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2015 Christmas gift guide: ideas for him

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Sejal Kapadia Pocha
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Most of the men in our lives have never made peace with a bit of window shopping. They don't get a rush of excitement from running their fingers over new season clothes or the satisfaction of trawling from store to store, in search of the perfect purchase.

Which is what makes the whole Christmas gift shopping experience for men that bit more challenging - they themselves don't know what great treats could be theirs. 

For that reason, we've done the hard work for you and come up with 50 different ways to surprise him on Christmas Day, whether he's a technology addict, a food aficionado or has a firm appreciation for design-led goodies. 

  • Classic navy and silver watch

    With slick designs inspired by the fashions of east London and a mysterious brand name, this stainless steel and leather watch is perfect for understated style. 

    £80, goldsmiths.co.uk

  • Map art

    Not matter how small or large a town, this new Swedish company can find and beautifully illustrate any map from around the world - perfect for a friend who is spending Christmas away from home this year.

    £40, mapiful.com

  • Kiehl's facial fuel favourites

    Skincare is made as easy as pie with this Kiehl's gift set. It includes the brand's finest skincare creams such as Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash and Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment.

    £38.50, kiehls.co.uk

  • Camel wool jacket

    As the weather continues to make its mind up, this camel wool jacket will see your loved ones through the cold and mild. 

    £59.99, zara.com

  • Hand-powered espresso maker

    It only takes 20 seconds to create perfect coffee with this award-winning hand-powered espresso coffee machine. Hey presto. 

    £107.95, Rok at Amazon

  • Leather gloves

    Ted Baker's stitched leather and knitted trim gloves make a suave statement for your partner, father or friend.

    £69, tedbaker.com

  • Ukelele

    This soprano uke is based on the Maccaferri ukuleles of the 1950s. If it's not being played it makes a very cool shelf or floor accessory.

    £29.95, dukeofuke.co.uk

  • Herschel backpack

    Everyone has one but this all-navy Herschel rucksack is the ideal gift for a friend or partner who favours something a little more unique.

    £85, urbanoutfitters.com

  • Homemade gin kit

    Gin is having a moment and it's not waning. Here's everything one would need to transform a generic bottle of vodka into a unique and delicious home-blend of your very own gin.

    £50, menssociety.co.uk

  • Leather card and receipt holder

    This smartly-designed leather wallet can hold the essential cards and receipts. A winner for anyone who is constantly collecting expense slips at work. 

    £40, mattandnat.com

  • Paul's hamper

    For Francophiles who love to nestle into the sofa in front of the fire, this basket of gourmet French goodies ticks all the boxes. The hamper includes an exclusive set of limited edition coffee mugs, Paul’s thick hot chocolate mix and a duo of apricot and strawberry preserves.

    £35 (plus £12.98 delivery), paul-uk.com

  • Four-ways Lanvin silk pocket square

    With four classic polka-dot prints in varying shades of blue, this multi-panel print silk pocket square will go down a storm with any snappy dresser. 

    £50, mrporter.com

  • Shoe shine kit

    There's nothing more frustrating than a scuffed shoe just as you're running out the door. This luxury Buff & Shine set comprises of two wooden brushes and a cleaning cloth to make that a problem of the past.

    £15, hurnandhurn.com

  • Knitted bow tie

    This pre-tied bow tie is made from 100% English woven silk and will instantly upgrade any tired old suit.  

    £55, newandlingwood.com

  • Aozora Sake Set With Bottle Of Shochikubai Sake

    Do they love sushi? This sake and cup set is the best way to wash it down.

    £39.50, souschef.co.uk

  • Cashmere scarf

    A lightweight and classic cashmere scarf like this one will fit right into any wardrobe style.

    £90, thetravelwrapcompany.com

  • Monocle book trilogy

    From quality of life to innovative business ideas and inspiring home designs, Monocle's three coffee table books are full of substance. 

    £100, monocle.com

  • Charles Farris fragrance diffuser

    It takes a mere five minutes for this fragrance diffuser to do what it says on the tin. The scent of green pine needles, cooling eucalyptus and a rich base of sandalwood will keep the Christmas spirit alive long after the tree.

    £32, charlesfarris.co.uk

  • Nescafe drop pod coffee machine

    Small kitchens will be thankful for this fuss-free and compact coffee machine. It even has a hot or cold setting for beverages. 

    £119, amazon.co.uk

  • Andy Warhol inspired Chuck Taylors

    Art enthusiasts will love the subtle reference to Andy Warhol's legacy on these Converse sneakers. The visionary famously slapped on a sticker of a banana on the Velvet Underground (a band he managed) album cover. Fans could then peel it off to reveal the nude-coloured flesh of the fruit underneath. 

    £65, schuh.co.uk

  • Tom Dixon whisky glasses

    You'd be hard-pressed to find lowball glasses as beautiful as these hand-painted tumblers. They're born for supping whisky and cocktails in style. 

    £45, tomdixon.net

  • Linen Nehru waistcoat

    The ‘Nehru’ is a mandarin-style jacket made popular by India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. This linen waistcoat version is a statement piece for all year round. 

    £125, sirplus.co.uk

  • Letterbox gift set

    This bundle of joy contains the right mix of treats: Coaltown coffee, geometric socks, a fresh face cream and a classic Leuchtturm notebook. 

    £25, bloomandwild.com

  • Gym bag

    JimBag's most popular bag is spacious enough for sports equipment and toiletries and is cut from a thick camel and black cotton-canvas.

    £49.99, imbag.co.uk

  • Knives set

    Whether a budding or experienced chef, every cook needs a brilliant set of knives to work their magic. This is as good as it gets. Joseph Joseph's Elevate set is colour-coded and has been specifically designed to improve hygiene and minimise mess. 

