Holiday Gift Guide for Him 2013

From wallets to whisky glasses, 15-plus ideas to make your holiday shopping easier

Ryan Scott

Written by Ryan Scott Published on 16.12.2013 15:53:00 (updated on 16.12.2013) Reading time: 4 minutes

RETART WALLET 630 CZK
Available from Kuráž
Looking for a personal gift which is also practical, these artistic wallets (and other accessories) from Slovakian design company Retart could be the ticket – or at least a place for him to keep his tickets. Each wallet has an individually designed image, which run the gamut from cool and urban to fearsome and monstrous.

www.kuraz.cz
www.kuraz.cz

ROBERT BALZAR TRIO DISCOVER WHO WE ARE 280 CZK
Available from the artist’s website
One of the Czech Republic’s best known bass players, Robert Balzar, is back with a new CD. Released a couple of months back, Discover Who We Are features the shimmering yet warm sounds of Balzar (bass), Jiří Slavíček (drums) and new-comer Jiří Levíček on piano. The album was recorded in New York with James Farber, who has previously worked with the likes of Pat Methaney and Chick Corea.

PRAGUE: CAPITAL OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY 870 CZK
Available from Shakespeare and Sons
Dubbed a ‘Surrealist History’ of the twentieth century, this handsome hardcover edition will provide details well-known and new for the history lover. Author Derek Sayer is perhaps already well-known for his idiosyncratic take on Czech history in The Coasts of Bohemia. This time Sayer brings that unique approach to the capital, creating something which is equal parts history, travel books and homage.

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www.shakes.cz
www.shakes.cz

MIBO MASTR 6,389 CZK
Available from Mibo.cz
The Mibo Mastr is a Czech made collapsible scooter, well suited for the guy who wants to zip around town, but wants the convenience of taking his scooter with him. The scooter weights just under 10 kg and can carry up to 150 kg, so even the biggest kid should be able to enjoy this.

www.mibo.cz
www.mibo.cz

RONY PLESL FINLAND – GLASS SET PRICE ON REQUEST
Available from his website
Over the years, Plesl has created a number of unique pieces and his Finland series from last year is another example of how he brings life to glass. As with all his designs, the Finland series is sure to be a talking point when entertaining as well as providing the ideal receptacle for that aged whiskey he has been saving for Christmas.

ronyplesl.com
ronyplesl.com

SKI LESSONS SKOL MAX – PRICE 1,350–4,960 CZK
Available from Skol Max
Skol Max, located at Špindlerův Mlýn, offers both group and individual lessons. They even have an all-day VIP service which will set you back nearly 5,000 CZK, but maybe some professional training provided in English is what he needs to get his confidence up. If winter sports really aren’t his thing, there’s mountain boarding, terrain scootering, climbing or a ride on the Flying Max – a flying fox over the Svatý Petr slope.

Ski lessons from Skol Max at Špindlerův Mlýn
Ski lessons from Skol Max at Špindlerův Mlýn

MEDIEVAL EXPEREINCE AT DĚTENICE APPROX. 2,500 CZK
Available at Dětenice
Located  about 60 km northeast of Prague, this castle, hotel and restaurant is a slice of the medieval in the modern age. However, if your guy is a real history buff Dětenice also hosts jousting competitions on its grounds or tours of the brewery which includes a demonstration of 18th-century brewing techniques. Beer and learning, what more could you want?

www.detenice.cz
www.detenice.cz

CLIMBING COURSE CLIMBING WALL RUZYNĚ 600 CZK
Available at the Climbing Wall Ruzyně
Are you looking for an activity which your guy can enjoy all year round and doesn’t necessarily involve the TV or pubs? Maybe a course at the Climbing Wall in Ruzyně could be just the gift. The courses are flexnUand available whenever the wall is open, you just have to check that one of the English speaking instructors are available. The courses are suited to beginners to those with more experience. The prices include the equipment.

Holiday Gift Guide for Him 2013

DIRTY CZECH 269 CZK
Available from Palác Knih Luxor
His ordering in a pub is no problem and he makes himself understood at a government department most of the time, but what he really wants is to master the everyday language of the street. Though it was released a couple of years ago, Dirty Czech remains the only phrase book aimed at the earthier side of the language.

Holiday Gift Guide for Him 2013

KOCOUR K31 42 CZK/BOTTLE
Available from Pivní Galerie Base Camp
Beer is synonymous with the Czech Republic, so why not give the beer lover in the home a beer with a difference. Kocour K31 is technically a barley wine from this Varnsdorf based brewery. Presented in a narrow ice wine bottle, the brew has a potency almost equal to that of wine – 12.3% to be precise and would certainly offer a different beer experience.

pivnidarky.cz
pivnidarky.cz

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