I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I think men are the hardest to shop for. At least the men in my life are! They aren’t metro men, so skin care or simple treats don’t really spark joy. If there is something they need or desperately want, they buy it. That only leaves items that are way out of anyone’s budget and a few obscure buys. If you have a similar experience when it comes to buying for men, or you’ve left Christmas shopping until the last minute for any other reason, this guide might help you.
If the man you’re shopping for enjoys games, either on a console or board games, then this is a good place to start looking. While game consoles and even new games can make for fairly expensive gifts, the accessories that come with it often doesn’t have to break the bank. Things like a second controller, protective covers for controllers or an older game (like Grand Theft Auto) can make great gifts.
As far as board games go, our two favourites have been Decrypto and Codenames. Expansion packs on board games like Catan are also a good option. I think a board game could even pass as a gift to a couple.
This screwdriver set is a good basic and the discounted price is great, but be sure to sneak a peak into the guy’s toolbox to see what they are missing. Don’t have a tool box? That is also a great gift! This cordless drill is a little bit of a splurge, but an essential for any home owner.
This golden shaker and stirrer by Country Road will be a prised possession of any bar cart owner, but this (more affordable) bottle stopper is also a great basic! If you’re after something more affordable, H&M home has some beautiful bottle openers and this agate opener from Poetry is just stunning. A delicious bottle of their favourite tipple, like Amarula or Disaronno will also always go down a treat.
Clothing & Accessories
Lounge wear and pyjamas are your safest bet here. These are all things he’d never purchase for himself, but really appreciates once he has them on. My husband really appreciates a cotton T-shirt, good slippers and a luxe feeling robe. This linen robe from H&M is a good bet and is available in-stores in SA. If it’s accessories you’re after, you can’t go wrong with this classic leather wallet. These days most men’s wallets are glorified card holders, but not this one! The simple design is complemented by it’s functionality and the beautiful leather has held up fairly well as my husband has been using it for most of the year.
Now I could include a drone or two on this list, but honestly I wouldn’t want to rob any men from choosing their own! These Sony noise cancelling headphones are much less exciting, but will likely be used much more. They are very similar to the popular Bose ones, just at a more affordable price point. I also think a good sports watch and heart-rate monitor is a great gift for the active men out there. Sportman’s Warehouse has a great range. Lastly, rechargeable batteries powers all the best gifts and doesn’t have to break the bank.
As I mentioned above, I don’t have a metro man in my life. That doesn’t mean I haven’t tried gifting beauty product – I mean even the active (modern) caveman must use a sun block! So here is my roundup, if you choose to brave these muddy water. Woolworth’s Aftershave Moisturiser takes the sting out of razor burn and doesn’t break the bank. They also do a good beard oil, although I don’t think anything beats Buffelsfontein Baardolie’s marketing. If you’re looking for something more luxe, then a Clinique set is a great all-in-one gift and the Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guaca nrd is a great moisturiser/sunblock duo. Lastly, The Body Shop’s men range is also a great place to start.