Wednesday 7 December 2022

Christmas Gift Guide | Men

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

Nest | Charcoal Woods Reed Diffuser

For men that like their homes to be as stylish as their attire, I recommend NEST New York, a fragrance house that transforms everyday living through scents that transport, inspire, and captivate the senses. The brand’s Charcoal Woods Reed Diffuser (£56 is the perfect accessory for home fragrance fans. Featuring notes of smoky labdanum, patchouli, and cedarwood, combined with charred birchwood and a hint of black truffle, this diffuser is designed to evoke the depths of a mysterious forest.

Never Go Alone | Edition 01: Sandstone Candle

Another great home fragrance is the Never Go Alone Edition 01 Sandstone Candle (£52 Made in France, this candle is designed to create a calming, soothing atmosphere for the home. It contains top notes of juniper, cardamom, black pepper, coriander, and green citrus, middle notes of eucalyptus, lavandin, rose otto, and cinnamon leaf, and base notes of sandalwood, cedar, and musk. The notes of cardamom and sandalwood are specifically chosen for their abilities to calm and soothe. In fact, cardamom is one of the most ancient spices, known for its healing properties and potential anti-microbial and anti-viral actions. Sandalwood has been chosen for its ability to improve fatigue, calm the mind, and act as a mood enhancer.

Grown Alchemist | Hand Care Kit

For the home-fragrance-fans-come-skincare-enthusiasts, I recommend the Grown Alchemist limited-edition Hand Care Kit (£73 Featuring Grown Alchemist's much-loved hand care duo, this gift set is designed to refresh and rejuvenate the hands. Featuring the Sweet Orange, Cedarwood, and Sage Hand Wash (300ml) and Vanilla and Orange Peel Hand Cream (300ml), this softening set is packed with nourishing ingredients to leave skin thoroughly cleansed, refreshed, and soothed. Importantly, this duo looks as good in the home as they feel on the hands!

Vishen Lakhiani | Zero Bullsh*t Meditation

For men that want to increase productivity and manifest their goals, Zero Bullsh*t Meditation by Vishen Lakhiani (£16.99 Waterstones) will make the perfect present. Vishen Lakhiani is an entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author that has hosted nearly a thousand interviews with neuroscientists, monks, yogis, and meditation experts. He distilled thousands of years of psycho-spiritual wisdom to create the 6 Phase Meditation Method - aka, Zero Bullsh*t Meditation. Used daily by athletes, artists, rock stars, and CEOs, the 6 Phase Meditation is a productivity-inducing protocol that empowers readers to get focused, find peace, and achieve their goals. The insightful book includes six unique thought exercises that are deigned to suit everyone, and help everyone.

Tom Kerridge | Real Life Recipes

For men that love to cook, you can't go wrong with gifting Tom Kerridge’s lastest book, Real Life Recipes (£26 WHSmith). From pork pot roast to self-saucing cherry and chocolate pudding, this book is teaching readers how to make real, tasty food without all the faff. The Michelin-star chef delivers an irresistible selection of tasty dishes to inspire those who don’t have much time or much headspace. To suit every type of household, the book includes everything from budget-friendly recipes and 30-minute (or less) meals to time-saving recipes.

Prezzee | Gift Card

If you’re ever stuck for gift ideas, opt for a Prezzee gift card (£5 - £500 Prezzee is a gift card brand with a difference, as it allows customers to take a picture or video of themselves to send alongside their gift card. Customers can schedule their gift to arrive at any time - so even they can’t be there to celebrate, they can make sure the recipient still feels extra-special. Prezzee vouchers are stored digitally on a smartphone, so they are plastic-free and good for the planet – plus, you can guarantee they won’t be forgotten when hitting the shops! Importantly, Prezzee vouchers can be spent at hundreds of retail, hospitality and leisure spots in the UK, including John Lewis, Netflix, and Deliveroo.

Edifier | TWS1 Pro Wireless Earbuds

For music lovers that are always on the go, the Edifier TWS1 Pro Wireless Earbuds (£59.99 make for the perfect gift. Thanks to a snug fit design, moulded ergonomically to fit firmly in the ear, these wireless earbuds are comfortable for all wearers. Rainy commutes and sweaty workouts won't damage these earbuds either, thanks to their top IP65 dust- and water-proof test rating. The earbuds feature Qualcomm® TrueWireless™ Mirroring technology, Qualcomm® aptX™ Adaptive, Qualcomm® cVc™ 8.0 noise cancellation, and Touch Volume controls to deliver uninterrupted, quality sound. They also feature an analytical PU+ titanium diaphragm that distinguishes differences between frequencies and human voice within the earbuds, transmitting the truest tones to the user. Finally, they boast up to 12 hours continuous playback, as well as 42 hours playtime with a 40-minute quick charge.

