Sometimes the hardest gifts to buy are for the men in our lives. We’ve got our friends, sisters and mums sorted, but when it comes to partners, dads and brothers, you’re not alone if you’re stumped for ideas. To help you out as you shop for the man who has it all, or the man who “doesn’t want anything”, check out our guide for some much-needed inspiration…
Men and their BBQs go hand in hand, but in Hong Kong it can be hard to find the space for the full-blown barbecue of their dreams. So this Christmas, get him the ultimate Hong Kong-appropriate cooking tool. The Lotus Grill (starting at $1,880) is a smokeless, portable, award-winning, charcoal BBQ. You and the lucky man in question, will be able to BBQ practically anywhere with this bit of kit – the park, beach, junk, boat, even on the tiniest balcony. You can even use it indoors, providing a window is left open for proper ventilation. The integrated fan means that the charcoal only needs three minutes to heat up and then it’s ready to go (plus, it produces minimal smoke). If you bought him a Lotus Grill last year and this year you’re short of ideas, you can add a couple of new accessories to his kit, a pizza stone, a 2 sided-teppanyaki plate, fondue or hot pot set, temperature controlled lid and a Lotus Grill frying pan.
Sassy Perk: Our friends at Lotus Grill are offering Sassy readers a 10% discount on all products when you purchase via the Coba online store. Simply use the promotion code “Santaclaus” to redeem this perk.
Available from www.coba-grills.hk and at the following retail/online stores: Lift Lifestyle, Patio Mart, Ship-Shop at the RHYC and www.jettfoods.com/hardware.html
If you’re ever lacking in present inspiration it’s worth checking out Gift Something. We guarantee your basket won’t stay empty for long! This website prides itself on helping you find the right gift for the right person. So we checked out what’s on offer for men, and found plenty of great ideas. We particularly like The Men’s Society Party Season Survival Kit ($399). It’s perfect for guys who like to work hard and play hard (we’re not judging, honest). This handy little tin contains everything necessary to recover from the excesses of a Christmas night (or three!) out. There’s a toothbrush and toothpaste for freshening up and some eye cream to hide those tell-tale bags. There’s also an eye mask to aid sleep, no matter what time of the night (or day) the evening ends, as well as a restorative bath oil. With free next day delivery to Hong Kong’s metropolitan areas, what are you waiting for? A word of warning for the ladies though – you may end up picking out a little something for yourself too while browsing on this site.
Sassy perk: Use discount code “Sassygift_Xmas2018” at checkout to enjoy 10% off all items on www.giftsomething.com
Gift Something, 2730 0885, firstname.lastname@example.org
For the men in your life, look no further than Indigo Living’s curated collection of handy homeware. If he’s looking to bring a bold design focal point into his space, the commanding Noctis Marble Wall Clock ($990) or classy Monochrome Tic Tac Toe ($690) are ideal additions. If he’s known to be a bit eccentric and outgoing, The Noctis Jaguar Bookends ($1,290) are a playful office or den statement, while the sophisticated sculptural details of the Sahara Sculpture ($1,290) verges on contemporary art. For some throwback fun, Nox Mini Bar Set ($4,490) will have him channelling his inner Mad Men creative genius this holiday season.
Indigo Living & Kids Yuen Long Store, Shop No. 2001, Level 2, YOHO MALL I, Yuen Long, New Territories, (852) 2388 6132, email@example.com, www.indigo-living.com
Horizon Plaza – Living & Kids Flagship Store, 6/F Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, 2555 0540
Comprising everything from interviews and profiles, to pieces on the world’s best restaurants and furniture designers, along with advice on how to score a penalty, The Mr Porter Paperback ($167) is an ideal Christmas gift that ticks all the boxes. Not only will it look great on your coffee table or bookshelf, but its contents live up to its promise to be “The Manual For A Stylish Life”.
The Mr Porter Paperback, available online from Mr Porter for $166.88
Whether your man is no stranger to a little pampering, or can’t remember the last time he used a comb, a gift certificate from The Mandarin Barber is sure to be a welcome gift. With services ranging from hair cuts and beard trims, to manicures and reflexology, this gift certificate is a thoughtful gift that allows them to choose the perfect treatment themselves. You can find more info on prices and treatments here.
Mandarin Barber Gift Certificate, available online from The Mandarin Oriental
We’re huge fans of Tom Dixon designs and home accessories, and these beer glasses ($780) are one of the pieces we’re lusting after most. The simple shape and striking copper band mean these glasses are both stylish and masculine, making a perfect gift for the guy in your life.
Tank Beer Glasses, available in store at Tom Dixon for $780
Sleek, stylish and simple, Kapok is your one-stop destination in the city for functional and fashionable pieces. We love this card holder ($570) from Swedish brand, Sandqvist, and it makes an ideal present for any man.
Titus Black Wallet Card Holder, available online and in store at Kapok for $570
Designed to keep drinks ice cold for up to 25 hours, or hot for up to 12, this sleek canteen ($280) from Apartment 49 is sure to be a hit. Ideal for using on the go, at work, or at the gym, it’s a must have for those looking to ditch the plastic.
9oz Blackout Canteen, available online from Apartment 49 for $280
Whether you’re shopping for a wannabe connoisseur or just a guy who’s looking for his new favourite drink, this whiskey cocktails book ($338.80) will deliver. Packed with every whiskey recipe you can imagine, from a Tennessee Williams, to a Boston Sour, this hardcover book is sure to boost his cocktail making skills, and look great on any coffee table.
Whiskey Cocktails Hardcover Book, available online from Mr Porter for $338.80
This classic fragrance from Tom Ford ($759) is bold, sexy and makes an ideal Christmas gift. Spicy and woody, a little goes a long way and promises to last throughout the day. And the best bit? The fragrance is unisex, so you can steal a spritz, too.
Black Orchid Eau De Toilette, available online from Mr Porter for $759
A classic watch ($1,245) that’s sure to stand the test of time, we can think of few better gifts than this Larsson & Jennings timepiece when you’re on the hunt for a special gift. Ideal for wearing both everyday or kept just for special occasions, your man is guaranteed to love it.
Lugano Watch, available online from and in store at Kapok for $1,245
For an easy and effortless look, Grana is always our go-to for womenswear, but we love its men’s clothing too! Made from 100% Irish linen, this shirt ($550) is perfect for the transient Hong Kong winter and is a classic that will last for seasons to come.
Irish Linen Colourless Shirt, available online from Grana for $550