One thing’s for certain. Every man is different. So what might be a sentimental Valetine, birthday or anniversary gift for your sweetheart, wouldn’t necessarily resonate at all with some other men. So, what’s a sentimental gift for your guy? This likely will cause you to dig a little deeper than normal, to remember good times from the past and equate them to your search for the perfect best Valetine’s Day gifts for your husband. If your man is a photography nut, you might choose to get him camera gear that enhances his hobby. Perhaps you could create a memory book that showcases his beautiful pictures. If he’s a woodworker, should you buy him the perfect new tool that will expand on his passions in the shop? Or, is it finally the year that you buy him that awesome set of golf clubs he’s been wanting forever? Any or all of those options might rank as sentimental to your sweetie.
Sure there are the standard choices for Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day and for no reason at all, like chocolates, flowers (yes, men like them too) and Amazon gift cards. No problem with those, but if your honey loves to garden or has some other special interest, we’ll help you come up with some different ideas that will clearly show you’ve been paying attention to the things that are close to your hubby’s heart. You could celebrate his strength, patience and perseverance through sweet notes. Or give him a gift of extraordinary experiences. Whatever you opt for, be sure that your present lets him know that you “get him” at a deeper level, but also that you totally dig him. That’s what makes gift giving at every special occasion so memorable. It really provides you the opportunity to celebrate those things most wonderful about your husband.
The great news is that we’re here to help you in your quest for the perfect present for him. We’ve taken the time to talk with men about what they find to be truly sentimental. And since you’re doing your best to celebrate your love and spiritual connection, this post will be full of ideas that promote shared experiences. Even if some of our selections seem a bit unexpected, bear with me and read through each idea to see how you can turn even the simplest gift into a deeply sentimental journey. So sit back, relax, and let’s talk about the Top 20 Best Sentimental Gifts for Husbands.
1. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts
As any married couple can attest, falling in love is easy. Staying in love is a little bit harder. But reading together is a powerful relationship tool. The Five Love Languages is absolutely one of my favorite books when it comes to keeping your relationship fresh and growing, amid the work demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life. When you both commit to reading this terrific tome, (honest, it’s a really quick read,) you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. This proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner, using relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work. Help him mark the pages you’ve read together with a romantic wooden bookmark. If you’ve read this one already, but you want to continue to deepen your understanding of one another, beyond Valentine’s Day, consider Our Q&A a Day: 3-Year Journal for 2 People. It provides a terrific opportunity to reflect on your days together, over a period of years. And, if you simply want to keep things fresh and fun, and your sweetie has a Kindle Fire, give him 52 Uncommon Dates: A Couple’s Adventure Guide for Praying, Playing, and Staying Together. No Kindle? No problem. Order one for him and one for yourself right here. That way, you’ll be assured there’s no bickering over who get to use it.
2. Travelmall Travel Toiletry Bag
Stick with me here. Sure, a men’s toiletry bag doesn’t seem like a sentimental gift, does it? But what if this little gift was the beginning of a big surprise you were building up to? Perhaps a little getaway to a romantic B & B, or maybe a return to the place you first met. What if it was the first step in a multi-faceted gift that you’d build on for his birthday, Father’s Day and Christmas, that led to an extraordinary overseas vacation? I’m encouraging you to think big with this idea, because a travel experience shared can be life changing. This handy hanging bags folds down small to stick in his suitcase, but it offers big, organized storage to take all of his toiletries on a road trip with you. Just think of the possibilities, and if you’re really planning a big international trip, consider getting him a luxe passport holder and a super easy rolling bag that fits all his stuff. That way he can save his carry-on space for a DSLR camera and lenses or his GoPro, to capture the memories forever.
3. TETON Sports Mammoth Queen Size Sleeping Bag
Remember your very first camp out together? The crackling fire, the starlit sky, a full moon and that romantic feeling? Who can forget that? What I also can’t forget is that we crawled into our tent, and into separate sleeping bags. That totally sucked. At the next special opportunity, give him a gift that will recapture all those sweet memories, but end with you snuggling up together in the same sleeping bag. The TETON Sports Mammoth Sleeping Bag is a double-wide quilted sleeping bag that has cushioning around the zipper and shoulder to keep drafts out. It features offset seams to distribute fill evenly and eliminate chilly spots. It has a drawstring hood and warm flannel lining that retains the body heat generated by you and your sweetie. It also includes three no-snag, self-repairing zippers that open on either side and the bottom for adjustable ventilation. It can connect to additional bags for even larger sleeping space. If you’re trying to create a romantic camping experience, be sure to take along a portable speaker, along with some romantic music. And get up off the ground while you’re at it. Stargaze from your double sleeping bag in a super-cozy two person hammock.
