I always struggle with buying gifts for men, I am not sure why. I thought this year I would share with you some ideas I came up with for Father’s Day. I buy for my dad, my father in law, my step dad, my grandad and sometimes my husband from our pets so have quite a few presents to buy! These are also ideas for any upcoming birthdays or anything and also for females 🙂

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If you are looking for something for someone tech savvy then this is ideal. You can purchase from Amazon/Argos and various other shops and it comes in a variety of colours.

GioTeck TX-40 headset

£34.99

This headset is ideal for gaming or music. It is compatible with Xbox, Xbox one, PS4 and mobile.

Speaker diameter: 40mm

· Mic diameter: 4mm

· Impedance: 32

· Sensitivity: 97.71dB, R 100.26dB

· Frequency rang:20HZ~20KHZ

· Rated Input Power: 20mW

· Maximum Input Power: 30mW

· Plug Type: 3.5mm

· Cable length:1.2m

· Works with Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS4, mobile & more – multi-format 3.5mm jack

· Slick styling – ice white with chili red finish

· Ultra-clear chat with minimal feedback – talk is pin sharp and crystal clear

· Powerful audio, via high impact 40mm drivers – incredible immersive sound

· Robust, lightweight – solid, uncompromising build quality

· Ultra-soft Alacantra® cushioning – because comfort is everything

· Inline mic, mute and volume – for instant fingertip control

The sound is great quality and the headset is very comfortable to wear and can adapt to different head sizes. I find this type of headphone more comfortable than in ear ones. The headset feels very durable and I am impressed with the price!

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Norma & Dorothy personalised beer glass

£21

This company has a great range of gifts you can personalize. With this glass you can pick the location by using a postcode and also pick the text underneath. This is such a unique gift and is really something special.

I think the map idea is genius as I have never seen anything like this before. The beer glass will hold a full pint 🙂

It is great how you can pick the location, it could be where you live, a special place within your family or somewhere your dad loves, maybe the local pub?!

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Amphora Aromatics have such a fab range of toiletries suitable for men and women of any age. I picked a few bits I thought would be suitable. They are all from the same range so if you wanted to get a few different bits, they all go together 🙂

Amphora Aromatics

Cedarwood & Peppermint range

£5.95 each

Shower and bath gel

Deep cleansing shampoo

Deep cleansing conditioner

I love this scent as I love cedarwood and anything minty. It is always nice to receive luxurious toiletries you wouldn’t usually buy yourself. The bottles are a good size and I love the style of the bottles and how they all go together.

The shower gel is great to refresh your body and we all know a lot of men use shower gel to wash their hair if they have short hair and can’t be bothered with specific hair products so if you know someone like that then this hair range is ideal.

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Love Laya greetings cards

£3.75 each

This company has a wide range of quirky, alternative cards and I think they are brilliant! Having a look through their website really did make me giggle. These are great if your family has a good sense of humor!

The card come wrapped in a cello bag and they have a bright blue envelope with them. They also have a funny message on the back too!

If you fancy a different card to the usual ones in the card shops then check these out. Their birthday card range is brilliant too.

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I recently tried out a hair treatment from Live in the light and wanted to share a couple of gift ideas too.

Green car cleaner

£14.50

Some men love their cars, if he is car mad then why not treat him to this green car cleaner. It is a safe, non-toxic, non-stinky, baby safe, car interior cleaner. Green car cleaner is so natural it’s certified to USDA organic food standards by VOF.

It is an easy to use spray and wipe formula and can be used to clean all auto interior surfaces.

Solid cologne

£16.50

Three scent options:

RIO DE JANEIRO – a exotic blend containing Brazilian oils that boast of sweet almond and warm spicy earth notes, along with a hint of mango.

SALZBURG – a real smooth and balanced blend of frankincense and bergamot with fresh earthiness and a faint top note of peach.

DEAD HORSE CREEK – The Dead Horse Creek runs through the small city of Morden, in Manitoba, Canada. This is where VONBROS originates, and as an homage to our hometown, a new scent was birthed – one that has well-balanced notes of leather, sawdust, and hints of a spruce forest.

These solid colognes are a great alternative to spray aftershaves and are easy to use, you just take a small amount and rub it onto your skin (wrists, neck etc) and it isn’t over powering.

