I'm a guy. Valentine's Day is just a few days away, and I'm still at a loss as to what (if anything!) I should get my boyfriend, whom I have been dating for just over a year, and have a fairly serious relationship with. This
thread is useful, but I'd like to ask for more specific advice, if I could.
Here are the specifics. We are both in our mid-20s, and fairly similar in our demeanors: calm, somewhat introverted, logical, with occasional strong feelings or emotions (especially for each other) that neither of us are always great at expressing articulately. We don't have binary gender roles in our relationship, exactly, but I would say that I am more the "guy," whatever that means - I make more of the decisions, am more dominant, etc. At the same time, he is quite masculine, and doesn't seem to much care for things like flowers, chocolate, etc. We did not celebrate Valentine's Day last year because it was very soon after we started dating - both of us just sort of let it go, and neither of us was bothered by that. We haven't really discussed Valentine's Day this year either, except my mentioning it briefly in passing, with my boyfriend responding that it struck him as curious that it was the one day of the year where couples are expected to be "extra" in love with each other.
I'd like to do *something* for him this year. The problem is just I'm not sure what that something might be. As noted above, although my boyfriend is not necessarily the most butch guy I've ever met, he is also not really the kind to really appreciate chocolate, flowers, and similar typical V-Day fare. I'd very much like the idea of giving him something that he would have for a while, since it's our first official V-Day together. Ordinarily, some piece of jewelry, a bracelet, a necklace, etc. would be the perfect thing - but he doesn't wear anything of the sort, and I can't think of a suitable alternative. Similarly, again because it's our first V-Day together, I am a little reluctant just to give him some regular gift that I might give him for his birthday, for Christmas, etc. - I'd like to be a little more romantic than that.
So...to sum it up, I guess: I'd love to try to find something that's simultaneously romantic, permanent, and not the usual Valentine's Day stereotypical gift. I've been wracking my brain for a while and have come up with nothing, so any and all suggestions would be truly welcome!