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    jamtart6
    Gift Ideas for Men! (Birthday/Xmas etc.)
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    • 27th Aug 07, 8:05 PM
    Gift Ideas for Men! (Birthday/Xmas etc.) 27th Aug 07 at 8:05 PM
    I've been wracking my brains to come up with something a bit different to give to my Dad and Grandad this year for Christmas (and no doubt I'll have the same problem on their Birthday's too). I think they have enough socks to last a lifetime!

    I wondered if I could tap into the lovely moneysavingexperts on this board for some ideas and perhaps keep the thread for Gift Ideas for Men (similarly to the hamper threads?). If any men could actually help out too then that would be even better!!

    Ok so I'll start us off and add any ideas you might have!
    • Magazine Subscription
    • (from Hamper thread) Hamper of Real Ales
    • (from Retro sweetie box thread) a... retro sweetie box
    ....see where my inspiration vanishes?!!

    Would be very grateful if anyone has any ideas to help me out! thanks

    Being Thrifty Gifty again this year


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    • Ellidee
    • By Ellidee 27th Aug 07, 10:37 PM
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    • 27th Aug 07, 10:37 PM
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    • 27th Aug 07, 10:37 PM
    Boxed DVD sets. Have a look at HMV website plenty on special offer at the mo and free postage. Quidco too I think. Also books from The Book People. Code for free delivery somewhere if you do a search.
    Last edited by Ellidee; 27-08-2007 at 10:42 PM.
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    • p-pincher
    • By p-pincher 28th Aug 07, 1:28 PM
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    • 28th Aug 07, 1:28 PM
    I couldn't think of anything for OH's birthday and as he wont pay for Sky Sports I ordered Setanta Sports for him and I've agreed to pay for one year(9.99 Per month). You should have seen his little face yesterday when I put the channel on yesterday.
  • Gettin me own back
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    • 28th Aug 07, 5:30 PM
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    • 28th Aug 07, 5:30 PM
    Last year made Stepdad a car care hamper. Used a bright orange builders bucket from B and Q filled it with car washing stuff, map, travel sweets, antifreeze, car scraper and loads of other little bits and pieces for the car, he was over the moon, dont know what to do for him this year.
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    • Pisces
    • By Pisces 28th Aug 07, 9:56 PM
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    • 28th Aug 07, 9:56 PM
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    • 28th Aug 07, 9:56 PM
    How about a movie hamper - you could include a few DVDs, Pringles, popcorn, M&Ms, Doritos, cans of Coke..

    Also, how about clothes? Appreciate it's a bit boring, but my Dad always likes getting things from his 'trendy' daughter, and my other half loves not having to go to the dreaded shops and buying things himself!
    • Newgirl
    • By Newgirl 29th Aug 07, 2:06 PM
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    • 29th Aug 07, 2:06 PM
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    • 29th Aug 07, 2:06 PM
    Last year made Stepdad a car care hamper. Used a bright orange builders bucket from B and Q filled it with car washing stuff, map, travel sweets, antifreeze, car scraper and loads of other little bits and pieces for the car, he was over the moon, dont know what to do for him this year.
    Originally posted by Gettin me own back

    Ooh! I love this one! Myself and OH are new Old-Stylers as of this year (started a DMP in March and are getting ourselves sorted ) and have agreed from then to only do smaller presents - no big expensive gadgets for him, no epensive perfumes/boots/handbags for me - and I am really struggling for smaller ideas that don't cost the earth. Reason is we have always done Advent calendar presents(I'll explain below*) so I've used a lot of 'voucher for services' ideas and the like. This is a good one!

    * Advent - not having children but being huge ones ourselves, we started a tradition - we have 2 calendars with pockets for sweets etc and we fill them up but with 5 pockets for vouchers giving a different treat. Could be lucky dip from a santa sack, or for a service such as massage, candlelit meal etc. Always looking for new ideas.

    I also like the post below of movie night kit. And in the past I've done food lovers kits such as Thai ingredients, Chinese, Italian etc. They went down well.

    Newgirl
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    • By Badger_Lady 29th Aug 07, 2:10 PM
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    • 29th Aug 07, 2:10 PM
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    • 29th Aug 07, 2:10 PM
    I couldn't think of anything for OH's birthday and as he wont pay for Sky Sports I ordered Setanta Sports for him and I've agreed to pay for one year(9.99 Per month). You should have seen his little face yesterday when I put the channel on yesterday.
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    Yeah, but then you have to put up with him watching it! :-D
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    • Newgirl
    • By Newgirl 29th Aug 07, 2:15 PM
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    Yeah, but then you have to put up with him watching it! :-D
    Originally posted by Badger_Lady
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    • 29th Aug 07, 4:49 PM
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    • 29th Aug 07, 4:49 PM
    Think I'm going to do the boyfriend a movie night in hamper. He always asks for DVDs for xmas but a spin on the idea is to get him some retro videos or DVDs like Dangermouse, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, etc. of all the old films and TV series that he loved when he was younger - might even throw in some vintage sweeties for him to eat as he watches!!
    Last edited by jamtart6; 30-08-2007 at 5:34 PM.

    Being Thrifty Gifty again this year


  • alison6692
    Hiya

    Check out these threads

    Hamper Thread - lots fab ideas here

    Retro sweet Box

    Here are a few ideas from me

    Under £5

    Steven Gerrard Autobiography


    Dishy Daddy tape measure

    Dishy Daddy Mug

    Grumpy old man handbook

    Under £10

    Men's Grooming Kit - 33% off

    Quiksilver T Shirt - On sale so may go quickly


    Grumpy old man Apron


    Window Bird Feeder £7.95

    Cufflinks

    Cufflink Box

    Superman laptray

    Under £20


    Autograph Shirt - SALE item £12 M+S

    Under £30


    Hitchcock Box set £25 - 15 dvds

    Under £40


    Picnic Rucksack

    Under £50


    Bi-Orb fish tank - These are pretty amazing. I have one and I think its fab.


    Wine tasting for 2


    RHS membership £44

    6 months DVD Subscription

    Can you tell I am bored at work" ha ha x
    Last edited by alison6692; 30-08-2007 at 5:09 AM.
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  • jamtart6
    Ok I too have been thinking at work!! And come up with a vintage hamper for my other half. I'll keep you posted on how its going. He is a big kid at heart and has only recently been saying about how much he loved the turtles, playing frustration and eating black jacks - so I think he will love it!!

    Being Thrifty Gifty again this year


  • DFWJane
    First timer at hampers and got the idea from MSE so here is one of mine in progress:

    Darts / Beer Hamper for FIL:

    John Smiths Personalised Darts Shirt - FREE! won, thanks to post on MSE!!!
    Beer mats - currently bidding 50p on ebay
    Bar towel - bidding on ebay
    Dart flights - £1.29 ebay
    Cans of John Smiths - wherever selling cheapest!

    basket - off to our new Poundland tomorrow - can't wait!
    July '08 wins: £20 Foster Grant sunglasses...Lazy Town DVD...NScessity ActivSkins Kids Sun/swim set...Paddington Bear DVD

    Nov '09 wins: John Smith's Darts Shirt
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