Sunday 30 October 2022

How to fix a dripping bathroom tap

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How to fix a dripping bathroom tap or faucet? Our bathroom taps were dripping, constantly leaking so I knew I had to do something like replacing the washers or O ring, but I've not done this for a very long time... So this video shows me repairing our dripping tap by replacing the whole mixer tap cartridge.

How I fixed our dripping tap: LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES


hello I'm Neil welcome back to the dad delivers Vlog where I try something new every day to make your family happy and today we're making your family happy here! 
we're back in the bathroom so we've already done the toilet seat and the toilet roll holder 
that's been a big success 
It’s look... it's wobbling just a little bit don't tell anyone 
the seat is holding out - the Ikea toilet seat is holding out but it is kind of cracking here 
so it's not wearing too well there and I don't know what we're doing to uh to cause that but fingers crossed that can hold out for another year 
and today we're now working our way around the bathroom because this video is all about this! 
yes it's the classic... the dripping tap 
I don't know how we've managed to avoid this for so long 
I knew when I started this Channel and I just wanted to record the little jobs that I do around the house - almost as proof that I do something now and again 
but this... I hope this day would not come and... and it's here... it's here now the tap is dripping 
obviously if I get this wrong we can expect a trip - an expensive trip - from Mr Plumber which I really really want to avoid 
and that's even if you can find a plumber 
we can't even find a plumber at the moment and I wouldn't bring a plumber into this situation but if I make a wrong turn or disable the tap like you know it could like drip quite more violently than it is at the moment 
it means that we're wasting water which is terrible for our water bills I mean the environment 
and most importantly at night the sound of this is really really annoying 
but here's the thing I've not done this in a long long time like I mean like decades 
so I don't know if I've even got the right tools I... 
I definitely haven't got the right washer the right o-ring that we'll need inside that tap 
the kids are home from school you can probably hear them in the background I've got it... [DOG BARKING] oh and that's Casper I don't think...
I don't think Casper is very happy with the kids 
he... he tells them off more than we do! 
he's a great dog 
I think the first thing I need to do is to shut off each pipe to each tap to work out which of the Taps are leaking 
maybe both of them are leaking! 
and to do that I'll need to get a screwdriver - a flat headed screwdriver - come with me down to the toolbox let's try in here
that one looks like a good one the... 
Casper's been chewing the end of it but I think that might be the one 
back up the stairs and we're lucky because we've got... we've actually got these shutoffs 
you might not have them 
this is the pipe for the hot tap so I'm going to turn this so that it shuts off the water 
I think if you just turn it like that... yes brilliant so that water's off
and it's still dripping fantastic! 
this is really good news because it means that it's the cold tap that's dripping not the hot tap so I'll probably turn this back on and then I'll go around the other side 
just get the lights 
and over to the cold tap pipe and I'll turn this sideways... and as if by Magic the leak has stopped 
so it's definitely coming from the cold tap which is on this side so the next thing that I need to do is to take off this thing 
I don't know what do you call it? it's like an indicator 
your tap obviously will be different but pop this off 
I know I'm going to get qualified plumbers in the comments telling me how I'm doing it wrong which is good! 
please leave me a comment and tell me how you would tackle this 
well maybe I need a small... oh there it goes yeah it's just... Levering it up and this comes off like this 
yeah fantastic and what's in there? 
that looks like a bit of an allen key job 
back downstairs to get the Allen key and good job I didn't tidy up the toolbox - Allen keys
so put the Allen key into the hole 
