It's already the middle of November, and that means that the countdown to Christmas is already on. Usually, I'm pretty on the ball with Christmas shopping but not so much this year. If you're in the same boat, I'm putting together a few gift guides to help you (and me) get things rolling. What do you guys have on your shopping lists for this year?
First up I've got 10 suggestions for the men in your life that cover a variety of tastes and budgets.
I love the idea of buying some an experience instead of a material gift and a concert would be perfect for a music lover. Coldplay is currently touring, and they've got a tour date here in Edmonton next September with tickets still available. If that's not your thing, there are plenty of other acts coming to town, or you could go for a hockey game or comedy act instead.
A new jersey for your man's favourite sports team makes a perfect gift, and if you're feeling extra generous, you could even pack it up with tickets to an upcoming game.
A red sweater is just festive enough for Christmas dinner but will also get lots of use for the rest of the winter. No tacky light up reindeer noses here. The button-up high neck on this one is a little different and works for the coldest days.
Scarves are an essential accessory for our cold Alberta winters, and if you buy a nice one, it can also add that extra little something to your outfit. This option from Simons is really soft and cozy, and the muted colours will match with just about anything.
I don't know about your dude but my bf uses a messenger bag for work every day, it's a less formal and easier to carry option instead of a briefcase. This is a nice looking, reasonably priced option that is big enough to fit a laptop, bagged lunch, and all his other accessories.
Fragrance is a great gift, but unless you're a mind reader, it can be nearly impossible to pick one out for another person. Shoppers Drug Mart has a brilliant system where you can but a sampler pack of some of their most popular fragrances and then there's a coupon to redeem for a full-size version of any of the options. Tough decision solved!
Board Game for Grown-Ups
Who doesn't love getting together with a group of friends and spending an evening in with a few good board games? The Voting Game poses a bunch of different questions (i.e.,. Whose Google search history would you most like to see?) and vote for which player you think is the most fitting...hilarity ensues.
I'm not exactly a coffee connoisseur but we had a Nespresso machine in our hotel room in Barcelona, and it really is leaps and bounds ahead of any of the other single serve machines I've tried. It is certainly not the most economical option as both the machine itself and the cups are more expensive than other options, but if it can limit the Starbucks trips, then it might just be worth it.
Nintendo Classic Edition Console
Ok, this isn't exactly the best option at the moment because the consoles are currently sold out but if any pop up before Christmas you could be a hero. I know one of these classic Nintendo units is at the top of the bf's wish list
Series of Books
If you've got an avid reader on your shopping list, then the Gentleman Bastard Sequence by Scott Lynch could be just what you're looking for. The bf is hooked on these books and has recommended the series to just about everyone we know. This set includes the first three books and will provide many hours of reading enjoyment (they're long books) for whoever you buy them for.
If you'd like even more ideas you can check out my 2015 gift guides:
Holiday Gift Guide: The Guys
Holiday Gift Guide: The Ladies
Holiday Gift Guide: The Kiddos
Holiday Gift Guide: Little Things
Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers