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Unique and Unusual Gifts for Men

Unique and Unusual Gifts for Men

By N.K. Babar

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Buying gifts for men is not easy. They don’t wear too many colors. They don’t need 30 pairs of shoes. No makeup, no trinkets, no jewelry. What to buy when you want to buy a gift for a man. Here is an idea. Buy him something practical from a different culture. It will be unusual, most likely he won’t have anything similar, most likely he will use it.

Chitrali Topi:

A cap from the Khyber province of Pakistan. Made from wool will keep you warm in the coldest of weathers. Unique, practical and won’t cost you an arm and a leg
Chitrali Topi - Eid gift for men, unique and unusual,

Peshawari Chappal:

Very uncommon footwear but practical and durable. Can be worn as dress shoes or casual. Breezy in summer.

Peshawari Chappal or Saplai is an everyday footwear of men for both normal day to day to life as well as formal occasions. Some people though wear more fancier versions on formal occasions like weddings. It can be worn with or without socks.

Unlike European footwear, it is semi-closed both in the front and back consisting of two wide leather strips crossing each other and secured to the sole. At the back is a strap with a buckle to secure the foot inside the chappal with multiple holes to adjust according to foot size.

Peshawari Chappal - unique Eid gift for men

Traditionally saplai were made by the local village cobbler or local artisans. The local artisans or cobblers still exist and some people will only wear saplai made by their favorite artisan / cobbler. Others are not so particular and buy them from larger commercial stores in cities.

Khamta Sadar:

A wrap around or light blanket made from cotton. The Khamta Sadar has been part of the Pukhtoon male attire for centuries. It is made of cotton, generally available in two or three shades of gray. It used to be the standard for all but over time woolen sadar’s have taken the lions share.

Khamta Sadar - multi purpose blanket - cotton blanket


A place rug – makes up a good house gift. Thick cotton rug with bright colors. Livens up an area. Durable.

Dari - area rug - bright colored - durable - Eid gift for the household


An uncommon bed spread – makes a good house gift

A beautifully patterned Pakisani Khes - Bedspread

Tasbeeh/Rosary beads:

Made from date pits of the Multan region- Excellent Eid gift or a Ramadan gift

rosary beads made from date pits -Eid gift for men


The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa abbreviated as KPK, formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province, is one of the four provinces of Pakistan, located in the northwestern region of the country. Wikipedia
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