I'm sure it's not just me who struggles when it comes to buying gifts for men. They're all so different and so when you could be buying smellies for one, the others might prefer quirky gifts. And there's so much on the market too that trying to work out what men like is so much hard work.
Today I am showcasing what is on offer for the men, and dads, in our lives this year and so, here is my 2016 Christmas Gift Guide For Dads...
NOW TV Smart Box | NOW TV | £39.99
Enjoy the best of free to air and pay TV channels without a contract where you can watch over 60 Freeview channels plus 12 HD channels. Catch Up on your favourites on BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5. Pause and rewind live TV. And, you can get more of the TV you love with NOW TV Passes where you can purchase subscriptions to sports channels too.
Neo Lava Lamp | Mathmos | £68
Neo is designed by lighting designer Jonathan Coles and is the only lava lamp in the world that has been completely tested and verified for customers of all ages. Every detail has been designed with safety and quality at its core. Neo is made from precision cast metal and is low voltage; powered by long lasting halogen capsules for extended use. Its internal diffuser ensures that the heat and light are directed into the bottle ensuring the best views of lava lamp formulation. It will available in both copper and nickel finishes with various colour ways.
FINAL FANTASY XV | Square Enix | £44.99
FINAL FANTASY XV is a groundbreaking fantasy based on reality that is destined to become a future masterpiece - with revolutionary gameplay, dramatic storytelling, and cutting-edge technology. Escaping the flames of war, Noctis, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Lucis, embarks on an epic journey with his best friends - through a world of larger-than-life beasts, amazing wonders to behold, and dungeons filled with danger, in the hopes of finding the strength to take back his homeland and end the battle. Featuring a soundtrack of classic series melodies and original music by Florence + The Machine, FINAL FANTASY XV brings an epic and cinematic adventure to consoles in 2016.
WWE 2K17 | 2K Games | £49.99
WWE 2K17, the newest addition to the flagship WWE video game franchise, delivering a combination of authenticity, realism and action-packed gameplay in a WWE video game experience. It includes the largest roster of WWE and NXT Superstars in franchise history; extensive new options in Creation Suite and Universe Mode; the opportunity to “Become a Paul Heyman Guy” in MyCareer Mode; as well as a host of substantial gameplay additions and enhancements.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration | Square Enix | £49.99
The Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration includes the critically acclaimed Rise of the Tomb Raider, nominated for over 75 “Best Of” awards, in which Lara Croft becomes more than a survivor as she embarks on her first Tomb Raiding expedition to the most treacherous and remote regions of Siberia.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration also includes the new “Blood Ties” single player content, new Co-Op play for Endurance mode, “Ultimate Survivor” difficulty mode for the main campaign, 20 Year Celebration outfit and gun, and 5 classic Lara skins. Also includes all previously released Downloadable Content including: Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch, Endurance Mode, Cold Darkness Awakened, 12 outfits, 7 weapons, and 35 expedition cards. With over 50 hours of gameplay, this is the most comprehensive version of the award-winning experience.
Braun Beard Trimmer | Braun | £39.99
The Braun beard trimmer BT5010 has 4x more precision for your style with a precision dial for up to 25 exact length settings to create your style. The unique Slide&Style system lets you style your beard with a simple slide even when the comb is on. For consistent results even in tough conditions, the dual battery system keeps trimming power constant. A full charge takes 8 hours and gives you 50 min. of cordless performance. A 5 min. quick charge is enough for 1 trim. What's more, the trimmer is fully washable too.
Bluebeards Revenge EDT Gift Set | The Bluebeards Revenge | £24.99
A fragrant gift set designed to keep the manliest of men smelling his best at all times. Containing a fresh and masculine shower gel to ensure that he gets off on the right foot, and a refreshingly modern Eau de Toilette to finish, this is an utterly mantastic set that is sure to put a smile on his face. A refreshingly masculine fragrance that opens with ozone notes accented by Sicilian bergamot and Ligurian basil, with a rich blend of jasmine, black tea and watermint making up the heart. Meanwhile,rich base notes include Madagascan vanilla highlighted by sandalwood and patchouli, along with oakmoss and musk.
Lynx Black Washbag | Lynx | £12.50
Grooming on-the-go, this set is packed with Lynx’s classic Black range and is the perfect travel accessory for the man on the move. Included is a Black 250ml shower gel, Black 150ml body spray and 150ml anti-perspirant.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Trainers | Get The Label | £34.99
Converse have garnered a large fashion following since launching, and their shoes are loved by many. Join in with the Converse love with these Chuck Taylor All Star trainers. This pair comes with lace up fastening with metal eyelets, a durable rubber outsole and toe cap, and contrasting stitching throughout. In a low profile silhouette, these shoes have contrast stripe detail to the outsole, and feature the Converse branding woven to the tongue.
