‘Tis the season. The TV ads are getting insufferable, there’s tinsel everywhere and with the Christmas period bearing down, a familiar complaint rears its head: “You’re so difficult to buy for.” You’d swear that Christmas gifts for men were about as hard to find as the lost Ark of the Covenant.
We’re here to tell you that it’s just not true. Even in the age of click-and-collect and same-day delivery, when most men just buy what they want, there are countless Christmas gift ideas that will plant you firmly on the good list. With that in mind, we’ve collated the finest festive gifts for men at every price point.
Tom Dixon Ink Sketchbook
Talking over the MD isn’t the only way to dazzle in the meeting room. Tom Dixon’s stationery range melds the British designer’s signature motif with an abstract, eye-catching design on the cover and gold foil on the edging. Better than using phrases like “cascade the relevant info” and pretending to know what they mean.
Ted Baker Samares Organic Geometric Print Socks
Socks are a go-to stocking stuffer for men, but one many continue to get wrong. Sidestep the tacky novelty versions this year and instead reach for Ted Baker’s fun geometric print socks, which will subtly lift any look.
The Idle Man Original Beanie Burgundy
Cold weather, sadly, won’t ever fall out of style. Certain headwear will. So, opt for a gift in a foolproof colour in a foolproof shape, courtesy of The Idle Man. Oxblood tones are an easy way to stand out from standard grey winter wardrobes, while a simple knit will keep the frost – and any fleeting trends – at bay.
Topman Black Navigator Sunglasses
After the financial crush that is Christmas, booking a holiday may seem like a pipedream. That doesn’t mean you can’t help prepare for one, though. Topman’s Navigator shades are a classic choice that’ll suit most face shapes, and, thankfully, boast a price tag far more forgiving than two weeks in Tenerife.
Apollo 5-Piece Stainless Steel & Copper Cocktail Set
It makes little sense to spend more on the receptacle than the stuff that goes in it. Which is the all-important booze. An affordable cocktail set is more than enough for the amateur barman, and better yet, the change left over from this example should allow you to buy a half-decent bottle of something strong.
Bristle & Smith Beard Grooming Kit
Despite what the haters would have you believe, we haven’t yet reached “peak beard”. In fact, we’re nowhere near it. A basic grooming kit should be standard issue for any hirsute gent, so keep your beloved and bearded stocked up for the Yuletide window.
Falcone Automatic Umbrella
Too many men take on the elements with a substandard umbrella, turned inside-out by a gust of wind as powerful as a five-year-old’s sneeze. Christmas is the perfect time for an upgrade. Not only is it a gift few men would think to purchase themselves, it’ll make for perfect battle armour in advance of the January and February gloom.
Star Wars BB-8 Virtual Reality Viewer
Virtual reality, once the stuff of sci-fi movies, is now actual reality. What’s more, you don’t need a George Lucas budget to invest: just a compatible smartphone, and a clever cardboard contraption like this VR viewer in the shape of Star Wars’ newest beloved droid, BB-8.
Mr Black Denim Refresh Travel Size
Denim-loving men will know that jeans are not meant to be regularly washed, while others simply forget to introduce their favourite pair to the washing machine’s drum. Whichever camp he sits in, this refresh spray promises to keep his denim pristine, odour and bacteria free, and will extend his jeans’ lifespan.
Hotel Chocolat Chocolate & Gin Gift Collection
Nobody north of 18 should suffer a selection box. And nobody younger should be enjoying gin. So, assuming he is of age – and we certainly hope that’s the case – upgrade the worst Christmas consolation prize with Hotel Chocolat’s chocolate and gin gift set: a series of delectable treats that’ll keep him half-full and half-cut.
Ted Baker Beech Herringbone Scarf
Enable him to keep warm and update his look all at the same time with this herringbone scarf from Ted Baker. Anyone with an ounce of fashion sense knows that style is in the details and this great-looking neck warmer will afford him the opportunity to add a touch of flair to any outfit.
