While there are many ingredients that go into sustaining a healthy relationship, gifts help to keep the sparks alive. Gifting need not be restricted to birthdays and anniversaries, but can be engaged in all year round. In fact, some of the best gifts are the unexpected ones! When we think about gift ideas for boyfriends, the romantic options (flowers, chocolates, etc.) that women love are not likely to ignite the same delight in your man. To a great extent, men like utility gifts. Something that perishes or sits pretty on a table will probably seem like a waste of money.
Indulge a Hobby
Gifts that fall into this category can be as simple or extravagant as you wish them to be. If your guy likes hiking or camping, you could give him a tent, sleeping bag, or any other camping gear. If he likes adventure sports, a fantastic option would be a hang gliding experience or a hot air balloon ride. If he is a racing enthusiast, gift him a 3 lap Qualifying Run as a passenger in a NASCAR or a chance to get behind the wheel and take an actual race car for a spin. You can be sure that it will be a once in a lifetime experience for him.
Gizmos are fail-safe gift ideas. If you want to spoil your boyfriend rotten, any of the latest gadgets will achieve that effect. A few options are a portable DVD player, a really good set of headphones, or a cool set of speakers. However, you don't need to spend a fortune on this and can keep it simple with items such as a USB key chain or an iPod Cable Kit. If your boyfriend likes video games, new games or any related products should be a hit with him.
While personalized mugs are pretty run of the mill, a more original option is personalized boxer shorts. You can get an 'I love (your name)' printed on them or any other message you choose. Personalized gifts such as these are great anniversary gift options. While each person's idea of what is romantic differs, I would include a sweatshirt that has his favorite team's logo on it. A few other items that are 'unoriginal' but liked by most men are sunglasses and watches.
Depending on your boyfriend's interests, a collectors item of that genre will be the perfect gift. Popular choices are any rare sports memorabilia such as cards and photos. Other options are rare coins, stamps, comic books, etc. Anything that is limited edition can be categorized as a collectors item. If he is into photography, it could be a set of prints of pictures taken by his favorite photographer. Getting this right will depend on the time you put into it. You will have to carry out some research as to what items you can get your hands on that fit into your budget.
While these ideas should serve as an inspiration, only you are in a position to come up with something that he will truly love and cherish. All you need to do is pay attention to the things he says and you are sure to pick up a few hints. If he really likes something a friend has, all you need to do is call the friend and find out where you can get him a similar one. Alternately, if you've heard him say he wants a particular album, book or tool, getting it for him will be perfect. There is nothing like a personalized gift or gesture to say 'I love you'.