Having a pre Christmas meltdown trying to figure out what to get the men in your life? Whether it’s your boyfriend, husband, father, friend or brother, we’ve got you covered. Suiting a range of budgets and age groups, we’ve compiled the perfect list of man must haves this holiday season.
1. Manuscript Magazine
For the fashion minded, new Australian mens fashion magazine Manuscript ticks all the boxes. Forward thinking and intelligent editorial, Manuscript is “less about market saturation as it is about targeting like-minded men, making the worlds of fashion, design and creative arts its focus, illustrated by profiles of and stories about these industries’ respected leaders.” The large scale publication will be available in select retailers and online. Visit www.manuscript-daily.com for details.
2. Institchu Suits and Shirts
Need something personal yet practical? A gift voucher for Institchu may be the perfect solution. A new concept in custom made quality shirts and suiting, the website allows customers to design their own tailer made garments from scratch. From fabrics, collar and cuff styles, to fit, customers have control over every aspect of the design and can even see their dream item in a live view mode. There’s simple video instructions on how to correctly take your measurements, ensuring a perfect fit every time. With shirts starting at $59 and suits at $299, there’s no excuse for your man to look anything but suave all season. Visit www.institchu.com to purchase a gift voucher. Added bonus? First time customers will receive their first shirt for $29. Suit up!
3. Music Concert Tickets
A good present for men of all ages, you can’t really go wrong with some awesome concert tickets. And with a host of international acts, music festivals and indie sideshows, there’s sure to be a show your man will love, what ever his music taste. Check out Sydney venues like the Enmore Theatre (www.enmoretheatre.com.au) and the Metro Theatre (www.metrotheatre.com.au/events/metro) for emerging cool. This summer alone, they are hosting gigs from Foster The People, Girl Talk, Arctic Monkeys, The Horrors, SBTKRT and the legendary Noel Gallagher. For festival fans, try out Future Music Festival, Field Day or an Easter escape to Byron Bay for Bluesfest. R & B boys will go crazy for Kanye West’s January side show at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre. Need something for Dad? Rumour has it Bruce Springsteen, aka “The Boss” is coming to town!
4. Games and Gadgets
As the saying goes, boys love their toys. There’s no faster way to a man’s heart, beside his stomach, than the gift of the gadget. Whether practical or purely novelty, it’s sure to keep them entertained for hours on end. With new releases almost daily, we’ve rounded up our top picks your man will be sure to love. For the action obsessed, a GoPro HD Action Camera (www.gopro.com) is sure to please. Strong, compact, waterproof or helmet mounted, the GoPro is an action man’s best friend. Music lovers who want no distractions will love the BOSE Noise Canceling Headphones (www.worldwide.bose.com/axa/en_au/web/noise_cancelling_headphones/page.html). For the ultimate self sacrificing present you can’t go past Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (www.callofduty.com/mw3). Practically a gamer’s heaven, I can guarantee after this gaming gift it’s likely you won’t see your man for a fortnight at least. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
5. Boeing 737 Flight Simulator Flying Time
Entertain your man’s Top Gun fantasies with this adrenaline filled experience. Australia’s leading Airline Pilot Training Centre is has opened its Boeing 737 simulator to the public. The high tech airline simulator is used to train real pilots, and with sessions starting at $270, your man may start considered a career change. Accommodating up to two pilots at a time, you can go along for the ride, or let him share the experience with a friend. Visit www.flightsimulator737.com.au for gift vouchers and booking details.