With Christmas suddenly looming large on the horizon, couples and family members across the country are scouring their brains trying to remember things their loved ones said they may like as a present.
Does he really want that expensive watch? Will she use this foot spa more than once? Will the kids spend more time with the box than with the expensive toy?
Here are ten things that the man in your life may like for Christmas, written from the man’s perspective!
If the man in your life is of the slightly younger generation and likes a bit of gaming, maybe it’s time to upgrade his console for Christmas!
The new XBox 1 and Playstation 4 are out around November, and are surprisingly inexpensive. There are some great bundle deals where top games titles such as Fifa 14 are included, and for around £250 you can get him a present he’d really appreciate.
For you, there is also the added benefit that such systems allow you to browse the internet and watch films from services such as Netflix directly through your TV via the games console.
Is your husband away a lot on business, or has to dress to impress on client meetings?
If he has been wearing the same suit ever since you met him, maybe consider sneaking off to the nearest Marks & Sparks and investing in a new suit and carry case for him.
You can get his measurements, take them with you and even ask a salesman what he would recommend. The chances are you’d have a better fashion sense anyway. What a great opportunity to buy him a suit you know he’d look good in, and not one he’s grown comfortable with and used to wearing.
For the bigger budget, why not add a new wallet or some cufflinks to go with it. A new shirt and tie combo set would also finish off the desired makeover.
3. A cheeky coupon
Not all of us can afford to spend hundreds on our partner, and even if we do buy him one big present, it would be nice to add something more personal.
One route to go down is the coupon. Buying him a card with a handmade coupon for ‘breakfast in bed’ or ‘one hours cuddling’ are a nice touch, and you can get as experimental as you like with this!
4. A reader?
If you partner spends a lot of time reading in bed, or likes a book when he’s away on business or travelling, then think about upgrading that torn up paperback for a slick eReader.
Products such as Amazon’s Kindle are a great gift that looks smart and is less bulky to carry when out and about.
You can also pre-purchase some of his favourite books for him on the system, buy a nice cover for it or include a voucher to buy more of the latest best sellers.
As such technology has been around a while now, it shouldn’t cost too much either. Check out Amazon and eBay for the best deals.
Every man, every birthday and Christmas gets enough toiletries as presents to last him the year – and we like these gifts.
Men find very little joy in spending an afternoon shopping for aftershave and sussing out which Lynx smells best, so do the legwork for him and stock up.
You can get some great looking giftsets for these for deodorants that include bodywash, washbags et al, and for aftershave you can get him the one you know he quits like, but you REALLY like!
6. Tools for the trade
Find out from his mates what your hubby needs for work. If he’s a tradesman, maybe buy him that latest tool or product that will make going back to work that bit easier. It’s not very personal, but he will appreciate it if it saves him having to buy it himself with his empty post-crimbo wallet.
Maybe the latest power-tool, builders set or safety gear to show him you care.
Alternately, you could use this opportunity to get those household jobs sorted. If you want decking, why not buy him the planks and stainless steel screws, rap them up with a box and present them with a note saying ‘no excuses not to do it now!’
Maybe include a coupon for free tea with this one to soften the blow.
Cost: £20 – £150
7. Sports day with the lads
Nothing shows your bloke how much you care than buying tickets to something you hate just because you know he’ll enjoy it.
Find out when he’s free and get him some tickets to his teams next football game, or maybe organise a golfing day for him and his mates and pay for his ticket.
8. Is that a new phone?
Guys like tech, and we love to have the latest consumer technology. Phones especially are an area all blokes like to have the latest model, especially the highly sought after iPhone and HTC models.
Budget permitting, look at buying him the latest handset. You could sign up to a contract, where the phone is free and you just pay monthly.
Cost: £25+ per month or £150+
We love food. Feel free to buy us as much of our favourite stuff as you like. One great option is to sign up to a monthly subscription like Graze, where he can have his favourite nuts, crisps and fruit delivered either to the home or office.
Alternately, make him a hamper of all of his favourite things: dips, crisps, cheeses, crackers, special breads, pickles, cakes and alcohol. If you’ve had him watching his waistline for the past few months, then this gift will be even more appreciated.
Cost: £5+ per month or £20+
If he travels, or just loves to blast some of his old rock tunes or club classics, buying him his favourite tunes is a great and cost effective gift.
Look at music subscriptions such as Spotify where he can listen to any song he could ever think of, not have to download it and can have on his phone at all times.
It’s cheap per month, and would also go well if you buy him a new phone as you can have it all set up ready.
Cost: £10 per month.
Arthur Wilson is a freelance blogger and loves writing all things lifestyle, social media, technology and DIY.
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