Apparently, those who get into the Christmas spirit early, prematurely putting up their decorations, are happier than those who leave it until later in the month of December. The simple act of buying a tree and carting those decorations down from the loft help to create a sense of nostalgia and childhood memories are evoked, creating and extending the sense of excitement that surrounds the festive period.
Of course, the same doesn’t go for endlessly pumping out Christmas tunes in November or daytime drinking! However, one area that might help create a sense of anticipation is purchasing some Christmas gifts for friends and family, also helping to lower those stress levels, which get sent into overdrive on last-minute shopping excursions. That being said, here’s our guide to gift ideas for the man in your life.
Canada Wool Padded Jacket by Fjällräven £230.00
The Canada Wool Padded Jacket from Fjällräven is the perfect wear for the winter months. Honing in on the classic lumberjack style the top is available in two colourways and is made from recycled wool and padded with corn starch and Swedish wool, using materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Fjällräven’s rich history of developing sustainable and environmentally friendly products makes them a go-to for clothing that’ll last through the ages without sacrificing on style.
BatteryGuard 300L LED Head Torch by Coleman £27
We might have the perfect solution to all the late-night trips to the recycling bin in the dark dragging those many bottles of booze you’ve consumed this Christmas. Alternatively, you might be channelling your inner Ranulph and heading off on some daring expedition. Either way, this 300 lumen Coleman head torch makes a great stocking filler. It boasts 200 hours of run time on a low setting, is weatherproofed to IPX 4 and can be your guiding light this Xmas.
JBuds Air True Wireless Earbuds by JLab Audio £49.99
Perfect for those that are always on the move, the pocket-sized JBuds earbuds provide a six-hour battery life with an additional eighteen hours from the charging case. Hassle-free with top-quality sound tuned to your personal tastes and with a built-in microphone, you’ll forget they’re even there.
Harrier 25 Wireless Power Bank by Powertraveller £60.00
This rugged and sturdy power bank would make the ideal gift for the outdoor man this Christmas. Whether you’re always on the go or spend lots of time off the grid, the Harrier 25 is quick to charge and easy to use, with the bank providing power for phones, GPS, tablets, and watches, it can even be used wirelessly on smartphones.
Milk Chocolate Almond Honey Nougat by Tony’s Chocolonely £3.98
Dutch chocolatiers Tony’s Chocolonely have garnered something of a following and it’s no wonder with their great tasting range and nostalgic packaging. The big news, however, is purchasing a bar of Tony’s is offering your support in the battle against modern slavery and illegal child labour. So if you want to feel good about your overindulgence this festive season, you know where to start.
Heritage Stryd 22 Rucksack by Vango £30.00
Whether it’s a challenging hike through unforgiving terrain or the daily commute through the hustle and bustle of the hectic city, Vango’s cost-effective, comfortable and incredibly durable backpacks are all you’ll need. It features breathable air channels to help keep you cool, reflective prints for visibility and enough pockets for all adventure needs.
Anise Toothpaste by Dr Bronners £7.95
Iconic soapmakers Dr Bronners have been blazing a trail since the 1940s making skincare products so clean you could eat them. Organic and fair trade, this toothpaste has no synthetic detergent foaming agents, is fluoride-free, vegan and cruelty-free, with no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, or sweeteners. What the hell have we been putting on our teeth! It’s time for a change.
The Consolation of Food by Valentine Warner £14.00
We had the pleasure of sitting down for a fascinating chat with the man himself about the wonderful world of food. And believe us Valentine is as passionate as he is knowledgeable. He’s also an exceptional writer and raconteur and alongside the numerous tantalising recipes here, there are hilarious and poignant stories from a life well-lived.
NEO Sunglasses by Pala £70.00
If you want to go the extra mile this Christmas, then look no further than a pair of PALA sunglasses. For every pair sold the company gives back to eye care programmes in Africa that provide screenings and solutions for the visually impaired. With a business model that puts people and the planet first, PALA is a company with a big future. Grab a pair of these Neo shades in matt black, and avoid the glare of the impending snow.
Shower Kit Washbag by Dakine £31.00
Travelling light but need a practical and functional solution for those essential grooming products? Then get on this brilliant little Dakine washbag. Apart from looking great, it features two separate easy access compartments with an additional zippered external pocket for smaller or sharp items.
TrailBottle SS 1L by Primus £21.30
The perfect present for the active, thrill-seeking member of the family, who likes to get outdoors and stay there. This extemely durable number is BPA free and made from quality stainless 18/8 steel, there’s also a handy loop attachment to strap to backpacks, belt or necklace. Ok, maybe not the last one.
Body Wash by Hawkins & Brimble £8.95
With a refreshing blend of Elemi and Ginseng, this energising body wash will get your day off to the perfect start. Hawkins & Brimble take their inspiration from master barbers and their grooming solutions are wide-ranging, using quality products and extremely cost-effective.
Etna Grip Stainless Steel Bottle by Kambukka £30.95
If you’ve not yet made the shift from single-use bottles then it’s high time you put that right. This epic dual purpose stainless steel bottle from Kambukka will keep your coffee hot for 9 hours or alternatively keep that water chilled for 18! With a sleek design and a lock feature on the lid, this durable drinking solution will last a lifetime.
Stella Egyptian Cotton Men’s Socks by Pantherella £13.95
A pair of socks you’ll be pleased to receive this Christmas would probably be made from the finest Italian sourced, extra-long-staple Egyptian grown cotton, like the Stella socks from Pantharella. Classic colourway and traditional design, they’re perfect for casual or smart attire.
Photography by Simon J Evans
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