Muddy Xmas Gift Guide #3: For Him
What to buy the man in your life? Hey, easy peasy! Here's our curated 'Best for Blokes', as chosen by the 18 Muddy Stilettos editors around the counties.
IF THE CAP FITS
Know your weft from your warp? Nope, me neither. Somerset's award-winning designer Charlotte Martin of Fruitbat Textiles does though, using hand dyed sheep and alpaca wool to weave the fabric to make these traditional, fully lined flat caps. Scarves and bespoke caps, too.
Elvis & Kresse is the super cool brand getting noticed by celebs and eco-warriors alike. Take old, unwanted fire hoses, add in leather waste from Burberry fashion house, and ta-da! Something beautiful is born, like this Fire & Hide Duffel Bag for a weekend away.
MMM, YOU SMELL GOOD...
The Bath House Bergamot and Amber Shower Gift Box, ideal shower essentials for him, presented in a natty gift box and available from Narborough Hall.
The ultimate toy for the man who loves his wine, this natty piece of equipment allows you to access your wine without actually opening the bottle. The Coravin is designed for wine lovers who want a glass or two from their fine bottle of wine, without having to open and drink the whole thing.
MAN BAG CRUSH
Replete with Indiana Jones-style sex appeal, these waxed canvas messenger bags from James Lear of Arundel come in three manly shades and neatly hold everything your hero needs, from a laptop to a bullwhip. Just add a fedora and leather jacket, and then swoon.
Practical and beautiful, you won’t find a lovelier bike rack than this one handcrafted by Sussex bespoke furniture maker Abi Nafisi. For the next couple of weeks he’s also giving a share of the cost to the Iran earthquake appeal.
£162.99 (inc UK postage)
THE WHITE STRIPES
Cult brand TWC has brought out this chunky 100% merino wool scarf, knitted from its small artisan workshop in the Scottish borders. There’s a hat too, if you want to mixy-matchy.
POP YOUR CORK
Berkshire wine producer Colucci’s kickass fine sparkling wine has been compared to some of the top Champagnes. If the man in your life loves the finer things, this curvy boxset should have them bubbling with excitement.
CHECK HIM OUT
Help the man in your life slip into something more comfortable! Stylish lounge pants from Blue Blancmange made from a warm soft cotton with side pockets.
HAVE BAG, WILL TRAVEL
Fancy a piece of Savile Row style? Alexandra Wood, based in W1 as well as Shoreditch and Hertfordshire, has quite the accessories range. This dark chocolate leather holdall shouts ‘luxe mini-break’ loud and clear.
Brighten up Christmas with this stylish and snugglesome duffle coat from Oxford’s award-winning menswear store Burrows & Hare. Also available in yelllow, grey or navy.
LEADER OF THE PACK
Need some ginspiration? (yep, we went there). This premium craft gin is made from botanicals distilled on the wilds of Exmoor and is a proper treat for fans. Don’t forget the ice, lime and thyme for this one – we wouldn’t recommend wrapping those, though.
WASH N GO
A bright breezy take on the washbag from this superhot leather goods brand Tusting, this little beauty comes in olive, tan, lichen or claret.
IN THE SPIRIT
Move over espresso martini, there’s a sophisticated new spirit in town. Great Taste award-winning Kalkar is the first scratch distilled rum from The Cornish Distilling Company, blended with single origin coffee.