Bring out the romantic in you 🌹💕 by shopping for romantic birthday gift ideas 🎁 for your husband, boyfriend, or significant other! Try surprising your man 👨🏾👨🏼👨🏿 with these easy to make and frugal romantic gift ideas. He’ll be glad you invested some time in making him something special! 🎂🎊 🎉
1. Naughty Jar
For one of the most romantic gift ideas, you could fill up a glass jar with paper chits. On each chit mention one romantic aspect of your relationship. You could get imaginative and write down some naughty things as well! Once it’s made just ask him to pick one chit out every morning and read it before going to the office!
2. Treasure Hunt
We bet you played treasure hunt when you were a kid. Well then, you know the rules of the game! Just place one clue in a place where he’ll find it in the morning. That clue should lead him to another place where he will find the next clue. Your link of clues should lead him to the hidden gift! Great way to keep him guessing!
3. Call His Friends over
Maybe he wants his birthday to be a quiet affair - after all, he’s grown up and all! But who doesn’t like a surprise birthday bash? So go ahead and call his friends but keep it a surprise. Then watch his jaw drop as he sees his friends call out ‘Happy Birthday’ when he comes through the door!
4. Write a Poem
This one’s a little tricky but it’s possible! Even if you are not a poetic genius with a little imagination, it is possible. Just be honest and write it from your heart. It doesn’t even have to rhyme!
5. Cook Him His FAVORITE Meal
This one’s a classic way to please your man! Try cooking up his favorite meal. Look up on the Net for free recipes or if you have a cookbook at home, get creative in the kitchen! Then watch him eat merrily away!
6. 100 Reasons I Love You
Make him feel good about himself on his birthday! Write him 100 notes on reasons why you love him. On each note write a different reason. He will be mighty pleased and highly flattered!
7. Fortune Cookies
Fortune cookies are not just for grandmothers. Bake your own special batch with a naughty fortune message inside! So let him savor the delectable taste of the cookies and then let him open the notes inside to reveal what you have in store for him!
8. Your First Kiss
Take him to the place where you two first kissed! Try using clues to lead him to the place. Then when he gets there, kiss him! This is one gift he will always remember - fondly!
9. Romantic Getaways
You could purchase a travel gift voucher for a romantic weekend getaway. Then leave some rose petals to clues that eventually lead to the voucher! He will be extremely pleased.
10. The Best Gift - Time
This is by far the best gift you could ever give each other! No watching TV or cooking and cleaning - just quiet time talking to each other. It will do wonders for your relationship!
11. A CD Mix
One of the most romantic gifts that you can give your man is a CD mix of some of your favorite songs. It can be anything that he enjoys listening to or some of the things that both of you love. A mix made by you shows effort and some of your song picks can bring up many good memories!
12. Movie Night with His Favorite Films
You can plan a romantic movie night for two just in the environment of your home. You can both enjoy a nice movie and spend some quality time together. It's fun, cozy, and romantic, and he would definitely appreciate re-watching some of his favorite flicks!
13. A Day of Things He Loves to do
What is a better way to spend the day than by doing something you love the whole time? Spend the day pleasing him by doing what he enjoys doing. Take him bowling if that's what he loves to do, go watch his favorite movie, or eat at his favorite restaurant!
14. Romantic Picnic
You know what they say, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach! So cook him up a fancy meal, grab a beverage and some blankets, and take him to a secluded place for a romantic picnic. You can even take him to the beach and enjoy the sunset or choose a more meaningful place for the two of you!
15. Edit a Video of Favorite Moments
You can either plan this in advance or use pictures and videos that you've accumulated over the time period that you have dated. Grab some memorable pictures and videos and edit a montage together! He'll enjoy watching it and it will be a very sentimental item that he can keep forever.
16. Engraved Ring
You may think this is a crazy idea, but I did this for a boyfriend one year and he absolutely loved it. I picked out a pewter colored, thick banded, solid, and simple ring. Inside the ring, I had the date we became a couple engraved, along with our initials. He wore it all the time on his middle finger and it was incredibly stylish and sentimental at the same time for not too high of a price.
17. A Picture of Where You Met
One really special and simple gift you can give your guy is a picture of the place you met, framed with an engraved saying of your choice. If you've known each other awhile, you could alternately have the place you first kissed framed or engraved as well.
18. A Scrapbook
Here's another gift I have given someone before that makes an excellent gift. It will require some time, but is totally worth it. You can purchase a small scrapbook from any craft store. Collect some photos he has from his Facebook page, or any you've taken. Then, ask his mom or family if they have any from his childhood you can get copies of or use in the book. Make a scrapbook for him of his best memories, and of course of the memories you have had together. He'll love it!
19. A Party with His Friends
If he's not into surprises, you can still have a bash. Try showing your guy you support him and his friendships with others by throwing a BBQ or fun dinner party and invite all his friends and family. He'll love it and appreciate you for thinking of him and others that mean so much to him too!
20. Leave a Sign at His Work
Another really simple thing you can do is make a huge and preferably not embarrassing sign to put on his parking space or at his desk at work. Consider leaving a mug of his favorite coffee from Starbucks, or his favorite breakfast item at his desk too.
