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CodeDecember 2018

Christmas Gift Guide: Editors’ Picks

From bracelets to shaving sets, these considered gifting pieces prove you put in the effort this Christmas.

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Christmas is fast approaching, and if you’re anything like the other 3 billion or so men in the world, you’ve probably given gift buying very little consideration so far. But rather than leave the daunting task of fighting manic crowds and retail anxiety to the proverbial, and often literal, last minute, we’ve chosen some of our favourite pieces to nab while there is still time. From watch winders to the obligatory multipack of socks, there’s something here for everyone.

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Ryan Thompson, Digital Editor

Nothing draws a bigger blank from one’s face than the perennial question: “What do you want for Christmas?” Social etiquette requires all but the world’s psychopaths to deflect rather than answer directly, which is why we end up with a collective rictus for faces come unwrapping time on Christmas morning. So politeness aside, let me turn this on its head and tell you exactly what I want: C.QP slate grey suede sneakers, which will stay boxfresh until I break them out in more clement climes; Ettinger’s card case (frankly it could be any Ettinger product, such is my adoration of the brand); and finally Nialaya’s beaded bracelet to remind me of warmer (read hedonistic) days ahead in 2019.

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Jessica Beresford, Managing Editor

No matter the budget or subject, I am of the belief that Christmas gifts should be as practical as they are thoughtful. For the horological enthusiast, a watch winder – like this sleek leather piece by Wolf – will add to any collection; for those who take pride in their appearance, a sleek shaving set makes for a more exciting routine; and for the man who already has everything they could need – a pair of cosy socks, for shuffling around the house in.

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Benedict Browne, Associate Style Editor

Each year I can always rely on one thing when it comes to Christmas with the family and it’s that I’ll be given a fresh set of boxer shorts. Not particularly exciting, but it’s always useful to replenish the stockpiles, and fighting in that corner is Hamilton & Hare. Other useful gifts that would happily sit in the same category are braces – an accessory that’s sometimes overlooked but never unwanted. Looking ahead to the warmer months, espadrilles are also another great one to give during these bleak times.

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Aobh O’Brien-Moody, Editorial Assistant

Demonstrate your gift-giving prowess with some hits to remember: these supremely comfortable pale pink socks from New & Lingwood are guaranteed to put a pep in the step of their lucky recipient, while the motor enthusiast in your life will greatly appreciate a hand-crafted sterling silver and silk cord bracelet, designed to celebrate the golden era of motorsports. For something truly unique, Indigo People combines contemporary design with traditional craftsmanship, culminating in unique, handmade products like this batik dyed bandana.

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