To steal the slogan of a rather famous soft drink at this time of the year, holidays are coming – and if you’re looking for the best Christmas gifts for men right now, you might already feel bombarded by the sheer amount of product galleries and promotional offers filling your feeds. However, we’re here to cut through all that. If you’re looking for solid gift ideas for husbands, lovers, brothers, fathers, hell, even yourself, then look no further than our selection below.
JJ Cory ‘The Chosen’ whiskey
Based on the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland, JJ Corry finds inspiration for its whiskies from the intense, rugged beauty of its ocean-facing surroundings. Almost a century after the near-decimation of the Irish whiskey industry, this house is dedicated to reviving the art of whiskey bonding, blending superbly rare whiskies in new and interesting ways (and, of course, bottling them in suitably design-focused flasks). ‘The Chosen’ is an excellent example of the house’s philosophy: a 27-year-old single cask, single malt Irish whiskey with hits of sweet young fruit, alongside toffee, chestnuts and a hint of smoke. There are only 100 bottles available worldwide, so make your move now if you want one to crack open after Christmas lunch.
Heating & Plumbing folding umbrella
In the UK, rain will inevitably fall. Save a man the pain of continually buying £5 umbrellas from souvenir shops that fall apart when water touches them with this rather sleek folding model from new British accessories label, Heating & Plumbing
Lord’s Dining Club with Tom Aikens
An experience that satisfies history buffs, foodies and cricket nuts alike, the Lord’s Dining Club series pairs the country’s coolest chefs with one of the capital’s most storied sporting locations. Greeted with a drinks reception upon arrival (courtesy of English sparkling wine-master Nyetimber), guests will be treated to a four-course meal prepared on site and paired wines, served in the building’s beautiful Long Room overlooking the grounds. (There’s also a VIP package that includes a special drinks reception in the dressing rooms and a gift to take home). Two Michelin-starred Tom Aikens hosts the first of the new year on 25 March 2020 – an evening that ends with a live Q&A between the chef and cricketing legend, Angus Fraser (the current MCC managing director). We know it’s a little while off yet but tickets are selling fast, so make sure you book a place as soon as you can. But don’t panic if you miss out: there are two more events already on schedule with chefs Chantelle Nicholson and Mark Birchall.
On 25 March 2020 at Lord’s Cricket Club, St John’s Wood Road, NW8 8QN. Standard tickets, £165. VIP tickets, £220. lords.org
Freedom Award Winning British Lagers gift set
We’ve talked before about how much we enjoy what Freedom’s doing on the British beer scene, crafting vegan beers in its brewery in Stffordshire. This gift set gives any beer lover a full overview of the work that’s winning this brand so many fans, including all five options in its offering as well as a half-pint glass to sip them out of.
Drakes X Aimé Leon Dore ‘Antique Village Print’ scarf
Since it launched, the collaboration between now-Savile Row tailoring house Drake’s and New York label Aimé Leon Dore has been selling fast. And while the knits and suits are superb, one thing that really caught our eye are the scarfs. Woven from a wool-silk mix, they’re the perfect kind of cosy-not-stuffy weight for if you’re already layered up for winter – and while there’s not a design we’d turn down in the selection, we particularly like this ‘antique village’ print. Get one while you can.
AllSaints ‘Subtitled GMT I’ watch
AllSaints has recently added timepieces to its rockstar-ready apparel offering (about time etc etc). We particularly like the military-style models, especially this one in all black with white face details. Worthy of every man’s attention this Christmas.
Rodd & Gunn rugby shirt
New to our shores, New Zealand leisure label Rodd & Gunn opened its first store on Conduit Street earlier this year. There’s plenty of superb casual essentials on offer, but our favourites are the Nineties-inspired rugby shirts, with big, bold logos down the arm. A perfect extra layer over a shirt or T-shirt as the temperature plummets.
Perry Ellis ‘America Capsule 4’ track jacket
This limited edition track jacket from Perry Ellis will look good whether he keeps that New Year’s Resolution to get more use out of his gym membership or not.
