Whether it’s your first time shopping for your boyfriend or you’ve been searching for the right present for years, there’s no question that it’s often a remarkably difficult task. No matter how well you know him, he’s on the record as being hard to shop for. He might not get your most thoughtful gift, and you struggle to find something within his more niche interests that he doesn’t already have, especially if you’re not particularly knowledgeable in that subject yourself. Nevertheless, you can come through with a remarkably meaningful, truly unforgettable gift for your boyfriend no matter the occasion and whatever his interests—even if it’s normally a challenge to shop for him.
For the Traveler
When he’s not spending time with you, he’s probably on the road or in the air. He’s lost track of just how many countries he’s been to, but can list his favorite destinations at the drop of a hat—he’s everyone’s go-to reference “book” for must-see points of interest around the city. If the two of you decide to get married, you know you can trust him to choose the ideal honeymoon destination. More or less, travel is a critical column in the building that is his personality.
Of course, you could pick up a pair of plane tickets and jet off to a faraway place where the two of you can connect on a whole new level. But once you filter out that expensive option, you’ll see that those aren’t the only gift you can offer him. Consider, for instance, choosing some new travel-ready luggage option that can make the perfect present. Take some time to research what bags could work well for your partner. In a technical sense, what is a duffel bag? How does that duffel bag differ as a travel bag as opposed to, say, a backpack or traditional suitcase? If you think they’d be better off using a duffel bag the next time they set off to cross the globe, that may very well be the ideal gift, uniting their passion with your love for them.
For the Student
He‘s working to create a better life, and you’re hoping to be a part of that future. Between date nights and late-night Netflix sessions, there’s an inevitable need for regular study sessions. Whether it’s reading five chapters before tomorrow’s class, giving the material on last review, or cramming in a little more knowledge before an exam, he must do well.
If your boyfriend is making his way through school, there’s an endless list of options available for student-centric gifts. Of course, you don’t have to invest in standard school supplies or study aids. Consider choosing more unique items such as the smallest hidden audio recorder possible to avoid missing out on any details of their next lecture, all while avoiding to bulk up their backpack in the process. Remind them to ask their professors before recording classes, especially if local law requires such a disclosure. For an extra impact, arrange to have their most important recordings transcribed for them, making note-taking easier than ever.
For the Grown-Up
Not every boyfriend happens to be in school—how can you treat your significant other who’s already off in the real world? Pay attention to their preferences, especially in the home. Like any adult, they’re sure to have certain needs for around the house, but that will depend, in part on their living space and unique health and wellness needs.
For the grown-up gentleman in your life, consider a practical gift like a Vremi air purifier. This is ideal if they suffer from allergies or live with pets (and, subsequently, pet hair and dander), but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn’t benefit from improved air quality. Better yet, they’ll think of you and your thoughtful gift each time they walk into the room, and you’ll get to experience those air purifier benefits if you live together or whenever you come by his place. A durable air purifier with a HEPA filter is a great option for someone who values their health.
For the Influencer
Maybe your boyfriend is a recognizable social media presence. Whether it’s TikTok or Instagram, being in a relationship with an influencer might not always be easy (how many photos have you had to take throughout your relationship?) but it’s certainly helpful when it comes to shopping for the perfect gift! When you plan for an anniversary, birthday, or just-because gift, brainstorm some ideas for accessories that might help improve his social media game.
In many cases, your partner might not use faux or fresh flowers in their ideal aesthetic (though it’s certainly a lovely option for anyone). However, you might find that a variety of green plants as gifts can subtly improve his online image, alongside the plentiful benefits of plants in terms of well-being. A simple snake plant or succulent might be the best choice for adding just the natural touch his next YouTube video needs and, because live plants require regular care, he’ll have a consistent reminder of you and your love for him.
For the Gamer
Even though you inevitably beat him in each round of Call of Duty, he still considers himself to be the ultimate gamer. Whether he keeps things classic with an elaborate PC setup or he’s got a micro SD card collection waiting to hold his latest Switch fixation. When it comes to gift-giving, his love of gaming can make your decision-making process easier than ever before.
Find a tool that upgrades his favorite device’s battery life or audio quality. Figure out his top pick from his wishlist and find a great deal to get him just that. This could even be as simple as researching the best gaming desk or chair for his needs and helping him to upgrade his gaming station! Whatever his preference, focusing on the games he loves can make gift-giving that much more meaningful.
When a special occasion arises, the first thing you’ll likely worry about is just how you could celebrate your special someone. Ask yourself—what unique qualities would your partner consider key aspects of their identity? What kind of gifts can you choose based on their social media presence or school and studies? Whatever he loves, the perfect gift for your boyfriend likely lies in his interests.