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Five Gifts to Consider This Winter : For Him

Words & Photo: @oliverinstead

The winter is just around the corner and apart from the cold, the following months generally bring tons of gift shopping, wrapping and giving. In fact, Christmas is less than two months away and Thanksgiving is even closer (for those who might be reading from the States) so I have put together a list of five items I always find myself circling back to when I’m stuck for gift ideas.


one Perfume & toiletries

Although this can be a thoughtful gift, it is also slightly risk because everyone has a nasal preference but whatever scent he fancies, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something in L’Occitane‘s collection of Eau De Toilettes for men.


two Footwear

Since mankind has only created so many styles of footwear for us men, it’s not difficult to guess what someone is into in this department. However, if you’re really unsure then the general rule of thumb is that everyone could do with a pair of classic trainers in their shoedrobe…

Then it’s just a case of figuring out his shoe size, good luck! 😉


three Accessories

In a similar vein to footwear, accessories is also a safe option because it’s not as obvious as a Christmas jumper or onesie but can still have that expensive feel – it’s all about that box that they come in. Give him something mininal, i.e. a silver cuff bangle then you won’t have to experience that “Oh… Thanks but this is too out-there for my style” situation.


four Books / Magazines

If he is not into his fashion then proceed to ask yourself, does he have a fav author, series of books or magazine that he reads religiously (not in a ‘bible’ kinda sense)? If so, then I suggest getting him an annual subscription or a collection of said books/magazines.

This is a relatively risk and fuss-free gift idea for two reasons : 1) it’s pretty much tailor-made for him 2) many magazine or newspaper subscriptions come in e-edition nowadays, which brings us to…


five Gadgets

This category will open up a whole new scope for your gift-hunting mission; Kindles, tablets, cameras, MP3 players are just some of the gifts I have both given and happily received in the past. BUT, if your budget doesn’t permit this level of luxury then consider an accessory like a laptop case or camera bag that will complement his existing gadgets… the possibility is endless.


Follow this guide and I’m sure your hubs, bae, dad, son or bro will be a very happy man this festive season but remember always, it’s the thought that counts and on that note, happy gift shopping and I will see you in the next post.


Oliver ❤

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  • Reply
    October 31, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Needed this!! Hate buying for the men in my life, it’s always an absolute nightmare. I’ve got my dad, my boyfriend, and my best friend who is a guy. I think this year I’ll be going for books and gadgets mainly (and chocolate, to soften the blow if it’s so far from the mark of what they wanted). Nifty little guide, thanks for sharing 🙂

    Y x | The Sweet Seven Five

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      November 2, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      You’re welcome, Yasmin and yes, chocolate is always a good idea. 😉

      Oliver x

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    October 31, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Thanks for sharing. It only just his me that Christmas is soon

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    November 30, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Yes! Nice list!
    Is it just me or is it true that there are hundreds of gift ideas when it comes to women but so few when it comes to men?

    • Reply
      December 7, 2016 at 11:37 am

      YESSS! I always find myself stuck for ideas when shopping for men… I hope my list has given you some inspo and I’m compiling my own wishlist soon so keep an eye out! 😀

      Oliver x

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