Holiday Gift Guide for The Modern Pinoy Men

It’s 25 days before Christmas! Especially here in the Philippines, shopping malls and fast-food chains are relentlessly playing Christmas songs once the – Ber months started.

11-11 shopping day has passed but there’s still Black Friday and the 12.12 shopping day. You can take advantage of these sales to buy gifts for the important men in your life while avoiding the holiday traffic in the metro.

Of course, men would always love to have a brand-new Honda Civic or Suzuki Jimny, his dream DLSR camera, and a custom-made suit for Christmas. However, we are not all multi-millionaires so we have to be creative in choosing the best gifts within our limited budget.

Don’t lose hope! Here are 12 simple gift ideas that to make your men smile. Those items are built like tanks and can last a test of time.

Safety razor – Wet shaving is having a revival for the past few years. This old-school shaving method provides more precise shaving and fewer razor burns. Shave Manila offers a great selection of men’s grooming essentials by Feather, Rockwell, and Razorine. I would recommend their best-selling Feather Popular razor with platinum-coated blades for just PHP1099.

Power tool organizer – There’s a handyman in every man. But the problem is how to organize his trusty power tools Giving him a power tool organizer like the 19” toolbox by Ace Hardware can help him to find the missing the nuts and bolts and secure them in one box. Price starts at PHP949.75.

Perfume – There are good perfume brands that can blend with his body chemistry including the modern scented collection of The Body Shop and the classic men’s selection by L’Occitane.  My personal favorite is White Musk by The Body Shop priced at P1790.

Plain white shirts – Men love plain white shirts. No questions asked. I highly recommend Uniqlo Supima Cotton shirts for P590 which is very comfortable with our hot weather.

Gift cards for grooming – Having a short and sleek haircut is a thing for the last five years just like the good ol’ days of our granddads. Felipe & Sons provide not just great service, but also membership privileges once you avail their gift card for P750.

Hair products – His brand-new haircut will never be complete without a matching hair product. I would recommend the water-based pomade by Gatsby which is available at your nearest Watson’s and Mercury Drug outlets and oil-based pomade by Smith Men Supply available on Lazada.

Sneakers – Nothing beats a classic pair of Converse Chuck Taylor and Adidas Stan Smith. But there are great brands that can help him standout such as the budget-friendly water repellant organic cotton sneaks by Muji for only P1650. If he prefers the sleeker, more yayamanin look (having the look of a million bucks), I recommend giving him a pair of leather sneakers for P6850 by AVG Supply.

Seiko 5 and Seiko Sports watch – Seiko 5 has been providing affordable yet reliable timekeeping pieces through the years. If you prefer a notch higher when it comes to price and quality, there is the famous SKX007 diver’s watch and the new Seiko 5 Sports that comes in different designs. Check out my Seiko watch review here:

Records of the artists he grew up listening to – I’m pretty sure your husband, dad or uncle was either a metalhead or hip-hopper. If you give him a copy of that much-coveted record, he would be jumping for joy and start reminiscing his heyday. I would recommend going to Satchmi on the 4th floor of SM Megamall Fashion Hall and a few record stores at Cubao Expo in Araneta Center, Quezon City and the basement of Makati Square on Amorsolo St., Makati City.

Marikina-made shoes – Some men prefer more stylish dress shoes. There is a selection of dress shoes made in the country’s shoe capital, Marikina. Purchasing their shoes helps the shoe industry’s revival. I highly recommend Bristol as the go-to for over-the-counter shoes and Blackwing Shoes for custom-made shoes. By the way, custom-made shoes usually take four to six weeks to make so better start ordering now. I have my shoes custom made from Blackwing that starts with P3600.

A fine writing instrument – He’s no longer in college and there are times he prefers writing notes over typing over the computer daily. You can even give him a fountain pen the classy yet practical Pilot Metropolitan for PHP920 available at National Bookstore and Noteworthy.

Barbecue and red wine at home on a weekend – A simple solution if the budget is running dry this season because of settling bills, mortgage, and topping-up your entire family’s insurance: Dinner date at home. Nothing beats preparing homemade barbecue, steak or Lechon manok and red wine on your dining table and spending quality time with your loved ones.

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