We know. We've been there. Everyone else's present has long been bought and wrapped. Except the one belonging to your significant other. You put it off and put it off - because there's a bit of pressure to get it right. But before you can say "can't guarantee deliver before Christmas" you have to act. And still, you're stumped for ideas. We're here to help...

 

The watch

The Christmas gift guide: for that *special* guy in your life

Just because he may already have a timepiece, doesn't mean he won't love another. As watches enjoy a renaissance, increasing numbers of men are embracing the concept of the ticking wardrobe. As in, one watch that works with his work look and another more street version for the weekend. And everything inbetween. The Nixon Time Teller has a striking emerald green face that pops against the gold casing. It's an unusual colour combo and that's where the fun lies. At $179.99 it won't require a second mortgage either. nixon.com/au/en

 

The fragrance

The Christmas gift guide: for that *special* guy in your life

Very few brands could get away with calling a fragrance F*cking Fabulous and it not be viewed as a slightly desperate 'aren't we naughty' grab at controversy. When Tom Ford, however, goes there, the reality is that it is simply perfectly titled. This unisex scent is a potent cocktail of clary sage, lavender, leather and amber to mention just a few of the elements. It's also very, very sexy. $460, shop.davidjones.com.au

 

The belt

The Christmas gift guide: for that *special* guy in your life

For all its convenience and apparent thrift, fast fashion has taught us that you get what you pay for. Fact. This Hermès belt in cowhide with palladium-finish metalwork will set you back $1560 but it will last for decades, get better looking with time and catch the eye as a mark of subtle sophistication. Team with jeans and a white tee for a look that's all about laidback luxe. australia.hermes.com

 

The blade

The Christmas gift guide: for that *special* guy in your life

Men lose their minds over things that are sharp and shiny. Especially if they fancy themselves a bit of a dynamo in the kitchen. The Victorinox Grand Maitre Chef's Knife, $315, features an ergonomically shaped rosewood handle and chromium-molybdenum steel that will have him gagging to cook you a meal. Score. victorinox.com/global/en

 

The bottle

The Christmas gift guide: for that *special* guy in your life

If some of the prices in this article have left you thinking 'I love him/her, but not that much', here's the antidote. Especially if your significant other is a sporty type. The Hip water bottle, $24.95, is designed by the uber stylish Karim Rashid, is dishwasher safe, BPA free and way kinder to the planet than those single-use containers. They're also available in six colours, ranging from coral to midnight. shop.davidjones.com.au

 

The folio

The Christmas gift guide: for that *special* guy in your life

It might not be the topic of conversation in every workplace, but if it's even vaguely corporate, style not only matters but is noticed. And that means accessories. We love the Burberry Large DK88 Document Case, $2,850, which features a distinctive push-lock closure and is crafted in the house's new signature Trench Leather. Available in four shades of tan, black, ink blue and antique red, our pick is the timeless navy. Sure to win him a promotion, or at the very least, a nod of approval from his boss. au.burberry.com

 

The console

The Christmas gift guide: for that *special* guy in your life

You didn't think we'd do a piece like this without mentioning video games, right? Any upgrade on the console he already has - or if he doesn't own one, better still - will seem like all his Christmases have come at once. One of the best deals around at the moment is for Xbox One Minecraft Special Edition. It features a terabyte of memory, its own vertical stand and all the video streaming tech (hello Netflix) you could possibly want. Better still, it's one of the products that the newly launched Amazon Australia service is flogging hard to show local consumers what great deals it offers. $318, amazon.com.au

The Christmas gift guide: for that *special* guy in your life