As anyone who has read this blog will know, I absolutely adore Christmas. The lights, the food and most importantly, spending time with my family, are things I look forward to pretty much all year round. In the past, I’ve written about gift ideas for a variety of people but this year I wanted to focus specifically on ideas for guys!
I find buying presents for women super easy because there are so many things I love, and my friends are always talking and sharing things they like. Guys are a little more difficult; I know my husband can be a bit of a closed book when it comes to suggesting what he wants. So, if you find buying gifts for men somewhat overwhelming, then do not fear, I have some tips and recommendations that may just be the perfect thing.
Last year I bought my husband tickets to see his favourite football team play at their home ground in London. This was great because it gave us something to look forward to in the dreary months after Christmas. We had a lovely time, even though his team lost to Leicester! If you are planning this for a special guy in your life, I would recommend checking out the opposition before you choose a match. That way you can at least try to give his team the best chance of winning on the day you see them.
There are also tons of other experiences I have earmarked for future present-giving opportunities. I’d love to take Mike whiskey-tasting or something more fast paced, like go karting. I also have a sneaking suspicion that Mike would secretly love a spa day. Although they’d never admit it, sometimes guys need a little R&R time too!
The only downside with these gifts is that they often end up costing more on the day because you have to factor in travel, food and drinks for whilst you’re there. So, keep this in mind.
This year my husband and I decided to go for things that we could unwrap and enjoy straight away. Gadgets are an absolute no brainer when it comes to Mike. He loves them almost as much as I love Christmas! This doesn’t just go for him though; all my male family members and friends go wild for them too. So, if you want to see the guys in your life light up (literally) then buy them something that flies, beeps or makes them feel like they’re on the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
What’s great about gadgets as gifts ideas for men is that there’s such a huge variety. I’ll start out with drones and quadcopters because, to quote Mugatu from Zoolander, they’re “so hot right now”. From micro-drones to drones with cameras, you can’t go wrong buying these. All guys will be made-up receiving a mini flying contraption.
You could also go for something sporty like an activity tracker, which you can get from any of the major brands. If you’re somewhat limited by budget, opt for one from a lesser-known brand (it will still be good). I also love things like miniature desktop hoovers for stocking fillers, but that might just be because I love mini things.
Watches are to men as shoes are to women. I don’t know who said this but it is completely true. Just like buying shoes, there are a few important things to keep in mind.
Style – It may seem obvious but always keep in mind the style of the man you’re buying for. If your boyfriend wears skinny jeans and Wayfarer glasses, then he’s more likely to appreciate a modern piece. On the other hand, if your brother loves the gym so much he practically lives in his joggers, something from the Adidas range with built-in interval training features may be more appropriate.
Function is exceptionally important too. If your partner is a tech lover like mine, then he’ll probably appreciate a smartwatch, and you’ll be pleased to know that the days of Apple monopolising the market are long gone. There’s a plethora of multi-functional watches out there, so you’ll be sure to find one that’s suitable. Equally, if your guy is more of an indoorsy type, he’s not going to need something made from Grade 5 Titanium with a microscope attachment.
Quartz vs. Automatic only really applies if you’re buying for a real watch fanatic. Generally, guys will be happy receiving quartz, which is what most high street stores offer. If, however, he knows his watches, it may be worth considering an automatic. Not only do they wind down when not worn but as the vintage MG of the watch world, they’re utter class.
If you have any great gift ideas, please share them in the comments box below. I love hearing new suggestions.