What To Buy For The Man Who Has Everything

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Guys are notoriously hard to buy for. But despair no more! The quest for the ultimate presents for men ends here. There’s nothing worse than seeing that fake smile when you give someone a gift that they don’t really like. It’s embarrassing for both of you, and you can’t help but feel you could have done better. Stay away from the boring old present like socks and ties this year, who  needs 100 handkerchiefs with their initials on? They just end up sitting in a drawer anyway!

When you’re buying a gift for anyone, here’s a great tip. Have a good long think about their interests, hobbies or just what they enjoy doing. That will give you a great starting point! You’ll find it much easier to buy them a present that they will really like. Don’t waste your money on a useless gift, make sure it all counts!

A Budding Chef

If your recipient is a dab hand in the kitchen, then you’re spoilt for choice. There are a whole heap of gadgets that you can buy for the kitchen. And just about every man loves fiddling with technology. Anything with buttons usually will keep them busy for hours, trying to figure it all out. Don’t dare suggest looking at the instructions, though; it’s not the done thing! Spiralizers are the hottest trend in the kitchen now. These devices vary from basic to super sleek – and they’re great if you’re trying to eat a little more healthily. Producing noodle-like strands from vegetables, you can cut down on carbs for health. You’ll also make sure you are getting your five essential portions of fruit and veg a day.

The Caffeine Addict

Does he love coffee? If he can’t get going in the morning without a shot of caffeine, then why not treat him to something he’ll enjoy! There are lots of things you can buy him to help him get more enjoyment out of his morning cup of joe. A new mug will see him slurping in style. Everyone has a different favourite type of coffee, but if he’s a connoisseur, you can have tailor-made blends made up especially for him. If you’re looking to splash some cash, then a home barista style machine is the ultimate for a serious coffeeholic.

The Poser

Always looking in the mirror? Is he a high maintenance sort of fellow? If he’s got more lotions and creams on the bathroom shelf than you do, then why not cheat and get you both a present Take him for a spa day. Guys love being pampered just as much as the ladies do! Let him choose his own treatments then indulge in a luxurious massage for two. It’s an excellent present for him that you get to share. After all, you wouldn’t want him to be lonely, would you? Let him show his gratitude by buying you dinner afterwards!

The Thrill Seeker

Just about every little boy dreams of being a racing driver at some point in their life. The thing is, little boys don’t really ever grow up! That’s why a fast and furious driving day is one of the most popular “experience days.” Does he love expensive cars?He might be unlikely ever to have the funds to buy his own, but you can do the next best thing. Love Lamborghini’s? Then you can hire these exclusive cars, so he has the chance to drive one. Or, you can opt for Formula one style track days, where he can pretend to be king of the road. Ok, so you can’t give him the bank balance or the swanky lifestyle, but one outta three ain’t bad!

The Show Off

If you’re looking for something a bit different, then why not consider a personalized gift? From T-shirts to mugs, caps to phone cases, you can design something bespoke just for him! Sometimes off the peg gifts aren’t quite what you are looking for. Well, here’s a chance to make it extra personal! The only limit is your imagination! Make sure you order in advance as bespoke gifts can sometimes take a little longer. View here for some unique gift ideas.

The Frustrated DJ

Has he got a whole load of vinyl in the loft from “back in the day?” Was he a budding DJ with twin turntables Why not let him relive his youth and let him play all those records? A record player is an awesome present.  After all, they’re just sat up there gathering dust. It’s surprising the amount of people who have held onto vast collections of a medium that they no longer have something to play it on. If his music isn’t entirely to your taste or is likely to give you a blinding headache, then buy him some earphones, too! You have to sometimes think how a gift could potentially backfire on you!

For the Gig Goer

If your man is into live music, then you can’t go too far wrong with tickets. Make sure it’s for a band he loves, and go with him even if it isn’t your cup of tea. He’ll appreciate you making the effort to enjoy something he likes. If you really can’t bear it, buy him two tickets anyway, so he can take a like-minded friend along. Going to gigs is much more fun when you go with another fan! Make a weekend of it for both of you if you’re looking for another compromise. Why not buy tickets for a festival where there will be music that you both like? Have your tent at the ready and make like Woodstock!

For the technophobe

Has he still got a Nokia 3310? Does he refuse to embrace technology? Well, maybe it’s time to bring him bang up to date.He may have resisted for a long time. But get him a smartphone and you probably won’t hear a peep out of him or days. If he really isn’t going to get on with a phone, what about an MP3 player? He can download his alphabetically organised cd’s and listen to them on the go. It might not feel too radical if you tell him it’s a bit like a Walkman(!)

