Christmas gift guide: for him
What to buy the bloke who has everything (or 'wants nothing')? We've sorted his Christmas list with 25 cool gifting ideas from independent brands and businesses across the Muddy counties
need a hero?
Sustainable and stylish, the Elvis & Kresse overnight bag is made from decommissioned fire-hose previously deployed in active duty for up to 25 years, and the lining is rescued material from Burberry’s Yorkshire workshop and military-grade parachute silk. Perfect for the heroes in your life who need to upgrade their overnight/ gym bag. Available from Berks, Bucks and Oxon-based eco lifestyle store, Four State.
stiff upper lip
From the same team behind fifth generation family business Hobbs of Henley boat hire, Mr Hobbs 150 is distilled with 14 botanicals (including warm black pepper, cardamom plus meadowsweet and elderflower locally sourced from the Thames riverbank) and comes presented in a beautiful gift box. No need for wrapping paper – result!
Time your man had a new watch? If the credit card won’t stretch to a TAG Heuer this Christmas, here’s the next best thing – an Olivier Meylan Players Edition. Created in Exeter with quality Swiss movements, frosted stainless steel, a blue marble dial and unique touches added by OM ambassador, English rugby union player Jack Nowell. It’s a Limited Edition with only 100 available world-wide, so order quick. There’s no time like the present!
Nothing says luxury at Christmas quite like a designer scarf crafted from the cosiest of Italian wool. Cue the Champ Wool Scarf from J. Lindeberg currently being stocked at Lewis Yates in Billericay, Essex. If he values quality style staples that will last for seasons to come, this is the perfect investment purchase to place under the tree, ladies.
Know a man about town who’s partial to a bit of tweed and the odd cravat? This quirky silver fox head lapel pin from Beds-based Muddy Award-winning jewellers Kysam will finish off his gentlemanly getup perfectly. It comes in shiny, frosted or oxidised finishes to suit his chosen look.
pot of magic
Gym junkies or exercise enthusiasts will appreciate this little pot of Green Stem CBD Muscle Balm from Herts biz, Hide & Seek which uses high quality CBD oil (don’t worry, it won’t get him red-eyed!). In this balm, it’s blended with lavender, sandalwood and jasmine to soothe mind and body after exercise.
Does he really need anything else? He’ll never ask you for his wallet/keys/sunnies ever again with this handy keepsake box. Made from wood, it is the perfect place for all those little nick-nacks he can never keep hold of and comes in a stylish charcoal finish.
say it with socks
The ultimate stocking filler and a total treat for the toes of your favourite bloke… these men’s bamboo socks are also spouting a festive vibe thanks to those merry little robins. Available from Surrey lifestyle store Two Ducks.
ale love you
For the ale lover in your life, this six-pack, courtesy of Cru Wines in Bradford on Avon, comprises ales from at least five different breweries and is the perfect way for them to discover their new favourite.
Embrace your fella’s beard and gift him this fabulous leave-in beard conditioner with cool Apothecary87 branding. It’s rich in natural, plant based essential oils and will not only nourish and soften his hair, but also moisturise the skin underneath.Available from Leicestershire’s The Modern Gentleman.
The Red Wing Iron Ranger, with its trademark leather toe cap, was originally made for American iron miners in the 1930s, so no surprise to discover the boot is famed for its durability as well as appearance. What’s more, over time the boot moulds to the feet, creating a completely customised fit. The Iron Ranger 8083 and others in the range are available from Merchant Menswear in Taunton, Somerset.
Four bath and body goodies all delicately scented with the rich, warm sensual scent or Black Pepper & Patchouli and enriched with beneficial extracts and plant oils. The 60ml glass bottles and jar are ideal for travel or his gym bag. Available from Midhurst based shop Stuff & Co.
all wrapped up
This classic herringbone wool scarf will keep him snug when the mercury drops. Made in Italy from premium real wool, the classic pattern makes it easy to match with any outfit and style. Available from Glos’ James of Montpellier in a wide range of colours, with contrasting fringe. We love it in festive red.
If his work bag’s an old rucksack, it might be time to invest in The Traveller by the Cambridge Satchel Company. This cross-body leather bag for men is stylish but also practical, with enough space and pockets to hold all his stuff.
A great slouchy fit for relaxed weekends, this waffle-knit jumper from Isle of Wight brand Rapanui is made from super soft organic cotton in a factory run on renewable energy. Eco-creds.
Handmade in Sweden and from Padstow’s Aloft Shop, these oiled sheepskin scuff style slippers will get him out of bed and making you your morning coffee in no time! Eco friendly and warm, what’s not to like?
The Bloke Box by From Suffolk With Love includes a shaving soap, shampoo bar, Adnams whisky chocolate bar and book written by Felixstowe author Iain Maitland. All the essentials.
just in case
Brilliant Kent company Elvis & Kresse are leaders of the pack when it comes to looking good and doing good. They’ve built a range of unique luxury accessories all created from reclaimed materials, like this 13” Laptop case, made from decommissioned fire-hose, rescued Burberry leather off-cuts and military-grade parachute silk. That’s all kinds of eco cool…
here comes the hotstepper
Got a sneakerhead on your list? Pop a pair of these New Balance beauties under the tree. Not only is the 70s colour palette bang on trend, the heritage-inspired design is a total classic and won’t date. Pick up yours at seriously slick Norwich boutique Philip Browne.
If you know a man who likes his watches we’ve got the gift for him (no, it’s not a new Rolex, soz). This bespoke box is made from Macassar Ebony from Indonesia and lined with luxurious black velvet to keep those babies well cushioned. It’s sold by Artisan Alchemy based in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter – so these guys know their stuff when it comes to looking after your bling.
Lyss and Vay Candle Co. in Northampton are bringing the joy of candles to the man in your life, with their rather sexy “Man-dles” range (see what they did there?) in dark glass jars and with crackling wooden wicks. Choose from Fireside, Arabian Nights, Campfire and Maximus – all woody scents channeling that wild man, log cabin vibe.
winter walk winner
This Brora Gilet from Cavells in Rutland is smart, versatile, warm and comes with microfleece-lined pockets to keep his mitts extra cosy on long winter walks. Perfect attire for life in the country.
Silky and savoury, the mixed spice and cherry notes in this organic vegan bottle of Gamy from Buckinghamshire’s Levin Wines pair perfectly with an extra fruity mince pie (or three).
Sisters Torty and Lulu combine original designs with top quality tailoring in their 100% cotton shirts for men. Comfortable, colourful and stylish, all the designs in the Hampshire-based duo’s Indigo Island collection are hand block printed by traditional artisans.
Small batch, natural and cruelty-free skincare – tonic and tone, nourishing beard oil, cleanse and shave, shave balm, moisturiser and face scrub – made with stuff like aloe vera, geranium and peppermint by Dorset men’s store and barbershop Seventh Seal.