While your significant other might moan that you are difficult to shop for, we all know the truth – he’s equally tough to please. You may be a great shopper but the men in your life are always the last ones on your Christmas list before you resort to giving them the boring repertoire of socks and underwear.
But things will change this year. With our male-centric gift guide, you will find just the right present for your sporty kid brother, techy best guy friend, food-obsessed father and fashionista boyfriend. Once you have checked them off your list, head here to discover gift ideas for your picky girlfriends.
God forbid your man’s smartphone runs out of juice; ever. The small suction cups of the Powerskin Hybrid charger attach the device to any smartphone – there’s no need to remove the current case. The slim 10mm design means this charger doesn’t add any extra bulk to his phone so the phone – plus the charger – can still slip into the skinniest of his pants while extending power to 70 percent.
Available at EpiCentre, Challenger, GainCity, Newstead, Nubox, Infinite, Gadget World and Harvey Norman outlets and Mustafa Shopping Centre.
He wishes he could dribble like FC Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas – a wish that Santa might have a hard time granting – but nonetheless, your man can always wear the same soccer boots as the midfielder. The Puma PowerCat 1 FG boots – Fabregas’ footwear of choice - have 3D PST DOU Technology to improve ball grip and kick precision so he’ll always be the man of the match!
Available from Weston stores located at #01-22 Queenway Shopping Centre, #04-09 Peninsular Shopping Centre and #03-49/50 Jem.
This Dreamvision Dreamy Geek projector from Clarity will complete your man’s home theatre. Not only can Full-HD movies and video games be projected onto a 3m wide screen, along with stereo sound playback – finally doing justice to his favourite Godfather movies – the projector has a built-in Wifi feature that connects and streams media from your own home network.
Available from #03-36 & #02-28 The Adelphi.
Your boyfriend may be a child of the ’80s but he’s still obsessed with old-school arcade games. He will be delighted to wear this RJ-Romain Jerome Pac-Man watch that appeals to his inner man-child. The timepiece boasts highly sophisticated construction and also features characters from what he calls the “best video game ever”.
Available exclusively at More Passion by The Hour Glass at #01-24/25 Paragon and L’Atelier by The Hour Glass at #03-06 Ion Orchard.
If your man is too cool for school, a pair of classic New Balance sneakers will be the ideal Christmas present. The evergreen colourways of blue and red make sure these retro running shoes match any outfit and the Encap technology provides support and durability.
Available at all New Balance concept stores.
His shoes are always shiny – proof that your boyfriend takes great pride in his appearance from top to toe. A shoe care kit – like this one from Turms– that is handcrafted out of the finest leather and contains everything a shoe aficionado needs to keep his footwear in tip-top shape, from wooden shoehorn, brushes to polish tins, will make his shoe polishing afternoons that much more enjoyable.
Available from Swagger at #01-01 15 Ann Siang Road. From now till December 25, 2013, shoppers can enjoy at 10 percent discount on the Turms Red Leather College Shoe Car kit.
The Asus PadFone Infinity’s powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor makes for a super quick response time and incredible energy efficiency to solve all your techy man’s smartphone woes. Even night snaps will be picture perfect, thanks to the new PixelMaster camera function that works brilliantly in low-light conditions.
Available at selected ASUS authorised stores, brand stores, StarHub and M1 stores.
At only 1.44kg and less than an inch thick, the ATIV Book 9 Lite has got to be one of the lightest and slimmest laptops on the market – your jet setting man won’t leave home without it. Besides being super portable, the laptop’s SideSync technology allows him to switch from working on the laptop to an Android-based smartphone with a snap of his fingers.
Available at all major consumer electronics stores.
Surprise your man with this Gucci tote that is roomy enough to store all his essentials for a weekend getaway. The unique woven leather top handles and trademark Gucci colours add character to any laidback vacation outfit.
Available at Gucci boutique, check here for locations.
One Direction’s Harry Styles donned the blue shirt version of this heart sweater but you know the man in your life will pull the look off better. Plus, the sweater’s sexy V-neck and double wool and cashmere fabric is a huge upgrade from his superhero sweatshirt you wish would just disappear.
