Gift Guide: For Him

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.

Games

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.

Tools

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.

Bar Cart

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.

Gadgets

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.

Beauty

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.

 

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Christmas Gift Guide for Him

Mens gift ideasI mentioned in my previous gift guide that I find buying gifts for men incredibly hard, which does not explain my delay in publishing this post, but perhaps makes you feel slightly less alone? Either way, with four days to go to Christmas you might find this gift guide for men helpful when it comes to shopping the beloved men in your life.

Comfies

In my experience, new clothing rarely excites men as it does women. So if you’re considering a cloth-based gift, might I steer you in the direction of lounge wear. So far this has gone down a treat with both my husband and brother. Things like slippers, stretchy pants and robes aren’t necessities but they sure make life that much more enjoyable! These H&M pants (in a different colour) are a firm favourite in our household and these slippers look so cute.

Tech & Accessories

This might possibly be the most frequently requested gift category for men. Ranging from techy watches to the latest phone gadgets, there is sure to be something tech related on their Christmas wish. Whether it comes in under budget is a completely different question though!

If you recently won the lotto, I’m sure the VR Playstation will score you extra brownie points that might carry you to the next gifting opportunity. Quality over-ear headphones is another favourite, that can easily be scaled to suit your budget. Noise cancelling seems to the next big things, with the price increasing if you choose to go with a wireless option. Both Sennheiser and Sony make good options, but these Bose ones are more common.

Leather tech covers and laptop bags are also often welcome gifts and will be a treat for both your eyes, especially if there is a tendency to have these lying around. My husband has a leather iPad pro cover (similar to this) with storage for the iPen, which would have made the perfect gift if he didn’t already own it. We don’t spend that much on Christmas gifts, so this leather bag is out of the question, but it sure is beautiful and would make a great gift.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Thank goodness the digital age makes gifting for men a little simpler! With online gaming platforms like Steam it is easy to purchase new games (often on special) or things like game time for their favourite game. Game time can also be purchased for gaming consoles, so best find out exactly what he has before whipping out the credit card.

If so inclined, a carefully selected board game can also result in hours of fun lasting well into the future! Personally we like CarcassonneCodenames (much less dramatic) and Dungeons and Dragons. Raru has a pretty impressive selection online, so time to start browsing!

Tools

If you’re buying for the handyman, chances are there is something that can be added to his tool kit! Whether they’re missing something basic or require something specific for a future project, scanning their tool box might soon reveal a gift idea. Multi-tools are popular for a reason, but this year my husband requested a more specialised laptop screwdriver set. This is perfect for the guy who likes to tinker with his tech, but an electric screwdriver set could also be a nice gift – this I can personally attest to!

Books

For some reason it seems like e-books tend to be more popular with men, but that doesn’t mean that the category has to be foregone when purchasing gifts for men. Whether you settle on a hard copy or electronic version, we’re sure there is something to suit every man’s interests.

Books my husband recently read and loved:

Travel Accessories

If you’re buying for a frequent traveller, anything that can make travelling more comfortable and relaxing would be much appreciated. I can personally attest to how wonderful packing travel cubes are, so if you’re buying for a frequent traveller this is certainly where I’d start. Noise cancelling headphones are also high on the list for most travellers, with other accessories like a neck pillow being slightly more personal choices. If you are aware of an upcoming trip, then buying a travel guide for that specific destination could also be a lovely personal touch. Although guide books might be dying out, these DK Pocket Map & Guides are my favourite. As they are small and have a handy map, they make great travel companions when WiFi isn’t readily available.

Old Favourites

If you still find yourself stuck or simply don’t know the person you’re gifting to that well, you can rarely go wrong with a good tipple, roast or related paraphernalia. My husband likes a good whiskey but I’m completely lost when it comes to buying mid-ranged whiskeys. I’ve found buying the most expensive one you can afford with the word “Grant” in the title is a good way to ensure you’re getting the best value for money. Other things like a beautiful glass whiskey decanter or even some freshly roasted beans would also always be welcome. I like the idea of purchasing some beans from your favourite local place. We love both Boston Coffee and Alchemy Coffee Roasters. Special coffee mugs are also always welcome, especially when bought in pairs.

On the other end of the spectrum, fragrances are incredibly personal. So if you find yourself in a position where you know the person well enough to gift this, receiving a back-up of a favourite is always a lovely sentiment.

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