Coming up with the perfect present to give a boyfriend shouldn’t be that hard in Dubai. As a hub for international commerce, Dubai offers so many items and experiences that just about anyone can enjoy.
Whether he is a fashionista keeping an eye on the latest trends or an avid gamer hunting for the latest games and the best consoles, here are some of the best gift ideas to buy for a boyfriend in Dubai.
Score some Dashing New Apparel
Dubai has a reputation for being a place where people can get high fashion brands and clothing articles at affordable prices compared to other nearby countries. So why not take a stroll around the best clothing shops and pick out something nice?
Perhaps he is a lot more interested in following streetwear and fashion sensibilities in the likes of Japan or Korea? In that case, you may want to take a look at Superdry, with its seasonal autumn pieces alongside graphic tees and jackets.
Or perhaps he’s a sportier type? Well, browsing for jogging pants, tracksuits, jackets, and hoodies in different styles and colours at B Hype is a good start.
Alternatively, if you both like bargain hunting, then you can easily turn the trip into a shopping date of sorts by browsing through the many outlet and discount clothing stores in the city.
The Dubai Outlet Mall carries a lot of well-known brands like Adidas, Nike, Givenchy, and more. On the other hand, Brands For Less can be found in multiple locations and is a good destination for discounted shopping.
Bring Home Some Bling
Of course, we can’t walk around the City of Gold without recommending you to browse for some exquisite gold jewellery. Indeed, this may just be the best opportunity to grab something unique at a more affordable price.
And when we talk about gold items, the Deira Gold Souk in ‘Old Dubai’ is one of the best places to start. They deal in multiple gold accessories for women and for men.
To truly get some great deals, you will need to flex some of your bargaining skills. Especially for custom pieces, you may be able to bring the making price down to an even more affordable level.
On the other hand, you can always stick to the outlets at the Dubai Mall. Their ‘Gold-to-Go’ machines are a convenient way to buy bars at current market rates.
Just remember to keep all proof of purchase and paperwork you might be given after purchase, if you’re a tourist. You can use them to waive some fees as well as for taking the jewellery out of the country when you’re done.
Get your Game On!
Perhaps your boyfriend is a massive gamer looking for the latest and greatest? Regardless if he’s firmly in the console camp or a PC gaming enthusiast, Dubai’s electronic stores are sure to have something for him.
And when it comes to bargain electronic goods, there’s no other place like Al Fahidi Street. It’s considered a one-stop shop for all electronic needs, not just gaming gear.
It’s a recommended spot to buy appliances like ovens, washing machines, TVs, and of course, gaming essentials and gear. Just be wary of any stalls selling fake items.
Avid PC gamers may also enjoy a trip to the Al Ain Centre or ‘Computer Plaza’ as it is usually known. It has over 80 different retail outlets for computer parts at good prices.
If neither of you are that savvy when it actually comes to building your gaming rigs, then don’t sweat. You can easily find shops that will build the PC for you based on the parts you choose.
On the other hand, a console gamer may appreciate a gift from the Virgin Megastore in Dubai, where they carry handhelds like the Nintendo Switch, as well as the next-generation consoles like the PS5 and the XBox Series X and S.
It’s also a good place to buy brand new games as well as secondhand pre-owned games at a more affordable price.
Indulge in Some Fragrances
Fragrances are a popular gift item to give in Dubai, and the Middle East as a whole. Multiple souks, malls, and stores carry both global brands and local Arabian scents, giving the place a lot of variety.
For example, you can find stalls of Swiss Arabian in most major shopping malls in Dubai. They are well-known for their range of exclusive Arabian perfumes.
Alternatively, Atelier Perfumery is the go-sto spot for specialty perfumes and top brands like Orto Parisi, JFS Berlin, Jouri, and more. You should be able to find a whole host of male, female, and unisex fragrances here within minutes.
My Perfumes is also another well-known store for buying affordable perfumes based on French and Oriental fragrances and scents. They even have an extensive online store to make shopping a lot more convenient for you.
Fragrances are a big part of Middle Eastern culture, occupying a spot in many of its traditions. So why not share the experience with your loved one by bringing home a bottle or two?
Have a Romantic Dinner Out
“The fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”. While we’re not sure about the accuracy of the claim, what we are sure of is that Dubai is a perfect gastronomical stop for foodies.
There are plenty of dining experiences to be had here, with each restaurant offering their own style and even their own cuisine from their corner of the world.
Fine dining options alone are already quite varied. Something like Vanitas offers themed nights meant to take you to a trip to the Italian countryside on a weekly basis.
On the other hand, chef Akira Back’s restaurant serves up Japanese cuisine infused with Korean influences in a rather intimidating, almost cyberpunk interior.
Perhaps your boyfriend is a big fan of the sea and its underwater life? Dining at Ossiano provides couples a view of a gigantic aquarium complete with all sorts of sea life like fish, rays, and even some sharks.
Fancy eating seafood while sharing a beautiful view of the beach and the blue sea? The Fish Beach Taverna can make you feel as if you’ve taken a trip to the Mediterranean with its relaxing, tropical ambiance.
Buying a present, whether it’s a tangible material good or a unique experience, isn’t a difficult matter when you’re in Dubai. With so many stores and activities available around the city, it is sure to have something for everyone.