If you’ve not yet been accosted by Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ either in the office or walking past the shops, you’ve definitely not got out enough. For ’tis the season, and with the multiplying tinsel comes growing anxieties over presents.

In a world where shopping can happen at the click of a button, choosing a memorable gift for someone is harder said than done. But that’s enough about other people. You also need to make time to consider what you want to see in your sack this festive season.

Been eyeing up a new watch, or in need of a refill for your drinks cabinet? Take advantage of the Christmas spirit and have someone else shell out for one for you. That’s how it works, right? The Christmas spirit?

With that in mind, we’ve collated the finest festive gifts for men at every price point.

Your Favourite Aftershave

Just make sure to spell out exactly what you want, leave the empty bottle laying around, send links if you have to, or risk getting a fragrance that smells more like rubbing alcohol. These are all safe bets.

TOM FORD BEAUTY Black Orchid Eau De Toilette - Black Truffle & Bergamot, 100ml - Click to buyBOSS The Scent aftershave 100ml - Click to buyAcqua di Parma Colonia Vaniglia Eau de Cologne - Click to buyCountry - 50ml Cologne - Click to buy

Wrist Bling

It’s often thought that a watch is one of the few pieces of sparkly jewellery that men are allowed to actively seek out. The problem? The generally hefty price tags that come attached to bling. Can’t afford Swiss made? That’s alright, you ain’t paying.

TISSOT LE LOCLE POWERMATIC 80 - Click to buyBreitling Navitimer World Men's Leather Strap Watch - Click to buyrolex cosmograph daytona - Click to buyTUDOR Black Bay GMT - Click to buy

High-Quality Socks

Not just a myth; well-made socks make getting up when it’s still dark out that much easier (on your cold feet, at least). Wool-cotton styles wear better and keep your feet warmer. Add a splash of colour under your suit trousers for a little added personality.

Paul Smith Signature Stripe Socks, Black/Multi - Click to buyPAUL SMITH Sunset Spot Intarsia Stretch Cotton-Blend Socks - Click to buyCalvin Klein Fine Cotton Socks, Pack of 3, One Size, Black - Click to buyMIX SOCKS GIFT BOX - Click to buy

Premium Cotton T-shirts

If there’s one thing every man needs more of, it’s basics. Washed a red sock with your white T-shirt? Ruined. Coffee spill in transit? In the bin. Sweat stains? Out. We’d suggest requesting a pack of six or more.


The Thinking Man’s Accessory

Here’s a shocker: men have feelings too. Even if you don’t want to use a journal as a diary, they can help keep track of your thoughts and ideas; from the money-making to the incriminating. In either case, always burn once full.

007 LIMITED EDITION NOTEBOOK - MOVIES - Click to buy2019 Mini Pocket Diary with Pen - Click to buyTHE BOSS WAFER NOTEBOOK - Click to buyMontblanc #146 Leather Lined Note Book, Dark Brown - Click to buy

Face Shades

Sure, wearing sunglasses in winter might signal to others that you’re a bit of a tool. But getting this holiday expense out of the way early is a good way of keeping more cash in the kitty for when you’re eventually poolside. Until then, they can be used to ease the inevitable New Year’s hangover.

Byron - Click to buyTOM FORD Eric wayfarer-style sunglasses - Click to buyPO3110S Typewriter Edition - Click to buyCape sunglasses - Click to buy

An #InteriorGoals Throw

There’s nothing manly about being cold. Or leaving your company to freeze while you sit there looking glib and oblivious in a Christmas jumper. Plus, it’s probably time you covered those sofa stains.

John Lewis & Partners Plain Wool Throw, Navy - Click to buyHouse by John Lewis Court Throw, Navy - Click to buyKnitted blanket with fringes - Click to buyTWEED TARTAN WOOL BLEND BLANKET - Click to buy

A Cosy AF Down Jacket

Come on, own up. It’s cold. You can say it. This is a safe space. There’s nothing manly about tempting fate with frostbite on the walk back from the pub. So this year stock your wardrobe with a winter coat that’s much warmer than a beer jacket.

Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Hoody - Click to buyTHORSEN MEN'S LIGHTWEIGHT DOWN JACKET - Click to buySUMMIT SERIES L3 DOWN HOODIE - Click to buyTAKASHIMA - Click to buy

A Good Cookbook

Because it’s the 21st century and if you haven’t yet cooked a meal that consists of more than toast you’ve got some catching up to do. We’d suggest one-pot options to start (a home cooked meal is still a home cooked meal) while you work up to more complex recipes (just hide that burnt pot after).

The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century - Click to buyHow to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food,10th Anniversary Edition - Click to buyThe Barbecue! Bible - Click to buyJoe's 30 Minute Meals: 100 Quick and Healthy Recipes - Click to buy

A Lamp To Love

Still choosing between two extremes of lighting: pitch black and operating theatre? Switch your family on to sorting you out with a stylish lamp, and learn the art of hygge, candlelight, pillows and throws while you’re at it. You won’t regret it.

Camden 131cm Tripod Floor Lamp - Click to buyTable Lamp - Marble/Brass - Click to buyCurvilinear Mid-Century Table Lamp - Click to buyStarkey Table Lamp, Black and Brass - Click to buy

Adult Bed Sheets

Crack a joke about being 27 going on 72 if you have to, but trust us, you’ll never look back. Aside from the fact no one is going to want to jump your bones if ‘where the magic happens’ is covered in race cars, there’s really no better excuse for snoozing through your morning meeting.

Luxury Silver 100% Cotton Oxford Cuff Duvet Cover - Click to buyHouse by John Lewis Field Duvet Cover Set, Navy - Click to buyJohn Lewis & Partners Textured and Decorative Variegated Stripe Duvet Cover and Pillowcase Set, Dark Nordic Blue - Click to buyAustin Check Brushed Bedding Set - Click to buy


Few men buy them for themselves, but a good pair of cufflinks will take the avid suit wearer from cradle to grave. Nothing spiffs up tailoring more than a few extra details, after all. Just make sure they match the rest of your metals – that means your watch, your belt buckle and your jewellery.

BOGARD Carbon fibre cufflinks - Click to buyINFINITY CUFFLINKS - STERLING SILVER - Click to buyMONTBLANC Meisterstück Rose Gold-Tone Onyx Cufflinks - Click to buyRound cufflinks with enamel detail - Click to buy

An Alarm Clock

Dark winter mornings make it even harder to crowbar yourself out from under the duvet. A wake-up light alarm clock mimics a real sunrise to coax your body into getting up and at ‘em while others are simply obnoxiously loud but get the job done.

Flip Clock - Light Wood - Click to buySonic Bomb SBB500SS Loud Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker - Click to buyAmazon Echo Spot, Smart speaker and screen with Alexa - Black - Click to buyPhilips Wake-Up Light – Ambient Lamp - Click to buy

Whiskey (And Whiskey Tumblers)

For when you nail that job interview (slash whenever, really) – there is always an excuse for quality whisky. You can’t go wrong with these luxe options, and if not splashing out on drink over Christmas, when can you?

WILD TURKEY MASTER'S KEEP 17 YEAR OLD - Click to buyGlenfiddich Original Whisky, 70 cl - Click to buyGlenmorangie Milsean Private Edition Single Malt Whisky - Click to buyHibiki Japanese Harmony Suntory Whisky, 70 cl - Click to buy

Razors That Look Good On The Bathroom Shelf

Not all razors are created equal. This year, make sure you ask for one that’s both useful and aesthetically pleasing as it’s likely the grooming gear that’s most in-use – and thus most-seen laying about.

X1 Prestige Fusion5 Carbon Razor & Stand - Click to buyThe Bluebeards Revenge Cutlass Double-Edge Safety Razor - Click to buyPhilips OneBlade QP2520 Hybrid Trimmer - Click to buyDouble-Edge Razor - Click to buy

Stylish Slippers

Hoping to stand a chance or turning a casual fling into a regular thing? Ditch the novelty gorilla claw slippers. Opt for a classic shearling-lined pair that is machine washable to keep your plates of meat warm without compromising on style.

Men's Suede Moccasin Slippers with Shearling Lining - Click to buyLASSO CLASSIC - Click to buyThe North Face Men's Thermoball Traction Mule Iv - Click to buyLow Boot - Gray - Click to buy

High-Fidelity Headphones

Although you can get away with any old pair of earbuds, why would you? Invest in a high-quality pair and they will elevate your music to a whole new level of audio, proving useful long after you use them to drown out the in-laws over Christmas dinner.

