Still stuck for ideas? All is not lost. The great thing about men is that they are easy to please. They like anything as long as it’s either useful or edible.
Clothes are useful because they keep you warm. And they make a great present if you have a rough idea of will go down well from past experience. If they like jumpers, body warmers and cardigans and want to look vaguely fashionable then look no further than the online clothes shop Superdry. It’s trendy, warm clothing pleases everyone and the logo is written all over everything so plenty of brand points to be scored. This slim fit cardigan is ideal for the image conscious lad and costs £55. They promise to deliver in the UK by Christmas even if you order up until the 23rd December!
Shaving Cream is useful because all men have to shave. But it must be good so go for shops like Trumpers or Dr Harris. They young may prefer Trumpers and if you are not sure which variety to go for then Rose is the one which is best for sensitive skin, so you can’t go wrong. The tubes of shaving foam start at £9.50 and you can buy a shaving brush from Boots for £10. The older generation are partial to Arlington from Dr Harris, so I’m told. The shops are near to one another in Piccadilly but both are available online. Indeed, if your beloved lives abroad it may be best to get it sent direct and avoid the 100ml limit at airline security.
Belts are useful because they hold your trousers up, but finding a good quality belt is incredibly difficult. Your best bet is to go to a Christmas Market and look for a leather workers stall, one where they punch holes and all. If this is now out of question then my son’s favourite belt is the Ventuno-Skinny which goes with jeans just as well as a suit. It’s from Moss Bross and cost £20. You may have a branch near you but if not, they promise to deliver if you order by 5pm on 19th December.
Stocking Fillers fall into the edible category. Chocolate Oranges, doritos, fruit pastilles, jaffa cakes, a can of Red Bull, chocolate fingers and Crunchie bars and sliced chorizo are top favourites. Whilst munching he can read a copy of Know your Human Rights (£2 from Waterstones) and wear holographic specs from the Pollocks store in Covent Garden. Their online store promises to deliver in the UK if you order by 19th.
For Dad’s stocking add Fig Rolls, Wagon Wheels, Shiphams’ Crab Paste or even Gentleman’s relish. No stocking is complete without a copy of the Big Issue and a bottle of Ale with an obscure sounding name like Chicken’s Foot.
In general DVDs make great stocking fillers. For younger boys the list is endless, but they are currently selling The Nightmare before Christmas and The Grinch who stole Christmas for £3 in Sainsburys. For older boys and men, DVDs starring Ryan Gosling seem to go down well.