Available at Burberry stores at #02-16/17/18 ION Orchard; #01-25/26/27 Takashimaya Shopping Centre; #B1-103 Marina Bay Sands; #01-32/33 Paragon
So your outdoor-loving man is planning to trek to the Everest base camp? The Heattech Extra Warm line is designed for extra warmth, even in extreme cold conditions. He will not freeze when he layers up over this T-shirt made of a special fabric that has a layer with air pockets to trap heat.
Available at all Uniqlo stores, check here for locations.
Hold, tilt and stand – that’s the three unique ways the Yoga tablet can be handled. Your gamer man will love how he can prop the tablet on the bed at an angle to dive comfortably into the world of killing zombies. The 18-hour battery life also gives him an excuse to never leave his room again.
Available at all Lenovo retailers, check here for locations.
Your man goes everywhere with his iPad Mini. A luxe soft calf leather case – the heritage Louis Vuitton Articles de Voyage signature is actually made of many micro perforations in the leather – will do the trick in protecting his beloved gadget in understated style. There’s even a handy back pocket for cards on the days he travels light.
Available at Louis Vuitton boutiques, check here for locations.
Treat your man to a bespoke tailoring experience. At local men’s shirt bar Marcella, he will go through a four-step process that includes measurements and picking of fabrics. His personal Fit Profiles will be available on Marcella’s servers so any one of the six stores in Singapore can access them and he can also shop online for customised shirts, according to his measurements.
Available at Marcella stores at #04-08 The Cathay; #02-11 Tampines One; #02-86 HarbourFront Centre; #02-331 Marina Square; #02-17 JEM; #01-47 J8 and www.marcellacustom.com.
An exclusive Pendleton woven pattern “Sante Fe Stripe” – a variation of the serape stripe seen in traditional Spanish, Native American and Mexican textiles – jazzes up the signature Dr. Martens 8-eye boot. Your hipster man will stomp along happily in the tan leather footwear that has cozy wool paneling on each side.
Available at Dr. Martens Orchard Central from December 2013.
Support your man’s resolution to get fit in the new year by gifting him with a pair of Sublite Duo Chase runners. The Sublite foam technology and 3D Fuseframe construction make for a lightweight ride with awesome cushioning and support.
Available at Royal Sporting House stores except outlet stores, check here for locations.
It looks like a lens but it’s actually a powerful camera! Wow your photo-buff man with the Cybershot DSC-QX100 lens-style camera. It links to any smartphone via Wi-fi to shoot pictures of standalone camera quality, without the bulk. The phone doesn’t have to be attached to the camera – you can place it anywhere and use your mobile phone to fire the shutter remotely.
Available at at all Sony stores and authorised outlets.
No one will ever knick your design-loving man’s iced coffee by mistake again. This shiny gold tumbler will stand out in the sea of white mugs in the office pantry. Plus, won’t it look like a cool piece of modern art next to his desktop?
Available at all Starbucks outlets, check here for locations.
The satorialist of a man doesn’t step out of the house until he looks perfect from head to toe. While he has no space for boring black socks in his drawer, he won’t be able to resist showing off these quirky, eye catching mustache, bowler hat and pipe print socks that peek out from his cuffed trousers.
Available at Ted Baker stores at #B1-22 Ion Orchard and #01-132 Vivocity.
For the man who thinks he’s a master mixologist. This travelling bar masquerading as a chic hardwood case with leather trimmings has everything he needs – from stainless steel shaker to stirrer – to show off his Bloody Mary-making skills, even at other people’s parties.
Available at Tumi stores at #03-05 Takashimaya Shopping Centre; #01-34 Raffles City Shopping Centre; #B1-127 The Shoppes at Marina Bays Sands; #02-105, Luxury Fashion at Resort World Sentosa; #02-73 Changi Airport Terminal 1.
