Meaning Behind Gifts From Men (11 Gifts From Men And What They Symbolize)

Last updated on June 9, 2022 by April Maccario

In the early months of every relationship, we spend time trying to know about the other person. It doesn’t matter if it’s a friendship, romantic relationship, or marriage, there’s always that question of who the other person really is and what they like. 

This is where giving a gift comes in handy. Gift-giving is so important it’s a love language, and for some, a serious deal-breaker. Although the monetary value of a gift isn't always the most important factor, most experts on relationships agree that gift-giving could spice up the relationship.

Personally, I perceive gift-giving as a form of communication. In every form of relationship, there’s always a little issue of communication especially when there’s a kind of interest attached to it. This is why most men resort to giving gifts. But what do gifts mean? Does gift-giving automatically mean a guy likes you?

Don’t conclude too fast especially if you don’t know the guy so much. If you keep getting gifts from a guy and you don’t know the meaning of this gesture, let me take you through 11 popular gifts a woman gets, and what it could mean. 

11 Gifts From Guys And What They Symbolize

1. Jewelry

People generally love spending on quality things and gifts especially for people they care about. According to relationship experts, men don’t spend money on jewelry for women they don’t care about. When a guy buys a woman jewelry, it could signify his commitment to the relationship.

So, if you receive a beautiful piece of jewelry then you are special to him. However, it also depends on the type of jewelry, your preference, and how long you’ve been with him. 

If you get an expensive necklace or a pair of earrings after 5 years of a successful relationship when you were expecting to get a ring, that’s a wake-up call that he’s not ready for something more serious than dating.

2. Flowers

Flowers make you feel good. Scientifically, they’ve been proven to elevate your mood, improve intimacy, and fight depression. Receiving flowers from a guy could mean a lot of things depending on what kind they get and the type of relationship you have with him. So let’s take a little time to understand this more. 

Did he send you roses on Valentine’s or a special occasion with a little card that has a witty write-up attached to it? Then I must confess it's a really thoughtful and romantic gesture but that’s if you’re together or comfortable enough to be in a relationship with him. 

It shows that he values you and would want to have a more serious relationship with you. Did your male boss, colleague, or friend send you a bouquet of daisies or tulips? That could be a little appreciation gift for your time, dedication, or a little favor you did for them.

3. Chocolate

My yummy go-to gift is chocolate. It’s almost every woman’s guilty pleasure. Well, relationships gifts like chocolate are great, especially if you are having a bad day or something is bothering you. Men that gift women chocolates are very thoughtful.

It shows he really doesn’t know what to do to remedy the situation but he wants to see you out of the bad mood and happy. However, if you get chocolates only on Valentine's Day, it could mean he didn’t put much thought in the gift. 

But don’t get it twisted when you receive chocolates after complaining about your weight to him, that’s adorable. That’s his way of saying “no honey. I think you’re just fine.” And yes, I know it could be annoying. But you need that vibe. Don’t frown. *wink*

4. A book

The best thing about this kind of gift is that it begs for a conversation. Books to me are a way to open up or improve communication. So if the relationship you have with him has a dead end, the book extends it. 

If he is having trouble talking to you, he would use it to solve the problem. Plus, it’s a nice gesture from a friend, mentor, and colleague. Plus, gifts in a relationship don’t always have to be edible or luxurious, a book could help two people get to know each other.

5. Lingerie


Haha! If you’re a man and you’re reading this, think again. Gift-giving in relationships can be either selfish, thoughtful, or intentional. When a guy gifts a woman lingerie, it’s very sensual and intentional, but it could also be selfish or creepy

If you’re in a relationship and you get lingerie from your lover or spouse, we know what this means, and yes! THAT is sexy. But if you’re not in a relationship, getting a gift like this might be a bit creepy.

6. Perfume

Do you remember what I said about chocolates? The same thing goes for my love for perfumes. I know some people love the mild natural fragrance and that’s totally fine, but some women love a strong powerful scent.

It could be that he doesn’t like your present fragrance and doesn’t want to offend you by saying it directly, so he gets you a bottle of perfume. At the same time, it may just be one of those common gift ideas that always work for him without having to think too much. Or he could just be fond of scents and would like you to try one, especially the one he likes.

7. A household appliance

Getting a microwave or fridge is a thoughtful gift. It could be coming from a place of saving you the stress of having to get one or basically just saving you some costs.

I feel this kind of gift comes more from a man who really has your interests at heart. He sees you in another light, different from the way the rest will see you. He may give you a household appliance because he feels you need one especially if you told him you plan to get your own apartment or if an old appliance got bad.

