Husbands, brothers, boyfriends, dads, best mates: the lot of them are notoriously hard to buy for. The birthday card selection in any given card shop would suggest that every single one of them bloody loves golf, football and beers, but we know that’s not exactly true.
With Father’s Day on the horizon, and well… birthdays without obvious present solutions all-year round, we thought we’d put together a bit of a starting place list for gift ideas. We hope it gives you some inspiration.
I have lost count of the amount of friends and family members who have received Azurina’s glorious monogrammed leather card holders as presents. I love them because they’re good quality, look cute and are affordable. They come in a selection of colours (the navy, dark green and black are all very dashing options) and cost just £18 – plus, there’s often discount codes floating about. There’s also passport holders, leather wallets and toiletry bags in the same range.
You can’t beat a decent book as a gift – plus, they’re incredibly easy to wrap, which let’s face it, is definitely a bonus. I’ve got a handful of tried and tested suggestions for you… Richard Osman (the guy from Pointless, just FYI) released a book called ‘The Thursday Murder Club‘ at the end of 2020, it’s a crime novel and has sold over one million copies so you know it’s a goodun. There’s also a book about politics from the founder of Instagram’s Simple Politics, which you can snap up here. If he hasn’t read This Is Going To Hurt (a hilarious medical memoir), my brother read it within a 24-hour period. And finally, for sports fans, another book which was passed through my family is Alive – a 1974 novel which tells the survival story of a Uruguayan rugby team who were on a plane which crashed into the Andes.
Fortnum’s Butcher Box
For the ultimate bouji breakfast in bed (you could leave the house, but let’s face it, lockdown’s got you used to a certain way of life), than look no further than Fortnum & Mason’s Butcher Box. For £55 you get fancy af bacon, eggs, sausages, butter, sourdough, sauces, tea and coffee. And let’s face it, it looks insane. There’s also a salmon-based version as well as a veggie one.
You can check out more food delivery options from other restaurants here.
For big, slouchy sweatshirts that look as great for the pub garden as they do hangover days on the sofa, check out 2020 start-up brand Tula + Tye. Not only do they have a sustainable ethos, but they have plenty of great unisex options – including our personal fave, the washed charcoal sweatshirt which costs £48. There’s also matching joggers and hoodies, as well as plenty of brighter tye-dye options too.
One of those things that men either use, or, well… don’t. Moisturisers are a good basic product and there’s loads of great ones targeting skin concerns more common with men. Clinique do a great water-gel one which is great for oily skin (shop here), whilst this L’Oreal version is a fantastic unisex budget option, and currently down to £6.66 at Boots.
Gemma swears by Aesop for slightly fancier grooming products for men. They offer everything from body scrubs and cleansers to shaving serums and lotions. Their Coriander Seed and Moroccan Neroli scents are both excellent options. And they don’t look too shabby in the bathroom either…
It’s basically impossible to go wrong with cakes and bakes and anything full of sugar and happiness (unless diabetes, obvs). If you can’t quite make something yourself, there’s plenty of truly delicious postal boxes out there. Check out Amber’s Baked Goods on Instagram for a choice of everything from brownies and cookies to personalised sugar cookies. Other options include Cutter & Squidge and Lola’s Cupcakes.
I know, I know, such a cliche. I can’t be the only one who secretly loves a decent pair of new socks? Anyway, I’ve found that H&M, ASOS and Urban Outfitters (their own unisex brand iets frans is particularly cool and affordable) do the best cool pairs for men – they’re always a great stocking filler at Christmas or extra bit to open on birthdays.
Wine Tasting Subscription
Sounds outrageously fancy, is in fact not so much. With Wine List you can choose to just have two bottles sent to you a month (or 6 or 12 if you prefer), and every bottle comes with tips to help explore the flavours within it. It starts at £39 a month and all wine is produced by small and independent vineyards.
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