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The Foolproof Men’s Gifting Guide – Denise Li

Every festive season, I find myself leaving shopping for the men in my life till the very last minute … and most of the time, I find myself grabbing socks, a polo tee, or a bottle of something alcoholic in a fit of desperation. They’re useful things … just not particularly … exciting.

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one with this perennial problem, so I present to you, this nifty gift guide for the men in your life.

Casio G-Shock 

Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400, $499

Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400, $499

Probably made with someone like Bear Grylls in mind, this is the first G-Shock watch constructed with triple sensors that measure compass bearing, temperature, altitude, and atmospheric pressure, which means it can help the user navigate harsh terrains and predict sudden changes in weather. In addition to that, it’s water-, dust-, rust-, and mud-resistant. Great for the guy who’s training to climb Mt Everest, runs ultra-marathons or loves water sports.

For a full listing of where to buy Casio G-Shock, click on this link

Crabtree & Evelyn

Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime gift set, $45

Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime gift set, $45

It’s always a bit of a gamble buying a scent for a guy (or, anyone, really), but it’s hard to go wrong with a fresh, citrus scent like Crabtree & Evelyn’s West Indian Lime. This scent contains a hair and body wash, shaving cream, after shave balm, and cologne. Get this for the guy friend who’s always jetting off on business trips.

For a full listing of Crabtree & Evelyn stores in Singapore, click on this link


Fossil watch, $209

Fossil watch, $209

Black leather strap watches are always a safe choice, especially for corporate-tyes, but the cute detail on the dial of this Fossil watch makes all the difference. Get it for the guy who wants to showcase a bit of his fun personality under his stuffy business suits.

For a full listing of Fossil stores in Singapore, click on this link.


Cote&Ciel California Isar Rucksack, from $349

Cote&Ciel California Isar Rucksack, from $349

The seriously cool Parisian cult brand is finally available on our shores, and we’re loving their collection of stylish, yet hardy and thoughtfully constructed bags. This collection of bags is made with a super thin, lightweight and water-resistant material that moulds to the carrier’s laptop, along with other materials made with function in mind. Now your pal doesn’t have to look unwieldy carrying a truckload of things. Get this for the guy who’s never seen without his Macbook Pro.

The Cote&Ciel pop-up store is located at Level 2 Wheelock Place, outside Cumulus and Nimbus.


Nike DRI-fit Touch Tailwind

Nike DRI-fit Touch Tailwind, $65

So you’ve listened to your guy friend go on forever about wanting to get into shape but not following through on his intentions? Perhaps he’ll be more inclined to put his New Year’s resolution into action if you get him this top. It’s super soft, lightweight, and it wicks moisture away from his body during his runs to the surface of the garment for quick evaporation. It also has reflective elements to keep him visible and safe during his late night runs.

The Nike DRI-fit Touch Tailwind is available at all Nikes stores islandwide.

Sebastian Professional

Sebastian Matte Putty, $52.80

Sebastian Matte Putty, $52.80

Tell your bro that they 1990s called, and they want their slick, gelled-back hair look back. Sebastian Professional Matte Putty will give him the hold he’s after with a more natural-looking finish. And while it might seem a little pricey for a hair styling product, it is one where a little goes a long way.

Professional salon brands such as Sebastian and Nioxin are now available at

Code Deco

Code Deco B Minor, $150

Code Deco B Minor, $150

Code Deco is the brainchild of Singapore-based perfumer Gauri Garodia, and I highly recommend her line of intriguing scents if you’re on the lookout for something out of the ordinary. B Minor is distinctively masculine, with notes of dry gin, cadamom, and vetiver. Most male scents have a predictable one-note musky dry-down, but this one has a more woody, earthy finish that’s perfect for the sophisticated gent in your life.

Code Deco is available at Tangs Orchard, Nana & Bird, and Konzepp.

New Balance

New Balance MRH996, $169

New Balance MRH996, $169

We could talk about the wonderful cushioning, the luxurious materials it’s made with … but honestly, the cool vintage feel of these sneaks speaks for itself. I personally love the green one! An essential for your hipster guy friend.

MRH996 is available at all New Balance stores. 

About the Author: Denise Li is a founder of Material World and a freelance writer-editor. Before that, she spent a few years in the Features section of CLEO and Cosmopolitan Singapore. She considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and makes it a point to head there for a yearly pilgrimage. She’s also a fitness buff and enjoys boxing, running and the occasional yoga session. She’s quite tempted to get that G-shock for herself. Follow her on Twitter @DeniseLiTweets.

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