12 Sentimental Gifts for your Boyfriend

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Being in love and together in a partnership is something to celebrate. There are always anniversaries, important dates, and the holiday season to think about when it comes to special presents and gift ideas.

Finding the right sentimental gifts for your boyfriend can sometimes feel a bit pressured, though!  You want to impress them and make sure that you buy the right thing. Often it seems like there is an overwhelming choice, or that none of the gifts you see strike quite the right tone. After all, you want something personal and unique.

Gifting can sometimes slip into being overly humorous –   and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but there’s a time and a place for it. Sometimes there are occasions when you want to give something with real meaning behind it –  that he will treasure, knowing it was bought and given with love and care.

It’s true the couple that laughs together stays together, but it’s also true that there needs to be a balance. Why not think about a present that speaks to the heart as well as the mind? If you’re feeling a bit lacking in inspiration – we’ve put together a list of ideas to help you pick the perfect sentimental gifts for men  – you’re sure to find the gift that keeps on giving in our selection! 

Best sentimental gifts for your boyfriend

1. Picture your stars map

One of the nicest and most unusual  sentimental gift ideas for boyfriend is this personalized ‘picture your stars’ map. You can use this to create a special picture of the stars as they were on a specific date that means something to you both.

It could be your first date, the date you got engaged – anything that’s special to you as a couple. You’ll get a high-quality print that can be framed and displayed. It’s sure to get lots of lovely comments. 

2. A Spotify Night Light

This ingenious idea allows you to make ‘your song’ into a working night light that will make a sentimental birthday gift for boyfriend or partner.

If you have a favorite tune or piece of music that means something to you both – you can turn it into a work of art that can be kept on the bedside table and remind you both of the romantic moment or feeling behind it. 

3. Personalized watercolor portrait


How about a wonderful, vibrant watercolor portrait of the two of you? These incredibly lifelike pictures can be created from favorite photos that represent your relationship and are another great example of heartfelt, romantic, and sentimental boyfriend gifts that show how much you love him. 

4. A personalized fleecy blanket

Perfect for the holiday season and the cold winter months, what could be better than a snuggly, cuddly fleece blanket to huddle up together in? How about a snuggly, cuddly, fleece blanket that’s been personalized with your photo?

This is another one of the heartwarmingly cute sentimental gift ideas for a boyfriend. Or, choose a photo of you as a couple – or another image that means something significant to him (unless it’s his best mate – then maybe rethink your life choices). Either way, it’s sure to be a present to treasure. 

5. The Adventure Challenge

Perhaps you want to give a gift that symbolizes your commitment to your boyfriend, but one that helps you enjoy and explore new experiences as a couple. The Adventure Challenge is a great way to try this.

It’s a simple concept, a book that has adventures in it, you scratch each one off as you would on a scratchcard game, so it’s a surprise until that moment. Each challenge is something that will bring you closer together as a couple – it might be recreating a first date experience, or learning to cook a new recipe together. 

6. Our Bucket List Book

From a book that gives you sentimental relationship challenges to one in which you create your own.

This bucket list book is one that you can sit down together and create as a couple, thinking up your own guide to things you want to do and see. You can each choose your own, and take turns living your dreams. Another of the perfect sentimental gift ideas for boyfriend

7. Keepsake Card

This lovely wallet-sized keepsake card is a cute sentimental gift for boyfriends. It can be personalized with a name and it’s a timely reminder that there are always ups and downs in relationships, but sticking together is the most important thing you can do. Show him how much you care with this inspiring present.

8. Reasons Why I Love You Cards

Don’t just say it, gift it. These beautiful little cards each have a sentimental message on them to remind your boyfriend how much he means to you.

They are presented in a pretty, wooden gift box that acts as a beautiful keepsake in itself. Love hearts that are done in a manly style! A perfect love token to give to your boyfriend. 

9. Boyfriend Necklace

You want to give a gift of jewelry, but aren’t sure whether your man wants a ring, and he doesn’t wear bracelets?

This is a great option to go for. It’s a necklace that can be purchased in either white or yellow gold, so perhaps one of the more considered purchases on the list.

It comes with a personalized jewelry box that can have your name inscribed on it, to show him how much you love and care a keepsake that is a great sentimental gift for men

10. Romantic football caricature

Sentimental doesn’t always necessarily mean it has to be saccharine! This is a great gift option to give as a sentimental birthday gift for boyfriends that are into their football. This funny caricature picture is a fab way of letting him know you love him (and indulge his love of the beautiful game). 

11. Personalized DIY Tools

If the man in your life loves nothing more than a little bit of DIY and home improvements then why not give him personalized tools to do it with?

This super little sentimental gift is one that keeps on giving and is a great choice for those bigger anniversaries. Every time he goes to embark on a new project, he’ll be reminded that he’s doing it for you both. You’ll really hit the nail on the head with this one…

12. Message in a Bottle

A quirky idea but one that really can be personalized to your heart’s content. This message-in-a-bottle gift means you can send a heartfelt gift to your boyfriend that’s treasured forever with a message that will resonate through the years. 

Sentimental gifts for your boyfriend - what matters most

What matters most with sentimental gift giving is the meaning it has for your boyfriend and for you as a couple. Finding a gift that hits that sweet spot is a moment of magic – and seeing the joy on your significant other’s face when they open it makes it all worthwhile. 


We hope you’ve enjoyed having a look at our list of the most sentimental boyfriend gifts. It’ll hopefully make any important anniversary or celebration you share together all the sweeter.

If you’ve got any great ideas of your own for heartwarming gifts that you’ve given to your significant other in the past we’d love to hear from you. Have you got a particularly romantic story to share?


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