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You Shouldn't Have: Valentine's Day Gifts for Him

You Shouldn't Have: Valentine's Day Gifts for Him

You’re My Lobster

I’m someone who didn’t really date seriously until I met my husband. I personally hated the holiday for a long time. One valentine’s day after humiliating myself in front of a crush when I was a teen, I listened to the Psychedelic Furs “Love My Way” on repeat while I cried into a notebook sketching dresses. This was the year 2000. I really never thought I would get married because I was so scared of dating and opening up. Face it, I can be honest on here but I had a wall up for a long time. It took my husband making me feel 100% safe and beautiful that made me fall hard for him. One day I was in his arms listening to music and I thought “I could get used to this.” He also likes to say his pick up line was after I was telling him how much I loved Prince (truly I do) and he said: “want to come to my place and listen to Prince?” I was waiting for someone to say that to me for forever. My husband and I have been together for 7 years and I do love him. We just get each other and we have the same sarcastic sense of humor. That being said, sentimental Valentine’s gifts aren’t really our thing. Our foundation is based on sarcasm and not taking life too seriously, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to celebrate a romantic holiday. Our wedding was in January but we try to do simple low-cost Valentine’s gifts and experiences.

Burke Decor


On Tap App- I live in Columbus, Ohio and am friends with someone from the Ohio Craft Brewers Association and it’s this really cool gift that keeps on giving. You can make excuses for a date night and get stamps at a bunch of local great breweries. You can explore your state and find new tastes. You get to get virtual stamps and win free stuff. I’m a total sucker for game theory. This is a great date night idea and something you can do with your partner. My husband is an IPA hound. If you aren’t local to Columbus, I’m sure you can search “Breweries Near Me” and find a hip local brewery to go to. Much like a coupon book, I would suggest that you take advantage of this later in the middle of the February and March time where it is too cold and not too crowded. I’m a big fan of avoiding crowds. Have fun!

Winter Hikes- Teddy Roosevelt believed that our National Parks were America’s best idea. Parks are great. They are low cost, beautiful, and places where you can make all kinds of memories. Germans have this word called “waldeinsamkeit” which means “solitude of the forest.” It’s about experiencing nature and the beauty in your own way. Columbus has some amazing parks and I would suggest a winter hike at High Banks Metro Park. I also would suggest going to Hocking Hills or Glen Helen. Winter hikes are gorgeous and you get to see a side of nature that as a “city dweller” you don’t usually get to see. You can also get bundled up and warm up with a mug of hot cocoa with your sweetie.

Explore a College Campus- This sounds weird but as a true nerd I love seeing colleges. My parents used to take my sister and me to every college campus we lived by. They are special things and so vibrant. They are great places to find hidden gems and cool places to just chill. You also get to see all kinds of art and science. True story when I was a little girl my Dad took my sister Katy and I to a science museum at the University of Wisconsin. I decided then and there I would go to that college. If your partner loves sports, these are great places to check out things and get into school spirit. Also, they tend to have amazing bookstores and you can get some great books inexpensively. My friends at What Should We Do Today Columbus wrote a great blog about exploring Ohio State University with your family. It can go for just the two of you too. I mean there’s a new dinosaur skeleton on display at Orton Hall. If your partner is anything like my husband...they’ll geek out.

dinosaurs, toys


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My husband is constantly losing his sunglasses and having to borrow mine. As someone who enjoys extra sparkly sunglasses that aren’t really his style-this can be comical. So it’s worth investing in some good sunglasses.

These are retro-inspired from Polarplex Polarized

retro sunglasses, black, vintage, retro

Warby Parker

Warby Parker allows you to pick out five frames from their collection and Warby Parker will ship their selection to you for free so that you can try them on in the comfort of your home. They have some incredibly cute shades as well.

This is a favorite Warby Parker Sunglasses - Edgeworth in Whiskey Tortoise

sunglasses, tortoiseshell, warby parker
Plus Size Bras


My husband loves reading and learning. His favorite way to learn is by listening to podcasts. What’s great about audiobooks is that you can listen to them in your car and listen to them while doing other things. Audible is a way for your partner to chose what they want to listen to. This is deal for two free audiobooks. I would suggest The Count of Monte Cristo or The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay.

Art Prints

My husband enjoys art but doesn’t really think to buy it. This is where I come in. I like to buy art for him so he can have his own vibe in our home. I also like that these come with frames. It is a cost but this helps you display it right away and then you don’t have to stress about finding the best frame for your print. It’s lovely. I found this art print at Minted and I think it is gorgeous.

North Gold Limited Edition Art

gold, blue, art print, white frame


My husband is a notorious crate digger. We love music and vinyl. VYNL is a subscription service that sends vinyl albums that are curated to your unique tastes. It’s a subscription box that is a treat for both you and your partner. I think it’s a thoughtful gift that keeps on giving.

Picture by Clem Onojeghuo

Picture by Clem Onojeghuo

There you have it!

I hope you enjoy these gifts and have a wonderful day with your loved ones. I hope these give you an idea of where to shop. Do you have any suggestions of places to go? Or gifts you love receive?  Love you guys!

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