What are you getting DH/DP this year?

(61 Posts)
Theimpossiblegirl Tue 29-Oct-13 19:41:46

DH is hard to buy for and when I ask him what he wants he's not very helpful. Any ideas gratefully received.

shutitweirdo Tue 29-Oct-13 19:50:51

My dh is getting the same as last year. 20 pairs of socks all the same colour and style as last year. He likes to grab any socks in the morning and have them match. (OCD). I also get him marzipan sweets as he loves them. If he wants anything else he buys it as and when. He's always been like it, Christmas isn't special for him.

DSJamesHathaway Tue 29-Oct-13 19:53:33

I've got him 2 books so far but I'm lacking inspiration this year. I was going to get him a Waka Waka solar charger but it seemed very expensive for what it is and I wonder if he'll get enough use out of it. Basically I am marking my place so I can nick some good ideas.

BloodysocksAndGore Tue 29-Oct-13 19:55:54

A hamper with his favourite food and sweets in and £100 towards the computer he wants to build himself.

Boden desert boots
Spicery gift box
Flavourly subscription
Hotel Chocolate gift box
Baking books
A mug with a photo of his new dog on
Socks with chickens on (an "in" joke)
A leather wristband with our boys names on
Retro sweets

VoldemortsNipple Tue 29-Oct-13 20:16:08

MissBeeHiving anybody would think you've been hiding out on the bargain thread with a list like that wink

I'm doing th a winter running hamper including
Under armour pants and top
Waterproof jacket
Florescent compression socks
Running shorts
Florescent t-shirt
Running hat with led lights
I will also fill it out with energy drinks, gels and jelly babies.

I also got him some Holister aftershave as he keeps using ds1s

DSJamesHathaway Tue 29-Oct-13 20:16:18

MissBee just curious but how much does that all come too?

DSJamesHathaway Tue 29-Oct-13 20:18:02

The running hat with led lights sounds really interesing Nipple. Have you/your DH used them before?

dementedma Tue 29-Oct-13 20:41:13

Same as always sigh
Fifa game for PC
Game voucher
Bottle of whisky
Football book

He's SO boring!

GerrardWinstanley Tue 29-Oct-13 20:42:12

things that have gone down well with my dh in recent years
coffee subscription
new scientist subscription
good telescope
coffee bean grinder
birds of prey experience
l'occitance mens gift set

dcs usually make him up a box of treats (baklava, good bottle of wine, cashews. posh crisps, chilli chocolate) and I usually buy him some clothes because he hardly buys himself any.

This year new things I have thought of are:
voucher for a proper hot shave - there's a barber's near us that does them
flat cap
giant microbes soft toy
scratch and scroll
home brew kit

other inspiring ideas I've seen mentioned are beerbods subscription, kindle, good watch

what does your dh enjoy? any hobbies? anything he used to do that have gone on the backburner since children came along or anything he dreams about doing?

My DH used to climb a lot as a younger man wink so I am getting him some 1-2-1 climbing tuition at our local wall to get him back into it.

(it is really quite sexy watching him climb...so he may get extra 'presents' afterwards grin)

Same sort of thing as usual - something to do with running / something to read / something to listen to / something to eat / something to wear.

dementedma Tue 29-Oct-13 20:50:34

Dh enjoyed his beerbods subscription last year. Also the shampoo bars from Lush are good for stockings.

Hanging out on the bargain thread VN? Perish the thought. I'm glued to it


Ok cost are as follows (inc postage)

Boden desert boots £55 (code plus a voucher Johnnie sent me)
Spicery gift box £10
Flavourly subscription £5 (used a code)
Hotel Chocolate gift box £6.65 (used a code)
Baking books £12 (The Book People - saved about £45)
A mug with a photo of his new dog on £2.99 (used a code)
Hoodie and jeans £18.95 (The Hut - was a BOGOF)
Tshirt/Boxers £8 (The Hut - 2 for £8)
Socks with chickens on (an "in" joke) £6 TK maxx
A leather wristband with our boys names on £2.95
Retro sweets (haven't bought yet)

So, about £127.54, with a lot of thanks to the bargain thread.

