If you've been in a relationship with your man long enough, you'd know by now (or not) that buying him another set of cufflinks, a tenth tie, or a sweater (because you think it matches his eyes), is just not going to cut it this Christmas. It's time to move away from the clichés and most importantly from what you think you will like on him. We know it's not easy, but we are here to help.
Think of us as Santa's little helpers. We've put together perfect gift ideas for 10 different types of men. It's worth a read ladies, one of them might just be your guy.
1. The Hipster
Beard or no beard, moustache or no moustache, your guy is a hipster if he's been using the word uber way before it became cooler than super. Jokes aside, you got yourself a tough man to please. Hipsters are very particular about what they consume - be it independent music labels, vintage shops or artisanal coffee. Go for something that is retro, artsy and looks like an architect has designed it.
He might have grown out of his baggy pants a long time ago, but he's still got some gangsta in him. Don't try to change that, it's probably what you liked about him in the first place.
3. Couch Potato
When you first met this charmer you never thought you'd be spending most of your days watching DVDs on his couch and eating lunch in his bed. The days of wining and dining are long gone, so go for something that is comfy, durable and cozy.
4. Christian Gray
He is the embodiment of the 50 Shades of Grey protagonist character. On the outside is handsome, charming and savvy - the kind a guy you’d want to introduce to your parents, but on the inside he's got a dark side for you to indulge in. Get him something that would play that up.
5. Sports Guy
There isn’t a type of sport this guy hasn't tried. His life is a continuous movement. By this time of year he's either eagerly waiting for the thick snow to cover Faraya or buying a ticket to the Alps. Get him something that will fit his active lifestyle.
6. The Biker
This tough hunk has two loves; you and his Harley. As long as you come first, it's okay to indulge his passion for the road. Get him something that will work with his Sunday drives to Beit Meri.
7. The Funk Master
He has the most colorful personality you have ever seen, and it transcends through what he wears. He often goes for a splash of color and matches the unmatchable. Knowing that one day he might turn his trousers into a turban, you know that any gift you give him has to be able to come with a kick.
8. The Gamer
His love for video games might have started with something as simple Nintendo in the early 80s, but his taste has well evolved as the industry grew. He's way over his teens, but if you’ve managed to go endure days and nights of him playing his video games, then you must love the kid in him. The hottest piece of hardware to hit town is the PS4. We know that Virgin was supposed to release it this week. If they have trust us they are selling like hot cakes, so you better make a run for it.
9. The Intellectual
If you've ever yawned with this guy it was surely when he was sleeping. He'll buzz your ear off with stories on Mayans or the history of the Olympics but will keep you entertained and on your toes. We've asked our friends at Antoine Online to recommend some books that might feed his intellect. Here's what they suggested.
The Twenty-Seventh City by Jonathan Franzen: St. Louis, Missouri, is a quietly dying river city until it hires a new police chief: a charismatic young woman from Bombay, India, named S. Jammu. No sooner has Jammu been installed, though, than the city's leading citizens become embroiled in an all-pervasive political conspiracy. Find out more or buy it on AntoineOnline
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton: Based on the blog with more than a million loyal fans, a beautiful, heartfelt, funny, and inspiring collection of photographs and stories capturing the spirit of a city Now an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Humans of New York began in the summer of 2010, when photographer Brandon Stanton set out to create a photographic census of New York City. Find out more or buy it on AntoineOnline.
Rasputin's Shadow by Raymond Khoury: On a cold, bleak day in 1916, a mining pit in Siberia turns into a bloodbath when its miners attack each other, savagely and ferociously. Minutes later, two men - a horrified scientist and Grigory Rasputin, trusted confidant of the tsar - hit a detonator, blowing up the mine to conceal all evidence of the carnage. Find out more or buy on AntoineOnline.
10. The Foodie
Sometimes it's true what they say: “The road to a man's heart is through his stomach”. If your guy’s pallet is well seasoned, then the best gift you can ever give him is the experience of taste. Check out these restaurants and take him out for a night of experimentation.
Bistrot Le Petit Gris: Nestled in a cozy street right behind Gemmayze, Le Petit Gris offers a charming bistro experience within a dynamic urban environment. The food is solid along classic bistro lines but with a creative twist. One can enjoy snails that are offered in different flavorful sauces in a baked edible shell, another can indulge in a wild mushroom poached egg with mouillettes or the indisputable bistro must: the 'steak et frites'.
Gouton Voir: Goûtons Voir is a modern bistrot du coin offering a wide selection of European cuisine, and a range of tasty Plat-Du-Jours located in Achrafieh's Monot Street.
La Petite Maison: Combining the best fresh seasonal ingredients, LPM offers an inspired yet simple and delicious interpretation of French Mediterranean and Niçoise cuisine, located in Ain Mreisseh's Palm Beach Hotel.