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Unique Gift Ideas for Men: The Best of 2016

Friday 16th December 2016
With the year quickly approaching its end, now is the perfect time to read up on the best gifts for men 2016 had to offer. Whether you’re looking to spoil someone you love, or you’re in need of some last-minute Christmas gifts for the men in your life; we've got you covered with our guide to the best, most unique gift ideas for men of 2016.
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Stylish Gifts for Men

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Nothing says a man has style quite like personalised leather accessories. The Daily Edited embraces the notion of personal style, and because of this you won’t see scores of other people with the same thing! Choose from a range of quality leather products including wallets, phone covers, wash bags, compendiums and more. $39.95 – $449.95 from The Daily Edited 

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When buying any man an addition to his wardrobe, the safest bet is always to stick to beautiful basics. After all, who doesn’t need the perfect white shirt? On the luxe end of the scale, you’ve got your Burberry basics: the Burberry London White Slim-Fit Cotton Shirt is a classic style shirt with a narrow collar and buttoned cuffs. On the other hand, you could go for something like the Calvin Klein Slim Fit Nailhead Business Shirt, another slim fit shirt with a nailhead weave and french cuffs. Burberry Shirt – $282 AUD from Mr Porter  Calvin Klein Shirt – $89.95 AUD from David Jones

gifts-for-men-cufflinksA natural follow-up gift to the classic shirt is some stylish cufflinks. Depending on how daring the man in mind might be, you could go for something fun like Paul Smith’s Lucky Sixpence Silver-Tone Cufflinks, or with a more classic option like Van Heusen’s Black Onyx Cufflinks. Paul Smith Cufflinks – $123 AUD from Mr Porter  Van Heusen Cufflinks – $49.95 AUD from Myer

gifts-for-men-pocketsquareIn lieu of the standby gift of a tie—which there’s nothing the matter with, of course—you could instead go for a scarf or pocket square. Eleventy make charming patterned pocket squares, and renowned French brand A.P.C does a great wool-cashmere blend scarf. Eleventy Pocket Square – $54.59 AUD from FARFETCH  A.P.C. Scarf – $117.01 AUD from FARFETCH

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Something we don’t always think to give as gifts is lovely luggage items. Canadian company Herschel Supply Co. make a great range of travel products, from duffle bags to backpacks to toiletry cases, and the whole range comes in at a very reasonable price point. Ranging from $54.95 to $549.95 AUD from Myer

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If you’re looking to spoil the man in your life, why not buy him a luxurious cashmere jumper? American brand Everlane produce stylish pieces and offer them at affordable prices. Everlane prides themselves on what they call “radical transparency”. That is; they are completely up front about how and where they make their products, and why they cost what they do. That’s why you can pick up an Everlane cashmere sweater for just $100. $100 USD from Everlane

Plus, here’s a helpful guide if you’re looking to buy your better half a timepiece.

Electronic and Tech Gifts for Men

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For the bike riding man in your life, why not buy a finely made, copper-coloured LED bicycle light? Made to be quick and easy to attach to the front frame, handlebars or seat post of most bikes, the Femto Front Light comes with a simple rubber band and clip designed to protect its polished copper finish. The light can be set to a constant light, or between four different flashing modes. £16 from Brooks England

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If you know a guy who likes romping around in the great outdoors, the SolarPuff as designed by Alice Min Soo Chun might just be the ideal gift. A compact solar powered lamp that can be folded away, the SolarPuff lamp charges in 8 hours of bright sunlight and emits 8-12 hours of light thereafter. $30 USD from MoMA Store

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Why not give your musical man a neat little synthesiser? Not your average synth, the Critter & Guitari Kaleidoloop portable sound collector gathers up and manipulates any sound you please. You can record thousands of tracks onto this little device, which allows for an astonishing amount of user control and customisation. $300 USD from Critter & Guitari

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Have you got a man who fancies himself a bit of a tech connoisseur? Well, Native Union’s DOCK + Marble iPhone and Apple Watch Charging Set might make for the perfect gift. The pair of solid, hand-polished marble charging docks come with a reinforced lightning cable and are designed to hold devices at the perfect viewing angle. $295.06 AUD from Mr Porter

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Marshall, makers of the classic amplifiers, also produce some quite impressive headphones. The perfect gift for just about any man, Marshall’s updated Major Black II headphones boast advanced sound features, a detachable double-ended cord with mic and remote, and jacks positioned on both earphones so he can choose which side to wear the cable. £79 from Marshall

