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 the 18 Muddy Stilettos editors around the counties.
How cool is this cosy, colourful NAPAPIJRI SEMIURY bobble hat with their iconic Norwegian flag motif? Er, very! A great price point and equally versatile for high in the Alps or down to the village pub. Available in 7 colours from snow specialists Turners Marlow.
There's something wonderfully old fashioned, dare we say, strangely sexy, about these stripy PJs from Bonsoir. Don't believe me? Just picture Idris Elba in them. Yup, that's done it.
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How masculine are these marble black soy candles? A heady scent of clove buds with a subtle note of oud and bergamo, each candle has a unique setting shape and copper embossed logo. Breathe in the pheromones!
As reported on Muddy recently, gin's out and rum's in! And as the pirates' tipple of choice, it's no surprise the most exciting rum of 2018 is made on the rugged Cornish coast. Morvenna spiced rum works perfectly in cocktails, with tonic or coke, as well as neat over ice. Mine's a double.
Chunky enough for the macho man in your life but also an attractive option for women the price of this Wagstaff watch is a quite incredible £95. Even better when you read the small print and see that there’s an absolute no quibble return on faulty watches. FOREVER!
Forget home gym equipment that's a sight for sore eyes (and thighs). The handsome WaterRower Classic from ETM Fitness in Surrey gives a great whole-body workout, using actual water for resistance and looks super stylish. Good looking and useful - we like!
Let him fly high At Goodwood near the Sussex, Surrey and Hants borders by taking the controls of vintage aircraft like this 1943 Harvard (pictured) that was used for training WWII spitfire pilots, or a Piper Super Cub or Stearman biplane - operated with a stick and rudder (gulp). Modern planes can also be taken for a whirl over the countryside.
Treat his feet to some Scandi-luxe with these fabulous 'Andy' slippers from Shepherd of Sweden. Made from 100% sheepskin, both inside and out, with an EVA sole - he'll be more than happy to get up and make you breakfast in bed with these on.
For the man who is rubbish at present buying and birthday remembering! Give him (and yourself) the gift of AGQ, a concierge service that will remember significant dates, buy to budget, get him into private clubs and generally facilitate more fun for both of you. Annual membership starts at £1500 or you can use their services on a more ad hoc basis.
Ain't nothing more 'mmm' than a magnum and The Magnum Company offer something for every palate - from champers and cider to gin and port. Pop that goddam cork!
Red wine from £27
Put a ring on it
Loving the chunkiness of this sterling silver gents ring by Fred Bennett - it's an I do for us on the geometric design too. Available at Biagio the Jeweller.
Bored of brown leather holdalls? We're loving this bold geometric duffel bag from Herschel Supply Co has striped lining, spacious shoe compartment, top handles and a removable padded shoulder strap. Just add a weekend away for full effect.
Kentish soil is similar to the Champagne region which is why our English sparkling wines have gained a reputation for being some of the best in the world, and Squerryes is a Muddy favourite. This single bottle of their gold award-winning 2013 vintage Brut comes in a branded wooden gift box and metal bottle stopper that keeps the fizz in the wine for longer (should you need to put the bottle back in the fridge - unlikely).
Your man can carry his tablet or iPad in style in this handsome handmade brown and blue Leather Hunting Bag from Wolfram Lohr. It has an adjustable strap and two front pockets and comes individually hand stamped with its date of creation. Out of your budget? Try the soft black or tan messenger bags for £250.
Is there more of a perfect combo than merino and bamboo? We think not, since you ask and, if you don't believe us, see for yourself by gifting this super-soft crew neck from BAM Bamboo Clothing, to the special man in your life.
Something for the cowboy in your life: a set of four metal cups in a suede or cowhide holder made in Kenya especially for Frome's Settlers Stores. Yee-haw!
For to-die-for photos of your fam, it has to be lifestyle photographer Victoria Tapper, winner of the Wiltshire's Best Photographer in the Muddy Awards 2018. Her Run Wild and Free photoshoots (unplug the kids, get the wellies on and go wild on the downs/moors/woods/beach) are the perfect present for the man who has everything.
This divine Silver Fox tipple is inspired by rural England, crafted with 8 carefully selected botanicals - juniper, cassia, coriander, orange, lemon, orris, angelica and liquorice. Delicious with a twist of cucumber or orange, it comes in a funky presentation box.
Treat the man in your life to these B The Lifestyle Shop undyed Alpaca stripy socks and you may forgive hime for wearing them in bed. The gift of roasty toasty happy feet.
A man of letters? He'll be needing this then! Made from soft Italian leather in various colours including this purple croc, this StJ Leather journal contains A5 notebook, pen loop and a whole load of kudos.
These beautiful bespoke kitchen knives from Savernake Knives are handmade from sustainable wood and local materials in a rural idyll deep in the Wiltshire countryside. Our fave is The Savernake Knife – get mega points by engraving his name on the blade!
Show me a man who isn't happy with a present he can put in a pint and sup in his man cave while escaping the Christmas madness! Norfolk is home to Woodforde’s Brewery and they have some great gift sets available online - including this 'Born in Norfolk' selection of 12 locally brewed beers for £28.80.
Ladybirds symbolise protection, love and prosperity – and neat shirt cuffs! We love these bottle blue vitreous enamelled and sterling silver cufflinks with Rue leaf design from Fiona Rae, who has held a Royal Warrant, m'lady, since since 2001.
Say it with stripes
This Paul Smith crew neck jumper has a fabulous pop of colour with a striped collar and contrasting cuffs. Even better, the super soft Merino wool is machine washable, so he won’t be able to shrink it either.