Make a breakfast of champions one for the gods. The Bacon Express can cook six rashers simultaneously, while draining the fat by cooking vertically – without leaching any of the flavour. Simply add ketchup and a Boxing Day hangover.
Aspinal Of London Classic Hip Flask
Don Draper-esque behaviour will earn you nothing but a HR disciplinary these days, but you shouldn’t rule out his kit. Aspinal of London’s hip flask harks back to rosier times of in-pocket boozing, complete with a classic case and optional engraving for a personal touch. Perhaps just keep it for the weekend only.
Polo Ralph Lauren Leather Card Holder
The advent of contactless payments means two things: brazen pint-buying come Friday, and little need for cold, hard cash. So, downsizing to a simple, good-looking cardholder from the likes of Ralph Lauren keeps a man’s accessories game stripped back and stylish.
Master Pan Divided Frying Pan
There is something worse than the calorie intake of a fried breakfast. And that’s the washing up. The Master Pan Divided Frying Pan minimises the potential cleaning operation, letting you cook an entire meal with one single implement. Bon appetite.
M&S Pebble Grain Leather Washbag
Cellophane airport security bags are in no way worthy of a man’s toiletries. Instead, M&S’ leather washbag is a simple yet stylish stowaway for all his grooming essentials, with multiple compartments to keep wet and dry items separate. Better yet, it’s definitive proof that genuine leather needn’t cost the earth.
Derek Rose Modern Fit Boxer Shorts
No man undervalues his own crown jewels. So why do we house them in pants more akin to Her Majesty’s pleasure than Buckingham Palace? Derek Rose’s boxer shorts are fit for a king, crafted from 100 per cent cotton and feature a specially-seamed construction for added comfort. A right royal treat.
Nikka Whiskey From The Barrel
Whiskey isn’t all ruddy-cheeked old men swigging and spluttering. Okay, so it kind of is. But at least there’s room for the younger (and cooler) to join the ranks thanks to Nikka Whiskey From The Barrel – an expert Japanese blend that’s more hipster swag than grandad tipple.
Black Crep Shoecare Pack
Nobody will understand the quirks of a sneakerhead: that familiar beading brow whenever box-fresh leather is threatened by a nearby puddle. Prevent any bouts of rain-induced PTSD with a shoe care kit – an essential gift for anyone with a bad habit for good sneakers.
Jack Wills Batheaston Wool Stripe Tie
Whether he’s a greenhorn grad-schemer or a seasoned city boy, no nine-to-five look is complete without a tie. That doesn’t mean you have to settle for boardroom boring, though. Jack Wills’ Batheaston design will bring a touch of Ivy League prep to his office attire, no matter what his age.
Chanel Allure Homme
Yes, a man’s nostrils can be picky at the best of times, but the warm reception received by Chanel’s Allure Homme has been nigh on universal. Comprised of fresh, classic notes like coriander, black pepper and Venezuelan tonka bean, there’s good reason why Chanel has been the go-to cologne for countless gents, generation after generation.
Ted Baker Chycla Classic Fit White Shirt
There are menswear staples, then there are white shirts. The piece that’ll provide the backbone to every man’s wardrobe should be classic, well-fitted and well-made – three boxes that Ted Baker ticks with aplomb.
Aesop London Travel Kit
Those lucky enough to earn frequent flyer status shouldn’t neglect their skincare regime. Aesop’s London Travel Kit is purpose built for the rigours of city living, with all the products needed to combat smog and dehydration, whatever the continent.
Maison Kitsuné Palais Royal Printed Tote
The man bag is a tricky phenomenon. Too big, and it’s a weekend bag. Too small, and it’s definitely a handbag. And while rucksacks are the go-to, they’re hardly that inventive – all of which makes a tote the perfect in-between, especially when it’s made by the likes of minimalist Parisian brand Maison Kitsuné.
