If nothing else, the internet has helped us to solve the age-old problem of what to buy him for Christmas. For those of us old enough to remember how difficult it was to buy gifts for men before PC’s, mobile devices and the world wide web, we’ve never been so spoiled for choice when searching for gift ideas. Furthermore, with so many international retailers now targeting the Australian market, international designer brands and Leather Gifts for Him, have never been more accessible, or affordable, down under.
More importantly, this means for those of us on a budget, gone our the days when we had to settle for cheap novelty items and useless gadgets when purchasing gifts for the men in our lives. Now you can pick up a practical (men love practical gifts) and stylish gift for him for less than $100 – and that includes shipping!
We had a rummage around in international men’s retailer East Dane’s 2014 Holiday Gift GuideEast Dane’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for gift ideas under $100 and this is just a sample of what we found.
S’well Black Stone Large Stainless Steel Bottle
Exclusive to East Dane, This insulated S’well water bottle, in an exclusive black-on-black colorway, will keep a beverage cold for 24 hours or hot for 12. Grainy matte finish. Made from BPA-free, double-walled stainless steel. A vacuum seal keeps liquids and carbonation fresh. Packaged in a cardboard tube for easy gifting. Available colours: Black Stone (pictured), White Out, Woodgrain.
Also available: S’well Black Stone Small Stainless Steel Bottle (AU$37.14*); S’well White Out Medium Stainless Steel Bottle (AU$47.04*); and S’well Woodgrain Medium Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($43.32*).
Triple C Back Up Phone Charger
A Triple C USB charger for mobile devices. The slim design fits into a wallet and charges from a USB-equipped workstation. Includes a micro-USB charging cable. Rechargeable lithium battery. Also colours: Black (pictured), Camouflage.
The Monocle Guide to Good Business
Since the launch of Monocle in 2007, the magazine and media brand has championed a clear and new take on the world of work. The Monocle Guide to Good Business offers advice on how to go from fledgling idea to success, and is a picture-rich journey for anyone who runs a company, wants to run a company, or wishes their boss had some new ideas. From the best business neighborhoods to the sturdiest desks, this book will have readers planning a new career, or at least fixing their offices.
Also available: The Monocle Guide to Better Living (AU$74.27).
Miansai Anchor Leather Wrap Bracelet
A pebbled leather Miansai wrap bracelet with an anchor hook closure. Available colours: Brown (pictured), Silver/Navy, Silver/Grey, Rose Gold/Blue.
East Dane Gifts Double Sided Dartboard
A double-sided cork dart board with a metal frame and hanging loop. Includes 5 darts with metal points and barrels and plastic shafts and fletching. Made in Finland.
Native Union CLIC Wood iPhone 6 Case
A wooden inlay brings a natural element to this handcrafted Native Union iPhone case. Formfitting construction with button, cord, and camera access. Fits iPhone 6. Available colours: White (pictured), Black, Olive, Marine.
Giles & Brother Skinny Railroad Spike Cuff
Giles & Brother keeps its edge, but with a subtler approach, with this skinny version of their railroad spike bracelet. The bracelet is malleable enough to fit most wrists. Colour: Brass.
Delfonics Wood Ballpoint Pen
The handwriting advocates at Delfonics created this ballpoint pen with a wooden, pencil-like body for a comfortable grip. Brushed steel components provide a smooth mechanical action. Black ink. Available colours: Dark Blue (pictured), Black.
Herschel Supply Co. Classic Backpack
This Herschel Supply Co. nylon backpack is a traditional daypack with signature touches. The front pouch stores smaller items and has a key clasp inside. The main compartment has a laptop sleeve and a small media pocket with a pass-through port for headphone wires. Padded shoulder straps and back. Lined.
Also available: Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Classic Bicolor Backpack (AU$68.08*); and Herschel Supply Co. Settlement Classic Bicolor Backpack (AU$68.08*).
Tumi USB Travel Adaptor
A useful Tumi outlet adapter for international travel. Can be used both as an electric adapter and a USB power supply. Works in 150 countries. Carrying case and instruction manual included. 2-year manufacturer warranty.
Snow Peak Folding Coffee Drip
The perfect on-the-go coffee maker, this stainless steel Snow Peak brewer is lightweight and foldable for easy storage. Imported from Japan.
Fisher Space Pen Bullet Space Pen
Originally created in the 1940s and sent to space with the NASA Apollo missions, the Fisher Space Pen is designed to be compact enough to fit in a pocket and yet perfectly balanced when open. The pressurized ink cartridge writes at any angle, upside down, and in extreme hot and cold temperatures. Polished brass finish on textured metal case. Available colours: Lacquered Brass (pictured), Matte Black.
Also available: Fisher Space Pen Bullet Space Pen with Clip (AU$33.42).
*Australian prices were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change due to fluctuations in the exchange rate.