The 6 Rules You Must Know BEFORE Buying A Man Any Gift

If you’re like me, you love giving gifts. It’s just a nice feeling – especially when you like and respect that person.

Hey, sometimes buying gifts for someone else feels 100 times better than it does buying something for yourself.


It’s nice to put a smile on someone else’s face, isn’t it?

But in all honesty, when it comes to men that you are romantically interested in; be careful.

You may think buying and giving gifts nothing big, but, it does matter; especially when you are only dating and not sure if he is committed to you.

(Click here to take the quiz on “Am I Dating a Commitment Friendly Man?)

The way you go about buying and giving gifts matters, and more importantly, what you give and HOW you give the gift sets up the right dynamic between you and a man, or it doesn’t.

What you give and how you give it can make you seem low value or high value in a man’s mind.

That doesn’t make you any less worthy but it does shape the existing connection you have with this man.

You see, what you give and how you give it can also cause disconnects in the relationship.

Some gifts are simply bad, even though the intent was pure.

The reason is simple. Men in their masculine element see value in completely different things to us women.

What to know BEFORE buying a Man any Gift

Gifts that offer value to masculine souls

In order to offer the best value when you give a gift to a masculine soul, it’s important that you feel and know what value is to him.

Remind me not to tell you the story of when I bought my husband (he was my boyfriend at the time) a ring with pretty little diamonds on it.

(It’s so embarrassing, I probably shouldn’t share it publicly.)

He wore it once and has never worn it again.

Remember, there are some gifts men intuitively appreciate, and there are gifts that they don’t intuitively appreciate.

If you are buying for a male friend, you can “theoretically” go all out, because you’re not romantically interested in him.

But personally, I don’t even do that with my male friends that I consider to be like a brother.

There’s a reason: it’s because in my body it doesn’t feel authentic to do this; it just doesn’t feel like I’m being the real ME.

Your feminine presence is the bigger gift

I know my true gift is in being there in ANY man’s presence at all – and being happy, open and radiant. 

When it comes to buying men gifts, in the past I’ve made so many stupid and embarrassing mistakes that are pretty much too embarrassing to talk about.

It can be difficult knowing what gift to buy a man on any occasion.

These days, so many of us already have everything we need, and it’s easy to buy something you *think* would be valuable, but a man doesn’t find to be a good gift.

CLICK HERE to discover how much you truly live in your feminine energy with my specially crafted 9 Question Quiz!

…And if you read through these 6 rules and realise you’ve made these mistakes, it is OK!

You, me and every other female on the planet has made them too.

Mistakes are a gift. Without mistakes, you can’t fully feel the satisfaction from getting things right.

So here are your 6 rules to follow before you buy a man a gift:

Rule No.1 – Spending more doesn’t make you more valuable as a woman.

So…why choose the more expensive option?

Why spend a tonne on a man when you’re just dating, even if you have as much money as Paris Hilton?

Is there even a good reason?

See, if you subconsciously want to flaunt your ability to spend a lot, then you’re not really in your feminine energy. instead, you’re probably just trying hard to prove that you’re “worthy”.

Flaunting your ability to spend a lot doesn’t touch a masculine man. It will touch a more submissive man, or a man who is LOOKING out for a rich woman.

But if you want the man you’re romantically interested in to adore you, just don’t spend more for the sake of looking good. In fact, where you can, spend less.

There Are 7 Common Signs That A Woman is Perceived as Low Value to All Men. CLICK HERE to find out what they are.

Rule No.2 – Buying more items reduces the value of each gift you give.

The idea is simple. Us humans generally like to acquire, to own more, to feel the satisfaction of ‘owning’ material goods in our life.

So this rule is VERY counter-intuitive in practice. But…think about it: if you have 50 items of jewelry, does it make every piece more special?

Or do you still keep one or two favourite pieces that you wear over and over again?

You grow attached to a few of the jewellery items; that’s generally what happens.

