Getting the right gift for your special someone

Getting the right gift for your special someone

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Christmas is nearly here! And as exciting as that sounds it can also herald that stampede of spending to buy gifts for that magical day of giving. Christmas is a day for giving and spending time with your loved ones, and you want to get them a gift that they’ll truly love and not something they’ll fake-smile at and will spend the next year in a boxed, destined to be regifted next Christmas.

But figuring out the right gift for the right person isn’t always as straightforward as you’d like. There are so many ideas out there, and the fact that throughout the year you remember them saying they would love a certain thing, but now that it’s Christmas their answer is ‘nothing’. Which is as frustrating as it is wrong.

Here are some simple ideas to help you figure out what to get people this year:

Gifts For Him

This ‘him’ might be a brother, father, boyfriend, husband, nephew, or any other male person on your gift-list. And where every person is different, there are some generic things that most men want or use.

With the influx of beard-growing, beard care has grown with it. Fashionable grooming kits and waxes are everywhere online and in shops.

Each man carries around money and cards, so why not get them a new wallet? Make it more personal by having their initials embossed on the front or their favorite football team or band’s emblem.

Gadgets are a man’s best friend, and they often have many of them. You can find unique gadget holders for phones, tablets and any cables that go with them, on sites like notonthehighstreet.com.

You can get more ideas from sites like http://www.giftbeta.com/ultimate-list-of-stocking-stuffers-for-men-50-ideas/, where you can get even more specific ideas for your male giftee.

Gifts For Her

Again, all women are different, and again there are some things that can be found being used or wanted by most women. And where most women hate being fitted into a box, the fact that these gifts are top sellers.

Makeup bags are used by the majority of women, so why not get her a personalized one? You can have her name on there, a favorite quote or some silly quip you think will make her laugh.

Every girl likes a bit of pampering, so think about purchasing a subscription to something like GlossyBox where she can get products sent to her once a month. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

Jewelry – as the song goes ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend.’ You don’t have to splash out on diamonds, but the right piece of jewellery can be a great gift. Take note of whether they prefer necklaces or rings, and whether they have their ears pierced or not before buying.

Check out notonthehighstreet.com for some more great ideas for gifts for her.

Gifts For Couples

When it comes to buying for two people at once, things can get trickier. Here you have two people that can be completely different and have different tastes – opposites attract, right? But a great way to overcome this is to buy them an experience – that way they have a day out together where they can make some new, hopefully fun, memories.

Skydiving might not be for everyone, but with both outdoor and indoor options available, most couples would go for it. Dinner and a show is a timeless option for a reason. Lastminute.com has some great deals for both so your couple can make a night of the occasion. Have a wine lover on your list? Winetasting is great for connoisseurs and for people who just love wine. You can find a local vineyard, or choose one further afield so that they can make a mini-holiday out of the excursion.

Find more deals and ideas at The Last Minute.

Gifts For Grandparents  

Finding the right gift for your grandparent can be so much fun and a chance for you to show them how much you love them. As life goes on, you appreciate different things, most likely, the memories you have and the joy of your family.

Spa breaks are a great option for grandparents – they can enjoy the time being pampered and waited on, and having those aches and pains washed away for a day or two.

Personalised photo frames are a beautiful and simple way to show them they are loved. Fill it with a picture of the family, and they will treasure it.

Hobby specific presents are great for retired people – gardening caddies, baking equipment, or a sewing box – what do they love and how can you make it better and easier for them?

Find Me A Gift has some fun and thoughtful ideas that would suit all grandparents.

 

 

Great gifts he’s certain to want

Great gifts he’s certain to want

Buying gifts for the men in your life can be exceptionally tough. They’ve got everything they need and buy themselves what they want. Without resorting to the good old-fashioned aftershave set, what does that leave? Many men are left opening gifts they don’t really want or have no use for at Christmas and birthdays. Many of which stay in the box until getting thrown away or re-gifted. So, instead, why not try one of these gifts he’ll actually want.

An Experience Day

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Experience days come in a huge range of different types. If he likes things fast, why not buy him a driving day and let him have a go in a fast car around a faster track? If he’s into food and drink, you could get him cooking lessons or a tasting experience. Does he like extreme sports? There are plenty out there he could have a go at. Or, does he enjoy the quieter life? In which case a couple’s spa day or some art lessons could be a great option. Think about what he enjoys doing or things he’s said he’d love to try in the past. Then have a look to see what’s available.

If a structured day doesn’t appeal, why not plan your own. Look at ways to keep the kids occupied and try to fit something around this. It could be something as simple as a picnic together on the beach.

Clothes

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Many men rarely buy themselves clothes. They buy things for work or an outfit for a particular event. But never just day to day clothes. If you’re not sure what he likes, take him shopping or look online together and offer to buy him something. If you are really stuck, it’s probably safe to assume he needs new pants, socks or shoes.

Jewelry

More men are wearing jewelry than ever before. But, many are reluctant to buy it for themselves. Think about his style and tastes. Would he prefer beachy beads, or classic silver or gold? Can you see him in a bracelet? Or would he prefer a necklace? Not all men are into jewelry, but if he is, this is a thoughtful gift.

A Watch

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In the days of smartphones it’s perhaps surprising how many people still like to wear a watch. This is a classic gift he’s sure to appreciate.

A Subscription Box

Nowadays subscription boxes are available for everything, including food, clothes, and memorabilia. In many ways, they are the gift that keeps on giving as he’ll get a treat every month. Read some subscription box reviews and think about what kind of things he likes to get some ideas. Some great options include food hampers, whiskey or wine tasting sets and gaming goods.

Tickets to an Event

Tickets to an event is a great gift. This could be a sporting event, show or music concert. You are buying the chance to spend the day or night doing something they love. Just make sure he’s free for whatever you book and that you arrange childcare or time off work if it’s needed, so he doesn’t have to stress out making arrangements and can just enjoy himself.

Buying gifts for men doesn’t have to be tough. Just spend some time thinking about his hobbies and interests, then try and find something that’s relevant to these. You can always keep the receipts. Just in case.

What’s on your husband’s wish list this year?