Valentine gifts can be wonderfully personal but finding such a gift requires a bit more time and care than would normally be allotted to a regular box of chocolates. The best way to go about finding the perfect personalised gift for your boyfriend is to start brainstorming early. Consider what you would most like to give him as a gift and then determine how the present can be rendered more intimate.
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Silk-screening, Engraving and Embroidering
Consider making your boyfriend a mug or a T-shirt with his name, a picture of the two of you, a quote you both love or a much-treasured inside joke. If your beau is into music, get him an iPod engraved with his name or a short, loving message. Cuff links can also be engraved for a personal touch. Embroidery is a good option for boxers, jackets, blankets, towels, shaving kits and a host of other items. These can easily be embroidered with a name, word, message or a simple heart to make a gift instantly more personalised.
Nothing says personalised like a photo of the two of you during a magical moment. These gifts are great if you want to employ your artistic side. Create a photo album or scrapbook that documents your relationship or choose a picture you both love and put it in a frame decorated with glitter-glue, sequins, cut-out cupids or whatever else tickles your fancy. If DIY is not your bag, have a frame professionally made with your names, a unique design or a message, or gather your favourite pictures onto a memory stick for an online album. It's also possible to get a picture of the two of you transformed into a puzzle or transferred onto a pillow.
Homemade Edible Treats
If the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, then the perfect Valentine's Day gift must be something tasty. Make your boyfriend pancakes with chocolate-chip hearts or a pizza that says "I Love You" in peppers, or create a chocolate gourmet pizza with a similar twist (try candy hearts instead of meat). If you want to get a bit more crafty, decorate a tin with glittery glue pens, cut out cupids or anything else that tickles your fancy, and fill it up with homemade heart-shaped cookies.
Wine and Dine
If you want to spend a little more, treat your boyfriend to a candlelit dinner at a fancy restaurant you know he loves. If he is particularly fond of wine, consider a picnic at a vineyard or a wine-tasting tour for just the two of you. If he's more into cooking, enrol him in a gourmet cooking class.
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