hey it’s too big - okay so this is classic dad delivers Vlog - the actual Allen key that I need is the one that is missing 
that's too big and this one's too small 
gotta get back to the Allen key collection  
oh you know I... I'm this close to throwing away all my Allen keys because I've got a really good Allen key set 
but it's a good job that I keep lots of old ones so let's try these ones now oh man 
these jobs would only take like two minutes if I did them properly 
okay that's way too big 
this is smaller this might be the one 
my options are getting Slimmer by the minute 
right now I'm going to turn... oh no it's not good 
oh yeah right so this is a tip I saw once 
close... put the plug in because if you drop something into the sink then that's bad news 
so I've... I've hit a wall before I've even started 
I've Got to Now not only get a washer and an O-ring but I've got to get an Allen key that's like this - but one will actually work 
there's only one place for this 
this is a place that we have in the UK called poundland 
you've probably got something similar in your country if you're not in the UK where everything in the store is one pound 
this is me wandering through the aisles trying to find an allen key set 
and I found the DIY section and oh my goodness 
this is what the one pound Allen key set is worth now 
oh my God £2.50? 
I don't know if things are like this wherever you're watching but the prices have definitely gone up 
but anyway I've got the... the Allen key so now back home to take it apart 
I was kind of hoping they would have O-rings or washers as well but they didn't 
there we go, brilliant - it's going
okay this is why it's definitely definitely worth putting the plug in so you don't drop any vital bits but this is what's come out 
Is that in Focus? oh it won't come off oh no... oh wait oh... oh there he's done 
right so now we're into this I guess the... the washer is inside here maybe 
I'm gonna try and undo this and see if there's something inside that needs replacing 
this might be the most difficult part of the job because the WD-40 is in here somewhere 
okay I've got this it's not quite as good because the wd40's got this really nice straw on the end of it so you can put it on really accurately and this? 
this just kind of sprays everywhere
Let's give this a go 
I guess it's cleaning the tap 
yeah I don't even know which way to turn the bolt around 
it's probably been here... I think it's been here since 1990 so it's about 30 years old 
okay I really do not want this to go snap!
brilliant I'll send you a picture 
all right then see in a minute bye bye 
so my my Unstoppable wife is at a DIY Superstore now - she just happens to be passing - but I can't... I can't tell her what rings to get 
I don't know what washers because I just can't get it open 
I'm going to send her a picture of what I've got so far and we'll see how that goes 
my brilliant wife did give me a tip off though that the WD-40 
I don't know how she knows these things 
but she said have a look in the cupboard in here 
oh there it is! 
how does she know these things? how do you do... how do you do that? 
I'm gonna watch this with her - this video - I'm gonna ask how... how did you... how did you know this was in here?!
it's only one thing for it - I'm gonna give it one really really hard turn 
I don't want it to fly off and hit me either
I did it! 
I did it! look at this Dad delivers success no, no not finished yet 
come closer look at it turn 
magnificent - whoa there we go - I'll be able to call my wife now oh
is it in there? oh where is it? where's the washer? so it's stuck in there [PHONE RINGS]
I've got it! I've got... I've done it so now I've kind of shredded the washer that's inside, I can't get the washer out 
I've got some O-rings of different sizes 
oh brilliant oh tweezers! do you know a tweezer, there have been some blue tweezers hanging around yeah?
yeah I was gonna do my eyebrows, I left them in the bathroom - on the glass thing - oh yeah of course yeah I moved them all right thanks okay alright bye! 
okay bye 
I can't get this washer out and it's coming out in bits 
there we go 
oh whoa look at that! that's what we needed! 
let me try to explain what happens next 
my wonderful wife came home with a load of washers 
