Handsome gifts for him: grooming, gadgets and timeless accessories 

Mhairi Mann

27 November 2020

Think lingering fragrance, cashmere scarves, keep-forever accessories and spirits to savour by the fireplace this winter 

27 November 2020 | Mhairi Mann

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BOSS leather accessories 

BOSS is a master of timeless leather accessories, crafted from durable Italian leather. This travel-friendly document case slips easily over a suitcase handle, finished with elegant silver hardware and understated branding. Slip a plane ticket in the front pocket for added kudos on Christmas morning.

Document case in grained Italian leather, £449, boss.com

Hermès silk tie

Bobby Breward, the director of the Hermès store in Cannes, designed the first Hermès silk tie in 1949 after a casino insisted that all men must wear a tie upon entry. The five-fold silk staple has since become signature to the maison, woven at the Hermès atelier in Lyon. Each tie takes one year in total to make and has only a six-month cycle, making it an instant collector’s item. 

H roll twill tie, £170, hermes.com

Tom Ford Oud Wood candle

The ultimate candle for men, this warm, smokey scent is enriched with luxurious Oud Wood and topped with come-hither hints of vetiver, tonka bean and amber. Tom Ford's signature Oud Wood collection extends to fragrance, body lotion and shower gel, all of which are perfect for under the tree this Christmas. 

£68, mrporter.com

Louis Vuitton Météore cologne

The newest addition to Louis Vuitton's luxurious fragrance family is Météore, an evocative, reach-for-the-stars concoction by maître-parfumeur Jacques Cavallier Belletrud – a third-generation 'nose' who has created no less than 18 scents for the French house since it relaunched its fragrance collection in 2016. Sparkling Sicilian mandarin is balanced by woody vetiver and a trio of spices – pepper, cardamom and nutmeg – for an elegant and sensual winter fragrance, which looks particularly handsome on one's dresser. 

Météore cologne, £200, louisvuitton.com

Mulberry lambswool scarf

A failproof and thoroughly British Christmas present, Mulberry's windowpane check scarves are available in a range of colourways this season, including classic red, chocolate brown, navy and grey. Spun in the UK from the softest lambswool, they can also be monogrammed with the recipient's initials for a beautifully personal touch.    

£125, mulberry.com

Crockett & Jones Molton Chukka boot 

With Oxford brogues and other formal footwear remaining somewhat redundant for the foreseeable future, Crockett & Jones' Chukka boots hit the smart-casual sweet spot this winter. Made in the UK from robust dark brown suede, the timeless style has a sturdy Dainite rubber sole – as worn by none other than James Bond in the forthcoming film No Time To Die, for which Crockett & Jones is an official partner.

£395, crockettandjones.com

Smythson diary 

Founded in 1887, Smythson is one of Britain's oldest stationers. The heritage brand proudly holds three royal warrants, keeping the Queen and Prince Charles in check each year with personalised notebooks and leather accessories. Created in 1908 as the world's first portable diary, the pocket-sized Panama is an emblematic gift for 2021, poised to be filled with plans of travel and adventure.

Travels and Experiences Panama notebook, £55, smythson.com

Brunello Cucullini cashmere gloves

You can count on Brunello Cucinelli to create quite possibly the world's smartest, cosiest driving gloves. Knitted in Italy from the supremely soft cashmere, the palm of the glove is lined with perforated suede – ideal when driving home for Christmas this year. 

Cashmere knit gloves with suede palm, £590, mrporter.com

Glenmorangie Emblem Gift Set

The official online shopping platform for the LVMH and Moët Hennessy drinks portfolio, Clos19.com offers a stylish curation of quaffable presents to share easily this Christmas. Distilled in the Scottish Highlands, Glenmorangie's single malt is world-renowned for its smooth, velvety complexity. This smart gift box presents a 70 cl bottle with two keepsake tumblers – ideal for pouring by an open fire this winter.

Gift box with 70 cl bottle and two glasses, £37 per set, clos19.com

Read more: the Clos19 guide to the very best champagne, wine and spirits to gift this Christmas

Bang & Olufsen + Rimowa Beoplay H9i Headphones

For the tech-savvy gent with just about everything, Bang & Olufsen has partnered with Rimowa on a supremely stylish set of travel-friendly wireless headphones. The limited-edition 'Beoplay H9i' noise-cancelling headphones are engineered for crisp, uninterrupted sound with an innovative touch interface. They are designed in anodised aluminium – a Rimowa signature – and light silver leather.

£750, mrporter.com

Alice Made This cufflinks

Cufflinks are a classic at Christmas, and those crafted in the UK by Alice Made This are extra-special. The company partners with British factories to produce its array of sleek, contemporary designs, drawing on the expertise of aeronautical engineers and military manufacturers. The James brass Spiral cufflinks are so-called after James Neville, the revered Hatton Garden engraver responsible for the intricate, modern mark-making. 

£245, alicemadethis.com