Sunday 2 December 2018

The For 'Him' Christmas Gift Guide 2018

December has arrived. 

The Christmas tree is standing tall and proud once again, and my favourite festive songs are blaring out from the speakers. 

All of this means that the big day is slowly rolling closer, and in only a few short weeks the entire family will be gathered around, and spending some truly special time together. 

On the run up to Christmas though, we all have some Christmas shopping to do... Am I right? 

I have to be honest and say that this has been the hardest year yet in terms of thinking about the perfect gift for each and everyone I hold dear in my life. To say I have racked my brain would be an understatement...

If I have found this year difficult, then I am sure that I am not alone, and it seems like the ideal time to share my very first gift guide with you!

The For 'Him' Christmas Gift Guide for 2018.

What do you buy the man who has EVERYTHING? 

That is the question that has been on my mind since September. 

The more I asked myself this question...The more I realised that the answer was staring me right in the face. In January, Luke and I will have been together for 10 long years, and in that time frame we have taken hundreds of thousands of photographs (Well I have taken them anyway...!), yet despite taking them we have never done anything with them. 

Family Photo Album with Photobox

They have sat on my computer for years and years, but we have never made family photo albums, and now 10 years later the thought of getting all of those special moments printed and into some form of order is a mammoth task by any stretch of the imagination. 

However giving such a personal, from the heart gift with so many hours invested in it made it seem like the absolute perfect gift. 

So I logged on to Photobox amd started to upload hundreds, upon hundreds of images, once I knew how many photos I was going to have printed, I picked two photograph albums that could each hold 500 photographs. 

Family Photo Album with Photobox

Once everything had arrived I set aside at least 3 evenings, and I don't know how many hours... and slowly but surely labelled up the mass array of unorganised images. I went month by month right from when Luke and I first got together back in January 2009. 

Our first photo, our first holiday, Our first snow, Our first Christmas, the birth of our first born, and each and every single month from that moment on. 

The first album holds our earliest photos and the biggest chunk of our lives so far, and it really does highlight just how much history the two of us share together. The second album is pretty much up to present day, and has hundreds of sleeves left for our year ahead, which is set to be a very exciting year as we are in the process of purchasing our very first family home!

Our forever home.

Family Photo Album with Photobox

Family Photo Album with Photobox

Family Photo Album with Photobox
 This gift is really close to my heart, and I can't wait to see his face Christmas day when he sees just how accurate it is, you can literally see Leo growing up before your eyes!

Because of the impending house move, we have both said that we will keep gifts to a minimum, the photo album is of course Luke's main gift, but it's always nice to include some smaller items alongside a main gift. 

Box Of Favours is a lovely little quirky gift, and it is exactly what it says on the box. You sign a contract promising to uphold the many little favours that are on the golden vouchers inside the box, and then you give it away to your special someone. When you are handed one of the vouchers you have to uphold that favour. There are even 5 blank cards included inside the box so that you the gifter can get creative with your own favours for the giftee!

Box of Favours - Stocking Filler Idea

Box of Favours - Stocking Filler Idea

It's a simple but really nice concept, and makes a really cute little stocking filler for someone special. I.E the man in your life.

You can never go wrong with splashing out on some nice new boxers for your other half (I have heard they prefer it to new socks), and there are some beautiful matching his and her sets around. I loved this one from Rebel Empire.

Rebel Empire his and her set
It has a set for her and a pair of trunks for him. Having worn the for her set, I can vouch for how comfortable it is. They are made out of premium quality cotton and have breathable technology in place.

Not to mention they look stunning, but it does really help that they are so very comfortable, because that is what it is all about when it comes down to it.

Christmas gift ideas for him
Gillette Mach 3 Razor 
Belvoir Mulled Winter Punch

Some other stocking filler ideas for the man in your life, take the Tile Pro for instance... This is pretty much perfect for anybody and everybody (especially me!). I am forever and always forgetting where I left my keys. Just the other week I was holding them loosely in my hands, when they fell (in slow motion I might add) right into a drain. A drain that I was strategically stood right above before I got into my car... A drain that then held my car keys along with my house key and everything else hostage. 

You really couldn't write it.

With the Tile you attach it to whatever you want to be able to find, and you download an app and sync the two together (it's very simple to do). and then you can open the app anytime you want to find whatever you have attached the Tile to! I can press 'Find My Keys' and it will ring them loud and proud.

You can in turn press the middle button on the Tile and call your phone (Because let's face it you are bound to lose that too!).

If you have a foodie in your life, then look no further than the Spice Pioneer.

The Spice Pioneer Subscription Box

The Spice Pioneer is a monthly subscription box that brings you the spices to create some culinary memories! The box includes all the spices and seasonings, easy to follow recipes and concepts for 4 people. 

It's a great and different gift idea, and you cannot truly appreciate how amazing the food you can create with these spices is, until you get cooking!

Speaking of practical gifts, this Handy Heater from JML is something that can come in really handy. I thought this would make a nice addition as the house that we will be moving into has a conservatory, and a little extra heat into what can be a very cold room over the winter months is always welcome.

 Handy Heater from JML

You simply plug it in to the wall and it uses 500 watts to provide you with temperatures between 16°C to 32°C. This would make a great little gift for the person that is always cold, and it could even be taken into work and used. 

Handy eh!?

 Handy Heater from JML
 Men and their automobile counter parts are one and the same, if you have a spouse that spends more time outside polishing his car than he does inside talking to you, a few new additions to his car washing agenda won't go a miss!

Although you could argue that it might cause them never to come back inside (Or that could be just what you wanted!). The Armour All Exterior Car Kit has all the ingredients for the car wash fanatic in your home. 

Armour All Exterior Car Kit

Disclaimer: I was sent the above items for the purpose of this post. All views and opinions expressed are completely honest and my own.

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