8. A handmade gift

The thought here counts more, it may not mean he can’t buy you something more expensive. He may want to create the impression that not everything has to cost hundreds or thousands of dollars before it’s thoughtful. This is really positive and it happens with men that truly want something genuine.

If you’re not in a relationship with him, this shows that they listen to you and you’re of great importance to their lives. The case is different if you’ve both been in a relationship together. It’s going to be funny, romantic, and memorable especially when he knows you well enough.

9. Shoes

A nice pair of shoes could be as a result of his fantasies about you in different wardrobe outfits. Or maybe it’s a creative way of letting you in on what he likes as a person, but not imposing it on you. You know when they say people love to buy you what they love to wear. 

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Sometimes, I can sense a deep readiness from men to invest in women they are comfortable with so they buy basic things like shoes and bags just to see them look good in a particular way. Or they could see a random nice pair of shoes and think they would look good on you.

10. Concert tickets

concert tickets

Music calms the soul and relaxes the nerves. It’s proven by therapists to be a great way of relieving stress. Gift-giving that involves experiences rather than material things could mean so much more, depending on the woman.

If he gives you tickets to a concert or creates a playlist of your favorite songs or movies, he knows how important music and movies are and wants to have fun and create a lot of memories with you. 

11. Money

Gift-giving cash rather than something material could mean two things. A man could send you money when he feels you’re going through a tough time and he wants to help. But some of them may want to ‘invest’ with the ulterior motive of making you feel indebted to them so they can use it to ask for ‘favors’ or things you can’t offer

Also, they may have thought about getting you something but decided to give cash instead because they didn’t know what to get you.


What does it mean when a man buys you gifts?

A gift from a man simply means he’s trying to communicate something to you. It may be to date or marry you, be friends with you, or simply get your attention. 

Is it wrong to accept gifts from a guy?

Gifts are good, they make you feel happy and loved. If you’re in a relationship with someone, sure it’s safe but if you’re not, I would advise that you do not get frequent gifts from them especially if you do not plan on dating or getting intimate with them. 

What do gifts symbolize?

A lot of good things. it could be love, happiness, celebrations, or surprises. These are all symbols of gifts. They could also symbolize the beginning, end, or success of a relationship.

What does it mean when a man buys you flowers?

Gifting flowers is the easiest way of telling someone you were thinking about them. They could also be a safe and lazy option, especially when you get them too frequently. 

How do you test a guy to see if he really loves you?

Observe how he talks and says things to you and try to see how he treats you or your needs. Then think about the efforts he puts into always being there when you need him. But most especially trust your instincts.

In Conclusion

Most men are decent people, they always find ways to make their partners or female friends happy, and giving gifts is one way. I hope you enjoyed reading this and I hope the few tips answered your questions. If you have any further questions, please drop them in the comment section, and don’t forget to share.

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April Maccario
I'm a huge nerd when it comes to understanding how relationships between men and women work, and what drives a certain behavior. I spend much of my time getting into the nitty-gritty and try to share my findings on this site with the hope of making life a little easier for women that are struggling in their relationships or love life.

One comment on “Meaning Behind Gifts From Men (11 Gifts From Men And What They Symbolize)”

