If your other half is celebrating their birthday soon, you may be thinking about gift ideas. Buying for men can be notoriously tricky, but this guide should hopefully put pay to hours of trawling around the shops. Here are some ideas to get you thinking and make present buying painless.
If you’re after something a little different this year, why not swap material goods for memories? Experiences, days out or weekends away are fantastic options, especially for men who have everything. Treat your other half to a day on the track, or challenge them to a round of golf. Book a hotel and whisk them away for the night, or reserve a table at a restaurant they’ve always wanted to visit. If it’s a special birthday, why not make a weekend of it and indulge in a chic city break? Go with safe bets like Paris, Barcelona or Rome. Or mix things up with a trip to Prague, Reykjavik or Bratislava.
If you can’t decide on a single experience, why not give a series of outings or dates? Stuff varying amounts of money into mini envelopes and write down what each envelope will pay for. Go to the zoo, enjoy lunch out, or have a movie night at home.
Most men love gadgets, and while you may not get the appeal, their face will probably light up when they see a brand new shiny box. Go for practical devices, like the XR1370 from Remington, or a new laptop for work. Or indulge their passions with a games console or a multi-room audio system. Look out for upgraded versions of products they love, such as headphones, and get some ideas from their mates. Take any hints they may have dropped into consideration, and read reviews online before you buy. If you have no idea what you’re looking for, ask an assistant for advice.
Does your man love football? Do they have a favourite band? Have they mentioned going to a festival in the summer? Tickets for concerts, exhibitions, and sports events are a great gift option. Plan in advance if it’s an event, which is bound to sell out quickly, and check the diary to make sure you haven’t already got plans.
If your man is a fan of fashion, they’ll probably appreciate some new clobber. If you’re confident about getting it right, take a trip to the shops and pick out some items. If you’re not sure what to get, or your partner has particular tastes, you could get a voucher, or treat them to a day of retail therapy. If you are buying clothes, make sure you keep the receipts, just in case they don’t fit. Ask for gift receipts if you don’t want to give away prices.
Buying presents can be tough, especially if you’re buying for somebody who has everything. Take these ideas on board, and hopefully, you’ll sail through the process. Think about your partner’s interests and don’t be afraid to stray from a familiar formula.