old thread, but for anyone else that finds it:
girls… let me put this clearly. Best gift for a man, is waking up to bacon and eggs, (or scambled eggs on french toast – depends on his personal favourites).
Second best gift, wear lingerie while you cook it. OR Alternatively, if he is going to spend money on beer, it doesnt hurt to buy a “six pack” of his favourite beers. It is not “money wasted” if it is something he is going to spend himself. But the fact that you went to effort for him, means the world.
ALL these suggestions may cost a small amount money, BUT it is minimal. It will make them feel special.
Note for feminists only: Im not trying to be rude or sexist, but men dont need xbox / ps4 / etc to make them happy. The above will. And dear feminists, my suggestion of cooking breakfast once a year should not be offensive. in no way am i suggesting that this is any genders role, I am simply suggesting that men love it if once a year they get bacon and egg cooked for them, if this upsets you, then I dont believe you are married.
MEN, you HAVE TO GET SOMETHING for her! A gift of a candle, (such as a scented one), is affordable, practical, can be used.if she baths, then bath soaps, or stuff could be the key.
OR look for another gift that is practical, AND shows that you care about her. Budget can be very low.
Another suggestion (might be over an affordable budget) is if you know the sort of books she is into, try and get a book for her. (keep the recipet so she can exchange).
For her to get anything, will make her happy as she can see you put alot of thought into it. Even if you spend less then $5.
– try and cook her favourite food
– take her to a nice, but affordable restaurant, or maybe one of sentimental value to both of you.
– clean the house top to bottom / or something like that
note: avoid buying kitchen stuff, some women take this as being sexist and will hit you with it. Its the only day a year you cannot buy kitchen stuff.
For some people, it seems to be a cultrulal norm to spend a fortune on gifts. To be honest. I dissagree with spending massive sums of money on extravagent gifts, especially on the first annivarsary as it can take a financial toll (and negatively affect the relationship). ALSO, next year they may be dissappointed….
MEN, I also do not like spending massive $$$ on flowers. I have learnt it is better to spend say $5-$20 (or even $0) on flowers and go out for dinner.
Honestly, if low funds / or high debt, just spend $5 on a gift. being finacially responsible is a “gift” in itself. overspending that burdens you, and can affect your relationship is NOT a gift regardless of what you brought.
Been with my partner almost 14 years now. Sometimes I get it wrong…. but Best memories are the suprises i planned, and experiences we shared on different valentines day. But while we remember all these different things, she cannot remember the flowers I gave her over the years. The flowers withered and died, but remembering the things we did, and where we went can make us both smile.