Buying the perfect anniversary gift for the man in your life can be a confusing prospect. What do men want? Do men actually want anything? Should I just get him another pair of socks? These are all questions you’ve no doubt been asking yourself while on your quest for a great gift idea and, being men ourselves, we feel well equipped to answer them.
Choose something from our suggestions below and you can be sure that the grin on his face when you give it to him will be genuine and not just a forced grimace before he quietly discards it in the back of the wardrobe never to be seen again.
A Timeless Timepiece
Just like birth, death and the changing of the tides, men’s love for watches is a fact of life. Plain and simple. However, just as those tides change, so do trends. With that in mind, a timeless ticker is always going to be the way to go.
Forgo rubber bits, calorie counters and flashing LED lights in favour of clean designs, classic round faces and simplicity. When he’s still proudly rocking it 20 years in the future you can fire us a quick telepathic iMessage – no doubt using your government-issued, Apple iBrain implant – to say thanks for the sage advice.
Some Quality Denim
As far as male wardrobe staples go, they don’t come much more essential than a good pair of jeans. The importance of this humble garment is often underestimated, leading many blokes to settle for either Jeremy Clarkson-esque dad denim or reality TV-inspired, muscle-fit sausage casings.
Save yourself the embarrassment by getting him some decent selvedge denim. It’ll fit better, last longer and won’t leave him looking like an ageing car-enthusiast or a Geordie Shore cast member. Can’t say fairer than that.
A Crisp Oxford Shirt
We don’t know what will be going on 100 years from now. Will humankind have managed to stop global warming? Could science have reversed the ageing process? Is Corrie still going to be on the telly? No way of knowing. But one thing we’re sure of is that men will still be wearing Oxford shirts.
A preppy button-down slides nicely into almost any outfit, so what better garment to give him on your big day than this time-tested wardrobe staple?
A Weekend Bag
While he might think a supermarket carrier bag is an acceptable receptacle for his capsule wardrobe when you head off on a romantic weekend away, you are smart enough to know better. A neat holdall or duffel is a must for every man, taking him from office, to gym, to holiday in style.
Buy him a stylish leather weekender before your anniversary trip to ensure that bag for life stays firmly in the kitchen cupboard, where it belongs.
A Digital Camera
Ever fancied a personal photographer to help keep your Instagram on lock? Well, this could be your golden opportunity. A one-off payment of a few hundred quid for a camera, compared to the tens of thousands you’d be paying to employ a professional lensman every time you want to update your feed, seems great value for money.
Seriously though, what man wouldn’t want a shiny new camera to play with?
A Premium Malt
If your other half fancies himself as a bit of a drinks connoisseur, why not add a special bottle to his bar? Raymond Chandler once said: “There is no bad whisky. There are only some whiskies that aren’t as good as others.” If that’s to be believed, it makes a bottle of the good stuff a pretty safe bet for a gift, so take it to the next level with a scotch single malt from the likes of Lagavulin, Bruichladdich or Glen Grant.
A New Tablet
Are you sick and tired of pestering your significant other to get off his phone? Well, a new tablet is guaranteed to get his attention focused elsewhere. Granted, it will just be on another, slightly bigger screen – but that’s something, right? Okay, perhaps not, but this is the 21st century so you’d better get used to it.
The Gift Of Music
Gone are the days when all that was needed to show your undying affection for someone was a NOW That’s What I Call Love CD. This is a digital age we’re living in and an outdated media format packed full of Leona Lewis songs just doesn’t quite say ‘I love you’ in the same way it used to.
Instead, why not sign him up for a streaming service where he can access all of his favourite tunes, audiobooks and more? He’ll thank you for it, we guarantee.
Something For The Coffee Table
The function of a man’s coffee table books are twofold. Firstly, they’re good for flicking through while lounging about on the sofa. Secondly, they let everyone who visits know how cool and interesting he undoubtedly is.
Having said that, they’re not really the sort of things that many guys purchase themselves, so help him out and buy him a new one yourself.
Some New Knitwear
Somewhere, sometime long ago, an unknown maverick gazed upon a flock of sheep and thought to him/herself, “I’m going to shave them and wear it”. In daring to dream, this unsung hero unknowingly forged the way for you to buy the man in your life the perfect, woolly, anniversary gift. Because who doesn’t love the tactile, stylish insulation of good kniwear, right? Exactly.
A Brown Leather Belt
Had enough of your man’s trousers falling down in public places? We don’t blame you. Put a stop to it in style by picking up a handsome belt for him this anniversary. Timeless, classic and functional – a brown leather version is a versatile casual accessory, guaranteed to hold those keks firmly in place.
Some High-Quality Headphones
Make his morning commute that little bit less soul destroying with some high-fidelity headphones. Guaranteed to drown out everything from that blood-curdling screech the train makes on a particularly violent corner, to babies crying loudly on buses, you’ll be buying him a little extra time to relax when life is hectic. That’s a pretty valuable gift.
A Personalised Photo Album
As much as he might like to pretend to be a tough alpha male, chances are there’s a softy underneath and a book filled with photos of all your happiest memories together will never fail to bring a tear to his eye.
Make sure he has a tactile way to look back, rather than relying on a load of files on a computer that may or may not go kaput at any given moment.
A Casual Briefcase
Smart leather briefcases are all well and good if you’re a City finance guy who wears a shiny watch and points angrily at colourful numbers on multiple computer monitors while shouting at people down the phone.
If this doesn’t sound like your other half, why not treat him to something more laid back to cart his laptop around in instead? All the functionality of a briefcase but he can carry it while wearing jeans without looking weird. Perfect.
Some High-Tech Trainers
The way trainer trends are advancing, it won’t be long until they can jog down to the gym all by themselves and do our workout for us while we sit on the sofa watching Netflix and eating Doritos. While that dream may still remain slightly out of science’s reach, you can treat him to some top-of-the-line kicks with some pretty astounding features.
Plus, no excuse for not getting off his arse and going for a run now.
Maybe it’s a man thing, but there’s something deeply reassuring about wearing a top layer that you have full confidence could hold its own if you somehow ended up lost in the Alps on your way to the pub. Granted that’s an unlikely scenario, but why take the risk? Get the love of your life a quality winter coat he can rely on while looking great at the same time.
A Grooming Gadget
We might have hit ‘peak beard’ several years ago, but if he’s still struggling to let go of that unruly chin wig, why not give him a little nudge in the right direction? Conversely, if the man in your life is all about those carefully carved cheek lines, make his preening routine that little bit smoother with a beard trimmer that will snip him into shape.