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WhyDoesGastonBark Sat 26-Sep-15 19:06:03

Your Husbands and Dads this christmas? I don't have a clue! Mine are 27 & 50 if anyone has any ideas.

HeyMicky Sat 26-Sep-15 19:12:27

DH has tickets to a comedy gig, a pork pie dolly and a book about words in other languages that have very specific meanings, which would need to be explained in a whole sentence in English

99percentchocolate Sat 26-Sep-15 19:24:10

Dad will be getting either book/cd/cinema vouchers (or similar). FIL is getting a puzzle box (he loves them) and dvd boxed set. DP will be getting some DVDs, books, clothes, and tickets to something we will both enjoy or else a night in a hotel.

Foxedshoes Sat 26-Sep-15 19:31:50

What's a pork pie dolly?! I'm intrigued, heymickey.

nancy75 Sat 26-Sep-15 19:43:43

DP is getting a new watch, my Dad is officially the hardest person in the world to buy for - I have no idea what to get him

HeyMicky Sat 26-Sep-15 20:13:33

Foxed, it's the wooden 'plug' around which you form the pastry for a pork pie. Much beloved of Paul Hollywood and Bakeoff

WhyDoesGastonBark Sat 26-Sep-15 20:44:57

Nancy75 we must have the same Dad (except I am an only!) because my Dad is a nightmare too. If he wants something he goes out and gets it!

EmGee Sat 26-Sep-15 20:48:30

I get my Dad an annual subs to The Week magazine which he really appreciates.

No idea for DH. No idea at all sad Nightmare to buy for.

NeverNic Sat 26-Sep-15 21:43:10

My dad is awful too. He has zero hobbies and lives overseas so presents need to be something that will fit in a suitcase. Oh and he has a January birthday too.

My Fil is super easy to buy for. This year we are looking at a curry subscription and a birdhouse camera.

Dp has got a variety of things ranging from cycling gear and accessories, an art print, vinyls, collectible figures and books to cereal bowls, converse, clothes and a lego storage head.

milkmilklemonade12 Sun 27-Sep-15 03:13:33

Dad is getting socks. Loads of them. No one buys them for him, mistaking them for a boring gift and this makes him miserable grin

DH... I think I might indulge him with a PS4 and FIFA16, and then a new cotton bathrobe because his current one is getting old and stinky wink

milkmilklemonade12 Mon 28-Sep-15 01:28:05

A might in a hotel is a lovely idea 99percent

milkmilklemonade12 Mon 28-Sep-15 01:28:25

night wink

Avebury Mon 28-Sep-15 09:11:14

Please tell me more about the book OP - could be perfect for a nephew

MTWTFSS Mon 28-Sep-15 09:20:43

Something made by Karcher.

RedToothBrush Mon 28-Sep-15 13:23:17

I just spent an hour doing a massive list and I've lost the bloody lot. I could cry. I find it loads easier to buy for 'men' so I will do it when I get chance again later.

RedToothBrush Mon 28-Sep-15 17:14:16

Lots of ideas here, rather than what I'm actually buying! They are organised into 'Man Stereotypes' to help, but I do feel that many of these are great for women too (Indeed a good few of these are things I have or are on my wish list).

I have included Amazon Links (I hope they work!) to help too. If you look at the link and go down to 'what other people who looked at this bought' it should give you a pile more ideas (which is why I've used Amazon for links).

Some of these I suggested last year or similar ideas at least and they were very popular, so I hope they can help inspire a few people.

I personally find buying for men a lot easier than women as this thread will no doubt testify to!

For Top Gear Fans
Seeing as there won't be the Top Gear Special this year why not think about some Guy Martin Stuff instead as an alternative.
He has a new book out:
BOOK - Guy Martin: When You Dead, You Dead

There are several DVDs such as:
- Guy Martin - Complete Speed!
- TT: Closer to the Edge

Also look out for:
- Aussie Grit: My Formula One Journey by Mark Webber

Everest Inspired
'Everest' is currently showing at the cinema. Inspired by that:
The book written about events in 1996 the film is based on:
- Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Another book about Everest based on events from the 2006 disaster:
- Dark Summit: The Extraordinary True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season by Nick Heil
A little less miserable is Kenton Cool's new biography:
- One Man's Everest: The Autobiography of Kenton Cool
Kenton is one of the best climbers of the current generation and has summitted Everest 11 times, including several attempts in particularly impressive style
There there is:
- Psychovertical by Andy Kirkpatrick
Kirkpatrick is something of a maverick, who writes and speaks about climbing in general combining it with humour and his battle against depression.

