Gifts he didn’t know he needed until now

Men can be notoriously tricky to buy for. His wish list is non-existent, so stumped for what to get him, you lunge for the usual suspects - ties and socks we're looking at you. This year, though, second-guess him. When he says he’s got everything, get him something he didn’t know he needed. Cue quirky posters, signature scents and the ultimate foodie gadget. He’s not got everything he wants until he’s got these…

Shop Gifts For Him


1. Resale-worthy sweat

Tommy Hilfiger Hilfiger Graphic Print Sweatshirt


With the kind of easy, streetwear cool that has punters queuing for hours for the latest drops, this sweatshirt will make him feel supreme without the effort.

Try also: perennially cool sunglasses


Tommy Hilfiger, Hilfiger Graphic Print Sweatshirt, £100


2. Iconic cologne

Creed Aventus Eau de Parfum 50ml


There’s a reason this scent is always a bestseller – put simply, it’s divine. Blackcurrant, bergamot, apples and vanilla are whipped up into a magical concoction that has us reaching for it ourselves.

Try also: beard oil, a fancy shaving brush or anything Tom Ford


Creed, Aventus Eau de Parfum 50ml, £170


3. Amped-up tee

Criminal Damage Jungle Print T-shirt


This is a ‘wow’ kind of tee. Pair with chinos and sneakers or jeans and rugged boots, and his wardrobe fatigue will be banished and sartorial conformity gone in an instant.

Try also: autumnal shirt, printed or plain


Criminal Damage, Jungle Print T-shirt, £30


4. Soon-to-be-everywhere bag

Vivienne Westwood Kent Man Pouch Bag


Our relationship with bags has come a long way since Joey’s ‘man bag’ in Friends. We’ve had the backpack and the bum bag, and today, a pouch is the way to go.

Try also: backpack, holdall or briefcase


Vivienne Westwood, Kent Man Pouch Bag, £240


5. Anti-pollution skincare

NIOD Survival 0 30ml


Think of this as the modern man’s armoury. Warding off the effects of pollution, smog and stress, this night-time serum has a lightweight texture that’ll give skin a glow. It’s officially his grooming secret weapon for city life.

Try also: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel (the grooming Granddaddy)


NIOD, Survival 0 30ml, £20


6. Very best shoes

Loake Vaughn Polished Derby Shoes


It’s hard to beat the feeling of a weighty, polished pair of shoes, so treat him to Derbies from one of our favourite English shoemakers. Shoes maketh the man? We think so.

Try also: cool trainers or new Chelsea boots


Loake, Vaughn Polished Derby Shoes, £180


7. Enviable coffee machine

De'Longhi Nespresso Lattissima One


This sleek, elegant coffee machine will not only make a great kitchen shelfie, but does a grand job of whipping up delectable, craving-satisfying brews. Getting up in the morning will be so much more appealing…

Try also: marble cheese board or luxurious barware


De'Longhi, Nespresso Lattissima One, £219.99


8. Swoon-worthy coat

HUGO Wool Cashmere Coat


A camel coat is eternally stylish. Buttery hues, meltingly soft fabric, classic shape… he’ll have to excuse you when you cheekily borrow it too.

Try also: ridiculously soft knitwear and luxe loungewear


HUGO, Wool Cashmere Coat, £319


9. Trendy artwork

Graham & Brown Star Wars Deadly Reunion Comic Canvas


Looking for something a little bit different? With a fun throwback to his comic book days, this canvas will break the present rut. Take your pick from our collection – there’s even an old-school Mickey Mouse beauty.

Try also: cool lamp or tactile throw


Graham & Brown, Star Wars Deadly Reunion Comic Canvas, £19.99


10. Danish-designed headphones

Kreafunk Ahead Wireless Headphone, Black Edition


Anything that makes his commute better is always a winner. These smart headphones will help soundtrack his journey so he’ll arrive at work in an altogether better mood.

Try also: Nutribullet, Fitbit or Bluetooth speakers


Kreafunk, Ahead Wireless Headphones, Black Edition, £89


11. Wildly different pocket square

HUGO Wolf Placement Pocket Square


Deftly redefining the pocket square, the style maverick in him will love this statement, silk iteration. It gives pattern and interest when tucked in a pocket but like the best hidden gems, only the wearer will know the full force of its beauty.

Try also: sharp tie or cufflinks


HUGO, Wolf Placement Pocket Square, £25


12. Foodie tool of the trade

Sage Smoking Gun


If he’s a little bit in love with Brazilian barbecue restaurants and Middle Eastern grill houses, an at-home smoker will be right up his street. Pure tableside drama, it’s made for dinner parties – and we suspect you’ll be invited.

Try also: professional-esque baking tools inspired by GBBO


Sage, Smoking Gun, £79.99