Wondering what to buy for those men in your life? You know the ones – particular yet unspecific or forthcoming in their requests? They might even say there’s nothing at all they want for Christmas, which is often entirely untrue. All of this makes a tricky task all the more troublesome. Generally, men tend to respond positively to products based on a combination of form, function and durability. They are less likely to be pleased with general trinketry or purely pretty objects. This stuff needs to really perform.
Time to get cracking. Our smart selection of thoughtfully curated gifts are sure to surprise and delight even the most discerning and, dare I say it, demanding male gift recipients.
A CROWD-PLEASING SCARF
Johnstons of Elgin is a brand with a rich heritage in producing beautiful and enduring cashmere products. Johnstons are synonymous with quality and tradition and are beloved by the British Royal family – as demonstrated by their Royal Warrant.
The collection is both broad and tempting, offering a substantial range of price points. We’ve chosen this reversible style – it’s a modern take on a classic design, and the result is a cool, understated scarf.
THE ESSENTIAL ACCESSORY
Most men wear belts most days. Are they an everyday accessory? Yes, absolutely. Need they be run of the mill and ordinary? Definitely not.
Introducing The British Belt Company. Each belt is crafted from full grain Italian leather and handmade in England. Cool yet classic designs mean these belts won’t date. Our favourite is this reversible style – it’s literally a 2-in-1 belt. Wear it black for a formal look then simply twist the buckle and wear it tan if you’re going for something a little more casual.
A LUXURIOUS SATCHEL
Inspired by original Oxbridge satchel designs, The Leather Satchel Company, who are a group of master craftsmen, produce stunning satchels using traditional artisanal techniques working only by hand. These satchels can also be customised; choose from a range of options from handles to hardware and create something truly unique. Each one is backed up by a no quibble five year guarantee. We’ve selected the 15” Classic Satchel in Loch Blue – the size is perfect for everyday use and the deep, bold colour gives a subtle sense of cool.
A SUPERB SWEATSHIRT
Tom Cridland is a genius. This is one of the only jumpers a guy will ever need – a true testament to the fact that sustainable fashion is becoming increasingly cool. Gone are the days when the only available options to the discerning eco-intentioned shopper involved hemp and flax seed. These babies are understated, yes, but each detail has been utterly perfected from the body shaping to the double reinforced sleeve seams to the ribbed cuffs and neckline and finally to the ultra-soft cotton blend. So confident is Mr. Cridland in the enduring quality of his work that he’s slapped a 30-year guarantee on it, and in the unlikely event that anything goes wrong with it he will pay for repairs and shipping for you! This is a piece that belongs in every man’s wardrobe – it is simply a perfected essential.
THE SHINY GIFT
Jewellery and Christmas sometimes seem synonymous. But it can be really hard to find something as lasting and meaningful as it is nice and shiny. This is just one of the reasons we’ve all fallen for our first jewellery brand, Joy Everley. Her pieces combine flawless craftsmanship and design with sustainable integrity. This cuff uses high-quality sterling silver and comes with a lifetime guarantee. To make it an extra special and personalised gift, why not engrave a message or a monogram?
THE LITTLE GIFT
Christmas socks, you say? Surely no one gives socks anymore? Well definitely not the cheap, novelty kind. But these are definitely not those. Darn Tough are firm favourites of ours and many of you agree. Socks go through a lot each day, and it’s insanely rare to find any that will last you a year let alone any longer. Darn Tough socks are made from the highest quality merino wool with a dense loop count, making each sock incredibly durable and resistant to wear. Perfect for keeping toes warm and dry on those frosty winter walks. Guaranteed to last for life, it’s an end to holey war.
THE ULTIMATE GIFT
Read on if you’re in the market for a show-stopping, jaw-dropping gift for someone insanely special to you.
Shinola watches are all made in Detroit, Michigan, and only from the finest materials available like sapphire crystal. The designs have innate style and feature considered and perfected function. We’ve chosen the Runwell 47mm case; the rounded case construction is distinguished and masculine.
These watches do not simply showcase exquisite craftsmanship, they also have serious longevity credentials. Shinola guarantee every watch for life. You might not believe it, but this is an incredibly rare guarantee in the world of watches – even among the well-known Swiss-made brands. What’s more, the guarantee covers almost everything including the movement, so you can rest assured that Shinola’s quality is backed up. This watch is an heirloom in the making.