Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gifts for Your Man

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gifts for Your Man

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It can be a real challenge finding that perfect present for the man in your life.

No matter how well you know your boyfriend, husband, brother, father or grandfather, it can be hard to steer yourself away from the unimaginative socks, ties or woolly jumpers.

Here's a more innovative guide that should make shopping for blokes a breeze this festive season.

Save ( pounds 10 and under

Travel-loving bachelors will like Berlitz's Hide This Italian phrase book, pounds 6.99. This nifty guide, which also comes in French and Spanish versions, has phrases he is unlikely to have learned at school, including chat-up lines, colloquial slang and swearwords.

NBudding craftsmen will appreciate a good-quality tool kit, such as Habitat's Handi, pounds 8 (0845 601 0740/www.habitat.net). This nifty case contains two pliers and a screwdriver with six different fittings, so he'll have no more excuses for not doing the DIY.

Keep his MP3 screen scratch-free with this snazzy player case, pounds 9.99, from Next. Available in black, it'll ensure that he steps out in style.

If his cups and saucers have more chips than a poker table, it's time to treat him to a new set. Maxwell & Williams mugs with a blue and brown spot pattern are a bargain, priced at pounds 10 for a gift set of four. For stockists, call 020 8200 5100 or visit www.maxwellandwilliams.co.uk

Spend ( pounds 20 and under

Indulge his sweet tooth with Prestat's handmade luxury Orange and Lemon tangy truffles, pounds 10 from John Lewis, or pounds 12.95, including p&p direct from Prestat (020 7629 4838/www.prestat.co.uk). The orange and lemon flavoured caramels are blended with dark and milk chocolate.

If he's hooked on Sudoku, then he'll get addicted to Picdoku. A cross between Sudoku and Pictionary, this new brainteaser is only available at John Lewis, priced at pounds 14.95. Brilliant as post-Christmas dinner entertainment.

Splash out ( Under pounds 50

Treat the man in your life with Jo Malone's scented soaps. …

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