Gift Ideas For Men
What do you do when your best friend’s birthday is coming up and you have no idea what gift you should buy?
Well, here comes the average guy’s standard procedure on how to handle the issue:
You postpone the dragful visit to the local department store until the very last day and then buy him something that has been bought for you — if you’re clever. Or — if you’re desperate — you buy the same item you have bought for somebody else in the past in the vague hope that both parties will never find out about their identical gift.
7 Great Gift Ideas For Men
Never more so, I say. Here come 5 great gift ideas for men that can be applied universally to all age groups and occasions. Learn them by heart, rotate them them every year and hasting into crowded shops in the very last minute and with no idea on what to get to go will be a permanent thing of the past. Safe your yourself time and avoid the usual hassle that comes with buying gifts by taking these gift ideas into your personal gift-portfolio.
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Where they can be bought
— Ready for 7 great alternatives to the usual socks & ties?
#1 | A Gift Card
What is the number one gift when you simply are clueless on what to buy? That’s a right, a gift voucher. This one throws the decision of what to buy back at the giftee who — in any case — will be thankful for the gift card as it simply resembles a nicer version of giving out cash.
As a plus many stores offer gift cards and envelopes that present the voucher in a more favorable light than simply handing over a plastic card charged up with money. Buy a voucher from the biggest department store in town — or simply get one for amazon.com.
- Low, but not as low as you might think.
- 50 – 100€ (case-by-case decision)
Where To Get It:
- Your local department store (for the classic gift card. Often comes in a classy envelope).
- Your local 7/11 (for the Amazon.com gift card. No envelope, but can be charged with the amount you would like right at the register).
The beginner’s take on a classic gift idea.
#2 | A Massage Voucher
As if the idea of buying a voucher could ever go out of style.
This one is just a little more specific while at the same time provides for a really great experience. It may be not the most apt idea for your boss, business partner or anybody you do not know that well, but is a great gift idea for any man that you are a bit closer with.
Be sure get a voucher for one of the better massage salons in the city as it will increase the wow-effect immensly: the better the massage the more lasting will be the impression your gift made. Anybody working from an office chair will freely vouch for that.
- Medium. Tops the classic gift voucher.
- ~40€ for a 90-minute massage
Where To Get It:
- Your local massage salons. Yelp & Google are your friends
Too intimate for a professional gift. Else: perfect.
#3 | A Watch
There are people trying to tell you that the way of getting the time these days is to reach into your pocket for your phone.
Hogwash, I proudly say. The classic way for any man to get the time is by a slight turn of his wrist.
The Irony series by Swiss manufacturer Swatch is the perfect approach to high quality and professional looks without a fortune on a Rolex, Breitling etc. Models come in all types and designs with the Swatch Irony Chrono Brown (YVS400) clearly sticking out.
- Low-Medium. Shows man-related interest. Nothing too creative, though.
- A stable 155€. No matter if bought online or in retail
Where To Get It:
- Your local watch store. Also try the official Swatch online shop.
Perfect for younger men as a classy watch will be news to them.
#4 | A Voucher For The Barbershop
The last voucher recommendation, I promise.
Luck has it that Europe is facing a massive revival of a traditional part of male culture, namely that of the Barbershop. Originating in times when drinking at the local dive bar was not an every day option for the working class the Barbershop served as a great alternative to socializing among men.
These days Barbershops are a unique blend of the best the 1950s had to offer and high-revenue venues: Their prices can be somewhat demanding. 87€ for a full-featured shaving treatment at a well-known Barbershop in Copenhagen might be owed to the overall high price-level in Denmark, but even in lower priced environments like Warsaw can a visit to the barbershop be spendy.
#5 | Leather Gloves
Mandatory for anyone riding a motorcycle leather gloves are a classy man-gift for the non-biker as well.
Wearing pair of gloves that has a decent linen or cashmere filling will prevent frozen hands in winter.
Plus they come with a certainsocial feature: A quality pair of gloves allow you to somwhat create a professional distance between you and people. In a very mild and subtle way that will not come across as bold or pompous.
- Medium-High. Depending on whether the giftee is used to wearing gloves.
- 49€ for a decent pairat the local store
- 239€ for an Italy-made handsewn pair lined with cashmere.
Where To Get It:
- Your local leather goods store
- Our recommendation: A handmade pair of Mario Portolano from luisaviaroma.com (149€, free international shipping).
More of a winter gift. Classy and timeless.
#6 | A Moleskine Notebook
Smartphones are not for men. Fiddling around on a minuature computer screen or even “swiping” away – preferably with your pinky spread out – has an eyebrow-raising touch to it.
Apart from that every ever-so-fancy smartphone or blackberry loses by landslide against a quick reach into your jacket’s pocket for pencil and your Molkesine.
As an essential travel packing tip for men the Moleskine (“Mo-leh-skee-neh”) should be part of any traveling man’s toolbox. It revives the almost forgotton culture of taking things seriosly by taking things down. Forget self-recorded voice memos and taking pictures, his own handwriting is what a man should trust the most.
- High. An urban myth says E. Hermingway used Moleskine notebooks exclusively. Sadly, he died before the Moleskine company was even founded.
- From 12,90€
Where To Get It:
- Your well-sorted stationery shop
- The official Moleskine online shop offers the Moleskine Classic (image) for a total of 14,61€ (shipping included).
Classy and timeless. Hemmingway would approve.
#7 | A Flask
This one is special.
The flask is the mobile equivalent to the whiskey crewet residing on a sideboard. Even though today it is mostly soldiers portrayed in movies that make use of the flask while in the trenches the flask is the perfect tool to bring your type of liquor to the party.
Imagine going to a friend’s house where you would be sure that your brand of whiskey won’t be around – the flask will have you covered. Bringing your own liquor with you is a matter of personal flavor and taste. After all, it is a tiny flask – and not a bottle.
Again, a gift only for your better friends. (Can be seen as a hint at a probable drinking problem).
Probably the manliest gift idea ever.