Woman in Progress Christmas Gift Guide: For Him
Final obligatory blog gift guide coming up, for this year at least. I'm always at a bit of a loss with what to get Hugh, my Dad and my brothers. They're pretty unhelpful when asked for ideas about what they would like so I always end up buying socks. Hugh is ever-original asking for a Ferrari every year - will that ever get old? If your man present-buying mojo gets a bit stagnant and repetitive then see what I've found.
The Main Event
1. Grinch Jumper
First, I didn't pick this because of David Gandy - honest - I actually love the jumper (though if he came as a bonus item I wouldn't complain). Anyway, back to the jumper. Like all the FMLY store items, a portion of the price goes to charity and on this occasion 50% of the retail price goes to Save The Children. It's Christmassy, in a stylish comfy way of course. £50, FMLY Store.
2. CLAAN Beard Care
This luxury beard oil is an impressive artisan product from Claan. All the items are handcrafted in England and made from carefully selected ingredients. Presented in beautifully designed packaging, they make a fantastic gift and look great in the bathroom too. The only problem is deciding which of the fragrances to choose - Virtue or Bloodline? One of each it is then. 50ml bottle, £42, Claan.
3. Philip Pullman Novel
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One came out in October but who's had time to read it? If he hasn't, this is a great gift. Actually it would be a brilliant present for any fan of Philip Pullman, not just the guys. It's on Laura's gift list. £9.99, Hardcover, Amazon
4. Polaroid Camera
We all fill our phone memory with photos, most of which languish unloved and unprinted. The quick fix is the polaroid camera - this is the latest version. It prints photos and saves them as digital files too. £88.50 Amazon
5. Tailored Gin
The Cambridge Distillery are the world leading experts in creating bespoke gins and can create a tailored gin just for you, or for him! It's a big ticket present but a special one and, according to friends who have their own gin made there, totally worth it. It's strictly a small event you book in advance and there are still tailoring spaces available before Christmas. £400, The Cambridge Distillery.
6. Dad Cap and 7. Fishermans Jumper
Andy Jordan (of Channel 4 fame) has teamed up with his brother Mark and Mum Lynne and together they have a fantastic range of clothing and accessories at Jam Industries. I may have had a swoon in the shop in Padstow but it was only a little one, he's very young! The Dad cap is also handy for the Mum - I've borrowed it on a few occasions. It's already pre-loved - no "box fresh" gear here. The jumpers are beautiful cotton, in great colours mainly grey and navy (which I love). There is now a range for us girls too, wooly socks, snuggly hat, hint hint. £20 and £65, Jam Industries
Man Comb from DAFT (Design and Fresh Thinking).
Previously on Kickstarter, this indy design company has some great ideas for the guys, especially those with a beard and good hair. I really like the classic Man Comb. You can add a leather case and it can be personalised. Oh, and it's a bottler opener too. £16, DAFT
Personalised Leather Key Ring
Choose your colour and initials and ta-dah, your personalised Key Ring a.k.a, super stocking filler! £15, Not Another Bill
I'm not sure I'm a massive fan but it seems that the males of the species do like a pocket knife. This one is a limited edition and the gold coloured handle is made from 24 recycled nespresso capsules (about a day's worth of coffee then), maybe I like it more because of that. A little pricey for a stocking filler but a great gift none the less. £49.00, Victioria Knox
No, the blog has not made us overnight millionaires. This one will be wheeled out and wrapped annually from now on. £19.99, Stocking Fillers.
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