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21 Christmas Gift Ideas For The Man Who’s Hard To Buy For

Sometimes it can feel like you’re going around in circles looking for the perfect Christmas gift, especially when someone is tough to buy for and, seemingly, already has everything. Take the pressure off and stop looking for the ultimate gift and opt for something thoughtful and unique (or useful, that works too!). My shopping list should provide you with some quirky and practical gift inspiration for the husband, boyfriend, father or friends in your life.

His Scarves, Sophie Der


A scarf is a classic Christmas present and is always appreciated. For comfort and luxury, it’s got to a be cashmere one. Here’s my pick from Sophie Der.

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The Navy Lambswool Nehru Gilet, Marmaduke London


If you’d like to add something smart to their wardrobe, pick something up from Marmaduke London. I love the fine details on this lambswool gilet.

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Mens Midlayer with Sleeve Stripe, Snow Finel


For those thinking practically, if you know he’ll be hitting the slopes soon, something to stay toasty is just the ticket.

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See also: 13 Activewear Pieces That’ll Motivate You To Actually Get Active

Walton Duffle, Initially London


This is such a classic and cool weekend bag. The monogram personalisation is a must.

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Men’s Cocktail Green Silk Tie, Reef Knots


Men don’t often go bold with prints but playful ties appear to be an exception. A silk tie a lovely, luxurious gift he would love to receive.

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Oblio Wireless Charging Station & UV Sanitiser, Lexon


This is one of those gifts that has appeared at just the right time. Without mentioning the ‘C’ word, this is a sleek, bacteria-killing phone charger we should have in our homes anyway.

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Read also: 12 Skincare Brands Currently On My Bathroom Shelf

Bike Phone Holder, Oliver Bonas


Sometimes I can’t resist shopping for practical gifts. If your man is a cyclist, this phone holder is going to come in very handy.

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Jambo Sundowner Cups, The Jambo Collection


Cups in a lovely cowhide case are perfect for any outdoor adventurer: think, fishing and shooting trips. They’re also an ideal addition to the family picnic.

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Headphone Organisers, The Holiday Shop


These organisers make a good stocking-filler and a subtle way to stop people leaving their earphones lying around – ha!

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A Slice Is Nice, Frangipani


What a classy cocktail-themed shirt! It’s a good one he can wear all-year-round too.

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Mix Master Cocktail Shaker, Kikkerland

A good one for an aspiring cocktail master. Stock up on the spirits so he can get serving on Christmas day!

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Hector’s Dolphin Loungers, Loungers Clothing


“Soft enough to wear in bed but cool enough to wear out to the shops” — Loungers sum up these trousers just perfectly.

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‘He Won’t Be Working From Home Today..’, Oliver Preston


Oliver Preston has such a brilliant gallery full of humorous prints. This one seems very appropriate right now!

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Green Multi-tool and LED Torch, Carmel London


A good one for when your man is poking about in the garden, pottering in the shed needing to fix something around the house.

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Bramble Whisky Liqueur, The Oxton Liqueur Company


For a taste of something unique, this whisky liqueur is a sweet and warming pick. It seems very inline with the festive season too.

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Black & Orange Drysure Active, Drysure


Make stinky trainers a thing of the past with this marvellous Drysure invention. When you’ve finished wearing shoes, pop these inside them to dry shoes and keep any bacteria from growing. Brilliant!

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Golf Club Cufflinks, Deakin & Francis


Is your guy golf-mad? Get a hole-in-one with these golfing cufflinks.

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Men’s Knee Length Boot Sock, Piitch


For keeping feet warm, cosy and dry with a pair of wellies, you need some strong, reliable socks. He’ll really thank you for these.

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Four Pair Oak Welly Boot Rack, From The Oak Tree


Stop muddy boots in their tracks with one of these fantastic oak welly racks. They’re great for airing out wellies, letting them dry and keeping boots of all sizes tidy.

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Charcoal Grey Holton Umbrella, Banvard & James


We’re always in need of an umbrella in the UK, so this gift will never go unappreciated. I like the smart contrast of orange and grey here.

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Hand-Painted Stag, Duke + Dexter


These hand-painted loafers are quite something, aren’t they? Perfect if you’re looking for something limited edition, that’s been made with so much time and care.

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Looking for something else? Take a peek at my ultimate directory for the beauty, style and business recommendations.

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Small Business Gift Guide : Godchildren

OK, let’s start this year with a group I didn’t touch on last year. Godchildren. Don’t you love them! But it’s one thing getting your own kids presents for Christmas, extending that to God children and it can become a headache. You don’t know what they already have, what they deserve (joke) and are they into vehicles or is it sport… (Ok you should know THAT, but you get the picture).

Really keen to champion as many small businesses in my Gift Guides as possible this Christmas so I have asked Victoria Wren, owner of the wonderful website Crafty Wrens, that specialises in crafts for kids.

Move away from the thought of pencils and a colouring book – Crafty Wrens has the most enticing products that I guarantee you may put something from her website on your Christmas list!

Take it away Victoria…

The best thing about buying for Godchildren at Christmas is that you can give them something their parents wouldn’t necessarily buy and something that you would probably have liked to have had yourself.


Best kit of all time for all ages, Boys & Girls is the Den Kit. There is a small one and large one, a pirate themed one and a girly one with a cosy blanket. They advertise it as ages 3-83 because it really is something all the family can get involved with. I gave one to my daughter last year which stays at my parents house so whenever we or the cousins go there we get it out and all 7 are entertained for the weekend.

AGES 2-7

Ages 2-7 you can’t go wrong with a Unicorn Garden, a new and improved version of the Fairy Garden. Just brilliant and only £20.

