Gift buying for men made easy!

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Father’s Day is fast approaching! And, with it, the annual dilemma of what on earth to buy the men in your life.Whether it’s your partner and the father of your children, your own dad, or even perhaps your grandpa, men often feel almost impossible to buy for. They just don’t seem to want or need anything in particular – no wonder we usually resort to buying them boring socks or a predictable bottle of wine!This year, however, it’ll be different. We’ve done all the hard work for you, with this guide to surprisingly great gifts any man would genuinely love unwrapping.
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Photo gifts

Whether his offspring are young or old, toddlers or teens, a photo gift of his favorite people is bound to make him smile. Turn a treasured snap into an oversized wall canvas, or make up a professionally printed photo book with shots depicting the best moments of the past year. Alternatively, many online photo companies will now turn pictures into personalized key rings, magnets, desk calendars, mugs, coasters, even phone or tablet cases. Or, you could just keep things simple by getting your kids to decorate a plain white or wooden frame with stickers, paint and permanent markers, then display a fun photo of them with their dad inside.

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Tailor-made wash kit

Customize a stylish wash bag by filling it with products he’ll really want to use. Start with a little bottle of his favorite aftershave or cologne, then add an upmarket shampoo, conditioner and shower gel (or luxurious bath foam if he prefers a soak). If he’s clean cut, include a nice-smelling shaving foam and a sharp new razor, or if he’s a fan of facial hair, choose a fancy beard oil or grooming crème. Then pop in a new soft flannel, nail clippers and a nail brush. For a wow-factor finishing touch, treat him to an Oral-B electric toothbrush.




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Clever subscriptions

Give a gift that keeps on giving, month after month. You could, of course, sign him up to receive regular copies of his favorite magazine but why not go for something a little quirky or different? Have a quick search on the internet and you’ll find gift subscriptions for beers, wine, chocolate, cinema tickets, books, exotic coffee or tea, plants and even designer socks or cheese, delivered to his door each month. You don’t have to commit to a whole year, either – many companies offer a short three-month or six-month subscription.

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Handmade with love

Whether you’re on a tight budget or just prefer the personal touch, getting the kids to make their dad something special is a priceless way to show they care. Help them draw him a card, make wall art with handprints, design him a T-shirt with fabric pens, decorate some plant pots for his garden using leftover paint sample pots, personalize a glass with glass pens or paint, or get creative in the kitchen and bake him his favorite cookies.

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Give an experience


Make memories he’ll treasure long after Father’s Day by giving him an experience. Sign him up to learn a new skill, such as baking, metalwork or woodwork, or even learning a foreign language. You could also give him the chance to get his adrenalin pumping with an indoor or outdoor skydiving, gliding, speed boating or race car driving session. If he prefers the quiet life, book him in for a proper barber’s shave or even a facial or massage – or simply arrange a babysitter and promise to take him out for a meal at his favorite restaurant.

Have any other great gift ideas for the men in your life? Comment below with your recommendations…

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