Men are notoriously hard to buy for. This year, ban the novelty socks and gift vouchers and think outside the box with a gift he’ll treasure.
Travel is a good starting point if he loves to jet-set. Think superhero sleep masks for men and hipflasks masquerading as postcards.
And if it’s a present you love just as much as him, who knows, he might even share it. Happy Giftmas to him…
FOR THE FREQUENT FLYER
Allbirds Wool Lounger in Tuke Night, £95, and Bird Mask, £35
He’ll be counting sheep in no time with this Allbirds lounging double act. Made of New Zealand Merino wool, the cushion sole loungers are perfect for padding around the plane and the Bird Mask will have him feeling like a superhero in his sleep.
FOR THE HOMESICK
Aesop The Familiar Horizon set, £60
Facetime catch-ups just not cutting it? Arm him with Aesop’s homely essentials for when he’s away on business trips. The kit honours universal rhythms of migration and makes confined spaces smell, well, great again. It includes Istros Aromatique Room Spray, Post-Poo Drops, and refreshing Mouthwash so he’s all set for reunion kisses.
FOR THE WEEKEND WARRIOR
Bennett Winch The Weekender in olive, £575
We’re all for bags that combine style and practicality. Bennett Winch’s signature Weekender bag in goes-with-anything olive has more functional pockets and compartments than he’ll be able to count. It’s ideal for the guy who’s always AWOL at weekends, but if he’s restrained with packing it’s roomy enough for a week away. Beware: girlfriends/wives may borrow this…
Beware: girlfriends/wives may borrow this…
FOR THE CREATURE OF HABIT
Chanel Bleu de Chanel parfum spray with gift box, £106
What do you do if he won’t budge on his signature Chanel scent? Bag one with a snazzy designer Christmas gift box. Aromatic and woody, Bleu de Chanel is one of Chanel’s best-sellers for the boys, so he’ll be happy/smell good, and you can skip the gift wrapping. Win, win.
FOR THE CLOCK WATCHER
Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture watch, £3,470
If he’s been very, very good (£3.5k kinda good), this Frederique Constant Worldtimer is a real investment piece for dedicated globetrotters. The timepiece enables him to track the time throughout 24 cities worldwide. You’ll also find a world map finely etched on the dial. Once he’s set up the Worldtimer, he’ll never have an excuse to be late, ever again.
FOR THE TRAVEL JUNKIE
Elemis Travel Treasures for Him, £63
You can’t beat Elemis for bathroom cabinet staples. This Travel Treasures for Him set means he can basically skip the toiletries packing… Housed in a stylish kit bag, it features travel-size Skin Soothe Shave Gel, Deep Cleanse Facial Wash, Daily Moisture Boost, Sharp Shower Body Wash and Instant Refreshing Gel. Just add toothbrush and go.
FOR THE HIGH SPIRITED
Dunhill Boston envelope leather hipflask, £625
When is a hipflask more like an antique treasure? When it looks like this Dunhill leather envelope number. Made in England from a silver metal flask, it’s encased in Boston leather notebook and features hot-stamped envelope elements in gold and silver. Whether he drinks from it, or just stares at it, it’s pretty special if he loves spirits.
FOR THE WHISKY CONNOISSEUR
The Perfect Measure Around the World gift set, £44.95
If he’s partial to a dram of whisky, take his palette around the globe (without the plane ticket). This Perfect Measure Around the World set includes samples from Japan, India, Taiwan, USA, Scotland and England to sip on the diversity of the whisky world *hiccup*.
FOR THE MUSIC MAVEN
Denon AH-D9200 Bamboo over-ear headphones, £1,399
Press mute on the rest of the world with these state-of-the-art headphones. Denon’s new AH-D9200 stylish cans feature a distinctive Japanese Bamboo wood earcup and sleek leather headband. Denon’s high-tech, high-spec engineering means he’ll get sharp audio with minimal distortion.
FOR THE JET-LAGGED
Kiehl’s Man on a Mission gift set, £31
Not all superheroes wear capes. Sometimes they come in the form of rescue grooming products if he’s flagging. Kiehl’s travel sizes make them ideal for combatting jet-leg. The all-in-one Body Fuel will kick-start his day in the shower. Then there’s the trio for tired faces: Facial Fuel Energising Face Wash, Age Defender Power Serum, and Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men.
FOR THE CITY SLICKER
Allsaints Incense City eau de parfum, £49
New York, London, Paris; whatever his favourite city, if he’s happiest in the hustle he’ll love Allsaints Incense City edp. It’s smoky and peppery with a key note of cypress so he’s sure to stand out amongst the suits. Plus, it’s unisex so you’re perfectly within your rights to do fragrance twinning and steal the odd spritz. We won’t tell if you don’t.
FOR THE OCEAN ADDICT
Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Collection, £99
In the absence of a trip to the Amalfi Coast, this is the next best thing. Acqua di Parma’s trio of fragrances capture the energy, sun and colours of the Italian Med (we can dream). Switch between Fico di Amalfi, Bergamotto di Calabria or Ginepro di Sardegna – or do as the Italians do (more is more) and layer on to create your own unique scent.
Click here to read our Christmas Gift Guide for Her