Valentine's Day gifts that your man will actually appreciate

It seems that as each year passes, men are put under increasing pressure to wow their significant others on Valentine's Day. As fun as it may be to watch them scramble to find the perfect gift, the true message of the holiday is to celebrate love and strong relationships, so your gift to him should reflect that. More importantly, this is your chance to have fun with the occasion and do something that you both really enjoy. After all, the holiday comes in the middle of winter, so both of you are probably in need of a little excitement. Give the following ideas a try and see if they put a smile on your significant other's face.

1. A ski trip. Even though this winter has been underwhelming in terms of snowfall, getting away for a weekend with your hubby is a great escape from the working world. Rent a cabin and take a weekend together to hit the slopes, dine out at a few restaurants and enjoy some quality time with one another.

2. Rent an exotic car. If you have a bit of money to play with, you won't believe the look on your boy toy's face when he gets the chance to drive a sports car for the day. Since the weather has been so mild in many parts of the country, this is a reality even in the middle of February. Your significant other will relish the chance to whip around in a hot rod and he'll be bragging to his friends long after the holiday.

3. A quiet meal at home. While the aforementioned ideas will certainly wow your significant other, some guys simply love a quiet night at home. Get dressed up in your favorite little black dress, put on a bit of liquid eyeliner and whip up your guy's favorite meal. This is an inexpensive way to show your boyfriend or husband just how much you care, and it can be a welcome break from the rigors of the work week.

Valentine's Day doesn't have to be so complicated when you get down to what makes your man really happy. Maybe this year you can knock his socks off with one of these dazzling gifts and raise the bar for the holiday.