Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him 2017

Just about every year I make a lists of gifts to get the man in your life for Valentine’s Day. Why not one for her too? Sometimes I do, but I usually stick to the boyfriend gifts because it’s harder to buy for him. (AND we don’t appreciate men very much during this holiday. We should work on that.) Guys don’t give you hints and they don’t care where you go to eat as long as there isn’t a crazy wait. Most of the time. They just want to get Valentine’s Day over with.

With that in mind, I always try to come up with some creative gift or experience ideas to improve the outlook of the holiday. That means no cuff links, monogramed junk or lovey dovey quotes. I’m going to take a creative or practical approach to gift recommendations. Which also means the prices aren’t going to be astronomical. Let’s be realistic. You can say I love you (or I like you) without blowing your paycheck.

There are also some DIY ideas in the bottom half if you don’t want to go out and buy something.

Gifts to Buy

Stainless steel travel mug gift

OuterEQ Travel Mug – $19.99 with Prime

I know, we’re starting out super practical on this one. But seriously, stainless steel mugs with temperature retention are amazing. I have one (not this brand) for coffee and it keeps it hot for 4 hours and water cold for 8. So when I get called to a last-minute meeting and forget my coffee at my desk, it’s still nice and toasty when I get back. Traveling with these is awesome too. I’d recommend this mug to anyone as a gift. Bonus points for it be eligible for Amazon Prime.


leather knotted bracelet gift

Leather knotted bracelet – $11.90 with Prime

Disclosure: I’ve never seen this bracelet on someone in person. BUT I’d love to. The design is simple, yet elegant, in a way. It looks like it could either be dressed up or down. They’ve also listened to their customer’s feedback and made improvements recently. Can’t complain about that.


This gift by ADADesigns3 on Etsy is pretty neat. You can get the growler customized to the state you live in. They will even send you a proof before they make it to ensure you like the way it looks. Some states might look a little strange, but if you’re located in a spacious one, I say get on this!


This one, from alkohaulers on Etsy, is pretty exciting! An insulated growler carrier that attaches to your bike. The perfect gift for the adventurer! Don’t limit yourself to beer though. He could carry water, soda, or whatever other beverage he fancies.


Coffee painting gift

Coffee Painting – $20.99

Artwork on the Run on Etsy sells awesome coffee art. If the man in your life enjoys coffee, art or coffee shops, he’ll love this stuff. I bought this painting at a craft show last year and I really enjoy it.


Gifts to DIY


It doesn’t have to be pink, obviously, but these DIY travel carriers are so easy to make and I’ve taken mine with me every time I’ve traveled since I made it about 4 years ago (it’s probably time for an update). Go to the Dollar Store, buy a wash cloth and ribbon, flip up the bottom and sew each compartment. It’s cake.


DIY Beer Bottle Magnets

Another really easy DIY gift is these beer cap magnets. You could do it with glass soda bottle caps too. Or whatever he drinks. Super glue a magnet to the back and stick it on his fridge. If he has a beer fridge, that works even better.


DIY photo magnets

Speaking of magnets, borrow some pictures from his Instagram and make these cute photo magnets. All you have to do is cut the images to size and glue them to the back of these glass tiles along with a magnet.


DIY manly beard oil

This homemade beard oil is pretty awesome, so I’ve been told. I made it for my husband a few years ago because he said he would get dry skin under his beard. It worked really well and he still uses it. His friends have even started asking for it.

More Gift Ideas

Here’s a list of my previous Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him:


I’d love to hear your ideas for gifts or date nights! Leave them in the comments!



DIY Valentine’s Day Mason Jar Gift

The Craft Challenge

This blog post is part of The Craft challenge! If you want to learn more or are interested in joining the challenge, send a message to Emily from A Pop of Red.


DIY Valentine's Day Mason Jar Gift

Ohhh, Valentine’s Day…

A holiday that’s either loved or hated depending on the person’s relationship status.

I’ve never been wild about the holiday, but I do enjoy chocolate and hearts, so I’ll make it work. Of course, with that in mind, my Valentine’s Day themed craft involves candy. A lot of it!

If the person you want to gift the mason jar to isn’t a fan of sweets, you could fill it with nuts or mints. It’s the thought that matters, right?

