Parts one and two of my gift guide got such a great response, thank you to everyone who liked it. This is part two - the men's guide. I'm going to do things a little differently this time and break it down by ten categories instead of ten shops - hopefully then if the man in your life has a specific interest you'll be able to get some inspiration. As with the last guide, there are cheaper stocking filler items included too. Prices are all correct as of 17/11, some items may be out of stock at the moment but check back in a day or two. I've stuck to online shops that price in Euro.
Whether he likes to play sports or just watch them, hopefully you'll find something here that suits. Specific teams shown are just an example, click through to the sites to find other teams.
Clockwise from top left: Men's Football Team Slippers, €15 at Life Style Sports. Garmin FR10 GPS Running Watch, €132 at Life Style Sports. Leinster Rugby Scarf, €18 at Life Style Sports. Cateye Velo 9 Cycle Computer, €49 at Littlewoods. The Last Line by Packie Bonner, €14.99 at Eason. Nike Free 3.0 v3 Men's Trainer, €77 Elverys. Retro Know Your Sport T-shirt, €20 at Hairy Baby. Hit Him, He's No Relation Mug, €14.50 at Hairy Baby. Under Armour Storm Undeniable Duffel Bag, €45 at JD Sports. This Works Muscle Therapy, €22 Boots.
Some men are into grooming, others aren't - but everyone needs a few basics! Here's something different to the usual Lynx twin pack.
Clockwise from top left: Bulldog Man's Best Friend Duo Face Wash & Moisturiser, €12.95 at Cloud 10 Beauty. No7 Men Protect and Perfect Advanced Serum, €34.50 at Boots. Percy Nobleman's Beard Balm, €24.99 at Boots. Dolce & Gabbana Intenso EDP 40ml, €54 at Cara Pharmacy. Shea Butter Hand and Foot Creams, €21 at L'Occitane. The Shave Doctor Manual Shaving System, €45 at Littlewoods. Nip + Man Power Skin Gift Set, €14.99 at Cloud 10 Beauty. Glamglow Supermud, €49 at Cara Pharmacy. Ziaja Men Gift Set, €9.99 at Original Beauty. Braun WaterFlex Wet and Dry Shaver, €99.99 at Boots.
For some, travel is unavoidable. For others, it's a pleasure they indulge in regularly. I haven't left the country since 2004 so I may be a little rusty on the subject but here goes!
Clockwise from top left: Nuxe Men Travel Kit, €12.95 from Cloud 10 Beauty. Mini Global Travel Adaptor, €15 at Travel Shop. Tripp Glide Lite II Large Holdall, €25 at Tripluggage. Zipit Anti-Tangle Headphones, €20.49 at Mobile Fun. Fleece Travel Pillow, €8.19 at Outdoor Adventure Store. Garmin Nuvi 2597LM Irish/UK/Europe Sat Nav, €139.99 at Halfords. The Lonely Planet Book of Everything, €23.70 at Eason. Leather iPad Travel Case, €67 at Marks & Spencer. Travel Journal, €17 at Marks & Spencer. Skechers V-Stride Walking Shoes, €73.50 at Debenhams.
Foodie gifts are my favourite to research, there are so many great ones around. Unfortunately the main man on my Christmas list doesn't cook, so I hope someone else gets ideas from this section! Something like the mixing bowl would make a quirky alternative to a gift basket.
Clockwise from top left: Food Nation Pestle & Mortar, €26 at Boots. The Hairy Bikers Casserole Pot, €29 at Boots. Sizzle & Sear Chip Buckets and Flavoured Salts, €14.50 at Boots. The Nation's Favourite Healthy Food by Neven Maguire, €22.99 at Gill & Macmillan. Tower 19-Piece Knife Block Set, €38.40 at Littlewoods. Morphy Richards 3.5 Litre Slow Cooker, €33 at Littlewoods. La Cucina 10 Jar Spice Rack, €24 at Debenhams. 2.5 Litre Stoneware Mixing Bowl, €16 at Heatons. Kikkerland Colourful Kitchen Counter Savers, €8.50 at Cara Pharmacy. Christmas Tea Towels Pack of 3, €8 at Dunnes.
I've tried to stay away from very pricey gadgets - we all know about Apple Watches and iPads and whatever, but I wanted to keep it relatively affordable (apart from that multi-tool which is flipping AWESOME).