none of them fit - it's just an O-ring! I just need an O-ring for this cartridge! 
the next day I went to the big DIY Superstore myself 
I didn't mind - it's a... it's a day out isn't it 
here I am pulling up after the 20 minute journey and it's quite exciting so I go to the plumbing section to see, well I had to find the plumbing section first to see the amazing array of products that might be able to help 
I don't know where to start 
what my wife did get me - which was absolutely crucial - was this! 
it's like a... it's like a guide so you can hold your cartridge up because obviously there are hundreds of these 
you hold your cartridge onto the card and you can measure some really specific things - it's now getting really complicated! 
I just want... I just wanted the O-ring 
I could not see any o-ring here 
I mean feel free to pause the footage - I would 
I don’t know where to begin! 
which means that the only thing I can do is to buy one of these! 
these cartridges and I don't know which one 
I mean I've done my measurements but there was only a small selection of a few on the shelf and they are 15 quid for literally... for an O-ring! 
I'm gonna have to replace the whole thing 
this stuck in my throat ever so slightly and I wasn't convinced that it was the right one 
the extra confusion is that this is blue because it's on the blue... the blue tap because it's for the cold tap so it opens anti-clockwise and closes... no 
so they only sell them in pairs and I only need one! 
it just felt like I'd be buying in a panic if I just grabbed this cartridge here and... and I don't need two of them as well - I just need one for the cold tap so I got a refund for the washers, came home and I found this page here 
a pair of them for... for half price so I ordered them and here they are! 
They’ve just arrived - I'm very excited 
now we can go into the bathroom and try this out 
this is getting to be a catchphrase on the channel isn't it 
what do we say 
it's never easy! 
I really want this done now as much as you do because look we've got pork chops! 
I've gotta... I've got to do this before the chops are ready 
so I've managed to tidy up and close this again... I managed to tidy up after Friday 
it's now Sunday 
we've been without a bathroom sink for two days 
this should be as easy as just screwing this into that hole 
and sorry my kids are playing electronic Monopoly at the moment so you might hear some shouting and some swears in the background sorry 
I'm going to try and get some of this water out here
actually oh it's probably not a good idea using tissue oh no 
oh this is trapped in here for all time 
That’s clean now 
let's try this 
so I'm hoping this will just screw in 
well it fits - I've got the right size one... oh this is looking too straightforward 
then I'll get my spanner oh this is looking very promising 
the next big test is to see if the tap handle fits onto this, so this has to be the right number of teeth is this gonna... this could still go very wrong
it's like Cinderella's slipper! it fits 
just make sure it's straight 
that's not straight oh man, now I can screw this on 
fingers crossed let me take you closer 
we'll get the crucial piece here and then I'll put this in right side up and I need to screw it tightly enough for the handle not to wobble
and finally I'll put the little top on for Elegance 
I'll just push that on - oh
Kids?! where are you? oh there you go 
kids please come see this 
come see what your old man's done 
how long did that take you 
two days and 10 pounds 
well it yeah it took a lot longer than I thought but you know, given I haven't done this before 
the final thing is - maybe you could do this - can you just turn that - yeah okay quarter turn... quarter turn? 
yeah which way 
oh okay you ready 
okay let's do... you do the cold tap, I do the hot tap oh go on, go on you do both
oh and is it dripping 
I'm calling this a dad delivers success! 
I win! I win!
No you don’t - I do! 
you and me are on such a voyage of Discovery thank you for making it to this point and if you're hitting the thumbs up or subscribe button thank you for being awesome and right here is what YouTube knows that you're gonna love next! 
we did it 
Can you please help my daddy get 10000 subscribers just click on his face thanks bye! alright this is gonna be the proper one right?

