10 Male Equivalent of Flowers as a Gift According to Men

What do you believe is the male equivalent of getting flowers? After someone polled a popular online forum, these were the top-voted responses.

1. Surprise Hugs

One man confessed, “Honestly, the only time I’ve ever felt how I imagine others feel when they receive flowers, I had talked to a friend who lives far away the evening before about how I was having a hard time.

Then she just turned up at my door to hug me before catching a bus to her parents’ house. Between the utter surprise at her of all people turning up at my door to how needed that hug was, I was utterly in love with her for a hot second there.”

2. Flowers

Another admitted, “I work as a first responder. One day we were sitting on the truck, stuck in traffic in the downtown area. A woman walked up to my window, handed me a single rose, smiled, and told me to have a nice day.

I didn’t even know how to respond to that. But I’ll be damned if my day didn’t get 1000% nicer after that. I’m in my 40s. That was the only time I remember ever being given flowers, and I regularly think about how nice it felt. Most guys don’t get random flowers. Guys should get more random flowers.”

A former florist agreed, “Flowers. Real talk, give men more flowers. As an ex-florist, I can count on maybe one hand the number of times I delivered flowers to a guy that weren’t condolences or funeral flowers. And every one of them lit up like you wouldn’t believe.”

3. Homecooked Meals

Several men in the thread agreed with the sentiment, “Food, homemade.” One replied, “Agreed. My daughter always makes me brownies for Father’s day. Best present ever.” Others noted that the way to a man’s heart is his stomach.

4. A 10MM Socket

One man confessed, “A 10MM Socket. Nothing says I love you like a good terminal screwdriver. Or a new set of crimping pliers.” Another semi-jokingly replied, “Talk dirty to me.”

5. Money Spent on a Hobby

“I bought my wife an expensive ring for our eighth anniversary. She bought me an £18 switch game. Good trade, I think. The male equivalent of flowers is probably money spent on a hobby,” one suggested. Another added, “Or permission to spend money on the hobby.”


After someone said LEGO, one asked, “LEGO Flowers? They have flowers you can build. You don’t have to water them; they can’t wither and die because they’re plastic. Or a UCS Star Wars vehicle would work.” Another admitted, “I collect LEGO. If someone bought me a set, I’m straight-up proposing on the spot.”

7. Recognition

“Recognition,” answered another. “I personally love when it’s noticed that I’m trying my best and putting my back into doing/learning something, and someone is honest to God proud of me for doing so. It boosts my confidence and makes my day every time.”

8. A Genuine Compliment

Many men in the thread agreed they enjoy receiving genuine compliments. One elaborated, “A woman once told me, ‘You wear that shirt very nicely.’ It was so random and out of nowhere, but I often think about it, making me smile.”

9. Raw Meat

Several men were excited by “raw meat.” A wife confessed, “I buy my husband paper-wrapped meat. He says there’s something nostalgic about an old-fashioned butcher who still wraps brats in the paper. Highly recommend.”

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10. Crush Soda Cuteness

Finally, someone volunteered, “I’m gay, but I have something special I like to surprise my boyfriend with. I hide a can of Crush soda on his home office desk when he isn’t looking. The implication is that somebody has a crush on him. It lifts his spirits.”

This thread inspired this post.

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