13 Men Dish on What They Actually, Really Want for Valentine’s Day

Hannah Smothers, Taylor Andrews, Carina Hsieh
·4 min read
Photo credit: Getty | Raydene Salinas Hansen
Photo credit: Getty | Raydene Salinas Hansen

From Cosmopolitan

Figuring out the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your dude can be a tricky experience — we get it! Men can be difficult to shop for in general, especially when they still swear that the same old packaged three-pack of T-shirts and 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, and body wash is “just fine, thanks.”

Picking the perfect gift for your boyfriend comes down to knowing them and what they like. If you know that your boyf is all about the kitchen goods (airfryer, anyone?) go with your gut and do you! But if you’re just looking for some general ideas to kick off your search, we gotchu too! To make things a little easier, we asked 13 guys what they’d want for Valentine’s Day this year. Sure, sex is always on the table for a Valentine’s Day gift obvi, but if you want something you can wrap, there are options for that too.

1. "I think guys like to get something useful that they haven't really thought about. A small sewing kit for repairing small tears or broken seams is a good idea. A whetstone for sharpening a blade might be nice for someone who loves to cook is a great idea, too."—John*, 37

2. “A record that we could listen to would be nice, like this purple vinyl for $9 would be romantic.”—Michael, 28

3. “Literally anything made by her — whether it's a handmade card, a handmade keychain, etc... . That way, whenever I'm stressed, I can just look at it and smile!” —Luat, 21

4. “Taylor Swift tickets. Obviously.” —Stephen, 33

5. “A nice romantic date to a fondue restaurant because I love food. Then maybe a movie, and later, a surprise of her wearing some new lingerie. That’d be the perfect date and present!” —Mason, 27

6. “Honestly, I prefer something simple, like chocolates or going to our favorite restaurant. Or...a corgi.” —Alex, 29

7. “In general, I like getting gifts that maybe I’ve mentioned I needed in the past. Little things like, ‘Oh, I really wish I had that tool (or appliance or whatever it may be), it would make this so much easier.’ Then, a few months later, BAM! I get it. It shows me they’re listening, and I try to do the same thing and keep a running list for my family and lady.” —Stephen, 24

8. “I’m the worst at receiving gifts, so whenever I do get one or asked about one, I like to keep it so simple. Literally, I’d be cool with, like, a pizza or maybe a T-shirt of my favorite baseball team. Also, I’m never mad about someone going down on me either….” —Nick, 27

9. “ANYTHING handmade. No matter what it is, being handmade makes it something that I greatly appreciate since it took time and thought. I’ve never done it, but I also love the idea of camping on Valentine’s Day. It might be cold, but I think it’d be worth it to have the distance from other people.” —Kevin, 24

10. “Can I preface that I don’t like the holiday? But being honest: oral sex in bed in the morning, a couples run later, and cook a great dinner with my girlfriend or spouse with two bottles of real good wine. Our favorite music playing all night. And close it out with some good sex. Oh, and giving each other massages pre- or post-sex.” —Brendan, 26

11. “I would be happy if my girlfriend cooked me anything wearing just an apron. Literally anything. Well, nothing with onions. Or if she planned the whole day herself—she knows what she wants to do on Valentine’s Day more than I do. So she’d plan the whole day and I’d be a kind, gracious, loving boyfriend all day.” —Sam, 21

12. “We’d stay in bed longer than usual and watch something in the morning, then have some good ol’ sex. We’d get dinner that’s too expensive for either of us but that we really want (probably some nice sushi). Then have a LOT of wine and hang out all night.” — Marshall, 26

13. “My ideal Valentine’s Day is a normal day at work, then we meet up for a cute dinner for which we made our reservation months in advance, get dessert and booze, then go to a place that has a nice view of a cute park. We’d cuddle, chat, eat dessert, drink, and then it would end with getting frisky.” —Kim, 26

Photo credit:     - Hearst Owned
Photo credit: - Hearst Owned

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