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Gift Guide: Nine presents you can’t plug in this Christmas

Embrace this year's trend for analogue entertainment with Christmas presents that won't struggle for signal

In today’s world of constant digital distractions, there’s plenty to be said for Christmas gifts that can’t flash or beep at you every five minutes. So, here are eight options to treat the smart-thinking man in your life this Christmas.

Racing Demon, gift guide, Jackal magazine1. Racing Demon

The historic ‘king of card games’ is back. Racing Demon, which gets its name from its fast paced game-play, is a high-energy version of Patience that’s been around since the 1890s. Re-released by Demon Playing Cards, it’s just the gift to tap into the current trend for alternative analogue entertainments – last year, table-top card game sales increased by 20 per cent globally. If you’re looking for a fun family gift that’ll keep the kids entertained and the parents approving, this is it. £30 for a four pack and £40 for a six pack, shop now

Analogue gift guide, Dunhill, Jackal magazine

2. Dunhill backgammon set

The backgammon set might be a Christmas classic, but we can guarantee you’ll struggle to find one more beautiful than this. Dunhill’s set is a thing of beauty, designed to imitate a traditional attache case with a softly lined leather handle, brass clasps and a beautiful hand-inlaid Backgammon board within. Finished in fine-grain navy Boston leather, it’ll put his work bag to shame. £1,250, shop now

Caran d'ache, jackal magazine3. Caran d’Ache crayons de la maison

A thoughtful stocking filler for the creative in your life, these chic graphite pencils from Caran d’Ache will make easy work of sketching, scribbling and notation this Christmas. Caran d’Ache has worked with luxury Swiss perfumer Mizensir to infuse each pencil with the precious oils of different woods; including white oak, Western hemlock, silver teak and white ash, which are distilled through the process of writing and the natural heat of one’s fingers. Diary-keeping has never smelled so good. £29.95, shop now

Smythson soho diary, Jackal magazine4. Smythson 2018 Soho diary

And what better diary to keep than Smythson’s Soho diary, you might well ask? Smythson’s beautiful journals are the stuff of stationery legend and the Soho is the perfect all-rounder. A5 size, with a week-to-view layout, plus a handy notes page to keep on top of everything, it’s lined in fine grosgrain silk and made in England. Give him one of these for the office and he’ll be kissing goodbye to his Google Calendar – for the next twelve months at least. £175, shop now

Ettinger Chelsea tote, gift guide Jackal magazine5. Ettinger Chelsea tote

This is the Rolls Royce of handmade totes. Cut in the best vegetable-tanned full-grain calf (naturally-dyed leather that will wear-in beautifully), it’s both robust and soft to the touch. It’s designed with a tapered shape that fastens with a single top-strap, has two additional side-straps, a generous single compartment inside, a small internal zipped pocket, three pen slots and a card slot. In dark mahogany it’s an undisputed classic. £505, shop now

Oliver J Woods, grooming, Jackal magazine6. OJW grooming trio

For men who like to take care of their appearance, OJW is a godsend. The brand name short for the founder’s name, Oliver J. Woods, a men’s hairstylist who’s been at the top of his game for some 20 years. After two years of experimentation and testing, he’s released three refined products to tackle all your grooming needs: blackseed wax for matte styling, perilla oil for calming frizzy hair and Abyssinian clay for a firm, workable hold. We’d suggest you treat him to the lot. £28, £26  £28, shop now

Zegna turntable, jackal magazine7. Ermenegildo Zegna Couture turntable

Okay, so I know you can plug this in, but it’s analogue – and that’s why we love it. A thing of beauty, this turntable combines Zegna’s eye for design with a Master & Dynamic sound-system – blending form with function. Moreover, its base is upholstered in Zegna’s innovatory ‘pelle tessuta’, butter-soft lambskin that’s the world’s first leather to be woven on a loom. With polished chrome hardware, two running speeds, a volume dial and headphone jack, this is both an interior design statement and a vinyl lover’s dream. £3,015, shop now

Kisses from Nimbus, Jackal magazine8. Kisses from Nimbus

It’s a proper ‘man-book’ this. The gripping autobiography of P. J. ‘Red’ Riley, is billed as the book ‘the establishment doesn’t want you to read’, chiefly because Riley’s an ex-SAS soldier who served for eighteen years as an MI6 agent. It makes for controversial reading; his account challenges popular perceptions of the Iraq war, offers up new evidence of what Blair really knew about Saddam’s regime and even questions the British government’s involvement in the the death of Princess Diana. Far-fetched conspiracy theorising or a man who knows too much? Buy it for a friend and let him make up his own mind. £14.99, shop now

analogue presents, Jackal magazine9. Puro Prestige Hemingway case

Any seasoned aficionado will tell you that a good smoke isnt just down to your choice of cigar. Puro Prestige is a new brand that appreciates this too, and which specialises in creating luxurious, practical accessories that add to the experience of smoking. The Hemingway case (aptly named after the author and renowned hedonist) is cut in top-quality leather and ostrich skin, with an internal sealed cedar case that acts as a miniature humidor, plus space for a lighter and cutter. Its a thoughtful, indulgent gift for the own hedonist in your life.  £275, shop now