He met my older sister when I was only 6 years old and he's been part of the family ever since.
As the years come and go we women are always complaining that the husbands leave us to do all the gift buying and isn't that true ladies?
But it is not just the buying it is the thinking of new gifts to get all the time that causes us the headache.
Well I thought I would share 10 of the ideas I have had in the past for gifts for my Brother-in-law but listen you have to keep him away from this blog post because there may be some ideas here that I have not actually used for his gifts yet.
NOTE: In our family we do not usually spend a lot of money on gifts so none of the things listed below will cost ££££s
1. Groupon Voucher (or Living Social etc.)
A couple of years ago I got him one for a free lesson with a Golf Pro.
This was for his birthday in February and he decided to use it a month or so later.
So he and my sister came to stay with us for a few days and we dropped him off for the morning for his lesson and picked him up when he was finished and then we all went and did a bit of shopping together.
Keep an eye on the offers and if one of them makes you think of your brother-in-law then it could be his next gift from you.
2. Dvds of old Western Films or other types of movies.
He is a fan of old westerns but my sister is not - so it's a great gift which is just for him.
I have actually used this idea a few times now.
3. Amazon Voucher so that he can get books or ebooks.
Yes I know we often say that guys are hard to buy books for so if you have a problem with thinking of suitable books let him choose his own books or ebooks.
My brother-in-law and I and my husband have a somewhat similar taste in detective novels so sometimes when we have found a good one we will then get a copy for him but then there are other times when it would be nice for him to pick his own.
4. An Interesting Box
I like boxes and at different times I have bought nicely decorated boxes - see Storage Bargains
But I also found this box one time which I just adore
it is not a very girlie box so it gave me the idea of looking for a similar type of box and putting in a few small things that my brother-in-law might appreciate and then he could use the box for keeping odds and ends in, which he did.
My brother-in-law loves tea and we always tease him about drinking it all day long.
In the past I have bought him funny mugs or large mugs - so that he doesn't have to keep refilling them too quickly.
A packet of a special tea or coffee would go well inside a big mug oh and a biscuit too.
I love the great pics and phrases we can get on mugs these days and we can even design our own.
|Credit to Fotofunia|
6. A Guy's Night in Selection Pack
Didn't I mention how he likes Western Movies?
Well my sister doesn't, in fact she isn't very keen on sitting watching a movie at night so she would go to another room to read and my brother-in-law would settle down and watch a movie himself.
So this is where the selection pack would come in.
A nice drink, something savoury to snack on like pringles or popcorn, something chocolatey, and maybe a bag of wine gums all to enjoy while watching his movies on a few different evenings.
Of course we'll not wrap it up in a basket - guys don't do baskets!
7. Treat him to a night out at the theatre for a comedy.
Now this is the one you definitely have to keep him from seeing because this is one I'm hoping to use soon. He enjoys a comedy and so do the rest of us so all four of us can go out to this together.
8. Book of Good Jokes
Most guys enjoy a good joke and think they can tell a good joke, and my brother-in-law and husband are no exception (even though my husband always forgets them).
In our family of course it would have to be a book of good clean jokes and probably the same in yours too.
9. Gift Voucher for his favourite shop
I know that we always think of girls as keen shoppers but men do usually have a favourite shop whether for clothes or gadgets.
My brother-in-law is a keen walker and he is always looking for thermal lined coats or waterproof items. Just have a little think about which shop your brother-in-law might prefer to go to depending on his interests.
10. Sweets (preferably something in Chocolate)
Well my brother-in-law and I may not share the same tastes in drinks - I am definitely a coffee drinker and NOT a tea drinker but we both DO LIKE Chocolate.
In the past I have got him some form of chocolate and probably will do so again.
Honestly not many people will not appreciate chocolate and it is the ideal thing to enjoy with your mug of Tea/Coffee, while watching a Dvd or reading your book of jokes.
and the TIP?
Well just DO NOT buy him hankies.
My Brother-in-law and I have a thing about hankies as presents and it goes way back, yes way back to a certain Christmas over 40 years ago.
Some day I just might share that story with you all.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY VICTOR
because someone is bound to direct him to this blog post