A curated selection of gifts for men so that you never have to buy him another book, tie or pair of socks again.
Finding a gift for that special man in your life can be notoriously difficult because it seems like he owns just about everything you can possibly think of. Those stacks of unread books and the grand selection of ties he has never worn are good enough indication that you need to start looking beyond the usual. Sure, another pair of socks for his birthday won’t hurt, you imagine, especially because they’re of the luxury cashmere variety. We hate to break it to you, but he doesn’t need another dull gift in his life. The way to make a man happy is to buy him a gift that he can actually enjoy with his group of friends. Packed with unique and cool gift ideas and experiences for men, this gift list will have him smiling from ear to ear every time he uses them.
Big boys’ toys
Ever wondered why men get terribly excited with just the thought of remote-controlled gadgets? Of course, it’s because they love wheels and wings and everything that flies. More importantly, nothing comes quite as close to the sheer excitement of flying an unmanned aerial vehicle. Gifting him a radio-controlled photography drone, like the DJI Phantom 4 4K, is a sure-shot way to blow him away. Capable of 28 minutes of flying time and fitted with a 12 mega-pixel camera that records 4K videos at 30fps and Full HD videos at 120fps, this RC drone is worth its price. Drones are widely available online, via Snapdeal or eBay, and although drone laws in India are not yet set in stone because of safety and security concerns, drone owners need to secure necessary permits from local administration authorities, and a DGCA operator permit, as of March 2016. Even the crazy amount of paperwork isn’t something that will curb his excitement of owning and flying a drone.
A golfing holiday
A stress-free golf holiday is another interesting experience that he can enjoy with his friends. Depending on your budget, it can be in India or abroad. There are plenty of travel sites now offering golf holidays including the likes of Indianholiday.com and Indiagolftours.com. Among the more popular places in India are Royal Springs in Srinagar (before the current troubles began), the Oxford Golf & Country Club in Pune and the Golfshire Club in Bengaluru. Then there are others who offer golf tours that allow you to play at various courses. For example the Hill Stations Golf Tour takes you across courses in Coimbatore, Kodaikanal and Ooty, while the Golden Triangle With Golf Tour features Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Chandigarh and Shimla. Similarly there are various packages on offer for golf tours in countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc.
A gift that keeps on giving
What do you gift a man who seems to have it all? Give him a really high-end smart TV so that he can watch the next big game with his friends. A state-of-the-art smart TV makes for one of the most practical gadget-related gifts that money can buy. Samsung has a vast line-up of newly launched SUHD models that offer a distinctly enhanced viewing experience compared to conventional UHD TVs. Even most of Sony’s Bravia range of smart TVs offers fantastic picture performance. With access to the Internet, he’ll enjoy binge-watching all his favorite Netflix shows, too.
Games guys play
Having bought him a state-of-art TV indulge his love for gadgets and gaming with a gaming-related gift. No idea where to start? You could gift him a gaming device, like the Xbox One or PS4, which will be the perfect addition to his hallowed media room. If he already owns a gaming device, consider buying him some video games. EA Sports FIFA 16, Assassin’s Creed, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain are just some of the newly launched games, but we suggest you check in with his friends to make sure he hasn’t played any of them yet. A word of warning though: He’ll thank you a million times over for this gift, but be prepared to see very little of your better half once he receives it.
If he’s a thrill seeker, he’ll appreciate a gift that’s loaded with sheer adrenaline. Fly Nirvana in Kamshet offers paragliding courses for beginners, as do many of the operators in the incredibly scenic Bir-Billing area in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. A three-day taster course will teach him the basics of gliding, including as many solo glides as his energy permits. Even a tandem skydive by 360Global in Aamby Valley or a river rafting package in Rishikesh (more details on Rishikeshtourism.in) will bring out the adventurous side in him. Or, you could gift him that once-in-a-lifetime scuba diving experience at any of the PADI-certified dive centres in Thailand. Closer to home, the scuba packages by DiveIndia in Andaman Islands are just as good.
Wine or Single Malt tasting tours
Gifting him a vintage bottle of wine or Single Malt might make him happy. But there’s a lot more that can delight the wine lover. A vineyard tour and wine tasting package, or alternately a Single Malt tasting tour with his friends makes for a great gift. As he swirls, sniffs and sips his way through a host of wines or Single Malt, he’ll cherish the experience of learning about how these are made and bottled. For wine tours you don’t even have to go very far. A short drive away from Mumbai, Nashik — India’s very own Napa Valley —boasts several wineries and vineyards. Of course you can send them to more famous places like Bordeaux in France and Barrosa valley in Australia as well. As for Single Malts, there is no alternative to the famous distilleries of Scotland.
A gift to feed his need for speed
Gift him a go-karting experience if he fancies speed and Formula One-style racing. He’ll definitely enjoy a day on the track with his friends for company at one of the many outdoor go-karting facilities in Indian cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Bangalore. Better still, especially if he’s an avid Formula One fan, would be to gift him an F1 package in nearby countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi or Bahrain. Thomas Cook and Trail Blazer Tours India are just some of the authorised Grand Prix ticket sellers in India that offer travel packages too (more details at Singaporegp.sg).
Gifts that raise the bar
A man who appreciates a good drink, will always welcome good barware as a gift. Whether it’s a personalised whisky decanter or a set of cool beer mugs, it’s hard to go wrong with drinking gifts. They could make for interesting additions to his prized bar. If he has plenty of barware, a good old-fashioned bottle of scotch will do the trick. Along with the barware make sure that you gift him a few bottles of the finest whisky. You can’t go wrong with Johnny Walker Black Label, loved for its exceptionally smooth and mellow taste.
By Beverly Pereira
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