My husband is not into sports…or fishing or fashion. The only thing that genuinely tickles his fancy are cars and as much as I would love to present him with his beloved Audi RS3 its just not gonna happen! When it comes to buying Christmas gifts it is always, without fail the men in my life who are the biggest pain in the bum! If you’ve read my post The Anniversary Conundrum then you’ll know how much of an issue I find buying presents for the male of the species. They want nothing. They need nothing. You spend a small fortune desperately trying to raise a smile of genuine delight that never seems to materialise. So, I have trawled the interweb (sorry I just cannot do real-life shops – particularly at this time of year with a pushchair in tow) for five Christmas gifts for men which, although they may not do cartwheels of joy over, may just like enough to utilise….
The Experience – Gin & Botanical Dining Extravaganza (£200) Not On The High Street
Yes, this is a substantial gift but I have a sneaking suspicion that it could be a winner. One of the best presents I ever managed to pull off was tickets to see Michael McIntyre. If in doubt an experience could be the way forward. Whether he’s into his drinks, racing, food or flying, a day or weekend learning something new is a great idea for a really special gift!
For The Coffee Lover – Monthly Delivery Coffee Subscription (£29 For Three Months) Not On The High Street
There’s a plethora of beauty boxes and subscription packages available for the girls but (as ever) a very limited selection when it comes to the boys! When I stumbled across this package that delivers fresh coffee from independent farmers each and every month I thought, ‘Yes’, that is something that could actually be appreciated in my household (Mr.R and his caffeine affliction are something of a standing joke). I love the idea that it’s not just a one-off gift and you can choose how long you want your subscription to last – you could choose to have fresh coffee delivered right up until next Christmas!
For The Drinks Coinneusser – Cocktail Chameleon Hardback Book £40 Mr Porter
A few years ago I bought a beautiful coffee table book called ‘Vintage Cocktails’ for Mr.R without any real expectation that he would be interested. But against all odds, it was a surprise hit. There’s an abundance of lovely cocktail recipe books out there and at this time of year, I don’t think you can go wrong (who doesn’t love a cocktail at Christmas)?
For The Techy Bloke – Sonos Play 1 Smart Speaker £149 John Lewis
I’ve yet to come across a bloke who doesn’t have at least a passing interest in anything a bit techy. I’m talking speakers, sound systems, tv’s…you get the gist! We have two of the Sonos Play 1 speakers at home and to be honest they’re a bit of a no-brainer. They link up to your phone which means you can play music from your library or even from your Spotify account and it’s great to be able to have different playlists in different rooms. We also have the soundbar and subwoofer (Mr.R’s pride and joy) which make great gifts if you’re looking to spend a little more (last year the whole family chipped in to get the subwoofer for my dad who is notoriously hard to buy for).
For The Foody – Pembridge Indulgent Chilled Hamper – £120 Marks & Spencer
Men like to eat right? Of course, they do and who could resist a hamper full of cheese, crackers and a few bottles of wine? When I start to get stressed with Christmas shopping I always try to remember the incontrovertible fact that a beautiful hamper will be always be appreciated, used and enjoyed and at the end of the day, that’s about as much as any gift giver can hope for! M&S have a gorgeous selection of hampers in a wide variety of price points that make fabulous gifts for men (or indeed for anyone really)!
I hope you were able to find a little inspiration here. Do you have any top tips on how to buy Christmas gifts for men?
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