Valentine's Day gifts that work for grown men might not go over so well with teenage boys, who are too young for champagne and truffles and who would find cologne, a watch or a heart-shaped box of chocolates incredibly boring. Try one of these easy, age-appropriate gift ideas for a teenage boy's valentine.
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Growing boys are always hungry. Put together a picnic meal for him. Keep it simple by buying the meal instead of cooking it. Look in your grocery store deli for a couple gourmet sandwiches, some pasta salad, a package of fancy cookies and grape juice in an elegant bottle. Load everything into a picnic basket with a couple wine glasses, napkins and plasticware, and take him and a big blanket to the park or your favourite spot for a Valentine's Day picnic.
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Another easy idea is giving him a T-shirt you had made. It will be a one-of-a-kind piece, he'll think of you every time he wears it, and you can customise it especially for him. This is a great gift no matter what his interests: astronomy, skateboarding, lacrosse, art, architecture or gaming. A number of websites allow you to either create your own T-shirt design or select from their vast stores of designs geared specifically toward certain hobbies . Make sure you allow enough time for it to arrive in time.
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Think of a Valentine's Day date that goes well above and beyond the usual seeing a movie or hanging at the mall. Try a horse-riding, woodworking, pottery-making or archery class. Being totally new to and unskilled at the activity will add to the fun. Go kayaking, hot air ballooning, spelunking or mountain climbing, and you may discover a new hobby. Go to the fair. Go on a guided tour of your town's historic district, sports arena or famous buildings. Enjoy an interactive dinner theatre show or see a comedian.
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Make him an easy and unique craft project. One idea is a handmade accent pillow. Cut two fabric squares to equal size. Stitch your names or initials onto the centre of one square: "JT & FR," "KNB + DW," or "Patti and Luke." Hold the squares together with the name facing out, sew three sides closed half an inch in from the edge, stuff the pillow with cotton balls and sew the fourth side closed. Another simple craft is decoupaging, gluing several layers of paper onto something. Buy an inexpensive photo frame and cut a piece of poster board to fit. Print several sheets of paper featuring words and phrases like "love," "Happy Valentine's Day," "romance," "me and you," "together forever," and your names, initials and nicknames, in a variety of fonts, sizes and colours. Cut out the writing and glue these strips of paper onto the poster board. Once dry, frame.
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Let him know how much you care with a homemade Valentine's Day card. All you need is poster board and items to decorate it. Cut the poster board to whatever size you like, from tiny to huge, fold it in half and then decorate with stickers, coloured pens and pencils, paint and brushes, glue and glitter, markers, crayons and stamps. You can mimic a traditional card, with a line of poetry on the outside, the rest of the poem inside and a bit of artwork, or use a novel approach such as telling a story with pictures.