You don't have to be outsdoorsy to enjoy some of these (but it might help) as they are simply inspirational and interesting in their story.

Given the Nepal Earthquake this year, if you want to give back as well as giving then you could get something from:
STORE RECOMMENDATION - Sherpa Adventure Gear. Their clothing is made in Nepal, thus providing jobs. They also give money from every purchase to their Paldorje Education Fund (which predates the Earthquake). It gives education scholarships to less fortunate Sherpa children, which obviously will be even more important given this year's tragedy.

For the Photographer
For the budding Hipster or instagrammer, Kickstarter have a venture by Holga Camera to create a Digital Version of a Lomo Camera. I have a traditional lomo which is great, but I have found that having to get photos developed the old fashioned way has limited its use. The venture has enough backers so is going ahead. Delivery has been put as a conservative Jan delivery to avoid disappointment but they are hoping to deliver before then if possible. Also be aware its in Canadian not USA dollars.
IDEA - Holga Kickstarter Digital Lomo

For the Mini Dragon from the Den
If you know someone difficult to buy for then crowdsourcing websites like are actually quite interesting places to look for ideas. There are a number of different sites, with people looking for investment in all kinds of things. There is an element of risk involved here - there is no guarantee an idea will get enough backers and there is a bit of a risk that a venture might not be quite what it seems (fraud basically). However there are lots of reputable people using and if you fancy a gamble it could be worthwhile. Holga cameras above are one example. I know bands that have released crowd sourced albums and climber Andy Kirkpatrick (mentioned above) currently is crowdsourcing for a speaking event. Details of that here:
IDEA - 'Cold Mountain' show at the Royal Institute

Creating Mini Adventures for Big Kids and Little Kids
If you think that all the Everest talk might inspire smaller adventures for families or grown ups there are a number of good books and guides available:
- 101 Things For Kids To Do Outside by Dawn Isaac
Currently also available with TheBookPeople
- 100 Family Adventures
- Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes
- Wild Camping by Stephen Neale
- Wilderness Weekends: Wild adventures in Britain's rugged corners (Bradt Travel Guide) by Phoebe Smith

For would be Bear Grylls, er sorry he's shit - Andy Kirkpatricks
Check out:
Great for dry bag ruck sacks, bivvy bags for sleeping under the stars, lightweight camping cookwear, headtorches and camping lanterns
Alpkit are a British company, and they have recently set up the Alpkit Foundation to help people get outdoors who might not otherwise. It is funded through profits from the company, so you can buy and give back at the same time.

For the Middle Aged Man in Lycra
Also check out Alpkit (link above) if you are interested in bike bags. They do custom made as well as standard sized bags for bikes. These are made in the UK so you are supporting British Industry as well as charity if you by their bike bags! Great little company.

If thats out of your price range or far too active then theres also:
- The World of Cycling According to G
Book By Geraint Thomas
SHIRT - Bicycle Parts Graphic Tshirt
- SHIRT Bike Graphic Tee

For the Beer Lover
If you want something a bit different from the normal beer bottle gift sets, it might be worth checking out Thornbridge Brewery. They are best known for Jaipur (which can be found on tap at Manchester Airport at one of its terminals, and is stock in Booths and some M & S food halls), but they also do some other harder to come by brews. STORE RECOMMENDATION - Their brewery shop can be found here
It stocks a range of brewery branded products (including cycling gear!) as well as their most recent speciality brews. One of their current one is named 'I Love You Will You Marry Me' which may appeal to someone to drop a hint or two!
ACTIVITY IDEA - If you are up in the Bakewell area they *also do tours*(usually midweek I'm afraid) at an affordable price
Of course there are other local breweries that do similar so its might be worth checking out what's available more locally to you.