Unique and Unusual Gifts for Men

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Something fun for the shelf is one of artist Becky Kemp’s bright little Kokeshi dolls. Each of the dolls, which are inspired by Japanese illustration and Nordic aesthetics, is hand-painted and made from beech wood. The David Bowie doll is an especially good choice for the music lover in your life. $60 AUD from Happy Valley

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A great gift for the man who likes to tinker is one of Little Building Co.’s plywood model kits. Included in each kit is a history of the building, where it’s located, how it was built, architectural details and historical facts, plus easy to follow instructions featuring step-by-step diagrams. $80 AUD from Happy Valley

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A gift that’s sure to make a great conversation piece is a Japanese Koinibori Carp Windsock. An unusual gift that can be set up outside the house or placed inside as a decorative feature, a windsock is designed to be tied to a pole so as to catch the breeze. “Koinobori” windsocks popularly decorate the Japanese landscape from April through to early May in honour of Children’s Day and symbolise courage and strength. $16 NZD from Everyday Needs

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If you know a man who loves cooking, or who just really likes his kitchenwares, a Brass Chef’s Pepper Mill might be the perfect gift. Made in Greece, mills by Brass and Copper Mills are handmade and manually cast to exacting standards. $105 AUD from Mr Kitly

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NYC-based designers Chen Chen and Kai Williams make all manner of weird and wonderful stuff. One such fancy is these curious Cold Cut Coasters. They’re made by combining a variety of materials including wood, plastic, and clay, all of which is bound together with resin-soaked fabric. The coasters are then sliced to show a cross-section of the internal materials. $60 USD from Chen Chen & Kai Williams

Gag and Funny Gifts for Men

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You’ve probably spied some of artist David Shrigley’s witty homewares and trinkets floating around. They’re sweet, funny, and almost always useful—which is why they make such great gifts. The Essential David Shrigley Gift Pack from Third Drawer Down features a collection of their best selling Shrigley items, including a hip flask, an air freshener, and some playing cards. $45 AUD from Third Drawer Down

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Another fun idea for a gift that’s sure to get some laughs is a key tag by VARIOUS PROJECTS. There’s a smorgasbord of options to choose from—some cheeky, some a bit blue, and all of them just plain funny. $15 – $20 USD from KEYTAGS by VARIOUS PROJECTS

gifts-for-men-fun-party-gameFew things say fun like a good old-fashioned party game. For something a little bit left of centre, why not give your man the local edition of the wildly popular Cards Against Humanity? The game which calls itself the “party game for horrible people” is just the kind of gift that’s sure to get broken out before the party has even wrapped up. $55 AUD from Happy Valley

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Pretty much everybody loves Bill Murray. The man is basically a walking meme who also happens to be a brilliant actor and, by all accounts, a pretty nice guy. So why not celebrate the wonder that is Bill Murray, and buy your guy a giggle with the Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg. $30.75 AUD from Booktopia

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Do you know a man with a great sense of humour who’s terrible with plants and knows so? Then why not give him the gift of a plant he just can’t kill. These sweet little hand knitted cacti by Odds N Ends are made with woollen materials and come sitting in their very own little ceramic vase, complete with decorative stones and ‘not-so-spikey’ spikes. $55 – $89 AUD from Happy Valley

Alcoholic Gifts for Men

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Buying wine can be intimidating. There are so many options to choose from! But luckily for us, Australia produces more than its fair share of gorgeous wines. It’s easy to spend wildly on wine, but for a nice, balanced wine with a mid-range price tag, Henschke Keyneton Euphonium is a red blend from the Barossa Valley that gets consistently fabulous reviews. $44.99 AUD from Dan Murphy’s

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Does your man like whisky? Not unlike wine, whisky can be difficult to get right. For something a bit different, why not try a Japanese whisky? Japan boasts some fantastically fine whiskies and Hibiki, one of Japan’s booming whisky makers, and their 12 Year Old blended whisky prove a popular choice. $209.99 AUD from Dan Murphy’s

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For a boozy gift with a little bit more variety, it might be worth thinking about a craft beer gift pack. Australian craft beer retailer Beer Cartel offer hamper-like packs of assorted beers, with options ranging from the Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers to the Mixed International Beer Pack (plus just about everything in between). Ranging from $30 to $145 AUD from Beer Cartel