BEATS STUDIO3 WIRELESS- Click to buyBose® QuietComfort® Noise Cancelling® QC35 II Over-Ear Wireless Bluetooth NFC Headphones - Click to buyHiFiMAN RE-400 In-Ear Monitor Earphones - Click to buyBowers & Wilkins FP35963 C5 Series 2 In-Ear Headphones, Secure Fit, Black - Click to buy

Wall Art

You’ve successfully moved out, you’ve kept a plant alive and you no longer live in halls of residence. Now it’s time to decorate the walls. No, not with boughs of holly. With tasteful wall prints (old lad’s mag pin-ups don’t count either.)

New York - Brooklyn Bridge (9x12 Art Print, Wall Decor Travel Poster) - Click to buySpace Patent Prints - Set of Four Vintage Wall Art Photos - Click to buyNo Ball Games Graffiti by Banksy Framed Graphic Art - Click to buyNatural art Music Life Poster Prints on Canvas Wall Decoration for Bedroom Wrapped with Wooden Frame Ready to Hang - Click to buy

Beard Trimmers

Christmas is a fraught enough time as it is, don’t add giving your other half stubble rash. Keep your facial forest neat and tidy with a set of beard trimmers. Now all you have to do is worry about cleaning the hair-covered sink.

Wahl Aqua Blade Beard Trimmer 9899-800x - Click to buyBaByliss for Men iStubble + Beard Trimmer - Click to buyWahl 9854-802 Lithium Ion Grooming Station - Black - Click to buyRemington MB4045 Beard Kit - Click to buy

A Designer Pocket Square

Luxury clothing is expensive, but ask for an accessory and you’ll get something from the greats that won’t cost anyone the earth. The pocket square may be a tiny piece of fabric, but it’s one that will add character and elegance to any ensemble.

Barbour Paisley Hankies - Boxed Set - Click to buyEnglish linen pocket square - Click to buyBlack Stewart Tartan Pocket Square - Click to buyYellow wool dog print pocket square - Click to buy

An Activity Tracker

Looking to get fit in 2019? A fitness watch can be enough to motivate you (or shame you) into swapping the TV tray for the treadmill. Try not to take it as an insult, everyone is wearing them these days.

Honor Band 3 Activity Tracker (Black) - Click to buySamsung Gear FIT 2 Pro SM-R365, black (Gr.L) - Click to buyGarmin Small/Medium vivosmart 4 Smart Activity Tracker with Wrist-Based Heart Rate and Fitness Monitoring Tools - Grey - Click to buyFitbit Charge 3 Advanced Health & Fitness Tracker - Rose-Gold/Grey, One Size - Click to buy

Big Boy Pants

Underwear is a personal gift, sure, but also one that will never elicit an “ugh, more of those?” reaction. You may even discover a new favourite brand. And really, do you actually need a reason for owning more pants?

Calvin Klein Underwear Cotton Stretch Trunks, Pack of 3, White/Grey/Black - Click to buyHANRO Two-Pack Mélange Stretch-Cotton Jersey Boxer Briefs - Click to buyKnuts Boxers - Click to buyMen's Charged Cotton® Stretch 15cm Boxerjock® 3-Pack - Click to buy

Party-Ready Speakers

As the life and soul of the party, your speaker choice best be on point. There’s really no excuse for dusting off your mum’s old record player and not having the sound system to support it. Invest in a decent speaker (well, let someone else make the investment for you.)

Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Wireless/Bluetooth Speaker (Waterproof and Shockproof) - Black/Grey - Click to buySonos Playbar - Click to buySonos One Voice Controlled Smart Speaker, Black - Click to buyAPPLE HomePod - White - Click to buy

A Nod To Hygge

It’s hard to breathe fresh air into a market saturated by samey scents, but sometimes you’ve just got to go with the classics: applewood, forest leather and rose. When they’re burned through, re-purpose the vessels as a key holder/coin purse/bud vase.

Paddywax Apothecary Collection Jar Candle, Applewood/Amber, 8 oz - Click to buySKANDINAVISK SKOG (FOREST) SCENTED CANDLE - Click to buyRussian Leather Single Wick Candle - Click to buyDIPTYQUE Baies scented candle, 70g - Click to buy