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ICC Cricket World Cup England & Wales 2019 Book

£14.99

If he is a cricket fan then this is the ideal gift. It contains everything fans need to follow and enjoy the summer 2019 tournament, comprising descriptions of the cities and grounds which will host games, full guides to the 10 teams in England, their star players, the qualification competition, a history of the 11 previous tournaments, full facts and stats and a fill-in guide for every match to create a personal memento.

Available to purchase at www.carltonbooks.co.uk and most bookstores.

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Wireless colour changing speaker

£19.99

The smart looking speaker has a touch control so it can show six different colours. It is the BT version 2.1 + EDR and it supports Bluetooth, a TF card and audio output. There is also a built in 1200mAh lithium battery.

It comes with a micro-USB cable that can be used with a USB plug to charge and to operate
Battery is re-chargeable and the expected playback time on a full charge of 3-4 hours.

I love how you can change the colours of it and it looks so cool at night when lit up in a dark room!

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Personalized sweet jar

£16.99

This is such a great idea if he has a sweet tooth as the jar is filled to the brim with retro sweets like love hearts, foam shrimp, cola cubes and refresher chews. You get so many different sweets and you can pick any name on the front. Prezzybox always have a great range of sweets/chocolates for any occasion.

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Baileys pouches

Chocolate mini delights: Original Irish cream

Chocolate mini delights: Salted caramel

£2 each

Available in selected Asda, Morrisons and Co-op stores.

These are ideal for any Baileys/chocolate fans and the salted caramel ones are so good! They come in resealable pouches and are ideal to give as a gift. Hopefully if you get these for someone they will share them with you 🙂

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Kettlebell

4KG

£12.95

If he is into fitness then why not treat him to some gym equipment or a kettlebell.

Available in a range of weights from 4kg to 32kg
Powder coated matt black finish with orange styling
Comfortable easy grip handle – feels great in the hand
Flat non wobble base prevents rolling
Mirafit logo and kg indicator on front
Additional kg and lb markings on rear for easy identification

They are easy to hold and use and really help to strengthen your arms and upper body. Makes a change from using standard hand held weights and I like the simple design.

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I hope you found this useful and got some ideas 🙂

Sarah x

I love trying hair care products but there are a lot I don’t try as they are aimed for shorter hair/different styles to what I have so my husband has been trying the new Structure by Joico range and is sharing his thoughts:

GLUE “for a fierce style that lasts” – better suited to shorter hair, sold and robust hold and easy to apply.

SHAPER “subtle, natural looking textured style that holds yet remains flexible” – soft texture, easy to use and you can reshape through the day without leaving residue.

BEACH “tousled salty beachy waves” – the opposite to the glue, better suited for longer hair that wants the wavy beach look. It is quite light and leaves the hair soft and manageable.

STYLEMAKER “soft, shapeable touchable hold and a style natural shine” – easy to apply as it sprays on and you can reshape it. It leaves your hair flexible and durable.

PASTE “just out of bed, lived in firm style, matte finish” – firm long lasting hold and leaving the hair in position for over 12 hours.

My favourite one to use was the shaper and I will definitely buy another one when I finish it.

Nick

Did you know, the average man buys 5.6 pairs of socks a year? With Sock Club you can receive 6 pairs of high quality British made socks straight to your door!

You can pick from two options:

  • Bi-monthly pay as you go for £9 (25% saving on in store price)
  • Annual for £49 and you may even get a free gift! (30% saving on in store price)

The socks are British made using ring spun cotton making them super soft to touch. You also have the option of selecting what size you want: 6-11 or 11-15. My husband wears a size 10 and I am usually a 5 so I can get away with stealing his socks if he has the 6-11 option!!

The socks arrive in a protective packaging and it is exciting opening them not knowing the design before hand. They are so soft and really great quality. They are so comfortable to wear. My husband loves them and I love stealing them to wear too 🙂

If this isn’t your sort of thing but you want to have a look at their range and buy a one off pair then check them out here.

