Searching ‘gifts for him’ online can return all manner of obscure results, many of which are either totally obvious or completely oblivious. We understand you want to get him something thoughtful, something unique, or maybe even something creative (sock puppets are still a big no).
Of course, there is much to consider when buying a gift for a man: go too flashy and he doesn’t like it, you risk wasting a lot of money. Lowball it, however, and you could low-key sour the relationship.
To help you avoid either scenario, we’ve compiled a list of the most unique and functional gifts your hunky half will ever lay eyes on. Whether it’s a personable pen, something new to stock the drinks trolley or a pair of headphones to help him through some gruelling workouts, these gifts for him are sure to be met with applaud.
Depending on how long you’ve been dating this could easily trip you up. If you haven’t been together all that long, subtly check for things he likes, wine, for instance, before splurging on a vintage bottle of Australian red wine. If you’ve been married for millennia, chances are you’ve bought him a fair amount of what he likes already, so time to switch it up a little. Y’know, like you would in the bedroom.
Because you want your gift to be unique to him, you should avoid the generic items you can rely on his distant relatives to buy at Christmas. Novelty socks, for example, or gift vouchers for stores he’s almost never going to shop at.
Birthday presents, Valentine’s gifts and Christmas presents for him require no justification. Neither do anniversaries. However, if you are impatient to buy your man a token of affection, just make your own occasion; commit credit-card fraud, get in on a money-laundering scheme, lie, cheat, steal, tell him you find his best mate supremely attractive – the options are endless!
Got your excuse sorted? Now just pick your man one of these gifts and he’ll be beaming like a Cheshire Cat.
For The Man Who Has Everything
Get your man something he's definitely will love. DMARGE has released a series of limited edition framed prints from history's unseen moments. From Steve Mqueen to James Bond, this limited series is a great choice for men everywhere.
For The Man Who Deserves The Best Smartphone
If your beau needs a device that not only functions superbly as a smartphone but doubles up as a luxury accessory, then he needs the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is a marvel of modern smartphone design, serving as both a fully functioning smartphone when folded and a tablet when unfolded, thanks to its flexible glass display. With the large 7.6-inch tablet-like display, you can run multiple apps simultaneously, and even choose how you want the apps to be laid out, so you can check the news, write an email, and scroll through your latest snaps all at the one time. Packed with the latest in smartphone camera technology and the ability to take hands-free photos and videos with Flex Mode, it's all the phone he could ever need.
For The Man Who Values Exclusivity
The world of horology isn’t short of dive watches, make no mistake. But few can match the TAG Heuer x Bamford Watch Department Aquaracer for style and substance. Taking an already handsome timepiece, Bamford has gifted TAG Heuer’s latest Aquaracer with hints of orange, the Bamford logo and a sandblasted titanium case, bracelet and bezel. It’s downright cool and its limited number makes it even more desirable. Go on, give your man the gift of exclusivity.
For The Man Who Wants To Be Seen
Flip phones were once the pinnacle of cool in the world of phones, but they were slowly phased out by the more common brick-style. Samsung has reinvented the flip phone with the Galaxy Z Flip. Rocking a single large display that literally folds in half (a testament to Samsung's technological prowess), the Galaxy Z Flip is the phone to be seen with.
And it doesn’t stop at its revolutionary flexible glass display. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip has a camera that stands on its own for hands-free videos and selfies, a dual battery that can last all day, and 5G connectivity for seriously fast downloads* (5G model only).
The flip action is completely seamless, and when folded closed, is small enough to fit into any pocket.
For The Coffee-Drinking Party-Loving Man
If your man (like the rest of Australia) is obsessed with coffee, why keep it to just a morning ritual? Mr Black allows him to enjoy it at night, too. The locally-made coffee liqueur has taken the country (and the world) by storm, and uses 100% Specialty-Grade’ Arabica Coffee to create a complex liqueur that is bold, balanced and unapologetically coffee.
Enjoy it simply over ice, or try a Cold Brew Old Fashioned by mixing equal parts Mr Black and your favourite whiskey.
For The Retrospective Man
It’s less than 10 days until Christmas, and with Australia still tackling ever-changing forms of travel restrictions, many of us are thinking of ways we can connect with our loved ones at the end of this year. This Christmas, Ancestry.com.au can help you give the gift of family connection, at a time when you may not be able to see your loved ones in person. The AncestryDNA® Kit is a meaningful gift that will help the curious family member discover where they come from and learn more about their ancestors’ journeys that paved the way to who they are now.
$89 plus shipping in December.
For The Swash-Buckling Rum Lover
Much like lost treasure, this Kraken Black Spiced Rum Limited Edition Glass Bottle was pulled from the dark ocean depths where the Kraken resides. The premium glass vessel is beautifully tainted with gold detailing for the most deserving of rum lovers.
