Shopping for the man in your life? Ignore the blokey tat in the Christmas section, here are our essential gifts for the guys.
Christmas presents are hardly a new thing. So why are decent gifts for men so hard to come by? Every year, retailers seem to offer up the same limited range of novelty tat which relies on eye-rollingly dated masculine stereotypes. Men, these gifts say, are interested in football, DIY, gardening, and little else. References to man caves and beer abound — and don’t even get me started on the cards emblazoned with pint glasses and lazy jokes.
I’m sure there’s a tried-and-tested audience for these kinds of presents, otherwise shops would stop selling them — but it also feels like this reductive, pre-packaged version of masculinity does a disservice to many guys. After all, there is so much more to the modern man than a bottle opener which recites Homer Simpson quotes. And if you know where to look, it is possible to find the perfect gift without leaning on tired tropes. Here are some of our favourite picks for this year.
Choosing just one book to give as a present can be a minefield, so an audiobook subscription is definitely the way to go. Gift vouchers start at £23.99 for three months, or you can splurge and treat him to the whole year for £69.99.
Candles are, quite possibly, the safest gift you can give. Just ask the girls at SNL.
These wardrobe staples suit everybody and go with just about everything!
This gorgeously soft virgin wool sweater updates the classic houndstooth print; perfect with jeans for the office or a dinner date.
We’re loving this chunky knit finished off with the trademark Tommy colours.
Buying somebody a decent bottle of wine is thoughtful, but you know what’s a little more fun? Letting them taste a bunch of wines so they can decide what they like best. Loki Wines offer tasting cards starting at £10.00 and going up to as much as £250.00!
These aren’t the socks your nan used to give you for Christmas.
Oh, you thought the clutch was just for girls? This isn’t the Nineties, and we’re not calling them “man bags” anymore. A handheld bag lets you carry documents, cash and your phone without ruining the line of your suit, and this chunky-zippered number from Zara is a perfect tryout before investing in something a little more expensive.
Featured image: Sainsbury’s