A man (and anyone, really) will remember the gifts you give that mean something to THEM.

They won’t keep in their memory many years down the track ‘oh that person used to fill up my Christmas stocking with 100 items that are useless and meaningless to me!’

The more of something we get, the less valuable it becomes. And this happens subconsciously.

When giving gifts, it’s more important to make an emotional impact on someone than to get a reaction of ‘woah!’ from them in reaction to the sheer volume of gifts you’ve given them.

Remember that saying: “less is more”?

Hard to remember this in a context where you’re buying gifts for someone, but it’s important.

When it comes to gift giving when you’re only dating a man, there’s something important for you to know.

If you are going for the whole feeling that ‘yes!’ I am awesome and I have the money to buy a man TONNES of gifts!

Then the message you are really sending is: “I get my feeling of self-worth by PROVIDING for you. I’m the man.”

When you’re in an established exclusive relationship, there’s nothing really wrong with buying more gifts.

Nonetheless, in the dating stages, you want to avoid coming across as the kind of woman who just wants to prove her worth.

We don’t want to prove our worth through advertising our desire to “provide” for a man or through flaunting your riches.

It’s much better to prove your worth through actually being a woman of value to men!

Your value isn’t what you can provide

I am of the belief that when it comes to the dating stages, our value comes from the more intangible things.

The masculine men in the world around you will find you more endearing and want to take more care of you if you make a simple purchase that is meaningful and leave it at that.

It could be a mug, or you could make a lamb roast (yum, lamb!) Don’t flaunt riches. Don’t flaunt ‘provider’ abilities. You don’t need to.

You are far more vulnerable than that.

Really, are you truly attracted to a man whom you need to buy things for and take care of?

Answer honestly for yourself.

Your ability to react to give your presence, and enjoy anything that a man gives you is far more interesting than your ability to give expensive gifts.

Rule No.3 – If you give a gift, make your gift either useful or sentimental.

When it comes to gift giving….it’s tempting to buy a man several items of clothing…or a cologne or another wallet…because these are the easiest options.

It’s also what every other girlfriend is giving her boyfriend, and it saves time and thought on your part.

If you want to get him ANY of these things, make sure that it has a context and that it’s not just an ‘extra’ on top of all the other clothes or wallets he has just for the sake of ‘acquiring’ things.

For example. If you have been dating a while and you know he’s going hiking in January and has no hiking gear, then a pair of hiking pants is a nice gift.

This is because they serve a particular purpose for him in January, and it shows you understand him. (Click here to complete the quiz “How Naturally Feminine Am I Actually?”)

Masculine gifts for masculine souls

Most men like things with a purpose (tools, etc), or things that are sentimental.

Unless a man is very feminine, he doesn’t give a damn about buying more and more clothes and gathering more and more things unless those things serve a clear-cut purpose in his mind.

Most men are also not interested in pointless, fluffy, jingly things.

For example: You might appreciate cupcakes. But men aren’t always deeply moved by that.

It just doesn’t ‘touch’ them if you give him cupcakes as a gift. It’s nice, don’t get me wrong. It’s just not a gift that would light up his soul.

He might enjoy eating them, but it won’t really touch him deeply and it won’t serve a purpose for him other than filling up his tummy with sugar.

Here’s another example. You might like cute lunch bags, but buying him a plastic zip-up lunch bag with a cute little soccer ball printed on it that a 10-year-old boy could also use, may not be that valuable.

He won’t appreciate it (yes, that’s actually also a real story. And the woman’s husband responded to the gift by saying ‘well, that’s not very manly!’).

He’s stating the obvious.

As I said before…it’s ok to make mistakes. We gotta have a laugh about them sometimes!

Now, I thought twice about putting in the word ‘sentimental’ here, because a lot of women will take that and RUN with it. 

‘Yay! I can get him a nice photo with ‘I love you so much’ printed on it!!’ Well…if you are married, have been together a long time, and you’re sure he also loves you, this gift may be OK.

