Man at His Best

The Big Reveal On What Weve Handpicked For Our Christmas Gift Box

Good tidings for friends of Esky.

BY Editors | Dec 5, 2017 | Culture

It’s that time of the year again where everyone goes mental over gift hunting. Fuelled by the spirit of giving, we’ve survived unscathed the chaos that is shopping to search far and wide for items that’ll express our gratitude to our ardent readers. After all, it is better to give than to receive.

Here’s the lowdown on what we’ve picked for our Christmas Gift Box:

Banyan Tree

What it is: An Experiential Essential Oil Set, Scented Candle in Glass, and a pouch of Glass Stones

Why we include it: The body is a stress dough that needs to have the tension kneaded out. Cue Banyan Tree with its spa magic—a sustainable collection that refreshes and rejuvenate.

How to use it: Drip your favourite aromatherapy scent in the bath, dim the lights and allow the flame from scented candle to illuminate the space. Feel your spirit leave your body. Have your roommate discover your comatose self in the already cold water. Feel his fist pummelling your chest as he tries to rouse you. Wake up stretching and yawning from a very relaxed slumber.

Freia Medical

What it is: Scalp Care Shampoo for Men

Why we include it: Your mane might be damaged from the habitual usage of hair products. This will bring back the lustre to your crowning glory.

How to use it: Squirt a coin-sized liquid onto your hand and massage your hair thoroughly to remove the gunk. Rinse and wash. You feel that? That’s the jealousy emanating from your haters as they see your bodacious coiff. 

Jimmy Choo

What it is: Jimmy Choo Man Ice EDT 100ml

Why we include it: Launched this year, Jimmy Choo Man Ice EDT is a woody aromatic fragrance that’ll leave a lasting impression this holiday season. The scent reflects masculinity and confidence with a hint of whimsy.

How to use it: Spritz on the pulse points, dab some on your neck and you’ll go from wallflower to interesting person at the next office party.


What it is: Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque and Ultra Facial Cream

Why we include it: All the late nights to get everything done before the year (world?) end may cause you to neglect your usual skincare regime. This Kiehl’s combo will revitalise your mug with its gentle healing ingredients that cleanse without over-drying or stripping the skin.

How to use it: It takes no effort to include the Ultra Facial Cream into your bag (murse?) that’ll allow you have a refreshed face on-the-go. But leave the Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque for bedtime, it’s not Halloween.

Kusmi Tea

What it is: Assorted Flavours of Loose Leaf Teas

Why we include it: A little bit of tea is good for the bloated tummy from the holiday feasting. So detox and cleanse away with Kusmi’s reinvigorating properties. That is if you are sober enough to make it the morning after.

How to use it: It’s tea. It’s not rocket science. You just make a cup of tea.

Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere 2015

What it is: Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere 2015

Why we include it: Wine is always a good conversation starter. This luscious red has classic profile of Carmenere from Peumo Vineyard, with intense notes of ripe plums, black currants, and dark chocolate, along with firm tannic structure and pronounced acidity.

How to use it: Pair it with your Christmas feast. This hearty red goes well with meats with good marbling and either grilled or slow-cooked with concentrated sauces that have a touch of sweetness; stir-fried beef and vegetables; all types of pasta and ripe cheeses.


What it is: Stationary Set

Why we include it: Look, when the Internet fails, you’re going to thank your lucky stars that you can still handwrite your messages. Do it with flourish with Pineider’s exquisite stationery set. A hand-drawn emoji not only convey your intent, it’s also more personable.

How to use it: Uh, it’s stationery. You write with it.

Rémy Martin VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac

What it is: Rémy Champagne Cognac

Why we include it: As a cognac enjoyed by many over the decades, imbibers will appreciate Remy’s harmony of ripe fruit and subtle notes of liquorice. Haven’t tried it? Oh, you’re underaged. Oh, and you’re also allergic to alcohol. And you, what’s you- ah, religious prohibition. Okay… but for the rest of you, it’s about time that you try some Rémy Cognac.

How to use it: This cognac is extremely versatile, so you may enjoy it neat, on the rocks, or as an ingredient for cocktails. We recommend drinking it with ginger ale.

State Property Fine Jewellery

What it is: Boone bangle

Why we include it: What’s a festive season without some bling and shine? State property’s Boone Bangle is designed to be worn effortlessly. The shadow within the deep ridged channel contrast with its highly polished surfaces, adding an understated look to your outfit.

How to use it: It’s to be worn on your wrist… but hey, go nuts and wear it around your ankle.


What it is: Leather Passport Holder

Why we include it: Frequent travels may result in many dog-eared pages and wear-and-tear on your passport. A passport holder masks that.

How to use it: The supple leather acts as armour for one of the most important items in your life—not only can you slip it easily over your passport, you can add foreign currency and metro passes into the slot compartments as well.

Urban Decay

What it is: All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, Vice Lipstick, Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Why we include it: Don’t think that we’ve neglected your significant someone of the opposite sex. She’ll enjoy this trio of products from this coveted makeup brand. From hair to eyes, and lips, be prepared for a dolled-up beauty. But, guys, you can also use it too. No judgement.

How to use it: Step one: be fierce’ step two: whisper to yourself that you’re a strong independent person; step three: go to town on your face.


What it is: The Venchi Monocuvette Chocolate Box and Cigar Sticks

Why we include it: Nobody can and should resist chocolates. Venchi’s prized chocolates need to be savoured; especially its signature Nougatine—a bon bon made with caramelized chopped hazelnuts covered with dark chocolate.

How to use it: Stuff your face with it or eschew the Grinch and share the chocolates with the family and save the cigar sticks for yourself; you’re an adult and you should step up from Pocky sticks to cigar sticks.