Florence’s Gift Guide #4: Every difficult to buy for man you know…

This morning it’s the big kahuna. Gifts for men. I think it’s safe to say that every man in the history of the universe suddenly turns into a nightmare to buy for from the age of 15. They either buy what they want as soon as they want it, leaving you nothing to spoil him with, or they simply ‘don’t want anything at all’ leaving you in a quandary.

Here are a few ideas, from stocking fillers to larger presents that will hopefully at least inspire you if not solve your problems…

Did I do well readers?

Please share your best picks for men and triumphs in the gift buying stakes this Christmas!


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Found: Wallpaper for Boys

I often think that when decorating a nursery or childs room the options are limited. The stylish but all-pervading Cath Kidston Cowboy paper is cute, but seems to be the only option for a Mum who doesn’t want a bright blue wall or cartoon characters, and I know when I’m a Mum that won’t be my idea of a stylish children’s bedroom.

So a couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon Paper Boy Wallpaper and absolutely loved what I saw…

Paper Boy Wallpaper: ‘Spitfires’

How cool are these Spitfires zipping across the wall like some kind of battle scene from a  film? There’s also a particularly dramatic khaki colour way with silver foil planes.

Paper Boy Wallpaper: ‘Animal Magic‘ and ‘Hand made

What caught my eye about these designs is the way that not only are they ‘boy themed’ with dinosaurs, castles and dragons galore, but they also tap into the innate ‘little boy psyche’. You know, little boys of old who had pockets full of conkers and marbles, worms in a jar and like to get dirty outside. It’s a delightfully old fashioned concept but made so very modern with the clever designs.

Paper Boy Fabrics: ‘D’ya think-e-saurus‘ and ‘How it works

That boyish curiosity is really reflected in the ‘How it works’ paper showing anamatronics and the ‘Animal magic’ revealing skeletons that only show up when the light reflects on their glossy surface. And I dare say there’s a few little tomboys out there that might find a few of these pretty cool too.

Paper Boy Fabrics in ‘Ere be Dragons‘ and ‘Spitfires

What do you reckon? Are you all about tradition when it comes to decorating for children, or will you be looking for something that excites them but works with your personal design aesthetic too? I’d love to hear from those of you that have children and the choices you made…


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