He has it all. Literally he needs nothing and year after year you struggle to surprise him.
The usual ‘man gifts’ (socks, whiskey, a tie, aftershave) don’t cut it any more.
If you are buying for a man who seemingly has it all, you need to go next level.
You may fear it’s dull to buy a man a tool or house gadget for Christmas (comparing it, perhaps to a man getting his wife an ironing board or vacuum cleaner). Admittedly, if your man is more Burberry than B&Q you might have a problem. Otherwise, trust us on this one.
Here’s how to wow him with something he will absolutely love – and he won’t see coming.
A Smart doorbell
Is there an angry ex lurking about? A pesky neighbour he’s trying to avoid? Get him a smart doorbell.
When someone comes to the door he can see who it is with one swipe on his phone, from anywhere in the house – and decide whether or not to answer it.
Once the bell is pressed, you can also hear, see and speak to your visitor remotely through your phone, tablet or laptop from wherever you are (at home or not).
You’ll always be able to see clearly with Full HD video and handy night vision.
Plus, with two-way audio, if it’s the postman delivering a parcel and you’re not home, you can speak to them remotely to ask them to leave your parcel with a neighbour.
This kit also comes with the chime which plugs into a power socket and connects to your WiFi, extending the ring so you’ll hear it anywhere in your home.
Doorbell, £229, ao.com
His own CCTV
The Y-Cam range of indoor and outdoor cameras are great for every security-minded guy who likes to keep an eye on things when he’s not around.
Just plug in the camera, download the free app and you get an instant alert sent directly to your smartphone where you can see a live feed.
Comes with free cloud storage without hidden fees.
Starter Kit bundle which includes 1 Evo Indoor and 1 Outdoor camera
CCTV, £259, y-cam.com
Nespresso’s new Vertuo system has a new range of capsule sizes and if he likes his coffee large and in charge, it’s especially made for large cups.
It also has Reverso, which, by adding milk to the cup before the coffee fills it, allows the milk to enhance the natural crema giving a super creamy texture to the coffee.
At the touch of a button, the intelligent system automatically recognises the Grand Cru variety and self-adjusts to create the perfect dark full-bodied coffee, finished with a silky and generous crema.
£199 from Nespresso boutiques, online and johnlewis.com.
Car phone kit
PNY’s Expand Car Mount allows him to use his smartphone in safety while driving with a 360° rotation so he can change between portrait and landscape – good when navigating.
The extension function makes it compatible with a wide range of smartphones. Simple to fit, non-damaging, easy use, road trip must-have.
Looks unobtrusive too.
PNY car mount, £9.99, amazon.co.uk
With 40,000 shearing movements per minute STIHL HSA 25’s shrub shearer is lightening magic.
Perfect for the green-fingered guy who takes pride in his topiary.
A powerful 10.8 V Lithium-Ion battery means that the shear can be used anywhere in the garden, and the charge lasts surprisingly long.
The double blades ensure a clean and efficient cut. Can be used to maintain borders and lawn edges as well as prune small hedges, shrubs and ornamental trees.
The optional telescopic handle makes trimming lawn edges easier, so there’s no need to crouch down.
STIHL electric shearer, £109, stihl.co.uk
Just what you never knew you wanted. The Giraffe ‘Air’ Telescopic ladder has a patented soft-close system, is light, compact and safe and is adjustable up to 3.25m with a maximum working height of 4m.
Practical and lightweight but sturdy, it won’t harm your fingers and can be used indoors and outdoors. It also folds up super easily, which will be an absolute revelation to anyone used to struggling with extendable ladders.
Sure, it’s not glamorous – but it’ll get used year after year. It can be stored in most cupboards and car boots.
Batavia Aluminium Telescopic Ladder with Stabiliser Bar, £109.99, wickes.co.uk
Cordless Leaf Blower
At a mere 2kg, the STIHL BGA 45 leaf blower is super lightweight and makes clearing leaves a blast, literally.
Powerful with 5N of blowing force, it is also not crazy loud. On a full charge the blower runs for ten minutes and is easy to use.
You can use it in residential, noise-sensitive areas without getting complaints from neighbours. Available at STIHL dealerships nationwide
Cordless Leaf Blower, £99, stihl.co.uk
Sitting is the new smoking (in terms of health warnings) and research shows ‘active sitting’ is the way forward.
Technogym’s Wellness Ball Active Sitting is the best one out there – no flimsy plastic blow up ball here my friend – plus they have an app that lets him access hundreds of exercises and stretches.
It engages your core and strengthens muscles, increases balance and improves flexibility, coordination and posture.
Wellness Ball Active Sitting, £260, technogym.com
Smart Running Watch
The Polar M430 GPS Running Watch is a water resistant powerhouse that can even measure your heart rate in the water. Great for swimming and running – it measures heart rate from the wrist and has an integrated GPS.
It also has advanced training features, including Polar Fitness Test, personalised Running Programme and Running Index via Bluetooth.
It tracks activity and sleep 24/7. Comes with vibrating alerts and smart notifications making it runner friendly.
