I think we can all agree on the fact that shopping for a man is nearly impossible, especially when they act so indifferent about anything you suggest to them. And it's even more frustrating when your man gives you the most thoughtful gift ever. To help you out, here are 7 gift suggestions that almost every husband wants, but would never say out loud:
Your husband simply wants time with you. You can spend a day doing an activity he chooses, or surprising him with your own. Your husband silently craves quality and personal time spent with him, especially during such a cozy and romantic season. Give him your time, your attention and more importantly, give him your heart. Whether this means spending money for a night out together, or having a quiet evening in by the fire, time with you is one gift your husband will never have enough of.
2. The gift of affection
Never stop loving your husband but you can make an extra effort to steal more hugs and kisses to give him the gift of affection this year. Hold his hand, sneak some kisses in public and never allow him to question how much you love him. The tiny intimate moments you spend together are some of the greatest acts of love you can give to him.
3. The gift of words
Words are some of the most powerful things on the earth, and they can make the ultimate gift for your husband. Technology has traded hand-written letters for texts and emails, but the act of writing a letter to your husband to tell him how much you adore, appreciate and love him in descriptive words is more personal and heart-warming than any gift you could buy.
You can also combine the gift of words with a tangible gift. Get his initials engraved on his favorite items, things he sees every day. Every time he looks at it, he'll be reminded of your love for him.
4. The gift of understanding
One sure way to fully understand and show empathy to your husband is by taking the time to know his love language.
In the best-selling book, The 5 Love Languages,by Gary Chapman, five distinct love languages are discussed and described. The five languages include words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, physical touch and gifts. Learn your husband's love language and show how much you love him via his love language. Speak his language so he can understand how much you care.
Take a moment to think about what your husband absolutely loves doing, or about the things he might actually need. Be thoughtful about your gift giving. Does your husband have a lot of stress? Perhaps there is something to help relieve that. Does he often complain about dry hands, but always has to use your floral scented beauty products? Get him some of his own to use. Consider giving him a gift basket of his favorite things to keep at home and the office. Be thoughtful and notice the things he may need or want to do, even if he doesn't say it out loud.
Everyone loves good and happy memories. This gift can include making memories together, or taking old memorable moments and creating something beautiful with them. If you save all of your ticket stubs to events you have gone to together, you could create a scrapbook filled with photos and ticket stubs. There are also numerous companies that will personalize iPhone cases, calendars, mouse pads, mugs and numerous other items with pictures of your choice. Memories are always a gift to be cherished.
7. The gift of love
The best gift you can give anyone in this lifetime is love. All of the gifts mentioned above are stitched together with love. Whether you intend to spend money on your husband's gifts, or to make them yourself, give them with feelings of affection. Above all else, the gift your husband wants from you is to feel, realize and know how much you truly love him.
Chakell Wardleigh has a Bachelor of Arts in English. She spends her days silently (mostly) correcting others' grammar. She adores all things nerd, such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Shakespeare, and anything else that whisks her away from reality. She currently works as an editor for the FamilyShare team. You can usually find her with her nose in a book, laughing too loudly, or belting out songs from Hamilton.