Need help for inspired present for DH

(34 Posts)
Takver Sat 30-Nov-13 16:36:22

who always gets me fabulously appropriate presents, and who is impossible to buy for.

So far I have a book & game which will both be 'family' presents, but at least something for him to open. But I would love to get him a really nice present.

In the past I've done clothes (but he has just re-vamped his wardrobe so doesn't need anything new) and books (really not reading much right now as very busy). His main hobby is singing which is no bloody help as all you need for that is some more people and the piano for practice which we have. We have such different tastes in music that my attempts at cds have always been pretty unsuccessful.

3rdnparty Mon 02-Dec-13 12:34:37

If he likes music how about a subscription? friend got this for her dh who is also a nightmare choosy

http://www.emusic.com/info/what-is-emusic/

Pogosticks Mon 02-Dec-13 09:17:10

Have you got a cinema nearby? There are some that show live screenings of theatre shows every now and then. I've got tickets for WarHorse for DH, it'd be a right expense palaver to see it in London but for £25 we can go and see it down the road instead.

Takver Mon 02-Dec-13 09:14:12

The music stand is a really good idea, I will check that out, telescope also a good thought.

The course looks amazing and would be absolutely his thing but a bit over budget I'm afraid!

I am PMSL at the rugby tickets, sorry grin

scarfaceace Mon 02-Dec-13 08:42:25

Being in the far west of Wales you probably have a wonderful view of the stars. How about a telescope?

TheTruffleHunter Mon 02-Dec-13 08:10:28

Rugby tickets?

RescueCack Mon 02-Dec-13 08:04:57

I was once given a beautiful handmade wooden music stand. I still love it. It has a ratchet mechanism and is just lovely.

claraschu Mon 02-Dec-13 07:38:07

What about a week in Finland this summer for a festival of coaching about early music, complete with vocal masterclasses?
www.keokarkku.fi/sivu.tmpl?sivu_id=101

I guess it's a bit more than 50 pounds, but looks interesting!

riverboat Mon 02-Dec-13 07:28:44

Have a look at firebox.com, there are some interesting things on there.

I am getting DP a couple of CDs, gloves that still let you use touchscreen phones and maybe a sort of fiendishly difficult wooden cube puzzle or similar, he likes having something to keep him busy on Xmas and boxing day.

How about: sushi making kit, new wallet, a book about a composer he likes, a hamper of all his favourite food/drink things?

MoJangled Mon 02-Dec-13 00:54:28

Watching this thread like a hawk - similar DH here, except I'd have less trouble with singing as a hobby than photography (he usually needs odd-shaped pieces of black metal worth a squillian quid and unless he actually writes down the reference number I have no chance of getting it right at all). So far I have got him a wifi keyboard for the mini tablet I got him last year, but need something else.

Have you considered mini tablets? Got DH Google Nexus last year, massive hit.

Takver Sun 01-Dec-13 14:36:18

Mushroom growing is fab, I'd definitely recommend it, but sadly (actually, not sadly, its great!) we've already got logs growing. I might see if there are any other possible species, though, atm we have shiitake, stropharia & then some semi-cultivated shaggy parasols. We've tried oyster before but not successfully on logs.

LovelyWeatherForDucks Sun 01-Dec-13 14:21:38

Presents I've bought for the males in the family...

Car cover (boring! But requested)
"Trendy" male traditional shaving set (brand is Men Rock, cheap on Amazon but also on not on the high street etc)
I've bought DH some gadgets from www.nigelsecostore.com - sounds a bit dull but I think he'll like them - a plug for charging mobiles that switches off when fully charged, a electricity monitor, and a shower water meter thingy. He likes gadgets and these will hopefully save us some money in the long run too!

I've seen mushroom growing log kits which sounds like an interesting gift too that might appeal?

FreyaKItty Sun 01-Dec-13 11:04:26

Does he have good binoculars ? That's what I'm thinking of for dh

CointreauVersial Sun 01-Dec-13 00:32:56

Thanks Timid.

Diamondcassis Sun 01-Dec-13 00:26:46

Couple of piano lessons from a great teacher?

timidviper Sun 01-Dec-13 00:12:16

It's this one Cointreau. I bought mine at an exhibition though so got a reduced price smile

Takver Sat 30-Nov-13 18:19:23

Medieval church music mostly at the moment

Phineyj Sat 30-Nov-13 18:18:13

What sort of singing?

Takver Sat 30-Nov-13 18:13:27

Now you see the steak knife thing is the sort of thing DH is really good at 'oh, Takver is always annoyed by X, I know, Y would be just the ticket' and I am rubbish at.

Deux Sat 30-Nov-13 18:04:24

I'm getting my DH steak knives this year! Whenever we eat steak he always says he wishes he had a decent steak knife. Then in the New Year sales we look for some and he can never find what he wants - non serrated ones. Anything in a similar vein for your DH?

Do you have a dog? I've seen trees for sale that have truffles in their roots so in a few years time your dog can hunt out the truffles. Or something like that.

Takver Sat 30-Nov-13 17:56:02

I was thinking of possibly a bamboo - we have a very good local tree nursery which helps as they know what will grow here

CointreauVersial Sat 30-Nov-13 17:44:13

Timid, that sounds interesting! Details??

I am never very inspired with DH (this year he's getting a pressure washer, some sheepskin slippers and a leather bracelet-thingy).

If you are thinking of a plant, go for something interesting / out of the ordinary. I bought my DDad something from this place.

Theatre Tokens??

Takver Sat 30-Nov-13 17:33:43

Actually, the Robert Macfarlane books do look really good, I think you're right & he'd like them a lot. Is the walking one Old Ways?

I'd also thought of a tree or interesting hedgerow plant (we have land so have space to plant them) though dd & I both gave him trees last birthday you can always have more smile and that would go nicely

Bearleigh Sat 30-Nov-13 17:29:47

I have a similar husband, who buys me wonderful thoughtful presents and I struggle to match them for him. As he is interested in trees how about membership of the Woodland Trust.

Although you said he hasn't time to read books, if he is generally interested in the natural world, maybe a book by Robert Macfarlane, whose books are wonderfully easy to read, and can be dipped into, or picked up and out down. MrBearleigh really enjoyed Holloways, and the one about walking ( if I go to check the title I lose what I have typed).

Takver Sat 30-Nov-13 17:24:24

Wine & chocolate both give him migraines (I did say he was bloody awkward).

Budget - I suppose ideally up to £50, but could be much less (he'd be equally happy with something small) or if it were something wonderful it could be more & then be a joint xmas/birthday present (I know that doesn't help . . .)

Metronome we already have, sadly

TheFutureSupremeRulersMum Sat 30-Nov-13 17:23:59

Subscription to a specialist magazine for singers?

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