If you’re dude is into food (and drink), it makes sense to buy him something he can taste and enjoy. For those who add hot sauce to absolutely everything, the Hot Sauce Club is an absolute saviour – think super-spicy treats from all around the world delivered monthly or quarterly. The Jan Powers Farmers Markets have some rad foodie finds –if he’s a dairy lover you could go for a huge wheel of cheese from Le Fromage Yard or maybe build your own meat tray with goods from Gilly’s Meat House. Into the booze? WhiskyBox is a neat (heh) little subscription service that delivers whiskies from around the world right to your door in tasty instalments. If he’s fond of a nip of the good stuff, then these whisky rocks are a great way to add some chill without diluting the liquid gold. Or, if he’s more of a beer swiller, then the basket beer, complete with a wooden backboard, is a great addition to the man cave.There are also a bunch of kick-ass breweries around Brisbane and the Gold Coast that offer tours of their facilities – check out Newstead Brewing, Burleigh Brewing or even the iconic XXXX Brewery if he’s never been.
The dapper gent
There are a whole bunch of awesome things you can get for guys who like looking sharp. You can’t go wrong with leather, and Hunt does some of the best in the business – go for a sturdy bag or wallet and it will go the distance. If his skincare regime needs updating, Hunter Lab is a great brand to stock up on – the Daily Tool Kit has everything he needs to keep his face and bod in tip-top condition. The Hi Smile kit is one of those things that he didn’t know he needed until you gave it to him – his pearly whites will be looking fly! Cufflinks are a sweet and sentimental option, and we can highly recommend this stand-out set from Georg Jensen. Can’t decide? Man Mail is a saviour in this situation – the site is a treasure trove for unique gifts and packages.Whether it’s in store or online, these guys have got dressing down to an art – Laced, Apartment, Contra, Violent Green and Fast Times all stock killer street threads that can be hard to find, including Carhartt, Comme des Garcons, BornxRaised and Bounty Hunter.
The outdoorsy man
Is he a fan of fresh air? The outdoorsman is well catered for with these cool gifts. The Quad Lock is a genius device that mounts phones to pretty much anything, so if he’s into tracking his bike rides this is a great option. Green thumbs (or those who kind of fail at keeping plants alive) will love the Parrot Pot, a self-watering pot-plant that will keep your indoor plants looking lush all year round. A trip to The Outpost will sort out any keen camping enthusiast – from the rad selection of Opinel knives to the hardy backpacks, you’ll find it all here. If he spends a lot of time in the water, pick up this year’s Ugly Xmas rashie from the Cancer Council – as an added bonus, the funds raised from sales go towards cancer research!
The tech head
This is the guy who is always two moves ahead with all things electronic – keep him happy with these tech options. The Nebula Mars portable cinema is a super-powerful projector device that can make any place a movie theatre – all you need is a blank surface and you’re set. If a regular GPS isn’t cutting it, the Navdy is a very futuristic alternative that syncs your phone to your car and makes the driving experience easy peasy. For a cool throwback gift, swing him a new and improved (but still classic) Nokia 3310 – these bad boys now connect to the 3G network but are still the most solid phone you can find.
The dude who has everything
It can be a very tricky thing buying for the man who seems to have it all, but it’s actually an opportunity to have some fun with it! With summer well and truly here, an inflatable beer pong table is a seriously cool present – he’ll be the hit of every social event this season. How about gifting your gent with a cool experience?Something like an Only T workshop is a bit left of centre, or go for a voucher from QPAC, La Boite Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse or Queensland Theatre for a heady dose of culture. If he’s a bit of a reader, grab him a copy of George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo – it’s got some serious and well-earned hype surrounding it. For gents that like to spin their own tunes, then this timber record storage crate is ideal to house his precious vinyl collection.