Q: Dear Bagholicboy, as X’mas is arriving real soon, it’s time to get pressies for everyone we love! This year, I need to buy a gift for a guy I am extremely fond of (but we are just friends at the moment). What can I buy for him that will make him feel special but not so expensive that it will scare him off? I’m willing to spend up to SGD1000 to buy something from Louis Vuitton because he seems pretty fond of this brand. From what I can see, he already has a belt and a wallet from Vuitton. If it helps, he is a young, smart and hot office guy. I’d be truly grateful for your advice!
A: Dear XY, thanks for your email. You got an uphill task ahead. Buying for someone young, smart and hot is never easy, since his other admirers will be pretty much be planning to do the same. Of course your generous budget helps, but I would classify this exercise as a high-risk investment with zero possible returns, so you must be prepared that your feelings may not be reciprocated and you must absolutely swear not to throw a hussy fit.
Now that the cautionary note is out of the way, let’s shop! So a belt and wallet are out, but fret not, there are loads of other stuff you can get. If he uses a planner/diary at work, why not consider the Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Medium Ring Agenda Cover (shown above) which retails for SGD735. Besides Damier Ebene, it also comes in Monogram Canvas, Damier Azur and Damier Graphite, for you to decide depending on his taste.
If he attends meetings regularly and needs to lug around documents on a daily basis you can also consider the Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Poche Documents (SGD840), a classic zip-around portfolio that measures slightly larger than A4. Lastly if he gyms or travels regularly, you may also consider the Louis Vuitton Damier Geant Canvas Trousse Albatros (SGD815, shown below) which is great-looking and functional as a toiletries kit.
Alternatively you could always consider accessories like ties, money clips or cufflinks (prices start from SGD295) though they may be considered a wee bit personal (also depends on how ‘close’ you guys are as friends). Here’s wishing you every success in your mission and hope my reply helped.
Images: Louis Vuitton