The Ultimate Gift Guide for Him

It seems to be an age-old question. What to buy for the special man in your life? Long since have the days passed when socks, biltong, and soap on a rope were the only viable options. Luckily, various local brands have come to the rescue by homing in on products that will charm men of all ages.

Winter Must-haves

We’ve often found that the men in our lives prefer comfort over 

style,

and investing in a good quality knit is one of the best ways to keep that comfort factor, while still looking put together. That's why we love these two jerseys from Oak Leather and Titch. They are not only versatile but are classic and comfortable.

A hat can be functional, yes. But it can also be so much more. Freya Hats headwear transcends the seasons and becomes a must-have fashion statement. Their Mohair Beanie is hand-knitted and is not only super comfortable but also stylish. It’s an easy way to complete your winter outfit and has stood the test of time when it comes to trends - this baby isn’t going anywhere.

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For the fashion-forward fellow

If classic flair is right up your man’s alley, he’ll love Crystal Birch’s creations. From the Kefilwe and Lauren Fedora in ivory and camel to the classic Fedora in black, charcoal, and chocolate brown, each pure wool felt hat has a unique character that’ll personify your suave man. Sit back down, Frank Sinatra. There’s a new man in town.

Sama Sama is an outlet for creative expression for the wearer. Their primary focus is not only comfort but also sustainability and inclusivity. We love their pieces because not only are they super stylish but most of them are also gender-neutral.

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For the man on the move

Even men who claim to be light packers need a functional bag to be prepared for every experience – and Mally’s travel collection, hand-crafted with the finest bovine leather, includes just the right pieces. These duffle bags include spacious main compartments that are lined with waterproof canvas for extra durability, and the double carry handles are reinforced for a comfortable grip. Because these bags are made with longevity in mind, they will be a trusty travel companion for a long time yet.

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For the braai enthusiast

Pedersen + Lennard’s Braai Caddy is the perfect companion for any man. This unit comes with wheels and a weatherproof cover and has a removable steel tray, shelf, and hooks for utensils, pots, and braai tongs. Its butcher’s top is an ideal place to prepare for a family-style feast. This unit is built to last a lifetime – and the memories created alongside it will, too.

For men who care about their skin

Although words like serum, moisturiser, and exfoliator might not be in his vocabulary (yet), an introduction to a skincare range – exclusively for men – could be the perfect gift for the special man in your life. Featuring powerhouse ingredients like marula, squalene, rosehip, aloe, Ximenia, rooibos, and chamomile, Red Dane will do the heavy lifting for him. The products in this high-performance range harness the power of nature’s most restorative and nourishing botanical ingredients to deliver impressive results. Who wouldn’t be excited about nourished, hydrated, and healthy skin?

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Ash & Mill's beard oil for men is designed to rein in even the wildest beard while nourishing facial skin at the same time, or you could opt for the Wass Men's Face + Hair treatment oil, which has been created to promote healthier looking hair and skin.

Or who says your skincare range can't be shared? We are loving Lelive for its conscious skincare range and unisex product lines. Their range of cleansers, moisturisers, and serums have been developed by expert formulators, and we're utterly in love with their sleek, minimalistic packaging, which not only looks great but is made from aluminium due to its recyclability.

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For the art-lover

Acre Studio will inspire him to give his bare walls some love. The fine lines of City Bowls – London Limited Edition will transport him straight to the city along the River Thames, while geometric black-and-white artwork like Tetris, Linings, and Halved have the potential to turn any wall into a bold statement piece.

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For the laid-back lad

Thanks to the rise of athleisure wear, sweatpants have transcended their humble roots to assume their rightful place as distinctly modern and versatile pieces of clothing. Made in pure cotton and a looser fit for the ultimate relaxation, these men's sets by Koko Active are great examples of functional fashion.

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There you have it. Local brands have taken the guesswork out of giving great gifts to the the gentleman in your life – and the solution is right at your fingertips.