Form Toffee Superblend Protein
We’ve tried a lot of protein powders in our time, but we’ve found none that top the taste of those made by Form – and that’s even before we get to the fact they’re vegan and mix with water without that oh-so-delicious lumping you get with other lesser supplements. Following on from the success of its chocolate salted caramel and tiramisu varieties, it’s latest flavour, toffee, is a masterpiece that will actually make you look forward to your post gym shake (seriously).
£26 for 520g, formnutrition.com
The Pentreath & Hall Alphabet – Signed Limited Edition
Last November, Pentreath & Hall – the legendarily stylish interiors shop just off Lamb’s Conduit Street owned by architect (and Jackal contributor) Ben Pentreath and artist Bridie Hall – celebrated its tenth anniversary. This book showcases the duo’s inspirations across 200 beautifully designed pages – and is signed by them both to boot. If you’re buying for a man who’s looking for something to help him brainstorm his next big renovation project, this is pretty darn perfect.
Sage Tea Maker
Coffee’s great and all, but sometimes it’s all about brewing something a little different. Sage’s tea maker is not only a beautiful addition to any man’s kitchen, but has been designed for the truly tea obsessed, with a variable temperature gauge and pre-set brew temperatures and times for green tea, white tea, oolong tea, herbal tea and black tea. Your cuppa has never been this good.
Remy Martin XO Cognac Luxury Goldleaf gift box
Yes, the bottle with its intricate gold leaf vine detailing looks beautiful, but what’s especially notable is the golden liquid inside. Rémy Martin’s XO Cognac is famed for its smooth texture and rich flavour – made from 85 per cent Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie (aged for up to 37 years), this winter winner is dominated by juicy notes of ripe fig, candied orange, cinnamon and toasty brioche.
Garçon Style: New York, London, Milano, Paris by Jonathan Daniel Pryce
Since he started his blog garconjon.com a decade ago, Jonathan Daniel Pryce has become one of the foremost street style photographers in Britain, traveling the globe snapping the best-dressed people in the world’s most fashionable cities. Now he’s bringing together his life’s work in a new book the showcases some of the strongest men’s looks he’s ever captured – and talks to the men who wear them. Never suffer wardrobe writer’s block again.
£4.99 (currently reduced from £25), amazon.co.uk
Polo Ralph Lauren fleece sweatshirt
It’s important to keep warm at this dull, grey time of the year, but it’s also good to add a bit of brightness to proceedings wherever you can – and, boy, does this fleece do it in style.
£215, at mrporter.com
Terrariumart ‘Sexy Santa’ terrarium
When it comes to indoor greenery, terrariums are having something of a revival. Handmade in Milan, Terrariumart’s takes on the genre combine living and stabilised greenery with small-scale comedic – and sometimes dark – scenes. If you’re not in the market for a zombie attack or crime scene, go for something a bit more festive such as this ‘Sexy Santa’ terrarium featuring St Nick taking a quick break from present deliveries to give himself a little treat.
£125, at conranshop.co.uk
Jo Malone ‘Orange Bitters’ candle
A candle that makes any room smell like a negroni? We’ll drink to that.
Russell & Bromley x The Jackal ‘Militar’ sneakers
When the opportunity arose to work with Russell & Bromley on an exclusive sneaker style that they’d never done before – the German army trainer (GAT) – we didn’t waste any time in getting to work. We’re really pleased with the result: the kind of go-anywhere trainer that will step into any situation with style.
Benedict Raven ‘Monaco’ polo shirt
Yes, a polo shirt can be smart if you get the right fabric and the right colour – and this from Benedict Raven is a perfect example. Cut from fine Egyptian cotton and finished with metallic buttons, this wine-hued shirt is a winter party winner.
