LIVEINSTYLE.COM recommends a handful of gifts that are perfect for sharing and savouring together…
There’s nothing nicer than making an effort for a friend or loved one that is both well received and truly appreciated. Yet, with the delicate art of gift-giving, it takes thought to ensure your present doesn’t end up in the proverbial recycle bin reserved for ‘blah’ gifts. Of course you want to make an impression with a memorable gift, but with our tips you may be able to do more than that!
If the purpose of a gift is to demonstrate that you care, you must consider the likes and dislikes of the gift’s recipient. You certainly don’t want your gift to be an empty gesture and so we’ve handpicked a selection of presents that are designed to savour and share together — these are the gifts that give joy in spades and allow you to partake in some memorable merriment…
Sugar and spice and all things nice
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The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach — and the adage isn’t reserved for women trying to impress their beaus. From cookies, cake and chocolates to savoury delights, a gift basket packed with delectable treats is sure to win you ‘brownie points’ with your buddies. Opt for lavash and breadsticks (Italian ‘Rosmarino’ by Bibanesi, if you can find them) with a selection of cheese, or take the sweet route with some of our top picks. Founded in Hokkaido, Japan, Royce’ is the perfect pick for a chocolate gift box of unmatched quality. Available at Royce’ stores in Mumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Kolkata (and elsewhere around the world of course), these mostly-rectangular nuggets of premium chocolate are sure to tickle the taste buds of any chocolate connoisseur. If you are looking for something off the beaten track, choose from a boutique gourmet food service, akin to Mumbai favourites COO (Country of Origin) or Sleight of Hand (www.sleightofhand.in). While the former offers up a variety of delightful fine foods and desserts, the folks at Sleight of Hand specialise in to-die-for brownies. Pick the local equivalent if you live elsewhere, and take along this twist on a ‘party pack’ to share with friends when the occasion permits.
Gift an experience
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For a lover or even a very dear friend, a couples massage is the ultimate treat. This shared gift is high on our list of recommendations because it tells the recipient that you recognise their need for some downtime and you want to enjoy this pause together. For a larger group of friends, your family or a handful of colleagues, why not buy passes to a stand-up comedy show — it’s the ultimate stress buster and will give you a shared memory to laugh about together for years to come. If that’s not your thing, a sumptuous meal or local adventure holiday may be just the ticket for a shared gift that is sure to be appreciated.
For a gentleman of taste, choose from the Scotch Whisky Collection and gift a bottle of liquid sunshine that celebrates male bonding like no other gift can. This isn’t just an indulgence to be savoured by friends and shared on special occasions — good scotch is a platform for relishing remembrances from the past and building memories for the future. “Too much of anything is bad,” said American author and humourist Mark Twain, “but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” Whether it comes to gifting scotch, drinking it or (better still) gifting it and drinking it together, we couldn’t agree more!
The games people (should) play
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We hear people say ‘boys will be boys’ and ‘men never grow up’ all the time and yet, when it comes to giving gifts, we rarely think of toys as suitable gifts for grown men. We’re firm believers in gifting games — they can be shared, they bring joy to all those who play them and they help in switching the mood to ‘fun’ almost instantly. Designed for all budgets, you could choose from Taboo (our all-time favourite party game) or Yahtzee (the deluxe travel edition makes a great gift), or you could spend big on an exotic chess set (though that limits you to two players). American designer Jonathan Adler brings pizazz to playing with his take on Tic Tac Toe, Backgammon and Dominoes. Try taking a game as a gift to your next engagement and see shared nights of fun and laughter result from this simple gesture!
Cook up a storm
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Most men secretly want to slap on an apron, get behind a barbeque, cook up a storm and then (and this is the best part) gloat in the resultant praise while their friends and family gleefully lick their chops. For every Gordon Ramsay we have a Rahul Akerkar — not that you have to be a chef to enjoy this gift. As long as the intended recipient of this present has an inclination in the cooking department, why not give a cookbook to a friend? From ‘Bake it Like a Man’ and ‘Man meets Stove’ to any number of Jamie Oliver cookbooks, a good guide to rocking it in the kitchen (or out on a barbeque) can ensure you get invited to be the guinea pig on a string of occasions — and, as the food gets better, this gift will get to be fun for you too!
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