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So many men... so difficult to buy for!
Christmas Gift Ideas for Men
Member Name: katyj10
Christmas Gift Ideas for Men
Advantages: It's a challenge!
Disadvantages: You end up panic buying
I noticed that the Christmas Gift Ideas for Men category is moving a little slower than the women and kids and this is probably because they can be so hard to find an appropriate gift to buy!
With men, I tend to go down the practical or novelty route, depending on personality. You usually find most men fall into one or the other category but mix them up and you can get it spectacularly wrong!
My husband hates receiving gifts that are not useful so I do usually ask him what he needs. He usually gets some new jeans, a shirt and some sports clothes in the brand and colours that he will wear so it is practical and gets used. I usually get him some nice aftershave too but I pick this! If you've money to spend, it's best to sound out before getting an expensive gift or you may waste your money. He has all the basics covered like a watch and bike and ipod / ipad so nothing big this year but we do have other priorities like children and babies so he won't be expecting much more. I did buy him a big stock of razor blades which are expensive but will get used so practical (and not very exciting). I always tell his mum to buy him pants (they have to be from Next in a certain style) as that means I can throw away a few holey pairs without him noticing! Other family members buy him sporting events tickets, comedy tickets and autobiographies (they have to be hard back though so he can prop them up to read on his break at work whilst he slurps his soup!!). So you can see he knows what he likes and doesn't really like getting anything outside that box.
For my brother in law I always struggle as he doesn't really have many hobbies outside work. He does like cars though so I have exhausted that category with magazine subscriptions (which I have no idea if he read) and car care products. He doesn't drink or eat fancy foods so I do end up scouring the internet for him and he is definitely not a 'novelty' man (see below) so I avoid gadgets and gizmos and usually go for an item of clothing for him.
I do struggle with the BIL on DH's side of the family as he moves around a lot, he can only take what he carries really so I task my hubby with that one each year and he tends to get sports wear which he can wear in his work so it is at least useful although I am sure hubby buys his brother things he would like to buy himself rather than the things BIL wants to wear!
Dads are difficult, especially mine as he goes out and buys whatever he wants as he needs it so I usually club together with mum and sister to get him a 'big ticket' item and we rotate this so his gadgets stay up to date. We have done cameras, watches, sat navs and this year it's a HD Box recorder he wants so at least we know he'll be happy with this. Another non novelty person!
I do have quite a lot of uncles I buy for and I usually sort them out in TK Maxx's men's department. This year I have bought a head lamp and torch for my uncle who's an inventor in his summerhouse and I have bought him nice notebooks in the past with graph paper inside for his designs. Another uncle I usually buy toffees in a nice tin as he likes sweets.
As far as 'old' people go, we don't have any really oldies left any more but I do have an elderly uncle who requests (and gets) a pair of slippers in the same style every year. He is happy with this and although it's a bit boring, it saves a lot of time and he is content with his new slippers.
My uncle Bill is so fun to buy for at Christmas because he loves a novelty, despite it always being a small present to buy price wise. We always see him on Boxing day and he never fails to mention my presents to him which is really sweet. One year I bought him a flashing beer mat which he took to his club to use and it obviously was a great talking point so a hit as a gift. The funniest or weirdest year was the year when I bought him a singing and dancing James Brown Toy which was quite demonic looking if I am honest but right up Uncle Bill's street. Unfortunately it was the year we woke up to the news on Christmas Day that the legend JB had died so I can imagine Bill's face when he opened the gift! This year I have got him a coca cola tin lunch box (retro) and some London 2012 egg cups as they were collecting memorabilia this year.
My nephew is the only young adult I buy for and I must admit I love buying his presents. I have bought him a blow up gaming chair for his bedroom, toys and games as he was growing up and last year a calendar that had a page a day you turned in to a paper aeroplane. This year it's a set of toiletries with a sports style watch included as he is really in to his sports now.
One thing I have learnt over the years is to not try and buy too specifically for hobbies. For example, I have a golfing uncle but I know he only likes the best brands (of which I have no idea) and will buy exactly what he needs so golf novelties are a bad idea (especially soaps shaped as golf balls!). My hubby is also an ex-professional rugby player and whilst he still enjoys watching the sport, he doesn't play any more due to injuries. He gets a lot of American Football novelties from family which is a totally different sport and he gets quite annoyed at this!!!
I think that exhausts all the men in our family. This year with a baby due I have had to be organised and get my Christmas shopping done early but it is nice to have most of it sorted. It can get expensive but it really is the thought that counts and I think most men will be happy to receive a gift that suits their personality, and interests.
Summary: Not my favourite pastime, shopping for men!
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