His stocking ~ Gifts for the guys

What will you be stuffing in your fella’s stocking this Christmas? I’ve come up with a gift guide that combines both high street and web-based shopping for the men in your life.  I’m hoping to be able to give my male family members Christmas presents that they will enjoy receiving this year, rather than the standard Lynx set, chocolate coins and multi-pack of socks, so I’ve done the leg-work and found some bargains that will be gratefully received – check these out:

Firsly, I came across a website that realty caught my eye – JustMiniatures.co.uk – yes, they are specialists in mini bottles of alcohol and I immediately thought that these would make excellent stocking fillers for my husband. This is a great way to buy unusual and specialist alcohol without investing in a pricey full-size bottle or spending hours searching for a rare blend. There’s something for everyone on this website, with all the famous brands alongside more obscure flavours sourced from far-flung distilleries so I’m sure that I will be able to find something for each of the men in my life – there’s even miniature soft drinks for the youngsters and non-drinkers. I’m even thinking of recreating my Christmas Cracker tutorial using miniatures as the gift in the centre for a fun after-dinner tipple!

Next, I took a look at the John Lewis website and found a very helpful ‘stocking fillers for him’ section. No need to look any further, it was all there! From Mr Natty’s Shave Oil to Reindeer silk ties, leather wallets to bobble hats, I filled up my online basket quicker than you can say “I’ll take a Monty the Penguin please“. And on that note, there are a couple of super-cute Monty and Mabel t-shirts and jumpers available and I’m not sure I can resist them! There are also lots of fun retro toys and classic stocking fillers on the website so I’m sure to find plenty of goodies to pop into the Christmas stockings of all my family members – everyone loves a set of juggling balls!

Finally, I decided to take a look on Etsy to find unique homemade or vintage gifts for my family. I discovered a whole range of independent sellers who have Christmas all wrapped up. One of the first items that caught my eye was this Christmas gift set of natural vegan soaps and handmade washcloth. I am always surprised to find such fabulous quality gifts at a considerably lower-than-high-street prices for something so special. I especially love the personalised items available such as this leather travel journal with recycled paper, which can be engraved with the recipient’s name and a special message. I’ve even found one of my husband’s ‘big’ gifts on Etsy, but I can’t tell you what it is because he sometimes reads my blog!

What do you think of these gifts? Would someone you know love to receive something like this? Do you have any suggestions for blokey bargains this Christmas? Please let me know and leave me a comment below 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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