Christmas 2014: 22 gift ideas for men
Fashion, beauty, tech and lifestyle
Whether you have to buy a gift for your husband, brother, father or friend, Buro 24/7 Middle East shines a spotlight on 22 of the most luxurious, new and unique gifts to give to those special men in your life.
With the days getting shorter and weather getting colder, time is of the essence, but lucky for you, our Christmas gift list is here to help and highlights the best of the best...
Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves
Getting you ready for the Winter season, Dutch mobile accessory company, Mujjo, have upgraded their popular touchscreen gloves, putting high-qaulity silver-coated nylon fibres knitted into the fabric. The comfortable new style allows your smartphone to detect the conductive properties of your skin, making it easy to look the part and be practical at the same time, especially with its new leather wrist closure and cuff.
Available online at Mujjo.com
Pininfarina's Fuoriserie Bicycle
This beautiful Italian-designed bicycle was created in collaboration with bespoke bike maker 43 Milano. The bike has an extra dose of power injected into it via its a miniature electric engine, designed to cover long distances with only a push of the pedals. The 'Furiserie' is limited to just 30 bicycles and features LED lighting and a phone charger powered through the dynamo.
Available online at Pininfarina.com
Sky Dive Lessons at SkyDive Dubai
Gift the gift that he will never forget this holiday season – wings! Well, sort of. Skydive Dubai, the world’s premier skydiving location, neighbouring the luxurious manmade island The Palm Jumeirah and the Dubai Marina, offers a variety of sky dive packages and is Sheikh Hamdan-coveted (pictured above), which is good enough for us. All SkyDive Dubai experiences come complete with video and photo footage too – which means this is the gift that will keep on giving for years to come.
Available at Skydivedubai.ae
Dolce & Gabbana's Dauphine Briefcase
Known for making a statement, the Italian fashion house has unveiled a dapper line of men's accessories for its Autumn/Winter 14 collection, which includes the 'Dauphine Calfskin Briefcase' The slick gentlemen's bag features a modern and clean Dolce & Gabbana front logo clasp with a key, and a hanging removable key ring at the bag closure. The perfect gift this festive season? We think so...
Available at various Dolce & Gabbana boutiques across the GCC and online
Fitbit Surge Smartwatch
Ideal for the man on the move, wearable tech company Fitbit's latest product, the Fitbit Surge, incorporates a sleek smartwatch design that boasts a variety of different capabilities – all surrounding your health and fitness. The wearable device includes an built-in GPS, a heart-rate monitor, calorie counter and the ability to control calls, texts and music while on the run.
Available online at fitbit.com
A Pair of Filling Pieces Sneakers
With an aim to fill the gap between high-end, luxury and streetwear, Filling Pieces is a young Amsterdam-based footwear label which produces only premium quality trainers. From red python skin to Italian-made woven rubber and nylon patterns, there is a beautiful body and sole to match everyones taste. Our favourites? The incredibly wearable black and white style pictured above.
Available online at fillingpieces.com and at various stockists worldwide
Dior Homme Intense Parfum
Released in October, Dior's newest variation of the Dior Homme collection represents the most opulent of the scented line-up after a number of versions. The new Dior Homme Parfum for men contains three key notes – Iris from Tuscany, sandalwood from Sri Lanka and a dark leathery accord, making it the perfect woody floral musk to bask in this festive season.
Available at various department stores throughout the GCC and online
Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones
Bose's new QuietComfort 25 headphones are re-engineered to sound better, be more comfortable and more compact. Even air travel will become enjoyable, as the engine roar won't even be a distant buzz thanks to the sound-cancelling technology. The comfortable headphones also come in a variety of colourways, and will make the perfect gift for the gadget-loving guy in your life.
Available at Bose stores throughout the GCC and online
Offered in a variety of sizes and colours, allowing you to choose what fits best with your lifestyle, German luggage manufacturer Rimowa continues to lead the way amongst travel accessories with its always sturdy and high-tech designs. With it's pieces unmistakable to miss due to the groove structure of its case shells, the Rimowa Classic Flight Multiwheel (pictured above) is the ideal travel companion for the constant globetrotter.
Available at various outlets across the GCC and online
The Hasselblad Lunar Olive Wood Camera
Using traditional skills, the development of special techniques and a passion for perfection, the Lunar camera truly is one-of-a-kind – and each product is skillfully made by the hands of an artist. The 'Lunar Olive Wood Camera' provides a tough and durable grip with a matt finish, with the wood aging over time giving it a subtle and tasteful vintage look.
