Ask any woman and she will tell you men are difficult to buy for and that finding birthday presents for men is an annual challenge. So what if you could find a unique, original and personal birthday present for him that he will absolutely love – then you will have found the perfect gift.
We hear it every day when people visit our stall. My wife has a chat and the subject is more often than not about how difficult it is to find mens gift ideas that are something different, unusual or unique as a present for him. Whether it be boyfriend, fiancee, husband, dad or brother, it matters not they are all a problem to buy for but what actually constitutes the best gifts for men depends on who is buying it.
Remember it is a two way street when looking for birthday presents for men. Anyone can go and buy something from a regular shop but if your male loved one is special to you, as I hope they are if you are considering buying them a present, then it pays to put in a little more effort and it needs to reflect some of your character and knowledge as well.
As we will see below there are a number of ways to make this birthday present uniquely from you.
To absolutely ensure you buy that birthday present that no one else will have thought of there are 5 main things you will have to consider. Now don’t get despondent this will not take too long but at the end you will have a unique idea for an unusual gift for the man in your life.
Thing #1 – What are their Interests
All men have an interest in something and most have a number of key areas of interest that we can use as the first keystone of this birthday present search. If I were you I would start by listing up to 5 areas of interest, and remember there might be latent interests that your loved male might not spend much time on but you know deep down that it is still close to their heart.
For example, I don’t make a big thing of it but I used to play a lot of rugby, I was never a real fan of football, and out of the blue my wife came up with the idea of getting me a ticket to Twickenham for the Aviva Premiership Final. Absolutely loved it and it brought back an area of interest that I am keen to rejuvenate.
So, areas of interest that we can use to come up with birthday present ideas for men. Obviously we need to look at sports of many kinds, perhaps driving, animals, reading, watching films, music – it could be anything. Don’t hold back as we will filter these down later on as we add more ‘Things’!
Thing #2 – Memories & Experiences
We find that this is one of the most powerful emotional drivers when trying to find the perfect gift for men. Since we have been running Gecko Designs we have become awakened to just how much impact memories and experiences have on people’s happiness across the age range. I guess we often associate the word ‘memories’ more with older people but they have had experiences, and shared experiences with loved ones in the past – so was there something they often talk about that is close to their hearts.
For example my late father in law sometimes mentioned the time he drove down to the south of France in the 1940s with a mate of his. It was a long time ago but you could tell that it was still a strong emotional memory for him despite it being suppressed in the following 60+ years.
Perhaps a very strong memory is associated with a vehicle. It could be a first car, mine was a mini that was close to my heart but also many people meet and go out in a car and relationships started in cars and the cars themselves have become a poignant element of the memory that lead to a happy marriage for example. Perhaps your man’s children now live away and he does not see them as often as he would like. Maybe he was a hippy or mod in the 60s and rode a Vespa or drove a VW Camper van to music concerts. Anything like that is great stuff to consider when looking for birthday presents for men.
With younger people though experiences and shared experiences are very powerful images that warrant serious inclusion in the perfect gift thought process. Today life is driven by achievement and often joint achievement whether that be having a first child, running a marathon together, the wedding day, going up in a hot air balloon or even buying their first house. These achievements are solid experiences that mean a lot to the person or people involved and are typical ideas that need to be put into the perfect gift melting pot.
But this is a birthday present for the man remember so maybe there were experiences that mean a great deal that did not involve you like a classic bike ride or challenge he did with a friend, playing footy with Mike down the road, restoring an old car with mates from the car club, camping in Cornwall, waterskiing in the south of France, the list can be endless.
Thing #3 – Preferences
One of the other things that helps to come up with the perfect birthday gift for a man is understanding his preferences. For example there is no point getting him something that is wine related if he is a beer lover and remember if you live with this bloke your preferences might have to get involved too.
Chances are that you have shared preferences when it comes to your home, although this is not guaranteed, for example liking wooden frames for pictures rather than white. Or knowing that your house is more black and white than red and blue in terms of home décor. Is there a preference for homely, country colours like greens and browns or do they love bright colours, stripes, or is there a generic colour that comes through via their love of a certain football club.
This reminds me of a story here on the south coast. You might or might not be aware of the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. In fact some of my bio photos are taken in the coffee shop at the top. Well, not long after Elaine and I visited the tower, which was all white by the way, it was announced that Emirates were planning a sponsorship deal with Portsmouth Football Club. Now one of the key colours of Emirates is red and the plan was to re-paint the Spinnaker Tower partially red.
