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Must-Read: How To Buy Your Boyfriend the Perfect Gift

With the holidays fast approaching, the universal gift-giving season is nearly upon us.

Anyone can head to the department store and pick out a fancy watch or visit the local liquor store and grab a standard 6-pack, and anyone can find chocolates at local grocery store. With that being said, don't do any of that.

This article isn't meant for the basic or go-through-the-motions type of partner.

You should be stressed about what to get your boyfriend. Not because you feel pressured to be, but because you care so much about him and about making sure your gift makes him happy.

If you keep reading this article, your gift will do exactly that.

Now I'm not going to list out gift ideas for you, but instead, ignite ideas within you. After reading this article, you'll have gifts planned out for the next two years worth of birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.

So keep reading and discover five tips for gifting your boyfriend the perfect gift for him.

  1. Plan Ahead

    This is by far the most important tip I can give you that relates to buying your boyfriend -- hell, buying anyone -- a gift. Simply plan ahead. It'll make your life far easier, and it'll pay off when your boyfriend totally loves his gift and in turn, loves you.

    Usually, the toughest part about getting someone a gift -- especially a romantic partner like a boyfriend -- is deciding on what to get. Planning ahead allows you to weigh countless different options and do a little research into what your boyfriend may actually like, or need.

    They say that time is money, but by taking your time to buy him a gift, you'll probably end up saving quite a bit of money.

    Planning ahead lets you decide between a grand, romantic gesture or a present that suits the occasion. It also allows you time to execute any plan you may have thought up or order anything online if you've found something on the internet.

    You won't be frantically running to the mall the day before with an unlucky friend who you made tag-a-long, going in and out of every store, hoping something catches your eye and seems worthy. The problem with that is that the gift is rarely sentimental or something that your boyfriend truly needs. Anything at the mall is something he could have bought himself.

    Plan ahead and make it something truly special. Something he, or even yourself, never thought would happen.

  2. Think of His Needs

    What does your boyfriend actually need? Now, I'm not referring to things like grocery items, a shower or a good spanking; I'm talking about items like new shoes, a new bike or new sunglasses -- something that will be utilized on a near-daily basis.

    Not every gift has to come out of a keg or shoot fireworks when he opens it.

    Thinking of necessity items is great because it usually also demonstrates that you pay attention to him and his daily life. You may only know he needs new running shoes because he was complaining about a hole in his current pair the other day, or maybe walking to and from work every day has become too much, so he mentioned getting a bike like his coworkers.

    Get him something he actually needs, and that will have him thinking in a few months, "Man, good thing my totally awesome girlfriend got me this (these) for my birthday, I don't know how I used to survive without it (them)."

    Sure, a new fancy watch is flossy and will make him look baller, but is it something he'll actually be wearing and appreciating every day, let alone actually using to tell the time? Is it something he found himself desiring and saying, "I need an expensive watch,"? Or is it just going to sit on his dresser until special occasions, in which it will merely be a decoration upon his wrist?

    Fancy things are nice, especially as you enter adulthood and want to look "grown up," but they rarely last. Get your boyfriend a gift that he actually needs, something that will make a difference in his day-to-day.

    Not only will he appreciate it far more as he utilizes it on a frequent basis, but it'll show that you're actually in-tune with his life and didn't just opt for a standard, cliche gift.

  3. Think of His Passions/Interests

    Everybody has a passion, if not multiple. It could be camping, painting, video games, working out or even birdwatching -- no matter the hobby, there's always room for new gear, better brushes, a rare game, new weights or sharper binoculars. What I'm saying, essentially, is that not only can you gift your boyfriend something relating to his passion, but also something that will enhance and better his drive for that passion.

    Anyone can buy chocolates and beer. It's been done, and for some reason, it continues to be done. But it takes a special kind of lover to actually sit down and think about what to gift their boyfriend. Don't just go through the motions of buying him a gift because you have to -- take it as an opportunity to demonstrate your love for him and gift him something truly meaningful and useful.

    As the great girlfriend, or partner, that you (hopefully) are, you're already fully aware of your boyfriend's passions and knowledgable about what it is exactly. After all, any great lover would become interested in their partner's interests, right?

    Anyways, do a little research. Look into the "latest and greatest" relating to his field of hobby and see what's out there that could actually benefit your boyfriend on a consistent basis. Make your gift something he will find himself using on a regular basis and thinking, "Man, I am sure glad my loving girlfriend got me this, it's been great to have for..."

    It's the gifts that have them saying that, that set the bar for next year.

  4. Weigh Romantic Versus Practical

    There are different sorts of gift you could give to a boyfriend. They will have different effects and suit different occasions. Romantic gifts are a primarily symbolic gesture of your love, whereas practical gifts are something with real value and use. Whether you choose one over the other should depend on the occasion, the relationship and the boyfriend's tastes.

    Romantic gifts are primarily romantic gestures of your love. Whether it entails tracing the steps of your very first date, with some new twists and turns along the way, or a romantic getaway trip for the weekend. A romantic gift is better for those who have been together for quite some time, where all hands have been all over deck, if you know what I mean.

    Whereas practical gifts are something with real value and use. Maybe your boyfriend needs a new bike after his old one finally gave out on him, or he's been complaining about not having any winter-season jackets. Gifting him with either one of those, a new bike or new jacket, would be extremely useful as he'll find himself using either of those items on a daily basis.

    Whether you choose one over the other should depend on the occasion, your guys' relationship and your boyfriend's tastes.

  5. Give An Experience

    A very promising and exciting gift idea can be an experience instead of an object. This can refer to a concert, a play, a trip, a sports game, a day at an amusement park or even seeing a talk from someone influential that he admires.

    It may be the object that he uses every day, but it could very well be the awesome, baller experience that he finds himself daydreaming about every day.

    It goes without saying, but make sure he is actually interested in whatever you decide. Don't get him tickets to see your favorite band, when he only acts interested in them because you are. This is his gift, and it should reflect that, no questions asked.

    Go for a picnic and watch the sunset or hit the mountains and go camping for the weekend -- the experience doesn't necessarily need to be an expensive event.

    Make your own event.