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What Should I Get my Boyfriend/Husband for Valentine's Day? Top 5 Unique Gift Ideas for Him

No, he doesn't want cologne for Valentine's Day... ...again.

[Written by Tim Winfred]

Men are notoriously hard to shop for during most holidays, so to help you out this Valentine's Day, we wanted to put together a list of unique ideas for you to consider this year to show your boyfriend or husband how much he means to you.

Whether you've been together for a few weeks or several decades, making Valentine's Day special with a unique gift is a great way to start the year off with a smile.

Here are five ideas to help you pick out the perfect gift.

A man and woman laying in bed together, eating pizza happily

1. Create New Memories

When you look back on your relationship with him, chances are it's the memories you made together that stand out the most. This year, take advantage of those Valentine's Day discounts and take him on a day or weekend trip that you can talk about for years to come.

From something as simple as taking a walk along a river and having a picnic, to a more adventurous outing like bungee jumping or skydiving, the possibilities are endless. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Drive out to an overlook spot, open field or a local beach. Light some candles and drink wine while watching the sunset.
  • Buy a pair of tickets to a concert, stage play or comedy show.
  • Grab a bunch of quarters and head to the local arcade (there might even be an adults-only arcade option in your city).
  • Take a tour of a local beer or wine brewery and sample the selection of beverages (we suggest taking a car-sharing service so you don't have to drive after drinking).
  • Enjoy a romantic dinner at your favorite restaurant, followed by a relaxing couples massage or night at the spa.

No matter what you end up doing, crafting an experience you'll both love is a great way to create a new relationship memory.

2. Start a New Tradition

Every tradition starts somewhere, so why not make this year the year you start a new one together?

Your new tradition doesn't have to be extravagant, in fact, it could be something as simple as waking up a early on Valentine's Day morning and cuddling in bed for an extra 5-10 minutes before you start the day.

Here are some more ideas to get your new tradition started:

  • Write each other a hand-written love letter that you seal in an envelope and open on Valentine's Day morning.
  • Make Valentine's Day a diet "cheat day" and celebrate by ordering take out or delivery from your favorite restaurant (dessert not optional).
  • Turn on "your song," or a romantic song that you both love, and dance to it in your living room while gazing into each other's eyes.
  • Put together a time capsule and add a few items to create a "Box of Memories" that you get to go through every year, but only on Valentine's Day.

Starting a new tradition is a great way to add something special to your Valentine's Day routine. It's also nice to have a "thing we do together every year" that you might find gives inspiration to your friends. Plus, if you capture a picture of your new tradition, it's a great way to create a photo gallery of your years together as a couple.

3. Take Him Back to His Childhood

As an adult, it's easy to forget the slow-paced, simple things that made our childhood so enjoyable. This year, try bringing out his inner 10-year-old by giving him a gift that takes him back to those simpler days.

Not sure where to begin? Grab an eight pack of kid's juice boxes and turn on a marathon of his favorite childhood cartoons. Or, buy a set of LEGOs, K'Nex or Lincoln Logs and spend a few hours building and playing with your creation. If you have children, this is a great activity the whole family can enjoy together.

Kick it up a notch and ask him what his favorite childhood snacks or cereals were. If you're trying to make this gift a surprise, try doing this a few weeks before Valentine's Day to not raise any suspicion. Then buy a box of that snack or cereal (if they are still available in stores) and munch on it together while coloring together in coloring books.

If you're really trying to keep this gift a secret, try reaching out to members of his family, if they're available. His parent's might even remember his childhood favorites better than he does.

4. Sign Up to Volunteer Together

Most people decide to volunteer during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Charity organizations tend to get a huge influx of volunteers during that season, but those volunteers disappear during other months.

This year, reach out to your favorite local shelter or charity to inquire about volunteer opportunities. Then, talk to him in advance about celebrating Valentine's Day by giving back to people or animals in need. Not only is this gift a great way to give back, but it's also a great way to do something good for your local community while creating an unforgettable memory together.

If volunteering isn't your thing, or you don't have the time to spare, consider making a donation instead. Most non-profit organizations are in need of donations year-round, and the dollar amount of the donation usually doesn't matter.

Fun Fact: For every pair of custom flip flops purchased from Sole Flops, a portion of the proceeds goes directly to the charitable cause of your choice. Learn more about the causes we care about on our About Us page.

5. Customized a Gift That Makes Him Smile/Laugh

Instead of dropping by your local convenience store or mall to grab a generic "men's gift" like cologne, take time to create a one-of-a-kind gift that he can't get anywhere else. If you're a crafty person, this might mean creating a DIY gift you find on Pinterest, but customization doesn't necessarily mean homemade.

A pair of Sole Flops flip flops are another great option for a custom gift he'll love. Imagine his reaction and laughter when you give him a pair of flip flops with his face on them! Not only are Sole Flops practical (who doesn’t need a pair of flip flops?), they also bring that distinct personalization to your gift that makes them one of a kind. You can guarantee that no one else has a pair exactly like them. Check out our Valentine's Day Collection here.

No matter what you give him this Valentine's Day, the effort you put into making his day special will go a long way. If you make your gift as unique as he is, you can be sure that this Valentine's Day will be one he won't soon forget.

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