After I posted the results of our lingerie survey, some emails came in from my female readers asking what ideas I had for a romantic gift they could surprise their man with on Valentine’s Day.
Glad to see you’re looking to reciprocate, ladies. Especially when another survey found that men only receive about 6% of the V Day gifts. I guess when almost 90% of us say we wouldn’t mind modeling something sexy you bought for us, our status as Gift Recipient goes way up.
I didn’t want to focus on “products” you could just run to the store and buy. That’s what Christmas and birthdays are for. I wanted things that were personal and had some thought behind them. And, because you ladies specified it, “romantic”. Understand, your idea of romantic and ours are very different. You think “romance”, we think “sex”. Sorry, we’re just hardwired that way. Therefore, these gifts tend to lean toward hoping a “romantic” Valentine’s Night is part of his gift.
And guys? Many of these ideas work both ways. Just a hint.
Not going to be together for VDay? Or want to entice him to leave work early? How about getting him a netcam, like the Logitech QuickCam and making a free video call through Skype. Show him what he’s missing by not being there. Just make sure he’s the only one home.
As a hi-tech version of the “mix tape” (those of you old enough to remember those) you can upload songs and videos to his MP3 player or PSP. Create a custom playlist of songs that say what you feel, along with a personal picture slideshow or video clips. Zune even has special Valentine’s art and playlists you can download.
Every girl I’ve ever known loves photos. They have pictures in frames all over the place. Guys? We never seem to get around to printing them out, let alone shopping for the perfect frame. Digital frames, like this Philips PhotoFrame let you upload digital pics from your computer or camera and display them in slideshow form. Much easier for us guys. You can even pre-load a few “special” pictures just for him. (Yeah, I know. That was a long shot. But I had to throw it out there.)
Path to Heaven.
I recently saw Britec glow in the dark photo paper, and although it looked cool, I wondered what you could do with it. Then I thought of this: I’ve had girlfriends leave notes around the house to lead me into the bedroom where the real gift is waiting. What if your guy were to walk into a dark house, and on the floor is a glowing path of photos, say of various articles of your clothing strewn on the floor, hinting at what he’ll find at the end of the trail? We’d follow that anywhere.
I Know You Think Baths are More Romantic, But…
You ladies love to join us in the shower. And why not, you hog all the hot water, while we, as gentlemen, freeze outside the spray. Let him know you’re thinking about his needs too by installing this dual shower head by Pegasus. I bet it’ll get you invited in to let us “loofah your back” more often. (Available at HomeDepot.com)
I’m not one for party games. But when there’s one that gets the mood flowing, I’m in. PervArtistry is a cross between Pictionary and Charades that has you both acting out risque words and phrases. Perfect if you need an ice breaker. Just make sure to have plenty of alcohol on hand.
The Other Woman.
If he’s been hinting about bringing in “another woman” I say give him one. The Chocolate Lover Girl from GourmetChocolate.com should satisfy his cravings. For now.
Say It With Liquor.
From the time we played our first team sport and saw our name on the back of our jersey, we’ve loved stuff that’s personalized. Give him a bottle of Crown Royal or Johnnie Walker, customized with his name, a message, the date you met. Anything special you can drink to.