But not when you have NO idea where your relationship with this man is going! You have to wait to give such sentimental gifts. (read my article on How to Get Him to Propose)

Stay attuned to the stage of the relationship

If you have been together less than 6 months, stay away from sentimental gifts.

Stay away from them unless it’s the first time you are doing something like that and you are sure that HE has already done something like that for you already.

Now, regarding what a sentimental gift means…it depends on your relationship situation.

If you are in a long-term relationship or marriage and you really ALREADY feel like the woman in the relationship, and you feel adored – then do what you want!

Just be mindful and conscious all the way. Be conscious of WHY you’re choosing to buy a gift.

Do you really need to get something “extra”?

If so, why are you getting it?

Are you getting it because you feel you must, otherwise he will think you don’t love him? If so, it’s the wrong reason to get the gift!

Are you getting him the gift because you think you “should”?

Do you think you should, in order to show him that you are interested in him, although, inside you’re aching for him to do for you?

Are you giving gifts to over-state your love and interests? All the while, you don’t actually LIKE being the one giving gifts just to show your interest?

If you don’t feel adored yet, and he is NOT committed yet – then, whether you are dating or having something long term, your focus still needs to be on establishing the dynamic that you want with a man.

Eg: you don’t want to start a relationship based on you trying hard to prove your worth.

So, keep sentimental gifts to something small like a key-ring with a personal joke or personal photo attached. Or a mug with a special quote or photo on it.

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Rule No.4 – The less time you have spent dating, the better it is to buy less & spend less.

You have to be attuned the stage of the relationship you’re in in order to gift a man something that is appropriate.

This is because when you stay attuned to the stage of the relationship, you can give gifts that are aimed at creating deeper connection rather than creating disconnects.

If you’re not attuned, it is sometimes easy to offer a gift that expresses far too much interest than the actual stage of relationship you’re in.

In other words, you give something completely inappropriate.

Imagine if a man gifted you with a diamond engagement ring after texting you for 2 days.

No matter how much you want to get married, that is still inappropriate because it isn’t calibrated to the stage of the relationship.

Plus, you’re not here to provide for the man. So you don’t need to take that role. This also helps to set up the dynamic that he is the man in the relationship, and not you.

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Rule No.5 – When in doubt about whether you should buy anything at all, buy nothing.

And instead just make a nice card to wish him happy birthday or happy Christmas.

There’s no need to buy something just because you think you should.

Sometimes it is much better to give a simple gesture (like a nice card) than to try too hard getting something that may not be calibrated to the stage of that relationship.

At the end of the day, the potential value in any gift is far beyond the price tag associated with it.

As trite as it may be, it’s really the thought that counts most. Everything else is essentially a ubiquitous commodity.

(…And if he doesn’t appreciate the thought, take that as a red flag moving forward! CLICK here for my article on the 6 behaviours you should never tolerate in a man.)

Is your man serious about committing to you? CLICK HERE to find out with my specially crafted 8 Question Quiz!

Rule No.6 – When & if he buys you something, make your reaction to the gift honest.

But do not criticize him (that’s not honest).

It doesn’t matter if a man gives you something and it makes you want to burst out crying (I’ve done this before. And it only brought my husband and I closer, and he felt far worse about it than I ever did!)

If a man wants to make you happy, you have a good man.

If instead he just calls you a bitch and never comes back because you cried over the present, well good! He wouldn’t have come back in the first place anyway!

It was either going to be this Christmas or some other random reason for him to take off.

Some men are just not compatible with you like that; and some of them…well, they have a weak masculine energy like that.

Click here for 5 Simple Signs He Is Not An Alpha Male.

Whatever he gives you, just know that it’s a start that he tried to give you anything at all.

Thank him, always thank him for giving you anything, but don’t pretend it’s orgasmic if it makes you want to cry.

If it makes you over the moon, BE over the moon, if it upsets you, let it upset you! If it surprises you, let it surprise you!

