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.
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 consider 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). Try to think of items they need. They may have an old vinyl collection but no vinyl player for example.
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 wine tasting trip. This will give them lasting memories that may be far more valuable than a physical gift.
Help their hobby
On the surface, it may seem easy to buy for someone with a hobby. But if they’re an avid enthusiast, you may not know what they’ve already got. Rather than opting for accessories that they may already own, try books and novelty items related to their interests. For example, for a fishing enthusiast, consider a handbook on the best places in the world to fish. For a guitarist, consider a phone case or a bottle opener with a guitar theme.
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.