Don’t panic but Christmas is just around the proverbial corner and it’s time to start thinking about what’s what in terms of everyone’s gifts this year. We all know how non-committal men can be when it comes to asking them for gift ideas. “Oh you know, just choose me something and I’m sure it will be great.” Sound familiar? Well, luckily for you we’ve done a whole host of research into what’s hot and what’s not in the dizzyingly perplexing world of Christmas gifts for men.
Grooming is good
In case you missed the memo, more and more men are getting adventurous in the facial hair department. A little known fact among the fairer sex is that even if men do opt for a hipster beard then there is still a huge amount (perhaps more than before) of grooming to do. A full on beard can look incredibly untidy and shaving under the beard line requires precision! And of course there are still plenty of men who are not endowed with beards so the wonderful line of shaving accessories from Taylors of Old Bond Street should have everyone covered. I particularly like the beard grooming accessories as well, which include wax, moustache kits and moustache and beard conditioner to make us soft and kissable! Embracing the metrosexual male phenomenon you can also indulge your man with a manicure set or even one of the stunning hair oils and tonics.
Why not whisky?
Men by nature are quite obsessive and love collecting things. Single malt whisky covers both bases, with so many breath-taking distilleries to choose from, all of which offer limited edition bottles in beautiful presentation packages, clothing ranges and water jugs and of course glasses. You could even opt for a tasting session at a local bar under the tuition of an expert. Just make sure they have some of the choice bottles. Whether you’re opting for a bottle or a tasting session the following distilleries are highly recommended:
- Bruichladdich – a lovely little distillery in Islay, embracing the trademark peatiness of the area without going overboard
- Arran – one of the young island distilleries of Scotland but also one of the very best
- Longrow and Springbank – Cambeltown distilleries of distinction.
Anything from these distilleries will go down a treat, but as an introduction to single malt or for a whisky newcomer I’d opt for the bourbon cask from Arran as the ultimate winner.
Is it time for a new wallet?
Chances are that the man in your life is well overdue a wallet overhaul. A man’s wallet must be simple, stylish, relatively neutral and yet sophisticated. There are few who do this better than Crombie and this lovely, simple black leather number is a very safe bet. If that seems a little too safe and you have a bit more cash to splash then Ettinger do some truly stunning wallets such as this blue and tan beauty that will go down like a storm with the more confident, adventurous man.