You’re a woman, it’s OK to be real and to feel with a man. That is what I believe, and I’ve done things this way for many years, and it’s never backfired on me.

You don’t want to do this with friends or others, but with a man, it’s OK.

Men are funny creatures, you’ll be surprised how much the best men out there don’t mind you making them think. They really won’t mind you making them work out why on earth you didn’t like their gift.

They’re stronger than you think, and remember, they’re men. So they’re not as sensitive as your mom or your girlfriends are.

Now I am handing it to you. Share your thoughts about buying men gifts. Do you have any personal rules that you follow? 

IE: you always spend less than a man, or you never buy a man gifts? 

Share your thoughts so other women can learn from you!

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Just me
Just me

You are absolutely right. I wish I could stop myself sometimes from making an effort too soon or being too generous.
I just bought a man I had know for a little while a birthday gift. It wasn’t expensive (or so I thought) but I did spend time and effort buying something I thought he would like. When he received the gift he immediately took distance and ghosted me on the same day. I never heard from him since. I guess he got scared and thought it was too much for this stage of the relationship.


Every single year like clockwork my wife will ask me when the occasion presents, mostly Christmas, what I would like? Every year without exception I have given her the same answer, nothing! She has tried good gifts and bad gifts and cheap gifts and expensive gifts and every permutation and combination in between for each of those twenty year. I often wonder for whom she is buying the gift, me or her. As I understand it the main purpose of gift giving is altruism. The joy comes from the reaction of the recipient. Every year she waits childlike anticipation and… Read more »


I think when giving a man a gift, esp that u like or love, you need to give him some thing that he’s been seeing for long but hasn’t found time to buy it. It may be a pair of shoes that his always talking about, or a t shirt at a certain boutique his always talking about. Surprising him with it, means a lot and can build your relationship. I hope it makes sense..

Don’t just buy for the sake of it.

Nazzain lee
Nazzain lee

My boyfriend ask me what my gift to his birthday and I said maybe watch but he said I like brand not local brand and I said ofcours I will gift you brand watch and he chooses expensive brand but he said no need because is to expensive and he worried because I work hard but I said it’s okay it’s come from my heart to give you a gift . what is meaning if boyfriend choose a brand expensive gift for him I don’t want to think bad because he’s my boyfriend and I love him thatswhy I want… Read more »


Wow! Dating & gifting sounds so complicated right now. I’m a guy myself and i think i’d appreciate any gift my partners gives me; regardless of what it is. But if a gift is really necessary, honestly, most guys are techies and you can never go wrong with a tech related gift. Stuff like a virtual Reality Headset, the latest DJI Drones. They all work!


I feel like dating has gotten too complicated these days. It used to be a person asked you out you have a good time than go out again. You give a person a gift person should say thank you and be appreciative. It’s just basic manners if you ask me. Things have gotten where people read too much into everything. You either like me or you don’t and vice versa.

Pretty H
Pretty H

Great article with lots of truth. There are people who are naturally generous and always thinking of how to surprise or make their partner smile. Unfortunately, there are those who are mean and are not into ‘gifting’. However I agree that if there is really no indication of commitment from someone or they wouldn’t really do anything for you is that you use the money for the gift to buy something nice for yourself. ‘Gifting’ takes planning and it means that someone is really thinking about you to go to lengths such as doing research online in terms of the… Read more »

Ashley Rhae
Ashley Rhae
Reply to  Pretty H



Haha actually my boyfriend tell me outright not to buy him any gifts! He finds it stressful when he received gifts especially things which is deem useless to him. If I really want to gift him, food is the way to go! XD

Loving Mother
Loving Mother

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As a Man I find this quite insulting. First of all, in most cases it’s the Man who’s providing for his Family, I don’t care how proud your Father, Brother, Husband, or Boyfriend is, just know behind closed doors we all ask joke with one another about how “cool” it would be for us to be spoiled for once. We typically don’t get gifts, we buy the gifts or finance a great deal of it, so if you want to WOW and surprise a Man, get him something cool that he would like and would actually use, something centered around… Read more »

