Oh, stop it. Yes you – you there with the BBQ tool in your hand. You're seriously contemplating purchasing that, just because the recipient has a Y chromosome? While you're at it, move away from the plaid handkerchiefs and poker sets. You're better than that. Show off your gift-buying talent and buy that special man something he'll love forever.
1. A vintage or vintage-inspired music player. All the better if you can get your hands on a working record player, and a few classic records to go with it. If not, try the BoomCase website for the perfect retro muso gift.
2. Penguin Classics. These look great on any bookshelf and fit neatly into a small bag – perfect for long commutes. Try The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Jack Kerouack's On the Road, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, or H.G Wells' classic The Time Machine.
3. A decent camera. Upgrade your notion of 'boys and their toys' and get him something classy that not only can be taken apart and put back together again, but is the beginning of an interesting and creative skill.
4. A session or season pass to his favourite sporting event, gallery, theatre or cinema. In my opinion the best gifts are experiences, so tap into what he loves and give him an afternoon he'll enjoy.
5. A short course or one-day lesson. This is similar to the above, but with the added bonus of skill acquisition. Show the guy you're buying for that you know he's capable of more than just reaching things on high shelves and opening jars by getting him a few lessons in that sport or hobby he's always dreamed of trying.
6. National Geographic, Time or Smith Journal magazine subscription. These sort of gifts are fantastic for their longevity - not only will something arrive in the mail every few months, reminding them of your gifting genius, a series of magazines is a great thing to pop on the shelf for that casual yet intelligent look.
7. If there's really nothing you can think of, it doesn't hurt to ask. Or there's always that BBQ tool set on special... just kidding!