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Men’s Christmas Gift Guide | From Luxe To Less

By Clare Acheson
11th Dec 2015


When it comes to buying for the dudes in your life, picking the right gift can be tricky. A toolkit? A drone? A set of baubles for his hipster beard? Luckily for you, dear Lister, we’ve rounded up a fantastic selection of men’s gifts, from the thrifty to the bank-breakingly expensive. Looking to buy for a guy this season? Read on for some of the best men’s gifts in Melbourne.

$0 - $20

Well Dressed Vandals Bottle Opener | $10, Brick & Mortar Supply, Prahran

Hell hath no fury like a man that cannot open his beers. This handy Well Dressed Vandals bottle opener card will ensure that issue never arises.

Nant Whisky BBQ Sauce | $12, Nant Whisky Bar, Melbourne CBD, or online

If you’re planning a sweet-ass BBQ this Christmas, make sure you buy at least one guy in your household a bottle of this delicious single malt infused BBQ glaze

Odd Socks from The Odd Sock | $12, Online

Know a man that never seems to wear matching socks? Perpetuate the problem by buying him a pair from The Odd Sock, which are designed to mismatch.

How We’ll Live On Mars by Stephen Petranek | $16.99, Readings, various locations

One day we’ll be living on Mars, apparently. If any of the dudes in your life are big thinkers, they’ll love this book published by the guys behind TED Talks.

Personalised Nutella Jar | $12, Myer Giftorium, Melbourne CBD

Just about every human on earth would thank you for a jar of Nutella with their name printed on it, so do the right thing and buy at least one man a personalised tup of chocolatey goodness.

Emu Grey & Rose Gold Shoe Laces by Bondi Laces | $17, Top3, Melbourne CBD

Okay, so you might not be treating him to a new pair of kicks, but new laces are definitely within the under $20 budget, and these ones are nice enough to be considered a thoughtful gift.

$20 - $50

Opinel Beech Carbon Steel Knife | $24, Third Drawer Down, Fitzroy & Prahran

Men and knives go together like, um... adventurous humans and dangerous objects? Opinels look cool, are great at cutting stuff and are an absolute bargain at $24 apiece.

Uppercup Coffee Cup | $25, Industry Beans, Fitzroy

If you’re buying for a guy who’s on the go, chances are he’d appreciate taking his coffee just about everywhere with him. Pick up an Uppercup for the caffeine loving bro in your life.

OrbitKey | From $34.95, online

OrbitKeys are the sort of thing that, once you have one, you wonder how you lived without it. This handy keyfob keeps all your keys together and protected by either rubber or leather, making for a practical gift that is actually useful.

Straight Lines Large Basket | $36, The SuperCool, South Melbourne & Fitzroy

Guys are untidy, amiright? This striped basket is great for just about anything – surplus band t-shirts they refuse to throw out, that collection of computer cables that they swear they’ll untangle one day, dirty laundry that somehow never makes it into the washing machine…

Wet Shave | $45, Men + Co, Ms Collins & The Kelvin Club, Melbourne CBD

Treat a guy you know to a cutthroat shave, thanks to the hair and grooming experts at Men + Co’s Ms Collins or Kelvin Club location. While he’s in the chair, he’ll get a whisky too – a double whammy of manliness!

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen | $49.95, Pen City, Mag Nation and other stockists

Writing with a fountain pen = the ultimate statement move in today’s iPhone age. Treat him to a black-on-black model, and chip in an extra tenner for a notebook if you can.

Card Holder By The Daily Edited | $49.95, Online

While you might’ve stumbled upon The Daily Edited looking for gifts for the girls in your life, their concise men’s leather goods collection is worth a look too. This cardholder is small enough to be under the $50 mark, but big enough to be useful.

Nopi: The Cookbook | $49.99, Readings, various locations

So, you know a gent who likes to cook? Pick him up the latest Yotam Ottolenghi hardback, Nopi, which dissects the dishes at his Soho, London restaurant. Oh, and maybe introduce me to him too...

$50 - $100 

Unemployable: 30 Years Of Hardcore, Skate And Street | $80, Readings Bookshop, various locations

No, this isn’t a statement about his current life sitch, it’s a fantastic account of three decades of Globe, Melbourne’s own skateboarding powerhouse. The perfect gift for that skate rat turned respectable male adult.

Floatation Therapy Session | $75, Gravity Floatation Centre, Northcote & Armadale

Giving the gift of chilling out is basically the best thing anyone can receive for Christmas - and a float experience at Gravity Floatation Centre promises some super-zen solo time for your man. You can buy vouchers for both its Armadale and Northcote centres online, making for the perfect last-minute gift option. (Not sure what floating is? Click here.)

Status Anxiety Nathaniel Wallet | $69.95, Dakota 501, Prahran

If your man’s in need of a new money pouch, this leather Status Anxiety wallet will last him a good few years.

Tickets for The Book of Mormon | $95+ booking fee, via Ticketmaster

It’s a musical about Mormons, it’s written by the South Park guys, and it’s coming to Melbourne in January. Enough said. Book now. 

Rains Backpack | $100, Incu, Melbourne CBD

Sick of seeing that gym-brand backpack that he carries his life around in? Treat him to a rain-proof upgrade.

Happiness Is Having A Homie T-Shirt | $79, For The Homies, Melbourne CBD

Help out a homeless person in need by gifting a guy one of these For The Homies shirts this Christmas. Because happiness is having a homie to buy for.

Perseus Mens Skincare Kit | $90, Aesop, various locations

I don’t know how they do it, but Aesop pretty much nail these gift sets every damn year, and this men’s skincare set is no different. Even dudes who claim that all they need to use is Head ‘n’ Shoulders (seriously, guys, stop it) should be converts after one moisturising session with the balm in this box.  

