Almost every day, I get questions from you guys asking what kind of gift you should buy your boyfriend, whether it’s for his birthday, a holiday, or an anniversary. I totally get it – picking out presents for boys is really, really hard. I’ve been with my BF for almost four years, and picking out a gift for him is still a huge struggle.
Giving advice on gifts is difficult, since I’m not a guy, and also because I don’t know your boyfriend personally. Getting advice from dudes is way more helpful. That’s why I was so excited to see this Ask Reddit thread, which asked the question, “What gifts for men are the equivalent of flowers for women?” I mean, I’m not THRILLED with the question, because I think flowers are overrated, but I get it and I still love it. Here are 12 gifts your boyfriend (probably) actually wants, according to real guys from Reddit. Keep this bookmarked for when you’ll need it, and you’re welcome.
Flowers!Redbaron1701: Honestly, if a girl got me flowers, I think it would be an awesome gift. Hey, dudes like flowers too. Source: ShutterStock
Pamper Himmalodourousfootodor: Don't bother buying me anything. Just give me a shoulder rub. Then smile when i thank you. Dead set. I already have beer in the fridge, mum bought me cologne for christmas and my brother and sister in law dropped off some leftover pulled pork and potato bake. I've got everything I need except relaxed shoulders. Let him relax and pamper him a little bit. Guys like that stuff, too. Source: ShutterStock
A Homemade Gift BasketDIGGYRULES: I saw a website advertising something called "Bro-quets" which were baskets full of things appropriate for guys. They were stupidly expensive, though. A friend and I put together our own "Bro-quet" last year when a coworker's wife was having a baby. We figured she was getting all sorts of gifts, so we made one for him. We included baby stuff that was labeled for his favorite sports teams, some junk food, and...of course...alcohol. He loved it. I love this idea. Just buy him a bunch of stuff he likes and put it together. Source: ShutterStock
Cologneofftocerulean: A nice bottle of cologne. That way, he smells good. And everyone can always use a nice bottle of cologne.
Stuff About His Favorite Teamgleek_master: If he follows a sport, any merchandise from his favourite team will do the trick. Could be anything from a jersey to a keychain, or if you want to go big, tickets for a game. Tickets to a game would be super fun for both of you. If that's too expensive, anything related to his favorite team is nice. Source: ShutterStock
Baked GoodsThe_Classhole: I don't know if anyone has posted this yet, but homemade baked goods. I moved into a new apartment for an internship halfway across the country and my girlfriend overnighted me some scones she'd just baked. It was the best thing. It isn't expensive, it shows you care, and they will always go appreciated. Make your boyfriend his favorite treat. Inexpensive, relatively easy, and it will always please him. Source: ShutterStock
ComplimentsIGotSkills: Compliments. Men thrive off of compliments. They'll never admit it though. Okay, so this isn't a real gift. But it is a nice reminder that guys love being complimented! Source: ShutterStock
Take Him Out To Dinnerdanrennt98: Honestly, a nice dinner date (either at home or out) and spending some quality time together is what I would really want. A shared experience is always a good gift, especially when it involves food. Source: ShutterStock
Something Personal To You TwoRockLobster89: Honestly, the coolest gift I ever got from a girlfriend was a dollar store set of army men. Early in our relationship, I told her that I didn't really care about gifts much. I made an offhand joke about how I'd rather play with army men with her than get a new iPod.. Cut to my birthday, almost a year later. We had our fights, or struggles, but when I saw that box of army men, seeing how she remembered an offhand comment from such a long time ago...it was the most thoughtful gift I've ever received, to this day. Get him something related to an inside joke, or something like the example above. That means a lot! Source: ShutterStock
SexAleburger: My wife, naked in one of my work shirts with just one button done up, complete with a random tie, just sitting, waiting for me to get home. Best inexpensive gift I could ever ask for. I mean, obviously. Are you surprised? Source: ShutterStock
Do Something Nice and Unexpectedurnotmywife: Bringing lunch to my job. Burger and fries, Chinese, Italian... She's knows what I like. But the best part about it is I get to see her in full work attire. Since she leaves for work before I wake up I don't usually get to see what she's wearing and by the time I get home she's already in her relaxing attire. Still looks nice but it's something about seeing her in head to toe business attire that makes me want to... Yeah, that. Personalize it to what your BF likes! Source: ShutterStock
Something He Likes_MoreEqual: Something thoughtful that reflects me as a person. Men aren't all simplistic in the sense we all only want sex and food, just like flowers isn't the be all and all for a girl. Flowers are nice because they show that someone cares. Do something that shows you care and know that person. it isn't a one track answer. Yup. Basically. Love this! Source: ShutterStock
Which of these ideas is your favorite? What do you usually buy a boyfriend? What did we forget? Tell me in the comments!