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Gift Ideas for Men
Christmas Gift Ideas for Men
Member Name: k2705
Christmas Gift Ideas for Men
Advantages: You can buy nice gifts if you shop around
Disadvantages: Men will always be difficult to buy for
Whether it is for a birthday or Christmas men are definitely the hardest people to buy for, unless it is my Dad and then I can guarantee that due to his book obsession there is a new one that he wants. I spend ages trying to think of what to buy the men in our family for Christmas/ Birthdays as there never seems to be as much choice for them and to be honest the things that are available are just not as pretty and eye catching as the things for woman, however I do find there are a few safe options that you can go for if you are struggling.
* Books - As I have mentioned books are an obsession of my Dads and he has hundreds of them and I know that there is always going to be a new book that he wants at Christmas or on his birthday, so if the man you are buying for enjoys a good read then books are a ideal choice, if you know of their favourite author then go with this, or if you are unsure as to what they have and have not got there is always a book token, not the most exciting of options, but at least that way they can get what they want and do not have the hassel of having to change it.
* Clothes - Probably an option best stuck to if you know what sort of style they particularly like or if they have a favourite brand then stick to that. My husband loves Lacoste polo shirts and I think I have bought him one as part of his Christmas present for the last 4 years so I know that if I am really stuck I can go with this and he will be pleased. Again this could be a tricky one when it comes to knowing what they have and have not got so to get over this you could always ask their partner (if they have one) or again go for the gift voucher option allowing them to get exactly what they want.
* Practical Items - Under this heading I would probably include things like socks and underwear (whatever style the man prefers) not the most exciting of items but something that they all use and wear and is something I find that always works as a back up if I am really stuck. If you shop around you can actually find some nice gift sets including these items to make them a bit more exciting, for example shops such as Ted Baker do 3 pairs of socks displayed nicely in a gift box and gift sets including boxers and socks, again nicely presented, something like this would be ideal for the younger men in the family.
* Aftershave - I find you cannot really go wrong with a nice aftershave, again this is something I always buy my husband, it has got to be a bit of a tradition that I buy him a bottle of Armani Diamonds for Christmas, although there are several other brands he likes and my parents often go for one of these. Aftershaves can be purchased at reasonable prices especially online and you can always drop into a conversation a question inorder to find out what sort of thing they wear, alternatively ask their partner if possible, however if I was really stuck I would go for something I liked and something that smelt similar to what they usually wear.
* Music - Most people enjoy music whether they have a favourite artist or are into a bit of everything, if the man you are buying for is into this sort of thing a CD makes an ideal present, either buying something in the style that they usually listen to or something from their favourite artist. When it comes to the younger men in the family music can be a bit tricky unless you ask them directly what they want, however with all of the I Phones, I Pads and such like about now often an I Tunes voucher would be ideal as that way they can choose what they want and you do not have to worry about getting something they are not into.
* Toiletries - This is probably one of the most obvious things to buy a man, however men's toiletries are never overly exciting compared to woman's, you can buy gift sets but not all of them contain products that will be used and they are all pretty much the same. One way to overcome this is by making up your own gift set, this is something that my Mum came up with one Christmas and now she does one for me and my husband and this year even my son every year. She buys all of the toiletries that she knows my husband uses including body sprays, shower gels, facial wash, facial scrubs and such like, she then usually buys a bath towel (either in a manly colour or one to match our bathroom) she then purchases a nice basket and places the towel in the bottom neatly folded and then displays all of the toiletries on top of this and then gift wraps it. Personally I think this is a lovely idea as you can create a toiletries gift set for a man but including all of the products that you know they like and use, you do not end up with a bottle of something that will never be used as you often do with premade gift sets, obviously the products and brands you use is up to you but by doing this you know that all of the items are going to be used, my husband has always been extremely pleased with his, the ones my Mum makes are quite large and the products usually last us most of the year but by creating your own you can make it as big or small as you like and at a reasonable price, my Mum will often buy items before Christmas when they are on offer allowing her to buy more and not spend a fortune on one item.
* Nightwear - Not something that would be suited to every man this depends on who you are buying for, for example I would not buy this sort of thing for my father in law, however here you could include PJ's (if the man you are buying for wears them) a dressing gown or even slippers, slippers could be ideal for men of any age if they like to wear that sort of thing as you can get all sorts of designs now including the plainer patterns and colours or the large character styles depending on what sort of things is preferred.
* DVD's - Most men enjoy a good film whatever their age so all you need to do is find out what they like and go with that, a partners opinion may come in handy here. When it comes to my husband I can normally pick something I know he would like, usually if its scary and something I would hate I know he will like it, but when it comes to my Dad I tend to speak to my Mum first.
* Gadgets - If the man or men you are buying for are into their gadgets then you can usually find loads of different ideas in the shops especially at Christmas, I sometimes find this is something I can buy my Dad as he likes his gadgets especially for work, if you ever need something when you are out with him no matter how random it might be he usually has it. These are often reasonably priced and make ideal stocking fillers.
* Gift Vouchers - If you are really stuck when it comes to buying for the men in your family then you cant go wrong with a gift voucher, you can either buy it from a shop that you know they use regularly or some large shopping centres do their own gift vouchers that you can use in any shop within that particular shopping centre giving them a large choice of things to buy.
The men in my family will always remain a problem to buy for, at the moment my son is only young so is easy to buy for, but I know that as he gets older he will get more like his Dad and be difficult to buy for but I do find that sticking to these basic ideas you cant go to far wrong.
Summary: A few basic ideas to make shopping for men a little easier