If you’re about to go Christmas shopping for the lads in your life, read this gift guide first! I’ve got some cracking picks based on 6 different interests so you’re sure to find the right gift for each person. If anything, I hope it gives you a little inspiration.
*A disclaimer: the products mentioned may not suit everyone’s budget or taste but they’re gifts I’d personally give to my family and friends.
On a side note, my knowledge of video games and such are non-existent so I haven’t included any below. If you have any personal recommendations, please share them with us in the comments!
Now let’s get started.
For the Indiana Jones
UnderArmour is a quality brand of sportswear for the active type. My husband loves their UA Raid short-sleeved t-shirts (£25) as they’re lightweight and comfortable to wear whilst training at the gym. Check out the website for a whole range of colours, styles and fits.
GoApe is the UK’s most popular forest adventure company that offers super-fun experience days across the country that’ll have you swinging from the trees. They cost about £33 per person and you can choose between the Tree Top, Forest Segway or the Zip Trekking Adventure (pictured above).
For the Gadget Geek
The Nest Learning Thermostat (now £149 at Currys) is a sleek little gadget that lets you take control of your heating on your smartphone. It means the house is toasty when you get home but as soon as you leave, the heating turns off, saving you money and saving the planet. It’s even able to learn and automatically adapt to your daily routine. Let’s just say my husband is obsessed.
Fitbit wristbands are great for those trying to be a little more active during the day. As well as functioning as a watch, the wristbands keep track of the steps you take, the stairs you climb, the sleep you get and the calories you burn. You can even have it notify you of incoming calls to your mobile. There’s a whole range of models to choose from but the most basic one, the Fitbit Flex, is currently £44.99 at Currys.
For the Dapper Chap
Aldo’s Piralle shoes (£85) make a classy addition to a winter wardrobe. The cognac colour is timeless, plus Oxford brogues never go out of style.
A few years ago, I bought my dad a pot of almond-scented shaving cream from Taylor of Old Bond Street (£9.95) and he fell in love with it. He’s asked for it on every occasion since, so it must be great! They’ve got 19 scents to choose from, including coconut, avocado and lemon lime. The kit pictured above includes a pot of sandalwood-scented shaving cream and a badger shaving brush for £35.
This caramel leather wash bag by John Lewis (£55) is made with quality in mind, with a sturdy fabric lining in a classic black and white stripe. I’ve bought this piece for my dad before and it’s the perfect size to comfortably house his travel essentials.
Fossil is a brilliant mid-range brand for beautifully designed wallets and accessories. Their chronograph watches are especially lust-worthy so I’ve included two options above. First is the Grant watch for £125. The Roman numerals give it a classic feel and the navy leather strap is an unexpected twist. The Machine watch, also £125, is a little more modern with a sleeker face. The watch straps are interchangeable but I love the classic navy and brown combo. Check out their site for loads more styles.
David Gandy’s range of loungewear for Marks & Spencer is just as gorgeous as the man himself. This Christmas, my dad may be finding these Supima cotton pyjamas (£59) wrapped up under the tree. The navy and plum herringbone pattern is so elegant but the picture doesn’t do it justice. It’s worth having a look at it in-store.
For the Masterchef
Marbletree’s Flat Pestle & Mortar is a stunning piece of kit for a guy who loves to cook. It’ll let him unleash his inner beast pummelling spices and would look great on the kitchen counter. The large size goes for £39 and the medium for £29 – also available in white marble.
To really spoil a foodie, I’d book a fine dining experience at the restaurant of one of his culinary heroes. If you can afford to splash out, check out Thrillist’s rundown of the capital’s finest Michelin tasting menus. A more affordable option would be a set lunch at the same venue, where you’d likely get a three-course meal for half the price. There’s nothing I don’t love about that. If you’d rather avoid the Michelin route, perhaps book a cozy table at Nopi – the original eatery of Yotam Ottolenghi, the master of flavour himself.
For the Borderline Hipster
For a craft beer enthusiast, Beerhawk’s Great British Beers mixed selection involves a crate of 15 assorted bottles from Blighty for £38. Definitely check out the website as they’ve got a great range of crates to choose from including beers from all over the world.
For those who can’t function without their morning brew, a 6-month subscription to Pact Coffee (£41.70) makes a fun gift. Pact buys green coffee beans from farmers around the world, roasts and grinds them to perfection in their London HQ, ready to be popped through your letterbox every month. They have a delicious range of blends, including a festive Christmas one described as ‘mince pies with double cream’. Yum.
For the House-proud
Effortlessly cool and inherently masculine, the industrial trend is a perfect way to elevate a man’s living space. If your guy is a fan, he’d appreciate a stylish accessory for his side table or study. I love Rocket St. George’s Vintage Bulb Dome table lamp (£149). The three large filament bulbs cast a pleasing glow and the design is totally unique.
There’s something cozy about gathering around a fire. Friends, a few drinks and marshmallows for toasting and you’ve got yourself a party. For that reason, the gift of a fire pit is a guaranteed hit. It’ll give his shindigs the wow-factor and provide warmth in the garden throughout the cooler months. Wayfair have a good selection starting at £30 but my pick of the lot is the Bravo Mesh Fire Pit by CobraCo. The £129.99 price tag is not bad considering its size and design, plus it comes with a lightweight cover to protect it from the rain.
And that’s all folks.
Happy Shopping x