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For something a little bit different that doesn’t stray too far from bottles, how about something you can use to open them? NYC-based producer of unique but functional objects Areaware has an ingenious bottle opener that might do just the trick. The Nail Bottle Opener features a bent nail which acts as a lever to open bottles and a magnet that catches the caps when you’re done. $24 AUD from Mr Kitly

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Another option when gifting with alcohol in mind is to give a beautiful vessel. A carafe is an elegant addition to any wine-lovers table; not only useful when it comes to serving and enjoying wine, a good decanter can last a lifetime and makes for a lovely sentimental heirloom. $149 AUD from David Jones

Gifts for Men Under $25

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French brand Opinel has been producing knives since the company was founded in 1890. This key ring features a small blade made using Opinel’s own unique Sandvik stainless steel and a handle of varnished beech wood. $18.50 AUD from Mr Kitly 

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A brass ball incense holder is a beautifully refined gift for any design-lover. Made in Japan, the gleaming little sphere doesn’t lack elegance for size and holds a single stick of incense. $25 NZD from Everyday Needs

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A coffee mug is a gift that’s never not useful. And if you’re going to give the gift of something to sip from, why not buy a limited edition cup celebrating the art of, and the man himself, David Hockney. $19.95 AUD from NGV Design Store

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Another gift that’s always popular is a sweet treat. A great option for chocolates is Bahen & Co, a Western Australian company who make superfine sweets on their family farm in Margaret River. $10 AUD from Happy Valley

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A great gift for the man who you’re due to bid bon voyage is a map—but not just any map. Herb Lester Guides shed light on the less usual attractions of a city, from ‘Old New York’ to ‘Clandestine London’, and are sure to keep just about any globetrotter entertained. $13 AUD from Third Drawer Down

Bath & Body Gifts for Men

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We’ve all experienced the mystery of the missing cleanser. You know how it goes—one morning you notice there’s less of it than there should be. The reason? A sneaky man has been stealing his share on the down low. But fear not, because one of Australia’s best (and wittiest) skincare lines has come to the rescue. Go-To Skincare, founded by the exceptional Zoë Foster-Blake, has manly-ed up their (pardon the pun) ‘go-to’ cleanser Properly Clean with a limited edition Bro-To version of the sudsy wonder. $31 AUD from Go-To Skincare

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Buying a fragrance for a loved one is always a bit tricky. You’ve got two options, really: re-up the cologne you know he loves, or buy him a new one that you think he’ll like. As far as the latter is concerned, a splurge is always a good way to go—buy him something he’d never buy himself. Ermenegildo Zegna is a top-of-the-line choice where men’s fragrances are concerned, and with scents like Florentine Iris, Haitian Vetiver, and Sicilian Mandarin to choose from, it’s also quite the exotic choice. $225 to $295 AUD from Myer

gifts-for-men-shaving-brushDo you have a man in your life who likes to play it old school? Well, why not spoil him with a luxury shave brush. Mason Pearson is known to most of us for their classic hairbrushes—but why should long-haired ladies have all the fun? The Mason Pearson Pure Badger Shave Brush is not only long-lasting and gentle on the skin, but it also aids with exfoliation. $202.50 AUD from Adore Beauty

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Playing off the shaving theme; another alternative is to gift a loved one with a beautifully crafted straight razor. There are choices aplenty as far as this classic grooming tool is concerned, but it’s hard to go wrong when the options include master crafted steel sheathed in mother of pearl, tortoiseshell, resin, or, like this one by Dovo, finished wood. Ranging from $23.96 to $259.95 AUD from The Shaver Shop

gifts-for-men-shikakai-sop-dr-bronner-body-bathOften, men like their body care products to be as low-fuss as possible. And what’s more low-fuss than a product that does more than one thing? The Dr Bronners brand is well known to Goop-er’s, but it’s not just a fad. It’s been around for ages, since 1948, and on top of being incredibly popular, it’s also certified organic, free trade, and cruelty-free. Dr Bronner Organic Shikakai Soap comes in a load of varieties—including peppermint, lemongrass lime, and unscented—and can be used both as body and hand soap, as well as shampoo. $17.95 AUD from Mr Kitly

And if that’s not enough, here are even more grooming gift ideas and some shops worth popping into at the last minute

Please do tell us about any bright ideas of your own in the comments, and don’t forget to share our gift guide for the best gifts for men in 2016 with your friends—unless, of course, it’ll spoil the surprise!

By Erin Stobie

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Friday 16th December 2016

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