Sometimes, if you are really lucky, divine inspiration strikes and the perfect gift idea for a loved one is revealed. For the rest of us mere mortals, finding a present not only worthy of your nearest and dearest, but suited to their own tastes, is daunting to say the least. Here is our guide to gift buying for those in your life notoriously difficult to buy for.
For the self-improver
Do you have a friend who is only happiest when they are striving to be the best version of themselves? This is probably the friend who is a Fitbit fanatic, competitively charting their progress, and pacing whilst watching the television just to get those steps up. But what if they could upgrade? Swap that silicone wristband for titanium, and shrink it to achieve the same features… on a single finger. Track heart rate, steps, sleep and active minutes all within a stylish ring, which will ruin an outfit far less than that sportswear bracelet. However, if the recipient is more of a yogi than cardio queen, Muse’s EEG device provides immersive meditation expertly designed to guide the wearer towards total mindfulness.
For the mum who needs a break
Mums are truly superhuman. Every mother in your life; your elder sister, a close friend, or your own mum – deserves to be treated. The tricky bit is finding something good enough. For many mums, the best gift is time, time just for them. Time spent without household chores, work, or small kids. Nothing achieves this like an ‘experience’ present, and a spa trip could be the perfect fit. Time to catch up with friends or spend quality time with adult children who have flown the nest, whilst bubbling away in a hot tub.
For the Dad who misses the pub
Between work and family life, Dad’s precious pub nights have probably been eroded away. Luckily, we have some suggestions of how you can bring the pub to Dad, and restore his happy place. The Fizzics DraftPour Beer System knows that beer tastes better on draft, so that is what they deliver. It’s a tap built for the home, to serve whatever your brew of choice, at pub quality.
For the one who has it all
What do you buy for someone who has everything? The ‘one who has it all’ undoubtedly has stunning suits or endless earrings, and a stylish wristwatch you rarely see them without. The latter element, upon reflection, is strange. You wouldn’t buy someone a single necklace and expect them to wear that every day, no matter the occasion, for the rest of their life! If we stray away from the comfort of a plain business-appropriate watch, to the realms of stunningly artistic limited-edition dress watches, you may just find the perfect gift. For example, this gents Cartier limited edition gold falcon watch, or this rare ladies Cartier bangle style panther watch, which we came across at Watch Centre. We love these out-of-the-box choices even more than an interesting necklace or bracelet, a far too typical go-to.
For the activity lover
If the person you have in mind can’t stand an evening watching Netflix, let alone a whole day at a spa, this doesn’t mean an ‘experience’ gift is out of the question. For car lovers, supercar driving experiences – offering the chance to drive anything from a Porsche to a Lamborghini, can fulfil any childhood dream. If he is more of a grand prix gent, a karting experience or even a trip to Silverstone could make excellent gifts. On the other hand, if the only car they are interested in is the one which gets them from A to B, all manner of other experiences can do the trick. Clay pigeon shooting days, parachute jumps, or trick flight experiences are all great alternative activities that your loved one may never have considered trying – or at least would be too nervous to take the plunge alone!
For the tech-lover
Was your loved one the first to have AirPods, NutriBullet all their food, and still diligently scour the internet for new innovative devices? If so, savvy tech is the obvious gift if choice – especially if it is a bit out there. For summer months, Bose Frames are stylish sunglasses with built in Bluetooth speakers, streaming music only detectable to the wearer’s ear. When winter kicks in, Ember Temperature-Control Smart Mug will keep their morning coffee hot for up to an hour, with an adjustable temperature to suit the drinker and their preferred beverage.