There’s plenty of tech out there to suit the type of man you’re buying for. Is he sporty and fit, lazy, a big kid or a bird watcher? Whatever the type of man, you can be sure there’s a gadget out there that will put a smile on his face and keep him entertained this Christmas. We’ve found some great gifts that cater for men who love to play — with toys, with tech, with motorbikes and golf. We think that covers just about every man we know.
Woodtec iPhone dock
Price: US$78 | Contact: Woodtec | Online: www.etsy.com/shop/woodtec
There are zillions of iPhone docks on the market and most of them make good gifts, but this one is a little different and quite special. It’s handmade and one of a kind. That’s right, when you order an iPhone dock here, you get one hand-carved by Will from a branch of American cedar wood. Will owns Woodtec, a shop on Etsy — a huge online marketplace selling millions of handmade products. The docks suit all models of iPhone and iPod, except the iPhone 5 and the iPod Shuffle; however, the store is currently taking orders for custom-made iPhone 5 docks. Handmade iPad docks and USB sticks are also available.
Avatar Gyro Helicopter
Price: $30 | Contact: Super & Cheaper | Online: www.superandcheaper.com.au
I haven’t yet met a man who can resist having a play with a remote-control helicopter, although play may be the wrong word to use. Anyone who’s tried flying one can tell you that it takes patience and a great deal of skill to fly one of these things. The Skylark is a four-channel helicopter with a built-in gyro, which apparently makes it easier to control. It’s also endowed with more motors than most, five in total. The helicopter can slide over to the left or right as well as move up and down, forward, back and hover on the spot. This is a pretty good model for the price and it comes with free delivery for Christmas.
Sharp Helmet Ion Generator with Plasmacluster
Price: $149 | Contact: Sharp | Online: www.sharp.net.au
This gift is as much for your biker friend as it is for you — have you ever noticed his helmet is starting to get a bit funky? Now you can all breathe easier because there’s a new high-tech way for him to de-stink that ball of noisomeness. The Sharp Helmet Ion Generator with Plasmacluster sounds like a very fancy way to freshen up your helmet, and it is. The device purifies by creating positive and negative ions that neutralise airborne mould, viruses, allergens, bacteria and odour-causing molecules. Sounds fantastic... will it work on his socks, too?
Garmin Approach S1 Australia
Price: $199 | Contact: Garmin | Online: www.garmin.com/au
Any golfer will salivate over this combination golf GPS and sports watch. It gives you all sorts of information about more than 1,000 courses in Australia and New Zealand, including information about distances to the front, back and middle of various greens. It will measure how far you shot your last ball and has a built-in pedometer, so you know how far you’ve walked on or off the course. As a watch, the S1 is waterproof and rugged to withstand bumps. There’s a built-in alarm and the anti-glare screen is easy to see, even in bright sunlight.