Men have always been a difficult breed to buy for unless you know them extremely well, your basic go-to gifts like socks and ties can be a bit lacklustre and boring. There are of course men that eagerly look forward to their gifts of socks, but they are few in number!
However, there are alternative options, here are a few ideas based on the personal interests of the special man or men in your life;
For the man that loves technology, there are plenty of kits available that allow them to build their own electronics. From pre-made electronics, kits to build radios, remote control cars and all manners of sensors to the more in-depth Raspberry Pi and the Arduino kits for programming.
Got a techie in the family who are constantly losing their belongings? Consider a “finder-keyring” available from several brands, these small gadgets attach to keys, phones, wallets and can be located with the paired tracking app.
Got a music-lover you are close to? A fantastic gift to consider is smart home speakers, like the Amazon Alexa and Google Home, these speakers connect to your home wi-fi and allow for spoken instructions. Great for yelling at when you’ve got wet hands but fancy a boogie.
Alternatively, for a cheaper alternative, a decent quality Bluetooth speaker will always have it’s used. Whether set up in the kitchen for cooking to background music or in a home-gym to compliment your work-out with a motivational playlist.
The Business Man
If the man in your life is always concerned about hitting deadlines and making the best impression, there are plenty of gifts to improve his life. Consider a “digital pen” – these are making their way to the market in scores and allow hand-written notes to be backed up to tablet or smartphone.
If he’s always on the go, a smart suitcase could be the way forward, with trackable GPS, USB chargers and a self-weighing scales as part of the included features, this is sure to bring a smile to his face.
All About Appearances
Looking sharp is the priority for some men and it certainly makes the difference to how they carry themselves. If a shirt or a pair of trousers seem to miss the mark, consider something for them to accessorise their looks, like some luxury cufflinks or sought-after brand of watch.
Jewellery comes in all sorts of shapes, designs and sizes, but you can check out this website for inspiration on high-quality men’s accessories. From cufflinks to bracelets to suit any style, whether they look sharp in a suit or need a stylish accessory for their dress down the image.
While consoles can be expensive, there’s no need to break the bank to spoil the gamer in your life. There’s plenty of merchandise available from various websites that will feature their favourite game, or you could get creative and create a deep frame picture for their wall.
Using a deep frame, some heavy-duty cardboard printed in separate layers with a nostalgic scene from their favourite childhood game and some adhesive foam pads. You can create a thoughtful, personal gift that’ll be sure to delight.
Food & Drink Connoisseur
Ditch the pre-made hampers, if you’ve got a guy in your life that is partial to good food and his favourite tipple. Buy a wicker hamper or picnic basket, fill with tissue paper, straw or polystyrene pieces and fill with his favourite treats. Not only is this a gift with homemade charm but you can fill the hamper more generously than the pre-made alternatives.
Alternatively, there are plenty of “make your own” sets available from everything from Prosecco to Craft Beer. There’s no better feeling than sitting down to appreciate something you’ve put the effort into yourself.
All of us have a personal interest that’s close to their heart and once you’ve found this, gift giving becomes an easy (and enjoyable!) experience for all. Give something from the heart this year and bring some joy to the special man in your life.