Presents for Men: Surname History!

Tuesday 24 February 2015

Buying presents for men can prove tricky, especially if they aren't that interested in fashion and already have tons of boy gadgets. It's my boyfriend's birthday coming up so I've spent a lot of time researching gift ideas for men. I've thought about experience days and trips away but I always like to buy him lots of little things to open. 

A while back we were contacted by Presents for Men and asked if we'd like to review something from their site. They have tons of really cool (manly) gifts and accessories, so I was slightly overwhelmed by everything they had to offer. 

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Surname HistorySurname history: c/o - Motto for the Coat of Arms translates as: Seek nothing beyond your sphere.

In the end I opted for this certificate of Surname History! As you can see Sam has quite an unusual last name and he can be a bit of a history buff, so I think he'll appreciate this. It comes on high quality paper and includes his surname, family Coat of Arms, Crest and Motto! I think it will look great in a frame on our wall. As his last name is double-barreled, the history is only for Costley which I think is a bit of a shame... in retrospect I probably should have ordered one for each name! I was also surprised to discover his name had an Irish history as he's African.

In other related Costley-White news, we've officially booked our wedding venue for next year! We'll be getting married in the Cotswolds, just down the road from where Sam proposed. I've always wanted an intimate barn wedding (although the wedding co-coordinator informed us our numbers definitely aren't actually classed as intimate ha) and our venue is just perfect. It has a beautiful fairy light canopy and it's not too flashy, the organisers are really chilled and I think it's going to be a lot of fun. I've also found my dress and I can't wait to start planning properly! SQUEE.

Do you find shopping for men difficult? Have you ever researched your family history?

T - Soon to be a C-W.


  1. This is such a great present idea! I struggle to buy for my boyfriend too!


  2. This is so exciting! I can't wait to see your dress! I love the idea of this present too - it's very thoughtful and sweet :) My bf is African too! xxx

  3. This is such a cool idea - I want to order one simply to own one of those certificates! Your wedding venue sounds so lovely, I've always wanted a barn-esque type venue, I bet you're super excited. xx

    Abby | Eärendil

  4. What a cool idea! I find genealogy so interesting! How cool is it that he has Irish roots?! I wish I had Irish roots. Well, maybe I have. I admit I've never researched it :D

  5. What a great idea! That's definitely a useful site! Love what you picked! Such a cute idea!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  6. Love the gift idea.
    Congrats on finding a location for your wedding, and your dress!
    Rubi | The Den |

  7. This is an amazing gift idea - I'm heading over to their site right now to check this out for my partner. Sadly we don't have any big gift giving occasions coming up, but this will definitely be bookmarked for next Christmas! (That seems soooo far away now - doesn't it? Even though I know I will blink and it will be summer, and then one more blink and it'll be November.)

    Congrats on finding your venue and dress!! Can't wait to see more details about this - wishing you so, so much happiness and love :)

    xo Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

  8. Too true, buying for men is always tricky. This is awesome though, I'll definitely check it out x

  9. Shopping for men is SO hard, I way prefer shopping pretty things for girls! Definitely going to bookmark this site, it looks fab. I love what you've bought, it's a really interesting gift! x

    Josie’s Journal

  10. How did I not know this Carly!? SO cute! :) xo

  11. This is such a unique gift- I have never seen something similar and I am sure any boyfriend would love it!

    Congrats for the venue-cant wait to see posts about the preparations :)



  12. Gingi Edmonds Freeman24 February 2015 at 22:45

    I've actually thought of doing this for my husband! He LOVES name history, and such! -


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