Some women have a huge problem coming up with romantic gift ideas for men. Other articles may suggest things like handmade cards, painted T-shirts, or love coupons, but these ideas are mostly from a woman's point of view--they don't really say "romance" to most men. The best romantic gift ideas come from listening to what the man in your life really wants, and making sure he gets it in as creative a way as possible.
When you're talking to your guy, listen for suggestions. He might muse about the fact that he dreams of camping but has never gotten a chance to go, or that he would love to write children's stories but has no idea where to begin. But what if the man in question doesn't talk a lot? When in doubt, ask. This is the easiest way to get ideas for a romantic gift. Your question could be as simple and straightforward as, "What would be your ideal romantic gift?" And listen carefully to his answers. Remember, his idea of romance might not be the same as yours, and this gift is for him, not you.
Now that you have an idea of what he would like, figure out how to get it. For the camping trip, plan a weekend for the two of you at a popular campsite. You can send away for instructions on writing children's stories for the future writer; see the resources below for details on both. If you've already asked about his favorite dishes from a special restaurant, you can then look for recipes to make them. Or he may have mentioned missing out on the latest action film. Find out if the movie is at your local rental place, and if so, pick it up and prepare for an intimate night of cinema magic.
Present Him With His Gift
Once you've completed his gift, make it look as attractive as possible before presenting it to him. Get a pamphlet for the campsite and write the reservation date on it, then place it in a card. The box containing the writer's instruction kit can be giftwrapped. The dinner can be eaten on the dining room table with candles and the good china. Or throw on a pair of nice jeans and a t-shirt, pop the movie in the VCR, get the snacks ready, and make his favorite drink.
Is This Really Romance?
Some of you may wonder how romance comes into play with these suggestions. It's simple: Romance is what makes your partner feel loved and wanted. The fact that you have not only paid attention to your partner's wants and needs, but done something to fulfill them, is thoughtful and loving. And that is enough to make anyone feel romantic.
To Sum it All Up...
Romance doesn't have to come in a box. Paying attention to your partner is the biggest key to making a homemade gift. Once you've really listened to what he has to say, creating the perfect romantic gift will be easy--and he'll remember it for years to come.