What to get my boyfriend for his birthday...

United States
November 13, 2011 3:39pm CST
My boyfriend's birthday is on Saturday and I still don't know what to get him. He always needs clothes so maybe I'll have to go to one of his favorite stores and see if there's anything he would like. I know that he wants this Hero camera that can attach to your bike helmet and you can use it for pretty much anything (mainly for sports like biking, diving, skiing, etc.). We used to go mountain biking a lot and I know he's dying for this camera. The thing is, it's pretty expensive and I don't want to buy it if he never has the time to actually go use it. I'm still debating whether or not I should get this camera or not. I know he would just die if that's what he unwrapped on his birthday. I get paid on Friday so I think I'd have enough money to buy it, I just haven't decided what I'm going to do. I might get it for him because his parents just split up and I really don't think he's getting anything for his birthday. So I know that if he got just one gift he really wanted, he'd be extremely happy. But what are some other things I could get him besides that? He likes mountain biking, skating, motocross, music, clothes, video games, cologne, lol pretty much anything. Do you have any ideas what I could do?
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16 responses
• United States
13 Nov 11
i think that if you have enough to get him the camera then that would be pretty nice but you could also do something sweet like buy him a less expensive gift and take him out to diner and a new movie he wants to see. because i dont know him i really dont know if i can be much help to you. you said you dont know if he would have time to use the camera... if your not sure he will be able to use it then maybe you should wait until some other time like Christmas to get it for him. set some money aside every week so your not completely breaking yourself for it. if it was me i would take him out somewhere and get him something a little smaller and save up for the camera. but thats just me. :) good luck and im sure he will love whatever you get him, after all its the thought that counts.
• United States
14 Nov 11
Yeah, I was thinking of either getting it now or waiting until Christmas. I'll have to talk to him some more to find out what he'd really like to do on his birthday I know he needs a new pair of shoes, I just don't know his size or which ones he's seen and wants. The thing is, I like to get his gifts before hand and surprise him rather than just taking him shopping to buy stuff. Last year I got him this flannel he had seen at a surf shop in Orlando when we went up there. About a month later I went to Orlando with my family and went to that same store and got the flannel. He was completely shocked that I remembered and got it for him. So I feel bad just taking him to the mall or something to pick something out. I have just about a week left to decide, hopefully I'll be able to find out a little more. Lol but when I asked the other day he said nothing and that he just wants me to save his money. Of course I'm not going to let that happen because he deserves at least something on his birthday lol.
• United States
14 Nov 11
my fiance is the same way. its like ughhhh. but i wont just take him shopping with me for his presents...ever. i have walked around stores for countless hours looking for something i know he will like or if i am completely out of ideas i will take him to stores and tell him i am looking for something for someone else and i will watch him to see if there is anything that he really likes and i will sneak back later and get it. i would try and find him something a little less expencive and make up for it by taking him out to diner and a movie or something and save for the camera
• United States
15 Nov 11
Lol I wish he would just name a few things that he's interested in. I know that what he really wants is to trade his car in. But he needs his mom's signature for that and she won't do it. So that's not even something I could get for him. He has the latest video games because he got them for himself when they came out last week. He's so easy to buy for yet it's so hard to find something. I don't want to just get anything, I want it to be something he'd really like or be able to use. I still haven't decided what I'm going to do yet, I'll have to go around the mall one day and see if there's anything that I know he'd like.
• United States
14 Nov 11
I guess it would depend on the relationship you have with him. If you think he would appreciate and love this camera and that he could actually get out and use it, I would try my best to get it, just to see his face when he opens it. His joy would be my joy. I wonder.. since his parents split up, I wonder if his life is any easier. He was put upon a lot by his dad and not allowed to do anything. Has that changed any? Other gifts might be appreciated, but the one he REALLY wants would knock his socks off. But really.. anything you think he would enjoy might be cheaper for you to afford.
