Our challenge (which we have accepted): seeking out Christmas presents for the person we all find hard to shop for – the man in our lives. Whether it be for dad, brother, boyfriend or husband (and so on), your gifting problems are over. Shopping for a fitness lover, music maniac, alcohol admirer or an organisational perfectionist? We've got it all.
1. Organise the untidy, neaten the disorganised
A practical way for him (or her, for that matter) to store his laptop, headphones, glasses and other essentials so they're not sprawled all over the bedside table/down the back of the sofa, this is the perfect gift for those who always find themselves losing their most important things (guilty). It's not just handy, it looks nice too!
2. For tidying up that Shoreditch beard
The male version of a dressing table but more compact, this grooming station would sit perfectly atop a shelf or windowsill, and will ensure they leave the house each day looking fine. Featuring a mirror, plus room for a comb, scissors and tweezers, what's not to like? Oh, and it can also be personalised!
3. Forget the Sonos, frame some vinyl
If he's a music lover, this may just be the gift you've been searching for. Whether it's his favourite song, the tune played at his wedding or the track that was number one the day he was born, you can have it framed as a record and add your own personalised message. We think it'll be one to remember for years to come.
4. The must-have home buy: a bar cart
The perfect gift for the man who loves his drink but can't be bothered to get up and grab himself one every 15 minutes (think Jim from The Royle Family, only classier), this bar cart on wheels can hold everything from glasses to bottles, straws, fruit and anything else he may need to whip up his favourite tipple. If we're being honest, you'll probably regret not having bought him one years ago.
5. Fabulous for fitness freaks (or healthy wannabes)
Shopping for someone sporty? The FitBit Alta automatically tracks steps, calories burned, distance, active minutes and sleep so they don't have to do it themselves. It can be synced to a phone and has changeable straps for day and night. Best of all? It's a reasonable price making the perfect stocking filler.
6. Quality headphones for quality time
Had enough of his niche indie tunes? Give the gift of wireless headphones this Christmas, and we promise you'll both see an uplift in quality of life. Not only does this Marshall pair have 30+ hours of battery from a single charge, but there's also another socket so he can share songs with a friend (bless). They look good, too, and can be folded away and stored easily. What's not to love?
7. The use-every-day bag
Ideal as a gym or travel bag, the Herschel novel duffle has more than enough space to fit everything from a weekend's worth of clothes to a football kit. With a convenient shoe compartment to ensure clothes don't get dirt on them, as well as a long strap so it can be carried in two different ways, it's also available in a variety of colours and is waterproof. Win win, if you ask us.
8. Personalised after shave (sort of)
Pricey, but for a good reason, this long-lasting aftershave not only has a distinctive smell (a sophisticated blend, with base notes of musk, oak moss, ambergris and vanilla), it also changes, depending on whose skin it's sprayed on. Genius.
9. The only portable speaker he'll ever need
Available in black, royal blue, sandstone and teal, this compact wireless speaker has Bluetooth to connect to your phone, and is also splash-resistant. Ideal for outside listening, singing along to in the shower and even taking on holiday, it's compact enough to fit in a pocket. And, although small, it doesn't compromise on sound or features. With a battery life of 10 hours, a compatible app on your phone and several smart features, it makes the perfect stocking filler.
10. For someone who needs man-scaping
For the man who hates shaving, this Philips shaver will ensure he never moans again when you ask him to lose the stubble (well, never moans about shaving, don't get too excited). Offering a clean and comfortable shave, it's easy to use on wet or dry skin, has a four-directional flex head and it lasts for 50 minutes without needing a charge (we reckon that adds up to between 10 and 20 shaves). It also contains a pop-up trimmer for those trendy moustaches and sideburns.
11. For speedy caffeine pick-me-ups
Know someone who is grumpy until they've had their first cup of coffee in the morning? This is just the present they need. The Breville One Touch will cheer their mornings up with a press of a button, and can make lattes, americanos and espressos. With the ability to dispense both water and milk, the state-of-the-art machine ensures every cup is barista-worthy. It's also available in grey/rose gold and black/stainless steel.