Anja1Cam Tue 29-Oct-13 20:57:33

Same problem here... Dh want and needs nothing, and has a birthday on the 24th

Might try to get him a new mobile (his is so ancient the battery has failed but he can't be arsed to do anything about it, he's not exactly a heavy user ;-)... but i will have to do this via voucher to transfer his number etc

The new Asterix (and the Picts)
And the old faves: socks, chocolate, mug painted by the kids.

Toying with the idea of getting him a nexus - the kindle two years ago was a great success though he would never have bought one himself.

So I'll be watching with interest too!

Tubemole1 Tue 29-Oct-13 21:01:56


Anja1Cam Tue 29-Oct-13 21:04:34

Ah yes, I forgot, i'm also toying with the idea of a flavourly 'hamper', and the beerbods sub last year was a success. Semi-recurring things he wears out/or breaks with some frequency are wallets and watches to they crop up every couple of years.

Glimmerberry Tue 29-Oct-13 21:10:24

Raspberry Pi

Mum2toomany Tue 29-Oct-13 21:13:59

Can we have link the wristband plz?

A photo book (he's had one every year we've been together)
End of watch DVD
And I'll get our kids to choose something from
The shops too. smile

Neds wristbands w/s is a bit clunky but wristbands are lovely and despatched promptly. smile

dementedma Tue 29-Oct-13 21:23:47

Ooh, will get a wrist band for dh. Great idea.

The dc are getting him a couple of onsies (their choice)

I'm getting him an ipad mini.
Pc games.

VoldemortsNipple Tue 29-Oct-13 21:37:27

DSJames this is the hat with lights on Personally I don't run for a bus, but dh is quite a serious runner and is a group leader at his club. He hasn't had one before but has tried clip on lights for running at night. I thought the hat would be a good idea to make him easily distinguishable in the group.

Bea grin That's an impressive list. I quite agree, the bargain thread is highly addictive.

GlimmerBerry What is the point of those Raspberry Pi thingies?

CuriosityCola Tue 29-Oct-13 21:42:16

What is beerbods?

Do you have the link for the coffee subscription. That is a great idea. Could sort of gift for dh and for pil depending on price. grin

ChipAndSpud Tue 29-Oct-13 21:53:42

So far I've bought a couple of graphic novels; New Avengers Vol 1: Breakout and Batman The Killing Joke. I think I might buy him the Sopranos DVD boxset and some sweets.

I did think about getting him some sports clothes, but he didn't like the idea!

The Sopranos were on his list, but the two graphic novels I choose based on what he currently has and searched on Forbidden Planets website.

Anja1Cam Tue 29-Oct-13 22:00:11


C&P from their web site:
How do gift subscriptions work?
You buy a 12 week or 24 week subscription for some lucky so and so.
We then send you an email with a link and a special code.
You forward that link and code to the person you have bought the gift for.
The link sends them to www.beerbods.co.uk/get-my-gift where they give us their details.
We then send them some beer.
The beer comes as a 12-bottle case (all different) and the web site has a bit of blurb every week on which one the beer sample that week and forums to discuss it with other drinkers (optional, dh didn't engage with this, but drank the beer properly spaced out)

Glimmerberry Tue 29-Oct-13 23:06:18

The raspberry pi is a very basic, hands on, infinitely programmable computer. DH is a computer geek and dreams of programming everything around the house: lights, music, heating etc. I know he's been covetting one (or several) for a while. He's having an EA with Maplin smile

Glimmerberry Tue 29-Oct-13 23:08:22


Sorry, missed the name but to whoever was thinking of getting their Dp a nexus, they are brilliant. I got my DP one last year and he loves it. They are really good for the price and there's loads you can do on them.

dementedma Wed 30-Oct-13 07:24:02

I also have a nexus and love it

Angrybudda Wed 30-Oct-13 07:41:38

Marking my place, to steal ideas.

bebopanddoowop Wed 30-Oct-13 07:45:16

My DH helpfully pointed out you can look up other people's Amazon wishlists! So I have got a few books and records off there. I wish I could afford what he really wants though, which is an omnichord!