Octomore 10.3 whisky
Limited to 24,000 bottles, Octomore 10.3 is made from 100 per cent Islay-grown barley and has been matured for six aged years solely only in ex-American oak casks (Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace and Jack Daniels) and malted to 114PPM. A relatively newcomer to the single malt scene – Octomore single malts were first distilled in 2002 – Octomore is already proving to be a much welcome addition to the whisky world, and this edition proves why: smoky, but with a hint of fresh, marine saltiness too.
Mount Gay XO Pot Still Rum
During the festive season we tend to lean towards richer, fruitier spirits – and while a glass of port or sherry is very welcome, don’t forget about rum. This limited-edition XO Pot Still rum from Barbados’s Mount Gay distillery is warm and soothing with aromas of butterscotch, toffee and sweet plums and a taste of ginger and pepper, followed by dried fruits, dark chocolate and oak.
AllBlues ‘Sigil’ ring
Inspired by wax seals, this ring from Swedish jewellery-master AllBlues is handmade in Stockholm from recycled 925 sterling silver. Needless to say, it gets our stamp of approval.
€290 (approx. £250), allblues.se
Sunspel ‘Oakwood’ eau de toilette
Created by the inimitable British perfumer Lyn Harris, Sunspel’s first fragrance is a masterclass in understated style. It’s woody thanks to an undercurrent of cedar and sandalwood, and rich thanks to notes of frankincense and amber, but what makes this special is the fact all of this is cut with bergamot, chamomile and angelica, lending a light freshness, even a slightly soapy edge to the final vibe. Minimal, yet complex – and as superbly classic as one of the brand’s crew necks.
£90, at Sunspel stores and sunspel.com
Morjas leather Chukka boots
You might think of chukkas as summer kicks, but Swedish shoemaker Morjas has done a superb job at reinventing them for winter. Cut from smart, dark brown leather and fitted with a no-slip rubber sole, these are the kind of boots that are as smart as they are snow-beating.
€249 (approx. £215), morjas.com
F*shion Wankers: It Takes One to Know One by Marcus Jaye
Open Instagram and it’s hard to deny that we’re living in the era of the #fashionwanker. This new book by The Chic Geek (aka menswear blogger Marcus Jaye) is a lighthearded look at all the stereotypes you’re likely to meet on the style scene – and how to avoid becoming one yourself.
Domecq Imperial Iberico Ham gift set
For those of us who aren’t plant based, ham is an integral part of any festive feast – and something that gets continually nibbled throughout the holiday period. As a change of pace to the traditional treacle-soaked variety here in Britain, why not go Spanish instead? This gift set by Juan Pedro Domecq contains an impressively huge 4.5kg shoulder of ham, as well as loin, Lomito (head of loin), chorizo and one bottle of extra virgin olive oil. Feliz Navidad.
Anglepoise x Paul Smith Type 75 desk lamp
Now in its fourth edition, the lighting collaboration between these two British design titans just keeps getting better and better. This latest drop, using a more muted colour palette of greys, greens and dark red, enhanced by a burst of yellow, will add instant style to any desk – no matter how many spare sheets of paper are littering it.
Malle London ‘Submariner’ rollneck
Not satisfied with making some of the nicest leathergoods on the market, now Malle London is making a play for your wardrobe by launching its first line of apparel. The Submariner jumpers are particularly appropriate for the impending sub-zero conditions – made in Britain from 100 per cent Merino wool, the threads have a natural crimp that traps heat and can absorb 30 per cent of its weight in moisture, meaning it wicks sweat away from the body (and, don’t worry, the fabric also has natural odour-beating properties too).
Alice Made This ‘Erno’ cufflinks
There are so many superb examples of Brutalist architecture in London (the National Theatre, the Barbican estate, One Kemble Street just off Kingsway), but perhaps none are as iconic as Erno Goldfinger’s imposing Trellick Tower close to Notting Hill. These cufflinks have been inspired by the architect’s approach to design, with clean lines and contrasting finishes. Cast in Birmingham, these solid 9 carat gold cufflinks, just like the architectural movement that inspired them, are a modern classic.