Struggling to find the perfect gift for your other half? Here’s the inspiration you need...
Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, a birthday, Christmas or an anniversary, our partners can be notoriously difficult to buy for. Despite being the person we arguably know the best in the world, buying the best gift for your boyfriend, husband or partner can become a source of stress if you have no idea where to even start.
It’s so easy to get stuck in the rut of buying ties, socks or aftershave when something small, inexpensive and thoughtfully chosen can make your other half ten times happier. That said, if you feel like making a grand gesture – go for it. Everyone loves a treat.
Here we’ve brainstormed some ideas to take the pain out of the whole process. Gift giving is deeply personal, of course, but there are dozens of options that would suit every person down to the ground. From grand days out to small tokens of affection, and personalised gifts to something everyone would enjoy, our list of suggestions will help spark your imagination.
How to choose the best gift for your partner
How personal should the gift be?
We’ve included lots of different options in the list below to give you inspiration. While getting something that shows you really know them is always a good idea, that could mean a million different things to a million different people. For a holiday like Valentine’s or an anniversary, you could perhaps get something that relates to the two of you as a couple. If it’s a birthday or Christmas, think about something they’d love outside of your relationship. Do they need more ‘me’ time? Offer them a chance to pamper themselves. Do they have a particular hobby but don’t have the tools? Tap into that.
How much should I spend?
A tricky question to answer when it comes to shopping for a partner – the spending limit depends on quite a few things. First, the stage of your relationship coupled with time passed. Have you just started dating? You’re probably safest on a lower budget. Is it your 10-year anniversary? Go big. You’ll feel better about spending a little more on an experience gift that you can both enjoy, but a token gift just for them can mean as much if not more. Remember – it is the thought that counts, but only as long as you do actually put some thought into it.
The best gift ideas for boyfriends or husbands
1. Bomb Cosmetics Distinguished Gentleman Handmade Gift Pack: Best gift for men who like to be pampered
Price: £12 | Buy now from Amazon
Forget lavender and unicorns, these bath products are a touch more on the masculine side. Why should men miss out on the pure joy of a pungent bath at the end of a long day or week? This Distinguished Gentleman gift set from Bomb Cosmetics includes a ‘bath blaster’ (shaped like a literal grenade!), two soap slices, a shower gel and body lotion to top it all off. It’s all the average chap needs for the ultimate pamper session, and it’s all been handmade using pure essential oils and natural butters.
2. Brewery Tour and Tasting for Two: Best gift for beer lovers
Price: £20 | Buy now from Prezzybox
If your partner’s main love (after you, of course) is a truly great pint, then why not gift them the perfect day out at a brewery where you’ll both be treated to a tour and tasting session. You’ll also get 10% off anything you buy on the day. Please note that the location is in Oxford, so make sure you can get there! If you fancy an experience gift but this isn’t quite right, there are also things such as Indoor Karting Race or Luxury Afternoon Tea at the Shard available to buy from the same site.
3. Personalised Sound Wave Print: Best gift for music fans
Price: £30 | Buy now from Not on the High Street
Whether it’s your first dance or the song that was playing when you met, most couples have a special tune that reminds them of the good times. This personalised print allows you to display that song pride of place, converting it into metallic sound waves. You can send over an mp3 of the original song, or try singing it yourself – any sound file can be used – and you can even request for a Spotify code to be included at the bottom.
4. Viridescent Indoor Herb Garden Kit: Best gift for budding gardeners/chefs
Price: £15 | Buy now from Amazon
Whether your beau is a keen gardener who wants to start growing their own windowsill garden or an eager cook who wishes they had fresh herbs on hand at all times, this Indoor Herb Garden Kit could make the perfect gift. The front is customisable so you can label each plant and relabel should it be replaced and, though there are basil, parsley and chive seeds included in the pack, you can plant whatever you’d like from flowers to succulents. The perfect solution for those without a garden and a present you can both enjoy.
5. Personalised Gym Holdall: Best gift for gym bunnies
Price: £35 | Buy now from Not on the High Street
The perfect gift for the gym enthusiast in your life – their very own personalised gym bag. The bag itself is made in a vintage style, with various pockets and compartments inside where the owner can store gym essentials such as a towel, trainers, a change of clothes, keys, their phone and other necessities. And even if they don’t end up using it for the gym, they can use it as an overnight bag when they visit (assuming you don’t live together already) and, with their name literally written on the bag, there’s little chance of it getting lost!
6. ‘You’ll Do’ Valentine’s Day Chocolate: Best for those with a sweet tooth
Price: £17 | Buy now from Not on the High Street
Warning – this is one to buy only if your significant other has a good sense of humour. Made by Bagstock & Bumble based in West Yorkshire, these tongue-in-cheek chocolate gifts are great if you love to make your partner laugh, with other options including an ‘I Tolerate You’ bar or ‘You Deserve a Medal’ medallion. And it’s delicious, too, made from fair trade Belgian chocolate filled with honeycomb pieces and covered in white, milk and dark chocolate balls. Then it’s drizzled in white chocolate just for good measure.
7. Naturenics Premium Beard Grooming Kit: Best gift for the well-groomed man
Price: £38 | Buy now from Amazon
Gift the man in your life the ultimate beard maintenance kit, whether he’s already sporting a lovely mane or wants to in the future. This set from Naturenics includes everything he’ll need from the beard oil and balm containing argan, jojoba and aloe oil and well as vitamin E to keep hair soft and healthy, and the ergonomic scissors, dual tooth comb and firm bristle brush to create the exact look he wants. All of this comes in a stylish bamboo box and also includes the eBook – ‘Essential Guide to Beards’.