This is a quick and easy one (really, it took longer to photograph the process than it did to make the gift). All you need to buy is the candy, jar and ribbon. I have a printable below for the lid insert and heart tag.

Valentine's Day mason jar gift materials

Mason Jar Gift Materials

  • Candy
  • Ribbon
  • Printables
  • Mason Jar
  • Scissors or hole punch

Valentine's Day Mason jar printables

Step 1

Download and print the image above.

Choose the ones you want and cut them out.


Just for you printable

Step 2

Insert the round printable into the lid of the mason jar.


valentine's day printable heart

Step 3

Using scissors or a hole punch, put a small hole in the corner of the heart cut out.


DIY Valentine's Day Mason Jar Gift

String the ribbon through the heart and tie it in a bow around your mason jar.

Now you can gift it to someone special—your significant other, a friend or maybe a parent. Or you can just keep it on your desk at work and eat all of it yourself. Whatever works for you 🙂


The other Valentine’s Day crafts from the Craft Challenge will be posted at some point today. Check out A Pop of Red and Eclectic Enchantments to see the rest of the DIYs!

The Craft Challenge


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Happy (Belated) Valentine’s Day

I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day!! The above drawing is the Valentine I gave to my boyfriend of almost 7 years. He actually said this about a week ago and I thought it would make a cute card.

This is what we did yesterday and it was wonderful.

I made these chocolate covered pretzels for him because they’re his favorite.

Then we went to a new brewery that opened up nearby for pizza and beer.

That’s my kind of Valentine’s Day!

What did you do? Anything fun?

DIY Valentine’s Day Button Heart Canvas

DIY Valentine's Day Button Heart Canvas

I still can’t believe 2015 has started, and now Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Ugh. Time moves too fast doesn’t it?

I was contemplating my craft for today and thought, Wow, Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away. I should make a craft for it. And what do you think of when you think of the love-inspired holiday? Right, hearts.

I found some burlap canvas at Walmart (surprisingly) along with red and white multi-sized buttons and decided that it would make a nice craft. Bonus: I paid about $5 for everything.

Button hearts are lovely aren’t they?

Valentine's Day burlap heart canvas materials

Things You Will Need:
Hot-melt glue
Burlap canvas

button heart on canvas

Step 1
Lay out your buttons on the burlap canvas in the color combination you prefer. Since I want to make a red and white striped heart, I alternated the colors.

When you’re happy with the heart shape, glue them down.

buttons on canvas

button heart valentines day canvas

Step 2
Start gluing down buttons into the stripes your set up. Alternate as you go.

DIY Valentine's Day Button Heart Canvas

When you’re finished, you’ll have a love-inspired canvas to hang on your wall (or set on a shelf) to decorate for Valentine’s Day.

I like it, but now that I’m done with it, I kind of wish I would’ve thrown a row of pink buttons in there. I guess I’ll just have to make some more 🙂

Hope you like it! Happy crafting!

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Whether you love Valentine’s Day, or you hate it, it happens. So, if you are going to celebrate it, then it should be fun. If you want to do your own thing, that should be even more fun.

Get creative

  • Museums– What better way to get creative than to go to a museum on Valentine’s Day? Or maybe a science center?
  • Go geocaching– Take the evening to go treasure hunting. it builds teamwork!
  • Go for a hot-air balloon ride– Is there really a better date than to look down on the world from a massive balloon?
  • Adult arcades– Grab a good drink and check out the local arcade. Most don’t close til 2am…
  • Create street art– Go buy a bucket of sidewalk chalk and create some Valentine’s Day street art around your hometown. Spare us the boy + girl forever hearts…
  • Go rock climbing– Indoors, of course, because it’s too cold for that otherwise.
  • Make pottery– There are a lot a places that will let you bring your own alcohol to a pottery making class. Sometimes there aren’t even classes. You can go in and make your own pottery, the business will fire it for you, and you can pick it up later. It’s a good date idea!

Standard date ideas

Some people like tradition. For those of you who want ideas but don’t want to get too wild, I have a fun list for you too!

