Valentines For Your Man
Don’t let them fool you ladies… Men want to feel celebrated and adored on Valentine’s Day, too. They want to be loved and desired just as much as women do. Show your guy sweet sentiments in a way he will appreciate with one of these reader's ideas, and he will look forward to Valentine’s Day every year thereafter.
Heart Shaped Guitar Picks
My boyfriend and I had only been dating a short while before Valentine’s Day, so I didn't really want to get something super expensive. I just wanted to do something small and meaningful. He plays guitar, so I went out and bought a dozen guitar picks. I took a pair of scissors and trimmed them into hearts. Then I filed down the edges and put them all in a little clear bag tied with a ribbon. I made a card and I picked out candy hearts with the messages I liked on them. When we were exchanging our gifts on Valentine's Day, I gave him the picks and he loved them. Then I gave him one candy heart at a time and told him he had to do everything they said on them, like "hold me," "hug me," and "kiss me." He loved the whole thing.
--submitted by Sophie
Gifts on the Hour
For Valentine’s Day one year, I decided to give my fiancé a gift every hour he was at work. When he got to work at 8:30, a simple little card was there waiting for him wishing him a happy Valentine's Day. At 9:30, his breakfast was delivered (an omelet, hash browns, sausage, toast and orange juice). At 10:30, I sent him a huge batch of balloons. I made his favorite cream cheese cookies and had them delivered by one of my good friends wearing a clown costume at 11:30. At 12:30, a pizza and a soda came for his lunch. I sent him a huge gift bag of candy at 1:30. By this time, everyone he worked with congregated in his office on the hour waiting to see what was coming. He felt so special. I think everyone was pretty jealous. At 2:30, a stuffed frog was delivered that said, "I love you" on it. And finally at 3:30, I delivered a dozen red roses in a vase to him to say, “I love you!” I had so much fun planning the whole day, and he really loved it.
--submitted by Kelly
Application For Love
This year’s Valentine’s Day is special because we are finally engaged after a four-year long distance relationship. As a gift for my fiancé, I wrote a cover letter and resume to apply for the position to be his wife. In the cover letter I explained why I wanted to apply for the position, and also what I thought made me qualified for it. My resume was filled with a history of events and good times we’d spent together over the past four years. Under skills, I listed special things I do that please him (adding in a few risqué skills). He loved it and gave me the job!
--submitted by Yoko
Another Love Poem
I wrote my boyfriend a poem for Valentine's Day. He's a Spanish major, so I went online and translated my poem into Spanish. When I gave it to him, he cried and told me it was the best present he's ever recieved. I had to look at my copy in English to remember what I wrote that moved him so much!
--submitted by Kristen
A Memory box for My Man
This year, I’m planning ahead for Valentine’s Day. I am collecting mementos from the things we’ve done all year long to put in a Valentine’s Day box. I’m making it a point to save things that are meaningful to him. For example, I took a cardboard coaster from a pub we visited on the coast. He tried his new favorite beer for the first time that day, and I think he’ll be thrilled that I remembered. Another thing I’ve saved so far is my ticket from a college basketball game we went to with is dad. I’m attaching a little note to each thing saying something about the memorable event. I’m also throwing in a few of the love notes we have left for each other.
--submitted by Anonymous
Commuter Valentine's Gift
My husband used to leave at 5 a.m. every morning to commute to work while I was going to college. One Valentine's Day, I place a few commuter comfort items in his car the night before. I had gotten a good deal on a heated massaging seat cover. I also bought him a CD of his favorite singer, some coffee shop gift certificates and chocolate-covered coffee beans (which he loves). He thought it was a nice surprise on a cold Valentine's Day morning!
--submitted by Joy
Blacklight Paint Night
I surprised my boyfriend of nearly four years last Valentine's Day with a blacklight body painting session. I changed out the light bulb in our room with a black light and set up several white objects and a sheet to cover the floor (the more whites and fluorescents you use, the better). I was ready with a bunch of white body paint when he got home. We had a fun, original night discovering each other’s bodies in a whole new way with upbeat music, paints and black lighting. My boyfriend marveled at the unusual thought, and he participated enthusiastically.
--submitted by Sam
Sexy Picture Show
Last year on Valentine's Day, a couple of friends and I got together and took pictures for our mates. A lady we work with had gone to school for photography, so she took the pictures. They weren't quit nude pictures, but they were close and they were very sexy. We did them all in black and white, which made them turn out even sexier. I had them framed in leopard print and snakeskin frames, which also added to the sexiness of the pictures. Needless to say, he absolutely loved them, and that was a start to an annual portfolio of sexy pictures!
