Hello lovely Kaybies! We all deserve a bag of barbecue chips because we have made it through the first month of the year!! We can do this, people! We can make it through this year a day at a time, which turns into weeks, which turns into months, and the next thing you know it’s 2019 and ya girl can drink moscato 🍷 !
I have mixed feelings about the 14th day of this month. I’ve actually never had a true, go-out-on-a-date-and-be-mushy-gushy- Valentine. And I’ve imagined what it would be like to share this day with a romantic gentleman so that’s how I know the things in this aforementioned post. But I’ve never been completely and utterly sobbing my heart out on this day. Because my Dad always bought us chocolates and miniature teddy bears and I’ll admit I’ve cried on a lot of Valentine’s Days because it touched me so much to know that someone loved me enough to show me I was special and loved on this day… and no matter what happened, my Dad, would still be there for me so I didn’t feel unloved.
Now (after you wipe your tear from my deep heartfelt thoughts of my dad) this post is about things to get your man, ladies! I have some ideas geared towards low budget gifts, so hopefully you’ll all find something. If you’re a man, some of these options can be similar to ladies gifts if you think about it, and most gifts are unisex! Woohoo! AND if you have no Valentine, get one for yourself, girlfriend! You’re a Kayby! Treat yo self! Anywho, if you want to know 6 things I believe a guy would want for Valentine’s Day, keep reading.
1. A Watch
I started with the most high end gift. A watch can symbolize many things (like google maps says it takes you 8 minutes to get home. It took you 9. So now with this watch you have NO excuse… #whitechicksbutforreal) but to me it’s a recommendation I’m making for a different purpose. Everyone likes nice things whether they want to admit it or not. A watch can be so versatile but is still nice and a REALLY thoughtful, WOW moment gift. I bring up versatility because you don’t HAVE to get a diamond Rolex for it to be nice. Like shoot, if you got that kinda money, go ahead Kimye! But for us regular people who just blew money on our rent and the Too Faced 30% off site wide sale unnecessarily, it doesn’t have to be that bank-breaking. There are THOUSANDS of watch companies and designs that are still flashy and will make his friends jealous that he has such a bomb girl like you. AND BONUS!!! If your man is not flashy in the slightest, a nice leather/metal band (faux or real) will still do and will be highly appreciated
2. A Wallet
This is the second (usually) most expensive gift. Now I asked a few guys about this and got mixed reactions. Some said it would be thoughtful, one said it would probably sit on a shelf until the current one wore out, and one man said it reminded him of the time his BROTHER got him one. So from the data I collected, I would save this gift for if you notice his wallet is starting to get worn through or if you’re already married/seriously together. If you’re just talking and want to make a gesture to let him know you’re feeling him… this probably ain’t it. UNLESS you slip your number in it and a cute note letting him know you’re feeling him (something I personally would TOTALLY do and think is adorable).
3. Coupon Books
No, I don’t mean the ones the 12 year olds sell for fundraising purposes (although if he’s a foodie he may appreciate one of those too). The coupon books I’m talking about are homemade, so easy, versatile, and cute! They may sell them, but I’d make one because it’ll save you money, be more touching, and it really only takes 5 steps:
- Find cute/colorful paper
- Cut out however many squares (or for a nice touch, hearts) you want. 10-15 is what I’d average.
- This is where you can get SUPER creative. Write a favor or item (which can be LITERALLY anything😏) on each shape for your man that you think he would love (ex. Doing dishes for him, his turn to pick movie night, a massage, etc.)
- Stack all the shapes up and hole punch them
- For a cute and girly touch, tie them together with a ribbon that’s threaded through the hole you just punched!
4. Homemade Baked Goods
If you can’t tell, I’m a huge foodie myself … I think that there is one deep down inside all of us. And EVERYONE knows the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach #TRUTH. A baked good IS perishable so just make sure that you don’t make it too far ahead of time. But not only is a homemade baked good sweet, it also shows you took the actual TIME and effort to make him something. And people appreciate that and can tell when you make something with love. This is also something where you have complete freedom. Chocolate is a traditional Valentines flavor but it can be incorporated in so many different ways (think chocolate chips, chocolate frosting/flowers, filling, even chocolate pie!) AND if your man is allergic to chocolate (I’ve actually had a crush on someone like that before) you can totally just make another flavor and they’ll definitely appreciate you remembering and being conscious of their situation. I actually have some Valentine’s recipes for baked goods coming up, so stay tuned!
Of course this definitely goes along with the idea above, just for those of us on a little bit more of a time constraint… or let’s be honest (life gets busy) for if you forgot. I actually had a male very close to me say “you can NEVER go wrong with candy/chocolate”. Especially if you’ve got that crush allergic to chocolate, candy like orange slices (one of my PERSONAL favorites) will definitely sweeten someone up and brighten their day. Chocolates in heart shaped containers are my favorite along with the brand Pot of Gold (shown below). And truffles can be bought (again I love Lindt Lindor) but my sister also made Oreo truffles one time and they were AMAZE-BALLS! So that can be an option as well if you still want something homemade. And NEVER forget the classic… CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES!!!
Lastly, a card can almost NEVER go wrong. It’s a nice and simple expression of affection and can go with any of the gifts above, or stand alone. Of course you can find a variety of funny, sweet, sappy, and romantic cards from Hallmark or your local store. But honestly I was brought up that it’s more heartfelt to make one yourself. It may take a little more time but isn’t that what love and affection is about? Time and devotion? And you can say EXACTLY what you’re feeling if you write it and not have to settle for someone else’s interpretation of how your love should be expressed.
Well, another post has come to an end. Hopefully this has been super helpful and you try one of these ideas out! If you do, leave me a comment letting me know how much they loved it/their reaction! If you don’t try one out, leave me a comment for what you DID get your man! I hope you got some inspiration if nothing else and let’s kick tomorrow’s butt #IloveMondayslikeIlovefetacheese (I despise Feta cheese). Spread love and happiness!