Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide: For Him

Steve is always on the look-out for a new watch as his get trashed so easily – one of the perils of being a chef is the continual handwashing, so you end up with dry hands and damaged watches.  For work he only wears cheap, Velcro-strap watches, but I know he is hankering after a ‘proper’ watch. These gorgeous men’s watches from Laco are perfect: modern, stylish, and just a little bit different. My favourites are this sapphire and stainless steel one from the Used Look series, and the more sporty Leipzig.  Now which one to go for... and let’s hope Steve agrees with my choice on Christmas morning!

The ever-popular stag motif has become almost ubiquitous this year, but cute homewares brand Rosemary and Poppy have turned the concept slightly on its head with their Staggeringly Handsome range.  Including an apron, tea towel and mugs, there are some great ideas for gifts for your staggeringly handsome beast!  Prices start at £9.95.

Brand new to the market for Christmas 2014, the unique idea of albumcards.com is a personalised greetings card plus music gift, all in one!  Enabling you to offer the perfect gift, evoking old memories or creating new ones, albumcards can be despatched up to the day before a special occasion, offering the recipient the opportunity to redeem and listen to the album you have gifted.  By entering a unique code at albumcards.com the album can be downloaded on any device they choose in stunning MP3 320kbps sound quality.  They can then listen to the album on any device, anytime, anywhere, with a full track list on the back of the card and your personalised message within.

Underwear is always a sure-fire Christmas hit and none better than the excellent quality and wide range from Jockey.  With everything from retro briefs and Y-fronts to long johns, boxer shorts and lounge pants, there really is something for every man.  You can even buy the very tongue in cheek Original Jockey Wiesn Boxer, the perfect lederhosen complement for the festive season!  Steve is delighted with his Jockey underwear stash and declares it extremely comfortable, especially the woven lounge pants, his current favourite 'veg'!  Prices start at £14.

If you are looking for chocolate with a difference, this fab range from notonthehighstreet.com is amazing!  How realistic does this look?  And delicious too!

If you are buying for a Star Wars fan, have a look at out Star Wars gifts article, you'll definitely find something to make them smile there!

I’m going to be controversial here and suggest that they’re not always the ones who have been up half the night with restless children or crying babies, but dads will inevitably be the first to request a decent cup of coffee in the morning.  Even better if it can come from some highly sophisticated piece of kit!  Well, coffee lovers will be spoilt for choice this Christmas with the extensive range of A Modo Mio machines from Italy’s favourite coffee brand, Lavazza.  www.lavazzamodomio.co.uk

The new compact, easy to use, Lavazza Minu is available in several bright, fun colours and is perfect for creating the most authentic Italian espresso.  RRP £69.99, available from Lakeland and some independent retailers.

Slippers are a classic choice, for a reason, we love these his and his slippers from Ruby+Ed.  These gorgeous felt moccasins have a wool blend upper with contrasting thread embroidery, faux fur lining and rubber sole.  Available in sizes 7 to 12 fro men, priced £45; and childrens sizes 9-13 and 1-5 for boys, priced £29.  So cute!

Men love smellies just as much as us girls, and this Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Travel Kit is great.  It consists of a razor, blade cartridge, Hydro Sensitive Shave Gel 250ml, Hydro Sensitive After-Shave Balm 100ml.  The razor contains a reservoir of hydrating gel, with aloe vera and vitamin E, and lasts up to twice as long as ordinary lubrication strips.  It hydrates throughout each shave and, with the Ultraglide blades with skin guards that smooth skin, irritation is drastically reduced.  The Hydro Sensitive shave gel and after-shave balm with their ingredients including aloe vera, cocoa butter and vitamin E, also help to hydrate, protect and soothe sensitive skin.  Steve's skin can be ultra sensitive and very dry in winter, and he has found this little kit really helps.  RRP £22.00 and available from Tesco and other leading retailers.

Premium car care company Autoglym have a great gift set perfect for any car enthusiast.  With six carefully chosen British-made products to help clean, polish and protect the bodywork and wheels of dad's pride and joy, the Perfect Bodywork and Wheels set retails at £34.99 and is available from www.autoglym.com  With nearly 50 years’ experience, Autoglym products are used by racing teams, vehicle manufacturers and even have two royal warrants!  Your car-mad man will be in good company with this brand!

Top workwear brand Scruffs has a wide range of mens' clothing available, including socks, hats and belts, and much more, including this lovely Classic Long Sleeve Polo shirt, priced at £19.95 with free delivery.  With reinforced shoulders, ribbed cuffs and collar, and a sleeve pocket, it is perfect for on and off site wear.  Steve has been wearing his and found it very comfy and warm, perfect for cold walks to work in the morning.

And finally, another one for the car lovers, two great sets from Turtle Wax.  If your man wants to pimp their ride to the fullest, our regular suggestion for a gift but a great xmas gift none-the-less, especially for a car lover whose ride is pimped to the fullest, either of these sets would be an ideal gift.  Firstly, the easy to use Turtle Wax Refine & Shine Clay Bar Kit which includes a non-abrasive clay bar that safely eradicates difficult to remove surface contaminants, using the Clay Bar Lubricant. Suitable for use on all paintwork, fibreglass, metal surfaces including wheels, rubber and hard plastics.  This is perfect for those wanting to leave the outside of their car with a flawless finish.  It retails at £16.99.

The second kit is for those with a black car, now one of the most popular paint choices.  The Turtle Wax Black Box Detailing Kit is the ideal kit to help prevent the build-up of surface defects.  This kit contains three products, the Black Pre-wax cleaner, Black Carnauba Blend Wax and Black Spray Detailer, and is specifically designed to maintain a newer black finish.  It retails at £24.99.  Both kits are available from Halfords and B&Q nationwide.

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