Only a select amount of bottles have been made, so dive deep this Christmas and treat your significant other to a limited-edition Unknown Deep bottle from The Kraken Black Spiced Rum.
For The Man Who Needs The Essentials
Sure, you could spend thousands on a luxury watch boasting premium materials and precise timekeeping, or you could get your man a Swatch 1983 Sistem51, gifting him an incredibly similar experience for a fraction of the price of its other Swiss counterparts. Inspired by the Swiss company’s very first watch, featuring just 51 moving parts, the 1983 Sistem51 offers him a genuine Swiss automatic watch for an incredibly attractive price. Better still, the latest models are made from bio-sourced materials, meaning they’re just as kind to the planet.
For The Man Who Wants More For His Money
While your wine lover may be satisfied with our other suggestions further down, he'll definitely be pleased with wine from the best Aussie winemakers courtesy of Naked Wines.
This Australian service gives you direct access to independent winemakers. These wineries receive financial backing from Naked Wines to produce the very best drops, with none of it going on marketing or other stuff you can't taste.
This means your man gets direct access to Australia’s best winemakers and the chance to discover a brand new favourite. Plus, DMARGE even unlocked $100* off your first case!
*Terms & Conditions Apply
For The Party DJ
It's always good to be liked at a party, but if he doesn't posses natural charisma, he may have impeccable music taste.
What better way to be the DJ than with the JBL Flip 5 Eco edition. The first eco-friendly product to come from JBL, the audio masters also have an incredible track record when it comes to producing superb-sounding speakers. This Flip 5, easily one of the best portable Bluetooth wireless speakers available right now, has been made even better with the use of 90% recycled plastic in its build.
Waterproof and with a PartyBoost function that allows it to pair with other compatible JBL speakers, you'll upgrade your pool parties forever.
For The Workout Man Needing A Wardrobe Refresh
An everyday essential T-shirt with athleisure influence, the Calibre Striped Cuff Mercerised Cotton T-shirt is an effortlessly styled piece to fit into any man's frequent style rotation.
Featuring a triple striped rib cuff in navy, white and green, made from a superfine rayon that creates a clean surface with optimal stretch, retaining its shape.
For The Workout Warrior
Modex is for those looking to improve performance and aid recovery, so you can train harder whilst enjoying a better sense of wellbeing.
It contains the potent ingredient, Pycnogenol, clinically proven to boost the production of Nitric Oxide (NO), increasing blood flow while reducing both inflammation and oxidative stress.
Ideal for Professional & recreational athletes.
For The Charcoal BBQ Lover
Whether he's a seasoned barbecue professional or an occasional burner of brisket, the Everdure Cube is the perfect gift for men in Australia. Completely portable, so you can take it to the beach, to the park or just about anywhere you want to grill some sangas or a couple of kangaroo steaks and available in a choice of uber-cool colours, this tabletop BBQ grill makes a perfect birthday or Christmas present.
For The Timekeeping Man
A chronograph watch is an invaluable tool for a man who needs to time various events and none do quite as good a job while remaining perfectly wearable each and every day than the TAG Heuer Carrera. The Swiss watchmaker’s latest model, the Carrera Chronograph Sport, can be had with a fetching blue dial and matching ceramic bezel. It will make a refreshing change to his black or white-dialled watch and blue is often seen as a colour that is becoming increasingly popular. Add to that precise timekeeping thanks to TAG Heuer’s in-house Heuer 02 calibre with 80-hour power reserve and he’ll be out timing laps and speeds for days on end.
For The Foward-Thinking Spirit Lover
If your man likes to dabble in cognac or whiskey, or perhaps both, then he will love Martell Blue Swift. The Maison's most recent bottle is completely unique, taking cognac VSOP and finishing it in bourbon casks. Easy to drink neat or an absolute joy in cocktails, Blue Swift will find pride of place on the spirit shelf.
For The Man Who Loves A Froth Whitlam
If your husband or boyfriend loves the amber nectar – and if he's Australian, then he almost certainly will – then the Montana Beer History Art Print is the perfect gift for his man cave or any other part of the house you want him to escape to. A creative and thoughtful gift if ever we saw one, it could start a whole new love for art collecting.
For The Workout Man
If he's the workout type who loves to listen to some tunes whilst tearing up the gym floor, he'll love the Jaybird Vista. Dustproof, shockproof, waterproof and sweatproof, they're quite literally life-proof. They may be small in size but they deliver huge sound for hours on end (16 in total) and the only time they'll come out his ears is when he physically removes them.
For The Beach-Going Man
While it's easy to snap up a pair of stylish swim shorts to look good at the beach, taking your everyday backpack isn't always so great. This Utility Tote bag from up-and-coming Sydney-based brand Hershan couldn't be more perfect for those summer beach days.