Price: $107.40 (10 percent off MSRP)
4. KindNotes Keepsake Gift Jar of Love Messages
Remember as newlyweds when you took the time to leave little loving notes in your husband’s backpack, briefcase, messenger bag or in his car? Why not bring back that simple tradition, with this adorable jar of loving messages to which you can add your own sweet love notes. This fun present includes 31 love-themed messages to be opened each day of the month or anytime your sweetheart needs a little pick-me-up. With messages like “Every day I am thankful you are mine,” to “I’ll always be here for you when you need me,” and “I love you just the way you are,” these thoughtful little notes will make him feel warm and deeply loved. Keep the love flowing by writing your own loving messages and thoughtful reminders of fun memories you’ve shared. Just get a packet of sweet tiny envelopes to keep each message a treasure to be opened. To get him laughing, add some funny, but not too “self-helpy” affirmations to his jar to keep the love going year round. Take a step beyond hand written notes, with Letters to My Love. Handwritten letters are the keepsakes he’ll treasure forever, and this thoughtful book gives you pages to write the kinds of letters he’ll cherish.
5. Sivan Health & Fitness Basalt Lava Hot Stone Massage Kit
There’s nothing more intimate than touch. That’s why couples’ massage has become such a popular indulgence. Just imagine the experience of giving your husband a hot stone massage at home. This beautiful basalt lava hot stone massage kit is the perfect tactile gift for him. Hot stones are tools of the trade for hot stone massage therapists, and now you can learn to use these beautiful cured and hand-polished stones to give him an indulgent spa experience. Hot stone massage therapy increases circulation, facilitates maximum blood flow for optimum body functioning, and increases cell metabolism, thereby increasing the rate at which the body processes nutrients and toxins. This form of massage also increases lymphatic function, improving the detoxification benefits and cleansing and eliminating bad stuff from his system. The deep relaxation of muscles helps to alleviate stress and tension, creating a feeling of balance and harmony, and giving him a deeper and longer-lasting sense of relaxation. Practitioners of hot stone massage prefer these ancient stones because of their heat-retaining and energizing properties. In order to properly heat the stones, you’ll want to get a stone warmer to get them to just the right temp. And to learn the best, most therapeutic ways to use these stones, be sure to get a book by the experts.
6. Japanese Juniper Bonsai Starter Tree
The art of Bonsai represents an ancient reflection of one’s strength, courage, perseverance and wisdom. Each tiny snip to a bonsai defines its shape and spirit, much like life’s lessons define a person. On his special day, give your husband a beautiful Bonsai tree to tend, nurture and shape. Let him find the perfect place for this Juniper where it can thrive like your love. Junipers generally have a naturally flowing or “cascading” shape of long, trailing branches, which allow them to be trained into so many amazing Bonsai shapes. The branches usually respond well to wiring and reshaping. Give him the basics for Bonsai success with Bonsai 101 Essential Tips and a great set of Bonsai tools.
7. Cool Mist Humidifier & Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser
Sure, your husband loves the aroma of fresh baked bread, cookies or a pot roast simmering. Who doesn’t? But did you know that essential oils deliver aromatherapy that can make your sweetie healthier, happier, more relaxed and even smarter? We’re not kidding here. For instance, Rosemary oil can dramatically improve cognitive performance. For a special surprise, since you’re likely to be getting home from work just as late as he is, give him the gift of organic aromatherapy with this awesome cool mist humidifier and diffuser that can run up to ten hours continuously. Does he need a better night’s sleep? Get him Good Sleep Blend essential oils. Is he stressed? Try Stress Release Synergy. Does he need energy? Get lemon, ginger, eucalyptus or geranium essential oils or try the Energy Boost blend. Or you could get him a large set of essential oils that will cure all his ills, along with a guide to their healing properties.
8. Romantic Pillow Case Set
There’s nothing more sentimental that wishing your husband sweet dreams as you drift off to sleep. These lovely pillow cases add to that feeling, with loving thoughts to send him off to dreamland, and special sentiments to start his day. Made from silky soft, breathable microfiber fabric, these sweet pillow cases let you reclaim romance and celebrate your love today, and every day after. You can also find pillowcases with other uplifting, funny and sentimental sayings for your sweetie. Or get him a sweet set with graphics that say it all.