  • Go ice skating– It is still cold outside and it will be great for ice skating! How many times have you gone ice skating on a date?
  • Play video games– Seriously, playing video games is relaxing. Yes, even if you are playing Call of Duty. Playing games like this with your significant other builds better relationships. It’s not proven or anything, but I’m convinced.
  • A quick lunch– Forget dinner. Make a good meal the night before and steal your sweetie away from work for a quick lunch.
  • Make dinner together– Just because you don’t have anything planned doesn’t mean you can’t have a good night. Help him/her make an awesome dinner for both of you. Don’t forget the wine! Try playing Twister when you are finished. It will be a good laugh if nothing else.
  • A movie night– Go see a scary movie! Forget romantic comedies! Go watch a slasher film.

Even though the above suggestions could all be really fun, this is my favorite.

You should replay your first date! (assuming you didn’t just start dating.) I’m not saying that you should try to make it happen like it happened. I’m just saying that you should go on the same date that you planned for your first real date.

A everlasting date story (for inspiration)

On my first date with my boyfriend we played putt putt and went to get ice cream. Nothing out of the ordinary. However, on our way to the putt putt course he told me that his grandma made fun of him before he left because he told her that he was nervous to go out with me. (Awww!) And after we got ice cream, we sat in the parking lot talking for over an hour.

The best part? We went to Walmart after that because one of us had to pick something up. When we got back to the car he opened my door for me. I know some of you think that is just adorable. I hate it. (I have arms, I can open the door by myself.) I said something about not liking it and he said “please get in the car”. I said “no”. So, he picked me up, threw me into the passenger seat, shut and locked the door, and hit the panic button while running away from the car.

Hilarious! We’ve been dating for about 6 years now.

A date doesn’t have to be perfect. Don’t overplan or go out of your way to make it expensive. Have fun. Enjoy it!

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him 2014

Here’s to another Valentine’s Day. Don’t just go out to eat and watch a movie. Do something fun that you don’t normally do.

In the meantime, you should probably start checking out some good Valentine’s day gifts for the man in your life. So, let me help you out. I’m compiled a few good ideas for you to consider. I did put some thought into this, by the way, so I hope you like it!

Click the images for links!


Cigar Case, Flask, Zippo Lighter Combo

Cigar Case, Flask, Zippo Lighter Combo

Some men  like cigars, and those who do will love this combo! It includes a cigar case, flask, and a zippo lighter. All items are monogramed. $54.99



Personalized Guitar Pick

Personalized Guitar Pick

If you have a boyfriend that plays guitar and you feel like getting him a cute, yet sappy, gift you could always  go with a personalized guitar pick. It is made of 24 gauge metal, so he can actually play with it, or it can just be a sentimental gift. $19


Bluegrass Barrels

oak whiskey barrel

oak whiskey barrel

I got a whiskey barrel for my boyfriend for Christmas this past year and he LOVED it. This is definitely something to consider if the man in your life is a whiskey drinker. It is low maintenance too!  $53.99



Audio Beanie With Built-in Removable Headphones

Audio Beanie With Built-in Removable Headphones

This hat has built-in headphones. From what I’ve heard, the beanie’s audio is superior to typical headphones. $24.99



Bicycle and Motorcycle Mount for Smartphone

Bicycle and Motorcycle Mount for Smartphone

This is actually a pretty cool gift. I didn’t even know they made these. Any active boyfriend will enjoy this if he likes his bike 🙂  $16.99


Gift Republic

Grow Me Hot Stuff Gift Box

Grow Me Hot Stuff Gift Box

I know very few men who dislike hot food. It must be a guy thing. And if he likes peppers you can always get him a kit to make his own. $8.51

That’s all I’ve got for now. If you have any more gift ideas, please leave them in the comments!

Singles’ Awareness Day

Single’s awareness day usually falls on Valentine’s day or the day before when everyone is planning. People really seem to hate that day but really, there is nothing wrong with being single. You don’t have to have make plans with anyone if you don’t want to!

So tell me what you did for Single’s Awareness day or Valentine’s Day!

We made awesome beefy stuffed shells!


Yes, made them. I’m not about to go out to eat in the madness. And we ate Sarris pretzels and drank cherry wine. It was a great relaxing night.