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Top tips for buying gifts for men this holiday season

When buying a gift for a loved one we want to hit the nail on the head. We’ve all had that sinking feeling of unwrapping a gift that really isn’t us. “It’s lovely!” we exclaim, before hiding the offending item at the back of the wardrobe and pretending it shrunk in the wash when asked.

It can be tricky to buy gifts as an adult, as most people will buy things they want or need for themselves. It can be particularly difficult to buy for those of the opposite sex, especially someone who you haven’t known for years, like a new partner or newly acquired friend.

Here are some tips for buying gifts for the men in your life.

Understand them first

The first step to choosing a fool-proof gift for anyone is to consider their needs and interests. Try writing a brainstorm or a list of points about him. Include his job, any hobbies, his biggest passion and what brings him joy.

If he enjoys sport, see if you can get tickets to a game that he’d be interested in. Maybe he has a problem you could help solve? For example, if he gets stiff and achy from sitting at a desk all day a massage gun could be an ideal present.

Don’t overthink it

It’s important to remember that men are simple creatures. Their brains do not work in the same way as women’s, they will not analyse your gifts or go looking for a hidden meaning.

One mistake we often make when buying a present for a man is looking at the gift from our own perspective. We think of over-the-top hand knitted items and homemade collages honouring our time together. Your brother is not going to get excited about a scarf you crochet for him, and equally your boyfriend won’t value a glittery collage. Keep it simple and don’t stress about the finer details. He is unlikely to be bothered, or even notice.

Observe what they like to buy for themselves

Take note of the things he gets for himself. If he buys a lot of video games, a gaming related gift will likely go down well. When a man makes a financial investment in his hobbies, it’s safe to say a gift related to them will be appreciated. If he has a huge trainer collection, a new pair of kicks could be perfect.

Notice how they spend their time

Not all men are big spenders. If your man is a little more reluctant to part with his cash, look at how he spends his time. Whether he’s creative, sports-mad or likes getting his hands dirty, what he gets up to outside of work will be a huge clue as to what kind of gift he might like.

Gadget Man – Episode 107 – Sphero Mini – Educational Robot

This morning I joined Wayne Bavin at BBC Radio Suffolk to both discuss and demonstrate modular coding with the help of the Sphero Mini Robot.

It was a great opportunity to show how coding can be fun with the aid of a trio of programmable robots.

You can click on the link above to listen to the stream, thanks to Wayne for making me so welcome.

If you would like to purchase any of these products, the links are below.

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Best gadgets for Valentine’s Day gift 2018

It is already February and you know that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If you aren’t a romantic person and you don’t feel like wasting money on chocolate hearts and flowers I have few ideas you can use. Here are most interesting presents you can give for Valentine’s Day which are useful, cool and very interesting.

Prynt Pocket photo printer for iPhone

I assume that your better half loves to take pictures and her iPhone memory is always full so this little printer can help her pick the best ones for her wallet or even phone case. The printer is small, light and the best part about it is the fact that each picture is actually a sticker so she can literally make a phone case out of the dearest photos. I am pretty certain you can score with this smart gadget this Valentine.

Leather tassel charging cable

This leather tassel may not be as attractive as the photo printer but it is one of the most useful and best-looking things she will own. It is a keychain and it looks like those modern keychains everybody is buying, but it is also a charging cable. Basically, it means that she can connect her phone to the laptop whenever she wants and wherever she wants. The best part – she will look amazing doing it 😀

Foosball iPad stand

Now, this is more like a present for the male population than for female, but who says that men can’t get Valentine’s Day present? Foosball iPad stand is a combination of virtual foosball and real foosball (but pocket version). It is a gadget that looks like a foosball table but without the field. Yes, the gadget has 4 legs, 3 scoring systems, and 8 rods, 4 on each side and the field is actually your iPad. If your loved one doesn’t have room for foosball table but he really-really wants one; I would recommend this foosball gadget!

R2-D2 App-Enabled Sphero Droid

This is the droid for everybody! If you say that you don’t want to have your own R2D2, you are lying. It is like you are saying you don’t want a cake for your birthday! This droid may be a toy, but it has so many details that really looks like R2 and I am sure that there are more grown-ups with this gadget than kids. For every Star Wars fan is a dream to have this little beepy droid and you can make this dream come true. Yes, I said beeply, because the gadget produces sounds just like the real R2D2.

Gadgets like the ones on the list are interesting and useful so they are the perfect present for any occasion, not just Valentine’s Day. When you wrap them in hearts and chocolate you will surprise and impress your loved one because you will show that you made an effort and this year, thought outside of the box! Happy Valentine’s!

Author bio:

Mark is a foosball blogger who has a blog about the most addictive game table in the world. His blog, the FoosballZone is the best place for all foosers and people who want to be that. If you want to learn more about foosball tables, or history of foosball, visit his blog because it has everything you need to know. If you want to check out his work, visit his site and detailed post about Tornado table features.