All he wants for Christmas: The best festive gifts for him

Zoe Gunn

29 October 2021

Easily pleased or seriously picky, we’ve got the gifts to impress every man 

29 October 2021 | Zoe Gunn

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n paper, buying a Christmas gift for your dad, brother, husband or uncle is fairly straightforward. Whether he’s a fitness fan, style maven or spirits connoisseur, simply identify his hobby of choice and a world of brilliant gifts opens up to you. Unless, of course, he’s already bought everything he could want or need himself.

In this case, a little bit of imagination is necessary – and that’s where Luxury London steps in. We’ve scoured the men’s market and, from elegant style buys to top-notch activewear and fine whiskies, hunted down the luxury gifts guaranteed to surprise and impress this festive season. Here are the best gifts for men for Christmas 2021...

The best style gifts for him

Acne Studios

Overcoats make brilliant gifts because, while pretty much every man needs one, the price tag can often be wince-inducing enough to put many off taking the plunge. Ringing in at just under £1,000, Acne’s classic navy pea coat features a subtle pinstripe pattern and is crafted from insulating double-faced wool that will look great for many winters to come.

Acne Studios pinstriped wool coat, £900, mrporter.com

Jil Sander

Everyone loves a great jumper and, whether you happen to be heading to the slopes or not this year, we can all agree that the best knitwear has a touch of apres-ski to it. This sporty alpine-hued design by Jil Sander creative directors Luke and Lucie Meier is simultaneously simple and standout. We can’t think of anything finer to wear to a casual Christmas party.

Colour block roll neck sweater, £860, matchesfashion.com

Desmond & Dempsey

Many men don’t consider themselves ‘pyjama people’ but we’re of the opinion that that’s simply because they haven’t met the right pyjamas yet. London-based sleepwear brand Desmond & Dempsey is responsible for many a convert. Ease him in with this 1950s-inspired quilted robe in the brand’s best selling (and utterly irresistible) Soleia print.

Quilted Soleia robe, £310, desmondanddempsey.com

The best accessories for men

Crockett & Jones

The greatest mens gifts are those that they’d never think to buy for themselves, but absolutely love the moment they tear off the wrapping paper. So allow us to point you in the direction of Crockett & Jones. The brand is best known for its Northampton-made shoes, and for being James Bond’s boot and brogue of choice. In fact, so well respected are Crockett & Jones' shoes that chances are the best-dressed gents in your life already own a pair.

Happily, the brand also does an extensive line in accessories and shoe accompaniments that make for perfect Christmas gifts – especially if his New Year’s resolution is to always put his best foot forward. If he’s not already storing his shoes with shoe trees, he’ll more than thank you for the introduction. Available in sizes 5-13, Crockett & Jones’ shoe trees absorb moisture from inside the shoe, support uppers to maintain shape and provide structure for polishing and cleaning, keeping shoes in tip-top condition. Complete the set with the brand’s stylish leather travel shoe care kit. Packing everything you need for perfectly maintained shoes into a handy leather pouch, it will be the first thing he packs for every trip.

If he's already meticulous with his shoe care regime, you can never go wrong with a timeless accessory. Crockett & Jones' range of men's belts is expansive but we're particularly fond of this brown suede design. Made using skins from the best European tanneries, its rough suede texture and bronze coloured buckle make it the perfect piece for pairing with both smart work looks and weekend denim.

Suede belt, £100, crockettandjones.com; Travel shoe care kit, £125, crockettandjones.com; Show tree, £65, crockettandjones.com

Paul Smith

Know a sneakerhead who's always looking to add something new and exciting to his collection? For AW21, Paul Smith has reimagined its signature Artist Stripe, taking it back to its Expressionist inspiration and applying it as a paint stripe to a range of unisex leather goods and sportswear. These classically minimalist sneakers are the perfect foil to the motif’s rainbow hues.

Painted Stripe Hansen trainers, £300, paulsmith.co.uk

Church’s

Christmas may be a time for casting the responsibilities of work to the back of your mind but, before you know it, it will be 2 January and the commute will be looming large. The least you can do then, is gift the businessman in your life the accessories necessary to send him into the New Year with a spring in his step.

While best known for its range of gorgeous shoes, British brand Church’s also does an incredible line of leather goods and accessories, all of which are made with the same care and attention as its internationally-renowned shoes. A case in point? This elegant emerald-hued Craven laptop bag constructed from Church’s signature St James cross-grain calf leather, which is named for the brand’s factory in Northampton. Sporting a clean, modern exterior and carefully considered interior design with pockets for all your important tech and documents, it’s the contemporary CEO’s bag of choice.

If he’s firmly attached to his existing briefcase, however, Church’s offers plenty in the way of smaller items that will take a basic suit to the next level. Its Nevada leather belt, for example, may look simple but, as they say, the devil is in the (meticulously crafted) details. There’s also a whole range of shoes constructed from the same leather should he be looking for something to match down the line. Alternatively, these Catseye cufflinks will look great paired with a black, blue or navy suit – meaning there’s really no excuse not to wear them every day.

