There's no doubt about it, men are definitely difficult to buy for, particularly at Christmas-time.
Do they really want or need another pair of socks, slippers or a novelty tie? The answer is most probably no. So whether you're buying for your Dad, brother, boyfriend, husband or a male colleague at work, here are some ideas for gifts that they will actually enjoy;
First things first; some classic Christmas gifts for him that will actually get used. This Paco Rabanne Invictus gift set* is great value for money and smells absolutely gorgeous. If you're looking for a scent to get the man in your life, this year, I'd definitely recommend checking this one out. The men in my household also like to keep the gift boxes from these kinds of sets to store tools, pens and loose change in. What is it about men and keeping knick-knacks in little tins and drawers all over the house? Or is that just something that happens in our household?
The OSMO Style Laid Bare Grooming Kit* contains everything a man could want or need when it comes to their hair. Again, they're products that the man you're buying for will really use, unlike that novelty gift that sounded like a good idea at the time.
From my experience, the men in my life quite like having something to build or tinker with on Christmas morning and both of these gifts will certainly allow them to do just that. If the man you're buying for this year likes his cars, motorbikes or planes then you need to check out the Haynes range of construction sets. My Dad is a big car fan so I opted for the sports car construction set*. I have a feeling his eyes will light up when he sees this and the fact that he'll have something to keep him occupied whilst we have Buble blasting and the Christmas dinner cooking on December 25th.
His other Christmas present, which he technically picked out when we were at LEGOLAND Florida in October, is this fantastic LEGO Ghostbusters set. Ghostbusters is one of his favourite movies AND there's a car involved aka. it's basically his idea of a dream present. LEGO is always popular at this time of year but it's not just for kids.
DVDs and books are always a good shout and here are some of my top picks. Southpaw and Creed are both brilliant boxing movies. If you haven't seen Jurassic World, Black Mass or The Revenant yet, you seriously need to! Other great picks have to be Mad Max Fury Road, Batman Vs. Superman and Point Break. And this is the kind of book that your Dad, your granddad, your brother and your other half will enjoy reading.
And since virtual reality is all the rage, this headset*, which allows you to transform your phone into a VR headset is a must-buy this year. You can play games, watch movies and watch the man in your life stumble around, waving their arms about, after you exchange gifts.
Last but not least some mince pies from Walkers Shortbread (my dad's favourite) and an experience instead of an actual present that they can unwrap. I don't know about you but the older I get the more I'd rather put my money towards experiences or making memories instead of material things. Go Ape is the kind of experience that anyone would love, even if they are a little weary of heights or the great outdoors. You also get a nifty cardboard VR headset, just in case you've not already looked into the one above, making it a fun gift to receive rather than just a gift voucher in an envelope.
Which men have you to shop for this year? What do you think of my picks? And have you started your Christmas shopping yet?