You don't have to buy him that designer watch or top-of-the-line gadget in order to give your boyfriend a good birthday gift. Whether you want to give your him a gift from the heart or you are just on a tight budget, homemade gifts can be sentimental, romantic or funny expressions of love for your boyfriend.
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Picnic at Home
Surprise your boyfriend with a romantic picnic on your living room floor or, if you have a backyard, outside underneath the stars. Lay out a comfortable blanket, light candles all around the area and play his favourite music. Cook some of his favourite foods, but choose items that are easy to eat away from a table, such as finger foods. Another idea is to serve your guy a dessert-only picnic. Choose decadent and sensual desserts such as chocolate cake and chocolate-covered strawberries that you can feed to him. Include a bottle of sparkling wine. After eating, the two of you can cuddle up on the blanket and toast each other. Sit back and gaze up at the stars if you're sitting outside.
Prepare a scrapbook for your guy filled with pictures of the two of you since you began dating. Include captions for the pictures that conjure up memories such as "First concert together", or "Remember our crazy road trip?" Include notes, ticket stubs, letters and any other mementos to enhance the scrapbook. Leave plenty of blank pages in the back of the book and tell him that those are for all the memories you guys will have in the future.
Have a friend take portraits of you in different outfits and create a calendar on your computer with the photos. Several free online photo websites offer options to make a calendar using your own pictures. Each picture should be related to the month. For example, wear a hat and scarf for January and a swimsuit for June. Another idea for the calendar is to use all pictures of the two of you together that will conjure up memories.
Make a CD for your special guy that includes a bunch of his all-time favourite songs as well as songs that remind you of him. You could also burn a CD of one specific artist that he loves or all love songs. Record a little message to him at the beginning of the CD giving him a birthday shout-out and telling him what type of songs are coming up next.
Tease your boyfriend with a funny gag gift if he's got a sense of humour. Give him a coupon book with coupons such as "One Uninterrupted Afternoon of Football" and "Pass on Shopping Trip". Other funny ideas include a jigsaw puzzle box filled with sawdust. If you are in a long-term relationship or engaged, give your guy a box of cookies with a sign that says "husband-to-be training treats", with instructions on how many cookies to give for doing certain tasks such as putting the toilet seat down, mowing the lawn or doing the laundry.
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