Valentine’s Gift Ideas For The Man In Your Life

Looking for a Valentine’s day gift for the man in your life? Then step this way. Today I bring you a variety of gifts that should suit all tastes and price points, so whether you are looking for something smart to wear, a pampering gift of luxury, or something sexy for a Valentine’s Day thrill, there is something to suit every man here.

A classic Shirt from Avail London

A stylish, classic white shirt is a great gift idea, whether it is a new piece for the office, or an option for wearing on a night out. Avail London have a range of high quality shirts that come in a muscle fit, perfect for a man who takes a pride in his body and appearance. These slim fit shirts have a muscle fit stretch and a cool modern feel. I love classic white, which looks great with dark denim, but if you are looking for a more romantic look for Valentine’s day, you could opt for a pink option.

 

White Short Sleeve Muscle Fit Shirt £34.99 Click to visit Avail London

Light Pink Muscle Fit Shirt £34.99 Click to visit Avail London


Dobell Crimson Red Dupion Tie
£6.99 Click to visit Avail London

A gift for a designer lover from Mainline Menswear

If your loved one likes his labels, then a gift of designer menswear, or a product from a High quality label could be a good choice. Mainline Menswear stock everything for the discerning gent who loves his designer wear, from shirts, jumpers and jeans, to accessories, nightwear and shoes.

One of my key picks from Mainline is the Diesel Justin Julio pyjama set. It comes in a range of sizes from small to extra large, and, very important for a gift idea, the pyjamas come beautifully gift wrapped, making them perfect to present without the need of wrapping or a gift bag. The pyjamas themselves are stylish, soft and comfortable, basically a gift you can’t go wrong with. These are a brilliant choice for the man who loves to lounge, someone who works in a suit all day, comes home and just wants to Netflix and chill.

Diesel Justin Julio Pyjama Set Grey £65 Click to visit Mainline Menswear

A Scooter from Skates

Sometimes finding the right present for someone involves thinking outside the box. If your loved one is a bit of a fitness freak who is looking at ways to leave the car at home, then a foldable scooter could well be a great gift option. The JD Bug Classic Street 120 Scooter from Skates is a fab idea as it is lightweight, folds away so it can be stored easily and will fit into your boot, and can help you keep fit and active. Skates have a expansive range of scooters, skates and skateboards which could help you find a gift option to suit your loved one, and as they currently have a sale on, you might be able to find something at a bargain price.

Pampering Goods

Luxury pampering goods are so often focused on women, but Valentine’s day is the perfect time to pamper the man in your life too. If your other half does a heavy lifting job, or has pressures that make him struggle to unwind, Nelson’s Arnicare bath and massage balm could be a lovely gift, especially if you add an IOU for a massage too. The oil smells divine due to the scent of Lavender and Grapefruit essential oils , arnica is well known as a natural remedy for aches and pains, and, added to a bath, this can be a good way to relax as you wash away the stresses of the day.

Nelsons arnicare bath & massage balm costs £8.55 and is available from Boots and Amazon. www.arnicare.co.uk

Another luxurious gift idea is linked to shaving. Many men are now ditching the shaving lotion and returning to the traditional way of shaving through the use of shaving soap. Hayes Garden World are a leading supplier of garden furniture and accessories, but they also stock a range of items which make lovely gift ideas for both men and women. In their current offering they have a host of products from Arran Aromatics including the Lochranza shave stone and soap. This is a shaving soap that combines cedar and vetiver, with patchouli, bay and anise. It comes in a stunning stone bowl, and you can buy replacement soaps, making this a wonderfully stylish addition to his man shelf in the bathroom.

Arran Aromatics Lochranza Shave Stone & Soap £25 Click to visit Hayes Garden World

Something for the bedroom

Valentine’s Day is all about lovers, so a saucy, sexy gift could raise a smile (and a whole lot more) when you present it to your lover and loved one on February 14th. G-Strings to No Strings: A Modern Kama Sutra by award-winning French designer Ionna Vautrin is a hoot and could be the perfect cheeky gift idea. A fun, quirky little illustrated book, this is an update of the classic Kama Sutra, filled with quirky illustrations and very funny and modern titles (Better Together is the nod to Brexit I’m guessing). The ideas are playful and suggestive drawings and with Catwoman, Darth Vader and Princess Leia featured, it will answer every erotic fantasy.

If Ionna Vautrin’s book has wetted the appetite (ahem!) then why not give this as a gift along with One mixed pleasure condoms? ONE Mixed Pleasures condoms offer a variety of flavours and textures, making sure that any intimate encounter is memorable while keeping you protected. Available from Superdrug for £9.99 for six, each condom has a different style, from glow in the dark, to super studs, to vanish – which is an hyperthin design.

I’m guessing that these are another gift where an IOU would be greatly appeciated, and anticipated, and could certainly make your Valentine’s night a whole lot of fun.

Gifts for a football lover

If you have a football lover for a partner, and are looking for something unique, then a gift from the Art of Football could be the answer. The Art of Football creates beautiful images of iconic players, and famous moments from football, and in turn uses them on t-shirts, sweatshirts and art prints. They cover a range of teams, from the Premier League and Championship, to National teams and International teams. The artwork features modern heroes, from Olivier Giroud and his scorpion kick, to Messi and Ronaldo, to players from days past like Pele and WBA hero Jeff Astle.

These are truly unique and stunning, and would be treasured by any football fan.

