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Make sure your partner knows how much you appreciate him with a gift that's suited to his tastes. Image Credit: Pexels/SHVETS production

The long-awaited yearend is here - a time for gift-giving, celebrations and some well-deserved recharging. With special holidays marking the coming weeks, you're probably scanning for items that a loved one might need or like. Don't worry - to help you jog your memory and streamline your shopping spree, we came up with a series of holiday gift guides. Each listicle in our series can be catered to a spouse, dear friend, parent or child.

Kick off the holiday season with this gift guide for the special man in your life. Here, you'll find expert-picked watches, phablets and the coolest smartphones, followed by the best-rated noise-cancelling earbuds, perfumes and more. Most of the treats in our curated list are practical for work or daily use, with a few items thrown in to pamper your partner. Use Amazon Prime for free, one-day delivery and get it ahead of time!

1. Best Viral Phone: Nothing Phone 1, 12GB RAM + 256GB

Pros

  • Unique glyph interface
  • OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate
  • 5G smartphone
  • 12GB of RAM
  • Value for money

Cons

  • Camera quality could be better

Looking for the ultimate wow factor? Start off strong by gifting your partner a phone that's gone viral on social media. It's not the latest iPhone nor the current Galaxy in the market, but an affordable 5G Android with never-before-seen features. Meet the Nothing Phone (1), which also made it to our list of smartphones worth buying in 2022. Our phone expert called it "similar to the iPhone 12 in terms of design", except it lights up at the back with every call, notification and battery alert. This is an LED glyph interface under a see-through back, where unique customisable patterns indicate incoming calls, texts and emails, so your partner can quickly decide whether to answer or not in a work meeting. For instance, they will be able to recognise a call from you with the help of the glyph pattern, even with the phone face-down. This futuristic handset debuted in 2022, meaning it's equipped with the latest specs, from the 120Hz OLED display to the Snapdragon 778G+ processor.

Bonus: Buy with 0% instalments and pay Dh147.19 for 12 months with select banks. Add a screen protector with application by a professional for Dh29.

Warranty: Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh114, a one-year accidental damage protection for Dh190, and a two-year damage protection plus a one-year extended warranty for Dh242.

2. Best Watch: Tommy Hilfiger Men's Analogue Quartz Watch

Pros

  • Blue dial in a silver chassis
  • Large 46mm dial
  • Tells day of the week, 24-hour time and date
  • Water-resistant in up to 50 metres

Cons

  • Band might not be swappable, but leather options are available

Our watch expert had previously told us that an all-steel design with a contrasting dial is trendy among men, in 2022. Thomas Ghassemi, the founder of Dubai-based luxury online store WatchMaestro.com, advises picking up a watch with swappable bands, too. This Tommy Hilfiger timepiece features a blue, mineral dial, fixed in a classic stainless steel case and bracelet. Most buyers have picked it up as a present, while others say the 46mm diameter and overall weight add to the quality of the watch. There are three chronograph dials for the date, days and 24-hour display. It's water-resistant at up to 50 metres of depth.

Warranty: Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh18 and a two-year extended warranty for Dh25.

3. Best Phablet: Microsoft Surface Duo, 265GB

Pros

  • Dual-screen display for multitasking
  • Large 8.1-inch merged screen
  • Lightweight at 250 grams
  • Optimised for Microsoft productivity apps

Cons

  • One 11MP camera, for both rear and selfies

A practical gadget for work meetings, especially if your partner travels often, is a two-in-one phablet. More screen real estate means they'll be able to clear tasks faster, thanks to two 5.6-inch screens that fit in the palm of a hand. We're referring to the all-new Microsoft Surface Duo, a phablet that experts say is one of the best foldables out there. This productivity device folds inwards and outwards, each with the ability to run different applications at the same time. Plus, according to our mobile tech pro, the separate screens have a visible hinge in the centre, "so there's less likelihood of damage", such as a cracked display. It's surprisingly light at 250g, and folds into a smartphone for calls and texting, too. Without a doubt, the Microsoft Surface Duo is going to be your spouse's go-to work phone.

