There’s a reason why boys’ toys are just as popular with grown-ups as they are with kids – men just like to play. Reliving their boyhood, getting to grips with a shiny gadget or taking on an exciting new challenge, the innocence and excitement is the same as it was when we unwrapped our gifts from Santa as small children. There’s a bit of Peter Pan in all of us, so don’t always try and go for the suave, sophisticated and cultured when shopping for the man in your life, a remote controlled car may prove a bigger hit than that executive paper weight. Here are five gift ideas to help men roll back the years:
These simple building blocks have enjoyed a new lease of life in recent years, with official licensed characters from film franchises such as Harry Potter and Star Wars attracting movie buffs as much as inquisitive kids. Building something impressive is a great task for men to tick off and the feeling of achievement never wanes with age. There are some complex constructions to tackle with Lego too, it doesn’t always have to be child’s play.
Paint Balling Vouchers
Boys have loved playing with toy guns for generations and paint balling makes it acceptable for grown men to run around in the mud shooting each other and making a right mess. Add in that competitive element and the chance to splatter paint over your friends and it’s perfect for the young at heart to let off some steam.
Air Hockey Table
Recreating an arcade or the sixth form common room may not sound like the most tempting thing, but giving someone one of the classics such as air hockey, pool or table football will doubtless bring the same excited grin that you would expect from a child. Getting pals round to challenge for supremacy on the air hockey table will make for endless hours of fun, plus pick a sturdy one and it can always double up as a dinner table.
Computer games are the ultimate obsession for many men who never grow up and the Wii is an affordable way to let them indulge this passion. It has the right combination of modern technology and retro charm, with the chance to roll back the years with characters like Mario and Sonic, but also has the added edge of almost secretly encouraging some physical activity, with various fitness programs and active games available.
Football Stadium Tours
Your man may enjoy the chance to shout his guts out and get out all his week’s anger and frustration yelling at the ref every Saturday, but give him the chance to go behind the scenes of his favorite football team and he will soon regress to the football-obsessed child dreaming of one day playing on the hallowed turf. Stadium tours are available at some of the biggest clubs in the country, as well as Wembley, the home of English football, and make great gift ideas for football fans who love to dream.
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With 2012 being a leap year it means women up and down the country could get ready to turn tradition on its head and propose to the man in their life. February 29 is the one day when women are “allowed” to pop the question to their other half. So if you’re looking to leap to action this February and ask your dithering boyfriend to tie the knot, then here are four ideas for the best places to do it. Forget romantic walks and champagne boat rides, these are the places where plenty of men feel happiest, making them perfect destinations for that proposal with a difference.
Wembley Stadium, London
Many a man has dreamed of setting foot on the hallowed turf of Wembley Stadium. It is a place where heroes are made and memories created. Behind-the-scenes tours give visitors the chance to follow in the footsteps of their sporting idols, seeing the dressing rooms and walking up the famous Wembley steps. Take your man down to England’s national stadium and he will already be in dreamland, so in the perfect mood for romance as you get down on one knee underneath the iconic arch in one of the world’s finest footballing arenas.
The Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland
You can’t get much more romantic than the sea air, dramatic cliffs, endless stretches of sandy beach, crumbling castles and log fires. But as well as all that, St Andrews is also known as the Home of Golf and boasts one of the most famous courses in the world. Golfing enthusiasts will love a surprise trip to see the famed fairways and iconic clubhouse, while there will be plenty of romantic and rustic spots for you to pop the question.
For petrol head husbands-to-be, the chance to race around the home of the British Grand Prix would be the ultimate thrill. Driving experience days are available at tracks around the country giving visitors the chance to get behind the wheel of vintage racing cars or high performance vehicles, but taking to the track at Silverstone is perhaps the pinnacle for budding Jenson Buttons. Treat your other half to a couple of laps and he will yours for the taking.
The River Severn, Shropshire
The River Severn snakes through quintessential countryside in the heart of the country and is the perfect place to enjoy some romantic peace and quiet. Try hiring a Canadian canoe for two and you’ll combine action and adventure with picturesque serenity in the bracing air of the countryside. The two of you will be able to paddle away to your own bit of river, perfect for a cosy picnic and for you to make your proposal away from prying eyes. Plus, if he panics there’ll be nowhere for him to escape too!
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