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20 Best Gift Ideas In 2018 For Busy Gentlemen

Best Birthday Present, Anniversary Or Valentine Gift Ideas For Men

Thinking of what to give an enterprising friend or co-worker? 

You could, of course, just give an Amazon gift card or... colder still, plain cash. That way the person can get what they want for themselves. However, money in an envelope or a bank transfer are such impersonal gifts, don’t you find? Almost inevitably, your congratulatory tokens will get mixed up with rent or grocery payments and your best wishes will get lost in the humdrum of everyday life. Yes, it is a pragmatic and time-efficient solution, but practicality and convenience are not the qualities that build lasting friendships. Attention, empathy and trust are.


Have you ever heard the saying “it’s the thought that counts!” Indeed, it is. When you take the time from your busy schedule to go shopping—on- or off-line—you demonstrate to the other person that you care and are thinking about them. You prove that you have been attentive to their habits and interests. By adding the personal touch, going the extra mile and getting them something special, you demonstrate your desire and effort to make them happy. This is remembered, appreciated and, ultimately, reciprocated.

In Catholic Europe, Father’s Day has traditionally been celebrated on St Joseph’s day, on March 19th. In the United States, however, it was set on the third Sunday of June, which is June 24th in 2018 and June 23rd in 2019. Whether you are looking for Valentine gifts, Father’s Day, anniversary or a birthday present for your special man, you will find a few perfect gifts for him on any budget in our list below.

1. Canon EOS 80D DSLR

We have established that the EOS 80D is an amazing camera for both photo and video. It even out-performs the professional, fully weather-sealed 7D Mark II in image quality. Whether you need to obtain original footage to stand out in business, or wish to document the brightest moments of your life, photography is a fascinating hobby and a wonderful passion to immerse yourself in.

Some of the excellent features this camera offers are: 45-point all cross-type autofocus (AF) system, 24.2 Megapixel (APS-C) CMOS sensor and shooting speed of up to 7.0fps. 

Read our full review here.

2. Apple Macbook ME874LL/A Pro 15.4-Inch Laptop

(2.6GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB DDR3, 512SSD)

If your man is always on the go, perhaps it is time to upgrade his gear with a laptop that can keep up with his hectic lifestyle? This light-weight computer comes equipped with a speedy solid-state drive and is compact enough to make the ideal work-horse companion on frequent business trips or even for shuttling work around town. This machine’s robust features make it an excellent choice for programmers, writers, engineers, graphic designers, video editors or anyone working on rapid-access data, who needs a reliable, portable work station.

This powerful computer offers: 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.8 GHz), 16GB DDR3, 15.4-inch (diagonal) Retina display, 512 GB PCIe-based flash storage, Dual Graphic: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, as well as many other exciting attributes. 

3. DJI Mavic Pro Drone 

What is life without some fun? And this compact, high-tech observer is a tonne of fun that folds down to the size of a small water bottle. It is the perfect toy for boys of all ages and if you want your significant other to get out more or take up a new hobby, drone flying is an excellent incentive for a more active lifestyle!

This powerful surveyor offers True 4K, fully stabilized video, Vision positioning paired with GPS, 7km (4.3 miles) of transmission range, Obstacle Avoidance combined with sensor redundancy and can fly at speeds of up to 64km/h (40mp/h) for as long as 27 minutes. In a word, it’s awesome!

4. BMW Genuine Men’s Chronograph Watch

Every motoring enthusiast of performance and speed respects and enjoys BMW’s M-range. The M Chronograph is more than a watch. It is a symbol of a dynamic lifestyle. It is a bold statement of alpha male dominance. It is also the little brother of the iconic ‘silver wolf’, which is 500m water-sealed, but is a stretch beyond the price scope of this article.

This amazing watch makes perhaps the best birthday present idea or anniversary gift idea. The masculine timepiece is brought to life by Swiss Ronda Quartz Movement and features a rotating bezel and an M badge on the face with a date display.

This genuine BMW M Chronograph is black, constructed of PVD-coated stainless steel, with crystal-clear mineral glass and has a diameter of 43 mm. It comes in a beautiful gift box with a special screwdriver to adjust the links of the bracelet.

5. PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Heightened graphics, enhanced gameplay supporting frame rates higher than ever before and a unified gaming community will make for an unforgettable experience filled with excitement and thrills.

Revel in extraordinary entertainment, as you explore new worlds and enjoy rich visuals in video content, where up to 4K auto-upscaling and 4K streaming are supported.

