Its been a long, tough year for most of us, and with less than a week to go before Christmas, the idea of visiting a mall to search for a present might seem like a new level of hell. So, here are a few gifts that, depending on what type of guy you are or are buying for, might be perfect.
Gadgets are always a good idea, and lately, there have been a string of new products on the market that are now considered must-haves.
1. The iPad Air from Apple.
Significantly thinner, faster, and lighter than its predecessors, the iPad air is simply the leading tablet on the market (at the moment). Your guys will love this gift, as it demonstrates that you understand the importance of him having the latest tech gadgets for his standing in his social circle hierarchy. What’s more, accompany this gift with a iStore gift card, complete with a mini review of the latest games, and you will blow him away. Why? Because this gives him the idea that you are giving him permission to dedicate more time to playing games – just what a game-mad tech-junkie want’s to hear.
Price: R8 999.00
Stockist: 64BG 3G&Wifi
2. The PS4
As with the iPad Air, the PS4 is also the perfect gift that lets your guy know you understand his needs. the PS4 remains the leading game console currently on the market, so much so that you may find it problematic to get your hands on one as reports have suggested that they have almost sold out nationally. But beware, the PS4 goes two steps beyond the iPad Air in giving your guy permissions in the household. If you buy him this, essentially you are relinquishing all rights to the TV, you are telling him to spend more time playing games and less time on you, as well as telling him to invite his friends around more often.
Price: Varied, but expect prices from R6 500.00
Stockist: CNA, Musica, Toys Are Us
3. Parrot Zik Headphones
There have also been a series of headphones flooding the market, but perhaps one of the best is the Parrot Zik headphones designed by Philippe Starck. Not only are these headphones beautifully designed by one of the world’s most iconic designers, these beauties are wireless and connect through a strong bluetooth signal. What’s more is that the sound quality is phenomenal, reminiscent of an B&O quality, and the noise cancelling function simply adds to the listening pleasure. To finish it off, there are now dials on these headphones, but instead, simple finger motion swipes on the side of the speaker directs volume control, play and pause.
Price: R3 750.00
4. Nespresso Gran Maestria Coffee Machine
For the coffee lover, this is the ultimate gift. Not only will you introduce him to the wide range of delicious coffee selections offered by Nespresso, but, this beast of a coffee machine will make preparing the coffee as enjoyable as consuming the beverage.
Stockist: @Home Store and Nespresso stores
5. Tom Ford Tuscan Leather Cologne
Drive her wild…for two reasons. Firstly, Tom Ford has created a series of captivating private collection colognes with high perfume percentages – the result are fragrances that are as definitive, enticing and alluring as his clothing. The Tuscan Leather fragrance is a powerful mixture of saffron, raspberry, thyme, olibanum, and jasmine scents, imbued with leather, black suede, and amberwood notes. Secondly, he fact that you know who Tom Ford is will appeal to her.
Price: R1750.00 (50 ml)
Stockist: Stuttafords Waterfront or Sandton City
6. L’Occitane’s Ambre and Santal Fragrance
Similarly, L’Occitane’s Ambre and Santal fragrance, from their Grasse collection, will also get her, and possibly a few other women, rubbing up a little closer to get a good sniff or two. As the name states, the fragrance has been created by combining two powerful base notes, that usually stand alone, but in this case, the creator has found that they complement each other well to create something new. Expect a strong masculine fragrance with notes smoky and woody notes.
Price: R755.oo (75 ml)
Stockist: L’Occitane stores in Waterfront, Cavindish, Melrose Arch, Menlyn Centre, Gateway and Hype Park.
7. Chivas 18 Pininfarina
Take a phenomenal whisky and team it up with a designer icon, and you get the Chivas 18 Pininfarina. A perfect collaboration between two brands known for their substance, style, luxury and craftsmanship. The Chivas 18 Pininfarina is the perfect gift for the discerning gentleman, who appreciates the finer things in life. Buying him this will let him know that you understand exactly the type of man he is – a man that appreciates and deserves something special.
Price: R POA (750 ml)
Stockist: Order on application from Pernod Ricard South Africa
8. Anne Rice’s Wolves of Midwinter
No, there are no vampires in this series. While Anne rice is perhaps best known for the Vampire Chronicle series, her newest series entitled the Wolf Gift Chronicles takes us down the road of a Wolf Man for modern times. The manner in which she masterfully creates the world of a man coming to terms with the beast inside is captivating, and also slightly concerning, as she really does get into the mindset of a guy pretty well. Wolves of Midwinter is the second book in the series, so I would suggest you first read The Wolf Gift, but I would also suggest you get this as a second gift. Its a riveting storyline for the guy that has a bit of wolf in him.
Stockist: Exclusive Books
9. Cold Steel Marauder
Nothing screams “tough guy” like a damn good knife. And if you are looking for a blade that will, well, practically cut through anything, have a look at the Col Steel Marauder. The 9-inch Japanese stainless steel blade, encased in a double quillion sub hilt Kray-Ex, was designed with WWII combat knives in mind – hence the name Marauder. Its a gift your guys will appreciate – and may bring out his inner combat soldier.
Stockist: Around R1 700.00
10. A Tattoo
And nothing says “I love and accept you, and I want you to express yourself” like a tattoo. Its a present that will never be thrown out, and will always be around, even when you aren’t. Also, its a gift that will score points with the guys, “yeah, she bought me a tattoo”.
Stockist: Your nearest tattoo parlor