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Birthday Gifts: Male Edition

A man will often do something special for the woman in his life on her birthday or holidays. However, many women have a hard time finding an appropriate gift for a man.

Buying gifts for men can be tricky.
Buying gifts for men can be tricky. Blair Snow/Creative Commons
Men have various gift options for women. Simple things like a box of chocolate and flowers can do the trick. Other men prefer to plan an entire day dedicated to showing his appreciation. Women do not always have it as easy. It is often hard to find gifts for men without worrying if the gift is emasculating, or if he simply won’t like it.

Here are some of the best ideas for women to celebrate his special day — with input from a few men.

No. 1: Food or Candy

Everyone knows the saying, “The perfect way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” That’s why a woman can never go wrong with cooking a man a meal. If a full-course service is not you niche, you can always bake him his favorite dessert.

No. 2: Quality Time

Spending alone time with each other is a simple gesture any couple would enjoy on a special day. Being around each other in a relaxing, intimate setting can make a date that much more special. “I would want her to give me her time,” 21-year-old Vernon Yancy said. “You’re supposed to stand out and show each other how much you care about each other. You can’t put a price on that.”

No. 3: Cologne

A bottle of cologne is another perfect gift. Who wouldn’t want to smell good? And the woman can benefit from smelling the delicious scent she loves on the man she loves. It’s a win-win. “A good gift for a guy is some type of cologne they would want their significant other to wear,” Skye Matthews, 19, said.

No. 4: Express Talent

“I’m not good at receiving gifts but if she could paint, I think that would be really cool if she painted me something,” Jordan Hyatt, 20 said. If you have a special talent, use that to your advantage. Paint him a portrait, perform a private concert singing his favorite song or write a poem about him.

No. 5: Jewelry

A lot of people overlook buying men jewelry.. However, some men enjoy jewelry just as much as women. The gift could include simple diamond studs, a watch, a gold chain or new cuff links.

No. 6: Sentimental

No matter how manly a man perceives himself to be, sentimental gifts are a good option, as well. You don’t have to get him something emotional, but meaningful. “If on our first date, we went to the movies and she gave me the movie ticket, that would be cool.” Gerry Guster, 20, said. A framed picture of your first date is another example of a simple and thoughtful gift. It shows how much you appreciate the moments you share together.


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