Men can often be tricky to buy gifts for. They may refuse to drop hints or they have a habit of suggesting things and then buying them for themselves. If you’ve been getting frustrated thinking of a worthy gift, consider some of these tips and ideas.
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Avoid socks and ties
It’s the traditional Christmas gift for dad when you can’t think of anything else. Unless they’ve hinted that they could really do with a new pair of socks or a tie, these are generally dull gifts.
A tie in particular will most likely remind him of work (most work-related gifts should be a no-no at Christmas). Instead, get creative with other clothing accessories.
Consider a cool pair of designer shades, a funky hat, a nice pair of shoes, a wristwatch or a jacket. You can even get personalized items, such monogrammed cufflinks or a hat with their name on.
Get them a gadget
Most guys love gadgets. It’s worth slyly interrogating them beforehand to check what gadgets they’ve got and whether they’re a gadget snob (some people can be funny about brand and audio/visual quality).
Or, gift him a custom phone case instead. Another idea is to include his hobby in the personal gift; for instance, a bottle opener with a guitar theme might be ideal.
Try to think of items they need. They may have an old vinyl collection but not a vinyl player, for example… Yet.
Buy them an experience
When it comes to gifts for the man who has everything, why not buy them an experience rather than a physical gift? This could be anything from a driving experience in a sports car to a hot air balloon ride to a more leisurely cruise for two. This will give them lasting memories that may be far more valuable than a physical gift.
Feed their interests
When it comes to foody and boozy gifts, try to think of something related to their interests and hobbies for more a personal touch. For example, consider chocolates with a personalized message or a sweets themed around their hobby such as a chocolate spanner for a petrolhead.
When it comes to beer, you may be able to find an ale online that relates to a private joke or hobby of theirs – there are so many craft ales out there that you’re bound to find something.