The art of manliness starts with mastering a clean shave. Your man will love the pre-shave serum, delightfully scented with sweet Moroccan neroli to soften skin for minimal irritation. Finish up by massaging in the post-shave lotion, a light moisturiser with panthenol to pamper sensitive abraded skin. Available at Aesop counters and stores.
A very high protection SPF 50 PA+++ rating makes this sunscreen great for outdoorsy types, while the non-sticky, ultra-comfortable texture encourages your guy to apply this while he traipses about in the sun. Don’t worry about any tell-tale “white mask”: This invisible men’s formulation (30ml) will leave his face matte and feeling comfortable. With a potent combination of patented organic filters Mexoryl SX and XL as well as an encapsulated long-lasting titanium mineral filter that buffers him against photo-aging UVA and UVB rays, he’ll be covered on all fronts. Available at Biotherm counters.
For the stylish sportsman to spritz on after a game of tennis with his buddies. With its athletic composition of sharp Sicilian mandarin, muscular musk and tangy tonka beans, this edgier edition of Chanel’s signature Allure Homme (100ml) will take him from the golf course to dinner with his date. Available at Chanel stores and counters.
This handsome duo by the traditional Sheffield specialist harkens back to the days when shaving was a restful ritual. Give your man his me-time with this faux ivory brush with best-quality badger bristles. Comes with a matching stand, porcelain bowl and shaving soap infused with soothing aloe vera. Available at What He Wants stores.
Best for the nightlife connoisseur. With its matte gunmetal and neon green flacon brimming with virile vigor – think green coriander, patchouli and sexy cedarwood – your man will prowl the night like a dark superhero with the provocative Gucci Guilty Black. Includes EDT (90ml), Shower Gel (50ml) and On the Go Spray (8ml). Available at Gucci stores and counters.
As bold as its flaming red flacon, wearing the exhilarating Hugo Red may well make your younger brother feel (and smell) like he’s taking the wheels of a gleaming sports car. Made all the more intense with the tension between its “hot” and “cool” accords like amber and rhubarb, this packs a powerful punch for the fearless young man. Hugo Red EDT (75ml) and shower gel (100ml). Available at Hugo Boss stores and counters.
For the multi-faceted metrosexual who’s an art appreciator as well as a sports buff, this special edition Kiehl’s set designed by NYC-based graffiti street artist Eric Haze will do very nicely indeed. Clever “K” motif packaging aside, the grab-and-go grooming essentials within will appeal to your man’s no-nonsense sensibilities. Includes a nifty facial wash (250ml) and sunscreen (75ml) from the Facial Fuel range, as well as Kiehl’s soothing Calendula Toner (40ml) and Close Shavers Squadron Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream in White Eagle (15ml). Available at Kiehl’s stores.
No steroids involved here! The whimsically named Body Building Shampoo (250ml) is great for your active man’s oily hair, washing away excess sebum and sweat for hair with well, muscular volume. An essential step in his hair cleansing regimen, this shampoo’s active ingredients include natural and synthetic Copolymer compounds, which pumps up the production of keratin, essentially the building block of hair itself. Available at Philip Kingsley Trichological Centre, #03-08/09 Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road.
This handsome kit will be be great for the frequent flier. Containing a little bit of everything he would need to freshen up after a red-eye flight, The understated gray and white bottles are well-suited, so to speak, to cater to the conservative needs of a buttoned-up businessman. Shiseido Men Moisturizing Emulsion (full-sized), Shaving Cream (50ml), Cleansing Foam (30ml), Skin Empowering Cream (4ml) and ZEN for men EDP (5ml). Available at Shiseido counters.
This all-in-one, three-step grooming kit is outfitted in industrial chic copper-hued tubes, so your man won’t feel embarrassed toting this to his gym shower. The Moisturizing Cleanser (120g), Treatment Essence (150ml), and Age Revitalizing Moisturizer (50g) are shot through with invigorating menthol and saturated with SK-II’s famed Pitera yeast extract – so your man’s skin can feel as cool and soft as Godfrey Gao’s! Available at SK-II counters.