Friday 28 November 2014

Christmas 2014 - 'For Him' Gift Guide

Men! Whether we like it or not, and whether we care to admit it… We love those men of ours… Most of the time! But with Christmas now only weeks away, you may be wondering how we can shower them with the Christmas presents that they deserve (Lump of cole anyone!?). I always look around at what those men of ours already own and think ‘What do you buy the man that has… Well.. EVERYTHING!?’

I have been busy grafting away ideas for the men in our lives, and here are a few ideas that reflect a variety of different budgets.

Stocking filler ideas…

Stuck to find a little something special to include in their stocking this year? Look no further than the Spotify gift card, which will allow you to upgrade their standard Spotify account to a Premium. You can purchase the gift card for 1,3,6 and 12 months so you can choose to purchase within any allocated budget that may be in place. A month gift card costs £9.99 and the gift card can be emailed straight to your loved one’s inbox for them to use straight away. You can also pick up physical gift cards to wrap up at The Cooperative, Homebase, Argos, Morrison’s and Tesco.

 Looking to get your better half a little something from the children? The McLaggan Smith Daddy Rules Mug could be the perfect stocking filler for the avid coffee/tea drinker in your life. Award winning artist Rebecca Winter has made this mug really stand out thanks to the rather fancy crown, and it is sure to put a grand smile on Daddy's face this Christmas. The McLaggan Smith Daddy Rules Mug retails at £14.90 but you can pick it up from for £10.90.

Avon Elite Untailored Eau de Toilette Spray is fresh and boasts refined cypress and heated cashmere woods. A real stocking filler treat for a bargain £7.00.

Stocking Filler Ideas for the Tech Savvy Man...

Xqisit Mini Speaker is a Portable speaker for your smartphone, laptop or media player. It's Small and lightweight and delivers incredible sound all at the same time. The Aluminium housing offers great protection and even boasts up to 4 hours external audio from a single charge. It retails at £29.99 but is currently on offer at £26.58 at Amazon.

QDOS Saffiano Case offers great protection for your iPhone, while at the same time offering a practical solution to taking a wallet out alongside your phone. It is bound in beautiful hand-finished textured leather, holds a handy inside pocket and rigid protection all at the same time. It retails at £24.99 and comes in Purple, Brown and Black.

Gauntlet iPhone 6+ CaseCover your iPhone 6 with a case from the company that knows how to transport your equipment safely, easily and in style. Slim profile slides easily into and out of pockets, Molded texture and easy grip contours provide secure grasp when in camera or gaming mode. The Gauntlet retails at £24.99.

For the man who hates to ask for directions...

CoPilot may just be the one essential app that you need, and is a must for people on the go. What is really handy about this reliable Sat Nav that you can use directly from your Smart Phone is that it works offline, so this eliminates the worry of data charges that may be applied, or even the annoyance and worry that can occur when you run out of signal and your standard directional app decides to give up the ghost.

CoPilot was voted by Which? as ‘ only best sat nav app’ and that is hardly surprising with all of the really handy features that have been jam packed into this one app. One of the stand out ones for me is the ‘ Find my Car’ –  Which has actually proven invaluable to me when I have parked miles away and completely forgotten how to get back to the car! 

CoPilot v9.6.2  is available immediately as a free update for existing iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 users.

CoPilot apps are available from £19.99 for the UK & Ireland version and from £34.99 for the European version and are available on all smartphone platforms.

Give the gift of taste…
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Even the men in our lives like to indulge at Christmas and quite rightly to. It is the time of year where eating too much is expected! Why not send some Guylians Seahorses this year? With a great selection of different flavours from Original, Caramel, Milk Truffle and Biscuit to Vanilla, there is something to appeal to every chocolate lovers taste palette. With prices starting from as little as £1.00 (great stocking filler ideas!) ranging up to £4.00 for the bigger collections, budgets won’t be broken this Christmas!

Who doesn’t love a Christmas Hamper full of treats over the festive holiday? An excuse to sit back and relax with a number of delicious goodies that really do make it feel like Christmas. This year Smith & Kinghorn have put together two luxurious hampers for their customers, the Festive Hamper and the Yuletide Hamper, and what’s more.. When you buy the Festive Hamper, you will receive the Yuletide Hamper FREE!