AutumnStar Wed 30-Oct-13 07:53:58

Lots of good ideas here! <steals>

Can someone link me to this bargain thread or tell me where to find it?

DearDinah Wed 30-Oct-13 08:04:16

Whoever put 1to1 rock climbing tuition, thank you!!
DH so hard to buy for, biggest passion is weight training but goes gym for that, rick climbing would be perfect!

DearDinah Wed 30-Oct-13 08:04:41

Rock! Lol not sure he'd wanna climb rick!

Splatt34 Wed 30-Oct-13 09:37:34

DH already dropping hints for a kindle.

tootssweet Wed 30-Oct-13 09:45:24

I am really stuck for DP this year - I would like to get him a nexus or similar but I fear that he would never speak to me again as he would constantly have his nose in it! Will be lurking for inspiration.

MooseyMoo Wed 30-Oct-13 15:08:25

So far I have bought:

Beer52 craft beer (x8 bottles of beer for £14.99)
Le Tour 100 Book
Paul Hollywood Bread Book
Atul's Curries of the World Book
Monty Python 40th Anniversary Collection DVD
ITunes £25 (for £20 at Sainsbury)
Body Shop Coconut Shower gel

The most successful present I have bought him last year was the Spicery Subscription.

MooseyMoo Wed 30-Oct-13 15:13:45

If your DH/DP watches Game of Thrones, I can highly recommend the books. I bought them for me DH for his birthday and he's really enjoying them. I got the set for £28.99

Theimpossiblegirl Wed 30-Oct-13 15:14:23

I got him a Kindle Fire last year and he loves it, but feels no need for a new tablet. I just know it's going to be socks and pants, aftershave and a couple of tops again. He's very boring to buy for.

Groupon are offering a tequila experience which could be a good one to get, I'm waiting to hear about dates- no point buying if it can only be redeemed on a weekday.

Theimpossiblegirl Wed 30-Oct-13 15:15:07

He loved the Game of Thrones books-they would be a great gift for someone.

What is a Nexus? Dim emoticon...

enormouse Wed 30-Oct-13 21:59:55

So far I have bought DP
A new fossill wallet
A stark industries mug. He did request a new tardis mug, as his broke earlier in the year but I know he'll love this one.
A tardis keyring.
A Dr who poster.

I also want to get him
The 007 aftershave box
New pyjamas and socks
Some cufflinks
I'll also be renewing his subscription to empire which runs out next month.

He's a big geek and movie fan so is pretty easy to buy for as long as I steer clear of dvds. He tends to buy things as they come out.

Btw Does anyone know if you can buy a subscription/season ticket for odeon newbies?

Theimpossiblegirl Wed 30-Oct-13 22:08:15

Ooh cinema gift vouchers are not a bad idea.

A Nexus is another type of tablet- a good one I think.

Lots of super ideas so far, keep them coming please.

(Wondering if I get the 007 aftershave will he turn into James bond....)

jenniferalisonphillipasue Thu 31-Oct-13 16:24:43

Getting my dh a Sonos one. We already have a Sonos but he would like another one. They are brilliant and I would highly recommend: www.sonos.com/shop/products/play1-bridge

I have already ordered a Raspberry pi for his stocking.

Thanks. Since I hardly know what a tablet is either, that didn't help much! I suspect dp doesn't want one!