21. Decorate His House
Here's a really fun idea. While your boyfriend is at work, go to his house after you've gotten a key somehow, and decorate the whole inside with balloons, a simple photo, some baked goodies, and lots of streamers. When he gets home from work, he'll be so surprised and so happy you did something so nice for him!
22. Pamper Day
It's not just the ladies who appreciate a good day of pampering! Treat your guy to a nice shoulder and foot massage. Make sure you set the scene by lighting candles, using scented lotion or oils, and making cucumber water for him to sip on. If you have some extra cash, you can get him a nice, plush robe to wear during his treatments.
23. Memory Jar
We started off this list with a naughty jar, but if that's not your thing, create a memory jar. Fill up a pretty jar with sweet memories the two of you have shared together. Write down details of a trip you took together, a fun date the two of you couldn't stop laughing, or maybe even a time where he really helped you through something tough that meant a lot to you.
24. Birthday Box
This is one of my favorite types of gifts to give no matter who the recipient is because it shows you really pay attention to what he/she likes. Decorate a box and fill it with things that your boyfriend likes such as his favorite candy, gum, drink or drink mix, book, photos, or anything else he likes. He'll love the time you took to collect all of his favorite things!
25. Knit a Scarf
DIY gifts are fun to make and give. If his birthday happens to be close to the fall or winter, knitting a scarf would be a super sweet gift! Even if you've never knitted or crocheted before, don't worry, there are tons of online tutorials that are for beginners if you'd like to give it a try. Everyone starts somewhere!
26. Handmade Card
Whether you're on a budget or not, a handmade card is an affordable yet memorable gift he will keep and cherish for many years to come. Best of all, there are so many options when it comes to making a card. You can draw something funny, do some watercolor, make a pop-up card, and so much more.
27. DIY Scotch Soap
Soap is something we all need and use but rarely pay much attention to. Whip up some handmade soap using his favorite scents or even drink to make a customized gift that he'll enjoy every single day! Some unique DIY soaps I came across were coffee & stout, citrus honey scotch, and vanilla latte. Check out Pinterest for some great ideas and tutorials.
28. Bake Something
You know the old saying that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach? Well, if your guy likes sweets, bake his favorite kind of cupcakes and look for some cute printable wrappers or toppers online for an extra special touch. Or bake some cookies or brownies and present it to him with a cute card.
29. DIY Cufflinks
For the dapper dude in your life, DIY some cufflinks for him to wear on a fancy night out. Making cufflinks might seem quite difficult, but there are so many ways to make them, there's bound to be a method that works for you! You can make some that have your photo, his favorite colors, or his hobby.
30. Bottle of Wine
If you're of age, gift your boyfriend with his favorite bottle of wine for the two of you to share on a special evening. Dress up the bottle with craft paper, fun printables, or make a nice bag with a romantic message on it. You can even create a label with a photo of the two of you that you both love!
31. A Film Strip of You Two
Not only is this sweet, romantic, and memorable, but it's the kind of gift your man can keep forever. It's not just a gift, it's a piece of art. Who wouldn't love receiving something like this for their birthday?
32. DIY Spices for the Foodie in YYour Life
Is your man a foodie? You've got tons of choices and plenty of opportunities to find the perfect gift, then! For starters, try a DIY mix of spices. You can either create them for him, making sure to include his favorite flavors, or you could set up a spice station and let him go wild!
33. Personalized Kiss Messages
As you can see, personalized gifts are always a big hit. Make it yourself and it's even more special. The really great thing is that with a container full of kiss messages, you both win!
34. Post-It Declarations
How easy is this? Write a personal message or birthday wish on each Post-It, then arrange them in a shape where he'll see them. This is a fab option for those unfortunate occasions when you don't have a lot of money to spend on gifts.
35. Homemade Birthday Candy Card
The only thing better than a handmade birthday card is a handmade birthday card that includes candy. Make sure you pick out all his favorite sweet treats and write a message that's just as sweet as the candy.
36. Carved up Book
If your boy's a bookworm, this is the ideal gift. Get his favorite book and use it for the carving. The message can be his birth date, his name, his nickname, or anything else meaningful - as long as it fits, of course!
37. A Mug with a Message
Even if he's not a fan of "Grey's Anatomy," he'll love a mug with a sweet sentiment. He'll remember you every time he drinks a cup of coffee or hot tea.
38. A Birthday Coupon Book
Fill it up with all sorts of different coupons. Some ideas include a coupon for a kiss, a car wash, a massage, a movie night, a chore swap - and make sure to include some more, ahem, intimate coupons.
39. Fill His Room with Balloons and Pics
Imagine your man coming home to a special spectacle like this! The photos make it even more memorable because he can keep those forever after.
40. Your Love Story
Do you remember all the details of your love story? Do you remember the first birthday you spent with your man? Put together your very own book, dedicated to detailing the story of your love. Aw!
If you notice, none of these gifts require a lot of money. That’s because money can’t buy love. Time, patience and understanding do! What's the most romantic thing you've ever given someone?
This article was written in collaboration with editors Lyndsie Robinson and Lisa Washington.