• United States
14 Nov 11
Honestly, I think he'd love anything I get for him. He's already told me to save my money (I just started at my job) and not to get him anything. I'm not going to listen to him though lol I know he would probably faint if he got this camera so I think I might go ahead and buy it. I love when I get him presents and his face lights up. Last year we went to Orlando together and we were at this surf shop where he saw a nice flannel long sleeved shirt that he really liked. I ended up going to Orlando again with my parents a month later and went to the same shop and bought it. He was completely shocked when he opened his birthday present and saw the flannel he fell in love with. I also think that part of his joy was the fact that I remembered the shirt and went back to the store the next time I went up to Orlando. His life does seem a lot easier now that his dad is gone. I can tell he's much more relaxed to be at home now and not on edge all the time. He still cleans and does stuff around the house but it's nowhere near as bad as when his dad was there. But, now him, his sister, and brother all have to pay the mom $100 a month just to help out, which isn't so bad considering they don't have that nasty dad around yelling at them. I'm happy my boyfriend has it a bit easier now but I feel really bad for his mom because she's just so sad and I hate to see her like that.
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• United States
14 Nov 11
It warms my heart to give someone what they want so much... too. I'm glad he doesn't seem as pressured anymore. I felt bad for him before. I hope you get more time with him now.
• United States
14 Nov 11
Yes, I love doing that too, especially for him :) Even though he still works his 2 jobs, it's definitely easier to see him when he's not working because I don't have to worry about the dad being home or coming home from work (for some reason I guess he didn't like when I was there when he got home from work). He was just a negative person and I'm glad my boyfriend can get some peace now. I felt bad for him before too when his dad was around, and then it got to the point where I got angry and upset at the things he would say to my boyfriend.
@bounce58 (17527)
• Canada
17 Nov 11
I think you've already got your answer. I think the camera is the way to go. Specially with what's going through his family life, I think one special gift would be a nice distraction. And coming from you, I think he would be able to use it. [i]Other ideas: How about one of those things from where you work at, for him to see and enjoy![/i]
• United States
18 Nov 11
Hahahah I love that suggestion! I've kind of always had that idea in the back of my mind..like taking him to my store and having him pick something out that he likes. But, my mom would flip out if she saw that. Lol so that's a gift that is going to have to wait until I live with him and don't have my mom handling my clothes
@bounce58 (17527)
• Canada
18 Nov 11
Haha! I commend your restraint!
• United States
15 Nov 11
I vote for the camera. It is the one thing you Know he wants . And it will be a huge surprise! Unless it is so expensive you have to eat noodles all week , go for it. My second choice? A video game where the theme is mountain biking. That way he can play the game when he can't get out to bike.
• United States
17 Nov 11
Yeah, I'm definitely leaning more towards the camera. I thought of taking him to this really nice restaurant that he's never been to and has wanted to try. But then I thought that I should just put money towards an actual gift because it would last longer than a one time meal. Also, I'm sure his mom and sister are going to want to do something and I'd rather just go to this restaurant just me and him, so I think it'll have to wait for another time. The video game is a good idea. I'd have to look into it and see if there's one about mountain biking. He also does motocross so maybe there's a game for that too. Or I could just get him Microsoft points for the xbox and he can use it to buy movies and games. Thanks for your ideas!!
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• United States
17 Nov 11
You are so welcome. I think the posh restaurant may be a great Valentine's date. That way it Suppose to be just you two . Suggestion make your reservations in January! Please let me know how his birthday was.
@pardhu8 (391)
• India
14 Nov 11
I just have no words to say,i think you love your boyfriend alot...I think whatever you give to him he will be more happy because no one cares the gift alot but they cares about their presence.So,i suggest you be with him all the day and make his birthday most memorable day in his life.
@pardhu8 (391)
• India
14 Nov 11
Forgot to say just pass my wishes to him...
• United States
14 Nov 11
Yes, I really do love him a lot :) He's already told me not to get him anything but I'm not going to listen to him. I'm going to either get him something that he really wants or something that he needs like clothes or shoes. I also think I'm going to be with him all day and pretty much do whatever he feels like doing.
• United States
14 Nov 11
Modern Warfare 3 and SkyRim were just released, and both are popular games. If he doesn't already have them, I'd suggest purchasing one of them for his birthday. The downside might be that your boyfriend will begin to pay attention to the game instead of paying attention to you. Another idea is to ask him his top 3-5 picks for a gift, and surprise him based on what he says. You could also always buy him a gift card to one of his favorite stores, and you guys could go there together and he could pick out the items that he wants to purchase.
