Okay, so time isn’t on your side, but when is it ever? The man who has everything is the last one on your Christmas shopping list, and you’re stumped. iTunes vouchers seem like such a cop out – and they are, however useful – but you can’t face another aimless wander down the high street on your lunch break searching for men’s Christmas gifts, so we have flung together a list of seven options to set you right.
Whether a product or a place to browse, choose one of these options and you are instantly in the running to outdo any other gift they receive. With another couple of days to take advantage of next day delivery (just what did we do without it?) and the joy of the shops still being much more quiet than we think they are going to be, probably due to the joy of the aforementioned next day delivery, you don’t have any excuses. Here goes…
Goodhood in East London is possibly the most likely place in London you will be spoiled for choice, with hundreds of the most stylish brands expertly curated both in their store and website. Luckily for you, none of those choices are bad ones, and from YMC to Norse Projects and Folk, as well as exclusive collaborations such as this Goodhood x Timex limited edition (£59), you might not even need to read on.
goodhoodstore.com and Goodhood, 151 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3QE
The cult skincare brand Aesop is taking over the world’s most stylish men’s bathrooms and it isn’t hard to see why once you have invested in the ultra-cool and ultra-effective products. Pop into one of their locations worldwide where expert staff will guide you through the best options, or treat your loved one to one of six gift kits each suited to a different grooming need.
If this is an introduction to the brand that you are gifting then you are pretty safe for every birthday and Christmas gift to come, because they’ll be hooked.
Combining authentic design and true craftsmanship, Brydon Brothers newly launched collection of handmade belts use premium stretch webbing which means there are no holes as the buckle goes through the webbing making the size very flexible, 100% genuine Argentinean leather and solid buckles and come packed in signature vintage wooden boxes. Priced at £55 and in five colours, these belts are much more impressive in quality than the price suggests, and might be the least risky option on the list for men of any age.
Romeo Beckham and Burberry are becoming a festive tradition, fashion’s answer to the Coca-Cola advert. Make like him, James Bay, George Ezra et al, and buy the last scarf you will ever need.
Classic check or lightweight block colours are the guaranteed winners, or seasonal polka dots for the more fancy on your gift list, in the most luxurious Scottish cashmere. Get yours – as well as whoever you are buying for, go on, treat yourself – in time for Christmas with complimentary monogramming in their Regent Street store or online.
burberry.com and 121 Regent Street, London, W1B 4TB
British sartorial champion Oliver Sweeney has perfected a Christmas gift option this year, from their beautiful winter scarves or luxury rabbit fur-lined leather gloves, to hip flasks (holidays with the family can be hard, fill it up before you wrap it!) and stand out leather wallets.
Their clothing collections are also winning us over, from denim to shearling flight jackets, as well as their iconic footwear.
oliversweeney.com and locations throughout England.
Bailey Nelson eyewear is a favourite of fashion editors and Gandy, so need I say more? With unique handmade designs, in optical or sunglasses, their brilliant service provides you with a full set of glasses with coated prescription (or non) lenses and case for £98. Their gift vouchers allow you to cover a pair or part of them, come in a cool presentation tin, and offer quite a unique option.
baileynelson.co.uk and locations throughout London
With its newly opened doors in the heart of Chelsea, London, Consept houses a handpicked selection of both established and emerging designers from all over the world. Dedicated to offering its clientele with a different approach to shopping, Consept offers you an array of products ranging from unique fashion to distinguished home accessories and furniture.
Our favourites on Candid’s fashion desk are these scented Karl Lagerfeld candles (because there really isn’t anything Karl can’t do) and this fashion china by S2 Design, with plates and mugs featuring icons like Marc Jacobs, Anna Wintour and Donatella Versace.
shopconsept.com 232 King’s Road, London, SW3 5UA
And even then if you can’t decide and it is looking like money in a card, treat yourself and the men in your life to come spring style inspiration in Candid’s Issue 12 which launches in January in time for London Collections: Men. Featuring an exclusive interview with Julien Macdonald on his soon to launch menswear, some of menswear’s most influential men – including model Chris Millington and Adam Gallagher of iamgalla.com – and the world’s best menswear stores, you’ll want this in your life. Have your hands on it first by pre-ordering here.
Words by Mikael Jack