He does need new PJs though. smile

AutumnStar Thu 31-Oct-13 16:55:49

I got DH's main present today - a GPS watch and heart rate monitor for his bike. Also got him a recipe book on burgers and some slippers (because he keeps stealing mine).

PumpkinsPieEyed Thu 31-Oct-13 18:07:15

My dp is easy he wants a bottle of good whiskey and a new curvy shaped pint glass,everything else iv done/will do myself typical socks ,pants, dressing gown ,toiletries, arse face soap bar really for me to chuckle at miniature booze and his favourite chocs in his stocking.

He will get me exactly what I told him a pair of dance hoops,wine and my treat of choice.less than £40 spend for him.

DownstairsMixUp Thu 31-Oct-13 18:11:52

I got my DH a pair of dr martens, pants, socks, a hot sauces set, a book on classic cars, a cook book, a book on picking your own food/growing it, a dressing gown (as he always nabs mine and looks ridiculous in my polka dot robe hmm) a smellie, chocs and a bottle of gin. Yes I'm the most awesome partner grin

GerrardWinstanley Thu 31-Oct-13 20:59:55

sorry curiosity - been off line for a couple of days
eightpointnine has the best coffee subscriptions I think
lots of others around tho
DH also a big fan of this coffee doodah
it's all a mystery to me confused grin

AutumnStar Fri 01-Nov-13 07:50:00

Downstairs where did you get the hot sauces set? My DH loves stuff like that.

Rubybrazilianwax Fri 01-Nov-13 12:57:49

autumnstar do you mind telling me what watch you bought? I think my dh might like something like that.
I'll probably get my dh clothes, we have a great local independent menswear shop that does Gant, etc and the guys there know exactly what my dh wears so they'll pick me out a few things, very handy grin

Stevie77 Fri 01-Nov-13 14:23:08

Anyone seen nice cufflinks that could be personalised. Nothing on Not On The High Street caught my eye, still looking at Etsy.

Looking for something modern looking but that could be engraved with script writing. A lot seem to do the stamping which I don't like.

enormouse Sat 02-Nov-13 20:06:51
DownstairsMixUp Sun 03-Nov-13 08:33:36

AutumnStar I got it from Ace catalogue, think it was about 12.99!

Cupcake11 Sun 03-Nov-13 09:01:24

Dh is the hardest person I have to buy for, if he wants something he'll buy it for himself generally. He's not impressed by anything designer of flashy and he works away a lot so 'experience' things I've bought him in the past have expired before he has the chance to use them.

As I'm pregnant with our first this will be our last christmas just the two of us so I'd like to spoil him but I'm completely stuck for ideas.

So far I've got him:

Stocking -
Jokey becoming a dad book
Giant box of his fav sweets
Lego Dobbie key ring (in joke)
Travelo, for taking aftershave away with him
Shaving smellies

Presents -
iPad case
Chanel aftershave

Help! grin

AutumnStar Sun 03-Nov-13 09:21:37

Sorry for the late response Ruby.

I got him a Garmin Forerunner 110. They're about 80-100 quid online.

Beaverfeaver Sun 03-Nov-13 13:06:36

I have got my DH :

A decent 'proper' adjustable razor
A razor and brush stand
Fat face clothes
Brasher walking socks
Wooden iPad stand

DoudousDoor Mon 04-Nov-13 12:53:11

This year:
Nice, casual clothes (he only ever buys himself work stuff)
A sudoku book (stocking)
A rubix cube (stocking)

Erm...possibly the Asterix book as suggested upthread.
Still thinking other than that.

Previous years hits have been a nice belt (Hugo boss), running watch/heart monitor, sports bag/gym gloves and, amazingly, a lego pirate ship (aimed at 14 years +). He laughed at the lego joke, thought it silly but still then spent hours putting it together and really enjoyed himself.

DH is French and doesn't really get the whole stocking thing - was a bit bemused last year when I bought him face cream and ear plugs (both brands he uses!) as he thought they weren't very "presenty" grin

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