Valentine's Day 2014: Creative Last Minute Gift Ideas for Him
Attention, lovebirds: Valentine's Day is a mere four days away. Some say that Valentine's Day is not a real holiday, but no one can deny the feeling that comes from a thoughtful gift from your boyfriend or husband. What goes around comes around, so if you want to turn the 14th into a nice, romantic day, you have to bring something to the table too. Here are some last minute Valentine's Day gifts for him, so you can get to opening your own gift.
Beer and nuts
Men are known for straying from the mushiness that often comes with romance, so why not give your beau something more on the manly side? Beer and nuts go together like love and hearts, plus it's affordable, accessible, and if you do it right, classy.
A bold, flavorful craft beer will show your valentine that you care about taste in more ways than one. Head to a beer distributor and pick up a pack of craft beer from a local brewery, which makes drinking a hometown affair. You can also try other popular craft beer producers that men love like Dogfish Head, Harpoon Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Company and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
Don't forget the nuts, beer's salty best friend. The nut industry is a lot fancier than you might imagine and often comes packaged in very presentable containers. Spending a couple of extra dollars at the grocery store can get you a pretty package of nuts. You also get bonus points if you know your man's favorite kind of. Check out Marshall's department store, which usually stocks rare, fancy, assorted nuts.
A book is another way to show your man love without getting too emotional on him. This gift is especially good if you haven't been dating too long. Plus, practical gifts are always a winner because it will come in handy no matter the future of your relationship (although we hope for the best).
Snooping around your beau's bedroom or even talking to his friends can give you a good idea of what kind of literature he likes. If that doesn't help, trying looking into his favorite television shows or movies, of which many are based off of books. If he's a Game of Thrones fan, try George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series. The Walking Dead fans will enjoy The Walking Dead comic books. Fight Club movie lovers can analyze the original novel by Chuck Palahniuk, or other books by the author which explore similar themes in an equally disturbing way.
It's been said time and time again: a picture is worth a thousand words. A framed picture might seem like a cliché gift, but it doesn't have to be.
Try to think of a way to encapsulate a favorite memory between the two of you. Maybe it's a picture from a hike you went on, a picture of your favorite team, whose stadium you love visiting, or maybe it's a photo of the sunrise, which you lovers have watched together. Perhaps you two plan on traveling to Paris one day. Frame a picture of the city to remind your partner of the good times to come. If all else fails, a sexy picture of you serves plenty of purposes, the most important of which is keeping you on your man's mind.
A Unique Date
It might be hard to find a intimate place to get dinner or a movie this Friday. Try to jazz up your date a different way.
Instead of getting dressed up to eat, why not pick up his favorite food from his go-to deli or take-out place. A carefully selected Groupon is a gift to look forward to and can help schedule creative and adventurous dates for the future. If you're feeling very daring, head to a tattoo parlor. Nothing will make this Valentine's Day more unforgettable than a tattoo that will never go away. If you and your valentine aren't the ink type, try a new piercing. The rush, pain and excitement will give you guys something to talk about for ages.