I don't know about you but I always find it tricky when shopping for men. I must have spent days on end racking my brains for ideas last Christmas. Whether it's a boyfriend, dad, son, brother or grandfather, men are officially an absolute nightmare to purchase for.
Fortunately, Marks and Spencer came to my rescue and I thought that I should probably share my joy with you all. There is an extensive range of gifts for him on the website where you'll find all sorts of goodies, from shirts for work to the latest gadgets.
If you've got birthdays coming up and are dreading thinking of what to buy, take a look at my top 7 must-haves for men from M&S.
By Jenny MacLeanGuest Blogger
8 months ago
Clearly, I am going to answer this with a big resounding 'no'. I cannot stress enough how much I love everything to do with Christmas, and the joy of giving is part and parcel of the holiday season.
I feel the same way about gift-giving as that little boy on last year's John Lewis advert: spending time picking out the perfect gift, experiencing the build-up in the weeks leading up to the big exchange, the recipient's reaction making it all worth it... who wouldn't want that?
Yes, it's a fleeting moment in the grand scheme of things but Christmas provides the chance to give something back to the people you love and, although spending time together is the most important thing for the majority of the population (68% in fact, according to a poll by National Employment Savings Trust), I think presents really do add to the overall experience – no matter how small. It's always nice to have something to give and something to open.
However, money-saving expert Martin Lewis compiled an article ('It's time to ban Christmas presents') which has some interesting points and makes for a decent read. I've summarised it here; see what you think:
By Dale.LovellGuest Blogger
12 months ago
Christmas and New Year
I want to show you a couple of baby shower ideas this week. Last year when I was pregnant with Thrifty Baby, I didn't have a baby shower. They aren't really my bag; in fact, the baby shower is one of the American imports I like least. We had a baby cake reveal party for close family instead: no presents, but a lot of fun.
I love shopping! Before I had the children I'd shop whenever I had the chance - on a Saturday, in my lunch break and on holidays. However life with two small children has changed things drastically. My four year old daughter loves shopping but unfortunately this love extends to wanting to touch all items in the shops that we go into. She enthusiastically runs her slightly grubby hands along the dresses as I get glared at by eagle eyed shop assistants.
My little boy on the other hand hates shopping with a passion. His eyes well up as soon as we get near the department store door and any attempt at browsing is brought to an abrupt halt by a red faced toddler screaming "get out, get out, get out".
Luckily though all is not lost as I have discovered online shopping which I can do in the comfort of my own home with no screaming children around. I particularly like collectables.co.uk. This great online store offers a fantastic range of fashion, jewellery and home products...
Going to a wedding can be expensive when you add up travel, hotel, outfits and a gift, not to mention the hen do. One of my favourite things to do is make a personalised wedding gift to give after the date. On the day simply pop a card their way with a little note explaining something special is on the way.At the wedding itself I collect together little mementos of the day such as confetti, petals from bouquets, small table menus, table scatters (please don't take anything large or significant - usually table decorations need to be returned or were bought at great expense) and keep them together with the invitation and save the date card. Throughout the day I also take a few snapshots and print them out later on to include in the gift. Making prints need not be expensive or a pain - you can even print off photos from your mobile these days. I can recommend Photobox or taking your camera memory card or phone into a supermarket or branch of Boots to use the little printing machines there...
A baby's birthday is a magical day to celebrate the child getting one year older. Family and friends can rejoice together by throwing a get-together and spoil the little one with presents. A baby's first birthday is a real milestone and one that will be remembered for years to come. But what can you givea baby for their birthday? There are many different options available
but your baby's birthday will always be special to you so extra
attention and thought should go into the present buying.
What you need to remember though is that they won't recall the day
when they grow up so don't blow the budget or get into debt going
overboard on presents. It doesn't matter how much you spend as long as
you give your little one love and care.
Here are top 5 gift ideas that will definitely put a smile on the girl/boy's face...