With Christmas looming ever closer, it’s time to buy those last items on your gift list and get wrapping. Often the last people on our lists are boyfriends or husbands, and with good reason. Men are notoriously tricky to buy for, especially during the holidays where the choice of gifts seems vast and endless, so where do you even start?
Luckily, we have the secret to keeping your man smiling on Christmas Day. Filling a stocking with all his favourite things shows you’ve put thought and effort into his gift without having to spend a fortune, plus hopefully you’ll avoid an unwanted gift saga. To help you get started, here are some ideas for what to include.
Treat your man to some luxury essentials, and don’t be afraid to explore new brands. If he has a beard, research the best grooming kits and beard oils and treat him to something a little special or if he loves football, why not buy him some ultra-comfortable football socks? If your man is a serial vaper, perhaps he’ll appreciate some Mt Baker Vapors tobacco vapes.
Colognes, waxes, and posh soaps make great stocking stuffers for men. Whatever you do, don’t just stick to the same old shaving foam or shower gel he buys every week, as this may come across lazy. He may not admit it, but even your man likes to be spoilt over the holidays, and what better way to show him you care than with a good pampering?
If in doubt, always resort to food. You could include mini bottles of booze, liqueur chocolates, pork scratchings, spiced nuts, and even items you’ve made yourself. Your partner will like nothing more than sitting down to a glass of warming brandy and an indulgent snack come Christmas afternoon.
You may not have much money to spend, but you don’t need to include a Rolex in your man’s stocking for him to appreciate a bit of bling. Opt for cufflinks, tie clips, or leather strap bracelets according to his style, and be sure to choose something you know he’ll like rather than an item you want him to wear. If you want to indulge his techy-side and you have a little money to spend, you could always buy him a wearable gadget.
If your man fancies himself as a DIY expert, you won’t go wrong with a couple of well-made tools. A knife sharpening kit or novelty bottle opener will do the trick, but don’t go overboard. No one wants to receive nuts, bolts, and screwdrivers for Christmas.
Buy your partner his favourite magazine or treat him to a new book by his favourite author. It’s nice to have something to read on Christmas morning, and you could even include a note to help him remember the gesture in later years.
Despite that he’s most likely a fully-fledged adult, there’s no shame in allowing your man to embrace his inner child on Christmas morning. Opt for puzzles, building kits, or a new football to keep him entertained.
For that real touch of luxury, finish off your partner’s stocking with a luxury cigar. It may not be the healthiest gift, but it’s only once a year, and who can resist a little indulgence at Christmas?