    £85, josephjoseph.com

  • Truffle collection giftbox

    Truffle doesn't have to be the stuff of gourmet restaurants. Gift a foodie this special collection of Maille truffle mustard, truffle olive oil and a mustard tasting spoon.

    £58, maille.com

  • Travel backpack

    Whether exploring the world or on a commute, the Eastpak Killington backpack contains plenty or storage space and padding for technology and looks great. 

    £115, eastpak.com

  • Ultimate Star Wars book

    This homage to the iconic film franchise is packed with information about every character, key battles and 320 pages of beautiful illustrations. 

    £19.99, hive.co.uk

  • Wool baseball cap

    Sports meets high fashion in this black wood baseball cap created in collaboration with British hat maker Christys and Reese. 

    £70, reiss.com

  • Round the world chilli tour

    This is not just a bit of tabasco and wasabi. Oh no. The hamper contains an array of chilli-based pastes, sauces and dried spices from the major cuisines of the world. There are piquin chillies from Mexico, guindilla from Spain, Korea’s fermented chilli paste, gochujang, and eight more.

    £35, souschef.co.uk

  • Three-piece shaving set

    A luxury shave is the pinnacle of men's grooming. This elegant three piece set is nickel plated and so attractive they'll want to keep it outside of the kitchen cabinet. 

    £70, stubbleandstrife.com

  • Build and Destroy eau de parfum

    Gift a one-of-a-kind fragrance by master perfumer Azzi Glasser and English musician James Lavelle. Each bottle is carefully designed and features deep notes of myrrh and musky vetiver oil.

    £80, liberty.co.uk

  • Salted caramel vodka

    Stolichnaya has been making premium vodka for almost 100 years. So it's no surprise that its a pioneer in making alcohol taste like pudding. This blend has a perfect balance of saltiness, buttery caramel flavour and alcohol.

    £17.50, waitrose.com

  • Suede shoe

    You can't go wrong with a classic pair of suede shoes.  They're crafted for smart, casual and everyday dressing. 

    £85, farah.co.uk

  • Mad Men complete box set collector's box set

    At last, you can add the complete series of Mad Men to his collection of box sets. 

    £139.99, amazon.co.uk

  • Men's friendship bracelet

    Monica Vinader's friendship bracelets aren't just for female bloggers and Instagrammers. Write words of wisdom or an inside joke onto the sterling silver plate for men.  

    £75, monicavinader.com

  • Leather cable tidy wrap

    Bring order to his life with this soft leather cable (USB cords, headphones and more) tidy which can be wrapped up and thrown into a bag. It also includes a pocket with a snap button for his other knick-knacks. 

    £29.95, urbanetraveller.com

  • Mahabis slippers

    The award-winning mahabis slipper guarantee comfort with a choice of detachable soles. 

    £59, mahabis.com

  • Mens Running Glove & Beanie Set

    Keep head and hands warm through the colder months with Nike's Dri-Fit Lightweight running gloves and beanie. 

    £23, startfitness.co.uk

  • Assembly ballpoint pen kit

    Recreate the joy of assembling toys as a child on Christmas Day with this  pressed-steel pen assembly kit. In addition to the ball point, you're left with a little pen stand and a ruler.

    £25, stonegift.com

  • Timex classic watch

    With a history dating back to 1854, Timex is as classic as watches come. 

    £59.99, goodhoodstore.com

  • Urbeats earphones

    A lightweight and tangle-free cable with built-in-mic will help you effortlessly switch between music and calls so that you can enjoy premium, uninterrupted sound.

    £75.95, uk.beatsbydre.com

  • Be proud poster

    The text on this Russian propaganda poster roughly translates to "Soviet citizen, be proud, you discovered the path to the stars!" The original can be found in Moscow's Museum of Cosmonautics.

    £10, sciencemuseumshop.co.uk

  • All-in-one breakfast toaster

    Start the morning sunny side up with this all-in-one Tefal innovation. Eggs can be poached or boiled and any type of bread - be it bagels or sourdough - can be made crisp. All within four minutes. 

    £29.99, iwantoneofthose.com

  • Sock subscription

    Make Christmas last longer with this service that delivers a new pair of luxe socks (of his choice or he can opt in for a surprise), through the letterbox each month. 

    From £30, londonsockcompany.com

  • Eco Moon, time And thermometer clock

    For a gift that's truly creative: a unique combination of moon phase, thermometer and time clock all-in-one block. It's made from extremely tough recycled paper and is completely weatherproof.

    £29.95, notonthehighstreet.com

  • Watch box

    This Jacob Jones watch box securely stores up to two watches in a compact case, so you can just slot it in your suitcase or cupboard. 

    £30, johnlewis.com

  • GHD hairdryer set

    GHD has conquered the straightening world and isn't too far behind in the race for brilliant hairdryer. It delivers high-pressure air flow for super-fast drying and has advanced ionic technology to reduce frizz and flyaways. 

    £99, ghdhair.com

  • Coffee discovery subscription

    Have coffee from a different country delivered to your loved one every month so that they can travel the world cup by cup. Each freshly roasted coffee comes in a 250g bag with a booklet detailing the story of the farm it comes from, tasting notes and recommended brewing methods.

    £23.40 (for three months), cafedirect.co.uk

  • Beard grooming kit

    Provide salon-style grooming help with this pack of beard wash, oil, wax and a limited edition moustache comb.

    £26.99, percynobleman.com

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Sejal Kapadia Pocha covers stories about everything from women’s issues to cult foods. She describes herself as a balance between Hermione and Luna Lovegood.

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