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monkeymamma Mon 06-Nov-17 15:07:32

Hip flasks (why do magazines think men want endless hip flasks?)
Books about gin (look, gin is all very well, but who wants to READ about it?!!)
Scarves, gloves, hats (as I've done these items many times over)
Toiletry sets they won't use
Novelty games, puzzles etc.

I have some very lovely men in my life (BILs, boyfriends of much-loved nieces) and I don't want to burden them with stuff they don't need or want, but I don't know them well enough to say, choose a book for them.

What presents in the £15-20 range can you get for men that are genuinely useful and not gimmicky or purely decorative (as I don't know many men who genuinely want decorative stuff...)?

All ideas received with interest and thanks!

stonecircle Mon 06-Nov-17 15:09:34

Placemarking. 3 grown up sons and a DH here so watching with interest (and no suggestions!)

Grimmfebruary Mon 06-Nov-17 15:15:23

I would just make a mini hamper with their preferred choice of miniature alcohol in (or bottle of beer), sweets or chocolate, etc in.

goldensyrupisshit Mon 06-Nov-17 15:17:13

Unusual bottle openers
Multi tools
Craft beer hamper ( could make them yourself )
Men are really hard to buy for hmm

bettybyebye Mon 06-Nov-17 15:18:03

Vouchers? Amazon etc, or if you buy for them and their partners, a restaurant voucher for them both? We do this for my sis and bil every Christmas and vice versa- I love deciding which local restaurant to get vouchers for each year!

treaclesoda Mon 06-Nov-17 15:19:36

You can often get six month magazine subscriptions at quite a good price, if you know they have a particular hobby or interest. In the past I've got subscriptions to cycling magazines, astronomy magazines, science magazines etc for 'awkward to buy for' men, and they seemed to like them.

MrsHathaway Mon 06-Nov-17 15:19:49

Aeropress usually comes out in that price range. Gave DH one for Christmas about three years ago and have never needed to find a home for it in the kitchen because it's in such constant use. Otherwise a coffee bean hand grinder is a potentially useful and beautiful in a sort of architectural/engineering kind of way.

Nice socks are a cliche but useful and potentially life-improving. Penguin brand socks often turn up in T K Maxx but otherwise reasonable on Amazon. Good examples of plain enough but fun enough.

PosiePootlePerkins Mon 06-Nov-17 15:20:26

I usually do some home baked goodies (rocky road, fudge, cookies etc) with a gift card like Amazon. Boring but usually seems to be well received. I agree it's tricky!

Esker Mon 06-Nov-17 15:22:26

If they enjoy wine you could buy a decent bottle for that price range- more than most people would spend on a single bottle so would be a treat. I know not very inspired, but at least it would be enjoyed and not add to clutter!

OR (for those who appreciate such things), some very nice olive oil. My uncle loves cooking and enjoys the finer things in life, so I often get him olive oil. Although sadly my sister has now cottoned ok to this so every year we have to fight over who gets to buy him olive oil and who has to think of something else grin

MrsHathaway Mon 06-Nov-17 15:23:45

Last year on a MN Christmas thread tip off I got BIL (mid-thirties, hipsterish tendencies but works in banking) a bottle of Jim Beam Red Stag which was very well received. The "in" drink for the season is a safe option if you know they drink at all.

Downhillatfifty Mon 06-Nov-17 15:31:03

Men always have hobbies, so something useful for that usually goes down well I find, or a book about said hobby or a magazine subscription
someone interested in sport - gloves, stopwatch, water bottle, cycling bits, climbing watch
photography - special photo paper if they print their own, or voucher for printing, electric photo frame
gaming - a game or gaming gizmo
drinking / eating - definitely vouchers or hard to find specialist items, Spicery subscription

I also find men love gadgets so a complicated corkscrew or swiss army knife or even a cheap drone.

hmmmmm Mon 06-Nov-17 15:34:45

Bottle of malt whisky or craft beers.

Tankard of favourite team/sport. I Got ds2 a lovely one of his footy team.

