What to get him...
Something that I'm sure goes through a lot of our minds come Christmas/birthday time, especially if your man is particularly fussy or seems to have everything! For those that are thoroughly stuck in the mud for what to buy, here's a little collection of ideas:
Even with phone calendars etc, you can't beat a good old fashioned pencil-and-paper diary. Aspinal do some beautiful leather bound diaries (such as this one in Navy Lizard) that you can personalise as a special touch for your man.
A good watch should always be a winner and a Daniel Wellington number is simple, elegant and great value for money.
£179 Classic Sheffield Watch, Selfridges
If you're starting to feel sorry for your man complaining of cold hands on your daily 'I'm-on-my-lunchbreak-now' phonecall, why not get him some cosy gloves? These Etip gloves have 'touchscreenability' so he can type away to his heart's content minus the rubbishness of chilly fingertips.
£30 The North Face
On a similar front, who doesn't love to wrap up in a scarf on a cold winter's day, and this tartan lambswool version by Barbour is likely to go with everything.
£30 House of Fraser
A fragrance is always a nice gift, whether you buy him his favourite cologne that's running low, or try and coerce him into wearing your favourite!Abercrombie's Fierce is a blast to my college past and such a reminiscent scent for me, I still love it: £58-£118.
Viktor and Rolf's Spicebomb to me is deep, rich. musky, woody, and spicy and smells just like, well, man. It's delicious. £48-£77.
If you can't find 'that smell', perfumeries like Floris of London offer a service where you can create your own scent. This way you can make something special that's 100% unique to your man. Order online, pop in for a 90 minute consultation and come away with a one of a kind cologne.
£250 Floris of London
If your man's into health and fitness, a wristband activity tracker might be right up his street. The Jawbone Up24 tracks your activity, sleep, food intake to help you improve elements of your life, and you can sync it all to your smartphone. I've got one myself and they're great!
Experiences make memories so why not treat your loved one to a special day out, whether it's driving around in fast cars or going on a wine tasting jaunt. You could even go with him for a couples experience.
£Various Virgin Experience Days
Personalised gifts are, I think, the best kind. If your man considers himself as a bit of a wine connoisseur, maybe he'll enjoy your little humorous dig at his armchair expertise with these personalised glasses.
If wine isn't his thing and travelling is, (or even better you love travelling together) a Scratchmap is a very cute way to document where in the world he's/you've been.
Shaving cream is a nice stocking filler and there are so many great scents around, you'll have no trouble finding something delicious, perhaps other than having too much choice!
£10.95 Taylor of Old Bond Street
Again, going down the 'personalised' route, Kate and Pippa Middleton's younger brother has revolutionised marshmallows by letting you put photos on them?! It's adorable, just upload 9 meaningful, cute or funny photos and your loved one receives this gorgeous gift in the post! Cute and edible = winning formula.
$25 with free worldwide shipping, Boomf
Of course there's the fail safe novelty gift to add some quirkiness to your Xmas gifts. Pick something meaningful to him or that will make him chuckle.
I find novelty mugs or slippers an easy choice, something to take to work and wear at home. A chemistry beaker mug for the Mr Geek, a Creature Cup for the Mr Quirky, and of course who could resist a pair of socks with capes on them?!
Hopefully this has given you a little inspiration to get the other half in your life something special.