Think women are difficult to please when it comes to buying presents during Christmas? Us ladies beg to differ – anyone who’s been buying the same few gifts for the boyfriend, husband, brother, father and guy pal know it’s the exact opposite.
Yes, wallets, ties and socks may make practical gifts. But these tend to be too predictable and, dare we say, a little boring. Why not switch things up with something different this year?
We’ve come up with a list of gift ideas for men for all types of budgets. They’re all still practical, of course, but with a bit more thought put into it to shake things up.
100% HUMAN FACE MASK 3-PACK, S$25, FROM EVERLANE.COM
Here’s something pretty basic. Useful, environmentally friendly, inexpensive and really quite stylish – and at this price, you can even get him two or three packs.
LEATHER CASE FOR AIRPODS, €33.00 (S$53), FROM WOOLNUT.COM
Simple, well made, classy and not crazy expensive – we think you might want one for yourself too. Also available for the AirPods Pro.
BKR WATER BOTTLE, S$84, FROM ESCENTIALS
Have trouble getting him to drink water? Rest assured that he’ll want to flash this good-looking bottle every opportunity he gets – at work, at the gym and even at home. And because water and glass aren’t exactly lightweight accessories so he’s guaranteed to be chugging water 24/7.
RIMOWA POLYCARBONATE CACTUS GREEN GROOVE CASE FOR IPHONE, S$125
You might not be able to get him the new iPhone 12, but a fashionable case for it will be (almost) as much appreciated.
BREO PORTABLE MINI SCALP MASSAGER, S$121.90, FROM AMAZON.SG
This sleek electronic device provides a relaxing head massage with rotating heads that target scalp acupressure points. Scalp massage can boost hair growth by improving blood circulation – consider this a possible preventative measure against future hair loss.
MTO P3 CLASSIC WALNUT TORTOISE SUNGLASSES, US$139 (S$187), BY ROCKET EYEWEAR
Add something different to his collection of aviators and Ray-Bans – a classic pair of P3 sunnies, which is a style designed for US soldiers during WWII and popularised by 1950s movie stars like Gregory Peck and James Dean. What’s more, these boast a raised fit to suit the Asian nose bridge.
ACQUA DI PARMA COLONIA ESSENZA EAU DE COLOGNE HOLIDAY SET, S$215, FROM ESCENTIALS
If you must buy a festive toiletry set, get one in a bolder, modern scent like this Acqua di Parma pick that features citrusy, spicy and woody notes. Comes with eau de Cologne, hair and shower gel, and deodorant spray.
AESOP THE ARDENT NOMAD SKINCARE KIT, S$240
Get him started on a skincare routine with these bestsellers from Aesop’s Parsley Seed range. Includes a facial cleanser, toner and serum.
VIVO SHAVING SET, S$246, FROM MUEHLE-SHAVING.COM.SG
An elegant shaving set for the classy man, it comprises a shaving brush with badger hair, safety razor, soap dish and chromed stand.
HITCH BELT BAG IN SIGNATURE CANVAS, S$750, BY COACH
A double-compartment, easy-access bag that allows him to go hands-free. What could be a more functional gift than that?
HERMES JET BRACELET, S$790
Not quite ready to put a ring on him? He’ll be ever so willing to let you cuff him down with this handsome bracelet.
LONGINES CONQUEST VHP GMT FLASH SETTING, S$1,990, FROM CORTINA WATCH
A sporty yet elegant performer that’s fitted with a smart Flash Setting that sets the watch using flash pulses from a smartphone. The minimalist, unisex design is a clear winner.