If you will be giving him any more shirts, I recommend sewing a heart with your names on it on the inside of the shirt. Its close to his heart and romantic but on the inside, he can keep the mushy stuff just for the 2 of you. This is great for sweatshirts and thick winter clothes.- romantic
Male snacks- nuts, beef jerky,crackers, chips, specialty coffees or energy drinks in a plain paint can from the hardware sore or black toolbox from dollar tree with a gas card...complete with an invitation to go where ever he wants to go- practical
Membership to state or national parks -a picnic?
As a mother, I can tell you if he likes you enough your burnt cooking on its very worst day taste better than his mothers best gourmet cooking- you shouldn't bother to compete. He will always love that woman but he is only hearing one out of every four words she says, what you do is ingrained. But, you should cook for him. Men are practical. Food, sleep, sex. Dinner and cooperation is pretty much all most want. - you really have already won even without German cuisine