Clockwise from top left: Thumbsup! Dual Power Bank 6600mAz, €42 at Littlewoods. Belkin Android Express Dock, €35 at Littlewoods. Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser, €57.99 at Boots. Fitbit Flex Activity/Sleep Tracker, €99.99 at Boots. Sony ZX310 AP Headphones with Mic, €31.99 at Boots. Swisstool Spirit (27 Functions), €105 at Peterson of Dublin. PowerUp Smartphone Controlled Paper Aeroplane, €59.95 at The Gadget Store. iMusic Speaker Pillow, €29.95 at The Gadget Store. Amazon Fire 7" Tablet 8GB, €69.99 at Currys. Apple TV Box, €79 at Harvey Norman.
There are loads of great Retro gifts around. I'm a huge fan of nostalgia, so if you're looking for a throwback treasure, check these out!
Clockwise from top left: Oatfield Emerald Sweets 1.7kg Jar, €24.99 at Planet Candy. Philips Sound System with Turntable, €149 at Harvey Norman. Polka Dot Braces, €8 at Heatons. Classic Gold Tone Casio Watch, €56 at Littlewoods. Original Bosco Mug (with Box), €12.50 at Hairy Baby. Judge T-Shirt, €20 at Hairy Baby. Subbuteo Team Editon, €42.99 at Smyths. Nokia Phone Case for iPhone 5, €4.95 at Gifts.ie. Phone Box Red Retro Telephone, €65 at Harvey Norman.
Cars, tractors, whatever - if it's got wheels, hopefully these will inspire!
Clockwise from top left: Busy B Vehicle Document File, €12 at Cara Pharmacy. KK Opel Kadett 1/18 Scale (Hundreds more models), €89.99 at Mark's Models. Streetwize Heated Car Seat Cushion, €19 at Littlewoods. SuperTooth Buddy Bluetooth Visor Car Kit, €42 at Halfords. Holts Winter Car Care Kit, €3.95 at Mick's Garage. Irish Vintage Scene 2016 Tractor Calendar (also available: Retro Classics, Vintage Cars), €6.95 at Irish Vintage Scene. Mondello Park Supercar Driving Experience, from €235 at Mondello. David Brown Tractors by Colin Holwell, €29.50 at Eason. Scalextric Continental Sports Cars, €79 at Littlewoods. Keep it Country mug, €14.50 at Hairy Baby.
Specific movie posters/DVDs are just examples, click through to the sites to see hundreds more.
Clockwise from top left: Back to the Future Trilogy DVD, €12.99 at HMV. Batman Glow in the Dark Mug, €11 at Littlewoods. Lego Star Wars Force Awakens Millennium Falcon, €139.99 at Smyths. Cineworld Gift Card, €10-€100 at Cineworld. Framed Movie Poster, from €39.99 at AllPosters. Sun Star Diecast DeLorean 1/18 Scale, €119.99 at Mark's Models. Spielberg: A Retrospective by Richard Schickel, €37.50 at Eason. Darth Vader Cardboard Cut-Out, €39.99 at AllPosters. POP! Vinyl Scarface Tony Montana, €14.99 at Eason. The James Bond Archives by Danny Graydon,Paul Duncan €130.04 at ShopIreland.
Right - so you're not close enough to someone to spend a lot of money or give them something too personal - all they need for one of these gifts is a sense of humour!
10. For the Man Who Has Everything
For the woman who has everything, it's pretty easy - a Charlotte Tilbury advent calendar and you're sorted. For the man who already has everything he wants, it's a little harder. I heard about the shirt service on Conrad Jones' snapchat (conradjones13) and thought it was a great idea, so hopefully the other bits will be inspiring too!
Clockwise from top left: Bespoke Shirt, €69 at Shirt By Hand. The Man Box, €25 at Grand Grand. Hornby The Flying Scotsman Train Set, €229 from Duffy's Toy World. Engravable Cesar Pen, €40 at Newbridge Silverware. A Grand Stretch Mug, €14.50 at Hairy Baby. Moccasin Slippers, €20 at Dunnes. Paul Costelloe Living Brass Telescope, €60 at Dunnes. Build Your Own Ship in a Bottle, €47 at Mark's Models. North Coast Cable Knit Scarf with Wool, €40 at Marks & Spencer. Jo Malone Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense 100ml, €130 at Brown Thomas.
Hopefully you'll find something helpful here!