So you have a man in your life who is intrinsically impossible to buy for – we feel your pain! That notorious chap whose answer to ‘what do you want for Christmas?’ consists of a mixture of grunts, umms and errs.
Has he got it all? Or are you unwilling to fork out on that devilishly boring techie wizardry item he actually does want (no, I am not buying you a scart lead for your stocking)?
We’re here to save the day, and have got two top-notch fashion bloggers on-board (one male and one female, to span that occasionally gaping chasm between the female and male psyche) to help guide you through the present buying chaos. Our team will also bravely shoulder the burden, so this post should get you well on your way towards the best festive buys. You don’t need soothing whale music and hushing, ‘there there’ noises; you just need sensible advice to guide you and your wallet through this turbulent, tinsel-covered time.
Portis Wasp is a Scottish fashion blogger who runs the UK fashion blog My Portis Wasp Says, which focusses on fashion photography, men’s fashion, music, and pop culture news. Take a look at his interviews section and your eyes may pop out of your face with glee (or envy). Mr Wasp has interviewed megawatt megastars all over the shop – Domenico Dolce, Ian Rankin and Ellie Goulding, to name but a few.
With David LaChapelle’s deliciously dark campaign film for Happy Socks still fresh in my mind, I can’t think of a better way to keep my feet warm this Christmas than by slipping them into these super fun diamond shape design socks from the Swedish brand. They sure do look like they may cause a seizure, but at only £5.50 you’d be mad not to! Not man enough to pull off a turquoise, pink and white ensemble? Try the classic white, blue and red pair with a half stripe.
Let’s discuss how awesome this little pascal blue coloured iPad sleeve by Sandqvist is? Amazing, right? It’s clearly the little man who can, and whilst I have no business choosing this push-through buckle fastening bad boy with a high quality leather trim (because I don’t even own an iPad!), I will for sure be ordering one for myself this Christmas!
Here’s hoping Santa reads this and delivers the perfect accessory for an empty iPad sleeve, eh? Sad face if he doesn’t.
I won’t lie, this Teit Capers Green sweatshirt by Anerkjendt looks a bit like it drank one too many eggnogs at the office Christmas Party… but I think that’s why I need to have it in my life! The speckled design, ribbed cuffs, and statement patent quilt pocket on the chest make this sweatshirt a necessary purchase should you want to add a little bit of quirk to your wardrobe.
Okay, so my first instinct was to throw all my money at the leather chocolate brown coloured Barbour travel bag. Exceptional quality, it will last me forever, and being Scottish myself I love anything with a tartan inner-lining.
But then I stumbled across this epic piece of headgear by CP Company and it killed me all kinds of dead. A knitted balaclava with, wait for it… CLIP ON GOGGLES! WHAT?!!!!! A truly ah-mazing find, I’m sure you’ll agree.
This Christmas, whether you’re embroiled in an impossible mission, fancy a bit of kinky kissing under the mistletoe, or feel like hiding the disappointment on your face when you open all your presents to find that Santa DID NOT deliver you that iPad you’d dropped blatantly obvious hints for online, this staple piece for winter won’t let you down.
Jess Shanahan is a blogger over at Feeling Stylish, and was one of the Telegraph’s top 50 fashion influencers. Her interests are broad: F1, fitness, fashion…and things not beginning with f… like sci-fi. She currently has a particular penchant for shoes, warm accessories, orange cars and anything in an Aztec print.
These gloves are simple and cosy, perfect for even the fussiest of men. Great for long winter walks, cycling in the rain and trips to and from the pub. I’m just imagining walking hand-in hand (I’ll be in mittens) with my boyfriend as he wears these.
Every man needs a nice, snuggly sweater. It’s a bit cooler than wearing a cardigan but will keep the man in your life warm without the need to wear his coat inside. Cuddles with a sweater-clad man are always welcomed too.
Not all men struggle to buy shoes but if yours does, go for something that looks like a trainer but could function as a shoe when you’re trying to get into nice bars and clubs. Shoes make great gifts no matter who you are. They’re practical, last ages and you can never have too many…
Sometimes I meet guys who have shoe collections that rival mine (well, almost) but most of the time they’re telling me they have trainers, ‘going out shoes’ and flip flops. How on earth do you colour co-ordinate? Honestly, someone explain this to me, please
For music lovers and men who like to look as stylish as possible. These headphones are beautiful but they’re also practical and give amazing sound quality. This is one of those gifts that will be treasured and appreciated for a long time to come. There is the chance of looking a little bit hipster but, for all the bad press it gets, it’s a good look. If you’re a hipster, embrace it, don’t avoid it.
In-house, our selection was different again. Two girls and one boy with strong feelings on male fashion fought it out in the ring to bring you their selection of goodies – what to get for the guy who has it all.
He’s either dedicated to the tash long-term, or you’re dealing with a traumatic Movember that is lingering far longer than you’d ever imagined possible. In either case, better maintenance can only ameliorate the situation. This Bounder product is made of beeswax, RUM and vanilla. Yes, rum! What could be better than a tash that smells of rum and vanilla?! Like a furry cocktail set to sail on your upper lip – amazing!
We were won over by the colour. Whilst everyone’s tempted by those cosy Christmas jumper-shades of red, green and warm browns, this t-shirt commits to the polar opposite (get it? Sorry…) and adds a bit of origami instruction for good measure. When you aren’t wearing it, take it off and get folding. Enjoy!
What. A. Bag. Channelling art student/naval/boy scout (all in the best possible way), it is just so useable. The colour blocks make it a great everyday staple, but also inject a bit of colour into a monochromatic wardrobe, with not an ounce of effort on your part. Perfect as a city man-bag, to take your business gear round town, perfect if you’re a classy camper, hiking the hills.
Our Christmas jumper of choice. Perfect to pull on to unwrap all the pleasures under your tree complete with a sense of nostalgia for Christmasses past. This is timelessly festive, yet also wearable throughout the colder months. Fairisle, you could never be wrong.
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