Craven St James laptop bag, £1,900, church-footwear.com; Classic buckle belt, £360, church-footwear.com; Floating Stone cufflinks, £320, church-footwear.com

Home comforts

Globe-Trotter x Alessi

What is Christmas without a few cocktails? And, while we’d all love to have an extensive home bar, if you know an aspiring mixologist who’s pushed for space a new collaboration between Alessi and Globe-Trotter offers the ideal solution. Inside this chic grey-and-red, leather-finished Globe-Trotter case you’ll find Alessi’s signature cocktail shaker, alongside the tongs, measure and bottle opener no self-respecting bartender should be without.

Alessi cocktail set, £745, globe-trotter.com (available from 1 November)

Glenmorangie

Of course, shaking up complicated cocktails is all well and good, but cosy winter evenings often call for nothing more complicated than a great dram. This 26-year-old single malt from Highland distillery Glenmorangie is crafted from the union of two very different but equally aged batches, resulting in a sophisticated palate of spice, sweetness and bold meaty notes.

Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1991, £635, clos19.com

Bombas

We know socks have a bad rep as Christmas gifts but stick with us. Bombas socks aren’t your average M&S numbers. The American brand has just brought its much-hyped designs to the UK and, having had the chance to road test them, we’re on board. These super-soft Merino wool pairs offer a cushioned footbed, arch support system and jazzy festive pattern (so much chicer than a Christmas jumper). Plus, for every pair bought, Bombas donates a pair to homeless shelters around the UK.

Merino wool sock set, £85, bombas.co.uk

The best sports gifts for men

David Gandy Wellwear

You know David Gandy. He of the borderline explicit underwear and cologne ads. Well, he’s channelled his decades of experience in the fashion industry into a brand new active and loungewear brand that couldn’t be more ideal for gym-goers in need of something practical and stylish to wear over their kit in the winter. Or for those work-from-home days when buttons just feel like too much effort. There’s a whole range of shorts, sweatshirts and tops available but it’s the bomber jacket and joggers that have caught our eye.

Heritage jogger, £80, davidgandywellwear.com; Sweat bomber, £80, davidgandywellwear.com

Orro

Buying a bike can be quite a personal purchase, especially for those who consider themselves the star of the peloton, but we defy any cycling enthusiast not to be won over by Orro. Designed and made at the brand’s HQ at the foot of the famed Ditchling Beacon in the South Downs, fans include former Olympian Greg Whyte, who praises the serious R&D that goes into these bikes. Available to pre-order now in time for Christmas, the new 2021 Terra G gravel bike is crafted from aircraft-grade aluminium and features a hybrid design built to cope with countryside adventures and city commutes.

2021 Terra G 105/FSA bike, £1,299, orrobikes.com

Barry’s UK x Hermosa

If he’s more weights and whey protein than chocolate and cheese, pop this collaborative hamper created by Barry’s, purveyor of the capital’s most intense workouts, and protein brand Hermosa in his stocking. Featuring a five-class pass, jar of Hermosa protein, reusable tumbler and Barry’s beanie, think of it as Fortnum & Mason for the Eat, Sleep, Gym, Repeat crowd.

The So Extra Wellness hamper, from £162, livehermosa.com

Showstopping luxury gifts

Rolls-Royce

Hmmm, what to get the man who has everything? A Rolls-Royce, of course. But if money-no-object doesn’t quite extend to a £500k car, the marque’s latest lifestyle offering is the next best thing. Created in homage to the intricate wooden drinks cabinets commissioned by the wealthy as far back as the 15th century, the Cellarette is a humidor, bar and glass storage chest combined in one utterly opulent package. Akin to the world’s most extravagant picnic basket, press a button on the minimalist aluminium-and-chrome box and the sides and top open to reveal a backlit glass cabinet, leather-lined bottle pannier and cigar humidor with S.T. Dupont lighter, ashtray and cutter.

Cellarette humidor and drinks bar, from £40,570, rolls-roycemotorcars.com

Jaeger-LeCoultre

As presents they’ll treasure for years to come, few gifts can compete with a fine mechanical watch. If you’re looking to really push the boat out and show off your horology nous, opt for a tourbillon movement – one of the most technically difficult and coveted complications in watchmaking. This classic timepiece from Jaeger-LeCoultre packs its Calibre 978G automatic tourbillon movement into an ultra-slim case measuring just 11.3mm deep.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon Automatic 40mm, £62,000, mrporter.com

Theo Fennell

Diamonds are always an easy route to gift-giving success but, if you can’t see the men in your life sporting necklaces or bracelets any time soon, a pair of timeless cufflinks is the way to go. Designed and created at Theo Fennell’s Chelsea workshop, where the designer has been turning out show-stopping jewels for more than four decades, these opal and diamond designs are the finishing touch his tux has been asking for.

Opal and diamond cufflinks, £17,250, theofennell.com

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