Happinezz Mon 06-Nov-17 15:39:35

This year, I was wondering about getting my FIL either - a Stanley flask (proper classic one for tea/coffee) or a small portable radio (for when he's doing the gardening).
Also - Go Outdoors & TK Maxx often do good gifts for men

haggisaggis Mon 06-Nov-17 15:40:42

Got dh a "Gridit" organiser on Amazon last year which was recommended on here and it has proved very popular. Really handy for travelling if you have loads of charger cables etc (like us!) power bank charger things also handy

chicaguapa Mon 06-Nov-17 15:44:52

Men are generally so much harder to buy for!!

The Tile Mate Bluetooth tracker seems to be the go-to mens gift of 2017 and this one is £19.99 at Amazon. The price might go down on Black Friday?

For some reason, I'm imagining your DN's boyfriends are in their 20s. There are a lot of gift ideas at Forbidden Planet if they're into gaming, fandoms, sci-fi.

You can pick up some gifts in the £15-£20 range in the Superdry outlet on eBay. They have some good bags and mens t-shirts on there. I got a fantastic bag for DN for £15.99 that was £24.99 in the outlet store. do some really good t-shirts if you know what your recipients are into and can figure out what the designs are related to (Rick & Morty and Star Wars seem to feature a lot). They're around £15 from the tee shop and really great quality (though size up as L would be appropriate for most medium-sized men).

For older men, I usually just buy a bottle of whisky. Once I bought some nice whisky tasting glasses which went down very well.

MrsHathaway Mon 06-Nov-17 15:48:55

Glad to hear that, haggis, as it's already in my list to buy for my DH this year.

tentative3 Mon 06-Nov-17 15:49:42

As others have said, something related to their hobbies or likes. If people were asking me for ideas for my OH for example, he likes mountain biking, which gives loads of options - not all would be things he'd buy himself, but that's fine! It really is the thought that counts. So specialist clothing, bike related stuff - he's had socks, a mug etc, vouchers for the café at the trail centre he most often goes to, even a subscription to a mountain biking magazine. They're not all things he'd choose himself, but that's fine. It would show some thought had gone into it.

I'd also give suggestions for my OH of audio books (he has long drives quite often), a particular brand of hair stuff that is a step above what he'd use everyday, but I know he likes. A really good travel mug as he has a long walking element to his commute. A particular brand of chocolate he loves, and again is a step above every day stuff. A cinema voucher.

If it's for a man you don't know that well and can't find out about then maybe a topical autobiography or a book by an author you love. I'd be pleased with books that had been chosen by someone else because they loved them.

I think in all cases, buy one nice thing rather than a 'hamper' of small bits. So personally I'd rather one good bottle of wine or box of chocolates than both, but cheaper versions. One luxury item is more of a treat I think. But that's just me, other people might differ. And of course it goes without saying that I would be pleased with any gift that anyone gave me.

BluthsFrozenBananas Mon 06-Nov-17 15:49:55

Cookery books go down well with the men in my family. Tom Kerridge was a hit a couple of years ago and I’m eyeing up the new Marcus Waring one for BIL.

BonnesVacances Mon 06-Nov-17 15:51:15

Stemless wine glasses are all the rage now, if wine is their thing. Loads of them about in John Lewis and on Amazon so can cater for all price ranges.

tentative3 Mon 06-Nov-17 15:52:43

The Tile suggestion above is a good one. You can also get funky phone charger cables on amazon - zip style ones or neon colours or whatever.

Fucky Mon 06-Nov-17 15:54:05

Ok so I’ve got a few of these for pressies. Yes I know sweary but fuck it it’s christmaa!

millifiori Mon 06-Nov-17 15:54:24

A good tee shirt
A very good bottle of wine for £15-20
Nice wine glasses or whisky tumblers
A good cheese (if they like cheese) - my DH would be purring if you gave him that.
Mechanics gloves (yes, they're gloves but they can do manly things in them like change bike and car wheels, hunt, shoot n fish etc)

ILookedintheWater Mon 06-Nov-17 15:54:55

Pls also see my adult stockings thread: I have 4 adult brothers!

Last year they got a stocking with silk socks. booze, treats, and an amazon echo each. None of them have even used the echo so this year we're downsizing to stockings.

RatOnnaStick Mon 06-Nov-17 15:55:16

My sister and I take it in turns to buy Dad a bottle of whisky or a new fleece jacket. He really doesn't want anything else.

mydogmymate Mon 06-Nov-17 16:36:12

I’ve just bought my son in law a game of thrones T shirt from Groupon. He’s mad on the programme so I think I’m safe!!

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