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Top 10 Valentine's Day Gifts

Thursday, 29 December 2011 1 comments

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Everyone’s mind is on Christmas, but believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means soon it will be time to plan for the one holiday that is geared specifically toward the man or woman that you love. For some, this is an even more daunting task than preparing Christmas holidays, as it tends to inspire a need to pick out the perfect gift for whomever you love. So, with no further ado and along these lines, here are 10 of the top gifts for you to give to your significant other this coming Valentine’s Day.

1.) Flowers! If you’re a man looking to give a gift to your girlfriend, spouse, or even crush, this is the number one gift. In fact, you may even say that it’s a necessity. Fortunately, buying flowers can be as simple as ordering an arrangement off of the Marks & Spencer website. This is good news, because you may also want to get her something else in addition to the flowers.

2.) Jewelry – This is another gift that never fails, and can accommodate a wide range of shopping styles, preferences, and budgets. Even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, a small piece of jewelry can express a great deal of love and care.

3.) Chocolates – This is one more fairly traditional gift that a lot of couples exchange regularly. They don’t have to come in heart-shaped boxes (though it can’t hurt), but chocolates are important for Valentine’s Day.

4.) Couples’ Massage – This is a great gift to consider, in that it involves giving your significant other something that the two of you can share in enjoying.

5.) Spa Products – If you’re buying gifts for a woman, it’s hard to go wrong with spa-related gifts – things like soothing facial creams and bath bubbles. These can last for quite a long time, and offer her a bit of luxury.

6.) Vacation – If you really want to go above and beyond, you can offer your significant other a romantic getaway for the holidays. Surprise him or her with plane tickets, or the keys to a vacation home, and head away with just each other for a few days.

7.) Pictures – If you and your significant other tend to keep things a bit simpler, one nice gesture is to frame a photo of the two of you, and give it to her to keep. It’s not extravagant, but it can be sweet.

8.) Wine – Fine wine is never a bad gift, and can strike a specifically romantic tone if given on Valentine’s Day. This along with a well-cooked meal can be a very nice gesture.

9.) Specific Gift – Everything listed up until this point is something that is traditional of Valentine’s Day. However, if you know of something specific that he or she has been wanting, there is nothing wrong with picking this up for the holiday as well.

10.) Flowers! Again! – It can’t be stressed enough – flowers are a must!

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Giving your boyfriend a makeover for less than $100

Monday, 19 December 2011 4 comments

Photo credit: gracey from morguefile.com

Don't know what to get your boyfriend this Christmas? Today's guest poster does and she's got some great ideas for those of you who live across the pond, so without further ado...

Admit it, you want to give your boyfriend a make-over. It’s OK. You know, he’s probably thought about what you would look like with a makeover, too! 

So, for the holidays, how about this deal: if he lets you give him a make-over as a gift, you will let him pick out a new style for you. It’s only fair! Put a $99 limit on each of you and this might actually be less than what you were planning on spending on gifts for each other. 

We’re going to have to stick to low-end items to make our budget, but that’s no biggie—I’ve noticed many guys don’t care about designers and brand names anyway. 

Now, here are my suggestions for what to get for your man: 

Proper haircut : $15 
Has your boyfriend been getting the same haircut over and over again since he was in middle school? Or, does he just try to cut his own hair, like mine? 

A haircut can really make a difference in a guy’s look, so this should be your first stop on makeover day.  

Try to talk your boy out of going to his regular barber, however. A makeover means a new look, and his barber might just end up giving him the usual.  

Instead, try to talk him into going to a salon that cuts men’s, women’s, and children’s hair. These hairdressers tend to be more up-to-date when it comes to haircuts, since they have to keep up with the fast-paced women’s market while still serving all ages and genders. And remember, your boyfriend might want you to get something done to your hair, too! 

Since I’ve got you on a tight budget, pick a low-end salon, such as Mastercuts. Another good option is going to the local cosmetology school. The students there need people to practice on, so they will provide haircuts for very low prices, under the supervision of experienced teachers. If they make a mistake, a teacher will almost always fix it for free, so it’s a pretty good deal. 

Actual shoes: $30 
I don’t think I’ve ever dated a guy that owned more than three pairs of shoes. Usually, this meant a ratty old pair of sneakers, a pristine pair of dress shoes I wasn’t allowed to touch without washing my hands first, and either dark sandals or flip flops. Yeah, sound familiar? 

It’s time to help your boyfriend find a normal pair of shoes that he can wear and look good in while either going out or hanging out.   

I’m only giving you $30 for this one, so that pretty much means Walmart! But Walmart actually has pretty cute shoes. For instance, they have Dr. Scholl's Men's Ross Oxford Shoes for $30 in black and brown. They’re leather and have laces, but are still really comfortable, in part due to the gel dome cushioning.  

And don’t be surprised if your boyfriend picks out high heels or ballerina flats for you—your man is probably tired of seeing you wear ratty old sneakers, too. 

Pumice stone: $3 
Let’s pick up a few more things while you guys are at Walmart.  

So, does your boyfriend have rough feet and crusty elbows? Mine does. But, with a pumice stone, you can make that skin soft again. 

Once you start doing this, your boyfriend will start asking you to use it on his feet as soon as he gets home, since it is pretty relaxing. You have been warned. 

