Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Christmas Gift Guide | Men


This Christmas season is packed with great gift ideas for men, from big boys toys to top-selling tech. Here are just a few of my favourites...

Björk & Berries White Forrest Scented Candle

For the men that take pride in their home, you can't go wrong with a good candle. And when I say 'good candle' I really mean the Björk & Berries White Forest Candle (£50 Liberty).

Hand-poured with natural vegan wax, the White Forest Candle is an aromatic woody scent that draws inspiration from Sweden's deep dark woods. It is designed to capture the serene presence and the mysterious aura that epitomises the heart of Nordic nature. White Forest features notes of bergamot, blackcurrant, and lemon, middle notes of violet and lily of the valley, and base notes of tonka bean, vetiver, and cedarwood. It has impressive projection and is contained in a Scandi-inspired ceramic pot that is perfect for repurposing.

PMD Clean

If the guy you are gifting is big on grooming, I recommend the PMD Clean (£89 Harrods). This skincare device utilises unique SonicGlowTM technology which delivers over 7,000 vibrations per minute to deeply cleanse skin. It breaks down the dirt and oil from within the pores, to keep skin clear and healthy.

The battery operated device features gentle brush bristles that can be used with all skin types. PMD Clean also features ridges on back of the brush head for massaging serums and moisturisers into the skin, helping them penetrate deeper into the epidermis. It is also coated with an ultra-hygienic silicone, which is anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic, waterproof, and incredibly easy to clean.


VEX Gift Card

For the man that is notoriously difficult to gift, a VEX Gift Card should do the trick.

The VEX Gift Card (voucherexpress.co.uk) works by being traded in for an entirely different gift card of the recipients choosing. Once a VEX gift card is given, the recipient just has to go online and select what gift card they'd like to switch their VEX card for. There are over 150 gift cards and egift cards to choose from, including John Lewis, Selfridges, Amazon, ASOS, UBER, hotels.com, Currys, Adidas, Boots, and even Screwfix! What's great is that the gift card value does not have to be used in one spend, or against one brand.

The VEX Gift Card is available in values of £10-£250 and is valid for three years.

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau

A great gift for the fragrance fans is Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau (lookfantastic.com). Described as a fresh and powerful scent for a seductive and ultra-sexy man, this eau de toilette is a fragrance guaranteed to be loved by most men.

Le Beau is a woody aromatic fragrance that features top notes of bergamot, middle notes of coconut wood, and base notes of tonka bean. It has great projection and impressive lasting power, remaining on the skin long after application. It is available in two sizes, £54 for 75ml and £74 for 125ml.

Fisher Bullet Space Pen

If you want to gift the guy in your life something they never knew they needed, I recommend the Fisher Bullet Space Pen (£28.99 penheaven.co.uk). Designed for use in zero gravity, the Fisher Space Pen has a sealed pressurised ink system that allows it to write a smooth reliable line in the most extreme of temperatures and on almost any surface. It will write at any angle - even upside down - and can even be used in extreme conditions from -20ºC to +200ºC! It can write in the gravity-free vacuum of space, as well as underwater, on wet paper, or over grease. Oh and it writes without ever drying out. Impressed yet?!

The Bullet Space pen comes in a variety of colours, and if you purchase it from Pen Heaven, you can have it engraved for just £7.00.


Elemis His Essential Duo Gift Set

For the skincare obsessed, you can't go wrong with the Elemis His Essential Duo Gift Set (£42 lookfantastic.com).

Designed to deliver healthy skin, this limited edition set includes an invigorating, gel-based cleanser and a soothing daytime moisturiser. The Deep Cleanse Facial Wash removes dirt and impurities from the skin whilst helping to prevent ingrown hairs. The Daily Moisture Boost instantly recharges and hydrates the skin whilst defending it from harsh daily pollutants. It is a great gift for the guys that like to keep themselves groomed and gorgeous!

Cucielo Rosso Vermouth

Cucielo's Rosso Vermouth is the perfect gif for men who are serious about spirits.

