How to Navigate Gift Buying for the Man in Your Life

Today, I thought I would write a post for all you ladies out there who, two or three (or six) times a year, have to go through one of the hardest processes known to woman. I am, of course, referring to those times when you have to buy your other half a present. Whether it’s for a birthday, a special event, Christmas or just because you feel like it, it’s almost impossible. 

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OK, so I don’t want to generalise too much. But if you have a husband or partner who is easy to buy for you should count yourself lucky. According to the conversations I have, you are very much in the minority. So, for those of you that struggle, read on for some ideas I have been toying with over the past few weeks. 

The Sporty Guy

I’m old enough to remember the days when the sport was on TV all day long throughout the weekend, for free. Until, that is, some bright spark realised they could make a killing. So, the terrestrial channels are now virtually sports free on a Saturday and Sunday. It’s great in one way - for those that aren’t interested - but, on the other hand, it costs a fortune to subscribe to Sky or BT Sport

It’s not something I would want to pay for out of our living costs, but it is a viable option as a gift. Of course, there should be caveats, for fear of it overtaking everyone’s lives. But, if your husband is a sports fan, you will get serious brownie points - for the duration of the subscription, at least! 

The Music Fanatic

Your best bet here is to look out for the perfect gifts for the audiophile. This is someone who takes a (sometimes unhealthy) interest in sound quality. Try and find them a pair of audiophile headphones. 

These don’t come cheap, but the likes of Sennheiser and Beyerdynamic offer a broad range of options for those that have a budget restriction. Headphones will serve two purposes. Firstly, so that your partner can listen to their music as it was intended, in glorious high fidelity. And secondly, so that you don’t have to. 

The Gadget Fiend

I often wonder what the man who likes gadgets would have liked before they were invented. But the fact is, gadgets are here to stay, and many men - and women - have fallen for them in a big way (including me). 

Your best bet here is to probe them for ideas. It’s unlikely that ‘buying blind’ will ever work when you are finding presents for the gadget fiend. They will also know something that would have been better, brighter, and faster. So, ask them - on the sly, of course. 

The Lost Cause

You have several options for the man who doesn’t seem to want anything. First of all, think about something out of the ordinary. There are some interesting, unique gifts and gift ideas from Cuckooland to give you some ideas. You could also try making them something. However, be aware that quite often, men don't quite appreciate the effort you have gone to as much as us women do. 

Finally, give them something they have always wanted to do. Perhaps it is a skydive or a bungee jump. It might even be an attempt at the world record for eating hot dogs. Let’s face it, you are probably more likely to know your husband’s greatest wish and desire than they are. So, use your knowledge, and you are bound to get it right. 

Happy gift hunting!

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