Mount not included. Don’t forget to pick up a couple of excellent games to go with the console, such as: God of War 3, EA SPORTS UFC 3, Dragon Ball Fighter Z or Far Cry 5.

Product Dimensions: 11.4cm x 43cm x 36.3cm (4.5” x 17” x 14.3”). Product weight: 5kg (10.95lbs).

6. Force1 Drone with HD 1080p Camera and GPS 

This hi-tech hawk boasts a 1080p HD camera, which allows the user to fly in WiFi FPV and see the drone’s feed in real time. 0.6 miles GPS signal and 30 min of flight time. The drone is equipped with 3 return-home modes (at the touch of a button, if it loses its signal or gets low on power), from up to 500 meters and the controls are very intuitive and user-friendly, with 1-Key Lift/Land, Altitude Hold + Headless Mode. It is also equipped with led lights for night time flying. The package includes: Bugs 2 Wi-Fi Drone, four spare propellers, propeller changing tool, UL-certified balance charger, a 2.4Ghz remote controller, two 7.4V 1800mAh LIPO batteries, smartphone mount, user manual.

The quadcopter weighs 1.6 kg (3.53 lbs) and measures 40.6 x 40.6 x 10.2cm (16” x 16” x 4”).

7. Samsung T5 SSD 500 Gb drive

In the fast-moving business world, this rapid-fire storage device can save your friend a lot of time and frustration. Ultrafast read-write speeds up to 540 MB/s. The package includes USB Type C to C and USB Type C to A cables. The drive offers optional password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption. This SSD will make a perfect addition to your anniversary or Valentine gifts for him, or as a stand-alone birthday present.

The product measures: 5.8cm x 1cm x 7.6cm (2.3” x 0.4” x 3”), weighs 45g (1.6 ounces) and comes with a factory 3-year warranty.

Read our comprehensive review here

8. Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses

Viewing the world through these slick, azure-tinted shades, will make your man feel like he’s lazing about on a Caribbean holiday. These non-polarized sunglasses offer 100% UV protection. By remaining true to its classic heritage, while constantly evolving to meet today’s fashion demands, Ray-Ban has remained a top fashion brand for 81 years.

The product is quite wide, with the following dimensions: 17cm x 4.6cm x 7cm (6.7” x 1.8” x 2.8”).

9. B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Form 2i

The ultra-lightweight on-ear headset provides rich, stereo sound and comes equipped with an inline remote and microphone. Bang & Olufsen is a brand synonymous with high quality sound. They produce premium speakers for exclusive sound systems for the automotive industry, installations for home cinemas and excellent headphones. The Form 2i B&O Play earphones make an excellent Valentine’s gift idea or a great birthday present idea.

The Form 2i B&O Play earphones were designed by Steve McGugan and launched nearly 30 years ago, in 1985. Their retro-chic design proved to be so popular that the model has endured multiple whims of fashion and enjoys great popularity even today. The iconic design has been specially selected and included in the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MoMA).

The earphones are comfortable to wear and their soundstage is incredibly well-defined—it is a rich blend of a good bass, a focused middle, and precise highs. The mission is simple: to bring you the sound exactly the way the artists intended it—crisp, authentic and clean.

The Form 2i B&O Play earphones are an excellent way to truly appreciate the symphony of your life.

10. Universal Wooden Docking Station

Men are notorious for being poor at the multitasking and organisational aspects of their lives. Perhaps that’s an outdated, unfair stereotype, however, there is no smoke without fire. Why not encourage him to be neat and make it that much easier for him to keep his desk clutter-free, with this thoughtful gift?

The station’s dimensions are: 20.3cm H x 22.9cm W x 16.5cm D (8”H x 9”W x 6.5”D).

11. 28" Inch Real Goat Vintage Leather Large Handmade Travel Bag

This piece of travel luggage comes with a free dose of concentrated personality. Its rugged nature and gentle feel make it the perfect Valentine’s gift idea for your charming cowboy. It would likewise make an excellent Father’s Day, anniversary or birthday present idea. Hand-crafted from real goat hide, this bag is an excellent, stylish accessory not just for travel needs, but for going to the gym or family picnics.

The travel bag boasts a removable shoulder belt of adjustable length, 2 roomy side zipper pockets, 1 front pocket with a latch and 2 handles on top for carry. The bag’s insides are lined with green canvas.

The dimensions of this carry-on luggage are: 71.1cm L x 30.5cm D x 28cm H (28”L x 12”D x 11”H).