Available at MrPorter.com and Grand Stores Digital, The Dubai Mall
Mixing traditional craftsmanship with a cool aesthetic, Illesteva sunglasses are a must for the modern man. With the brand based in New York but handmade in Italy, our favourite pair is the Corsica acetate and metal mirrored sunglasses (picture above), complete with blue mirrored lenses, these shades are bound to make heads turn.
Available at Illesteva.com and MrPorter.com
Nike Tier Zero Free OG's
This year, the sportswear giant celebrates a decade since the 'Genealogy of Free' technology was first released, with these black Nike Tier Zero Free OG trainers featuring details such as seamless uppers and the iconic responsive soles. The perfect gift for the sneaker-head in your life.
Available at various Nike outlets in the GCC and online
Foundwell Vintage Signet Ring
Once worn by rulers and leaders to prove their identification and authenticity, signet rings are a rich and iconic piece of jewellery, which are unique to each wearer. Today, Foundwell Vintage designs its own version – purely decorative – the carnelian signet ring features a wide 14-karat gold band and carnelian scarab, recalling the piece's distinctive history.
Available at MrPorter.com
For the child in all of us, Monopoly, Scrabble and Cluedo have been some of the world's favourite board games since the 1930s. Now, the much-loved games have been brought back to life with special 'Nostalgia Series' editions, bringing history to life with vintage looking pieces and boards.
Available at Amazon.com
The Alfred Dunhill Bourdon Poker Set
Viva Las Vegas – this holiday season it's time to test a gentlemen's bluffing skills with Alfred Dunhill's 'Bourdon' poker set. The luxe kit features weighty, multicoloured aluminum poker chips, a set of dice and two packs of cards – all presented in a velvet-lined leather briefcase.
Available at Dunhill.com
A Globe Trotter Carry-On
Having been used over the last 117 years, accompanied by an illustrious client list – including Sir Winston Churchill – Globe Trotter's accessories are the epitome of elegant travel. Handmade from vulcanised fibreboard and fine leather, Globe Trotter's impeccably made 21'' wheeled carry-on case (pictured above) is a statement-making piece that combines practicality and detail.
Available at GlobeTrotter1897.com and MrPorter.com
The Land by Land Candle
Hand-poured at Land by Land's New York atelier, the candle maker's No. 22 candle is naturally scented with divine neroli oil. The long-lasting and clean burning candle features the fragrance from the flowers of the Seville orange, with the scent of neroli often used in aromatherapy to calm anxiety, providing you with a sweet-smelling and relaxing smell.
Available at StevenAlan.com, Barneys and BeautyHabit.com
B&O Play Wireless A9 Speaker
Offering a striking addition to anyones home, Bang & Olufsen's Play award-winning A9 speaker is a bold and futuristic approach to at-home audio. Free from any volume controls, the minimalist sound system lets you glide your hand along the top sensor to adjust it, equipped with a 480w output and cables built in, the speaker will also stream tracks wireless over AirPlay from your iPad or iPhone.
Available from BeoPlay.com
Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné Volume II
The second volume of Andy Warhol's 'Catalogue Raisonné' features the most important paintings and sculptures the famous American artist made during 1964–1969, a.k.a. the iconic period known as 'The Factory Years'. Published by Phaidon, this volume documents twenty-three series and more than 1,400 individual works, including the renowned Warhol body – Thirteen Most Wanted Men.
Available on Warholstore.com and Phaidon.com
The Brooks England Multi-Tool
The MT21 by Brooks England was created in collaboration with over 700 members of the prestigious company's community, and is one of the most practical everyday cycling tools on the market. Complete with a rich brown leather casing, the essential bit of kit is smooth and compact, and can assist in changing a bicycle's wheel, saddle and more – making it the ideal Christmas gift for bike-lover in your circle.
Available at BrooksEngland.com and MrPorter.com
Byredo's Mister Marvelous Scent
With ingredients like mandarin leaves, bamboo, black amber and white cedarwood, Byredo's Mister Marvelous eau de cologne was inspired by famed hair stylist Mr Christiaan Houtenbos. And, according to Byredo founder Ben Gorham, "A marvelous thing must be strange in that it must be like nothing else," which is exactly what this emodies is thanks to the unique composition – a must-buy for your 'Mister Marvelous' this festive season.
Available at the Paris Gallery stores in the UAE and Qatar, The Byredo store in Al Ain, Harvey Nichol's in Kuwait, and online at www.byredo.com
A Rolex Datejust
Originally introduced in 1945, the Rolex Datejust is one of the world's most recognisable watches. Featuring an elegant trademark design, the face holds a Cyclops eye, which magnifies the date which sits on the pristine 36mm Oyster face, with a steel and yellow gold bezel. Why not treat the man you love to a personalised Datejust – and buy a model from his birth year this Christmas?
Available at Rolex boutiques across the GCC and online