One of the things I find hardest is shopping for JHogg or my Dad. They are both the kind of guys who have everything. If they want it then they will buy it, regardless of how close it is to their birthday or Christmas. It makes it so hard to come up with ideas for thoughtful gifts for men like that, so I spend the whole year trying to stay ahead of the game, keeping ideas stored ready for when they’re needed.
I’ve been scouring the internet and asking friends for ideas for these picky guys, and here’s what I’ve come up with!
I have found experiences a great way to avoid adding more clutter to your house and also giving them something that they want! Family days out are one of our favourite things to do, but we also love time away without the kids. I once booked JHogg and I a trip to Frankfurt for his birthday, and while we were there he proposed so it is a trip we’ll never forget!
If you want something that the whole family can enjoy then how about Jump-In Trampoline Parks. I can assure you that they will revert to a big kid in no time at all. With ledges to launch yourself off, foam fits to dive in to and trampolines to bounce for hours all of you would have a great time.
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If you are in the Cambridge area you could always arrange to go punting. I don’t think they would expect it, so you’d definitely have the element of surprise! Punting on the river Cam has been popular since before the 1900s and a guide can explain to your some of the history as you sit back and relax.
You may need to spend a little more, but a weekend away is something that you can both enjoy together. We had a weekend in York earlier this year as a family and it really highlighted how much we enjoy that family time. If you’re not sure what to do then I’ve got some tips for Norwich, Cheshire and Norfolk which may help you out, plus a recommendation for a hotel in York.
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Useful Gifts For Men
I often find that the best presents are something that they can use. Useful gifts that they already know and use, or perhaps something they don’t know they need yet.
In my family the men do seem to like a good skincare product, but they rarely remember to go and buy any for themselves. There are some fab gift ideas from Men’s Society like a shave set, complete with post shave balm, face towel, shave oil and face wash.
As we come in to the winter months it may be worth giving them a facial balm to keep their skin hydrated. Central heating and the changes from cold outside to the warm indoors dries out mens skin just as much as our own. In my case I’ve just got to remind them to use it!
Across the world people are slowly starting to do their bit to look after the environment, and sometimes it’s the small changes that can have the greatest impact. A Klean Kanteen with sports cap is a great place to start. Made from food-grade stainless steel, a chip proof coating and a wide top to allow ice to be put in, the sports top bottle is perfect for carrying water around and stop the need for purchasing single use plastic bottles.
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There is something primal about lighting something on fire, and I don’t know any men who don’t get some sort of weird kick out of it. A Zippo lighter adds a bit of finesse to the process, and the deep carve engraving of this model in particular is sure to catch their eye.
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If you want to give something a bit more personal, then consider doing a bit of research and finding them a book in an area of interest for them. JHogg loves books about watches or kit cars, and luckily for me we have a bookshelf full of them to give me clues on where to get started. If they have type 1 then you may want to consider one of these diabetes books.
A few years a go we got an Illumibowl and although it started as a joke it’s actually proven to be quite useful (as well as hilarious). It lights up the toilet bowl when it’s dark, so there’s no excuses for missing when they head to the loo at night!
Just For Fun
Sometimes you just want to give them something they wouldn’t buy for themselves. These are usually the gifts I find hardest to come up with ideas for, but here is what I’ve found.
You can get a subscription box for just about everything these days. They can be monthly, quarterly or just a one off. We love the I Love Gin Subscription Box, but you could also look at one of the many curry of the month boxes, sock boxes or even ones for coffee.
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JHogg and I are quite fond of a board game and will often give each other new ones for birthday or Christmas presents. We enjoy the social aspect of them, and the unspoken promise of some quality time together to play the game later. As a family we have played What’s That Smell? quite a lot recently and all found it hilarious, but if you’re having an adult only game night then you’ve got to give Gutterhead a try. It is where Pictionary meets Cards Against Humanity…. it never gets old!
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Most of the stuff I buy for JHogg for the garden is BBQ related or practical in some way. However, now we have completed our garden make-over we want to enjoy our garden more so the Mega Hi-Tower gets us all outside and having fun. Sometimes a gift for them can be disguising a gift for us all 😉
I was sent a Klean Kanteen and Zippo Lighter for inclusion in this guide.
If you’re REALLY stuck for an idea for a thoughtful gift for men in your life then I’ve got a solution. I am giving away a NextBase Adapt DAB250, a car DAB digital radio. For your chance to win it, enter via rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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