Buying gifts for men can feel like a tough challenge, especially for those with discerning taste. More often than not, men have very specific ways in doing things, and that makes it even harder to give them a gift they would actually appreciate, moreover use.
Here, we try thinking practical while compiling a list of things that men from different walks of life would enjoy. If you notice, we’ve also ranked it in such a way that the gift reflects the length of a relationship you have with the man in question. Be it your beloved old man, or someone you’ve just started dating, hopefully there’s something for everyone in the fuss-free list.
Grooming | A Shave & Spa Day
This gift would be especially appreciated by the workaholic. Set the tone for his pampering day with a classic shave at &Sons, a vintage-inspired barber inside The Gunawarman. Then, book him on the 150-minute Radiance for Men spa session at Keraton at The Plaza. By the end of the day, he’d be fresh, relaxed and ready to spend some quality time with you.
Where to book:
& Sons at The Gunawarman, Jalan Gunawarman No. 3, Jakarta Selatan | T: +6221 2277 0007 | W: thegunawarman.com
Keraton at The Plaza, Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav. 15, Jakarta Pusat | T: +6221 5068 0000 | W: keratonattheplaza.com
Tech | New Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 1
For the men who love music, and prefer sleek “toys” to listen to it, the special edition BeoSound 1 portable speaker from Bang & Olufsen’s Cool Modern collection will be a perfect gift. Now in brass colours, the speaker provides 360-degree sound performance. Plus, it has integrated access to Spotify, Deezer QPlay and TuneIn and equipped with battery power for a trip.
Where to buy: Bang & Olufsen stores at Pacific Place and Plaza Indonesia | bang-olufsen.com
Fashion | Dior Homme Darklight Backpack
Perfect for urban men with a penchant for contemporary art, the sleek backpack marries Kris van Assche’s aesthetic with Japanese artist Toru Kamei’s brush strokes. Fresh off the spring collection, this Darklight piece is sure to be a staple in your man’s wardrobe.
Where to buy: dior.com
Travel | A Week at London Design Festival
While London might be an obvious destination for globetrotters, the annual design festival in town is reason enough to fly back there. Think special programmes at the V&A, creative workshops and artworks around the city. This year, the festival is scheduled for September 16 – 24, making it an exciting week-long trip to plan together. What’s more, Emirates has a special price for Jakarta – London flights bought during the Valentine’s period with flying dates up to November 2017.
Watch | Baume & Mercier Clifton Club
Designed for the “gentlesportsmen”, the Clifton Club celebrates active lifestyle with elegant design. The idea is to have a sturdy watch that could resist biking and boating, while still looking dressy enough for a dinner out. Some of the 5 variants in this series features straps that endure strong UV exposure and wet and dry frictions among others. All watches in the series are water resistant up to 100 meters.
Where to buy: Time International, InTime and @Time boutiques in Jakarta, Bandung and Surabaya | baume-et-mercier.com