• United States
14 Nov 11
Lol he already got Skyrim when it was released at midnight. I tried to see if he wanted MW3 but he wasn't interested in it. I also tried to ask him what he wanted but he told me not to get him anything and to save my money. But I really like the gift card idea and then going to the store together and have him pick out the stuff he wants.
• United States
13 Nov 11
Your boyfriend will appreciate any gift as long as it comes from you, so I do not think that an expensive gift is necessary... In my opinion, maybe you could give him something he can always have on him, something that reminds him of you every minute of the day. A necklace would be a good gift, or maybe just take him out that day and have fun together. Material objects are not as important as the memories that you can share with him.
• United States
14 Nov 11
I would love to get him a necklace but I'm not so sure he'd wear one. I've never really seen him wear any type of jewelry, except that he'll wear the watch I got him for Christmas every once in a while. I'm still deciding on what I should get him. I don't want to buy just anything, I want it to be something that's really meaningful
@julianmac (397)
• Malaysia
13 Nov 11
Hi courtknee, I totally admire you. How sweet and nice of you to give a great amount of consideration to your boyfriend's feeling. If everyone can think like you than there should be no problem when it comes to relationship. I think it'll be a great idea to get him the camera since he wants it more than anything. Maybe he will make time to use it, if he owns one himself.He seemed to be active in sports.Maybe you can get him something that is related to his favorite activity. No matter what you gave him ,I'm sure he'd be very happy about it as it came from someone who showers him with love and care and that's you! Please convey my birthday wishes to your friend and have a wonderful evening.
• United States
14 Nov 11
Awww, thank you :) I've already talked to him about the camera and that I was concerned how much he'd use it since we don't really go biking anymore. But he said if he had that camera, we'd probably go all the time so he could use it. The camera would be able to relate to all his favorite activities and it's something I know he really wants. I'll have to think about it some more but I think I'll end up choosing the camera because I know it's something he's been dying to have.
• United States
13 Nov 11
I wonder what you ended up getting him lol, because if you bought him an xBox, you should get him Call of Duty MW3 too! Every boyfriend loves a nice first person shooter where he can wreck shop on the children of the world, and talk trash all at the same time! I seriously suggest it!
• United States
14 Nov 11
Lol he already has an xbox and a few of the Call of Duty games. A few weeks ago I got him Battlefield 3 and he loves it. I thought for sure he'd want the new MW3 that just came out but he didn't seem interested..of course I was shocked because I thought he'd be first in line lol. Maybe there's another game that's out that he wants
• Philippines
16 Nov 11
Wow those are pretty expensive choices. I wish I could give my girlfriend things worth that much. Anyway, if you have enough money to buy that camera then go for it. You know that this would make him the happiest so why settle for less? I'm sure he would kiss you non-stop when he unwrapped that brand new camera! Good luck!
• United States
14 Nov 11
Hi! I can understand your dilemma. Be happy as you can have some fun with this! Perhaps one thing you can do is to go around and get some prices and set some kind of limit that you can live with. Can you do a variety of items such as a few clothes, cologne, and any certain cd he likes? Concerning the camera, see if a layaway plan is possible. Sometimes the best gift is time and something you made. Can you decorate cakes? Happy browsing!
@mariahhh (1328)
• United Arab Emirates
14 Nov 11
Wow, your boyfriend pretty much like anything so I think it won't be hard for you to choose the gift you want to give him, I'm sure he will appreciate it. If your first choice is the camera, then go for it . Among the list you gave, I think camera will be the gift the will surely be appreciated. It's good because you can use it together, to take a shot of you together. Some good memories
• Philippines
14 Nov 11
That really depends on you since you are the one who will be buying the gift. As you said, he likes mountain biking and so, if you think that he'll be doing that sport for quite a while, then maybe you should give him that since that is what he really likes. You can also buy clothes since they are much cheaper and since you said that he always need clothes.
@maideen (26)
14 Nov 11
my girlfrnd gifted me a mobile on my birthday
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
14 Nov 11
For me if you think it is the way then go but as what you preferred it is against by Jehovah God law he is hate you doing it pagan form of worship.
@eknathh (24)
14 Nov 11
try to give him a hug.....