Adidas Originals Stan Smith Leather Trainers
Nobody dislikes Stan Smiths. Nobody. And if there is but an utterance of disappointment come Christmas Day, he’s frankly not deserving of top-shelf white leather minimalism that’ll sit with almost everything in his wardrobe.
Mühle Rytmo Steamed Ash 4-Piece Shaving Set
Whether it’s the nine-to-five or just personal preference that commands a clean shave, it shouldn’t be done without a proper shaving set. Mühle’s take includes a metal-plated stand complete with a safety razor and a real badger hair shaving brush – the only way to get some foam on those cheeks.
Japanese Professional Chef Starter Knives
In a great line taken from Kill Bill: “You might not be able to fight like a samurai, but you can at least fry like a samurai”. Okay, so it was “die”. But presuming he’s more kitchen dojo than kung fu master, channel the Land Of The Rising Sun with a set of Japanese professional starter knives instead.
Ralph Lauren Slim Fit Garment Dyed Oxford Shirt
Many men fear colour, though it needn’t be this way. By imbuing a wearable piece with an enduring shade – in this case, festive burgundy – there’s a guaranteed style win that’ll outlive any fleeting, ill-advised trend. The Ralph Lauren logo doesn’t hurt, either.
Sunspel White Cotton T-Shirt
If the white T-shirt is the bread and butter of a man’s wardrobe, consider Sunspel’s iteration divine ambrosia. Made from 100 per cent premium long-staple cotton, the Nottingham-based brand crafts luxury basics that’ll last far longer than any bargain bin multipack.
Oral-B Smart Series 6500 CrossAction Rechargeable Toothbrush
Unless you want to risk a mouth full of teeth that look like Coco Pops, a state-of-the-art toothbrush is essential. Oral-B’s Smart Series 6500 packs multiple functions into a streamlined, easy-to-use design that removes 100 per cent more plaque when compared to manual brushers.
Parrot Mini Drone Hydrofoil Orak
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a… fish? No, actually, it’s all three. The Parrot Mini is one of the few drones that can traverse both water and air with ease, letting you annoy the neighbours on every terrain you see fit.
Ted Baker Chelts Overshirt
If the man in your life is a style-conscious chap, buying clothes that will end up on him and not back on the shelf at the shop a week later is no easy feat. Eliminate the risk factor by picking up this sure-fire winner from Ted Baker. It’s thick, it’s warm, it goes with everything and it looks the business. What more can he ask?
Polaroid 600 Talking Instant Camera
Enjoy photographs the way they were intended with Polaroid’s retro 600 Talking Instant Camera. No Insta-likes, no filters and no easy way to do a selfie (thank God) – just a romantic throwback to the days pre-hashtag.
Calvin Klein Men’s Minimal 40mm Watch
Few men have more than one Swiss watch. Even fewer know names beyond Rolex. So, make like Calvin Klein and meld Jura-like craftsmanship with a brand he’ll actually know. The Minimalist option is a rare example of a fashion watch that boasts quality mechanics and aesthetics.
Ted Baker Spies Cross Grain Satchel
Whether valedictorian or class clown, Ivy League threads are available to all. If the full sweater vest and tartan scarf is just a little too Hoorah Henry though, opt for this cross-grain satchel from Ted Baker instead. “A” for effort and, better yet, an “A” for style.
Gucci Printed Silk-Twill Pocket Square
Designer branding is back. Though this time, it’s a little more subtle – see Gucci’s printed silk-twill pocket square for proof. Illustrated “G” geometric cubes throughout trump any Tom Ford-era interlocking Gs, while the fire engine red base is an easy way to add a pop of colour to a suit.
Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader
Despite what Donald Trump would have you believe, reading is cool. Especially when it’s on Amazon’s Paperwhite E-Reader. With an insane battery life (up to six weeks) and the capacity to store thousands of books on something lighter than a paperback, every man can now boast of a library in his own two-bedroom semi.
Dior Eau Sauvage
Often labelled as one of the best men’s fragrances of all time, Dior’s Eau Sauvage is deserving of the praise. Long-lasting notes of citrus and wood are a classic combination designed to suit most tastes, while 200ml of the good stuff will keep him in-stock for months, if not years, to come.
