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Help! Ideas for what to buy male friend (gay) who's quite particular!

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Troubleintmill Thu 20-Dec-12 22:24:10

I don't want to spend a fortune. Just a token. Known each other for a long time but in the past year have become closer. Would like to let him know I appreciate his friebdship.
Any ideas appreciated! Thanks

PatsysPyjamas Thu 20-Dec-12 22:30:33

What is he interested in? Men tend to like v specific things, in my experience.

BitofSparklingPerry Thu 20-Dec-12 22:33:25

When you say 'gay', do you mean just fancies men, or do you mean massively camp?

How old?

What kind of stle does he dress in? Music?

peeriebear Thu 20-Dec-12 22:35:36

Possibly a sweeping generalisation here, but most gay men I know love the odd bit of kitsch. A couple of years ago I bought DH's 'mum' a vintage style wind-up robot that you wound up by sharpening pencils in his back smile Cheap but funny and entertaining. He bought us a Yoda cookie jar!

JennyPiccolo Thu 20-Dec-12 22:36:44

Molton brown black pepper shower gel? It's the sex.

JennyPiccolo Thu 20-Dec-12 22:40:19

I bought my best friend those sock suspenders that men wore in old school movies so that he could frolic about in the nip wearing socks and suspenders, drinking brandy, but I appreciate that might be a niche gift.

OR one year I bought him silver armbands to wear over a shirt, they are kind of cool if he likes that kind of vintage style.

JennyPiccolo Thu 20-Dec-12 22:41:58

Really I think all men appreciate sort of old fashioned manly gifts. Whisky glasses, pringle socks, shaving brush and lovely soap type thing.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 20-Dec-12 22:42:41

Does it matter that he's gay? Do gay men like different kinds of gifts?

Agree that MB Black Pepper is gorgeous but it costs more than a token.

Food? Drink? Cufflinks? Paul Smith socks if you're feeling rich.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 20-Dec-12 22:43:19

Lots of cute little hip flasks around at the mo too - that and a little bottle of his tipple of choice maybe?

EmmaNess Thu 20-Dec-12 22:56:52

Tom Daley calendar. If he doesn't like it, he's straight.

xkcdfangirl Thu 20-Dec-12 23:05:20

Get him this book?

Kirstoll Fri 21-Dec-12 00:14:32

My (gay) cousin- is very flamboyant, rather than a 'manly man' (know im madly generalising but please forgive me) But he v much appreciated cuff links for last Xmas! Just plain ones with a lite multicoloured jigsaw piece on. We're under a tenner if I remember correctly! Happy hunting!!

Troubleintmill Fri 21-Dec-12 07:32:24

Yes, gay as in fancies men and really not camp at all!
Age - mid 30's.

It doesn't matter he's gay at all but I do think he would like a different type of gift to a straight man. Especially a manly straight man.

He's very artistic and sophisticated.

There's some good ideas and I'll check out the Molton brown but I was thinking a more niche gift really.

Thanks for your help.

Taffeta Fri 21-Dec-12 07:48:01

On phone can't do links, try panik design. They have loads of niche designer stuff, cost varies drastically dependent what you buy, I could spend hours on their website. Or try refound objects, quirky.

midnightinmoscow Fri 21-Dec-12 08:37:09

Pantone mug?

Phineyj Fri 21-Dec-12 08:43:45

Try (this is fun - epecially if he's <not> camp.

If in London, the Festival Hall shop (the one outside the building in the street of cafes) or the Science Museum shop are good.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Fri 21-Dec-12 08:59:58

How much do you want to spend?

An art print?

Agree that REfound have some nice things, but it's probably too late for delivery now.

A huge cheese and some posh crackers?

roguepixie Fri 21-Dec-12 09:09:59

This is probably been considered and maybe an overdone present but a beautiful scented candle? They come in lovely scents and in their own jars and look lovely anywhere?

John Lewis have some very nice 'sets' of pates/chutneys etc - don't know if he's a foodie or not?

Bottle of champagne?

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