Valentine’s Day is all about you obviously. If he isn’t sending you 100 red roses and a box of 20 chicken nuggets to your work then is he even boyfriend material? But, if you’re pretty sure you’ve found your one, and he’s going to spoil you rotten on Wednesday, then you need to maintain your “best girlfriend ever” award. We’ve teamed up with Mennace, to give you some inspiration on what gift to buy bae this Valentine’s Day. ‘Cause men’s presents are HARD to choose.
You’ve been dating: Less than 3 months
The situation: Your relationship is so new that you’re not even sure if you’re officially official, so you can probably get away with not getting him anything. However, then you run the risk of embarrassment when he surprises you with a candlelit dinner and diamonds (a girl can dream right?). You need a gift that says, “I’ve not stressed about buying this at all, but I know you’re going to love it anyway.” Plus, something that will work for guilt-tripping if the only presents he gets you are bunch of limp, petrol-station flowers and a card.
The gift: A t-shirt is the perfect gift for this stage of a relationship. Casual enough to seem like you’ve not stressed about it too much, but personal enough that you can choose something he will really love. Go for a rugby top for the sports mad man in your life, or something bright and patterned if his style is more out there. Choosing a slogan t-shirt will show you really get his sense of humour.
You’ve been dating: 3-12 months
The situation: You guys are well and truly in the honeymoon period, and oh my god you cannot keep your hands off each other. Why would you even think about going out on V-Day when you could stay in and have an adult sleepover? If you’re planning on starting your night of ‘Netflix and Chill’ with some actual Netflix and Chill, then buy your boyf some loungewear for the evening so he can be comfy and fashionable (plus, it’s easy to get off right?).
The gift: Tracksuits are THE essential item for any man’s wardrobe. Go for a 2018 update of this classic style, with bright colours and bold side-stripe taping. The best part of this gift is that he will get so much wear out of it, as he can style the tops and bottoms separately, and dress them up or down. There are so many options you can make sure to choose one he will love. So do us all a favour, save us witnessing your PDA this Valentine’s Day, and stay in together!
You’ve been dating: 1-3 years
The situation: Yeah, you still love him to pieces. However, you are over the honeymoon period, and his company alone is no longer enough for you this Valentine’s Day. Luckily, he knows you pretty well by now, and he knows that the way to your heart is through food. We hear you girl, us too. He’s taking you out for a fancy dinner date, and you are going to be wined and dined. But, bless him, his dress sense sometimes leaves a little to be desired. You need to buy him a gift that will have him looking (nearly) as fire as you.
The gift: It’s a meal out, so a shirt is the obvious dress code for your man. Depending on the level of fancy, you can choose the appropriate shirt for the occasion. A short sleeve shirt for a more casual affair, a block-colour, velvet shirt for fancy AF, or a relaxed checked shirt for something in between. Don’t be afraid to choose something a bit different – If you think he’d look fly in patterns, then go for it!
You’ve been dating: 3+ years
The situation: Can’t live with him, can’t live without him. You are so over Valentine’s Day, and it’s just another day to you by now. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have to get you a gift though, obvs. So you’ll probably need to get him something token too. You’re probably not going out somewhere fancy. You’re probably not having a hot and steamy night in. But, you might venture down to the local to meet your other long-suffering couple friends. Get him a gift that he can wear to the pub and beyond, with some versatile denim.
The gift: You can’t go wrong with a pair of jeans. Get him the right pair, and they’ll probably be the most-worn item in his wardrobe. Dark and slim fit are always a winner, because they can be worn with absolutely anything. If your boyfriend is more of a trend-setter, go for a more relaxed fit with rips – Distressed denim is big in 2018. You might whinge about him, but you love him, and he’ll be made up with his present. You guys are still absolute #couplegoals.
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