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Monday 10 October 2022

L Shaped Bench easy project - how to put the sides on

 I FINALLY get the sides onto my homemade L-shaped corner bench. It's an L shape seat for the kitchen, but I only built the frame. In this video I show you how to put wooden sides onto the corner seating for a dining table. 
I say it's finished, but I still need to varnish it and make a padded seat cover...


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Hello, are you looking to fill some dead space like the corner of this room in our kitchen? 
Maybe get some seats or a bench in there like this! 
And, even better, turn that bench into some useful storage? 
Plus do it extremely budget friendly? 
Well welcome back to part two of my L-shaped bench project. 
This is sort of how it's looking now but in the last video I showed how I built this L-shaped bench using wooden stud work to fill the corner of our kitchen. 
There's a link down in the description if you're interested in that, but it's now part two on the Dad delivers vlog where I try something new every day to make my family happy. 
You know how hard that is but I think I’m making everyone happy with this corner bench. 
This is more like one of my DIY vlogs but I’ve kind of left that video unfinished because as you can see I’ve got the sides not covered up. 
So if we were to use it for storage everything would sort of fall out the edges.
So today this morning I went to my favourite place on earth - not really - somewhere that I seem to be going a lot. 
It's another DIY superstore. 
This one happens to be B&Q and I wanted to find some plywood. 
I thought if I got some thick plywood I could use that to put the sides on. 
It's one of these and I think I found my perfect piece of wood but as you can see it is absolutely massive! 
I couldn't get that into the car even if I tried. 
And I decided to use their cutting service so I planned it all out I’ve got all my dimensions on my bit of paper but first I had to get the right piece of wood! 
And I saw lots of reviews online saying this wood falls apart and it's warped but actually I thought it looked great. 
I just knew that the top two sheets were warped. 
They looked really bent so I had to get a sheet from underneath. 
I think on the footage here you can see me getting the sheet that's three sheets down - that looks fairly new. 
But the only way I could get it out was by doing that magic trick you know where they pull the tablecloth off the table and leave everything standing? 
Well I thought if I whipped out this giant sheet of plywood fast enough I’d be able to get it out. 
But I think the footage shows quite clearly that that wasn't the best plan. 
But still I tried I kept pulling tugging. 
Finally after a lot of jimmying and walking around this... this truck that was left in front of it... I gave it one last push. 
Managed to get it out so now I can get it over to the cutting service area. 
Okay I’ve got the wood - time to get it cut now just over here!
And this is the cutting area. I don't like filming people when they're at work. It's bad enough when I do it on myself, let alone dragging other people into it, but I just wanted to show you sort of how it works. 
So got it cut. Looks perfect look at it! Just what I wanted, all those. Just go to the checkout now. 
I took my dad along we went shopping as well so we loaded it all up into the back of the car. Got the plywood back to the house. Now I won't need all of these bits because some of these bits are destined for the other corner of the room. 
I’m going to do some shelves for the TV area that's going to be on... on the next video. 
Just check with the spirit level? 
Spot on! 
But first I need to use these ones. These planks here that they very kindly cut up. 
I hope I’ve got the measurements right. I’ve not checked it yet, I thought I’d do it on camera and share... share the joy with you. 
Let me show you the basic idea. 
I’m gonna hopefully - if I’ve got the measurements right - it should slot into there so all I need to do is cut the right lengths.
But let's... let's just slide it in, just to see. 
Please work, please work. 
Oh looks really tight... oh that's really snug, is it gonna work? 
Oh yeah! Does it go in? It does look at that! Great! So all I need to do now is to cut  these to length and then figure out a way to secure them... screw them in somehow from behind.
The... the wall isn't true so that's not a true L shape unfortunately. 
I think I’m going to have some gaps. 
That gap there isn't my dodgy measurements, that is literally how the wall meets. 
It kind of comes out a bit. I managed to get four pieces cut from the board. I can only use one side because it's got this printing on it, and that one's a bit scratched. 
I think I did that in the car. 
This one has a load of filler in it. 
This one looks okay and this one looks okay. Whoa! 
I’m gonna use these two for the big parts - the long parts on the bench. 
It's the first of August, it's the middle of summer and it has just started raining, so I’m going to try and get this done as quickly as possible. 
One of them: I don't have to cut at all. I’m just going to run that the whole length, so if I can choose that one I think I’m going to... that's a hard choice. I think I’m going to keep this one so get that out of the rain.
Which means I need to make this one 79.2 cm long. 
I really do not want to mark these pieces of wood so I’m laying out the dog blanket on our IKEA Seglaro table, just to keep it scratch free! 
I know I should probably varnish it and protect it. 
I’ll probably do that later on, but let's just cut it to length now. 
I’m using my jigsaw and I’m trying to guide it as straight as possible. 
Which is a bit tricky in the drizzle but I’m sure I can get it through there. 
Casper's got his friend over! 
And now I’m going to cut this piece into smaller pieces. 
These will go onto the sides - onto the ends of the L-shaped bench to stop all my stuff falling out. 
I’m on a bit of a wing and a prayer with these measurements because I’ve got to keep the jigsaw straight!
Hoping the chair would catch that! 
Let's go and get these onto the bench. 
So I’ve put one loose on already. 
I want this to go on the end here.
Yes! Oh that is really satisfying. 
I think that looks really good and then I’ll push this one up a bit, so that it's flush. 
There like that. Completely flush. I just need to work out a way now to fix these to the bench so they don't fall off. 
To permanently fix the sides onto the frames of the benches, I’m using these L-shaped metal brackets and I can't help feeling like this isn't the best or the prettiest way of fixing them on. 
It is really difficult finding places to... to screw. 
I can't get my screwdriver into these tiny places so I’ve got to find the right brackets and the right screwdrivers to try and get in here. So I’ve got a bit of a gap here, but it's a bit unavoidable. I think that's the closest I can get and when the lids are on... let's put the lids on... there! Finally, I got the sides on and... and oh I could do this.
Put it away and never see it again! 
I’m calling this a Dad Delivers success! High five! Thank you so much for the thumbs up and the subscribes, I really appreciate it... it really helps me to keep these videos going. Videos like this that YouTube knows you're gonna love next! 
Can you please help my daddy get 10000 subscribers. Just click on his face! Thanks bye! Alright this is going to be the proper one, right?