--submitted by Valerie
For Valentine's Day last year, I sent my man on a "Pleasure Hunt". He woke up to a large box wrapped up with Valentine's paper, I filled it with 5 heart-shaped Mylar balloons, so when he opened the box the balloons would rise and give him his first clue, the clue read, "This is a Pleasure Hunt. Follow the hearts, and if you play your cards right you’ll end the day feeling nothing but pleasure.” The first card led him to a local spa where I treated him to an hour-long massage and an early lunch. When his lunch at the spa was served, he was given his next clue and a gift card. These led him to a local CD store where I had a romantic CD held for him and his next clue, which told him to look in his glove compartment. There he found his next clue, which told him to call me (so I knew when he was on his way) and to bring the CD to the front desk of a local hotel. When he got to the front desk, he was given a package I had held for him, and another clue. It was a key to a room in the hotel with a little tag on it that simply said "I’m Waiting". When he walked into the room, I had candles, rose petals, whipped cream, grapes, strawberries, champagne, cream cheese dip, a heart shaped tub, and me in sexy lingerie, all waiting for him. I gave him his attire for the evening - silk boxers and a matching blindfold. The night was amazing for both of us!
--submitted by Christine
A Funny Valentine
My boyfriend and I are broke students attending different colleges that are four thousand miles apart from each other. We can't be together for Valentine's Day this year, but I have a few ideas as to how I can still make the day special without spending a lot of money. I’m going to send him a box full of little things that will let him know how I feel. First, I’m gonna rip up twelve little pieces of rice paper, put on some dark red lipstick, and kiss every piece. I figure if I can't send him a dozen red roses, I can send him a dozen red kisses. He and I love the song "Funny Valentine," and I love to sing it all the time. But he has never heard me sing at all, so I am going to record myself singing our song and put the CD in the box. And the final addition to my Valentine's Day box will be a little on the seductive side. I have a black satin thong with crystal strings that I bought months ago at Victoria's Secret. I have not worn them yet because I am waiting until I see him. So, I am putting that in the box as a kind of "promise" to wear it as soon as we see each other this summer. I'm sure that he'll absolutely love it!
--submitted by Kasey
A Weekend for Two
This year for Valentine's Day, I gave my boyfriend a romantic weekend for two in Seattle. My travel agent called me with info about a great vacation package that included airline tickets and two nights in a premiere hotel. Seattle is a great city for a romantic weekend! Most of the things that would interest visitors to the city are all downtown and within walking distance of the hotel, so there's no need to hassle with car rentals. We spent the weekend strolling through the Pike's Street Market hand-in-hand and doing some terrific big-city shopping downtown. When he asked why I would give him such an extravagant gift, I told him the truth. I simply wanted to spend a whole weekend with him with no interruptions from the phone or having friends and family just dropping in without warning. To me, it was a small price to pay for some "us" time. It was also a turning point in our relationship, and we are now shopping for our first home together. The wedding is set for next summer!
--submitted by Anonymous
Trade Candy for “Treats”
A week before Valentine’s Day I am going to hide little cinnamon hearts around the house. I’m going to give my boyfriend a decorated jar and explain that he needs to find and collect them throughout the week to “spend” on Valentine’s Day. Then when the day finally comes, I'll give him a menu of options he can use the candies to (i.e. Massage = 10 hearts, Homemade Dinner for Two= 2 hearts, etc.). I think it'll be fun, and it will ensure that he gets the Valentine's Day he wants rather than one I think he wants!
--submitted by Jodi
Personalized Crossword Puzzles
A few years ago I started making my own crossword puzzles for my boyfriend. All the answers have to do with our relationship. I start with one word and then just attach other words until it looks like a game of Scrabble. I give each word a number and a simple clue, and it takes him hours to finish because we talk about memories the entire time. He now looks forward to them every year on his birthday, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and our anniversary.
--submitted by Niki
I'm not very creative when it comes to Valentine's Day, but last year I wanted to do something fro my boyfriend that I knew he would love. So a couple of weeks before the big day, I went to the mall and got some glamour shots done for him. Before he got home from class, I hid the pictures in his room so he'd have to find them. Then I put together a big basket of candy and stuffed animals and set it on his bed. He loved the fact he had to look for his present and when he found it he was totally surprised and loved it!
--submitted by Amanda
Our Very Own Romance Novel
Last year, I ordered a personalized book for my husband. It is a cheesy romance novel starring us (and our dog). There’s a bit about the “authors” on the back along with a photo of us. It was perfect because the story title was something having to do with and island adventure and I sent a picture of us kissing in a waterfall. Unfortunately, because of the weather, the book did not arrive on time. To make up for it, I wrote him a silly love song and performed it for him. I am an awful singer, so he was quite entertained. To my surprise, he had also written me a song. He played his guitar and sang it to me. It was so beautiful. When he finally received his book, he loved it so much that he read it straight through! Then, for a week or so after, he kept saying and doing things like his character in the novel. It was great!
--submitted by Anonymous