It’s a common stereotype that women are the more difficult gender to buy gifts for, but here at Experience Days, we think that’s just not true. Men may claim they don’t mind what they get or they don’t want anything at all (yeah, right), but who doesn’t love receiving a thoughtful, meaningful gift from a loved one? It can be easy to slip into that thought process of ‘he says he doesn’t mind so I’m not going to put much effort in’, safe in the knowledge that your man isn’t going to kick up a fuss, but wouldn’t it be nicer to get him something he actually wants?
Forget socks and chocolates, this year we challenge you to think outside the box and find a gift that he’ll truly appreciate. Whether it’s your Dad, brother, husband or son, every man has an individual personality and unique interests that can be matched with the perfect present. To get you started, we’ve put together this handy article with our top ten gifts for him, covering a range of budgets and locations so you can find something that’s just right. Read on for fun gift ideas and inspiration, and please comment below if you have any questions or comments!
Top Ten Gifts for Him
18 Piece BBQ Utensils Set
Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky
Bachelors Pamper Day in Johannesburg
Moses Mabhida Stadium Tour
Biltong & Beverage Gift Basket
Supercar Driving Experience Day
Four Piece Wine and Chess Set
Semi-Automatic Assault Rifle Experience
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If your Dad thinks he’s the braai master and has to take charge during BBQ season, this 18-piece utensils set from Cape Union Mart will give him the tools he needs to truly show off. Coming in a stylish stainless steel case, the set includes tongs, a selection of knives, a carving fork, spatulas, a braai cleaning brush, and corn cob skewers so the whole family can enjoy deliciously grilled corn. Having everything you need in a convenient pack-away case makes barbecuing easy (and means Dad can pretend he’s working up a sweat!), ideal for outdoor dining in the summer months. You’ll never lose a pesky spatula again, and the stainless steel makes everything easy to clean for re-use. The 18 Piece Braai Utensils Set makes a fab gift idea for Father’s Day, Christmas, or any special occasion!
South Africa may be known for its wine, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to do whisky. Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky is the only blend in the entire world made from pure South African maize, and recently won the award for World's Best Grain Whisky presented by Whisky Magazine in the UK. On top of that, the founder and head distiller was also awarded Master Blender for 2018 – so you know this stuff is going to be good! Produced in Wellington, Western Cape, the whisky is cask-matured for five years before it hits the shelves, benefitting from the warm climates that catalyse the process and give the final product a taste that usually comes with more mature blends. An award-winning whisky for less than R600? You read right! The ultimate gift for a refined gentleman who enjoys the finer things in life.
If the men in your life like a bit of luxury and self-care before a big day, then the Bachelors Pamper Day in Johannesburg will be right up their street. This spa day package is designed for groomsmen getting ready for a wedding, and includes everything a guy needs to feel his best and look on top form when the day arrives. The day is also curated as a full ‘experience’, so guests can sit back and enjoy snacks, music, and even a bottle of whisky for groups of more than five whilst receiving heavenly spa treatments; a pedicure, facial and classic shave, and an indulgent head massage. By the end of the pamper session everyone will be feeling refreshed and ready to go, prepared to face whatever lies ahead! Spa days are typically thought of as gifts for women, but men deserve some TLC too, and this experience in Johannesburg ticks all the boxes.
Purchase gift certificates for the Bachelors Pamper Day in Gauteng here.
On the topic of male grooming, our next gift idea is for the hipster Dads out there who want to keep their facial hair looking and smelling heavenly. For only R110 this is also one of the cheapest gifts for men that is still thoughtful, and will be appreciated by any man who puts his beard above all else. Argan Green’s Beard Oil is made using 100% botanical oils, infused with jojoba to reduce itching and keep the hair soft and moisturised. It’s also blended with cedar wood and geranium for a shiny finish, and scented with orange so your facial hair smells delightful day after day. Beard grooming oil would make a wonderful gift if you’re on a budget but want to get something unique, or can be matched with other pamper products to create a whole set of self-care items. We promise you they won’t take it personally!
Further down the pricing scale is the Moses Mabhida Stadium Tour in Durban, a fun and insightful experience for only R50. Home to AmaZulu F.C., the SkyCar, and Big Rush Big Swing, the Moses Mabhida Stadium has become a beacon of entertainment on the Durban skyline that’s just waiting to be explored. Opened in November 2009, the stadium hosted the FIFA World Cup the following year, the African Cup of Nations in 2013, and has been selected to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games – so not your average stadium! The guided tour will take guests through the players’ tunnel, the changing rooms where your favourite sportsmen get ready for games, the lavish stadium suites, and out onto the pitch where you can sense the anticipation and excitement of a big match. A Moses Mabhida Stadium Tour would make a truly memorable experience gift for the sports fan in your life!