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Gift ideas for men - boyfriend, friend, brother, husband, dad, teacher - presents for him

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Wednesday 5 October 2022

Gift ideas for men - boyfriend, friend, brother, husband, dad, teacher - presents for him

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These gifts changed my life. IDEAS for dad, boyfriend, brother, husband, teacher or best friend!

OF COURSE these gift ideas are great for anyone, but listing this as for men to help everyone searching gift ideas for Boyfriend, Dad, Husband, Brother, Teacher, Boss, Best friend or any friends!
Could equally be a great gift idea for girlfriend, wife, sister, mother or Mom in your life.



I’ve also got lots of other bits in here....
It's robust! 
Hello, I know what you want! 
you are looking for gift ideas for him 
for men 
a gift idea for the man in your life, maybe it's a brother, husband, teacher, best friend... who knows 
it doesn't even have to be a man! 
I’ve got you covered. This is a quite a talky video but I’m going to go through a whole list of gift ideas for him. And everything on this list has been honestly... it's been transformative in my life, so I’m just sharing them in the hope that it might spark some ideas for you... if you are looking for gift ideas for a birthday or anniversary or Christmas! 
Christmas is coming! 
And they're also listed below in the description, so if you want to jump ahead any time you can just click on the little time stamps in the description. 
Let's dive into the first one, and this was a surprise for me because I got this as a gift and at first I thought it was one of those gimmicky gifts. 
You know the kind of things that you see in catalogues, or the “sharper image”. 
This is absolutely brilliant! 
It is a laptop or work desk for your lap so it's like a lap tray that's built for doing work on. 
I didn't think I’d use it and I’ve ended up using this every single day. 
Here's some completely not-staged footage of me at work using it in an armchair. 
These are the things I like about it: these are padded and the fabric is really nice. 
It feels quite luxurious, it's a bit like sofa material and the base... this is like a carbon fibre material. I don't know if that's coming across on the camera. 
There's a carry handle to move it around the house or bring it back when someone else has been using it - which happens quite a lot. 
And over here there's like a mouse pad here, and it's mouse material but up here you've got a thing to hold... hold a phone if you want that while you're working. 
You can have your little timer going. 
I think this is great and there's a link to it down below in the description. 
You'll be pleased to know the next gift idea is really cheap! 
I got this from poundland so you can get this from a dollar store or a pound store wherever you are in the world. Whatever currency you have. 
It's a correction pen - a white out pen. 
This has changed my life. I don't know if you have this problem and I don't know why men are obsessed with this, but I am. 
When you get devices they come with transformers and the boxes start to all look the same and you have no idea which box is for which. 
So I use this for labelling my plugs and the amount of plugs that have had to be thrown away has dropped a lot. 
And the number of devices that keep working is also increased, so if anything this... this pen is great for the environment! 
This is me demonstrating it just to ram the point home. All we need to do is to warm it up on a bit of paper. Get some white goo on the end so that it writes smoothly and then you can graffiti your plugs however you like. 
This plug is for my electric screwdriver. Look how easy it is to label this. 
You can get these in supermarkets, stationery stores... or there's a link in the description if you want to get one from Amazon. 
The next gift idea is maybe a little bit personal maybe a bit intimate? 
It's this! It's the Philips 3000 shaver. 
It's wet and dry: this shaver is absolutely brilliant and I don't wet shave. 
I’ve never wet shaved there's a whole other video that I need to make about that but it means that I am really, really fussy about my electric shavers. 
It's absolutely gorgeous. It's really easy to clean. You can dry shave or the kicker for me is that you can use this in the shower. 
Let's face it we're just out and out lazy. 
It's cordless, it's rechargeable and there's a really clear display to show you how much charge is left in the thing. 
