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Boyfriend Birthday Gifts

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It ticks me off that when I search for "unique gifts" and "boyfriend" on the web, I get links to websites that sell personalized mugs, teddybears, pens and other useless things that will eventually accumulate dust in the corner of his closet. The same go for girlfriend gifts I suppose. To save the trouble of thinking about getting that truly fantastic Boyfriend Gift for someone that has everything, I have listed my gift thoughts below.

1. Hot Air Balloon Ride - I love this kind of stuff. You can get an exclusive balloon trip for 2 plus a romantic dinner and a bed and breakfast and a champagne party. But it will cost you - $695 (includes tax). And it's in New Jersey but New Jersey has to be good for something. Check out Inflight Balloon Adventures.

2. Flying a Plane - Not for someone who is afraid of flying but if they aren't, this is a pretty cool deal. A Discovery Plane Lesson/Ride is available from White Plains. Your better half can attempt to drive the plane for a short time while pretending he's a fighter pilot. May be helpful to get a pair of Ray Bans for the event. Price is pretty reasonable too - $55. Check out Panaroma Discovery Flight.

3. Renting a Luxury Car - Not for the faint of heart or for the empty of wallet but it's a great gift for your boyfriend if he really loves cars. You can rent a luxury car like a Lamborghini Gallardo for $1150. Mind you, this is only for a half day. And it doesn't include the insurance. The full day costs $1750. And these are just the weekdays. Then again, you could be spending that grand on something more worthwhile. But if this is something that your honey has been dreaming about, check out Gotham Dream Cars.

4. Luxury Watch - I like this because it's the kind of item that will be with him for his lifetime. If it's a really good watch, that is. I know that my Dad kept his Seiko Kinetic watch with him for over 30 years and counting. I tend to like Movado watches. Especially the simple kind with a silver band but for the more ostentatious, there is always bling to cater to any fashionista's desires.

5. Monogrammed Cuff Links - This may seem like a boring gift but done the right way, I think it could be truly memorable. Especially if you get silver cuff links from Tiffany and monogram his initials in front and engrave your message in the back. I'm not sure if they can engrave your message in the back but that's what makes the present so special so the search should be more than worth it. Everytime he puts on his cufflinks, he will think of you.

6. CD - This is kind of cheezy but I like it. I picked it up from a Board somewhere a long time ago. You can make a CD of all of the Number 1 songs from each year since the year your boyfriend was born. It would be even better if you could package it up in an iTunes gift certificate for retrieval on the iTunes website but sadly, they have not caught onto the idea of pre-purchased gift iTunes yet.

7. Magazine Subscription - You know your boyfriend likes reading magazines be it football, porn, finance, cooking or gardening. I think most guys are too lazy to get a subscription or just don't think about it. How about buying a subscription to a magazine he will love? Some ideas include Playboy, Hustler, Maxim, Stuff, Discovery, Football Digest, Sports Illustrated, etc.

8. Of The Month Club - Let's face it. Guys are lazy. They like to have stuff delivered to their doorstep so they don't have to think about leaving the house. And guys love the "Of the Month Clubs". Who wouldn't? You get an assortment of beers, scotches, cigars or other vices delivered to your doorstep once a month. No hassle. And sometimes they pop in a freebie. Prices range depending on what assortment you get and for how long.

9. Make something he'll actually use - Knit him a sweater or a scarf if you are a good knitter. Make him stereo speakers or a bookcase if you would prefer. Personal gifts are always nice but follow 2 rules: 1. The quality should be as good. The made at home bonus is negated if there are huge gaping holes in the scarf. 1. Make sure it's something that they want/need. It's useless to give them a homemade bookshalf if there is no space in his apartment for it!

10. Sports equipment or cooking/gardening - Whatever his hobby is or just an interest he has been thinking about, equipment is always needed. So far my boyfriend has received a tennis racket. Lessons may be included in the future. Other ideas could be golf clubs/bag, snowboard, rollerblades, grill, kitchen aid mixer, etc. Lessons could be included in the gift also. Maybe even a trip to somewhere where he can really use his present. Make a whole weekend out of it!

11. Car Race Track - I haven't tried this yet but doesn't it sound spiffy? I think there are racetracks in Connecticut where you can get an instructor and rent a race car to drive around the track.

12. Porn - 'Nough said.

13. Tickets - This could be tickets to his favorite football/baseball/basketball team. Or it could be tickets to his favorite Broadway play. Or tickets to dinner theater or whatever. It's a nice gift.

14. Video Games - You're lucky if you are gift giving during the video gaming system/video games release dates. It makes things easy. Things to look out for: XBOX 360, Nintendo Revolution, PS3, PSP, Nintendo DS Lite. One video game that I would really recommend for true gamers - Oblivion.

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