There are a lot of DIY Valentine’s gifts you can make for your hubby. Just look on Pinterest – knitted socks, beautifully decorated cards, and jars of pink and white candy. I appreciate the loving sentiment behind these handmade gifts, but are they things your husband would like? He likes socks with hearts on them?
No. He doesn’t. Though I’m sure he would appreciate the effort (if he knows what’s good for him) you put into knitting him socks, there are some other options that he may enjoy a bit more.
1. Cook him breakfast. You don’t always need to spend a lot of (or any) money for Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s a slab of bacon or a stack of pancakes, most guys love breakfast foods. I know this is a bit cliché but I’m positive it would make Riel’s day!
2. A manly bouquet. Like a traditional bouquet except it’s filled with whatever he likes: beef jerky, potato chips, and maybe a few scratch tickets (see a few examples I pinned).
3. Take him out. Plan a date especially for him. Mini-golf, bowling, a movie – whatever he would like. It will be nice for the pressure to be off of him for a change.
4. Movie night. What are the movies he loves that you can hardly tolerate? For us they are cheesy sports and Kung-Fu movies. Watch his movies with him! Make sure you have plenty of his favorite snacks. (Check out some ideas to make it special from The Dating Divas)
5. Gear for his hobby. For Riel that would be an Xbox Live subscription or Microsoft Points. Don’t get your husband fishing gear if he doesn’t fish. Don’t get him a watch if he never wears one. Show him that you know what he likes by getting him gear for it. The best gift is one that’s tailored specifically for your unique spouse.
If you’re feeling really adventurous you can check out this idea on East Coast Creative Blog.
Riel and I try not to get too wrapped up in Valentine’s Day consumerism. We make a point to focus on the time spent, instead of the money. Last year we had a romantic dinner at home and went to see the movie Warm Bodies (which we loved). I hate the idea that we would need to stress out and spend a lot of money for a holiday that Hallmark invented to make money (I made that up, but you get my meaning).
We haven’t really decided what we are doing this year, since there are no good Valentine’s date movies in theaters, but there’s no need to stress out. Valentine’s is just an opportunity to spend time together – like any other day.