Have you had this dilemma of not knowing what to give to your boyfriend or husband for gifts? Unlike us women, gift options for men are somehow limited, so I think this is a valid problem hahaha! Especially if you are in a relationship with the same man for more than 10 years! (like me) I am going to share the gift ideas for my man in the past for you to refer. Well, to be honest, they're quite mainstream but according to my experience, these are very practical for my man.
1. Electric Shaver
Which man doesn't need a shaver? (Women need shaver too hahaha!) Philips is a decent brand for electric shaver and it doesn't cost you a bomb. With reasonable pricing, you can get a triple-head shaver with long battery life, I assure you won't regret this buy. In fact, this has been one of the gifts for my father's birthday as well.
In some Chinese beliefs, a good wallet will bring in more money. I am not superstitious but I do think a good wallet is important because I love to see my notes and coins being kept in order. I particularly like to see my man holding a leather wallet with good quality. You will need to check whether he prefers a wallet with coin pocket or not, and whether he prefers more card slots or not. There are also some men who need a purse to keep more items but generally a wallet is more convenient to be kept in their pocket. I think Ted Baker and Braun Buffel wallets are quite fine :)
You might be thinking that shoes is a common gift idea but I prefer to give it as a surprise than bringing him to the shop to pick. So, shoes is not really an easy option in this case. Shoes sizes vary according to brands so it is best to do fitting before buying. I was lucky when I found out that his pair of Havaianas flip flops are worn out! He is a big fan of Havaianas and I can easily buy him a new pair by referring to the size of the existing pair. The same goes to Converse - I lost count of how many pairs of Converse he bought over the years. Again, this is an easy option but very predictable, so not my first choice haha!
My husband is a tour guide so luggage is essential to him. I handpicked two luggages for him before and I am very happy to know that my gift accompanies him everyday when he is working hard outside. It feels like our hearts are connected even though we are apart. (awwwww...) Obviously, quality of the luggage is the most important factor as he is a heavy user. I also prefer to choose a luggage which looks more professional and versatile because this is for work than leisure. If your other half also uses luggage frequently, my advice is to invest more on this. I personally think you need to get a luggage of RM500 and above (after discount) for a better quality bag.
5. Home Sound System
Whether your man is a gamer or not, I believe home sound system is a great gift option! After a long day of work, a good home sound system can help them relax by delivering good sound quality of music or movie. Also, if you're staying together, you can also use it! :D
My latest gift to hubs for wedding anniversary is a designer belt. Not sure if you know, but I was amazed by how well a belt can complement a man's look. I spent quite some time to decide on which brand and which design should I buy for him. A designer belt is not necessary but I think it is time for him to have one, so I limit the options to a few brands. In the end, I bought a belt from Gucci and I think it is one of the most satisfying gifts I've bought. He loves it and he told me that he received many good comments on the belt. Yay!
Why haven't I bought a watch before? Okay, next up might be a watch haha! What happens if you really run out of idea because you have bought most of the things already? Then it must be after a few years, so you may recycle the gift ideas now hahahaa!
I love choosing gift for people because in order to do so, you need to spend time to obverse, survey and buy. All these are acts of love :) Only if you know a person well and if you put in enough effort, you are able to buy something that they really like. When you see their smile unwrapping the gifts, it is priceless.
Mr Lee is not someone who naturally takes good photo of me and he doesn't even have Instagram on his phone. Well, this doesn't stop me from achieving what I want (if you know me well, you know I'm quite determined sometimes hehe).
Being an (super) active Instagram user, I've seen so many beautiful beach photos on Instagram over the years. However, I didn't really have the chance to go to the beach, the last time I went to a beach was Redang Island about 7-8 years ago, when I was not ready for all these fancy photography sessions both physically and mentally.
Now, I'm ready hahaha! To ensure there are good photos taken, first I need a photographer. Months before the trip to Boracay, I've been brainwashing, ermm I mean telling, Mr Lee that he has to take nice photos of me in Boracay no matter what. This is to make sure that my expectations are well noted and there is no way it can be misunderstood. He needs to take nice photos of me. End.
Next, I have to do extra bit to help him becoming a good Instagram Husband. This includes doing exercise, eating cleaner, buying pretty outfit, getting inspiration on Pinterest etc. The bonus part was Mr Lee got a new Huawei P10 - the iconic camera phone, right before the trip and I couldn't be happier!
Whenever I saw a strategic spot for photo, I told Mr Lee to stop and explained to him what I pictured in my mind. With the help of Boracay's natural beauty, he just needed to take a few shots and almost all of them are perfect! So we didn't really spend too much time or effort on taking photos, in fact we rested and chilled while we took photos, to enjoy the breathtaking sceneries in Boracay, which was quite fun.
On the last day of the trip, the new Instagram Husband asked if I'm happy with the photos that he had taken and I said, "Yes, I'm very pleased with the photos and of course the effort." Then he said it's not the sceneries or the beauty, it's the confidence that makes these photos. Awwww! So true. You need to trust your partner, that they're able to see the best in you and thus, able to capture the best angle of you.
Some of the photos that we've taken in Boracay:
To conclude, the ultimate tip to a great Instagram Husband is really to have a good relationship. Only a man who loves you is able to see every beauty in you.