The Festive Hamper is full of special treats, Walkers Glenfiddich Mince Pies, Thorntons Truffles and Mrs Darlington’s Cranberry Sauce with Port. It all comes presented in a lovely presentation box making it that extra special. They retail at £49.99 and are available to buy up until the 20th December 2014.

Why not treat your other half to a bottle of something special this year? Glenfiddich have a selection of premium gift boxes each containing a bottle of exquisite Glenfiddich Whiskey. The gift boxes range from 12 and 14 year old Rich Oak, or 15 year old Single Malt Scotch Whiskey.

The range available has a taste to suit all Whiskey drinkers tastebuds, from the subtle oak flavours in the 12 year old signature malt to the vanilla, toffee and soft nutty notes of the Rich Oak, or the spice, honey and rich fruit flavours of the 15 year old bottles.

The prices for the different gift packs are as follows:

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey - £34.00
Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Rich Oak Whiskey - £36.00
Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey - £38.00
 For the Nature Enthusiast...

Does your better half love getting outside? Have a feeling that really… He never got around to growing up? Then why not treat him to a day out at Go Ape!? Where big kids become tree swingers and really get to unleash their wild side. Go Ape is great fun for the entire family, and it was only a few weeks ago that I myself popped along to Wyre Forest and dared pluck up the courage for the Tarzan Swing! In fact we visited last year and you can read all about that right here.

You can purchase Go Ape Experience Vouchers online that can be used at any of the Go Ape establishments, and they are valid for a year after purchase, so plenty of time to make use of them! You can choose a gift voucher balance from £5.00 right up to £100.00, so this is great to tie in with a budget.

For the male who likes to groom…

The men in our lives don't just like to take care of themselves now do they? Think about that lady he keeps out on the drive or tucked away in the garage. His most prized possession. His car...  Autoglym have the perfect treat for your man... And the other lady in his life. 'Perfect Bodywork, Wheels and Interiors' is a high end collection featuring 9 products and accessories that will aid in cleaning, polishing and protecting their pride and joy!

The Braun Waterflex Wet&Dry Shaver offers amazing skin comfort and a brilliant close shave thanks to it’s contour-adaptive swivel head. This latest shaver combines the highest ergonomic Braun design with non slip grip and the highest German Braun design quality standards. This shaver has been specifically designed for use in the shower and/or with foam to provide you with the best experience. The Waterflex transforms shaving into gliding leaving the skin refreshed and healthy. What a treat for that special man of yours this Christmas?

The Braun Waterflex Wet&Dry Shaver retails at £159.99 but is currently on offer at Amazon for £105.00.

Give the gift of kick starting the New Year…

The Fitbit Flex is great little device that you wear on your wrist, it tracks your daily movements from how many steps you take, to how many calories you have burnt through those movements. It can pair up with the My Fitness Pal App and automatically shows your calorie deficit for the day. You can set yourself goals via the Fitbit App to help you achieve your fitness goals, and even keep track of your weight. They come in a range of different colours and retails at £79.99.
The Sage Adjusta Grill is another great example for the health conscious man in your life this year, with 2015 creeping around we all turn our thoughts towards eating better and getting in shape (at least after all of the turkey has gone…). This nifty grill can cook a number of delicious meals, from eggs, pancakes, grilled sandwiches to your favourite pieces of meat, it’s an appliance with a great array of functions that you will love having in the heart of your kitchen. You can adjust the feet of the grill to tilt the grill, you can cook flat keeping all of the juices on the grill plate for extra flavour, or you can tilt the grill so that the juices run into the drip tray. 

Retailing at £99.95 this baby is set to help you cook lean food for the rest of the year!

The Nutribullet will help you kick those Christmas puddings to the curb and set you on a healthier path for 2015. The Nutribullet completely breaks down the food you choose, it liquefies and pulverizes fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, a great way to make sure that you are taking all of the goodness out of absolutely everything. What is really super about these machines is you can sneak things that you wouldn’t ordinarily eat inside, for me Spinach and Beetroot.. There are so many recipes to follow for delicious outcomes and all so good for you.

The Nutribullet retails at £99.99.

Disclaimer: I was sent the above products for the purpose of this gift guide. Prices correct at time of publishing. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

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