Frantically racking your brain trying to think of game-changing gifts for him this Christmas? Call off the search. We’ve trawled through the budget-friendly buys to pull together a list of the best stocking stuffers for men.
Not only are these small but mighty gifts practically guaranteed to impress him, they’ll avert pre-Christmas shopping centre hell as they’re all available at the click of a button. He’s happy, you’re happy, and with all of them under £25, your wallet is happy too.
Ted Baker Forti Spot Print Socks
As kids, socks at Christmas were an insult; a needless practical gift that could have so easily been replaced with a toy that we actually wanted. As grown-ups, however, the reverse is true. Buy the man in your life an Action Man, and he will think you’re beginning to lose your grip on reality. But buy him these handsome, textured foot warmers from Ted Baker, and we’re sure he’ll be grinning from ear to ear.
Schwarzkopf Got2b Glued Spiking Wax
The countless hangovers that come from back-to-back Christmas boozing means plenty of bad hair days. Help someone remedy that with a heavy-duty hair product courtesy of Schwarzkopf slipped into a stocking. The remouldable formula delivers tougher than nails hold without heading into dreaded wet-look territory.
Bombay Sapphire Gin Miniature
Like anybody needed another reason to drink over the holiday period, Bombay Sapphire gave us one anyway – 5cl of gin-filled goodness that will kick off Yuletide proceedings as is tradition. Just don’t blame us if he wants another.
Cherry Blossom Shoe Brush Set
Any man north of 13-years-old should be cleaning his own shoes, and it should be done with a professional bit of kit like this set from Cherry Blossom, Britain’s oldest shoe polish manufacturer. Including two soft bristle brushes, it will save him from spending a fortune on a new pair by transforming tired-looking Oxfords into something that appear brand new.
Hotel Chocolat Vietnam 60% Supermilk Chocolate
Come on, you can do better than another selection box. Hotel Chocolat’s Supermilk Chocolate slab, with its 60 per cent Vietnamese cocoa content, is far more premium than any supermarket fodder. A last minute consolation present this is not.
Ted Baker Elmpark Mug And Coaster Set
Being a nation of tea connoisseurs and coffee addicts, mugs make for excellent Christmas gifts. The problem is, they’re all too often a tacky novelty affair. ‘My other mug is a pint glass,’ might warrant a chuckle the first time he sees it, but it’ll soon get old. This tasteful zebra design from Ted Baker, on the other hand, will do no such thing.
Sneaky Cleaning Kit
Want to know how to gain permanent access to a sneakerhead’s good books? It’s simple: help him bring back his most battered pair of creps from the dead. This handy cleaning kit contains everything needed to restore white trainers to their former box-fresh glory.
M&S Collection Brushed Woven Scarf
Sure, a scarf is a good stocking stuffer for women, too, but there also comes a point when a beer jacket won’t cut it for blokes either. A good one shouldn’t just keep out the cold, it should also complement his coats and jackets. This terracotta version will work with his entire wardrobe.
River Island Dark Grey Fisherman Beanie
It may not be strictly true that we lose most heat through our heads, but nobody likes a chill up top, regardless of the science behind it. Simple enough for him to actually wear but with a stylish fisherman ribbed texture, this beanie is a stone-cold no-brainer.
Hawkins & Brimble Beard Oil
Maintaining facial hair is more than simply getting a trim once in a while and leaving the rest to mother nature – beard hairs need TLC too. A quality beard oil like this one from Hawkins & Brimble will soften and moisturise his facial bristles, meaning his chin decoration won’t inflict harm on others under the mistletoe.
Stan Smith: Some People Think I Am A Shoe
For those inevitable hours stationed in front of the TV in a post-lunch food coma, Stan Smith: Some People Think I Am A Shoe offers an infinitely more useful way to pass the time. From the tennis star’s own reflections on fashion to anecdotes from style influencers, sports legends, and fervent sneaker fans, plus street style photography, with one read of this, he’ll up his sneaker knowledge impressively.
Uniqlo Lambswool Crew Neck Sweater
Even the fussiest of men wouldn’t object to adding a classic grey crew neck sweatshirt to their knitwear collection this winter. Rendered in 100 per cent pure lambswool and costing about the same as a round of drunk, your wallet won’t have reason to object either.
Reiss Boxer Shorts
Underwear is one of those items that every man needs, but one that’s often neglected in favour of the latest cult sneaker release. This pair of stretch cotton trunks from Reiss will right that wrong and ensure that his sock drawer is brought into line with the rest of his wardrobe.
Victorinox VIC Hiker Swiss Army Knife
Since so few of us actually venture into the wild, a Swiss army knife is pretty redundant, right? Wrong. We may not build dens in the Arctic, but we do buy plenty of crates without a bottle opener and wrestle with plastic clothing tags on a weekly basis. That’s 21st-century survival, and we need your help.
River Island Round Lens Sunglasses
Only the rich (or foolish) would drop a wad of cash on trend-led sunglasses. So, come down a price bracket and make like all those beautiful models on Instagram in a pair of round lens shades. Being of-the-moment needn’t warrant a quick cash loan.
Fat Face Fistral Swim Shorts
It takes a mad man to take a dip in the sea mid-winter, but a genius to book a summer holiday during the festive lull. Fat Face’s seafoam swim shorts are a foolproof choice year-round, whether it’s a dip in Bognor Regis or two weeks in Bermuda.
Quay Mini Deer Trophy
Even today, even the most chest-beating alpha males rarely hunt their food. That doesn’t mean you can’t play pretend with Quay’s mini deer trophy, though. A plywood design is as simple as it is cool, and assembly is easy with no tools required. Extra man points all-round.
Gin Infusion Kit
No man should suffer own-brand rip-offs of liqueurs from the back of the cupboard. This Gin Infusion Kit lets anyone kick the party up a notch with the essentials needed to create a mixologist-level drink. From the boozy newb, two recipes cards are included, with over 35 more accessible through a free app.
Baxter Of California Daily Face Wash
Whether it’s a boyfriend or a brother, they shouldn’t need telling twice that soap and water just won’t cut it anymore, and neither will nicking someone else’s cleanser. This foaming daily face wash will not only keep his mug looking its very best, but it’ll also save any unwanted product sharing situations. Everyone’s a winner.
Sorted Recovery Supplement
At some point between Christmas and January 1st, we’re all guaranteed at least one monster hangover. Sorted’s recovery supplement will be appreciated if the morning after said outing coincides with having in-laws, parents or children in the vicinity. With 5HTP (which is converted into serotonin) and ginseng, some say it’s the ultimate cure. Decide for yourself.
M&S Split Textured Tie Clip
Donald Trump hasn’t exactly taught men much in the way of tailoring, apart from perhaps that scotch tape does not make for a suitable tie fastener. So, make his wardrobe great again with a choice tie clip from M&S – a sharper alternative to the stationery cupboard and one that can flit from office to occasion with ease.