It’s only a matter of time before that famous festive advert appears on our screens and announces that the holidays are coming. In this day and age, we seem to start prepping for Christmas earlier every year. From September, the shops are filled with tubs of candy and festive wrapping. If you’re keen to eliminate last-minute panic buys, why not start your shopping now?
With this guide, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for the man in your life.
Where to shop
Shopping comes in various forms these days. In the past, we used to visit markets, malls or independent stores to buy our wares. But increasingly, we‘re turning to Internet shopping. If you haven’t discovered online shopping yet, you’ll be opened up to a whole new retail paradise. Many people still enjoy a trip to the shops, and this is a great way to spend time with friends or family and get into the festive spirit. Touring the streets when the lights are up, and choirs are singing can be magical.
If you’re looking for gifts with a difference, the Internet is an excellent resource. You have a much wider range of sellers and items to choose from. Using search engines, you can explore ideas, or look for specific products or brands. Many sites now offer global shipping, and you can also pay extra for next day delivery. You can also compare prices online. Christmas is an expensive time of year, so every saving counts, no matter how small. If you are browsing online, check for promo codes and special offers before you complete your purchase. If you sign up to voucher sites, you get regular emails with savings enclosed. Usually, all you have to do is type in the code, and your discount will be applied.
What to buy: the best gift ideas for Christmas 2016
Shopping for men can be tricky. There’s a generic list of gift options, but who really wants a load of new socks or a shoe polishing kit for Christmas? This year, why not go for something a little more original. Here are some inspirational ideas based on popular interests and hobbies.
For the armchair fan
Does your other half love soccer? Are they an avid fan of baseball or a keen golfer? If so, this is excellent news when it comes to buying presents. There are all kinds of sport-related gifts you can buy. Books, like autobiographies, make great stocking fillers. You could also add golf balls, tees, or new gloves. For the main event, why not treat your man to a piece of sporting memorabilia or book some match tickets? Do they collect signed shirts? Would they love an old school baseball helmet or a signed football? If they already have a collection, have a good look at the contents, so that you don’t buy a duplicate. Do some research online, or visit a specialist memorabilia dealer. If your partner is used to watching from the living room, why not buy tickets for a live game? There’s nothing like watching in real time, and soaking up the match day atmosphere. You can usually book tickets online, or via the telephone.
For the tech-lover
Is your man constantly on the lookout for new gadgets? Is your home full of the latest technological equipment? If so, Christmas is the perfect time to invest in some ground-breaking gizmos and impressive new gear. If you don’t even know where to begin, it’s a good idea to read some blogs and magazine articles. You could also have a look online and peruse some websites. You’ll find unique mens gifts from Cuckooland.com, for example. Popular items include innovative phone charging products, gaming paraphernalia, and miniature wireless cameras.
For the foodie
Many of us look forward to the holidays simply so we can indulge in incredible food and drink. Is your partner a keen amateur chef or chief taster? Do they love to watch culinary programs on TV or try their hand at baking? Are they a wine connoisseur or a fan of dining out? Christmas is the best time of year for food lovers, and you can use this passion as inspiration for gift buying. You can buy everything from bottles of wine to cooking lessons. Treat your man to a slap-up meal at a restaurant they’ve always wanted to try. Or go wine tasting. Invest in some new recipe books, or read up on the latest kitchen gadgets. Add a personal touch by ordering a customized apron, wine rack or cheese board. For more personalized gift ideas, check out this Pinterest board.
For the thrill seeker
If you live with a thrill seeker, gift experiences are a fantastic option. There are several retailers that sell vouchers for a range of pursuits. You can select an individual experience, or buy gift vouchers so that they can choose what they want to do. If your other half thrives on adrenaline, you could book a track day, wing walking, or zip lining. Other options include a helicopter flight, hot air ballooning and bungee jumping.
For Mr DIY
You may think that tools are the most boring gift in the world, but if you live with Mr DIY, they’ll go down a treat. If your other half has already got a full toolkit, there are other options. You could design a personalized toolbox or create a bespoke plaque for the shed. Books and guides are great for stockings. If your man is keen to hone their skills, you could also research classes. They may want to develop their carpentry skills or learn to weld, for example.
If you’re already thinking about what to buy the man in your life for Christmas, look no further. Hopefully, this guide has given you plenty of ideas, so you can buy fabulous presents without any stress. Think about what they like to do during their spare time, and try and be original. Look for inspiration online, and aim for the wow factor. Happy shopping!
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