Reply to  Kalisto3010

Thank you for this. I do enjoy spoiling my man and sometimes worry it is over the top. I don’t spend a lot of money usually but I do other spoil things and have spent money before. I don’t think my expensive gifts were ever well received with my ex, tools, BBQ, high end weed eaters- he became like what she is saying- wanted me to do the taking care of

Reply to  Kalisto3010

If you are buying a gift for someone then you should already understand them well enough to know how they would receive it. Don’t change yourself for anyone! Buy the gift that speaks to you. He’ll see the gift, he’ll think of you, and he’ll likely understand immediately what brought you to buy him that gift.

Just don’t expect anything in return. Buying someone a gift will not make them fall in love with you. Though it is a nice gesture.


I’m sorry but the only “rules” I agree with here are 3 and 4. You’re stereotyping men as one of two categories, crazy macho manly man and weak submissive nobody. If what you give your man defines whether or not he is attracted to you, don’t worry about rules. Weed him out. You shouldn’t go by general rules, you should go by feelings and the dynamic of the relationship. If a guy flips out and walks away because you spent a little extra or because you got him something in the first place because he can’t handle that you can… Read more »


Yesss loved this article(especially number 1 hahaha). Just recently there was a birthday party I went to for the guy I like. I was thinking forever of what to buy him then finally decided on a ukulele because I know he’s been wanting one for a long time and would definitely use it all the time. Unfortunately, I ordered it online and it wouldn’t come in in time. So I bought him something smaller that he had mentioned he needed a little while ago so he’d have something to open at the party. He opened my gift and it seems… Read more »


In the past I tried offering beautiful shirts, or warm sweaters to my boyfriends. Turns out that some of them loved them – I know now that I was rather in a mothering relationship with them – and my current partner, barely ever wore the shirts, because he values them so much that he is afraid to damage them and so he never wears them. That caused me a bit of frustration and so now, I have decided to only offer one type of gift: good food! Food is also the best gift anyone can ever give me. It makes… Read more »

Karan Singh
Karan Singh

Great blog! All the tips you have shared here are really useful, I like that you shared about the essential tips that we need to keep on in mind while giving a gift to our loved ones. I like this blog, Thanks a lot for sharing!


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Lexi DeMarco
Lexi DeMarco

okay so my boyfriend and i have the same birthday. i love that we have the same birthday but im kind of worried. like what if i end up spending more than him, would he be upset? but also the reverse way what if he ends up spending more than me? i mean i know its not all about the money that you spend its more about the thought of the gift, but im not very sure where to go about this.


This article is Quite misogynistic, suggesting that men are all equal to each other and all require the same amount monetary affection as each other, and that women need to give it to them. On a second note, The whole basis of this site directly suggested in the name which is a universal statement that is ahistorical and highly problematic.

Matthew Dethlefson
Matthew Dethlefson
Reply to  Tracy

This isn’t misogynistic at all. This is a female author helping women find the right gift for men. Saying men are all equal doesn’t make her misogynistic. Do you know what that word means? Look it up. Your entire comment was unintelligent and simply rude. Why do you have to say something negative about someone giving advise?


okay. first of all I think I have a crush on my senior which is my colleague. He always been a very help to me at work since I’m taking over his position. Every time I have problems with my work he will be there as my MAGIC solution. Now his birthday coming on 2nd February. I really want to give him a tie as a gift because I saw him wear brown color tie and I said to him that I like it on him and few days after, he came to work and tell me that he lost… Read more »


ahhhh thank god i came across this article before making the purchase. Late xmas present to my fiance. He is into material things and fond of money so i felt so pressured to spend on him since he spent almost $200 on a bracelet, and mpre on a purse, earrings n slippers . But ive decided im just going to buy him a cell phone case, and make him a yummy soup as well as a massage with a blowjob happy ending 🙂

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