For the Political Animal
How about American Political drama starring Kevin Spacey?
- House of Cards Box Set
Or anti-establishment reading:
- The Establishment: And how they get away with it by Owen Jones

For Comic Book Chic
- Kingsman: The Secret Service
Based on comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X Men First Class)
- Marvel's Agent Carter - Season 1
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2

For The Sci-Fi Nerd
The New Star Wars Film is out in mid December. Might be worth looking into cinema or IMAX bookings early to avoid disappointment

Action Man!
How about some horrendously cliche action films:
- Terminator Genisys - Arnie
- San Andreas - Disaster Movie
- Jurassic World - Dinosaurs
And slightly more sobering:
- Fury - Brad Pitt WWII film

From Comedy...
- Waking Ned
Irish comedy about winning the lottery
- Adam Hills Happyism Live

...To the Downright Offensive
- Ted 2 Story about a teddy bear
- Lolito by Ben Brooks Fiction based around the influence of the internet on young people's lives. WARNING: May disturb parents

Part 2 to follow shortly...

RedToothBrush Mon 28-Sep-15 17:40:54

Going all Zen and lifechanging
- Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget it by Gabriel Wyner As it says on the tin
- Dream the Impossible Dream: Zen Pencils: Volume Two by Gavin Aung Than Comic Strip Book of Inspiring Quotes from Famous People
- Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words by Ella Frances Sanders Think someone has mentioned this upthread. I have actually bought for a friend as a gift from TheBookPeople. Its a wonderful little gift.

- The Wind Rises A bit out there. Japanese Anime from Studio Ghibli. This is about building planes during WWII. It is wonderful, though obviously somewhat niche and won't appeal to everyone.

Science and Computer Geek Alert
- Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe
I recommended Randall's previous book (below) last year and it was a bit of a hit. He has another one out this year so hopefully it will be as good.
- What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

For Big Kids
- Inside Out New Pixar offering
- Nanoblock T-Rex Skeleton
Like Lego but smaller and more grownup. Was harder to get hold of last year but everywhere this year. There is a good Motorbike model, Steam Train, Airplane, Pokemon and smaller Dinosaur ones in addition to this one (amongst many others). Just be careful buying online - many sellers are based in Japan / Hong Kong and not all include custom duty in prices on Amazon (check the shop description on Amazon for details). Definitely not something just for children IMO.

For the Green Fingered
- Penis Chilli Seeds Just because.
- Grow Your Own Drugs: A Year with James Wong by James Wong - Not a book about growing weed, though the title is awesome. Its actually about growing your own herbal remedies for everyday ailments
- RHS Grow for Flavour: Tips & tricks to supercharge the flavour of homegrown harvests by James Wong From the same author as above. So yeah he's a serious gardener rather than just going to funny titles
- RHS Red Hot Chilli Grower: The complete guide to planting, picking and preserving chillies by Kay McGuire To go with your Penis

- Trigger Mortis: A James Bond Novel by Anthony Horowitz New James Bond
- Holy Cow by David Duchovny Yes its that Duchovny. He apparently studied literature before becoming an actor. Its getting good reviews.
- Europa Blues by Arne Dahl Nordic Noir
- Make Me: by Lee Child New Jack Reacher Book. Just don't think of small egotists with a middle front tooth.

Make sure you don't get fruit with fish:
- The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit

Other Ideas and Inspiration
SITE RECOMMENDATION Sport Pursuit are a flash sale company who specialise in Sports Gear and Outdoor, but thats not all they sell by any means.
You have to sign up to see whats available and it changes regularly but this means it can be good for giving ideas. Current deals that have caught my eye are Dale of Norway Clothing with 50% off (still hideously expensive but gorgeous scandi-style print jumpers), Woodsies (Wooden Framed Sunglasses), Veho Pebbles (Emergency Battery Backup Chargers) which are at £24.99 when usually £80. In the past we got an amazing magnetic wall map, from the Future Mapping Company from Sportpursuit, which gives a feel of the range of stuff they do. The maps are no longer on offer but can be found direct from the supplier
- Sportographica by Martin Toseland There are LOADS of Infographic books out. Worth a hunt around for one that suits as they are beautiful and a popular idea last year.
- Electrified Sheep by Alex Boese More Random Science stuff
- You Are Awful (But I Like You): Travels Through Unloved Britain Think along the lines of the worst places in the UK.
- Think Like a Freak: Secrets of the Rogue Economist by by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt From the writers of Freakonomics
- So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson Writer of The Men Who Stare at Goats and The Psychopath Test.
- Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey by Richard Ayoade

That's all... for now at least. I haven't even thought about music suggestions yet... I know its mainly books, but they are a safe bet usually.