Weleda Mens Wash Bag Gift Set | Weleda | £19.95
Highly effective, quick-to-use range of 100% natural men's grooming products, leaving your skin soft, smooth and invigorated. This eco-friendly drawstring wash bag contains Men Active Shower Gel 200ml, Shaving Cream 75ml and Moisture Cream for Men 30ml.
Kärcher SC1 Handheld Steam Cleaner | Kärcher | £99.99
Relying on nothing but water, the SC1 promises a deeper clean than ever before. From stubborn stains to kitchen surfaces, this handheld steam cleaner can provide deep cleaning results in even the most awkward corners and angles. This lightweight unit is incredibly versatile, coming with a number of different attachments designed to make light work of any household cleaning task. By making use of steam, rather than traditional water cleaning methods, this multi-use steam mop makes the removal of dirt and grease effortless. Simply put, all nooks and crannies from the top to the bottom of your property can be transformed in a matter of minutes with the Kärcher SC1. The lightweight design and inclusion of an extension hose ensure that you can bring chemical-free deep cleaning to every last corner of your home with ease.
Peli Adventurer Protective Phone Case | Peli | £29.99
Peli is synonymous with hard-hitting quality. Drop your phone? Don’t panic! Protective cases that withstand the most extreme conditions on earth are our specialty. Peli Adventurer is no different. Expertly crafted to create the slimmest, impact-absorbing case on the market, our soft-grip HPX technology teams up with a rigid outer shell to provide dual-layer protection without compromising functionality. The Adventurer is 23% more impact-absorbent than other cases and will move any shock away from your phone. Whether you’re trotting around the globe, or the neighbourhood, this sleek and resilient case will keep your phone safe.
Leef iBridge | Leef | From £69
The Leef iBridge is a stylish plug-in memory accessory for iPhones, iPods and iPads that gives users more storage space for those precious photos and videos. What’s more, it’s available up to an industry first 256GB capacity. The Leef iBridge plugs directly into compatible Apple devices with Lightning connectors. It has a sleek, ergonomic ‘J’ shaped appearance and neatly curves around the back of the device, rather than sticking out awkwardly. It plugs securely into a device without forcing the user to remove protective cases or hold their phone uncomfortably – which is essential when trying to take the perfect picture!
The Classic Car Book | DK Books | £25
If a classic car is beyond your pocket, give the next best thing – a dreamer’s guide to all the iconic models. From the Chevrolet Bel Air to the Ferrari Testarossa, The Classic Car Book showcases the most important and iconic classic cars from every decade since the 1940s
Gillette Fusion Proshield Chill | Gillette | £12
Gillette's most advanced cartridge; the Fusion ProShield, has lubrication before and after the blades to help to shield whilst you shave. Plus, the Chill razor features Cooling Technology during the shave to cool the skin. The FlexBall Technology makes maximum contact over contours to give a smooth, close shave getting virtually every hair. The 5 precision blades provide less tug and pull for incredible comfort and the Precision Trimmer on the back is for accurate edging and sideburn shaping.
Nicolas Feuillatte Compass Gold Tin Brut Vintage Champagne | Nicolas Feuillatte | £28
Presented in an elegant box and bottle, this vintage champagne is rich in fruity flavours. Blended with Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay, this champagne is fulfilling when celebrating any special occasion. The Brut Réserve is aged for at least 3 years in their cellars, even though the legal minimum ageing requirement is 15 months. A range of different crus make up the blend.
Thirst Aid Box | Best Of British Beer | £36.75
Hand made by British craftsmen from sturdy plywood, this brilliant carry case comes complete with 6 bottles of quality British beer. These 6 x 500ml bottles of beer have been handpicked from award winning breweries - 2 pale ales, 2 golden beers and 2 Best Bitters - ideal for quenching that summer thirst.
Cockburn’s Special Reserve Port | Cockburn's | £12
Originally introduced in 1969 Cockburn’s Special Reserve was so ground-breaking it created a whole new Port category and has since been the drink of choice for families and friends looking to celebrate those special moments in their lives. Hailed as one of the most iconic Ports of all time it’s matured in oak casks, giving it the full bodied dry finish which made it the benchmark for all Reserve Ports. Featuring notes of strawberry and plums this classic is perfect for enjoying on its own.
anCnoc 12 year old Whisky| anCnoc | £34
anCnoc’s 12 year old from the Core Collection is renowned the world over as a must-have in any whisky drinkers’ collection. Soft and aromatic on the nose it has hints of anCnoc’s signature flavour
notes of honey and lemon, resulting in a long smooth finish. The 12 year old’s gentle amber colouring comes from its maturation in American oak ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso casks, which deliver a fantastic flavour profile with a surprise at each twist and turn.
Dad Dancing Magnum of Beer | Best Of British Beer | £21.50
Exclusive to Best of British Beer, this could be the perfect gift when you want to make a statement for Dad's beery Christmas present. Each magnum holds 2 litres (nearly 4 pints) of 4.5% pale ale and has a swing top lid so the bottle can be closed if they don't manage to drink it all at once! The beer is an award winning pale, golden ale. brewed in Staffordshire.