With the holidays approaching, you might be doing what many other women are doing: slyly trying to find out what your boyfriend wants. It’s a generalization to say that all men are notoriously difficult to buy for, but it’s definitely harder to get that “oh my gosh, you shouldn’t have!” reaction on Christmas morning from your boyfriend than from your friends.
If he already has a wardrobe full of flannel and all the tech gadgets that you could ever imagine, you might be feeling truly at a loss for ideas. A unique choice like gift plants could end up being a great acquisition for your shared living space. It’s not impossible to get an emotional response from the man who has everything — you just need to think outside the box. Here are some ideas.
This idea might seem a little “middle school”, but if your boyfriend is a music nerd, there are few things he’ll appreciate more than a custom-made mixtape, even if you’re long past the honeymoon stage in your relationship. In fact, sometimes the best way to revisit the memories of the initial stages of your courtship is through music, which speaks louder than words ever could.
The process of making the perfect mix is almost like writing a novel. It involves a careful examination of the lyrical content of a series of songs and even more deliberation over the order in which they appear on the tracklist. As opposed to a simple playlist on Spotify, a personalized relationship mix is a surefire strategy of seduction. Curating a mix that details the uniquely intimate stages of your relationship is a deeply personal, moving experience that plays on your boyfriend’s emotions.
This romantic tradition dates back decades when songs were compiled onto a literal cassette tape. Your parents probably made each other mixes in the 80s, and maybe when you were in high school, you tried to seduce your crush with a compilation of cheesy songs you downloaded from the internet. If you’ve fallen into an easy and comfortable familiarity with your boyfriend, this might be the perfect time to revisit the classic songs that served as the soundtrack to your love story.
A subscription box
From whiskey to beard grooming to coffee, there are subscription boxes available for just about any masculine hobby you can imagine. Best of all, they’re the gift that keeps on giving.
Subscription boxes deliver booze, records, ties, and much more to your doorstep every month for a flat rate, and you’ll always be surprised by the assortment of offerings since the curators switch it up every month.
If your man loves discovering new music, vinyl subscription boxes make the perfect gift. If he won’t talk to you without his morning cup of joe, subscription boxes with monthly roasts and blends make great gifts for coffee lovers.
A weekend getaway
A romantic getaway during the winter months offers the perfect chance to cozy up and share some really memorable, romantic moments together that you will both treasure forever. Depending on your budget, you might choose to go all out and book an exotic vacation in a permanently sunny locale or a simple staycation a few hours from home. If you and your boyfriend are the adventurous types, you could book a flight to Hawaii and catch some waves with surf lessons in Waikiki.
On the other hand, an Airbnb in the cozy Midwest might be the perfect way to enjoy the season of sweater weather. Many people visit Lansing, MI for gorgeous views and small-town vibes. And the Oregon Coast experience is an intense road trip you can take together to enjoy some of the most dramatic coastal views in America.