12. Personalized wooden watch

You would be hard-pushed to beat the novelty factor of a wooden watch. The time piece is customizable (you may choose from five fonts in which to have a message engraved on its back) and features Swiss-made Ronda 763 Movement mechanism. Case diameter: 4cm (1.57”).

The hardwood wood watches are handcrafted, using 100% natural wood without any paint or chemicals, making them eco-friendly and hypoallergenic, i.e. suitable for people with sensitive skin. The watch comes in a tasteful, gift-ready package.

13. Hubsan H507A X4 Star APP Driven Drone GPS 6 Axis Gyro 720P HD Camera

This drone is an excellent gateway toy into the segment, at its low price point, it allows you to test the waters, without investing too much. The camera on this bird may be of inferior resolution, at just 720P, but it does boast many nifty functions such as: GPS, WIFI, APP compatible,720P HD camera, headless mode, altitude mode, automatic return. It is controlled via an Android smartphone APP and offers entertaining modes such as: follow me, set way points and livestreaming.

This quodcopter will make a perfect addition to your anniversary or Valentine gifts for him, or as a stand-alone birthday present.

14. The original Bobby Anti-theft backpack by XD Design

Would you like to keep your man safe? Worldwide close to 400,000 pickpocket incidents occur every day. Phones, cameras, wallets all these expensive things get stolen out of commuters’ bags in the hustle and bustle of the busy streets and crowded transport cars. Things can be replaced, but nerves singed by the intense chagrin of getting robbed cannot. If your man takes the tube or bus frequently, why not look after his well-being with this thoughtful gift?

The Bobby Anti-Theft backpack features an integrated USB charging port, cut-proof fabric, secret pockets and a hidden zipper. Other safety features are: shockproof storage, reflector safety strips, water repellent material. The backpack measures: 20cm x 42cm x 34cm (7.9” x 16.5” x 13.4”).

15. Rustic Leather Pint Sleeve with Handle 

Do hot or chilled beverages feature prominently in your cowboy’s life? If so, here is an excellent, hand-crafted full grain leather accessory that will keep his drink at the right temperature. This pint sleeve makes the perfect anniversary gift idea or birthday gift idea. The holder fits any standard pint glass of 16oz and the sturdy leather handle, attached with heavy-duty brass rivets allows your man to sip away at his favourite beverage with his pinkie held up high.

16. Mojopanda Sheesham wood Phone Sound Amplifier

Let music accompany your man wherever he goes! Amplify sound to more than double the volume. This lightweight, eco-friendly birthday gift idea is made from North Indian Rosewood. The amplifier measures: 9.9cm x 12.5cm x 5.9cm (3.9” x 4.9” x 2.3”) and weighs 427 grams.

17. Game of Thrones Macbook Laptop Decal Sticker

Does your man enjoy the intricate plot of the Game of Thrones saga? Why not get him this great laptop decal, so he can flaunt his support? The decorations, cut from high quality 6-year outdoor grade vinyl are designed to fit 11”–15” Macbooks and other smooth-cover laptops. Specify your colour when ordering, or a black decal will be shipped.

Colours available: Black/Light Blue/Silver/Middle Blue/Dark Blue/White/Red/Soft Pink/Grey/Gold. The decal will not damage the surfaces and can be easily removed without leaving any sticky residue.

18. Love Lakeside-Men’s Cashmere Feel Winter Plaid Scarf

Do you enjoy hearing the rich timbre of your man’s voice? Or would you rather he sounds like a chipmunk? Protect his throat from soreness and colds with this stylish, gentle Cashmere-feel, 100% viscose scarf with a string fringe, which measures 165cm x 30.5cm (65” x 12”). There are many gorgeous designs to choose from, to go with any vest or sweater.

19. Leather case for iphone 7 or 8

Your man will enjoy the contrast of his high-tech smartphone with the rustic, elegantly crafted leather jacket. Offering form-fitting wallet featuring storage for two cards, your phone and cash without limiting access to front and rear cameras, ports or peripheral buttons. The genuine leather wallet also offers an additional level of shock resistance and protection to the iPhone.

20. Tangc Men’s Vintage Tie Clip

Add some flair to your favourite man’s life with these humorous and stylish tie clips. Material: copper. Colour: polished silver. Size: 01—app 4.9*1cm, 02—app 4.7*1.7cm, 03—app 3.7*2cm, 04—app 5.3*1cm, 05—app 4*1.4cm.


—Oleg K Temple, February 2018 


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