I hope this brainstorming helps a few people out.

neddle Mon 28-Sep-15 20:49:31

Red amazing posts, thanks flowers for typing all that out. Some interesting ideas.

Bellebella Mon 28-Sep-15 20:54:57

Oh has a load of Star Wars things, towel, cup, PS3 game, shirts etc. Have also bought him some other t-shirts and another game.

I don't have the dad problem, mine has been gone 12 years.

RedToothBrush Mon 28-Sep-15 22:56:56

Tours and Events in 2016
Harlem Globetrotters UK Tour
World Track Cycling Championships

Various items
IDEA - Smartphone projector
BOOK - Formula 1 tracks from above
IDEA - Whittling Knife set
IDEA - Guitar Bottle Opener
IDEA - Personalised BBQ Set
IDEA - Helicopter Ride for £59.00
IDEA - 3D Doodle Pen (like a 3D printer but you draw things
IDEA - Taylors of Harrogate, Nespresso Compatible Capsules

happsymum Mon 28-Sep-15 23:37:26

red thank you thank you! 2 gifts for my impossible to buy for OH!

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH on dvd- maybe an idea for others.
FURY dvd as red suggested also very very good I of course cried the entire way thru, but I also cry at X factor

RedToothBrush Tue 29-Sep-15 12:54:57

Active adventures
IDEA - Family Day Canoing in Staffordshire
IDEA - White water tubing experiences in Northamptonshire also suitable for kids
IDEA - Go Ape High Ropes, Segaways, Zip Wires Mutiple Locations
IDEA - Chillfactor Manchester Skiing, Snowboarding, Climbing

Lots of things like this about all over the country - not just during summer (off peak you may get discount too), if you have a bit of a hunt. You do not have to just go for 'Experience Days' on gift websites. There are the obvious chains and large centres which people might be familiar with too. but there are also lots of independent groups that offer adventures often at better prices. I've put one of each here for a flavour.

Hipsters, Aging Indie Kids & Disillusioned ex-XFM listeners
IDEA - Silicone Guitar Stand
CLOTHES - Iconic Rock Star T Shirt
IDEA - Konstruktor Flash - Construct Your Own SLR Camera
IDEA - Stylophone
BOOK - The Road Beneath My Feet by Frank Turner

MUSIC - The Making Of by Bohicas
MUSIC - What Went Down by Foals
MUSIC - Froot - Marina & The Diamonds
MUSIC - Marks to Prove it by The Maccabees
MUSIC - Anthems for Doomed Youth by The Libertines
MUSIC - Get to Heaven by Everything Everything
MUSIC - Born Under Saturn by Django Django
MUSIC - Keep the Village Alive by Stereophonics
MUSIC - Positive Songs For Negative People by Frank Turner
MUSIC - Chasing Yesterdayby Noel Gallagher
MUSIC - Chaos And The Calm by James Bay
MUSIC - The Balcony by Catfish & The Bottlemen
MUSIC - Playland by Johnny Marr
MUSIC - Courting the Squall by Guy Garvey
MUSIC - The Magic Whip by Blur
MUSIC - Modern Nature by The Charlatans
MUSIC - Saturns Pattern by Paul Weller
MUSIC - Matador by Gaz Coombes
MUSIC - Born in the Echoes by The Chemical Brothers
All of the above are 2015 releases I think. Quite a few are special editions or deluxe editions (so there may be other cheaper versions out there too)

Sheldon Cooper
SITE RECOMMENDATION - Forbidden Planet website for all things sci fi, fantasy, gaming, anime and generally anything that wouldn't be out of place on The Big Bang Theory if you dare to brave searching through it. Often has specialist stuff you won't see elsewhere. Obviously there are some independents doing the same, but not as many as their used to be.

IDEA - Comic Book Hero Origami Box
IDEA - Comic Book Words Glass Wall Art

Anti-establishment & conspiracy theorists
BOOK - Newsfail: Climate Change, Feminism, Gun Control, and Other Fun Stuff We Talk about Because Nobody Else Will
Story of a couple's DIY foray into independent media via their podcast, Citizen Radio
BOOK - Tales of Tinfoil: Stories of Paranoia and Conspiracy

More Miscellanous random ideas in not much order
BOOK - Haynes - Zombie Survival Manual
CLOTHES - English Footballing Icons T Shirt
BOOK - 1001: Movies You Must See Before You Die

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