There's a little beard trimmer at the back there and you can wash it. 
You can open it, empty it really easily but you can rinse it out in the shower or under a tap which is absolutely crucial... to be able to just drag this across your face and rinse it is... is absolutely brilliant. 
This is the next gift idea: not the beaten up trainer but this is a retractable elastic drawstring to replace your shoelaces. 
These are called lock laces and they're basically elasticated shoelaces so you don't have to... you don't have to do your laces up! 
I absolutely love these and I’ve put lock laces on all my trainers and even my walking boots. 
They even come in different colours so I’ve gone for blue on these hiking boots. 
Now this might come as a shock or you might have noticed that the man in your life is phenomenally lazy. 
We call it being time efficient or “prioritizing our tasks” but basically we're just out and out lazy and if we can save time doing up our shoelaces then... then this is a win! 
Let me show you how easy they are to put on and I’ll speed this up: so firstly you take your old laces off and then thread these through like they're normal laces. 
Next you put the gripper on and then cut them for length and then you can attach this tag on the end and that stops the gripper from falling off. 
I’ve tried other brands and they're okay but the reason I love the lock laces is the gripper... the gripper is so much easier to use. Like even within “not doing up your shoelaces” lock laces are even lazier and obviously if you want to check out the lock laces there's a link to them on Amazon down in the description. 
The next gift idea for him or any best friend is for the kitchen! 
It's a Microplane and if you've not used one of these before they are brilliant. 
They are like a very very fine grater. 
You can use it on chocolate to sprinkle some on top of your coffee, or put in an ice cream. 
Ginger for cooking or those power coffees you know those power coffees “that men drink”. 
This isn't a power coffee. You know the ones where they put the coconut oil in and some ginger. You can use it to grate garlic and I actually prefer to use this over a garlic crusher because it's so much quicker and easy to clean. 
I think it also goes in just a bit finer as well. 
And the one we use it for the most is parmesan cheese! On top of that lovely Bolognese sauce. 
We say parmesan, do you say parmesan? 
All you have to do is rinse it to clean it so we're back on that laziness slash time management hack. 
Anyway I think the microplane is a really unusual idea for your BBDH: your brother boyfriend dad or husband. 
Or all of them! 
The next gift idea for him is an expensive one, whoa hello! 
So maybe this is more for Christmas or holiday or a birthday? 
It's a Bosch GSB 18 volt cordless drill
Oh that's brilliant 
Red arrows! 
Look at that it's... it's the red arrows! Flying over.
Okay I don't know what impression we give of um life in the United Kingdom but it's not every day that the red arrows flying formation team fly over you while you're making a youtube video!
I don't think I caught any of that did I? 
Okay I’m not sure I kept my composure then but I could see just over the camera 
I could see this arrow formation of our nation's elite royal air force pilots just flying over and I’m here with a drill! 
Back to the Bosch GSB 18v. 
I don’t know if I’ll leave that in!
It also has a hammer action and you can use this as a power screwdriver. 
I am absolutely inseparable from this drill. It comes in this robust carry case. 
I’ve also got lots of other bits in here.
It's robust. 
I wish I could show it to you looking pristine but I use it all the time so here's some clips from some of my other DIY videos on this channel. 
What I love about the Bosch drill is that it feels really substantial and it actually comes with an extra battery. 
But the batteries last ages of mine and not just because I don't do any work around the house! 
I know men are particular about their tools and buying one unannounced might not be a great idea but I just wanted to share that this one has been absolutely great for me. 
I can't believe the red arrows flied past and I didn't film it.
Let's go for a gift idea now that is a lot cheaper but it is just as tough. 
This is my metal water bottle. 
The ones that I buy are from a brand called ion8. 
You can get these in a whole range of different colours and you can see that this one my one is absolutely battered because I’ve used it daily for about three years. 
