Your Last-Minute Christmas Gift Guide for Guys
It’s that time of year again, and, yes, we already know, you’ve left your gift shopping until the night before Christmas. No problem, we’ve got you covered.
This is your break-in-case-of-emergency gift guide featuring gadgets, tech and toys that are more than a few notches above those assorted chocolates, socks and toiletry kits you’ve been punishing your family and friends with for years.
1. A Cologne: Montblanc Explorer Ultra Blue EDP
While you may not have travelled much in the past two years, this fragrance will still give you the aura of a world-weary adventurer. (Think: more Indiana Jones, less 48-hour layover in an airport.) It’s a bottled tour of the globe’s best scents, taking you on a journey from Italy, with its Sicilian Bergamot, to hanging out oceanside and breathing in refreshing sea notes, before motoring off to an Indonesian island for a nightcap of sweet and earthy Patchouli leaf. Bottom line: you’ll smell like someone with more than three stamps in their passport.
2. Trainers: Adidas Ultraboost 22
Responsive, comfortable and stylish at every pace and distance, the Ultraboost 22s are a breakout star on the track and tarmac.
3. A Smartwatch: Garmin Forerunner 745
Garmin’s Forerunner 745 is built to hold up to 200 sweaty runs, bumpy bike rides and long swims. This GPS running watch is made for runners and triathletes like you who need detailed training stats and on-device workouts plus smartwatch functions. Need we say more?
4. A Watch Roll: Lusso Triple Watch Roll
This watch roll was designed and engineered for travel in a compact and safe casing. Plus, you know this will last a long time as they use the finest Italian Leather and Suede to construct it.
5. Slip-On Shoes: Birkenstocks
The magical cork foot-bed moulds to your feet for unparalleled comfort. Plus, Birkenstocks are made to stand the test of time, so these will be your new slip-ons this year, and for the next 15.
6. Sunglasses: Under Armour Force 2 Mirror Sunglasses
When it comes to finding a sport-ready pair of glasses, you need hardworking sunnies that do more than just block out the rays. Not only do these put an iron curtain between you and the dreaded UV, but the TR90 frames feature an auto-lock stop hinge that’ll keep the Force 2s glued to your face, whether you’re swinging a golf club or putting in a session in the saddle. Bonus: the water–and smudge–resistant coating will give you a clear eye on all the action.
7. Board Shorts: Scotch & Soda
The ultimate wardrobe isn’t complete without the perfect pair of boardshorts. These ocean-ready threads will make a splash whether you’re lakeside, poolside, or going coastal.
8. A Dive Watch: Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925
Water resistant up to 200m, this watch features a display caseback, and a taupe bezel and dial. We’re fans of the minimalist look, clean finish, and MT5400 automatic movement.
9. A Game: Forza Horizon 5
The latest entry in the Forza Horizon series jets off to Mexico, serving up a giant open world with miles of glorious, HD tarmac to tear through in a stable of officially licensed cars. Get behind the wheel of a Ferrari F40 or test the aerial abilities of a VW Beetle (surprisingly aerodynamic with the right-sized hill), Horizon 5 is a must-own title for any motorhead. Available on Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One and PC.
10. A Niche Read: The Mission Fly Mag
Created by a group of fly fishing fanatics, The Mission Fly Mag is a tribute to an activity that’s as much adventure as it is a meditative state. (Seriously, few experiences can compare with the stripped-down tranquility of dropping a lure and knocking back a brew.) Featuring articles that’ll inspire you to escape the concrete jungle, and covers that’ll elevate even the most scuffed-up, antique coffee table, this is your summer reading, sorted. Bonus: it’s completely free.
11. A New Toy: Evolve Hadean Carbon All Terrain
The Hadean is a supercharged electric skateboard with all-terrain capabilities that doesn’t shy away from steep inclines or clocking impressive speeds. (Its dual 3000-watt motors can easily get you rolling at up to 40km/h, or even faster if you swap out for the street tyres.) Electric boards can take a bit of getting used to. Our advice: practise in an empty parking lot, and ramp up the speed slowly.And remember to wear protective gear–helmet, pads, the works. Once you’ve got a handle on the controls, you’ll start to appreciate some of this board’s highlights, like the responsive brakes, generous mileage, and lightning fast four-hour charging time. Weighing in at just 13.5kg (in its all-terrain configuration) it’s a light carry, too.
12. A Caffeine Alternative: Goodmind Functional Mushroom Capsules
Combining three different types of adaptogenic mushrooms, including the aforementioned Reishi, GOODMIND claims these mushroom capsules can help reduce fatigue, clear brain fog, and nix stress. Our Deputy Editor Kieran Legg swapped his morning java for two capsules a day to put these claims to the test. “Maybe it was a placebo effect, or I was dodging that mid-afternoon caffeine crash, but after a week, these daily doses gave me a noticeable energy boost,” he says.
13. A Local Documentary: Over The Edge
Catch Matt Bromley in Over The Edge, a film following the surfer’s journey as he chases giant swells across the globe.
14. Some Iron: Gorilla Sports Kettlebell
A kettlebell is all you need to start packing on muscle. Gorilla Sports has a vast selection of bells, ranging from 8kg to 40kg, that are competition quality.
15. A Cookbook: Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage
Want to up your cooking skills and vegetable intake? Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage are on a mission to educate people about what makes vegetables distinct; demonstrating how, with the right techniques, you can transform those sad sides into a main event in their new cookbook.
16. A Total Body Workout Tool: Rebel Sandbags
Commonly found in CrossFit boxes, these rugged bags come with reinforced handles, Ripstop material and you can choose from six different weights: 5kg, 10kg, 15kg, 20kg, 25kg and 30kg.
17. A Better Braai: Kamado Jan JNR Red
This ceramic braai will cook up perfect dishes from this summer until the next. Read the Jan/Feb 2022 Issue of Men’s Health to find out to use this cooker to whip up the best West African fare.
18. A Workout Buddy: Men’s Health Subscription
Need a training manual for the new year? Snap up a subscription to this very mag. What you get: six issues crammed with health, wealth, weight loss and fitness advice that you can implement right now for impressive results. Snap up the digital edition right HERE.
19. A Cinematic Experience: ViewSonic M1 mini Plus LED Pocket Projector
Thanks to TikTok, projectors have made a resurgence. This pocket-sized projector is easy to setup, and will beam hi-res video onto any clear surface.
20. A Better Sound: JBL Flip Essential Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
For music on the go, you can’t beat this compact bluetooth speaker from JBL. Not only is it waterproof, but it’s designed to take a few knocks. (It’ll survive bass-heavy and gravity-based drops like a champion.)
21. A Safer Stash: Rappid Minimalist Wallet
Fat wallets are a relic of the past. This minimalist, hardwearing cardholder will help you organise, protect and select your cards with ease.
22. A Perfect Blend: Nutribullet 900W Blender Pro
Smoothies are an easy way to mainline the nutrients you need to thrive in the gym (and life). This powerful blender from Nutribullet packs 900W of blitzing potential, letting you blend up your breakfast or post-workout smoothie in seconds.