The men in my life are not the easiest to buy for... and there are so many of them is can be a right pain to figure out what to get them. To be honest they mostly end up with the same kind of gifts each year. My brothers can bank on a pack of socks, my husband some kind of teddy and my dad something healthy. This year I have tried to come up with some different ideas and thought I would share them with you today.
Simply Because it is Christmas
I love a good Christmas jumper... and luckily John does too. There are so many different ones available from pretty much every store you go to these days, and some are seriously ugly while others are awesome. I love the one that we picked out for John this year, which is from the TU range at Sainsbury's. It just about sums up our Christmas. It's a little bit crazy but I think that it really suits him.
For the Gamer
A New Game (Obvs)
Before I had my girls I was a proper geek. I loved my anime and my consoles... and so did John. Having children has meant our gaming time is severely reduced but that doesn't mean we don't get a little time in when we can. Usually I would buy him the new Call of Duty or FIFA game but this year I have gone for something a little different and retro in buying the new Crash Bandicoot game!
For the Practical Guy
Many men like my husband are required to wear shirts for work. When they are worn every day, and battered by the weather, sweat and movement of being worn every day to work they will need replacing. Buying a shirt or two for Christmas guarantees that at least one gift you buy will see plenty of use. It is both practical and it also means you can choose what you would like to see him in; rather than that same blue shirt he seems to have an unnatural attachment to...
My husband has a few tees he likes to wear, and if I get them washed, dried and sorted quick enough he barely wears anything else. After being worn and washed as much as they have, they have (to put it politely) seen better days. Making a trip over to sportsdirect.com and picking up their Slazenger polo shirts on the 2 for £11 deal is both kind to my wallet and also means there are three new tees in that well loved style!
Please tell me it's not only me that has a man in my life who goes through belts like there is no tomorrow?! Seriously, I don't understand how John breaks so many perfectly fine leather belts from the buckle to the actual leather splitting. I make sure to buy the right size too! Oh well, I guess that is why belts like this one for under £10 from M&S have made it onto my gift list... they are easy, budget friendly ideas perfect for the man who has everything and simple needs a few small, practical items this Christmas.
For the Coffee Lover
Caramel Syrup and Caramel Sauce
If you follow me on social media (especially on Instagram stories) you will know that John and I love a Costa. Where I love to have myself a plain hot chocolate, John is a massive fan of having a caramel latte. Unfortunately having Costa can be quite expensive, especially if you want more than one in a week.
Coffee Machine Pods
For the Guy Who Drink
Star Wars Shot Glasses
Star Wars Decanter
Whiskey Wedge Glass
For the Dads
No offence to the other men in my life, but the most important man in it is my husband. He is not only my husband however, he is also a daddy, which means of course that he needs gifts from our girls at Christmas too.
Something Personalised (or which just says "Daddy")
Remote Control Caddy
After shave balm or spray (or both!)
For the Man Who Likes to Get Outdoors
Bike Repair Kit
For the Music Lover
We are well known for hosting a party or two throughout the year from birthday parties to get-togethers for bonfire night and Christmas and other big events. I love to get my bake on, set out a wonderful buffet spread and play some of our favourite tunes from our eclectic range of music.
One thing that John has actually asked for this year was a speaker for playing music without having to put CDs into our HiFi system. I found this awesome portable colour changing bluetooth speaker at The Range in Peterborough and it was a bargain. It can be used with bluetooth, aux or USB while the LEDs on the front alternate to change the colours, making it as versatile as it is clever.
Squidgy thought it was fantastic, and was most upset when I packed it back away to be wrapped for Christmas… That is how I can be sure that it will certainly be a hit when it is unwrapped on Christmas day... I'm just hoping that it will be as much a hit with John as I know it will be with his daughter!
My husband is a massive fan of CDs still... and besides gifting a downloaded album isn't really the same. Having a physical CD to put into your laptop, HIFI system or car can't be beaten, especially if it is by an artist that the man in your life loves like the Number Ones album by Michael Jackson which I picked up for an absolute bargain in B&M recently! It may seem like such a simple gift but it is such a lovely one, and I know that my man at least will be grateful for it. Not only are CDs a great gift, but if your partner or dad is a bit old school, why not have a look for cheap records online? John still has some of his old vinyls and I know it would be a great gift for men like him.
For more posts about Christmas, visit the Christmas category page. If you have any questions about any of the products included within my gift guide, which I have not covered in this post, feel free to ask in the comments section below.
Disclaimer: I was sent a few of the above items in return for an honest review and inclusion within my gift guide. The review words and opinions are my own. All photos are copyright property of Me Becoming Mum.
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