Christmas gift guide: for him

I don't know about you, but I find men notoriously hard to buy gifts for. For some reason, they just seem so much more tricky than fellow females! To make your lives easier, I've rounded up a selection of top gift picks for the men in your life with a little assistance from my long-suffering boyfriend.
Christmas gift guide for him
Christmas gift guide for him
Christmas gift guide for him
The beauty product lover - decent beauty products are definitely no longer just the domain of us ladies and there's a huge wealth of ranges available that are now targeted at men. For an affordable gift, try L'Oreal's Hydra Energetic Recharging Moisturiser£14.30, which is packed full of vitamin C and Taurine to help refresh and moisturise. American Crew's* range of styling products are also great for any hair obsessed men and start at around £12 each. Kiehl's do a great range aimed specifically at men, but I think their new Daily Reviving Concentrate £36 is perfect for both men and women and a few drops of this perks up tired skin no end.

Smelling good - aftershave and fragrance is always a safe bet when it comes to gifting, and Lacoste's Jaune EDT is a lovely fresh fragrance that isn't your typical 'man' scent. Keep an eye out for the various gift sets in Boots and department stores, as these are always great value this time of year. Home fragrance has a tendency to be seen as a bit girly, but Malin + Goetz's Tobacco Candle* £37 is rich, luxurious and masculine, with notes of basil, rye, tobacco and bourbon vanilla.

Technology - technology fiends will love the new Alcatel One Touch Watch*. This super smart watch allows you to see all your social notifications in one place, acts as a fitness tracker, allows you to control the music on your smartphone remotely and so much more, all for less than £100. A Go Pro camera is also a great idea for any budding vloggers, adventurers and sportsmen (my boyfriend is dying for one to take out mountain biking!). Instalens are a great budget tech option for any photography enthusiast - these tiny lenses attach to your smarphone and allow you to create macro, fish eye and wide angle shots.

The sweet tooth - if the man in your life is anything like mine, they claim not to be that bothered be sweet things, but will happily polish off plenty of yours! to avoid sharing, grab them a selection of Hotel Chocolat's mini truffle packs or chocolate slabs, or try these personalised retro sweet jars which are full of old favourites and will keep them quiet for hours. And if he prefers a cheeky drink over anything sweet, these personalised beers and beer glasses would make a great gift option.

For the big kid - we're all big kids deep down and Christmas is a great time to let that run free! Get in on the new Star Wars action with everything from Lego Kits to T-Shirts; gift a go carting experience for an adrenaline rush or try Tiger for budget-friendly table top games and novelty gift ideas.

What are your top gift picks for the guys?

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