Available in three sizes and with a large, non-fastening opening, it's tough and durable organic cotton and handcrafted construction will more than hold its own on the sand, while providing plenty of space for your towel, water bottle, speaker, book, slides and more. It's also quite possibly the best-looking tote bag we've ever seen.
For The Bookish Man
If you're looking to get your surf obsessed boyfriend through a summer flat spell, they will appreciate this gift from king of trash prose, Chas Smith.
Charting the course of surfing history from the wild 70s and 80s through to the present day, and it's shift in image to be all about clean living, this is a book that isn't just for those who froth on waves, but anyone who appreciates history.
For The Thirsty Man
Eco-friendly men will be enamoured by this cutting edge, stylish water bottle that stays cold for 24 hours and hot for 12.
An easy birthday gift for the boyfriend or a Christmas present for dad, a reusable water bottle has pretty much become a necessity and is a small step you can take to make the world a better place.
For The Man Who Likes A Bit Of Bling
If your man likes scoop necks, Jack Sparrow, Gucci or all of the above you can't go wrong with a bit of Gucci bling. It's cool and will get noticed for the right reasons.
Although jewellery is traditionally given as gifts for birthdays, Christmas or even Valentine's Day, there's nothing to say you can't get your husband or boyfriend a gift anytime throughout the year. Go on, he deserves it.
For The Man Who Like His Movies At Home
If your Netflix n' Chill is lacking a little something, then you'll want to check out the DMARGE list of best online sex shops. If that area is taken care of just fine, then you may find it's the Netflix part that needs some fire. Enter, the JBL Bar 2.1. The sound revelation you and your partner need, this JBL bar with wireless subwoofer will provide a serious upgrade to your TV's rather thin-sounding speakers. Explosions of all kinds will benefit.
For The Man With Great Hair
If your man takes pride in his appearance (and we'd like to think he does) then he'll do well to use some of the finest hair styling product around for an impeccable look.
PATRICKS' matte finish medium hold styling product will be an instant hit for prince charming and his luscious locks.
For The Aspiring Supercar Owner
If he can't yet afford that dream supercar, gift him the next best thing, such as this Lego Lamborghini Sián FKP 37. Only just over 3,500 pieces separate him from owning a piece of automotive heaven and a 1:8 scale model of one of the fastest cars on the planet. Moving parts galore, he can even pretend to drive it with a paddle-shift gearbox, setting the moving V-12 engine into motion. He'll literally be like a kid at Christmas.
For The Global Traveller
Any global traveller will tell you that you can only really be called a 'traveller' if you have a passport cover, and this one from Harber London is one of the most luxurious out there. Handcrafted from full grain vegetable tanned leather, it will not only hold his passport in supreme comfort, but bank notes, loose change and a few cards as well. The leather will naturally patina over time, until the point it look as well-travelled as him.
For The Interstate Traveller
If your husband is partial (or work-obliged) to the odd business trip the Montblanc Sartorial Jet Nylon-Panelled Cross-Grain Leather Briefcase is a great choice.
With enough storage for those all-important documents, along with his laptop, it's a luxurious gift that will show just how much you love him.
For The Man That Still Has A Velcro Wallet
If he really is still rocking a tri-fold wallet for his cards and cash, then you really need to do something about it. All he really needs in nowadays is a card wallet (who carries cash, really?) and something like a Saint Laurent card holder is a fine choice.
Made from real leather and rocking a slimline silhouette that won't make a dent in his jeans, it will hold his most essentials cards securely, while the branding will let his friends know he's better than them.
For The Fashionable Travelling Man
If he's a regular traveller for work, then he'll be needing something to take good care of his suits
Samsonite's ExB 2.0 Ultra Valet Garment Bag is the perfect option, protecting his suits and business wear in epic sartorial style. He'll be able to unpack his crease-free garments in his hotel room and wonder what he ever did without you.
For The Man Who Remembers How To Write
If you want to get a thoughtful gift for him, then you can't get much more personal than a pen. While we may have switched to smartphones and electronic data entry, a pen creates permanent memories, and is something he'll keep in his pocket, in his bag or on his desk.
This Montblanc Heritage Egyptomania Special Edition ballpoint pen is the true sign of a solid relationship. He'll be writing you love letters for days, simply because it feels so good to hold in the hand.
For The Man With Lots Of Shit In His Pockets At The End Of The Day
A novel gift, but one that is thoughtful and will be much appreciated. A valet tray is an invaluable tool, being somewhere for him to put his watch, keys, spare change and any other paraphernalia that comes out of his pockets at the end of the day.
A perfect gift for the man who has everything, this valet tray could be the one thing he hadn't thought of.
For The Swimmer Man
Whether your beau is a Bondi Icebergs Poseur or the next Ian Thorpe, a Slowtide towel will ensure he dries off in style,
For The Mr. Sleepyhead
Ermenegildo Zegna's Gray Modal-Blend pyjama set will provide so much softness and comfort that your man will be asleep in a matter of minutes...whether you choose when he can wear it is up to you.