 

 

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10 Inspirational Ideas For Mother’s Day Gifts From Young Children

Are you planning a gift for your mum from your children? Are you looking for inspiration to treat your wife this Mother’s Day? If so, look no further. Here are ten ideas to get your thoughts flowing and ensure that special somebody enjoys a memorable day.

1.Handmade cards

Cards are a staple for Mother’s Day, and a handmade card is a thoughtful way of showing gratitude and love. Let your child get messy and create a masterpiece on a piece of card. Once dry, encourage them to write a message or draw a picture inside if they’re only little.

2. A framed painting

Mothers love their children’s artwork and a framed print is a classy way of showing off your little treasure’s talents. Choose a frame, which suits the décor of your home and ask your child to provide some details about what the picture is and what it means to them. As it’s Mother’s Day, it may be a nice idea to encourage them to draw a picture of their mummy.

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3. A night off

Looking after children is tiring work and treating your partner or your mum to a night off will be greatly appreciated. Offer to babysit for the evening, run a bath with candles and a glass of rose and let them relax in complete tranquility. If you’re buying for your wife and your mother-in-law, you could book them a table at a local restaurant for dinner.

4. Photographs

Mums adore flicking through photos of their little ones, so why not frame a few old photos or make an album. You could also arrange for some professional photographs to be taken and then buy some of the prints and frame them as a gift.

5. An indulgent facial

Sleepless nights and stressful days can take their toll on your skin, and a facial is an ideal treat for tired mums. Book a session at a beauty salon or buy a voucher so that they can choose which kind of facial they would prefer. Not only will their skin feel revived and rejuvenated, but they will enjoy a lovely relaxing hour of peace and quiet.

6. Hand-picked flowers

Venture out into the garden and allow your child to pick some flowers. Place them in a vase together and let them hand them over to mum or grandma. Wildflowers have a rustic charm, and your child will be proud as punch that they have been involved in making the gift. Flowers are among the most popular Mother’s Day presents, but they never go out of fashion. A homemade arrangement is that little bit more spectacular.

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7. Breakfast in bed

Nothing paves the way for a great day like breakfast in bed. Help your little one arrange a tray and carry it up for them, ready to present. Easy meals for kids to prepare include pancakes and fresh strawberries and croissants with butter and jam.

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8. Bespoke pots

Visit a pottery studio and let your child create plates and pots imprinted with their handprints and footprints. Write your own message for a personalised present, which will hopefully stand the test of time. With the help of the professionals, you can make all kind of gifts, such as flower pots, egg cups and breakfast bowls.

9. Family day out

If you’ve been short on time recently and you’ve not had chance to spend much time together, a family day out is a fantastic idea. Hit the beach if the weather is nice or go wildlife spotting at the zoo. If it’s raining, head to the bowling alley or visit the aquarium. Enjoy lunch or dinner out so you don’t have to worry about wasting time washing up, and round the day off snuggled up on the couch with a movie and some popcorn.

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10. Shopping vouchers

Mums tend to spend a lot of time shopping for others and vouchers give them an excuse to treat themselves. Choose their favourite shops and arrange childcare for them so that they can enjoy an afternoon of retail therapy with their friends. You could also indulge them with a meal and a cocktail if you’re feeling generous!

If you’re searching for inspiration for the ideal Mother’s Day gift this year, why not take these ideas into consideration? Have a browse around and listen out for hints. Think about your partner or mum’s interests and ambitions and use them as a starting point. Make the most of your child’s creativity and add a personal touch to make presents unique.

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Fun Gifts Guys Will Love

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Do you find buying gifts difficult? Particularly when the person receiving the gift is a guy. It can be difficult to know what men want and what will make them happy. At least, it is when it comes down to buying them a present. That’s why I’ve written this post to give people buying men gifts some great ideas. And, if you’re struggling I have a get out clause gift that everyone appreciates. But before we get to the one you could give if all else fails let’s look at a few fun ideas.

Car Gifts

Does the man in your life love his machine? Is he constantly going out into the garage to work on it? If that’s the case, you should almost certainly buy him something for it. What gift you get is up to you, and it really depends on your budget as well as the occasion. For instance, if you have a few hundred lying around you could get a personalised number plate. Although you do need to be aware that not every guy would like this present. Aside from that, you may want to get a new steering wheel if you think he likes modifying his car. Either one of these gifts would go down a treat with the typical petrol head.

