Here we go for last minute ideas for the dads, grandpas, uncles and brothers, that will tick some boxes and please and surprise the men in our lives, the ones who are most likely to (helpfully) reply “oh whatever” when asked what they want. (Look away now, the husband.)
Menfolk do tend to prefer the practical. Clockwise l – r: Stupidly useful tech gloves from Muji. Muji is a great stop for men’s gifts as their Japanese minimalism tends to tick men-boxes. These are only £9.95 and come in a range of colours and different stripes and mean the recipient will never again need to get cold hands to use his touch screen device. Useful for teenagers too. Barbarian Days, A Surfing Life is in my husband’s stocking; Wallpaper CIty Guides are always welcome, especially if a special trip’s planned for 2017 – Phaidon also now do these as aps available on i tunes. Personalised moleskine’s from Urban Cottage Industries for £17.99; My Dad Used To Be So Cool, by Keith Negley is a cute gift for a new dad, £11.99; Chatty Socks are brilliant, available from Fox and Spindle in Margate from about £7.99; This beautifully crafted leather chilli key ring has aged wonderfully since the kids bought it for my husband for father’s day, so I’ve tracked down where you can still buy them – £10 from The Tannery ; boring but oh so brilliant for the football/rugby touchline and golf course – North face fleece neck warmer from John Lewis for about £17; personalised leather loop key ring from Create Gift Love at notonthehighstreet.com from £16. Super cosy beanie from Barts, available at Surfdome £22.99
Crowd Pleasers and Show Stoppers
Straying into the more expensive neck of the woods now.
Clockwise l – r: Starting with Sonos – hand on heart the best gift I ever gave to the husband (apart from our beautiful kids, obviously), you can build this up as little or as much as you like. The speaker quality isn’t amazing but with various components, you can invest in some great speakers for larger rooms – the self contained ones are just fine though for smaller spaces. Brilliant. From about £250.
This Amazon dot is working its way up the list for my dad, I think he’d love it. £44.99 upwards from Amazon, John Lewis and Curry’s. A few years ago I bought my dad this Daunts books subscription which he absolutely loved, 6 months or 12 – they call the recipient to really get a good feel for what books they like, then they send some unexpected ones from other authors which they think will chime with the recipient. An amazing present and in doing the research for this post, I realise they now do one for children too, which would be an amazing gift for a special birthday or if you wanted to really treat someone. Starts at around £65 but it depends on various options. http://www.dauntbooks.co.uk; Paul Smith Dino scarf £100; CLIC wooden iphone case from Nature Union £35; A Penfield coat will always be welcomed – this one is Kasson £170; Ditto a Herschel backpack, £65-75 available from Urban Outfitters, as well as most of the skate shops such as Route One; Aesop The Intrepid Gent gift set is lovely and decadent, £60 from Liberty or Aesop direct; The Last Poets jumper from the ever stylish Bella Freud (comes in women’s sizing too); this photographers backpack has every organisational need sorted for the geekiest photographer in the family, £45 amazon; a Mondaine watch will always be a crowd pleaser too, every time I wear mine, I swear a man will make comment – from around £130 upwards – John Lewis has a good range; Mister Marvelous Cologne from Byredo is moorishly lovely, £130 from Liberty; this Miansai plated anchor leather bracelet is £65, again from Liberty; and finally – the epitome of things people don’t need but are pretty special – the Warhol skate decks, from Tate Modern (www.shop.tate.org.uk) £185.
You’re welcome. Tomorrow: stocking fillers and secret santas.