A Festive Wishlist

In the run up to Christmas finding that elusive ‘perfect gift’ can sometimes seem like an arduous task, rather than the joyous celebration it’s supposed to be. And, if we’re being honest, all of that shopping for others simply leads us to want a whole host of new bits and pieces for ourselves.

With that in mind, we decided to ask a few friends to come up with their personal wishlist this season as a bit of gift inspiration – either for someone else, or as a little (or big) something from you to you. Alongside the more accessible choices, we’ve also asked them to throw in a couple of slightly more aspirational items to really get you thinking.

The first in our festive gift list series to share exactly what they want from Santa this year is Marcus Jaye, founder of TheChicGeek and regular FashionBeans columnist. His inimitable take on style has led to a seriously eclectic festive selection – we’d expect nothing less – and this one has definitely given us a few ideas…

Sonic Editions Paul Newman Print

“Because we all need some everyday men’s inspiration on the wall. Be better!”
Marcus Jaye.

A framed photograph of the ever-stylish Paul Newman, taken while travelling across Venice in a water taxi, 1963.

Limited edition of 100. Size: 20″ x 24″.

£300 at Mr. Porter.

Sonic Editions Paul Newman Print

Drake’s Shetland Wool Fair Isle Sleeveless Cardigan

“These Fair Isles are so authentic you’d think you were buying new vintage.”
Marcus Jaye

Using a traditional Fair Isle pattern in navy with red, brown and yellow details, two front pockets and leather covered buttons, this cardigan is an ideal winter layering piece.

£165 at Drake’s London.

Drake's Shetland Wool Fair Isle Sleeveless Cardigan

Stuart Sandford Sebastian Polished Bronze Sculpture

“Art imitating life! Instagram’s favourite pose, captured by artist Stuart Sandford.”
Marcus Jaye

Sandford created a series based around model Sebastian Sauve that examines the ideas of obsession and self-obsession.

Limited edition of five. Size: 19.6″ x 9.5″ x 5.11″.

£7,000 from Stuart Sandford.

Stuart Sandford Sebastian Polished Bronze Sculpture

Oral-B Pro 5000 Rechargeable Toothbrush

“Prevention is always better than cure, especially when it comes to your smile.”
Marcus Jaye

Featuring three interchangeable heads and a timer so you can make sure you are cleaning for the optimum length of time, this is a great and accessibly priced option to make some headway on a New Year’s dental resolution.

£74.99 at Boots.

Oral-B Pro 5000 Rechargeable Toothbrush

Tom Ford Buckley Duffle Bag

“When was the last time you saw a man carrying a Tom Ford holdall? Exactly!”
Marcus Jaye

This calfskin leather holdall is the ultimate in luxury. And, with a price tag like that, we’re sure it’s going into the ‘aspirational’ section of this list.

Designed with Ford’s husband, Richard Buckley, in mind – and named after him – this roomy bag is everything we could wish for.

£2,945 (approx) at Tom Ford.

Tom Ford Buckley Duffle Bag

Johnstons Of Elgin Scottish Heritage Reversible Throw

“I was lucky enough to see these blankets being made in Scotland earlier this year. The best you can get.”
Marcus Jaye

Blankets and throws have come into their own recently, helped along by Burberry Prorsum’s recent obsession with them. These are beautifully made using the same process since 1800 and an elegant addition to any home – or wardrobe!

Constructed from pure lambswool. Size: 75″ x 55″

£155 at Johnstons.

Johnstons Of Elgin Scottish Heritage Reversible Throw

Olympus PEN E-PL7 Compact Camera

“TheChicGeek wouldn’t be a good blogger without a good camera and the #selfie option on this is great as the screen at the back flips forward and down.”
Marcus Jaye

This compact little camera has numerous options and interchangeable lenses, giving it a cutting edge when it comes to the new breed of photographic kit challenging the DSLR market.

£399 at Jessops.

Olympus PEN E-PL7 Compact Camera

Canada Goose Expedition Parka

“If NASA did winter coats…”
Marcus Jaye

This coyote-fur trimmed parka is a serious winter coat, originally designed for scientists working in Antarctica. If it’s good enough for the windswept and snow covered lands of the South Pole, it’s good enough for anywhere. London, New York, Paris, Stoke-on-Trent…

£800 at Mr. Porter.

Canada Goose Expedition Parka