A little departure from all the spring cleaning as today is my Dad's birthday - Happy Birthday!
Men are notoriously difficult to buy presents for they don't like smellies or nick knacks, their interests tend to be specialist and their hobbies expensive. Perhaps the way forward is a home made gift especially for them. Here are my tips for the different types of men you may have in your life
The foodie - How about a hamper of homemade jams, or a trio of homemade liquors. This will require some preparation and forethought but I think the key in transforming a gift like this is presentation. Check out Creature Comforts blog for lots of free printable labels and wrapping ideas. Also these adorable jam labels are really special. Keep an eye out in charity shops for wicker baskets to really set your hamper off.
The outdoor type - Check out Martha Stewart's map coasters - find the maps in charity shops.
The Gardener - Take a log and drill holes of varying sizes straight into the log. Use chunky garden twine or rope so the log can be hung up, and you have a bug house.
The Arty Type - Buy inexpensive post cards of a favourite place or just nice images and find frames to do up in charity shops. I did this for my husband one year. I found lovely sepia images of Cambridge, his favourite city and where we met. I met a local artist recently who has produced some stunning and very contemporary images of Ely Cathedral - they would make a lovely gift.
Trendy type - Sew or knit a gadget cover for their i-pod, laptop, kindle, smart phone etc etc.
Executive type - Use a template (such as these) to make a personalised desk calender.
Grandpa/Great Grandpa's - very very tricky to buy for. I have found treats tend to go down well - my Grandpa loves walnuts, so a nice bag of wild walnuts goes down very well (lots of trees around here). My Grandad loved crystallised ginger so I buy a big bag in a health food shop and re- package it and make it look more attractive. Do bear in mind Grandparents sometimes have false teeth, sensitive tummies, restricted diets and live on their own. Don't give them gifts that need eating quickly. If you are unsure a photograph of you or their great grandchildren for their boasting book will always be well received.