The kids have these too so I’ve engraved my name on the bottom here and here's some footage from when it was brand new. 
Pristine, happier times. 
I don't like plastic water bottles. 
I don't like how plastic water bottles make my water taste all plasticky so having a metal water canteen makes me feel like Jocko Willink. 
You know that famous army guy. 
He calls it a canteen except you know mine's pink. 
The next three gift ideas are a bit more touchy-feely. 
Oh it's gone a bit quiet isn't it? 
After that testosterone from the red arrows. 
So they might come off as just a bit more thoughtful for your bbdh, your boyfriend brother dad husband? 
These gifts have transformed my life so they're a bit more left field. 
The first gift idea is this: I wish I had a copy that I could hold up and show to you but I’ve ended up giving it away to so many people because it's such a good book. 
It's a book called Sleep by Nick Littlehales and he is a sleep coach for elite athletes and elite performers. 
He was the first sleep coach for Manchester United? 
You might have heard of this football team or soccer team wherever you are in the world and he basically trained footballers how to sleep properly. 
And what's great about his book is that he shares all of these techniques for getting better sleep. 
He also describes how he trained the whole of team sky when that became a phenomenon in the tour de france and what he'd do in the bedroom - how he'd arrange the bedroom and the cleaning procedures that he'd go through to help improve their sleep. 
As you may know sleep is where we repair our bodies every night and Nick Littlehales’ book goes into really accessible detail about how our bodies go through these 90-minute sleep cycles all the way through the day and night. 
And what I love about the book is that he explains how you can deploy these power naps during the day just like team sky, chris froome, manchester united... 
There's also some really funny stories in there about footballers with plasma screens and how their girlfriends have decorated their bedrooms and how that affects your sleep adversely, so it's worth it for that and it's worth it for the team sky tour de france stories. 
So anyway that's Sleep by Nick Littlehales. 
The final gift idea - my gift to you - this I think this has probably had the greatest effect on my life... is this! 
It's a meditation technique called Acem. 
It was developed by some Norwegian students in the 60s and they run courses basically teaching you how to do meditation. 
I thought the course is perfect for me I took it about three years ago and the technique is really simple. 
You just sit in a chair like this, sit upright close your eyes, and they give you a meditation sound but it's basically a nonsense word. 
It's a nonsense sound of about three syllables, and you just say this sound in your head over and over again in a loop with your eyes closed.
And the weirdest thing happens it's... it's brilliant. 
It's like um... it's like having a reset button. 
Because your eyes are closed and because you're saying this thing that doesn't make any sense over and over again, your amygdala - the bit of your brain that looks for threats and panics - eventually it just kind of shuts off because there's nothing to... to worry about. There's nothing to think about, and while you're doing it you get these thoughts coming into your head the... you know just stuff like “haven't paid the bill” or something that you've remembered from earlier in the week. 
These thoughts pop into your head while you're meditating and unlike mindfulness meditation, it's totally okay, these... to have these thoughts popping in. 
All you've got to do is to just keep saying this nonsense sound over and over again in your head. 
I think you're advised to do it for about 45 minutes a day. 
I do it for 10 minutes sometimes and it's like... it's just like flipping an on and off switch and you're just ready to do something after the meditation. 
It's like your mind has been cleared of junk. 
I’m just offering it as a gift idea that the ability to just take a break and to take a rest and to shut your eyes and to have something to do while your eyes are shut is... it's a really gorgeous thing. 
So I know that's a slightly uh odd and unexpected one to end on but I hope there's something... it may be the drill... Maybe the drill is the way to go for your boyfriend husband brother or dad, but if you have any gift ideas for him, for men, leave them in the in the comments. 
I’d love to hear them and I’d love to try them out as well. 
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