Wednesday, 16 December 2015

For Him - Christmas Guide 2015

men Christmas Gift Guide

Men, men, men. 

What do you buy the man who has everything this Christmas? I struggle each year, and I am sure that I am not alone trying to accomplish the perfect gift, so let's take a look at the items that have made my gifts for 'him' in 2015.

Stockings and treats

men Christmas Gift Guide

Now you might be under the impression that chocolate and bubbles are the way to a woman's heart, and not your mans, but the reality is quite different. Chocolate and bubbles mean quality time, you and him. Maybe a film on the box, indulgence and grown up time. It seems like such a simple choice but one that you really shouldn't over look... How about a Toblerone, the ultimate man's bar, a bottle of Mionetto Prosecco or for something a little different and delicious, how about The Adnams Selection Prosecco Spumante and a festive screening of Die Hard!?

Of course if your going to sit down to watch a film over the Christmas break, then you might want to arm yourselves with more than one bar of chocolate. We all know that the men in our lives will most likely inhale the snacks within a few seconds flat, so be prepared and really surprise him. Bonne Maman have a delicious selection of cakes and treats that will really spoil him over the festive season.

Be Practical...

Sometimes the man who has everything, literally has... well everything. Maybe they need some things for the office? Bits and pieces that they actually require, over things that will just get pushed to one corner and forgotten about. You could always ask them if they need something in particular or just hunt out some attractive options for them:

Leitz Christmas
Leitz have a lovely selection of office necessities that would make lovely gifts for the man in your life. Be it for work or play, there is something for everyone. I particularly like the Complete Laptop Smart Traveler Bag. The quality bag is lightweight and won't look out of place in a business setting. It boats smart zip fastening, matt metal buckles and genuine padded leather handles.

Leitz Complete Laptop Smart Traveler Bag: £ 66.83 on Amazon.

Leitz Complete Privacy Slim Folio Case for iPad Air 2 - £43.25

A little pampering...

men Christmas Gift Guide

Whether they admit it or not, these men of ours like to feel pampered. If you are stuck for ideas look no further than items that are going to make them look and feel wonderful! 

If your other half is sporting a beard to be proud of, then this wooden beard comb from The Old Street Barber will make a great stocking filler. It's made from pear wood and is the perfect for companion to help him keep his beard tame, especially when used with one of our fantastic beard oils. If you really wanted to treat him, then the Argan Beard oil is a great choice. The luxurious oil is perfect for all beard types whether they are long or short. It tames and conditions leaving his beard with a beautiful fragrance. 

The Real Shaving Co offer a complete 1-2-3 shaving process that is sure to put a smile on his face. First you PREPARE your face for the razor, then you SHAVE, then you MAINTAIN the good work.
Bob’s your uncle, your skin feels top notch! 
The Real Shaving Co
The Real Shaving Co

While we are thinking beards, let's talk keeping them under control. Shavers are gadgets that every man wants and needs, and investing in a upgrade for them will show them just how thoughtful you are. The Braun Series 9 shaver is a superior addition to every male, boasting intelligent SyncroSonic technology that delivers 40,000 cross-cutting actions per minute which helps provide a thorough shave and comforts the skin. 

Braun Series 9 shaver

Now you have thought about the three main aspects, keeping them fed, watered and looking good, you may be wondering what else you could do for them? It' no secret that men are ultimately big kids, and they demonstrate this by playing video games (or at least many of them). I know you might be thinking 'Well I don't want to encourage that!'... but have you thought outside the box? What if you got them their very own gaming chair? Think about them being in their man cave... You could actually get on with something for you, really ladies this is a Christmas gift for you!

The i-eX Bean Bag Gaming Chair from bean bag bazaar might just be the greatest gift you could give him this Christmas. It would help him keep his man cave in check, and provide him somewhere comfortable to sit as he steps into those virtual reality realms of his...

It has been engineered with a high back and bucket seat to create the ultimate gaming positioning, and is made from high quality faux leather with the i-eX® logo proudly stitched into the fabric and finished with stylish silver piping, the outer shell of this bean bag chair is strong, durable and sporty.
Unlike other bean bags the cover of this gaming chair has a panel of foam fixed into the back and seat to create added structure and comfort, giving the feeling of a racing car seat.
The i-eX Bean Bag Gaming Chair retails at £99.00 from bean bag bazaar but is currently on offer at £74.99!
i-eX Bean Bag Gaming Chair
Of course if you are thinking along these lines, then your mind is clearly thinking tech and appreciating the fact that you know it would be a well received gift. Have you cast your mind to the possibility of TabletTV yet?
TabletTV enables you to watch and record free over-the-air live TV on your tablet wherever there is a Freeview signal. The tuner receives all Freeview channels that are available over the air through a TV aerial and transmits them wirelessly to his tablet.
- Watch and record live television absolutely FREE
- Play back recorded shows anywhere, anytime
 - No cable, satellite, or internet required for viewing
- No buffering, wait times, or authentication
- Can also be connected to your existing household aerial
TabletTV can be purchased on Amazon for £64.99
Rollei ePano Selfie