Sarah x

I have put together a few ideas for Christmas gifts this year in the following categories: Clothing, Homeware and Entertainment

CLOTHING

Dobell shirt

£24.99

Dobell are such a good menswear brand. Their products are high quality but at an affordable price. My husband has had quite a few products from them before including a suit and bow tie and a set of cuff links. This shirt is a great price considering the quality of it. I love the stripe design and this would be great for any man in your life whether they are your partner/dad/son/brother or a friend. Their clothing is true to size.

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Statement made necklace

Pricing depends on product/personalisation.

Statement made jewellery have some really beautiful pieces. They can add personalistion to their products, I have my husbands initial N on this necklace. They are such great quality at an affordable price and they really do have something for everyone.  The also have just released a range of Christmas ornaments.

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B.Tempted knickers

From £8 depending on colour/style

I personally love new pjs or underwear for Christmas. Knicker Locker have such a fab range of both, as well as swimwear and things for men. These particular knickers are by the brand B.Tempted and they are so soft and comfortable. Often lace underwear can be slightly uncomfortable but these ones are so soft! The fit is good and I opted for a Small, I am a UK 8/10 usually.

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HOMEWARE

Amphora Aromatics Mulled pear candle

£9.50

This time of year, I love candles. Amphora Aromatics have a beautiful mulled pear and spices candle. I have previously mentioned their Lavender one which is one of my favourite candles. Each candle can burn for up to 40 hours which is great if you only light it for half an hour at a time. The scent is quite strong but not too overpowering and the mulled pear really reminds me of Christmas. I like the neutral colour of the jar meaning it can look good in any room, no matter the decor.

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Personalised baubles

£7.99 each

I love personalised presents, I think it is a great way to show someone you have really thought about a gift. This year we bought our first Christmas tree, we previously had my parents old one and some of their decorations but we decided it was time to get our own and all new decorations. I wanted some special baubles to get for my husband. Funky Pigeon have so many personalised items but I opted for the photo baubles where you can upload any photo you wish and add words to them so of course, I got ones of of cats! They are such great quality and will look great on the tree.

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Personalised stocking tree decoration

£16.50

Another great addition to a tree is a personalised decorated stocking. I am really impressed with the quality of this and love how cute the little heads are and how neatly our names are written. You can get lots of decorations from Made with love and sparkle and you can personalise them with peoples name, whether it is for a couple, a whole family or if you want your pets names on! I wanted to just have it for Nick and myself. I think it looks super cute and would be a great gift for anyone especially if it was a first christmas in a new home or with a new member of the family etc.

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Warmies heatable soft toy

£14.99

Hot Water Bottle shop not only supply a massive range of standard hot water bottle covers, they also supply these cute heatabale soft toys. You put them in the microwave for two minutes to heat them up and then they are so warm and smell amazing as they have lavender in. This is perfect for adults or children to cuddle with or take to bed in the winter. In the summer you can even out it in the freezer! Lavender is my favourite scent and is so calming so this is ideal if you aren’t feeling very well to use instead of a hot water bottle.

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Entertainment

Pitch Perfect: 3-Movie Boxset

You can get some great boxsets on Amazon from £6, some of the most popular ones are:

Movie boxsets:
>  *   Fast & Furious 8-Film Collection (DVD £24.99, Amazon)
>  *   Transformers: 5-Movie Collection (DVD £19.34, Amazon)
>  *   Pitch Perfect: 3-Movie Boxset (DVD £6.99, Blu-ray £18.00, Amazon)
>  *   Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures (Blu-ray £17.99, Amazon)
>  *   Fifty Shades: 3-Movie Boxset (DVD £11.99, Blu-ray £14.99, Amazon)
>  *   The Godfather Trilogy: The Coppola Restoration (Blu-ray £14.99, Amazon)

I personally love pitch perfect and plan to spend a Sunday binge watching all three films in a row. It is great value to buy DVDs as a box set if you want to watch more than one of them.