Supporters of the football club went skitzo because the dominant colour of Portsmouth Football Club is blue and to make it absolutely unbearable is that red is the main colour of their arch south coast football rival Southampton. Needless to say the colour scheme was redesigned and it is now blue and white. So this is a clue on preferences.
Thing #4 – Locations
This is an often forgotten secret to nailing the perfect gift. All you have discovered about memories and experiences above had to happen somewhere. My wife and I got engaged in Paris and married on the Greek island of Zante for example which would be good information for someone wanting to buy me a great gift, but the location does not have to be this abroad of course.
The bike ride they did might have just been London to Brighton for example, or your man might have been, so called, exotic though it could be that the man you are planning the birthday present for was born in Cape Town, South Africa, or Sherborne in Dorset. They might have had a memorable holiday with the ‘’ or ‘Lads’ in Ibiza perhaps. They might have taken a year out and traveled around Asia or Australia.
Their most important memory might have been going to and graduating from University, but which one? They might have cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats, bungee jumped off a bridge in New Zealand, or run the New York Marathon.
When you think about it everything has to happen SOMEWHERE, and that ‘somewhere’ becomes very important to people and the location becomes a massive part of the visualization of any memory or experience.
Pretty much all of the custom gifts we create for people have some indication of location, mostly using maps but often words and sometimes the picture image portrays a location too, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris for example. So don’t forget this crucial location element of finding the perfect gift for someone.
Thing #5 – Unique, Individual & Original
This is where you start to put it all together to get to the birthday presents for the men in your life. If you want the best present for him then the main aim is to make sure that your man gift is Unique, Individual and Original. You might be thinking how the hell can I do that? But never fear there is a way you can create the perfect present and someone can make it for you.
What you need to do now is to bring together all the information you have assembled above, look at the options available and you could be giving a handmade, One-off or limited edition, attractive and extremely poignant gift to your man on their special day.
This is where you have to become a little creative so to help you out I will give you some real examples of actual commissions our customers have asked for to enable them to give that perfect gift.
Birthday Presents for Men – Real Examples
A couple had a close family friend. All of them were into skiing and their friend was famous within their group of skiing buddies for skiing down a mountain wrapped in a Union Jack. His birthday was in a few days and they were struggling to decide what to get him as a present. They saw our skier cut out and our Union Jack fabric and their perfect gift search was over.
Jenny’s father was going to attempt the famous Dragon Devil cycle ride in Wales and it was his 70th birthday coming up. An enormous challenge with more than 6 massive climbs. This is an annual event and one that mad cyclists fight to get accepted to take part in. She asked us to use one of our Bicycle cut outs and use maps to signify important segments of the ride. This was the perfect birthday gift for her Dad.
John was visiting an old friend in France. This old friend had owned a Mark 1 Ford Capri and it had been a lasting memory for him and all their friends. John put together the two key items, Ford Capri Mk1 and France and so we created a cut out design of a Mk1 Capri and put a French Flag behind it. Delighted.
These are just some examples of how to take your hard work and come up with an idea for the perfect gift. In a lot of cases we might be one jump ahead of you. Based on customer feedback and sales we have identified 3-4 fabric choices for each of our designs that are most popular. This does not mean that your perfect picture is not unique because the fabric placement within the picture is never the same twice.
But this does not take away your ability to make your own choices so you always have access to our wide fabric swatches and of course for that absolutely personal picture you can send us your own fabric. Clearly any map based perfect gifts are also unique to you.
So you have the idea distilled in your head, an idea of colours, locations, designs etc. The next stage is pulling it all together and producing your perfect gift. This includes your own creativity, add some of our magic and you can create the perfect gift. This is the way to do it:
- Choose the cut out design from our online shop
- Select your choice of size (if available) and select your frame preference from the dropdowns
- Select your choice of popular fabric – or select the ‘Custom’ option and then
- Select from our wider swatch of available fabrics – or
- Send us your own fabric
- Make a map choice if this is part of the design (we will be in touch directly to confirm the exact locations)
- For all custom choices complete ‘order notes’ at checkout and we will contact you
- Select your delivery/collection option (only select local collection if you will be collecting from us in Dorchester)
- Pay via Paypal, Debit or Credit Card
- Then it’s over to us
Please don’t forget to tell everyone you know how easy this is. Use our sharing options to tell everyone you know. We do run competitions and offer seasonal discounts so everyone can benefit from knowing a little more about Gecko Designs.
Thanks for reading and happy gift creating
Tim & Elaine