“Lads, what kind of stuff do you actually like being bought for you at Christmas?”
I send out into the Twittersphere with absolutely no reply, thanks boys, you’re all getting a Lynx shower set then. What do men actually like? They always say that women are the difficult ones to figure out. “Where do you want to eat babe?” “Nandos,” I answer before the question is even fully out of Jay’s mouth. I honestly do not know where that lie about women comes from.
My boyfriend is easy to buy for. Really easy. He has a beard, so beard care is always in the mix. He cares about his beard more than he cares about me and he nearly cried when his Turkish barber shaved more than two inches off last time. I can understand his tears, I am a woman and have been to a hairdresser before. He also really loves going on vacation, so I do buy him holidays (Berlin and Paris so far). But we’re heading to Morocco for Christmas so that’s firmly off the list. “Clothes?” He says when I ask him what men want. That’s difficult, but not impossible. He adds Cologne, sports stuff, trainers and ‘toys’ to the list. I have never, ever seen Jay play with a toy. Not even a naughty one so I’m really baffled by what he means there.
He gives me a few pieces of advice and within an hour or so I have Christmas for him sorted. Here’s a few ideas to get your Christmas shopping going .
How to Ace Christmas for the Men in Your Life
With Jay’s do-able Christmas list I bring to you a gift guide that sort of feels like present-vomit on a page, in the hope that it helps some of you who don’t know what to buy for your man.
“Beard Stuff” that’s simple
Beard oils and balms are pretty straight foward. A beard oil will keep a beard smoother and smelling nicely. A beard balm is just like hair gel. It’s thicker in consistency and heavy on hair. If your boyfriend only has a bit of peach fuzz or, let’s be honest, a crap attempt at a beard leftover from Movember then don’t buy a beard balm. It’ll be far too heavy for the hair. A beard oil is a great option for all beards, just choose one you don’t mind smelling whenever you go in for a kiss.
“Cologne, not too smelly”
Or, as one male Twitter user said. “Easy option, but an ASOS gift card is ideal.” Yes giving gift cards is a bit shit because there’s nothing to unwrap. But I’d rather spend money on what I actually wanted than someone waste it on one of those GEEK shirts.
“Trainers” They’re easy
Trainers and shoes are always an easy one because my boyfriend has very strong opinions about them. I know he wants a pair of Doc’s at some point, but they aren’t imperative. He loves the Stefan Janoski range at Nike, but has recently gone off Stan Smith’s because everyone has them. If you know your man likes the Vans Old Skools but everyone is wearing them at the mo, try the Stefan Janoski range because they’re quite similar!
“Toys?” TOYS? You’re 26!
When I asked Jay what he meant by ‘toys’, he just said “Like helicopters and stuff”. The last time I saw a boy play with a helicopter was when my brother was about nine years old. He was bored of it by Boxing Day and it’s probably still sat in a cupboard somewhere gathering dust. If you want to buy your man a gadget for Christmas, do yourself a favour and don’t buy your boyfriend a helicopter for Christmas. Try a cheap drone or something else he can occupy himself with.
“Sports stuff” (even though we haven’t been to a gym since we did a summer Jiu-Jitsu boot camp in Croatia)
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