Cucielo Rosso Vermouth (£25.00 Amazon) is a deliciously intricate Italian vermouth that hails from Italy’s Piedmont region. The brand takes inspiration from the migrating cuckoo, who, in the summer, migrates from West Africa to Scotland. At the end of the summer months, the cuckoo returns home - flying the length of Italy - taking in the aromas of the Mediterranean before arriving back at the Congo basin. Cucielo Vermouth di Torino captures the aromas of Italy and the Mediterranean, using botanicals naturally sourced from the route of the migrating cuckoo.

This smooth vermouth features aromatic caramelised orange, rhubarb, warming spices, and ripe red fruit. It has a warm, dry finish, making it the perfect addition to an authentic negroni.

A Line To Kill by Anthony Horowitz

For the bookworms that love a good slice of crime pie, I recommend gifting Anthony Horowitz's A Line To Kill (£20.00 Waterstones).

A Line to Kill is an exciting whodunit-style murder mystery that marks the third instalment in the popular Hawthorne & Horowitz book series. Taking place on the tiny Channel Island of Alderney, this exciting crime novel tells the story of a murder that occurs during Alderney's first literary festival. It's not long before fingers get pointed at just about everyone.

This page-turning thriller is bound to entertain just about anyone, whether they've read the first two Hawthorne & Horowitz or not. A must read!


TOPL Cup

TOPL’s reusable cup is a great gift for coffee lovers who are always on the move.

Keeping drinks hot for 3 hours and cold for 6, the TOPL Cup (£29.99 Amazon) is the only travel cup that provides an authentic coffee-drinking experience through the release of both taste and smell. It has a clever 'Spill Safe' smart lid that automatically shuts off a valve if the cup falls over. And, if that's not impressive enough, you can sip out of it from any angle!

The TOPL cup is made using recycled and recyclable materials, including odour-resistant and scratch-resistant stainless steel, and a water-resistant cup pouch made from reclaimed ocean plastic. It is available in five colours - Hot Coral, Off White, Stone Grey, Teal Green, and Jet Black.

Red Letter Days Merry Christmas Gift Box

For the experience lovers, I recommend the Red Letter Days Merry Christmas Gift Box (£49.99 redletterdays.co.uk).

For just £49.99, you can gift your guy an experience of their choice. There are thousands of options to choose from that can be enjoyed across the UK. For the adventure lovers, options include zip lining, go-karting, and 4x4 off road driving. If the man you are gifting leads more of a quiet life, there is also spa days, treatments, and meals for two. The gift box includes a detailed booklet of all the experiences on offer ordered by location. There is also a handy online tool that lets you find your nearest available experiences.

The Armchair General by Professor John Buckley

The Armchair General is a perfect gift for history buffs or those that love a game of strategy. It is an interactive, military strategy book that has readers choose their own adventure.

Written by war gaming expert Professor John Buckley, The Armchair General (£14.99 Waterstones) is divided into chapters that focus on key WW2 campaigns and offensives across the globe. Readers are able to assume real military roles, as well as explore eight key moments of the war with real contemporaneous intelligence: Britain's Darkest Hour, 1940, The War in North Africa, Stalin's War on the Eastern Front, The Pacific Battle of Midway, The Dresden Bomber Offensive, Casablanca, Arnhem and Operation Market Garden, and The Bomb and Hiroshima.


Scribblish

For the board-game-loving boys, you can't go wrong with gifting Scribbish.

Scribbish (£23.99 smythstoys.com) is the drawing equivalent of Chinese whispers. To play the game, each player is given a long scroll of paper divided into sections for captions and sections for drawings. You start by creating a caption and then drawing out that caption. Then, after a little dice throwing, another player winds up with your notepad, seeing only your drawing (not your caption). The player then has to write down what they think the caption is. After more dice rolling, the next player - who can only see the caption - has to draw out that caption, and so on. You keep this up, alternating captions and drawings, until the scroll is complete.

The players then look at the final image on each scroll (without seeing anything above) and try and guess which scroll was the one they started with. If they guess correctly they win a token. Players then have to select which drawing they think is the funniest, and the player behind that creation wins a token. The player with the most tokens at the end of the game is the Scribblish champion!


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