For The Sneaker Loving Man
Every man needs a pair of minimal leather sneakers in his collection. The first colour he'll need is white, and after that, he can venture into black, grey and blue territory. If he has none or some of the above, then you can help to fill out his collection by scoring him a pair of Oliver Cabell's. One of the more affordable minimal sneaker options out there, yet still just as well made and just as stylish, he'll be wanting to flaunt his new sneakers as soon as he's opened them.
For The Man Who Lives For Summer
Patrick Johnson is a man who knows how to make other men look good. Show your man you know your top designers from the bottom-of-the-barrel with these summer-approved espadrilles.
Made from 100% suede and with a cushioned insole, he'll be walking on sunshine all summer long.
For The Vlogging Man
If your man likes to experience rushes of adrenaline or just wants an easy and convenient way to records life's precious memories, the GoPro Hero9 Black is the perfect companion. Up to 5K video, a front-facing display and 20-megapixel photos all in one tiny device.
For The Aspiring Sommelier
If he's into his wine, and we mean, really into his wine, don't waste time with mainstream brands, instead opt for a bottle of one of the best tasting Australian red wines from St Hugo.
He'll respect your excellent taste, and appreciate the excellent taste afforded by this delectable drop.
For The Whisky Lover Man
When it comes to whisky we do love a drop of the Japanese stuff. Get a bottle of Hibiki, Nikka or Yamazaki and he'll be impressed.
For The Dog Owner Man
Let your man know you don't mind his four-legged best friend get in the way of your relationship with this bottle of luxury Aēsop shampoo, formulated specifically for dogs. With pooch taken care of, he'll be able to focus all his attention on you.
For The Caffeine Addict
Tom Dixon's Brew Espresso Cups will light up any black-liquid lover's face. When not in use, their stackable nature makes them just as much a piece of art in the kitchen.
For The Man Who Wants His House To Smell Good
Living with your partner will no doubt bring up the fact he can be quite messy, with smells formulating quickly. Give him a subtle hint, whilst also making the house smell great with a luxury candle.
Something from the likes of Baxter of California or Byredo is sure to go down well, with a slow-burning wick and aromas the likes of which he would have never smelt before.
For The Man Who Needs A New Cologne
Forget Old Spice, Le Labo is where it's at. Each fragrance is made by hand, so will differ ever so slightly from the next, meaning you too can appreciate the unique, masculine woody scent on date night.
For The Tequila Loving Man
If it's good enough for George Clooney, it's good enough for your husband or boyfriend.
You'll be doing shots in no time to celebrate how stoked your partner is with Casamigos' Mexican fighting water.
For The Porsche Lover Man, Man
If your man can't yet look out the front window and admire his own Porsche, then at least let him aspire to what could be with some Porsche-related artwork, priced from $200. Much more affordable.
For The Wolverine-looking Man
If your man is a little rough and rugged around the edges, but to an extent where it just looks plain wrong and he's encroaching into Silverback Gorilla territory, then he'll benefit from a body groomer, such as this Philips Bodygroom 7000. An adjustable guard ensures he'll get the perfect length everywhere (yes, even down there) and its showerproof credentials mean he can do it in the sanctity and privacy of the bathroom.
For The Constantly Getting Wet Man
If the man in your life lives in an area subject to regular rainfall, he'll appreciate an umbrella. Auckland-based Blunt make some of the best in the business, with a patented blunt tip design that allows them to withstand strong winds, all while keeping him totally dry. Various colours and sizes can be tuned to his personality.
For The Hydrated Man
We're always being told to stay hydrated and nowhere is that more prevalent than in the Australian heat. Give your man the exceptionally chilled elixir of life in a Yeti water bottle. Designed to go wherever he goes, no matter how far off the beaten track he finds himself, whatever liquids he puts inside will be kept cold (or hot) thanks to a stainless steel construction and double-wall vacuum insulation. Available in numerous colours and sizes, he'll be easily pleased.
For The Entertaining Man
Your handsome fella may have a solid collection of wine to drink himself or to offer guests, but it will look so much cooler being poured out of this Simone Crestani Gajna Bird decanter. Fashioned from Borosilicate glass and handmade in Italy, it will sure to get tongues wagging.
For The Home Workout Man
If beau wants to continue his workouts at home following 2020's lockdown, he'll love the Vitruvian V-Form trainer. Combining virtually all the weights he'd find at the gym in one discrete package, V-Form uses resistance technology to help him build up his muscular strength. $2,985
For The Smoking Man
While we can't actively promote smoking as an everyday habit, we can promote owning a wicked cool lighter. And they don't get much cooler than Knnox. The British brand fashions its unique-looking lighters from solid brass. They're either plated in nickel, or left as brass to slowly patina over time.