Smith Journal Subscription | $64.95, Mag Nation, Online

Christmas comes but once a year… Unless you treat your man to a subscription to Smith Journal, which comes once a quarter. A cracking read for guys who love reading about creativity, adventure, and general man chat.

Crabtree & Evelyn Moroccan Myrrh Cologne | $60, Kleins, Fitzroy

Look, I could have filled this list to bursting with $200 colognes, but if you’re shopping under the $100 mark pick up a bottle of Crabtree & Evelyn’s Moroccan Myrrh Cologne. You can’t knock a classic.

$100 - $300

Fujifilm Instax Classic Camera | $199, via JB Hifi, various locations

This instant camera will provide the most fun at your family Christmas this year…

Giant Boxing Gloves | $160, Third Drawer Down, Fitzroy & Prahran 

…UNLESS YOU BUY THIS PAIR OF GIANT BOXING GLOVES! The MVP at any present-giving party, guaranteed.

Roadster Vintage Bicycle by Reid | $299, Reid Cycles, various locations & online

Reid Cycles’ Vintage Roadster is a classic ride that’s a bargain at $299. With 7 speeds, it’s the ultimate summer cruiser – we would go for the navy colourway every time.

The Horse Silver & Black Leather Watch | $189, via The Cool Hunter Store, Prahran

A stylish watch is an essential in any modern man’s wardrobe. This classic black and white affair is one that’ll never go out of style… And he’ll never have an excuse for being late again.

Elah Denim Jacket by Denimsmith | $219, Denimsmith, East Brusnwick

Denim that’s made in East Brunswick?! If you’re shopping for a guy that’s got a stylish side, the Elah classic denim jacket is a fantastic staple, and a great addition to any wardrobe.

Displacement Series Print by Ben Hosking for Many Hands | $160, online

For those who are impossible to buy for, art is the answer. Pick up a print by Melbourne-based photographer Ben Hosking from charitable online gallery Many Hands, and you’ll also be feeding two asylum seeking families for a week this Christmas – we love a gift that gives twice!

The Many Hands team is giving Listers 10% off their gifts this year - just enter the code THEARTOFGIFTING when paying. 

Leather Craftsman Apron | $220, Wootten, Prahran

Whether he’s a tinkerer with motorised vehicles, a BBQ master, or just loves really, really well-made stuff, this leather craftsman apron from Wootten is a winner.

Brushed Chambray Shirt by Hansom | $130, various locations

A classic shirt that will see any guy from summer through until winter, this one is made by the lovely folk at Hansom. They even have a pop up store on Greville Street in addition to their Gertrude Street store this December. Easy as. 

Amove Portable Bluetooth Speaker | $180, Top3, Melbourne CBD

If you’re shopping for a guy who doesn’t yet have a portable speaker system, this streamlined design looks slick and gives out awesome quality sound. A must for any self-respecting gent.

Asics Gel Lyte V Green | $180, Prime, St Kilda & Fitzroy

They may say that they way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but since 1989 it’s been through his sneakers. These Asics are different enough to be eye-catching, but not so outlandish that he’ll run a mile as soon as he opens the box.

$300+ …Money’s For Spending, Right?!

Cradle Mountain Silver & Shibuichi Ring | $300, Lord Coconut, Melbourne CBD

Jewellery is a tricky one, but this Cradle Mountain inspired ring from Lord Coconut does ‘different’ in the best possible way.

Chronicles Of Never Elixir Sunglasses | $400, OnePointSevenFour, various locations & online

These Japanese made sunglasses by Chronicles Of Never draw inspiration from a 70s design to create a timeless shape. Just make sure he doesn’t sit/stand on them before he gets a chance to show them off.

Fox England Umbrella | $400+, Double Monk, Fitzroy

If you’re buying for a dude that lives in Melbourne, this is probably the best gift he’ll receive all year. The classic Fox umbrellas stocked at men’s boutique Double Monk are the Rolls Royce of rain protection.

GoPro Hero4 Camera | $547, Harvey Norman, various locations

Did you see that Irish dad who had his GoPro on the wrong way round for the entirety of his holiday?! If you’re buying for a dad, get him the GoPro Hero4, and start praying that the same thing happens.

Anglepoise Floor Lamp | $570, Cult, Melbourne CBD

There are some design classics that just don’t age, and this Anglepoise lamp is one of them. A real treat for any style-savvy guys who deserve that extra splash of cash this Christmas.

Thor Firepit by Tait | $770, Tait, Fitzroy

It’s a firepit. It’s called Thor. What’s not to love?

Weber Smoky Mountain Smoker | $749, Heat & Grill, Richmond

True story: I’ve seen men cry when they’ve realised someone’s bought them one of these. Do the right thing and surprise at least one meat-living dude with his very own smoker. Trust me, you’ll reap the benefits at many more BBQs and parties to come.

Yuketen Ring Boots with Cortina Sole | $799, Up There Store, South Melbourne

Buying for a guy that’s a little left of centre when it comes to fashion? These Yuketen boots are next-level footwear and built to last for decades. And if they’re a little too much for the man in your life, Up There Store have lots of less brazen options.

1980’s UMS Pastoe FM60 Cubic Lounge Chairs | $2650, Modern Times, Fitzroy

Go for broke and buy him a piece of history in the shape of this jaw-droppingly beautiful chair. The piece de resistance of any man cave, but you’d better be quick - there’s only two of them!

Want the 411 on great gifts for her? Read our women's gift guide here!

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