Philips S7370/12 Series 7000
What’s worse than an unkempt beard? A badly-maintained one, resplendent with scorched patches, uneven hairs and stray stragglers. Thankfully, none of these mishaps will occur thanks to the Philips S7370/12 Series 700. Granted, it may sound like a sports car, but the electric razor is the Aventador of the grooming world with a shaving head that can flex in five different directions whether wet or dry, long or short.
Looks like a sci-fi air freshener, actually a fancy virtual assistant. Yes, Google Home, the latest bid from the online giant to dominate our lives, can control everything in your own little kingdom from utilities to heating to lighting, and even your favourite TV shows.
Dune Men’s Classic Snaffle Loafer Shoe
Although it started life as a shoe made for Norwegian farmers, the humble loafer has become a must-have footwear style – and with good reason. Dune’s Snaffle lifts the iconic design with a single metal bar, adding a point of detail that clinches that difficult smart-casual territory.
Sonos Play 1
In 2017, nobody can excuse tinny, crappy music at a party (the house or dinner variety). Subjecting guests to a higher quality of sound, the Play 1 is an aural monster, delivering crystal clear music at full blast from your phone, letting you annoy the neighbours as you see fit.
Bowers & Wilkins PX Headphones
Wireless headphones are the new MiniDisc. Except, they serve a purpose and people actually want them. This year, audiophile heavyweights Bowers & Wilkins created its first-ever pair, complete with a monster 22-hour battery life and intuitive controls that respond naturally to music-listening habits.
Ted Baker Rich Herringbone Bouclé Wool-Blend Coat
Brown is a criminally underrated colour in menswear. And a quality overcoat in the hue will subtly set him apart from the bog-standard black and grey versions you see every morning. This Ted Baker design features a classic herringbone pattern and is crafted from a shower-resistant wool-blend, offering a practical way to upgrade his winter style for many years to come.
Xbox One X 1TB
Buy a console, lose a boyfriend/brother/husband. Which, depending on how you look at it, is no bad thing. The Xbox One X 1TB is Microsoft’s latest upgrade to the family that 1) doesn’t look like a radiator from the Alien franchise, and 2) offers 40 per cent more power than any other console. It was nice knowing you.
Undandy Monk Strap ‘48 By Lyons
Bespoke Portuguese shoe brand Undandy has long produced a huge variety of designs (ones that you can personalise, too), but few are as classic as the Monk Strap ‘48. As a way to mix-up formality without pivoting too far from the dress code, this in-between style follows all the same rules as the humble brogue.
Mulberry Scotchgrain Medium Clipper Holdall
What would Christmas be without people shamelessly boasting about their new Mulberry bag on Instagram? Better, that’s what. But we’re still huge fans of the label’s scotchgrain holdall – an incredibly masculine, incredibly sharp weekend bag that requires no “girldonegood” hashtag.
Acer Chromebook 14 CB3-431 14-Inch Notebook
Turns out all that glitters really is gold, especially when it’s a Chromebook. This pocket rocket from Acer comes with full HD resolution, 12 hours of battery life and a 1600 MHz processor speed that shouldn’t be sniffed at. Try to take the shine off that.
Frederique Constant Classics Quartz Index Watch
Household watch brands like Rolex and Tag Heuer may command respect, but they require little research. Which is why Frederique Constant – a Swiss label known and loved by horological insiders – is a more informed choice for Christmas. The Classics collection is emblematic of the manufacture’s ethos, while quieter gold accents and a muted leather strap speak far louder than any diamond encrusted wrist trophy.
Club Monaco Blue Grant Slim-Fit Cotton-Seersucker Blazer
Blue: the safest shade on the wheel. A blazer: the most versatile smart-casual piece a man can own. Combine the two together, and you’re left with a menswear essential that sits just as pretty with a white T-shirt as it does a shirt and tie.