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Ideas for those hard-to-buy-for men in our lives

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Theimpossiblegirl Tue 04-Oct-16 15:24:09

I was going to ask on the bargain thread but thought it might be easier to have a separate thread.

Please come and share your ideas for the men you are buying for. I have DH and several adult relatives to buy for and am stumped. My only idea so far is a Star Wars Thumb Wars light sabre book for DN.

Help me move away from the Lynx gift sets please (or at least get them cheaper).

Onehellofaride Tue 04-Oct-16 15:58:07

Male presents:

DSF - jumper, football mug, biscuits
DGF - tickets for Truckfest, mince pie biscuits
DFIL - engraved razor, racing post annual, biscuits
DGFIL - Lottie Shaw cakes hamper
DBIL - voucher and Hotel Chocolat chocs
DF - snaffling pig pork scratchings
Teacher - personalised pen
DH - Stone Roses tickets, cards against humanity, shower radio, diary, clothes and a stocking.

That's all adult men.

Theimpossiblegirl Tue 04-Oct-16 16:08:53

Oh I forgot, I did get the razor to make a hamper from DD. I had DAD engraved on it.

Abrahamkin Tue 04-Oct-16 19:28:40

I have previously got a beer box from beerbods for my DH.

This year I am considering Form Cards or Sugru. Not the most expensive either of them, but at least something that he hasn't asked for (which is normally socks and t-shirts...not very exciting!).

I'm not the best with ideas though, so lurking as well!

NotAMammy Tue 04-Oct-16 21:41:56

Current ideas that are percolating for DH include:
Something from the left handed gift shop
Heritage skills class
If I'm feeling suddenly flush I know he'd like a DAB car radio but I don't think they are cheap
I know he'd like to climb a mountain but I'm not sure how to wrap that into a gift?

Abrahamkim thanks for the bit about form card, I think I'll add that to the list, although I think I'll have to order soon as there looks to be a 2mth delay.

AmyAmoeba Tue 04-Oct-16 21:47:27

I'm thinking of getting compound 9 for some of my hard to buy for males

Poundland do beer crates that can fit six bottles if you want to make your own beer box

I'm considering a smart phone hologram projector too, though it's a total gimmick, but I could see it being a hit on Christmas Day

This might be good grid it and if you're crafty there's lots of tutorials online girl how to make your own

lock pick set too expensive so might get one of the smaller sets on Amazon.

But I'm a bit stumped after that. My fil has everything he could possibly need and can afford much better versions of anything I could ever buy, while my dad can't bear us to spend a penny on him unless it's very cheap and very useful. They might both be getting sugru.

Abrahamkin Wed 05-Oct-16 07:04:33

Happy to see my suggestions are useful! Seems like Compound 9 is also similar, so it's added to my list. I'll also have a look at the left-handed gift shop.

AmyAmoeba which hologram projector are you thinking of?

RumAppleGinger Wed 05-Oct-16 07:11:05


FIL is getting tickets to Warhorse.

DH is getting tickets to see Professor Brian Cox.

BIL - tickets to see Tim Peake for his birthday next week.

AmyAmoeba Wed 05-Oct-16 07:14:57

abrahamkin I had been looking at the one on iwoot but they're not my favourite website at the moment.

KingLooieCatz Wed 05-Oct-16 08:09:37

Amy Grid it - amazing! Someone has to get that from me. Probs DB. Didn't know there was such a thing as a smartphone hologram projector. V. excited by this thread.

DH will probably get vouchers for Brewstore (homebrew kit).

DF is another one who will ask for something cheap and useful but he is not averse to an Oxfam gift. he asked for a goat last year, I thought I'd spoil him and got a pair of goats. This cracks me up, but no one else sees the funny side. Yet.

Abrahamkin Wed 05-Oct-16 08:58:44

Spoiling him but getting him 2 goats cracked me up grin.

flapjackfairy Wed 05-Oct-16 09:01:17

I got my parents a goat 1 yr they didnt appreciate it! But tbey are well off and i was out of ideas. I would love someone to buy me a goat and would get a lot of pleasure from the thought of how userul it was.

By the way this thread is making me feel old. Dont even have a smartfone never mind a projector thingy for it. And compound 9?? Help must try to move with the times more!

CurriedEggs Wed 05-Oct-16 09:21:31

I love that Grid It, might buy myself one.

Bohemond Wed 05-Oct-16 09:36:12

DH Xmas already bought and used - Go Pro silver
Birthday in Jan
Wine fridge
Dressing gown
Small binoculars from RSPB catalogue

InTheseFlipFlops Wed 05-Oct-16 09:44:30

I want a grid it for my bag. It's like one big cavern of darkness!!!
Last years successes;
Wallet ninja
Tin of magnetic bearings

I've seen
Thumb wrestling
Cheap drone
3D Apple puzzle
Gorilla / octopus type phone holder

Bibs2014 Wed 05-Oct-16 09:52:52

I got my DH a subscription to Private Eye magazine last year which went down well smile

ThanksForAllTheFish Wed 05-Oct-16 10:40:40

Brew your own beer kit went down well with DH a few years back (even if the beer did taste awful in the end)

Kit similar to this

For other men in the family I've bought things such as :
Engraved whisky glass
Man bag
Rugby ball shaped leather wash bag

This year I will be getting DH a leather wallet with his football team logo on it (German team so will need to order online and have shipped over) as well as a belt with logo from the same place. I'm also getting him some new converse as his current ones are in tatters.

Last year I bought him a vintage USSR wind up watch and he was chuffed with that (he likes strange things).

HairsprayBabe Wed 05-Oct-16 12:15:04

Last year my DF asked for sandpaper, I bought it but would like to get him something a little more fun this year... <dispairs>

Humidseptember Wed 05-Oct-16 12:20:05

My dh hates footy, and doesnt shave with razor, and is not interested in beer or alcohol shock

Things that have gone down well are racing car experiences, ski vouchers at snow place,...

princessconsuelabannahammock Wed 05-Oct-16 12:26:02

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Stillunexpected Wed 05-Oct-16 13:34:36

Things that I have bought for DH in the past (not all in one year!) include:

Nice toiletries - Kiehls or Molton Brown
Lumi clock radio
electric teeth flosser
Cycling kit - clothing or stuff for cleaning his bike etc
Ski stuff - the year we were actually going ski-ing!
Books in areas of interest to him
Espresso cups
Bread maker

Thequilltosurvive Wed 05-Oct-16 14:36:34

My DH is a difficult one as he buys everything for himself when he wants it. Previously well received presents have been:

Empire Magazine subscription
Lego kits

I'm stumped this year though so will be lurking on this thread!

wonderingsoul Wed 05-Oct-16 14:52:11

I got dp a feed the lions experience last christmas.

We didnt use it till july sue to hes work but we both had so much fun feeding white lions by hand. I also booked and paid for a night in a near by posh hotel. Went down v well

AmyAmoeba Wed 05-Oct-16 18:53:47

Princess if you remember the name of that book would you tell us?

Hairspraybabe I read that and actually considered it for my DF

princessconsuelabannahammock Wed 05-Oct-16 20:01:11

AMY - The book is called homemade takeaways by Rob Allison, it's a lovely book every recipe has been amazing and tasted better than a takeaway.

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