Superhero Gifts

Does the man in your life love superhero movies? Is he more interested in the release of Deadpool rather than Valentine’s Day this year? It might seem like you’ve drawn the short straw but if you look at how well Star Wars is doing on the cinema it’s clear geek is currently chic. If you want a great gift, have a look at merchoid.com. They have exclusive official merchandise from the superhero movies arriving in cinemas this year.

A Draw Full Of Fun

Of course, you could always just buy him some awesome pairs of socks. We know, guys are supposed to hate getting socks for a gift. But if they’re awesome and different he’d certainly love them. That’s exactly what you can guarantee if you check out the sock of the month club. It’s a gift that keeps on giving all year as you receive pairs in the post each month. By the end of the year, your guys draw will be filled with awesome pairs he’ll love to wear.

Novelty Items

If you’re struggling with a gift to buy the guy in your life, you’re usually safe with novelty items. Novelty items are anything that you can buy from your local gadget store. Or, even just on sale in the local supermarket. They are things that look awesome and are unique. They’re a great gift if you don’t know the person that well but you want to make them smile.

The Get Out Clause Gift

Finally, if you have no idea what to get the guy in your life, but you do know he loves films, you have two options. Either you can buy a remaster of one of his favourite movies. Or, you can buy a cinema gift card. This will allow him to see as many films as he likes throughout the year. It’s the perfect gift, to get him out of your hair.

 

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Valentine Gift Ideas for Him

Valentine’s Day maybe overrated for some, but many still consider this special day as one of the most romantic day in history. It is also the time when couples go on an extraordinary engagement whether to travel on a romantic place or dine in an exquisite restaurant with a candle lit fine dining experience.

 

V day is also an ideal time to express love and affection through trinkets and simple gifts. While this day is marketed more towards men, there are countless thoughtful women who buy sweet gifts for their husband or boyfriend. Now the big question is, what kind of gift should you buy?

 

There are actually a lot of areas that you can look into that will give you some ideas on what your partner needs or wants. Just like in the case of my husband, lately he’s been very vocal about his sports watch. He said that maybe it will be retiring soon as it fails to give the right time every now and then. Very timely that Valentine’s Day is approaching and I do not have to rack my brain on thinking about a perfect gift to give. An early Valentine gift is not bad at all, so I searched online for a good replacement and found this good deal from Lazada.

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Men do love watches whether it’s an elegant dress watch, a high tech watch with chrono and GPS or a sports watch with alt-meter or lap features that can be coordinated with his running exercise. I found an affordable yet quality and elegant looking sports watch in an online store. Bought it and have it delivered as soon as possible before my husband’s favorite watch stops working, lol.

 

 

Though, my gift is not as expensive as the one he is wearing, I am very glad that my husband appreciated it much for he is not expecting that an immediate replacement is coming soon.

 

For those who are still clueless on what to give, you may consider giving him a new wallet or a personalized money clip for his bills. For men who work in a corporate environment, they will appreciate getting a new pair of cuff links or a fancy tie tack that he can wear to work.

 

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A guide for Secret Santa’s

While Christmas is a time for eating, drinking and being merry, it is also the time of stressful shopping trips and panic buying. You’ve already got parents, partners and everyone else to buy for, so imagine your delight when your work announces that they are doing a Secret Santa this year.

However, there’s no need to panic. We’ve taken a look at Hawkins Bazaar’s range of Secret Santa ideas and selected something to suit any budget.

£5 and under

Every office has someone that has an endless supply of sweets and treats on their desk. Forever nibbling, they are rarely seen without their snacks and, for obvious reasons, they are one of the most popular people in the workplace.

Created by Jelly Belly, Bean Boozled is a selection of yummy jelly beans, mixed in with some not so tasty flavours. The juicy pear, strawberry jam and peach ones are sure to go down a storm, however, the vomit, mouldy cheese and dog food flavours are to be avoided at all costs. This fun gift will provide some office giggles come January, and help to alleviate the traffic around the snacker’s desk!

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£10 and under

Central to any workplace is the office gossip. Always the first to know the latest happenings and poking their nose into other people’s business, it just wouldn’t be the same without them.

If you pulled their name out of the hat this year, this fantastic vintage-style mug would be perfect for them. Complete with the slogan ‘It must be true, I read it on Facebook’, the cup would be the perfect accompaniment to chatting around the kettle during teatime.

£15 and under

There’s always that one desk in an office that is littered with figurines, knick-knacks and ornaments. Why not add to their collection of clutter with this solar powered queen? Dressed in her staple lilac attire, her majesty will use her signature wave to greet visitors to their desks. It’s also the perfect gift for those royal enthusiasts, who hang out the bunting at the first sign of a regal event. Tacky? Not a chance!

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