They say the key to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so coming in at number 6 on our list is the Biltong & Beverage Gift Basket from Oliver’s House. Packed with delicious snacks like chocolate, pretzels, nuts and fresh biltong, you can also customise the hamper with a beverage of your choice, choosing from Grape or Appletiser, white or red wine, Champagne, Amarula, or really treat him with a bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label whisky. Priced between R400 and R600 this is a relatively high-end gift basket, but with such luxury items included it’s well worth the cost – and a gift he’ll definitely appreciate when the munchies strike! A personalised food and drink hamper is perfect for any occasion, and if you’re lucky, they may even share it with you!
As experts in the experience gift industry, let us tell you that we’ve never come across a man who hasn’t been excited by the mere thought of driving a supercar round a professional racing circuit. Can’t afford to own a luxury car? No problem, a supercar driving experience lets you take a vehicle of your choice out for three laps so you can get a feel for the speed, handling, and interior superiority of these amazing machines, without breaking the bank. Choose from either Zwartkops Raceway in Johannesburg or Killarney Racing Circuit in Cape Town, then take your pick from the Lamborghini Gallardo, Audi R8, Ferrari California, Porsche GT3, Nissan GTR and more for 3 laps of driving. The price range depends on how many cars you go for, so you can keep it simple with just the one or blast round the track in up to five cars! An instructor will be in the passenger seat the whole time to ensure you’re staying safe and improving your driving skills, so by the end of the session you’ll be grinning from ear to ear. A supercar track day is the ultimate gift for car lovers!
Purchase gift certificates online here.
Know someone who’s always losing their wallet? Then make their lives a little easier with the Orbit Card, a stylish and thoughtful way of showing them you care about their annoying habit. The Orbit Card is the same size as a credit card so fits neatly into your wallet, but is actually a Bluetooth-controlled GPS tracker than connects to your phone so you always know where you last had it. If the wallet is in range of your mobile you’ll be able to see a live location, and if it’s not in range you’ll be able to see the last recorded location. It also works the other way round if you have you wallet but not your phone – simply push a button on your Orbit Card and your phone will start to ring! This is one of those gadgets that makes you think, why has no one invented this before? And makes a fun gift for your forgetful friends.
Whoever thought putting wine accessories inside a chessboard was a good idea must have been off their rocker, but we love it nonetheless. This adorable gift comes complete with a wine thermometer, three-in-one bottle opener, corkscrew and foil cutter, a drip ring, bottle stopper, and 32 chess pieces inside a classic wooden box with stainless steel fittings. Chess is a classy game and wine is a classy drink, so it only makes sense that the two should be combined into a gift set fit for the most sophisticated individuals – and all for only R248. If you’re going for a theme of ‘gifts no one would ever buy themselves’ then you’ve found the jewel in the crown, an ideal present for fathers, uncles, husbands and more!
Our tenth and final gift idea for men is the manliest gift of all… Shooting stuff! Located in Simonstown near the False Bay coastline, participants get to enter a disused quarry to fire an LM4 assault rifle at a number of targets over twenty shots – plenty of opportunity to improve aim and accuracy. The session will begin with a (thorough) safety briefing on how to properly handle the firearm, and a demonstration on how to load, re-load, and fire the weapon. Marshals will be watching the whole time offering tips and guidance, so by the end of the one hour session you should see a significant improvement in your ability! The Semi-Automatic Assault Rifle Experience in Western Cape is about as manly as it gets, and would make a totally unique birthday present, Father’s Day gift, or simply a ‘just because’ gift!
Purchase gift certificates online here.
We started this article by claiming that men can often be as difficult, if not more, to buy gifts for than women, so hopefully these ten ideas have given you the inspiration you need to find that perfect present. Whether it’s a R110 beard oil or a R6269 5-car driving experience, gifts for men are varied and fitting to a number of budgets, but always well appreciated and loved.
If you have more gift ideas that we’ve missed then we’d love to hear from you, or even if it’s just to ask a question or say hello, please use the comments box below to get in touch. Until next time!