Food is romantic. We give our sweethearts chocolates and treat them to delicious restaurant meals on Valentine's Day, but why not give the meat lovers in your life the Valentine's gift of more meat?
Let's face it: Meat is expensive and there are some cuts that people don't generally purchase for themselves unless they have money to burn. Gifting a meat lover with these special cuts is sure to leave an impression, and you leave him with the sense that you know what he likes and are willing to go out of your way to let him have something he enjoys, but can't have all the time. Special cuts of meat make for wonderful gifts for people who enjoy it, and the best thing about it is that you're not adding one more thing to clutter up the house; You're giving him something that he will truly enjoy, remember, and ultimately consume, which means less clutter for him and for you.
It's a win-win situation!
Why Meat for Valentine's Day?
You may very well be asking yourself the question of why meat makes a great gift for Valentine's Day. There are two good answers to this question.
First of all, meat is red in color. Red is the color of passionate love. Because color creates a sensation of emotion and alters mood (and red meat really is "red meat"), steak, lobster and other red meats may be a wonderful addition to a Valentine's table. Red meat is in keeping with the color scheme for the holiday, particularly if it is cooked black and blue, rare, or medium rare.
In addition, there is nothing on earth more romantic than when your partner shows you how much they appreciate you and how well they know you by giving you a gift that reflects your personality. How pleased were you the last time that someone gifted you with something you really wanted, but hadn't mentioned? Meat makes a good gift for people who love meat, because they can't always have the premium cuts and your gift shows them that you know them.
Moreover (and perhaps the best thing yet!), the meat can be prepared as part of the Valentine's meal, enhancing your date with one another and allowing your partner to enjoy the gift that he received from you for Valentine's Day.
Does Meat Make a Good Valentine's Day Gift for Men?
This issue is up for debate, but it seems that many cultures associate meat with masculinity, and that particularly in English-speaking nations (US and Britain specified), meat is associated with men more than it is with women. This may have something to do with the division in labor in prehistorical cultures between men and women. The men hunted and the women gathered.
While you obviously shouldn't buy into stereotypes, this guide is geared more toward gifts for men because meat is so often associated with men and masculinity. Purchasing a gift for your man that is associated with the things that he most likes will help to show him that you're paying attention to what he enjoys and using your gift-giving as a way of appreciating him.
Choose a Meat Your Valentine Likes
You have a lot of options for the meat that you purchase for your honey this Valentine's Day. The key to choosing the right meat is to know what he likes. Red meat isn't always the best selection, and you should opt for a meat that your sweetheart enjoys and which fits in with his diet. Do remember, however, that you should make sure that whatever the meat is that you choose for him that it's something that he doesn't get to have all the time. If he really enjoys fish but eats steak all the time, Fresh Tuna is an excellent choice for a meat lover, for example. Don't be afraid to be a little bit creative, as long as you know that he likes what you're purchasing!
If Your Lover Enjoys Steak, Try Filet!
The filet of the beef is the most tender meat that you can get. Most beef-lovers are particularly fond of two types of steak (filet being one of them). Filet is good if you don't want to spend an arm and a leg but still want to purchase a particularly nice gift. Two filets (for you and your lover) may cost as little as $25 from Omaha Steak Company through Amazon. The package listed to the right includes six 8 oz. steaks. These are very large filets and this is quite a good deal for this much meat. Highly recommended!
For a Real Treat, Give Your Lover a Porterhouse Steak
In particular if you're a woman shopping for a man, you should be able to understand the value of high-dollar rarities like diamonds and porterhouse steak. It may seem like this is an exaggerated example, but many men would love to get their hands on such an incredible stead.
A porterhouse steak is cut from the short end of the tenderloin, giving you the single best cut of steak on the cow. You'll get a large portion of filet, plus the marbling of the ribeye steak. This is an excellent steak that your lover probably doesn't get to have very often. This is a steak to try!
Tuna is an Alternative Red Meat Option for your Valentine
If your valentine doesn't like beef, Tuna makes an excellent alternative red meat for him this Valentine's Day. Many of us have only experienced tuna out of a can or pouch or at a sushi bar but your valentine is sure to enjoy the opportunity to cook and prepare tuna, particularly if he's never done anything like this before. You can find an excellent Chimney Tuna recipe from Alton Brown on the Food Network site. Having personally tried this recipe, let me attest that it is amazing.
Other Meat Choices for Valentine's Day
You have so many choices when deciding on the "right" meat for your loved one that you may feel overwhelmed. Unless you know that he likes something specific, beef is always a good option. If, on the other hand, you want to do something less ordinary for your lover this Valentine's Day, you may opt for something different. Red meats are still highly recommended, and beef and lamb are excellent choices. Lamb comes in different varieties, including leg of lamb and lamb chops, both of which are readily available and come in different qualities.
Wrap Up Your Valentine's Gift with Meat Brander!
For a good way to round off your Valentine's gift for your meat-lovin' honey, a meat brander may be just the ticket! What meat lover wouldn't enjoy having the chance to brand his initials into the meat he's cooking on his brand new grill? You can customize a brander with his initials so that he can make it all his own. Maybe he'll even grill more often with the brander (more for you! It's a win-win!).
Find something that isn't fiddly and doesn't require you to keep track of small parts, and you have an amazing gift!
© 2014 Becki Rizzuti
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Indianapolis, Indiana on January 21, 2014:
Thank you so much! I love the idea of meat for Valentine's Day because the gift becomes the meal as well.
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 21, 2014:
Great idea for a Valentine's Day gift! Love the range of options here.
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Indianapolis, Indiana on January 19, 2014:
Yes! Very nice, Sage!
Mackenzie Sage Wright on January 19, 2014:
Looks really good. I love seared tuna over a salad. Yum.