Gift ideas for the home - for that hard-to-buy-for man in your life

For men, think gadgets, knick-knacks and boys' toys...

For men, think gadgets, knick-knacks and boys' toys... - Credit: Archant

Christmas is speeding towards us. At the moment pottering around the shops or casually surfing the net for gift ideas might seem fine but in a week’s time the panic will start to creep in.

What to buy for the guy in your life...

What to buy for the guy in your life... - Credit: Archant

Often, those that prove the trickiest to shop for are men. What if the sweater you’ve got your eye on as a gift idea is a little too purple for his liking? Although you love the scent of sandalwood, what if he loathes it? Is it Famous Grouse scotch he drinks or is it Pappy Van Winkle’s bourbon?

Forget clothes and smells and booze. Concentrate your attention on his habitat. Often, gifts for the home are overlooked when it comes to men. But why? After all – boys do like their toys…

Kitchen

A great gift for your little (or big) solider

A great gift for your little (or big) solider - Credit: Archant

Beech egg, salt and soldiers holder


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As the United Kingdom’s Egg Marketing Board once said - “Go to work on an egg”. And why not devour your morning oeuf from this carved plateaux specially designed to keep it neatly positioned with soldiers and salt dip conveniently in place next to it. Made with beech wood, embellished with carved lettering and very manly indeed, this is a lovely present for someone who enjoys kitchen knickknacks and culinary accents. The perfect breakfast-time gift on Christmas morning for the guy who loves to play soldiers.

culinaryconcepts.co.uk £17

Wine and warmth - the essence of Christmas

Wine and warmth - the essence of Christmas - Credit: Archant

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Living Room

Rewined candles

Made from recycled bottles of wine, these glass holders contain a candle that reflects the wine they once were. For example, the cabernet scented candle is deep and rich with hints of black cherry, currant, smoke and burnt toast – very seasonal and perfect for your connoisseur. These make for great decorative gifts as well as being relaxing when lit.

That Design Store £25

Masculine and natural: a wood-themed set for the dining table

Masculine and natural: a wood-themed set for the dining table - Credit: Archant

Dining Room

Birch bark table runner, mats & coasters

The stylish men in your life, who enjoy the finer things and have an eye for interior décor, might be the hardest ones to please. Finding the balance between masculine yet decorative can be hard – but not with this set of 4 birch wood coasters and mats with their matching table runner. They’re designed by slicing cross-sections of tree branches that would otherwise be burned; an earthy accent for the keen dinner party host.

Great for travel, great for the home - a leather hanging washbag from Vida Vida

Great for travel, great for the home - a leather hanging washbag from Vida Vida - Credit: Archant

The Little Boys Room £9.95

Bathroom

Leather hanging washbag

Finger-clicking good: this bedside clock takes the effort out of hitting the snooze button

Finger-clicking good: this bedside clock takes the effort out of hitting the snooze button - Credit: Archant

Does your man chuck his toiletries all over the bathroom? Do you want things to be a bit tidier? This gift combines interior style with practicality. The washbag mingles a distressed buffalo leather and a very functional design to make it ideal for both a stay-at-home accessory or for travelling in style! The washbag simply unfolds and hangs by the brass hook. This bag is available in characterful, vintage-looking dark tan or matte black leather - both are beautiful!

Vida Vida £60

Bedroom

This framed soundwave is emotive, sentimental and stylish

This framed soundwave is emotive, sentimental and stylish - Credit: Archant

Cube aluminium click clock

This manly monochrome brushed aluminium alarm clock is a total man toy. Just click your fingers, clap your hands or gently tap your bedside table and the time, date and temperature will alternately appear for you in very smart White/Blue LED colour. It automatically switches off when the room is quiet, lighting up again when the alarm goes off or as a response to your clicked fingers or clapped hands. The numbers appear to just float on the clock face too. Decorative and essential.

Gingko £29.99

Man Cave

Personalised favourite song soundwaves print

Does your guy have a room in the house that he calls his own? Be it a den, study or games room, this gift fits this type of space ideally: a unique personalised print, featuring his favourite song in the format of visual soundwaves. The chosen song will be converted into a soundwave in the colour of your choice. The first dance, the first record bought, or even his favourite karaoke tune. This print is a great reminder of an emotive song and a very personal and different gift for Christmas.

House of Yve £25

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