Bonus: Buy with 0% instalments and pay Dh209.92 for 12 months with select banks.

Warranty: Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh171, a one-year accidental damage protection for Dh285, and a two-year damage protection plus a one-year extended warranty for Dh363.

4. Best Grooming Kit: Philips Multigroom Series 9000, 12-in-1

Pros

  • 12 attachments for face and body grooming
  • 120-minute battery life
  • Comes with skin guards, combs, nose trimmer and more
  • Blades don't need oiling for maintenance

Cons

  • Clippers are narrow. say reviewers

Perhaps it's time for a grooming kit upgrade? Surprise your partner with a premium trimming set by Philips, on the bathroom counter. It's a multi-styling kit, consisting of 12 attachments for a full-body session, from nose and ear trimming to hair grooming. The cordless unit runs for up to 120 minutes after a single one-hour charge, designed to be water-resistant so that it can even be used in the shower. Reviewers say the blade cuts through thick hair well, without tugging on strands. And Philips promises no rusting and no oiling is needed for its blades. The entire kit can be stored in an included pouch.

Warranty: Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh18 and a two-year extended warranty for Dh25.

5. Best Earbuds: Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro

Pros

  • Active noise cancellation feature
  • Six mics for calls
  • Punchy, warm bass
  • Connects to two Bluetooth devices

Cons

  • Battery might run out faster than stated

An all-rounder pair of earbuds to attend to calls, listen to tunes and exercise with - the Liberty 3 Pro by Anker is a solid gift choice for an audiophile. The active noise cancellation feature works so well that reviewers say they don't have to turn the volume all the way up. It comes with six mics for superb audio clarity over work calls and connects to up to two Bluetooth devices at the same time, letting you switch between your phone and laptop seamlessly. With the charging case, the battery life can be stretched to 32 hours of wireless playtime. The buds come with four ear tips and ear wings of various sizes to fit the wearer the best. Check out more options for earbuds here.

Warranty: Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh29 and a two-year extended warranty for Dh47.

6. Best Beard Grooming Kit: King C. Gillette Beard Grooming Kit

A grooming kit is like a makeover in a bag. This versatile kit includes a beard and face wash, a beard balm that nourishes and conditions, and a premium beard comb in a stylish toiletry bag. Infused with natural ingredients, like coconut water and argan and avocado oils, it leaves the skin feeling fresh, clean and soft. Snag it for your partner and watch him glow.

7. Best Wallet: Levis Men's Wallet, Card Case and Money Organiser

Simple and rugged, this Levis wallet features nine credit card slots, three slip pockets and one flip-out ID window. Made with 100 per cent coated leather, the wallet has an RFID (radio-frequency identification) blocker to prevent card theft. Buyers praise the high-quality material that'll last them years and find it the perfect size for everyday use.

8. Best Perfume: Rasasi La Yuqawam, 75ml

Classic yet audacious, this fragrance by Rasasi is dominated by Italian leather notes, staying true to its Arabic name La Yuqawam, meaning 'irresistible'. It carries an earthy, spicy scent, tinged with Indian saffron, leading to oud for a sweet, warm ending note, perfect for the cooler months. Created in 2012, La Yuqawam Pour Homme still draws attention for its powerful fragrance that is ideal for special evenings out. Plus, it arrives in a stunning perfume box.

9. Best Briefcase: Polare Leather Briefcase

Get him a trusty leather briefcase that will see him through the years, for work. Polare's premium bag is handcrafted with 100 per cent full-grain Italian leather, with cotton interior lining. Its padded laptop compartment can hold a laptop up to 15.6 inches in size, while the main pocket can accommodate a larger device of up to 16 inches. Five-star reviewers are impressed with the heavy-duty craftsmanship and charming design that has gotten them compliments from coworkers. Check out other laptop bags here.

Warranty: The manufacturer offers a one-year warranty.

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