Price: $17.99 (28 percent off MSRP)
9. Kisses 4 Us Game
Remember the butterflies you’d get when your husband first kissed you? You can bring back those feelings of crazy love and romance, especially when you realize that kissing is more than just fun, it’s essential to a great relationship. Kisses 4 Us is a box of fun, flirty and romantic kisses, with fun facts and ideas to make kissing fun again. There are 30 high quality, well designed kiss cards that describe how to do each kiss. Each kiss card also has extra trivia, tips and fun facts to enhance your kissing experience. Get flirty by personally customizing five of your own unique kiss cards. If you’re looking for conversation starters with thought-provoking questions to get to know each other on a new level, TableTopics Couples is a fun way to start. If you’re looking to really heat up your love life, Sexy Truth or Dare ought to do the trick.
10. To Do List Coffee Mug
Honestly, one’s goals for the day are often best when kept simple. This hilarious coffee mug keeps it real with a to do list your adored husband can surely accomplish. You’re guaranteed to put a smile on your sweetheart’s face when he opens up this playful gift for his birthday, Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day or even Christmas morning. Be sure to give him some daring Death Wish coffee to go with it. Just in case he needs a little more reassurance about how awesome you truly think he is, just fill out these Nifty Notes to give him some daily affirmations from you.
11. Men’s Sterling Silver Greek Key Pattern Cuff Bracelet
If your husband is like mine, he doesn’t want to wear more than his wedding ring, but a chunky bracelet might become the sentimental present he wears every single day. This gorgeous sterling silver cuff bracelet for men can be easily adjusted to fit comfortably, making it easy to wear. The contrasting antiqued background and high polish silver form a traditional Greek key pattern, which has been oft interpreted to symbolize the bonds of love and deep friendship, and the eternal flow of things. That makes this bracelet a perfectly sentimental gift for the man you adore. Because only you know your man’s personal style, a classic link bracelet or leather bracelet might better fit his personality.
12. Buttoned Down Men’s Cashmere Full-Zip Sweater
Your husband will feel like you’ve wrapped him up in a nice warm hug if you give him this gorgeous 100 percent cashmere full-zip sweater from Buttoned Down. Since husbands love hugs, this is one of our fave sentimental gifts for men. This great gift is soft and oh-so-cozy, but it’s also going to keep your sweetie warmer than a plain old wool sweater. Those wiley Cashmere goats that produce the downy Cashmere fiber have been growing fur that’s reported to be nine times warmer than regular Merino wool. What makes this gorgeous sweater even better, it looks and feels lightweight so your husband can wear it for three seasons, and every time he puts it on, he’ll surely think of you. I purchased one for my husband awhile back, and it’s his absolute favorite office sweater for those chilly days. Plus all the ladies he works with pay him tons of compliments whenever he puts it on. A cozy cashmere turtleneck would look awesome on your man, especially if you gave him a gorgeous brilliant red Cashmere scarf to wear with it.
13. Luxury Barber Men’s Grooming Box
You celebrate everything that makes your husband look and feel his best, so why not give him a gift that will make him feel gorgeous from head to toe? This cool kit is a terrific men’s grooming package. It features eight upscale shaving and wellness products. The reusable storage box properly houses his essentials including, but not limited to: pre-shave, skin and body products, shave cream, aftershave, shampoo, hair styling pomade, and DE safety razor blades. It also includes some mystery gifts, like a featured full size product, plus the possibility of a hardware grooming tool. If your sweetie rocks a beard, you can celebrate his love affair with facial hair by getting him an awesome beard grooming kit. If your hubby sports a chrome dome, he can experience all-around head shaving goodness with the HeadBlade ATX Kit.
14. Invicta Speedway Men’s Analog Quartz Chronograph Watch
Maybe your husband sports a smart watch, or perhaps he just carries his cell phone to tell the time, but this gorgeous Invicta chronograph watch features timeless technology that doesn’t need updates, and won’t remind him of unanswered emails and upcoming appointments. This Father’s Day, give him a gift that gives him break from his overly connected life, and invites him to wear something classy and accurate. This sporty yet elegant timepiece features a two-tone stainless steel bezel, case, and bracelet strap with 23K gold plating for a luxe look. A sleek white chronograph dial showcases gold-tone markers, date display between four and five o’clock, and white-tipped hands. This super sophisticated timepiece is equally at home in the boardroom or onboard his boat, as it’s water resistant to 660 feet, allowing the Speedway to merge easily into his sporting and working life. Smart watches are another fun option, if your husband absolutely has to stay connected at all times. If he’s more sporty, check out the watches that track his activity and keep time all at once.