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Fanatic football gift box

£45

Fanatic create these fab football gift boxes. You can select the box depending on what team you support and you can select if it is for an adult or child. They will also ask your clothing size. I received a sample box to review but if you were to buy one you would receive 5/6 items based on the selected team. My box featured a hat, bottle opener and socks. These are the kind of things they would feature, as well as tshirts, a mug, a calendar and various other products. I think this would be a great gift for a football fan and they have a great range of teams on there. I had to pick Arsenal obviously 🙂

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I hope I have given you some ideas 🙂

Sarah x

Let’s face it, as women we can worry a lot about a lot of things, am I right? We can worry about anything from money, our careers, our livelihoods, our families, motherhood, getting pregnant. In truth anyone of us can worry about anything, but men are perceived to not worry or let things get to them. Or so it may seems. You see men worry about all sorts, some very similar to us, and some you may be surprised to read.

I always think it is a good idea to be more aware of what our partner, boyfriend, or husband could be worried about, as it can help you to function through life itself as a team. Which is why I thought I would share with you some of the biggest worries men can have, and perhaps it could enlighten you to how the man in your life could be feeling or worrying about right now.

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Hair loss

Hair loss is such a big worry for men. A lot of men get to a certain age and notice their hair thinning on the top or they begin to get a receding forehead where more hair is worn away. Some men embrace it, but others really struggle with the hair loss and find that they start to lose their confidence over it. However, there are things you can do to help. You can consider taking a hormone that can boost the productivity of the growth of hair follicles. You can have a look online the cheapest we found was on websites like online pharmacies. You could also consider things like hair transplants or other surgery options to encourage the hair to grow back.

The midlife crisis

Surprisingly, it isn’t just women that worry about this, men do to. The midlife crisis is known to hit a lot of men, and some women, when they hit a certain age and start to question things in their lives. It might be that they are worried about what they have achieved in life, or feeling like they haven’t done enough. The common scenarios is that you a man will buy a sports car or fast motorbike, leave their partners for a younger model, and reinvest in their youth. But more commonly a midlife crisis can just be a worry of where their life is going and even things like if they are providing enough. It is a worry for men and something that should be discussed rather than bottled up.

Their bodies and putting weight on

Yes you read that right, men worry about their beach bodies as well. In all seriousness though, just as much as women can threat about their weight and putting on the pounds, so can men and it can be a huge confidence knock to their self esteem if they used to have a muscular body and now struggle to keep the weight off. Thankfully, a lot of men can be very disciplined when it comes to what they eat and the exercise that they take so it could be that this is an easy worry to fix.

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Not excelling in their career or not providing

Years ago, it used to be perceived that the man would supply the income for the family and be what is known as the main “breadwinner” but in today’s modern society this isn’t always the case anymore. Women have risen the rankings and taken some of the top jobs and now when it comes to their careers and providing for the family men are starting to see this as a huge concern for them when they reach a certain time in their lives. While it isn’t about being the main earner, it is important to feel satisfied with your own journey.

Their health

Health can also be a big worry for men, and their are some health concerns particularly things like prostate cancer that can only affect a man that can be a huge worry to them. The health and their future health can be a concern as again men worry about being a main provider for their family or being the constant and solid entity of it. There are other health issues men worry about and now mental health is in the spotlight as lot more thanks to news and even major TV shows dealing with the raw subjects of mental health. However, it is now more common than ever before for men to come forward and speak about dealing with mental health issues. Years ago it just wouldn’t be spoken about, but with suicide rates rising more men are coming forward with their worries and concerns. It is definitely a huge step in the right direction, but will still be a worry for men to consider feeling and handling it.

Being a good father, husband and/or partner

Sometimes when it comes to matters of the family, it may seem that only women worry and get stressed about motherhood and parenting, and everything that comes with being apart of a family such as relationships and making time for every aspect of it. However, men worry about this to. They can worry about their relationship, whether they are good enough, but the big concern to them is whether or not they are or will be a good father. Perhaps not having a decent role model to look back on or simply wanting to be different, men struggle with this, and can also find it hard if the relationship breaks down and trying to be there for their family.

Money troubles

Finally, money can be one of the biggest stresses and worries people have these days and men more so than women can find that they are worrying about it on a daily basis. Ensuring they have enough to provide for their family and pay all of the bills, and keeping things afloat when money is tight or life throws a curveball. It is definitely one of the major worries a man can have and one that is always going to be an underlying factor of life.

I hope that this has made you more aware of some of the issues many men can face and worries that they have. We perhaps have more in common than we may once thought.

Sarah x