Sting In The Tail – Tee
£25.00 Click to visit Art of Football

They Think It’s All Over – Print or Canvas
£9.99 Click to visit Art of Football

 

 

 

Get Involved in Grassroots Football In 2018

From a very early age my boy Joe has kicked a football. It was probably in his blood. As a family we are all a bit football mad, season ticket holders at West Bromwich Albion, with my brother playing to a semi professional level at Walsall FC until illness forced him to give up the sport he loves still. So Joe was probably primed to love football, both watching and playing, from an early age. I hear many negatives about grassroots football, but I wanted to share why I think being involved with a team can be a good thing, whether you are a boy or a girl, and whatever your age.

1. You get to travel

Sport really can broaden the horizons, even from an early age. Joe has already traveled to London to play at Arsenal as part of The Albion Foundation, and this year is hoping to take part in a tournament in Somerset. As he gets older, there may be opportunities further afield, my brother played in a tournament in Cyprus as a teenager, whilst companies like Absolute Sports Travel organise football tours that take in tournaments all over the world, allowing the opportunity to combine travel and football, with tournaments against teams from all around the world in places like Spain, Holland, Belgium and Italy.

Fitness Levels

As parents, we all worry that our children spend too much time stuck in front of a computer, tablet, Nintendo Switch, Play Station and numerous other online activities that see them become the modern equivalent of the couch potato. Joining a football team certainly stops this, as well as games Joe has training with his team twice a week, and this then encourages him to practice in his garden too, with new goals and a rebound net at the top of his Christmas list this year. This is fitness that is also great fun!

It’s a great family activity

Watching Joe play is something that we do as a family, it is a great bonding experience. Sometimes nan and grandad come along too, and Joe likes to watch his cousin Renee play – she is only four but already football mad and takes part in indoor coaching as part of the Future Baggies programme.

Joe helping Renee by going in goal

It’s a great way to make friends

Joe is an only child, and we live in a semi rural area some distance from school friends, so football is a great way to make new friends and to socialise with other children after school and at the weekend, Through football, there have been invites to parties, opportunities for ground tours and trips, and a whole host of friendships with children he would not have met otherwise.

Do you have any thoughts on Grassroots football? Is your child involved? Would love to hear your thoughts.

More Football Gift Ideas This Christmas

Following on from my last football gift post today I am bringing you some more gift ideas for those who think that football is the most important thing in the world. In this post I am concentrating on what to wear, and some of the important equipment that you need, whether you are planning to have a game in the garden, or maybe you’re training up your own little team of future sporting stars.

So, whether you have a budding Messi, a little miss Jodie Taylor, or even a Zinedine Zidance in your midst, these are some of the items that could lead to a very merry Christmas for one of the special people in your life.

Football Shirts

If your football fan supports a Premier League team, then there is every chance they already have the shirt. But there seems to be an unwritten rule that you can also wear shirts that belong to other teams as long as they are Continental teams, with Spanish and French sides being particular favourites. A good place to look for sports kits, tracksuits and training gear is excell sports. They have a wide range of tops from intercontinental teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Roma and Bayern Munich, as well as National sides like Belgium France, Portugal, and,yes, even England.

Nike Paris Saint-Germain Away Junior Short Sleeve Jersey 2017/2018
code: 44342 847408-720
Nike
From £44.95 Click to visit excell-sports

Nike England Home Mens Short Sleeve Jersey 2016/2017
£54.95 Now £38.46 Click to visit excell-sports

adidas Real Madrid Home Junior Short Sleeve Jersey 2017/2018
£42.95 Click to visit excell-sports

As well as a great range of kits (all the tops featured above also have matching shorts and socks that are also available on the site, you can view all football kits here.) , The site also has a good range of training gear, including the iconic CR 7 range from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Nike Boys’ Dry CR7 Squad Football Drill Top
£39.95 Click to visit excell-sports

Sporting Equipment from Networld

These days, even your average garden has a wide range of training equipment for your budding footballer. The days when a pop up goal was sufficient are long gone, and now sturdy robust goals able to withstand all weathers, football rebound nets which allow the player to hit the target even when they are playing alone, and mannequins which enable you to practice free kicks and set pieces are now available to buy whether you are using them to train a team or just to enjoy enhancing your skills at home.

Net World Sports are the number one supplier of sporting equipment for all sports, including cricket, golf and tennis. But it is football where it really excels, with a great range of football nets and goals and other equipment that can make training both fun and professional. Key pieces for Christmas 2017 include the Forza goals that range in size from mini target goals to full sized 16×7 nets. Forza nets are easy assembly and are built to last in strong UPVC, making the ideal Christmas present, even though this may mean assembling it on Christmas day!

8 x 4 FORZA Football Goal Post £46.99 Click to visit Net World Sports

As well as goals, a rebound net is a new favourite when it comes to Christmas gift ideas. Rebound nets are designed to improve heading, volleying and first touch, they have a simple foldaway design that makes them easy to use, and then transport to a field or put them away in a shed. You can get a single sided or two sided design.

RapidFire Football Rebound Net [Double Sided] £95 Click to visit Net World Sports

Freekick mannequins have long been used in the professional game, but you can now purchase these for use in your garden too. They come as individuals or in packs of three, and also in different sizes to suit junior or senior players.

FORZA ASTRO Football Mannequins [Includes Bases] £57.99 Click to visit Net World Sports

Do you have any sports equipment on your Christmas list this year?