When he makes your heart skip a beat and you're a bit freer with the dollars, buying that Yuletide pressie can seem easier. At the very least there are more options. But what about the other guys in your life? The brothers, dad, work colleagues, mates, and so on. Obvs, you want to spoil them a bit and show them they mean something to you - but not quite that much in terms of dollars and invested emotion right? What you need is a middle ground that's both thoughtful, budget friendly and still stands out from everything else under the tree. Relax, we've got you covered.

 

1. A colleague

The Christmas gift guide: for men you’re not in love with

At this time of year, the beach beckons but men are notoriously unmoved by linen. Specifically beach towels which they keep in rotation for so many years they become practically transparent. Remedy the situation with one of these funky designs from Beach Bella, $42.50, beachbella.com.au. They're big enough for two people to share comfortably, are 100 per cent cotton and the  patterns range from fun to appropriately masculine

 

2. A brother

The Christmas gift guide: for men you’re not in love with

There is no sign of the monogramming trend abating but up until now it's been seen more often on purses, clutches and totes. The Burberry leather card holder, $250, exclusive to mytheresa.com/en-au (or in plain black, $280, au.burberry.com)  allows you to add up to three characters to a fine-grained leather card holder which also has space for credit cards. For a limited time only.

 

3. A friend

The Christmas gift guide: for men you’re not in love with

Aesop's gift boxes are a Christmas failsafe - stylish, thoughtfully curated and impeccably presented. This year is no exception. One of the most male-friendly is the Proximity pack, $110, aesop.com, which includes the Fabulous Face Cleanser, B&Tea Balancing Toner and Camelia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream.

 

4. Boss

The Christmas gift guide: for men you’re not in love with

Gifting to those higher up the corporate food chain can be tricky. You want the item to be memorable but you also don't want to go too OTT so that things become sycophantic.  The Triumph & Disaster Field Kit, $189, triumphanddisaster.com.au, is the ideal toiletries pack. Encased in butter soft leather, it hangs from a hook and has enough space for everything the business or leisure traveller might require.

 

5. Dad

The Christmas gift guide: for men you’re not in love with

You know how your Pop is always banging on about his Nokia was the best phone he ever had? How it lasted for a year-and-a-half between charges and had the world's most entertaining game - snake - built right in there? Well, you can help him relive the glory days again. The Nokia 3310 phone, $89, is back at Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi and selected Optus and Vodafone stores.  Updated functionality means you can talk, text and tweet, but most importantly, the snake game is also included. 

The Christmas gift guide: for men you’re not in love with