New razor refill cartridge OR pack of disposable razors: $5 
Some guys won’t go for a razor blade refill until they are getting a totally dull shave. OK, some girls do the same thing. That includes me. 

As part of your boyfriend’s makeover, get him either a refill for his razor or a pack of disposable razors so he can get a close shave again. He might hand you the razor when he’s done with it! 

Trendy t-shirt: $13 
If your boyfriend wears out band t-shirts until they look like Swiss cheese, you’ve probably been wishing you could see him in a new shirt for once. 

Luckily for you, fast fashion retailer H&M offers a selection of men’s t-shirts for $12.95.  

But watch out, because they also offer dresses, and your boyfriend will probably want you to wear one. 

Fashionable jeans: $25 
Don’t leave H&M yet.  

Their &DENIM men’s jeans come in a 5-pocket low-rise, slim-fit style with slim legs that nods to the skinny jean trend without making your boyfriend look like a teenage girl.  And they’re available for $24.95, too. 

Seeing your boyfriend look really hot: priceless 
There are some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's Mastercard.  

Or Visa. Or American Express. Or Discover. Tiffany Price from CreditDonkey says, whichever credit card you’re using, be sure to look into your credit card rewards program to see if they have any holiday specials going on. Some credit card providers offer pumped-up rewards bonuses during this season, such as extra points on certain purchases or special discounts, and you wouldn’t want to miss out. 

Good luck with the makeover!

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Do you expect a guy to buy you stuff? Jenna Marbles tells it like it is.

Monday, 12 December 2011 3 comments

Jenna Marbles is my favourite YouTuber. If you don't already know who she is, then shame on you! She's the brain child behind the famous viral video How to trick people into thinking you're good looking. She also has a bunch of other hilarious videos on her channel, so go check her out.

Jenna Marbles gets the party going!

Here she is making a very good point about gender roles. I totally agree with her on this.

What do you think? Do you know any women like this, who expect guys to buy them stuff just because they are female? I personally feel great knowing that i've earned the things i own through hard work. Receiving gifts from your partner is really nice, but i don't expect presents just because I'm a female.

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Internet Blind Dates: Advice & Safety Tips

Thursday, 1 December 2011 6 comments

Image Source by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

Meeting someone in person who you’ve met on the Internet can be nerve-racking because you never really know what to expect; you’ve never met face-to-face and people can present themselves falsely through the Internet. What’s positive about an Internet blind date is that it is not totally blind; generally, you know what your date will look like and what they are interested in. Below you will find tips for your first date as well as how to protect yourself.

Advice for Your First Date:

1. Meet somewhere casual.

A cafe or relaxed bar/restaurant for coffee or drinks is a great place for a first date. Movie dates don’t offer much time for conversation. Overcrowded, loud locations can make it difficult to talk and lead to an awkward date.

2. Dress to impress, but wear comfortable clothes.

Readjusting clothing is awkward, annoying, and can indicate to your date that you are uncomfortable or nervous.

3. Arrive on time to your date.

Arriving late is rude and will not reflect well upon you.

4. Be honest, but not too open.

Be honest during your conversations so that your personality is visible, but keep the conversation light. Definitely talk about your interests, your professional background, your beliefs, your family, and so on; but don’t go too in-depth on topics like politics, which can end up dominating conversations, and don’t tell your date your inner-most secrets.

5. Keep the conversations going.

Try not to ask “yes or no” questions; instead, attempt to ask questions that require an explanation and can lead to continued conversation. Listen intently to your date as he speaks so that you can get an idea of whether you are compatible and if you’re interested in him.

6. Know before the date:

a. How you will handle who pays for drinks, food, etc.: Will you or your date (if he offers) pay or would you prefer to split it?

b. How you will exit the date if you want or need to leave.

Safety Tips for Your Date:

1. Check up on him before the date.

Facebook and Google are great places to do research on your date.

2. Meet somewhere.

You do not know this person through a friend; you met him on the Internet. Do not allow him to pick you up from you home. If he offers, make a polite excuse, like, “I have to meet you straight from work,” or “After our date I have to meet a friend down the street.”

3. Tell friends and family where you’re going.

We’ve all heard horror stories; we shouldn’t be paranoid, just cautious. Just in case your date turns out to be dangerous or discourteous, make sure your family and friends know where you are so they can pick you up or notify the authorities if something goes wrong.

4. Pick a public place.

Always choose a public place for a first date; do not go to your date’s house or invite your date to your house. Aside from the safety aspect of this, it will also make the date more comfortable.

5. Don’t drink too much.

If you do go somewhere with alcohol, limit yourself to 1 or 2 drinks max; you need to be fully cognitive for safety reasons. You should also keep an eye on your drink as drugging is not unheard of.

6. Trust your gut.

If you get an uneasy feeling about your date, then get out of it. Don’t be rude, just cut it short politely by saying something like, “I had a long day today,” or “I have a long day tomorrow.”

Gina Williams is a guest post and article writer bringing to us first date advice and safety tips.
Gina also writes about motorcycle safety.

When Gina approached me about guest posting on Guys, Boys & Men about the topic of Internet dating safety, i jumped at the chance. Not only because i haven't broached the subject before on this blog but also because she knows a thing or two about safety. Her site is dedicated to helping motorcyclists stay safe on the road, so if you know someone who rides motorcycles or if you yourself ride one make sure you visit her site above, it has some great advice and tips on safety.

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