It’s so frustrating when your husband shrugs and says, “Whatever” when you ask him what he wants for Valentine’s Day. You want to get him something worthwhile that will put a goofy grin on his face, but you find yourself lost in an internet rabbit-hole trying to find something decent. For some reason, he won’t reveal the secret of what men really want.
But we’re here to blow that secret. Here are 12 things your husband is hoping for:
1. An adventure
Every guy is secretly seeking a little excitement. Take him paragliding or on a treasure hunt through the woods.
2. An inside joke
Give your hubby something personal that’s sure to make him laugh.
3. Cool tech
A man loves cool gadgets, and that’s what he really (really) wants. Buy him a walkie talkie or an awesome solar-powered flashlight that can charge his phone.
4. You to do things that he likes
He wants you to do something he loves, even if you don’t (because he loves you most of all). Find a way to hit up a football game or go camping, even if those aren’t at the top of your to-do list.
5. To be prepared
One of a woman’s greatest needs is to feel protected. Likewise, one of your man’s greatest needs is to feel secure. Give him that security with things that will help him feel prepared in dire circumstances like a first aid kit or an emergency generator.
6. His own space
Carve out a place in the house, garage or backyard for your husband that can be all his. He wants space to work, explore his hobbies or have a moment to himself.
Best of all is a home-cooked meal, but he’d also love food he can take with him and prepare without any effort.
8. To learn something
Your husband would go nuts to learn a new skill, especially one that he’s been wanting to learn for a while (like how to fly fish or play guitar).
9. A date
He’d be thrilled if you planned a special night out, just for the two of you. Pull out all the stops to woo your man all over again. For example, serve him a candlelit dinner and give him a few kisses.
10. To listen to his music
He wants to play DJ for once (even if you really can’t stand to listen to that noise).
11. Stuff for his hobbies
Even if you don’t participate in his hobbies, you can show you care about them by giving him equipment or tools to do them. Not only will he be appreciative of your thoughtfulness, but he’ll be stoked to get more gear to do his favorite things.
At the end of the day, all he really wants is you.