15. Umbra Hangit Photo Display
There’s not really a more sentimental gift for your husband than a collection of precious pictures and mementos. If you’ve been storing those special memories away in a box, now is the time to bring them into the light. The Hangit photo display by Umbra is a casual, artistic way to display your favorite photos and artworks. Inspired by country signs hanging on wire fences, Hangit features two wooden supports with five twine cords and 40 wooden “clothespin” clips. You can easily rotate the contents of this special display as you make new memories. Make sure your new display doesn’t damage your walls with Command Picture Hanging Strips. In case the Hangit is a little too country for your decor, there are many other photo collage frames to choose from.
16. Lacosté Bleu Powerful Cologne for Men
It’s a scientific fact that smells can transport you to a different time and place even more effectively than pictures. That seems especially true, when you think about the way your husband’s natural scent triggers a a flood of sweet emotions. If you’re looking to help him find a new signature scent, consider a splurge and give him the gift of one of the most popular colognes for men, Lacosté Bleu Powerful. This sensual, yet fresh scent is filled with fruit and citrus notes at the top, intermingling with with sage, orange flower, patchouli, and oakmoss. It’ll remind you and him of a summer’s day at the ocean, sun blazing down on your warm bodies. If your husband is indeed a lover of sun, sand and water, you could always get him an awesome pair of aviators and a good looking summer straw hat to protect his handsome face.
17. VonShef Traditional Wicker Picnic Basket
Every day can be as romantic as you want to make it, but for sentimentality, meeting up with your sweetie for a picnic either indoors or out, is always a hit. Whether you opt to surprise your guy with this basket in hand, filled with fruit, cheese, fresh bread and more, or you jointly plan ahead to make an evening of it and include a bottle of wine and some other specialty items, this picnic basket is a total keeper. It’s stocked with all the essentials you need for a classically stylish outdoor feast for two, or a quick indoor lunch at the office. This basket is perfect for romantic evenings and fun days out, plus it has all the plates, napkins, glasses, and silverware so you can cut down on the planning and go spur of the moment. If you’re looking to simplify, but want to take wine, a well stocked wine tote could be your answer. If you’re packing for more than just the two of you, perhaps you should pick a picnic pack for four.
Price: $39.95 (56 percent off MSRP)
18. Zeny Hex Shaped Outdoor Fireplace
Have you ever noticed how some of the very best conversations happen around a fire? Sadly, you don’t usually go camping for most of the year, but you can bring that warmth and intimacy to your own patio in any season. Give your husband this beautiful patio fireplace and get ready for more thoughtful discussions about your marriage and life in general. The soothing crackle of the fire opens everyone up to incredibly real and wonderful storytelling. This pretty patio fire pit is approximately 12 inches tall inside – perfect for building a small or large fire for gatherings, parties, or just the two of you. It allows plenty of air flow through the sides and spacers in the bottom, so burns hot and efficiently in the center. The bronze and black finish is stylish and will stand up against the outside weather, keeping your patio looking good. A flame retardant lid minimizes ashes released in the air for a clean area when you’re finished. If you have especially harsh weather, you might want to get him a fire pit cover to keep your patio fireplace looking new. And if you have kids, or your husband’s a kid at heart, make sure to get him a marshmallow roasting set just for fun.
Price: $83.99 (58 percent off MSRP)
19. Prism Stowaway Delta Kite
Remember when you were kids and how fun it was to learn to fly your first kite? Somehow in the busy effort of growing up, most of us forgot about that feeling… the sheer freedom of running into the wind and watching your kite soar into the sky. Give your husband (and yourself) a beautiful kite for Father’s Day, and you can rekindle your kite flying memories and get outside together almost anywhere. This sweet kite has the high-tech look of a sport kite without the complication and learning curve. The new Stowaway Delta puts a classic, high flying single-liner in a package that’ll fit in his briefcase or messenger bag to take anywhere. The tough fiberglass frame makes flying a breeze in a wide wind range, and the high flying angle allows maximum altitude. Bungees in the spars make assembly a snap – just let the rods spring into their connectors like a tent pole. For added flair, optional tails attach at the wingtips and spine. The 5-foot wing folds to just 18″ long, and this package includes the kite and 200 feet of premium braided Dacron line on a hoop winder. If you’re looking for something fancier and bigger, a true stunt kite can present a fun challenge. And if you’ve got little kids that will go along with you, don’t forget to get them kid kites too.
