Make this Christmas a memorable one by giving the gift of surprise and steering clear of those common gifts that everybody expects. Here is a breakdown of the specific types of gifts to avoid, and what to give in their place.


Socks are quite literally the most predictable Christmas gift that you can ever give a man. If you would like to give him something that will provide him with comfort, why not consider a spa voucher? Men like massages too! Alternatively, how about a hamper filled with hand-picked treats and all of his favourite comfort food? If you must give socks, keep them bang-on-trend: brightly coloured and heavily patterned statement socks. These look incredible when worn with a made to measure suit like those available from


Perfume, cologne, and aftershave are expected by men all over the world, and they are the type of gifts usually given to them by their wives. While smelling great is an excellent confidence booster, he more than likely has a cupboard full of unused cologne to last him a lifetime. Instead, plan something romantic or consider booking a getaway somewhere special in the new year. A relaxing holiday is always a welcome treat no matter who you are, after all!


It is true that the vast majority of men will never say no to knocking back a few pints down the pub. However, as a result, they have probably been given their fair share of beer-related gifts. Instead of a case of craft beer, why not consider booking a beer tour and a tasting at a local brewery for him and his friends? It is sure to be an experience to remember! Additionally, if you do want to give the man in your life some exquisite craft beer, maybe go down the personalization route! Some homebrew beer labels with their name on it, might do the trick!

Golf clubs

Many people will give the sporty man a set of shiny new golf clubs, and there is no doubt that he will love this. However, is it a gift that he saw coming? Most probably. Do something different this year and think of giving an experiential gift to the sports-loving man in your life. Buy two tickets to a sporting event that you know he will enjoy and attend it together. He is sure to have a blast and it will provide a great opportunity for the two of you to spend some quality time in one another’s company.

An elegant watch

For the fashion-conscious man, an elegant watch is an easy gift to choose, especially if you are willing to spend a bit extra. However, while it is likely to be well-received, it is also fairly predictable. Having said that, shopping for fashion-related items for a man who is very specific about his style is a tricky business. The best course of action here is to either take him shopping and buy him a few items as his Christmas gift or to buy a gift voucher at one of his favourite stores. That way, he is in control of what he selects and you can guarantee a smile on his face!

This year’s Christmas is certain to be more than just merry. It will definitely be memorable too!

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Written by Kitty

There's nothing better than a weekend spent at a spa and total relaxation and happy thoughts is a way of life to me. It's lucky I love cats really with a name like mine! Happily married with my three fur babies to keep us company.