- Clothes are out. He has some. He quite likes them. That will do him for now.
- He has plenty of books (including some from me) and doesn't have time to read them all as it is. If he really wants a book he would buy it.
- He likes art but thinks that good art is expensive and that it is hard to buy art for someone else.
- He likes a clutter free home where items serve a function. Anything he deems extraneous gets thrown out.
- He likes travel, but it would be hard to surprise him with anything as he has a busy diary, and he is an international travel sort of guy, not a "let's get away for a dirty weekend in Sydney" type.
- He has a car. He really likes it. He would tell me it really doesn't need anything except petrol.
- He has all the tech things he could want - camera, iPod, funky retro-styled radio, computers, computer games, state of the art PDA-phone thingie.
- He has had the same watch for nearly two decades. It tells the time and hence fits his criteria of a great watch. He bristles at the idea of replacing it.
Other things he likes: me, great food, vodka, cars, cheese, red wine, history, chess, Jessica Alba, trance music, the stockmarket, laughing, the colour blue, France, architecture, taking care of his parents, science fiction, brunettes, action movies, arguing with me about the correct pronunciation of words, being right about the latter, foreign language films and most frustratingly .... telling me not to spend too much money on his birthday as "anything will do".
I am in need of guidance. I've been chewing over this for weeks and have nothing to show for it. There must be a knack to this buying for blokes thing. It can't be that hard, can it? Your thoughts welcome....