You shouldn’t really have any excuses after reading our 2016 Christmas gifts guide last month, but if you are still struggling, been waiting on payday or just shamelessly procrastinating, no need to worry. Don’t let the buy-Amazon-vouchers-for-everyone Christmas shopping panic set in just yet, we have seven last-minute Christmas gifts that can’t go wrong. With Christmas falling on a Sunday this year, it means that we have the whole week to get in those gifts. With most online retailers offering express delivery for most of this week, time hasn’t run out to make that stylish man in your life very happy.
Available in three colours, this Timex Waterbury watch made exclusively for Mr Porter – minimalist with an easy-to-read light-up dial – ticks the boxes of stylish, goes with anything, and isn’t something everyone will have. The beautiful design has the style you’d expect from Mr P with the reliable construction and price tag that makes Timex an enduring favourite.
TIMEX x MR PORTER, £120 mrporter.com
So, not technically avoiding the voucher fallback gift, but this is one that will not disappoint and certainly one with a difference. Dubbed the gift that is going places, hand this to anyone on Christmas day and look forward to planning your new year getaway to Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam after lunch.
EUROSTAR E-VOUCHERS, from £10 eurostar.com
Only launched in 2016, Pala is making a name in the growing market of ethical brands. We love their classic-with-a-twist styles and who’s going to say no to a matte black Wayfarer? Coincidentally, the Wayfarer style’s name, Neo, is an African word for ‘gift’. Making it two gifts in one, for every pair of beautifully crafted sunglasses that Pala sells, the brand supplies prescription glasses to someone in need in Africa, allowing them to study or work.
PALA SUNGLASSES, £45 palasunglasses.com
We make no secret of our love of a good piece of knitwear here at Candid HQ, and Old Harry has long been a favourite of ours with their cotton knitwear that we wear in every season – especially the nautical Bretons. With a range of more winter-appropriate lambswool knits and newly-launched beanie hats, these are the ones for that Christmas day walk and to be a wardrobe staple all year.
OLD HARRY, from £25 oldharry.com
RON DORFF, from £26 rondorff.com
Christmas gifts aren’t Christmas gifts without socks getting involved. Make this year different and luxe with Ron Dorff’s tongue-in-cheek selection of socks and knits – as well as tees, caps, underwear and swimwear – with a message for whoever is on the receiving end of your gift giving. Dad jumpers never looked so good.
Created to celebrate cult fragrance brand Byredo’s tenth anniversary, their Unnamed scent comes with a set of letters allowing you to customise the bottle and name the scent yourself. Or add a Christmas message on this occasion. Opening with notes of pink pepper and gin and settling down into a woody, green base, this unisex scent smells as good as it looks.
BYREDO, £90 mrporter.com
Antipodean skincare brand Aesop is no stranger to the Candid team’s bathroom cabinet and their gift sets always make their way into our festive wish lists too. Go for the Jet Set kit we had in our last lot of gift ideas or go luxe with the Intrepid Gent kit, featuring a shave lotion, body and face wash, the zip-around case giving the extra gift of a wash bag. Be fast for online shipping or go into store for full sensory experience of this must-have brand.
AESOP INTREPID GENT, £65 aesop.com
Compiled by Candid Team
Photos by featured brands
Cover photo by Gary Williams for Timex