Proper coffee appreciation
Coffee is an integral part of many people's daily routines, and sharing a freshly brewed pot with the man you woke up next to can be a bonding experience. "A fellow coffee drinker understands me and tends to my needs and desires first thing in the morning," says Veronica*, 28... who is citing caffeine, not sex. "Plus, it’s really sexy when he knows how to make me a cup exactly how I like it, with just a splash of almond milk." Bonus points to dudes who actually keep almond milk in the fridge.
Dudes who put their phones away
We’re all guilty of being slaves to technology at times. But when a man enjoys the company of his lady SO much that he doesn't glance down at his phone every two minutes, she'll notice in a good way. "I find it attractive when a date puts his phone away and gives me undivided attention," says Julie, 29. "It works in his favor, too, because when he’s out with his friends (or mom!) and takes a while to answer my text, I assume he's just being equally polite to whomever he’s with."
A man who cooks
Pardon the pun, but there truly is a lid to every pot in this instance. Whether you’re a man who makes a mean pasta fazool, or a guy who calls any non-omelet "outside of his wheelhouse," there’s a women out there who will love you for you. "I enjoy cooking for my boyfriend," says Courtney, 24, "but sometimes nothing's sexier than him cooking for me. He's proud of his finished dish, and I get to sit back with a glass of wine." On the other hand, Christine, 29, thinks it’s adorable when he overcooks the steak because she knows the effort’s there. "Whenever my boyfriend tries to make me dinner, everything is poorly timed and he's frantic," says Christine. "He has no idea what he’s doing and I love it!” (Editor’s Note: That philosophy does NOT apply in the bedroom. Ever.)
*Names have been changed.
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