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Valentine’s Day used to be a guessing game in my relationship. Up until our two-year anniversary, my mind would still go blank when it came to buying gifts for my boyfriend. So I would shop around for a really nice watch or some other pricey item to try and express how much I cared about him. But, as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized it isn’t really about how much you spend.
He’d rather get some inexpensive, practical item that I put some thought into, or maybe a personalized Valentine's Day gift. After all, Valentine’s Day (and really any gift-giving holiday) isn’t about the price, but the thought that goes into it. So, I started choosing more affordable and practical gifts. Stuff he would both appreciate and enjoy. Here are some useful gifts that won’t break the bank on Valentine’s Day.
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Practical Valentines Day Gifts
Under Armour Gym Bag
I picked up a new gym bag for my boyfriend for Christmas. I'll admit, it was partly a gift for me because that thing started to stink, and no amount of Fabreeze was going to save it. Plus, he'd had that bag since he was in high school so it was time for a replacement. Since he's an Under Armour fan I got him the one pictured below.
Every man needs a good work/laptop bag, and by bag I mean messenger bag, not a backpack. When picking out messenger bags it's important to consider how much stuff they need to carry, you'll want to make sure it can fit everything he'll need. Also, make sure you pick out a quality bag, my boyfriend has broken more than one so be sure to read reviews before you buy.
iPhone Leather Folio Wallet Case
This gift is perfect for the man that hates carrying around that bulky wallet. It doubles as a phone case and a wallet, with good-sized slots for multiple cards and cash. It evens works as a phone stand! It comes in many different colors and designs, so there are plenty of options to choose from. My boyfriend switched over to one of these and absolutely loves it.
As someone with a bearded boyfriend, this gift is one on my list to give him. A beard comb is an excellent way to groom a beard or mustache on the go. It even comes with a sleek leather carrying pouch that easily fits in a pocket. It’s perfect for travelling, too…maybe on a Valentine’s Day getaway?
Of course, if you're going to get him a beard comb, you may also want to pick up some beard oil. This is my boyfriend's favorite but I included a few other options below.
My favorite season is winter for the cold days and cozy nights. I think these are perfect for winter days because they’re comfortable, without looking too lazy. This pair of leather, fur lined slippers definitely say, “I care,” more than a giving a gift card does.
Personalized Valentines Day Gifts
Engraved Pocket Knife
While I normally wouldn’t really consider giving a knife as a gift, this is one knife that I’d make an exception for. Every guy seems to have a pocket knife, and it’s just so much more special if it’s from his lovely significant other. I find this to be a great gift because not only is a pocket knife useful for many things, but it can also be personalized with his initials or name to make it more special.
Personalized Metal Waller Love Note
This is another thoughtful way I can let my boyfriend know how I feel about him at all times. It’s a metal note card with a sweet message that he can put in his wallet. It’s made out of metal that’s lightweight, but durable, and it won’t bend in his pocket. While the message isn’t changeable, it’s still an excellent gift option.
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I like this gift choice because it’s minimalistic, but still shows the love. This gift is an elegant wallet that can be engraved in neat calligraphy. It’s durable and has several slits for holding cards. Whether he’s been meaning to throw out his old one and needs a little push, or if I just want to give him more options, this is a great choice for a gift.
What I love About You Journal
I think this gift can be both heartfelt and funny at the same time. I can fill this journal up with all the reasons I love my boyfriend. It’s really customizable to whatever I want to say, and I can sprinkle in little bits of humor and inside jokes here and there.
Food Valentines Day Gifts
Sriracha Key Chain
Speaking of travel, my boyfriend loves to vacation, so I want to send him prepared for any bland situation. This Sriracha key chain is perfect for taking the hot sauce he loves with him. It comes with a full bottle of Sriracha and two small key chain sized bottles, which are TSA friendly and secure.
Hot Sauce Gift Set
Like I said above, my boyfriend loves hot sauce. So, this hot sauce gift set is sure to make him smile. It comes with four unique hot sauce flavors to satiate any pallet. Unlike other sauces, these focus more on delicious tastes, rather than burn-your-tongue-off intensity.
I swear I didn't mean for this to just be a list of sauces but, it's what my boyfriend is always asking for so it's on my mind. There are a never ending list of BBQ sauce companies but some of my favorites include Stubbs, Jack Daniel's (yes, they make bbq sauce) and Famous Dave's.
Fun & Games Valentine's Day Gifts
Portable Table Tennis Set
I like to have a friendly competition with my boyfriend every now and then, and this portable table tennis set helps with that. It comes fully loaded with a net, balls, and paddles. Now I just need to get him onboard for a tournament and we’re set for a fun night-in. Pick one up here.
Playing board games has always been a fun "date night at home" activity. It can be hard however to find good two player games that aren't boring, there are seriously so many duds out there. One of our favorite's is Codenames: Duet. It's a fantastic game with a bunch of people but they also have a two player version that's fun.
Exploding Kittens is one I've had so many friends tell me about but I haven't actually had a chance to play it yet. Utter Nonsense is another fun one to play. They have a few expansions (just more cards) that I haven't played. Pandemic is a fun one if you feel like saving the world.
Ok, I'll admit ,some people may not call these fun gifts but we both love to read and always ask for books at Christmas and on our birthdays. Books can help you explore new hobbies, plan trips, explore new worlds. Books are just such a perfect gift. Since it's particularly personal however I'll just include a few recommendations below.