It’s not always easy to buy a man the perfect gift, but when you get it right, you could end up with a present that is so spectacular, you are tempted to keep it for yourself! Whether the intended recipient is a buddy, your boss, your bother or your dad, our five top ideas for gifts for men are definitely going to him smile.
A TIME TO GIVE
If you want to ensure your gesture is remembered all the time, nothing tops a fine ticker. We’re fans of TAG Heuer — the brand is so versatile that even its ambassadors range from Shah Rukh Khan to French DJ David Guetta! From the classic Carrera and Link to our favourite Aquaracer, TAG ticks all the boxes when it comes to a premium timepiece. However, if you want to opt for something a tad less pricey, Armani, Balmain, Gucci, Raymond Weil and Tissot have a fair few watches on offer that strike a healthy balance between design, brand value and cost.
OFF THE CUFF
Staying in the general vicinity of the wrist, but moving on from timepieces, we’re currently fixating on cufflinks as gifts. Some men find them fussy and cumbersome, but for the fashionable fellow who is willing to add a few minutes to his grooming routine, a classy set of cufflinks would be more than welcome. Chosen wisely, these tiny trinkets can say a lot about a man — and even more about how you perceive the recipient of this gift. We vote against flashy cufflinks that make a point of screaming ‘brand,’ so steer clear of visible logos. Instead of Ferragamo’s Gancini cufflinks, for instance, pick their super-cool ‘Textured Split Barrel’ cufflinks or their ‘Gem Zodiaco Fantasy’ cufflinks. From Paul Smith’s extensive range, pick a set of ‘Tin Car’ cufflinks or the absolutely adorable ‘Multi Stripe Pencil’ cufflinks. Of course you could always splurge at a local jeweller, where custom-designed cufflinks can be ordered to your exact specifications.
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ALONG
It is remarkable how many men have innumerable clothes, shoes and even sunglasses, but lug along the bag that came with their laptop to work every day! A smart briefcase is an absolute must-have and we feel so passionately about it, that our list of recommendations in this department alone could spawn a time. If your budget permits a trip to Gucci or Louis Vuitton, go that way, or tour the closest Tumi store. However, if you have a liking for locally-produced leather goods, Hidesign and Nappa Dori top our list. The former’s ‘Salvador’ briefcase would make a great gift, while the latter (available online at www.nappadori.com) has a range of handcrafted bags called the ‘Grenadier’ that pack a punch and may tempt you past endurance to buy an extra one for yourself.
GENIE IN A BOTTLE - SCOTCH AS A GIFT
If you want to win brownie points and possibly partake in the gifting experience too, a fine scotch whisky is just the ticket. It rewards the palate, invites warm and wonderful nostalgia, and allows you to bond while you pause to appreciate life’s finer things. Distilled, matured and blended in Scotland, Black Dog is amongst our favourite gifts to give. Available in four fabulous blends — all smooth and distinctly flavourful — this is an indulgence to be savoured and shared on special occasions. Add a cheese basket to subtly suggest the recipient of this treat should open his bottle instantly… and then relax, unwind and enjoy the pause with this delightful gift.
A SIGNATURE GIFT
We have a serious weakness for stationary, so personalised notecards, custom-engraved luggage tags and monogrammed letterheads are always a hit — both to give and receive! If you choose to go down this road, be careful with your spellings, because there is absolutely nothing worse than a personalised gift that misspells the name of its recipient. A safer option, if you have any doubt at all, is an elegant pen. Peruse the offerings from S.T. Dupont, Montblanc and Graf Von Faber-Castell (they never disappoint), or just pick a tech-savvy pen with a stylus from either Sheaffer or Cross. What’s not to love?
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