Christmas gift guide: for him
What to buy the man in your life? Hey, easy peasy! Here's our curated 'Best for Blokes', as chosen by Muddy editors across our 22 gorgeous counties.
It's officially woolly season, and this 100% cashmere pullover from British brand Genevieve Sweeney is top on our gift list. Hand-knitted up on the Scottish Borders and washed in local Tweed waters to get that super-soft finish, we’r loving the striking yellow geometric print. For a personal touch, you can add up to three initials.
CRANK IT UP
Now he can play his Spotify list full volume no matter where he is in the world (er, is this a good thing?). This travel Mi Square bluetooth speaker combines craftsmanship with gadgetry for the man who loves music, delivering great sound quality from a small cherry, walnut or bamboo wood square. Plus a strong fibre leather strap makes it fully portable.
Is it even Christmas without a gimmicky gadget for the gents? This fingerprint lock does the trick but has the added bonus of actually being useful. It's totally waterproof, can store up to 40 different finger prints, plus you can link it up to unlock from an app on your smartphone. A super-nifty way to secure luggage, bikes and doors and booze cabinets (oh, just me?)
COME TO BED
Christmas is peak PJ season and this straight fit, brushed cotton set from Desmond & Dempsey is just the ticket. All the markers of a classic pyjama - piping detail, rounded collar, lightweight cotton voile and there’s the option to add monogrammed initials. Choose from long trousers or shorts and buy to fit - they’re sold as separates.
If he likes to show off his sense of humour (Oh god, stop with the dad jokes, please!) then give his feet some hilarity with this seven-pack of socks from Isle of Wight brand, Rapanui. With over 15 quirky designs to choose from, each pair is designed on the Island and manufactured from 100% ethically sourced bamboo.
FOR THE RECORD
The perfect gift for your other half's man cave, this purpose-designed LP table is made from 100% recycled acrylic, with brass supports manufactured by a Bucks-based Formula 1 supplier (extra man points). The table holds 30 records upright - which is much healthier for the vinyl - with space for his favourite LP to sit pride of place on top.
You can't go wrong with a pair of Docs, right? The iconic boot has been infiltrating the fashion mainstream of late and we're loving these unisex 2976 Chelsea Boots from the brand's new vegan range. There's no compromise on quality but the boots are better for the planet and use no animal products - the only real difference is the funky yellow loop at the back.
Cycling never looked so good. Paul Smith's signature stripes meet British racing green in this collab with super-stylish sportswear brand Rapha, available exclusively to Rapha Cycling Club members. Loads of sporty perks for the MAMIL in your life, including in-built sun protection, reflective piping, and zipped essentials pocket at the back.
A strong contender for the coolest gin label of 2019. This fancy bottle of premium craft gin with woody juniper bamboo and citrus flavours is inspired by Japanese culture and ingredients - the lucky Rakki number seven plays a big part in the process with seven botanicals and seven processes used to bring this tasty liquid to life. Does that mean we can order seven of them?
Chic Scandi brand Rains sells a range of minimalist coats, unisex bags and luggage that are both stylish and functional. For Mr M we're crushing on this satchel-style backpack with carabiner details, adjustable straps and handy interior laptop pocket that comes in cool neutrals; khaki, charcoal, blue, beige and black.
BURN BABY BURN
Appeal to his primal love of fire while also adding an achingly cool objet to your home with this fantastic fireplace from Le Feu by Lauritsen. It doesn't need a chimney, runs entirely on bio-fuel (making it eco-friendly as well) and you can choose its leg colour fit your aesthetic.
Keep him buzzing well into the new year with ethically-sourced coffee from expert Sussex roasters Edgcumbes, delivered weekly, fortnightly or monthly for three, six or 12 months. Select your coffee type (single origin, blend or decaf) and your grind (whole bean, cafetière, espresso, filter or aeropress). You can even choose a country for the beans to hail from. Besides subscriptions Edgcumbes also has tea and coffee gift sets.
Hit the sweet spot with The Original Bat lovingly handmade from English willow by master bat makers Millichamp & Hall at Somerset County Cricket Ground. As used by England's Jack Leach and other international cricketers, weekend players on the village green – and the Pope (honest).
Light my fire
Guys deserve nice candles too, you know! These blown glass ones from Ashley & Co look pleasingly masculine, but don’t scrimp on the quality - they're made from 100% natural wax that burns for 50 hours. There are six options to choose from including Vine and Paisley (mandarin peel, vanilla, sandalwood), Tui and Kahili (ginger, mimosa) and the rather less manly sounding Bubbles and Polkadot (rose, bergamot, chamomile - but hey, we’re not here to judge!
Just in case
Heard of Elvis & Kresse? The incredibly innovative and award-winning British brand that makes luxury bags and accessories from rescued materials. Like this Fire & Hide Attaché Case made from decommissioned fire-hose and hand-woven rescued Burberry leather off-cuts, with a reclaimed military-grade parachute silk lining. Eco-friendly, uber-cool and timeless pieces – is it any wonder everyone wants to get their hands on one?
We LOVE this Wiltshire company (also based in Barbados!), bringing you their Caribbean family recipes over three generations. For the man who's a whizz in the kitchen, this Christmas gift pack will put the oompf into his cooking and keep you all toasty and warm this winter.
A watch for the confident man! This stainless steel Gucci number from Biagio the Jewellers is right on the money - literally, it's a steal, reduced from £670 just in time for Christmas.
Help him travel in style with this beautiful washbag made from Tuscan cowhide. Styled like a traditional doctors bag, there’s plenty of room for his grooming products (stocking fillers). Plus the Tannery promise it will get better with age as the leather develops a rich and individual patina – a wash bag for life then!
This fisherman-inspired smock shirt from Cornish surf brand Finisterre is guilty only of good things. From its tough workwear aesthetic, ethically produced premium organic cotton cord and its durable styling, this shirt gets better with age. Much like your fella.
This heady lemongrass and juniper body wash, from clean beauty brand LOR, can be found on cool eco site Plastic Freedom, which only sells products that use zero plastic in their production (we're big fans here at Muddy!). The body wash is totally natural, vegan, cruelty free and you can also buy a re-usable pump for ease and added eco points.