The other day I posted a tweet making fun of men and their bewildered faces as they attempt to Christmas shop for the women in their lives. Well, I’m not so funny now that I’m trying to buy gifts for the men in my family. Is it just me or are guys incredibly difficult to buy for? I swear if they don’t like FIFA or have a hipster coffee addiction then they fall into a category of guys who have a ‘just get me whatever’ Christmas wish list. If you’ve got a difficult man in your life who doesn’t give you any indication as to what he’d like to see under the tree on Christmas morning, yet still turns his nose up at what you’ve bought for him, then slap a label on one of the awesome gifts on this Christmas list.
‘Autumn Moon over Glengoyne’ – limited edition, £35.49
Perfect for those who like to sit back and enjoy a dram, Glengoyne Distillery have partnered with John Lowrie Morrison to create a collection of seasonal paintings inspired by the distillery.
And what about that dram? The 10-year-old has fresh green apples, toffee and a hint of nuttiness. This is the taste of distilling slower than anyone else in Scotland, of barley we dry by air – never peat – and of oak casks we select by hand. Just as we’ve always done.
Mr Black, £36
While we’re on the boozy gift ideas, we’d like to suggest Mr. Black for those partial to a cocktail or two. Mr. Black is an artisanal coffee liqueur made with specialty coffee. It’s delicious over ice but also adds an amazing twist to classic cocktails such as negronis and old fashioned. You can, of course, also make the mother of all espresso martinis with the stuff.
Berkeley Squared, £25**
The perfect gift for the dapper young man in your life. Berkeley Squared is the UK’s very first pocket square subscription.
Berkeley Squared is about standing tall whatever the occasion. Offering the final flourish for your outfit. Elevating the everyday. Showing that even the most outstanding suit can stand out more and offering the answer. Because when you’re dressed the best you can dress then you act the best you can be.
Founded in 2016 by two friends whose passion for pocket squares left them frustrated with the lack of choice on the high street, Berkeley Squared offers beautifully designed pocket squares through subscription and one-off purchase.
This season’s must-have fashion accessory and the gift that keeps on giving!
Hard Grind Chocolate Orange Beard Oil, £18
Every one loves a beard, right? It’s 2016’s favourite beauty trend yet sometimes the wearers of the beards struggle to keep their facial hair smelling favourable. Created in association with The Dapper Gent, this vegan and cruelty free beard oil is an ideal gift for the gentleman in your life. Keeping his beard beautifully conditioned and smelling terrific, he’ll take all the attention away from the dog this Christmas.
Available to purchase at Abandon Ship Apparel
With flagship noise cancelling performance, the MDR-1000X premium headphones offer the most responsive cancellation of ambient sound frequency range on the market. They showcase for the first time ‘Quick Attention’ mode that lets you place the palm of your hand to the outside of the headphone ear cup to have a conversation with someone, without taking the headset off. Perfect for the morning commute!
Under Armour HealthBox™, £349
Beat the Christmas bulge with the UA HealthBox™, the world’s first Connected Fitness system created specifically to measure, monitor, and manage your exercise and fitness.
The Healthbox includes the UA Band to track your steps, distance, resting heart rate and sleep, the UA Scale to measure your weight and body fat percentage and the comfortable UA Heart Rate monitor to accurately record your heart rate during workouts. All of these are designed to work together seamlessly as a package to help you look and feel your best. The perfect tool to help you stick with those New Year’s resolutions after an indulgent Christmas.
grüum, from £6 per month
grüum is a new concept in male grooming that will revolutionise how men shop for their bathroom essentials. Founded in the UK by four friends who knew there was something missing, grüum was created to deliver personalised quality, simplicity, form and function. It’s facecare, for men, without the fuss. The grüum concept, designed as a monthly subscription service, with added flexibility, focuses on making it easy for the modern man to keep himself looking good, with minimal effort and maximum results. Value for money, great quality and ease of use is at the core of the brand – the team at grüum believe this is what the modern man demands.
How annoying are those people who ask for socks for Christmas? I like to be more creative with my gift-giving, so I’ve decided that the sock lovers in my life with get a Stand4Socks subscription.
The subscription includes uniquely designed, colourful bamboo or cotton socks to help you to StandOut and Stand4 a different social cause. Making mornings less boring for your recipient! Chances are they will get socks from our Work Safe Range that will allow the wearer to still stand out for causes that matter to them when you take off your shoes at home, but not offend your boss between 9-5. !
Socks from the Stand4 Subscription Programme support globally different United Nations Global Goals, helping the most poor and in need in the world today. Locally they support homeless people giving one pair of warm, antibacterial socks away, every time they sell one from our Homeless Collection