Clinique | Clinique For Men Energising Kit Skincare Gift Set

For the groom-obsessed guys, I recommend the Clinique For Men Energising Kit Skincare Gift Set (£23 Boots). Designed to supercharge any man’s skincare routine, this energising grooming kit – worth £36 - features five Clinique For Men minis in a stylish washbag, making it ideal for men who are regulary on the go. The set contains a Clinique For Men Face Wash (30ml), Clinique For Men Face Scrub (15ml), Clinique For Men Cream Shave (30ml), Clinique For Men Super Energizer™ SPF 40 Anti-Fatigue Hydrating Concentrate (15ml), and Clinique For Men Anti-age Eye Cream (7ml).

Shiseido | Men Holiday Kit

Another great grooming gift is the Shiseido Men Holiday Kit (£77 This limited-edition holiday set brings together four bestselling skin-saviours that focus on cleansing, hydrating, and protecting the skin for a firm and energised look. It includes the Shiseido Men Total Revitaliser Cream (50ml), Shiseido Mem Face Cleanser (30ml), and Shiseido Men Total Revitaliser Cream (10ml). It is the perfect gift for men who are serious about skincare.

Harry’s | Christmas Winston Set

For men that love the cleanest of shaves, you won't go wrong gifting the Harry’s Christmas Winston Set (£28 This brand-new gift set features a limited-edition Christmas Winston handle, which boasts an ergonomic shape, rubberised grip, and weighty, die-cast zinc body. Packed in a celebratory gift box, this set also includes three German-engineered blade cartridges, foaming Shave Gel, and a travel cover to protect the blades. And for those that want to give this gift that extra special touch, you can engrave the Winston handle with up to three letters.

TOPL | SpillSafe Reusable Cup

For coffee lovers who are always on the move, the TOPL SpillSafe Reusable Cup (from £27 Amazon) will make for the perfect gift. This travel mug – which keeps drinks piping hot for up to three hours (or icey cold for up to six hours), features a sleek design with a built-in vent that allows coffee lovers smell their coffee, as well as drink it. And just like with any at-home mug, the TOPL Cup features bespoke Drink 360 technology that lets users sip from any angle with perfect flow. It's safe to say it’s the only travel mug that retains the same coffee drinking experience you’d have at home or in a cafĂ©. The SpillSafe Reusable Cup is available in two sizes, 8oz and 12oz, and five colours, including Charcoal, Coral, Teal, Stone, and Salt. Personalisation is also possible for those that want to make this gift extra special.

The Amazing Chocolate Workshop | The Original Chocolate Tool Kit Gift Box

If you're gifting a chocolate enthusiast this festive season, look no further than The Amazing Chocolate Workshop (from £8.99, an amazing British confectionary company that deliver seriously delicious chocolate creations. Not only does the brand’s chocolate art look amazing, every design uses only the finest-grade Venezuelan chocolate. There is a large range of creations on offer, from coffee pots and fried eggs, to luxury cars and sneakers, all made by a few highly skilled chocolate gurus, using a pile of world-class ingredients. Each chocolate creation is 100% traceable and sustainable and has a shelf life of six months from the date of purchase.

Rocketbook | Rocketbook Fusion

For the tech-loving career guys, I recommend the Rocketbook Fusion (£38.99 - a reusable pen and paper notebook that connects to the cloud using your mobile device! To use it simply write, scan, and then erase written pages using just water. The free Rocketbook App uses sophisticated computer vision to instantly blast notes to popular cloud services – super handy and better for the planet. The Fusion notebook contains 42 pages packed into seven different page templates, including calendars, to-do lists, and notetaking layouts. It comes in Letter A4 and Executive A5 sizes and is available in 13 different colours.

Grey Goose | Premium Vodka Tin Gift Set

Finally, for the vodka men who enjoy the timeless spirit either on ice, mixed, or blended in a classic cocktail, Grey Goose is the only thing to gift this Christmas. This year, the French spirit brand has released an elegant holiday Tin Gift Set (£40 Amazon) that includes a 70cl bottle of the famous Grey Goose premium vodka. Featuring an elegant gold design detail, the tin looks as good under the tree as the bottle looks on any drinks trolley. For those looking for a more affordable alternative, Grey Goose offer La Collection Miniature Set (£15.99, a set of four vodka and flavoured vodka minis - a perfect treat for men that like variety!

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