The most essential stocking filler gifts

You needn’t break the bank for stocking filler presents. Here is a selection of extra-special gifts from world-renowned artisans for your discerning friends.
Natalie Wood, Edmund Gwenn and John Payne in Miracle on 34th Street, 1947. Photo by 20TH CENTURY FOX and courtesy of Alamy

Here at The Rake we are very much of the opinion that a useful gift can go a long way in sharing happiness. It also doesn’t need to empty the piggy bank as it’s the thought that counts, which is why we’ve selected some of the most befitting stocking gifts to buy this Christmas and all under £150.

The courtliness of understanding what passions a friend has, rightly carries a lot of weight. There is no better way of showing this by gifting this person a book or subscription to a magazine on the subjects that they’re most inspired by. If its films Assouline’s book on The Irishman directed by Martin Scorsese will ignite your cinematic senses. For horology enthusiasts, The Audemars Piguet 20th Century Complicated Wristwatches Book, will get you thinking about time. If it is the codes of classic men’s elegance that prods your excitement, its bible, The Rake Magazine in the form of a 24-month subscription, will be a greatly appreciated present.

    In a usual year – we may pick up our favourite fragrance or grooming kit at duty free or call into one of the old-established Perfumers in St James’s. This is not a usual year, where opportunity for either has been limited. Here on The Rake we stock a selection of iconic fragrances and luxury grooming equipment from British heritage brands such as Floris and D R Harris.

      On theme of British heritage brands, Ettinger are without a doubt in the upper echelons of leather goods craft. A perfect stocking filler with real purpose is their nut and London tan bridle hide card case. There is also leather card cases and wallets produced in Europe’s finest ateliers from Davidoff and Caracalla 1947.

        One of the avoidable pitfalls in men’s fashion is sporting impeccably tailored trousers, only for the sophistication to be undone, by a very average pair of braces. Ranging in formality and in an abundance of motifs and patterns, you will be able to solve the aforementioned faux pas with elegant braces from Serà Fine Silk and Albert Thurston.

          One of the most low key presents to buy, but often procured with seismic appreciation is that of socks. By Christmas time, depleted sock draws are a common sight, with no explanation as to where all the socks you received last year disappeared to. Timeless cotton socks can be found in New & Lingwood’s extensive sock portfolio, whilst Bresciani specialise in high-quality over the calf versions which can be found in a variety of luxurious fabrics. The London Sock Company sell in pair sets if you prefer to buy in bulk.

            The tie and pocket square might be going through something of a flat spell in popularity, but their refined nature is what caps off the formal outfit. Mess of Blues are known for their quirky ties and pocket squares, whilst you can find exceptional silk ties from family-run dynasties, E.Marinella and Fumagalli 1891.

              Please see here to view the full gifting assortment.


              Freddie Anderson


              December 2020


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