  1. What if a guy has been looking for an old flame is whole life, hes already married to you but has still looks for her. He gets a job driving truck due to the job says he found her. Apparently they both work in the same industry. I found this out because one day I was on his laptop and saw he had done a flower shop search and so I clicked on the site only to find he had sent her red roses chocolates and a small bear to her about 3 or 4 years ago. In fact it was 4 days before he purchased a used car for me, about 4k. When confronted He says he sent flowers twice to her, once when someone she was related to died and her birthday. The gift I saw was the birthday gift. He spent more than 200 dollars. Later he lies and says he never said he sent her anything for the death of someone only her birthday. Says if I knew how he felt about her all these years I'd know why he sent them. Since she was working in the same industry and the amount of time he'd been looking for her and how crazy he was about her i assumed they'd been seeing each other or he was trying to get with her. I accused him of that he said that she's married and would never be in a relationship with him. I got the impression becauseshes a very moral person. I was going through the laptop in the first place because his sister brought up a friend, her best friend. Her best friend happens to be the wife of a very good friend he served with so he's known them about the same amount of time he's known me. So every time I went outside or to the store anywhere I was going to be awhile I came back to find his sister was in the bedroom. I was sitting at the table with them and they were each sitting on the opposite corner from each other. They were close enough that they were touching arms together and he was rubbing her arm with his other hand. She was telling him about her problems and her problems with her husband.They were looking into each others eyes like you see lovers looking at each otheron tv. Ive never seen that in real life before. Later he's telling me that they're going to the social security office because of some issues she's still having getting money from them. We were in the middle of the pandemic and I knew there was no way they could just go. He also said he had to go 2 other places a friend's and Walmart I think? I called social security and told them they couldn't go that they'd need an appointment. He got pissy with me and tried to get around it wanted to take my car instead of his when his car is newer but see my car has more interior room than his. He finally called and also found out that she can't go to a social security office out of the state she lives in and needs an appointment. So needless to say they dropped the whole thing and didn't go anywhere. I was not asked once to go. He just told me they were going. After his sister and her left I came unglued on him. He said they were just friends and that I am crazy and thought all of this he's called me that many times along with the bitch word. I contacted her husband in messenger and told him what I saw. He and my husband are still friends because apparently My husband is really good at lieing. It took me 2 or 3 months to get him to remove her from his FB. He has since deleted his FB after months and month of me asking him to but he didn't delete messenger. He only deleted it after he saw I could still see some stuff he was doing on there. So now I'm in the dark for my own stupidity. What I also didn't think about was that there are hundreds of apps and massaging services out there. His mom was living with us, whole reason his sister was up here. She had hospices here. He was flirting with 2 of them in front of me just to get at me.Thank goodness both the care giver and nurse blew him off. We have been together more than 0 years. He is 68 with multiple health issues and I probably could forgive him for that stuff had it stopped but he had his settings on his phone set to where his notifications would come on atv1:50 in the morning. He makes every excuse to get out of the house for just anything. One spot of paint Pealed and he's running to the store to get the paint to cover it. I guess walking the dog wasn't enough time or maybe he needs to actually talk . I don't know if it's her someone else or fantasy women videos ect online but I've heard cell noises when his cell was not around. Neither was mine. Yet he swears he has no other phone. The woman he sent flowers too was on his fb along with other women he used to be with and there's a different excuse for them all. Her picture his mom had also is missing. We can only have sex in the morning. He is always sick or to tired at night. Granted he has tons of health issues but every night? I have searched everywhere and can't find a phone. Multiple other questionable things on his phone that I have no understanding of so I started adding some of these apps and phone numbers to my phone. Now I'm getting all sorts of spam and finding that a few numbers are only on Whatsapp which he explicitly stated he never used. His history and these numbers say otherwise. Now he's telling his doctor that I'm crazy and he is worried I might hurt him. When he told me that I was are you kidding me? what the hell? We are already divorced for other reasons not infidelity. Hi got the house in the divorce but if it's sold we split the mone because his name stays on the home. If I miss 2 payments the home has to be sold. So when he proposed selling it I said OK so basically I'm waiting for the home to sell and then deciding what to do stay or leave. As much hell as he is putting me through that he says I'm putting myself through and i should just stop myself when thoughts of him having a phone or talking with someone else comes into my head.I'm thinking leave because even if it is me I can't live like this. While the whole time I'm thinking its him and he won't stop talking to or watching what ever it is he's doing. He once said we're just talking so I'm thinking that was some kind of slip up. She and her husband have only been on his fb for the last 2 years. However, I found that both he and her made FB accounts the same month and year! They also both had AOL accounts back then too but I may be reading to much into that as I think almost every one had one. I don't know what to do. I keep trying to fix myself and keep from over reactions every time I think something is wrong. I'm even taking antidepressants to help with anxiety and xanx by the handfuls. Sleeping pills so I'm not awake all night wondering if he's gonna try to slip out of the bed. He started going to the bathroom a lot. I go a lot but I've had 6 kids and a proven medical condition. He's in the bathroom more than me now and has no issues except a lot of gas from a surgery he had months ago. I find myself hating him yet love him too. It's completely off the charts dysfunctional. He has a doctor appointment today I wanted to go with because I can't use my car right now. Suddenly he comes in from walking the dog and is going on about how beautiful the guy and his wife's tree is and he know I like taking photos. He expected me to go outside when I didn't that's when he came up with the crap about the paint. So now he's gone and he ran out that door before I could even come after to stop him. His doctor appointment is in an hour so I don't expect I'll see him at all until its over. My heart and my mind are broken. Is it me? Am I being obsessed with him as far as freaking out when he's in the bathroom right before bed downstairs and then again as soon as we go upstairs? Not one day but several in a row? What should I do. I love him but I can't live like this either. But if I leave what if it's worse?

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