2015 has been the year of the selfie stick, and I am sure we can all say that at one point or another, we have given one a go. I myself first discovered the selfie stick towards the back end of last year on a trip to London. In this time frame the selfie stick has come on in leaps and bounds, and now Rollei have suprised us the the ePano Selfie - a motorized panoramic head for smartphones.
the Rollei ePano Selfie is lightweight and robust, perfect for those who like myself might be a little bit clumsy at times. It has been designed for Samsung and IOS users in mind and links up to the Bluetooth operating systems while holding the phone in place with an adjustable clamp. It comes equipped with a remote control that enables you to modify the set up remotely. If you want to adjust where the camera is pointing, just touch a button and redirect it. The unit can achieve a complete 360 degree rotation, so the world really is just at the touch of a button.
Priced at just £37.50 on Amazon, the ePano Selfie would make a superb tech gift to a budding photographer this Christmas. 
Intempo Play and Party Speaker

Christmas is a time for celebration and enjoying time with loved ones. Who here doesn't just love a spot of karaoke and a powerful speaker to enjoy your music through? The Intempo Tailgate Music Speaker can provide you all of this and much more.
- Up to 3 hours play time
- Bluetooth function to connect to enabled devices (phone, tablet, etc.)
- Usb and aux inputs for mp3 players etc.
- Adjustable EQ to adjust the sound just as you like it
- Extendable handle and wheels – easily wheeled round so no heavy lifting
- Microphone so you can sing along to your favourite tunes
- Input so it can be used with instruments – portable guitar amp
- (TF/ SD) Memory card slot
- Echo Function
Just think of the fun that the entire family could have with this after a few to many glasses of champagne on Christmas day! I took ours along to a recent fitness meet, and it provided the music to everyone taking part. It did me proud and the Bluetooth function was superb, the volume of the speakers was great and we were able to have Kayla Itsines Spotify list blasting out during the work out. This would make a great gift for the avid karaoke singer or someone like me who likes to use it for working out and playing music remotely through a Bluetooth speaker. 
The Intempo Tailgate Speaker retails at £149.99.
London Designer Outlet
If you have got to the end of this gift guide and you are still scratching your head, here is one final idea that will hopefully put you on the right path. How about taking him shopping? Put the budget you have aside for him, and take him out to find exactly what he wants. London Designer Outlet is a great place to visit, with over 50 shopping outlets, and a great selection of places to eat while you’re there.
The festive fun is in full swing over at LDO right now, where things are cooling down by the ice rink, and everyone is enjoying the traditional vintage funfair and festive street food market.
Not forgetting...
-          LDO, London guarantees its shoppers a white Christmas. A snow cannon will be granting all a white Christmas on the hour until 24th December
Post your Christmas wish list in the special Santa’s Post Box next to LDO’s giant Christmas tree for the chance to win a Christmas shopping spree worth £200, plus four runners up will each win a £50 voucher to spend at LDO. All you have to do is fill out the competition form (available from Guest Services near M&S Outlet) and pop it in Santa’s post box. Winners will be picked and notified by 21st December*

*Terms and conditions apply.

-           The rink and funfair are open daily until – 3rd Jan, 11 – 9 pm (last skate at 8pm)

-          Fun fair includes: Helter Skelter, Ferris Wheel, Carousel, Santa toy rides, Santa tea cups, Santa’s penguins

-          Festive street food market (until 20th Dec) open Thursday – Sunday, midday – 10 pm

Keep an eye out for more information on the activities by following London Designer Outlet on Facebook or Twitter, or by checking the LDO website which showcases upcoming events:

I am very pleased to be able to bring you the opportunity for one reader to win a £75 voucher valid at Frankie & Benny's LDO! All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is use the Rafflecopter widget below.
The terms and conditions are as follows:

-          The prize is for a £75 meal voucher at Frankie & Benny’s at London Designer Outlet, Wembley Park  
-          The voucher has a validity of three months
-          You must be resident in the UK to enter and over 18 years of age
-          There will be ONE winner and the prize is as specified
-          There is no cash alternative

-          Transfers/ travel costs are not provided
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.


  1. Charlotte clavier16 December 2015 at 17:22

    I'd like to win because it would be lovely to have a meal I haven't cooked, lol. It's been a while since that has happened

  2. I'd like to win because I would like to take my mum for a fun meal out and she would enjoy the atmosphere & music at F&B

  3. Would be nice to take the family for a nice meal and not too far from us

  4. My hubby to be favourite place is F&B and he would love a trip their! <3

  5. I would love to win because its nice to have a treat out while shopping in your favourite place

  6. Just love the ambience of this outlet and would be delighted to have a free meal out at a buzzing upbeat and friendly restaurant

  7. It's my daughters 18th soon so would love to treat her for meal and shop xxx

  8. We are all off to London as a family over Christmas/New Year - first time all together for ages a meal would be a really lovely treat :)

  9. All of the family love Frankie and Benny's so be good to win for a treat for Christmas

  10. Would love to win as hubby is going to be in the London Marathon and we are making a holiday out of it

  11. We'd love to win, because we are planning a trip to London and this would be a great excuse to visit the outlet and save even more money!


I love hearing your thoughts, so please feel free to leave me a comment :)