Does he talk about how he never camps anymore? Get some new camping equipment and book a campsite.
Does he love the outdoors? How about:
Is he a thrill seeker? Consider:
Is there a new food or restaurant he’s wanted to try? A new city he wants to visit? Ask these questions, listen to his dreams - make his wishes come true!
Some of the best and most memorable gifts are the ones we make ourselves. Put your time and effort into creating something unique that he’ll enjoy.
Consider giving your boyfriend a homemade gift. If you’re not ready to go completely homemade, give the homemade gift along with a small store bought gift and card.
Great homemade boyfriend gifts include:
For more homemade gift ideas, check our homemade gift section.
Still stumped? Ask his best friend or family members. Maybe there was something on his Christmas list last year that he didn’t receive.
They’ll enjoy helping someone they care about, and they’ll appreciate your including them.
Lastly, no matter what you give, give it without expecting anything in return.
Sure, they probably got you something. But they probably didn’t come across this article and won’t know how to plan an amazing gift like you have.
So share your joy and appreciation as part of your gift to him, no matter what he gives you. Trust me, if you keep giving gifts like those discussed in this article, he’ll catch on and start to do the same in no time!
Don't forget - your boyfriend is "one of the guys" too! Check out these great gift ideas for men.
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