What Men Really Want For Valentine’s Day


While not all men are hard to read, some men definitely are. As a result, many partners can be left a little stumped as to what their boyfriend really wants for Valentine’s Day.

While it can seem difficult, at the end of the day, men are really quite easy to interpret, and they all want quite basic, similar things. Here are a few examples, to help you out with your Valentine’s Day shopping.

Quality time with their partner

For many men, the most important thing on Valentine’s Day is simply spending quality time with their partner. Whether it’s a romantic dinner out or a quiet night in, men often value time with their loved one above most other things.

Consider planning an activity or outing that allows you to spend time together, and connect on a deeper level.

A thoughtful and meaningful gift

While men may not always express their desires for gifts, they still appreciate a thoughtful and meaningful present. You can go with something as basic as a book on something he’s interested in or a tool for a hobby, or something more elaborate like a special piece of jewellery or a holiday abroad to somewhere he’s always dreamed of visiting.

Personalised gift stores can provide an excellent solution, with sections containing Valentine’s gifts for him and her. The key is to choose something that speaks to your partner’s interests and shows that you have put thought and effort into the gift.

Experiences rather than material possessions

Many men appreciate experiences and activities over material possessions. This means that something like tickets to a sporting event or concert, or a special outing like a weekend getaway, may be more meaningful to a man than a physical gift. Of course, this doesn’t apply to all men – you’ll know your partner best.

A Homemade Gift

If you don’t want to get something impersonal from a shop, but you still want to have something physical to give your partner on Valentine’s Day, nothing says “I love you” like a homemade gift.

Whether it’s a photo album filled with memories or a special dinner, your partner is sure to appreciate the time and effort you put into making the gift. If you’re stuck for ideas, think about what crafts you’re good at or enjoy – there’s sure to be something, and you can go from there.

Some special time together

When you’ve been together for a while, it can be easy to slip into an easy and enjoyable routine. There’s nothing wrong with this, but this year, why not shake things up a bit on Valentine’s Day and plan a special outing together?

This could be a picnic on a beach, a visit to a picturesque country house somewhere, or something like a sip n paint, where you get to drink wine or your drink of choice while painting – whatever you think you’ll both enjoy.

A Gadget

While this obviously isn’t true of all guys, a lot of men love gadgets, so why not get him something techy that he’ll enjoy using? If he’s the kind of guy who keeps on using his old tech until the day it dies, you can’t go wrong with a new phone, tablet, or laptop.

Or, if you want something a little different, try something a little more unique like a drone or VR headset. A drone could be an especially suitable gift if he’s into photography, or if you’re planning an adventure somewhere and want some special footage.

A break from the routine

For some men, the most meaningful gift on Valentine’s Day may be a break from the everyday routine. It doesn’t have to be anything massive – it could just be a night off from cooking or household chores, or a special outing or activity that allows them to relax and unwind.


Some guys are very much into taking care of how they look – whether your man is one of those kinds of people or not, getting clothing as a gift is always a great way to show your partner that you care about them. Whether it’s a new shirt, trousers, or even a pair of shoes, he’ll appreciate the thought behind the gift.

If he’s especially into a sport, it could be a piece of clothing aimed at that (for example, warm gloves if he’s into skiing). Or, if he has a favourite beer or sports team, it could be a clothing item with that brand printed on it.

A memory box

No matter how long you’ve been together, you likely have a collection of core experiences and memories that mean a lot to you both. A lovely way of bringing those together is to create a memory box.

You could include things like the tickets to the first event you went to together, a feather from a favourite walk, or any early photos you have together. There’s no right or wrong thing to include – the items will generally be quite mundane, but will mean the world to you as a couple.

A gift that shows love and affection

Ultimately, what many men really want for Valentine’s Day is a gift that shows love and affection. This could be anything from a heartfelt message to a physical gift that symbolises your love. Really, you want to choose something that truly reflects your feelings and shows your partner just how much they mean to you.

As you can probably see by now, buying a Valentine’s Day gift for a man isn’t all that complicated. Many people feel pressure to spend a lot of money for Valentine’s day, but the main goal of a Valentine’s gift is really to symbolise your love for your partner – often, that looks more like a well intentioned and thoughtful gesture than a diamond studded football boot. If you put a bit of effort into the process and focus on your special guy’s personal preferences, you shouldn’t go wrong.

Emilia Post
Emilia Post has an authority on etiquette and gift-giving and has been enriching our content with her unique insights since 2019. She holds a BA in Communications and a background in public relations, which has honed her understanding of the social nuances in gift-giving. Her expertise stems from her former public relations and event planning roles, where she mastered the intricacies of social etiquette. In her spare time, Emilia enjoys hosting dinner parties and practicing floral arrangements, seamlessly blending her personal and professional interests.

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