Unicorn Garden


AGE 8+

 Dragster, Stunt Buggy & Hovercraft are 3 kits which keep Dads and kids super happy on Christmas day. Something to build, play with and race! Prices £12-£22



Best starter sewing kit I have found is the Molly Rabbit which has pre-punched holes and a plastic safety needly which makes it a very achievable project for ages 6-9.

Molly Rabbit


If not into sewing I don’t think you can beat Pom Pom Galore’s Pom Pom Lights. But if you want to make your own why not try the Pom Pom Making Kit.

Pom Pom Kit

A really fun present for creative children are Pixie Dixie’s Paint your own PJs


You can never beat a good book. I love all Usborne Children’s Books which if you can buy through one of their reps at a charity fair you are not only supporting a worthy cause but helping a small business too. If your in London Daunt Books is just a haven for great ideas as the staff are constantly reviewing new releases. Two books with a twist which are two of Crafty Wren’s bestsellers are Build The Human Body and Build a T Rex.

Build the human body


I love all museum and art gallery shops. All the kits from The Science Museum are a winner – I love this Top Secret Intruder Alarm


A really good starter science kit which is educational but fun is the Stars and Planets for ages 5 + and for older kids the Neon Light Writer is something fun for their bedroom.

Neon Light Writer


A present which I have bought all my godsons which is going to amuse them and seriously annoy their parents is this horn from Five Boys Clothing for a bike or scooter which has over 25 sounds on it.


If you want to be a cool Godparent of teenage Godchildren you can’t go wrong with any of the T Shirts From Mobs. London 


If you want to keep it crafty, older kids love Make Your Own Lampshade and the Ultimate Solarbot where you build 14 Solar Powered Robots.


They always say a good present is something you want yourself. I love helping people find the right present for the right child which ends up giving them as much pleasure as it is for the lucky crafty kid to open on Chirstmas Day.

I am so inspired and can’t wait to crack on and buy now! If you want to receive all my Gift Guides, sign up here 

Happy Friday and don’t forget to keep TLM Edit in mind if you are in need of presents or just a treat for yourself!  xx


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7 Personalised Photo Gift Ideas From Photobox

Most of you are familiar with Photobox.  I use it to print my photos straight from my phone & order personalised gifts.  Yes, they have an App! I know the quality is top notch and they are reasonably priced.

Have a look to see what ordered for various Christmas presents this year and I hope it gives you some ideas. I got a bit carried away but there was so much to choose from!


Photo Jigsaw £15

I figured this stocking filler would be great to keep in the car or take on holiday. It is super light and in a neat little box. No lost pieces here.


Cushions £30

I bought this collage cushion as  a little present for our au pair. You can choose the colour border and the figuration of the photos – 1 photos or a collage like this.



Personalised Photo Blocks £15

These photo blocks are brilliant. They are so sturdy and high quality, I wish I had bought more.



3 Keyrings £6

3 keyring for £6 is a bargain. 1 for each child to put on their book bags!



Christmas Bauble £10

There is no smashing this bauble to smithereens – I know I am harping on about the quality but trust me, no string is going snap, no photo is going slide and no bauble is going to smash with this one. Bullet proof (or baby proof!) Perfect for a babies first Christmas too.



Fridge Magnet £4

I have bought a couple of these, onto keep and one of my nephew. 3 different sizes to choose from depending what layout you photo is. This is 9 x 13 perfect for a landscape shot. They also do the polaroid/ Instagram look fridge magnets too.



Movie Poster £13

The I ordered this poster, I thought it would be much smaller and didn’t expect it to be on thick photo paper – it is incredible. One of outside the boys rooms!


Quite fun aren’t they? Let’s hope the recipients think so!

This post was written in collaboration with Photobox. 

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14 Gift Ideas For Grandpa

What do you buy the man that – that really has everything or can buy anything for himself… Here are a few ideas!

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Splash Maps from £25

If he is a rambler/skier or just likes to get look at a map, these coated maps are fantastic. You can choose from ordinance survey maps to skiing maps.



Hand Painted Bins – Sas Rowan Designs  From £30

These hand painted bins are stunning. Everyone needs a new bin once in a while. Sas also does letter racks too in lots of different colours and designs so why not support a small business and buy one for Grandpa!



Whisky Wedge Tumbler – Oliver Bonas £18

This is pretty aesthetically pleasing don’t you think and great for a lazy Grandpa who can never fills the ice tray up!

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Personalised Leather Box – Not On The High Street £74

We actually received this for one of the boys Christening presents and I just love its timelessness so much – why not get one for Gramps.



Hang About Outdoor Hanging Chair £99

Ok, maybe not strictly for him to chill in but a great thing if the Grandparents have more outdoor space than a postage stamp.



The Week Magazine 13 Issues for £27

Who doesn’t love The Week?


Lambswool Jumper – Cordings £79

This wine colour jumper from Cordings is a classic and will go nicely next to the open fire.


Black & Brass Companion Set – £40.50

If he has lost a few prongs along the way, give him a new companion set – just keep it away from the kids as they double up as excellent weapons!



Mud Kitchen £265

Was;t sure whether to put this on a kids guide or to leave it here where I initially put it. I think this would be a fab thing to have at Grandpa’s house. Would mean the children would never come inside!


Sports Golf Balls £12

A little novel stocking filler.


The Ultimate Porta Puzzle £34.99

Is he into puzzles but get frustrated with people cleaning around it. This portable puzzle case will solve that problem.


Your Special Day Newspaper £46.99

The ultimate what to buy someone who has everything – a newspaper edition from the day he was born. Boom. 3748

Gentlemens Relish – Fortnum& Mason £3.95

This is an annual favourite in our house. To be accompanied with another present though…



Three Legged Stool With Strap £39.99

A three legged stool is great for walks, shooting or encouraging Grandpa to sit on the sidelines on sports day.



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