The guide to gifting for men

We men, as a breed, are notoriously tricky to buy for. With Marie Kondo in our heads and sustainability on our minds, we don’t want loads of stuff which ultimately we’ll never use, meaning that buying us presents is often a task fraught with anxiety. So, to help gift-givers, we’ve pulled out the ten Christmas gifts that men will love. Whether you’re making this your personal wish list, or using it to shop, the recipient will thank you for these. Meet the impossibly good gifts for the impossibly hard to buy for.


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1. The ridiculously luxurious coat

AllSaints Bodell Coat


A coat is an investment piece and if he’s got one from last year that’ll do, he might not think to splurge on a new one. Enter you with this soft, mellow, clean-line overcoat. We foresee happy reactions.

Try also: soft knitwear or luxe loungewear 

AllSaints, Bodell Coat, £365


2. The cool tee

Levi's Peach T-Shirt


T-shirts are the one place men need variety and while we love a classic white tee or a Breton stripe, there’s no denying the power of a cool, photographic print to bring easy style credentials to any get-up. We’re happy for you to take full credit for this find. 

Try also: autumnal shirt, printed or plain

Levi's, Peach T-Shirt, £30


3. The class bag

Coach Rivington Backpack


The best fashion is an intersection between form and function, practicality and beauty. This Coach backpack is a shining example of one such marriage, combining a hiking aesthetic with supple leather – resulting in some serious eye (arm) candy.

Try also: cardholder, briefcase or holdall

Coach, Rivington Backpack, £595


4. The talking-point homeware

Barista & Co Glass Ice Bar Coffee Jug


When it comes to gifting homeware, you want to gift something sexy. Few items in the home are as sleek as this coffee jug that’ll chill all his cold brews – and look pretty beautiful on the kitchen worktop while at it.

Try also: marble cheese board or luxurious barware

Barista & Co, Glass Ice Bar Coffee Jug, £39


5. The mood-changing candle 

Maison Margiela Paris Replica At The Barbers Candle


Life’s hectic, work’s busy, social life’s groaning… he needs some downtime. Give him the excuse with a candle from the ultra-desirable French fashion house that’ll turn home time into rest time and make for one very relaxed punter indeed.

Try also: cool lamp, trendy artwork or tactile throw

Maison Margiela Paris, Replica At The Barbers Candle, £45


6. The slick tech

Happy Plugs Wireless Air 1 Earbud Headphones


For a present that’ll make him raise his own game in the gifting department, choose wireless headphones. They’ll power his workout and they come with a nifty charging case too. Consider the game upped.

Try also: foodie gadgets 

Happy Plugs, Wireless Air 1 Earbud Headphones, £79.99


7. The great trainers

Diesel S-Clever Low Trainers


Sneakers are an archetypal ‘great gift’. Even if he’s no sneakerhead, a squeaky-clean pair will go down a treat. You could opt for the retro running route which is a key trend or choose this Diesel pair that are minimal, unfussy and have a pop of red to add interest.

Try also: weighty, polished Oxfords or new Chelsea boots

Diesel, S-Clever Low Trainers, £100


8. The grooming kit

Kiehl's, Men’s Starter Kit Gift Set


We would imagine Mr (input recipient name) is busy and as such hasn’t the time to be dabbling in lots of different grooming products and brands. So, help him out with a whole routine courtesy of Kiehl's and he’ll never look back (or better), trust us.

Try also: Clinique For Men Maximum Hydrator Water-Gel Concentrate

Kiehl's, Men’s Starter Kit (Gift Set), £39.95


9. The modern accessory 

albam Knit Beanie


London brand albam are obsessed with craftmanship and are a key name for modern staples – case in point, this beanie that we dare you to find a guy that won’t appreciate. To be honest, we ourselves would like to unwrap anything from this label.

Try also: sharp tie, great scarf or cufflinks

albam, Knit Beanie, £40


10. The fragrance

Montblanc Explorer 60ml+100ml SG


A fragrance is one of those things he’s unlikely to splash out on himself providing you with the ripe opportunity for swooping in. Montblanc Explorer will hit all the right notes. Woody and leathery with top notes of Italian bergamot and a base featuring Indonesian patchouli, it smells as good as it looks, which is pretty great.

Try also: beard oil or fancy shaving brush

Montblanc, Explorer 60ml+100ml SG, £52