It’s that time of year again; where we deck the halls, spend time with our families and eat far too much. Christmas is a wondrous time, but gift-giving can be a tricky task! Do you have a style-conscious person in your life and are looking for gift ideas? Don’t fret! This week, I’ll be going over my selection of Christmas gifts for the gentleman who wants to dress well!
Forget novelty items and toys that grab your attention for all of 5 minutes – the items I list here will be solid, useful items that any stylish man would be glad to receive!
#1 Festive Jumper
“But you said no novelty items!”
I’d argue that especially in the last few years, the Christmas jumper has undergone a revival, transcending from being a novelty item to actually becoming a core piece of winter clothing for the stylish man. Companies certainly agree; Ralph Lauren, Barbour, Scotch & Soda and more are all releasing Christmas jumpers as part of their winter collections.
My pick of the bunch is the Cream & Navy Fair Isle Jumper (£25.00) from Samuel Windsor, which is not only a great look, but affordable too! The navy tones combined with the cream base and classic pattern make for a garment that looks equally good in both formal and casual scenarios and a versatile top-layer above dress shirts and tees alike!
As we’re entering another bitter winter in the UK, think practical! A quality scarf will not only ward off the cold, it will also make a style statement and give you a distinguished look.
Always Wear Red is a British clothing brand which focuses on bringing together the world’s best materials and top British designers and producers to create New Classics – timeless pieces with a modern twist! Hailing from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Always Wear Red produces high-quality, limited-run accessories based around the colour of confidence – red!
My pick of their scarves is the Bandage Scarf (£90.00). Made of 100% Merino Wool and knitted in Scotland, this super-soft scarf is suitable to be worn all-year round, and once you’ve felt one in your hands, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing!
What accessory does everyone love over the festive period? A good beanie! Make sure the men in your life keep their ears warm and toasty by gifting them a soft, cosy and practical woollen headpiece!
Back to Always Wear Red for this one, and their Classic Lambswool Beanie (£60.00) is a great choice for those cold winter days. If you think a scarf and a beanie would make a nice combo gift, take a look at AWR’s Classic Ribbed Set (£250.00), featuring a classic scarf and peaked beanie made of 100% pure, luxurious cashmere!
A stylish man will always be happy to receive a new watch, and there’s no need to spend thousands in order to obtain a respectable timepiece.
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I believe every man should own a Casio G-Shock DW-5600 (£58.90), as no matter if you’re a manual worker, gym junkie or busy professional, you can get good, lasting wear from this virtually indestructible piece. Versatile, stylish and reliable, it’s a go-to beater watch for watch enthusiasts across the globe!
A signature fragrance completes a man’s aura, and so whether you buy a bottle of their trusted favourite or pick out a new option for special occasions, a perfume will always be a welcome gift.
If you’re looking for a fragrance that’s great for dates and those more intimate nights, F by Ferragamo Black (£33.29) is a fabulous choice! Opening with a citrus-y scent before giving way to lavender & pepper notes, it is long-lasting, fresh and suitable for a romantic setting!
Quality bracelets have quickly gained popularity in recent years, and so they are a great, affordable option for gifting. When choosing one, think about the recipient’s birthstone or Chinese Zodiac – it gives a bit of meaning behind the gift and will make it all the more cherished.
Danish brand Lucleon are well-known for creating quality bracelets, and this Red Tigers Eye Bracelet (£25.00) is no different! Elasticated and with genuine stones, this will make any outfit that little bit more stylish!
If you want to help look after the planet, 4Ocean are a company that pledges to remove 1 pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines for each 4Ocean Bracelet ($20.00/£15.73) they sell. Made in Bali from 90% recycled material, these are a great way to contribute to cleaning the world’s oceans!
A good pair of leather gloves is a practical investment as well as a stylish one, and living in the UK, they are a must-have for when the bad weather hits!
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John Lewis & Partners offer a range of gloves in both leather and suede in a range of colours. My pick has to be their Suede Hungarian Gloves (£30.00). Coming in both brown and khaki, these 100% suede gloves do a wonderful job of keeping your hands warm whilst keeping you looking dapper. The dense composition means they will also keep their shape, meaning they’ll last for much longer than just this winter!
#8 Winter Coat
Don’t underestimate the power of a good winter coat! A man who receives one will be in huge appreciation as the one item most men will say is lacking in their wardrobe is quality outer-wear!
Duffle coats hit two birds with one stone; they provide maximum winter protection whilst also being suitable for the most formal of occasions. Montgomery are a British company who hand-make all of their duffle coats in the UK. The Mayfair Knitted Duffle (£65.00) comes in a range of colours, with a water-resistant inner layer and real wood toggles and rope hasps. It’s currently on offer, making it a real bargain!
#9 High-Neck Jumper
I’m wearing a shawl-collar jumper as I write this – it has become a go-to item for me to throw on now that the colder nights are coming in. Whether it’s a turtleneck, shawl-collar or some other variation, a woolly piece to cover your neck is both a useful and comfortable gift!
Uniqlo are the go-to brand for menswear basics, and their Premium Lambswool Turtleneck (£24.90) is superb value for money. Consisting of 100% wool, the 19.5 micron fibres make the garment incredibly soft to the touch, whilst the strategic stitching keeps it fitted to your body. Available in 7 colours, it’s sure to be a winner!
I thought I’d round off this list with one of the bastions of gift-giving, socks, and no, I’m not recommending you go and buy a cheap multi-pack. Invest in some quality dress socks if the man in question likes to wear suits, or go for a more fun and friendly option for the more casual dresser!
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High Arches are a Newcastle-upon-Tyne-based company that create quirky socks for both men and women, utilising funky patterns and bright colours. Made using 80% high-quality combed cotton, 17% polyamide and 3% elastane, and using the highest knitting gauge possible for socks, the socks have a fine but strong fabric in a size that’s not too big, nor too small, meaning you get a quality product that will provide lasting comfort.
My favourite pick of the bunch has to be the Toucan Sock (£8.50). Bright, loud, and certain to get you noticed, these are a lively addition that instantly turns up the fun in any outfit!
Bonus: Craft Beer
Whilst beer is not clothing (duh) and as such I couldn’t include it in the main list, craft beer and micro-breweries have exploded in popularity in the UK, leading to a wide-range of quality beverage options becoming available. Every man would appreciate a selection of fine drink as a Christmas gift!
Whether it’s for the craft connoisseur or beer beginner, Black Storm Brewery, originating from Whitley Bay, UK, have a must-try range. They may be less than two years old but they’ve made a big impact, developing a strong core of dedicated customers in the North East as well as being stocked in leading independent pubs and retailers, thanks to their high-quality beers, distinct branding and friendly, approachable team.
For gifting, they have a ready-made option – a Gift Box (£10.00) consisting of their 4 core beers; Blond, Bitter, IPA and Porter, which was voted UK’s Best Porter at the 2018 World Beer Awards, an incredible feat for a business so young!
I hope this blog post has given you some ideas as to what to gift a man in your life this Christmas! As you can see, no matter your budget, there’s a gift you can offer a stylish man which he will be happy to receive!
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