The men in my life are incredibly hard to buy for. Both JHogg and my Dad will just buy something if they want it, even if it’s just days before Christmas or a birthday. It means I am always trying to think outside fo the box for presents that they will use and enjoy. I always find it pays to look out for present ideas all year round for them, because you never know when you’ll stumble on the perfect gift!
Following on from my practical gift ideas for children I now have a selection of items to share with you to suit the men in your life. There is something for every budget – so I hope it helps you find the perfect gift.
In recent years beards and tweed seem to have come in to fashion for men. JHogg already has the beard (much to my disgust!) so I selected this Harris Tweed Jacket from Dobell for him. You can feel the quality in the jacket, and the classic cut with tweed design means it’s a jacket that will last. It may be the most expensive item on the list, but to me it is worth spending a little more to get a quality item.
I always think you can’t go wrong with some tasty treats, and Vorrei Italian Hampers have a huge selection of hampers and gifts. You can get everything from panettone and prosecco to five minute meal gift boxes and even gourmet hampers with everything you need for an Italian feast. I have a small sweets hamper for my brother this year, which comes packaged in a box with a bow. Bonus points for creating a gift that I don’t even have to bother wrapping!
JHogg is partial to a craft beer these days, so I thought it would be a bit of fun to give him a Lager Making Kit. Obviously we are busy with the 2 boys, so this kit takes the hard work out of it so he can create his own lager in no time. At £29.99 it isn’t going to break the bank either.
It’s not really Christmas without a pair of socks is it? JHogg is quite fussy with his footwear and won’t wear them if they can be considered boring in any way. Luckily for me he loves these Ted Baker Socks with funky burgundy patterns on them. They come in a gift box, making them not only look good but also makes it easier to get them wrapped!
Anyone who know’s JHogg will tell you that he’s a major whisky buff. He has quite the collection and will bore me for hours talking about it. I often would like to buy him a bottle but I just don’t know what to get! A great option is a subscription to the Summerton Club. For £50 a month you can have a new bottle of whisky delivered to your door. They select a range of whisky’s so you won’t be sent the same thing twice. I love the concept as it forces you to try something new and you never know – you might find a new favourite! Summerton Club have very kindly offered a discount code for £5 off your first month, so use Odd5 and enjoy the whisky!
One of our favourite rooms in our house is the one we call the snug. It is cosy and arm and most importantly – no children are allowed! I was gifted a beautiful copper and black globe to go in to that room from Gift Giving All Wrapped Up, but it is so gorgeous that it has now sold out! They have some lovely gift ideas though, including artwork from Sharon Nowlan which I love. You might not be able to get a globe, but it is worth checking out their other items too.
If you’re looking for a fun gift then definitely consider Gutterhead. I was sent it to review a few months ago and it’s been a bit hit with out family. It is rude, it is silly and it is a great game to pull out once the kids have gone to bed.
If you’re looking for something a little cheaper, while still making sure you get a high quality gift then check out Pen Heaven. I am a big lover of stationary, so I selected this Personalised Notebook to give my Dad this year. You can add initials to the front, choose the perfect colour and pick between lined or plain paper all for £19.50.
For the foodie in your life you should try Morocco Gold olive oil. We have really enjoyed ours drizzled over salads or with fresh crusty bread at the weekends. It’s a change from the usual food gifts, and the sleek black bottle means it looks great too.
You might find it strange, but we do stockings for grown-ups too in our family. It’s just little bits and pieces that we all chip in together to find and then collate in to a stocking for each other on Christmas morning. It means I’m always on the look out for low cost items to add to these, but I don’t like to buy just any old rubbish that will land up in the bin after the day is over.
For all of the men this year I have been trying out some Wowza Biltong. It comes in a range of flavours from original beef to peri peri, and you can even try venison biltong too. The meat is all sourced from certified local suppliers, and the biltong is made using prime cuts. At £4 a back they are a nice little addition to any gift.
No Christmas would be complete without something sweet now would it? Thomas Fudge’s have a lovely range of biscuits and flapjacks, but also savoury crackers too. I hid the triple chocolate blisscuits from Piggie so we could eat them all ourselves, but he did enjoy dipping the flatbreads in some houmous with us. The perfect indulgent treat to enjoy over the festive period….. or all year round!
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