Some men are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for. When shopping for a woman, you can always go with a scarf or a spa treatment, but most men don’t like mud baths, and once they own one scarf they’re covered in that department.
Luckily for their friends and relatives, men are also genetically prone to putting necessities – keys, phones, wallets, glasses etc. – down in random places and then forgetting about them. Some of us have even developed elaborate systems against this: the phone has to be left next to the ficus or we’ll never see it again; house and car keys go on the left corner of the counter, but not too far in because that’s the space reserved for loose change, and so on.
If this describes anyone you know, you might want to consider giving them a dedicated thing-putter-downer-on. Suitable for either an office desk or a bedside table, this allows someone to keep all their stuff in one easily accessible place, potentially saving a ton of time and frustration.
The design is certainly masculine and, with a modern style implemented in laminated birchwood (oiled, not varnished), should not look out of place in any setting. Just as importantly, it comes in a fairly nice box that only needs to be wrapped to be ready for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or birthdays.
The gift set includes the main stand (which has a mirror embedded in the front), a coaster, and a tablet or smartphone holder. The latter two are separate for greater versatility, although you can’t charge a device while it’s sitting on the phone stand – you’ll have to move it to the larger piece, which has a hole you can thread a cable through. Being just a small disk of wood with a slot cut into it, heavier devices might also cause the tablet holder to tip over.
At about 8 by 8 by 8 inches, this decorative and useful item takes up quite a bit of space on a desktop, but this is easily recouped by the increased organization it provides. So, whether the person you’re buying this for is obsessive about tidiness or just can’t seem to stop scattering his belongings everywhere, he’ll certainly appreciate the convenience of a purpose-designed stuff holder.