The Polar M430 GPS Running Watch, £199.50, amazon.co.uk
Billed as their lightest and leanest bit of kit yet, the TRX Go Suspension trainer will give him abs of steel and and can be used indoors or outdoors.
It comes with an easy-to-use Get Started Guide, 2 anchoring solutions and two 20-minute high intensity workouts.
Packs up nicely and is easy to tote along in a suitcase if he likes to work out on the road.
TRX Go, £109, trxtraining.co.uk
For his health MOT
These home blood test health screens are gaining traction and for good reason – they give you a quick picture of your health.
Medichecks does a ‘Well Man’ test which covers all the bases and gets a baseline for things like PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen), red blood cells, white blood cells, liver health, kidney function, bone health, gout, diabetes, iron status, cholesterol, and inflammation and a qualified doctor interprets the results via email.
Health MOT with clinic collection, £114, medichecks.com
The smooth shave
Promising they are the world’s most efficient and comfortable shaver, Braun Series 9 Electric Shaver is the top of the Braun range.
Works for a wet or dry shave and designed so that all hair types from baby face to cave man are adapted to.
Goes in straight lines so you don‘t need to go over the same spot twice, making for less irritated skin.
Worldwide Voltage Compatible 120-240v (includes 2-pin bathroom plug–may require plug adapter outside the UK or EU).
Braun Series 9 Electric Shaver, £249.99, boots.com
The gentleman’s facial
Linda Meredith in Knightsbridge has done Colin Firth, Rupert Penry Jones, Jude Law and Trevor Eve so rest assured, he will be in good hands.
Book him an Oxygen Facial or just buy him some lovely products: We recommend their ‘Bro-tox’ alternative called V-Tox, which uses natural algae derivatives to relax the skin, and LM2, a light but effective face cream.
The Oxygen Facial, V-Tox and LM2 available at lindameredith.com
The Smart toothbrush
The Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean is billed as the world’s most intelligent toothbrush. It’s high tech, stylish and syncs with an app to track brushing habits.
It’s also versatile and has a range of cleaning options from clean, white, deep clean, gum health and tongue care.
Bonus – the carrying case has a built in USB charging cable which means it’s a cinch to travel with.
The Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean, £141.99, philips.co.uk
The gift of hair
If he’s worried about balding, give him the gift of hair – though be 100% sure first that he wants it and won’t be upset or offended by the suggestion you don’t like his natural hairline.
If he’s in, book him a session with clinicbe in Knightsbridge, which has become one of London’s go-to salons for men looking for a little extra on top.
The reason? Their triple synergy hair – a treatment they created that combines mesotherapy, vitamin injections and PRP (platelet rich plasma therapy) to slow hair-loss and encourage regrowth.
Recovery time is short and results are good.
Triple Synergy Hair Sessions, start at £800, clinicbe.com
The Power washer
Something he doesn’t have but definitely wants, a Karcher K5 Premium Full Control Home Pressure Washer Kit If he’s tired of schlepping to the car wash this will get the job done beautifully.
It also washes patio and terrace floors making the grimiest of surfaces spotlessly clean within seconds. It has a retractable handle for storage and it even has a trigger gun!
He will have a sparking clean garage, car, patio, and brickwork.
Karcher K5 Home Pressure Washer Kit, £429, wickes.co.uk
The Wet and Dry Vac
Not your average hoover.
If he fancies himself a fixer, the Karcher WD4 Premium wet and dry vacuum cleaner will wow a DIY lover.
Good for home and workshop it has a powerful 1000w motor, so he can clear up rubble, sawdust and spills, and even unblock the mess in the sink. Works for wet and dry suction without changing the filter.
Can be used to freshen up the man cave.
Karcher WD4 Wet and Dry Vac, £149.99, karcher.com
The Smart Carry On
Travel made simpler with a smart charger carry on he’s sure to love you for.
He can recharge his mobile device up to six times and it’s cabin-approved for all airlines. The 360° spinner wheels are manufactured by industry specialists in Japan, so it will be smooth sailing .
The easy-access front pocket is made from Italian leather and waterproof nylon and has enough space to hold a 15” laptop.
The Horizn Smart Charger Carry On, £268, horizn-studios.com
Hot hiking boots
If he likes walking, he’ll know how hard it is to find a pair of hiking boots that are actually stylish.
Modern styling meets masculine practicality in a rather alluring men’s hiking boot that is functional and good looking.
Premium leather and oiled nubuck uppers give it a nice fit and the Gore-tex keeps it waterproof.
They are strong and comfortable and their ECCO Comfort Fibre System keeps fresh air circulating all the time around the feet (which means a fresher smell) – so it’s a Win/Win for both of you
Ecco Track 25 Boot, £175, eccoshoesuk.com
Outdoor Powerpack; a shock resistant waterproof phone charger. Great for a guy with a boat, surfboard or motorbike.
The outdoor, waterproof charger from PNY will charge a device 3-4 times on one charge and is designed to be used outside rain or shine.
The PNY Universal Rechargeable Battery Charger, £24.50, amazon.co.uk