If your boyfriend rocks a beard (or even if he doesn’t), I’m willing to bet he’ll love these hipster needlepoint flasks from Brooks Brothers. Both stylish and functional, this eccentric keepsake is a great quirky gift if you’re not quite confident in buying him clothing yet.
Buy it: for $99.50 at brooksbrothers.com.au
Okay, so I know I promised no socks or jocks, but Stonemen’s all-Aussie range of underwear is a cut above the rest. Collaborating with incredible artists both near and far, the digital prints wrap entirely around to create a seamless image. With innovative design and a great fit, he’ll want these bad boys under the tree. They also do matching women’s versions, if you want to be that couple.
Buy it: for $44.99 from stonemen.com
If one of the gentlemen in your life loves whiskey, surprise him with a one-of-a-kind keepsake and get a 700ml bottle of Gentleman Jack by Jack Daniel’s, engraved with a personal message. I’m not talking about a tacky plaque engraved at your local shopping centre either – they literally etch your special message into the glass of the bottle. It’s also “born from the legendary Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 and charcoal mellow not once but twice”. Sounds thorough!
Buy it: for $64.99. Details at facebook.com/gentlemanjackaustralia
Are you the proud owner of a grubby guy? You know the ones – no matter how strategically placed a napkin, he’ll invariably end up with some kind of sauce down the front of his plain white tee? Cue the stain-resistant t-shirts from Threadsmiths, formulated using a patented hydrophobic nanotechnology. Watch the Youtube video to see it in action. Tomato sauce, red wine and soy sauce wash straight off with water… and it looks like SO. MUCH. FUN!
Buy it: for $65 at threadsmiths.com.au
To complete the trifecta of alcohol-related gifts, you can’t go past a decanter set. Hey – at least you know he’ll use it (unless he is straight-edge, in which case he might like to fill the needlepoint flask with H20). This set from Peter's of Kensington is an absolute bargain buy at under $90, and will adorn the tables of very merry gentlemen all through the year.
Buy it: for $89 at petersofkensington.com.au
Stay tuned next week, as I'm wrapping up the gifts you haven't thought of…for women.