Price: $35.33 (21 percent off MSRP)
20. Professional Cocktail Shaker Set
So many married couples first met over an introductory cocktail. Whether it was a date set up by friends, or you finally got brave enough to accept each other’s offer, you were bolstered by a bit of some intoxicating elixir that made it a bit easier to talk the first time out. Now your husband can craft his own delicious cocktails at home. Well, that is, if you give him this awesome professional cocktail shaker set for a Father’s Day present. Just toss on a little Frank Sinatra music, and let him impress everybody with his creations when you have some friends over. This awesome set contains a shaker that holdes up to 24 ounces, a shaker lid with a built in strainer to hold back ice while pouring, a leak proof top sealer, two sided jigger, two pourers for drip free dispensing of bottles. It also comes with a downloadable eBook with recipes for making 50 tasty and toastable cocktails. Some classic cocktail glasses would make his presentation extra impressive. And of course, a cool matching ice bucket is a total must have.
Price: $12.93 (71 percent off MSRP)
21. Comfort Candles The Best Things in Life Pavilion Tea Light Candle
Nothing is more sentimental and romantic than candlelight, so why not spice up your sweetie’s special day with a little intimate candlelight that also comes with a special message? This Comfort Candle comes with a unique terra cotta candle holders and clever copper lid. It’s etched with “The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been, and the memories we’ve made along the way.” That’s a pretty perfect message to let your husband know you love your life with him. Another sentimental Comfort Candle holder features a pierced star design that’s etched with “The Best Things in Life”. It comes with a cute black metal stand included.
22. Primitives by Kathy Words of Wisdom Keepsake Love Quote Box
Your sweet little words can make a big difference in your husband’s day, everyday. That’s why we think he’ll love this rustic box of loving affirmations from Primitives by Kathy. With 80 love themed cards, each day you can share the ritual of picking a card from the box and sharing the thought over your morning coffee. Your time sharing is really what makes sentimental gifts like this special. Contained in a sweet keepsake wooden box, these love quotes can be daily inspiration for a truly romantic and loving relationship. We also like the Primitives by Kathy Inspiration Quote Box, and if you don’t think your husband would be into sharing these little cards, rustic box signs are also fun, sentimental gifts for him that can help reinforce your loving thoughts and feelings.
Price: $11.72 (22 percent off MSRP)
23. You & Me Black Wood Picture Frame
We love this sweet picture frame, that’s not overly smooshy. Afterall, you want your husband to keep your sentimental gifts out where he can see them and be reminded of you, right? This black wooden picture frame is perfect for a favorite picture of you two, perhaps from some memorable adventure together. And it’s classy enough to keep on his desk at work, or on his bedside nightstand. It holds a 4 x 6 inch horizontal photo, and could easily be paired with other photos in black frames as the centerpiece of a wall collage. The Just the Two of Us Wood Picture Frame is another sweet and sentimental gift idea that can be personalized with your names, and although it does have a sprinkling of hearts on one side, it’s still got a classy look. And the I Love You Personalized Wood Picture Frame features the key phrase in different languages as background graphics, along with both your names. Super clever.
24. Men’s Sterling Silver Claddagh Ring
This authentic Irish Claddagh ring among the favorite sentimental Valentine’s Day gifts, not just because it’s a beautiful piece of men’s jewelry, but because of the meaning behind the symbol, which is guaranteed to tug at your honey’s heartstrings. It features the inscription “Love Loyalty Friendship”, the three keys to what makes the Claddagh so popular. Since Roman times, this emblem has been a symbol of commitment, which makes it perfect as a gift from you. In this classic design, hands symbolize friendship, while the heart symbolizes love and the crown, loyalty. This gorgeous, tarnish-resistant sterling silver ring is actually handcrafted in Dublin, and hallmarked in the Assay Office located in Dublin Castle. How cool is that? If your husband is rough on rings, you might want to get him the 10k Yellow Gold Irish Claddagh Ring because the harder metal can withstand a bit more wear and tear. If you think the Claddagh might not be his style, a Celtic knot design is super cool because it represents never ending love. This Celtic Engraved Black Tungsten Ring will look super cool, and be romantic at the same time.
25. Where It All Began Burlap or Canvas Print
There’s hardly anything more sentimental than reminiscing about the day you first met, or perhaps your wedding day. This handmade wall hanging takes that memory a step further, adding to the sweet typography that reads “where it all began”. You can embellish it with the latitude, longitude and GPS coordinates of that very place you first fell for each other. Because this 8 x 10 inch print doesn’t come with a frame, you’ll want to order it in time to get it matted and framed for your sweetie, and since it’s handmade, you’ll need to plan a little bit in advance of the big day.
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