Men's Christmas Gift Guide 2016
Continuing with our series of Christmas gift guides, today we are looking at presents for the boys! Whether you know a seriously snappy dresser or a wannabe Bear Grylls, we have the perfect gift.
Is your guy always immaculately suited and booted? If he takes pride in being perfectly groomed, L'occitane's A Man's Ritual Set features a combination of full sized favourites like the L'occitan Shower Gel and handy travel sized treats such as L'occitan Aftershave Balm. This kit has everything required for his daily routine whether at home or away. For a little luxury, try the woody, aromatic Lalique Encre Noire Gift Set.
If he has always loved the idea of a traditional wet shave, why not try a Gentlemen's Hardware Shaving Kit? This little set has everything a beginner would need, containing a synthetic shaving brush, shaving cream and post shave lotion whilst the products vintage styling is functional yet smart. The Gentlemen's Hardware Enamel Shaving Bowl and Soap is a great alternative to the standard shave cream and comes with a handy bowl.
If an outfits finishing touches are more his thing, a quirky set of cufflinks is a great choice. Paul Smith have a fun range to suit every style from the playful Striped Rolling Ball to the contemporary Mother of Pearl Etched Lucky Dice Tattoo. For a more conservative look, Hugo Boss' Mell Rectangular Geometric Line Cufflinks fit the bill. Elegant and understated, they seamlessly complement any outfit. All of these cufflinks are beautifully packaged in branded gift boxes, a detail the dapper gent will undoubtedly appreciate. A pair of socks can also finish off an outfit perfectly; why not try Paul Smith's Mainline Stripe for a bold, bright take on the signature stripe or Neon Sock for a more conservative pop of colour.
Pocket squares are perfect to accessorise an outfit with, and a gift the Dapper Chap would be sure to appreciate. Silk squares are a popular choice as they have a lovely sheen and look great casually stuffed into a pocket - no fancy folding required. A flash of colour such as Paul Smith's Multi Coloured Union Jack Print Silk Pocket Square would brighten up a dark or neutral toned suit while the Hugo Boss Chevron Print Silk Pocket Square in Navy is best for a more discreet option. They also look great framed and hung on the wall for a unique piece of artwork.
For the gentleman who likes to take life at a leisurely pace complete with long strolls in the countryside, we have the perfect selection of festive gifts.
Flat caps are essential for the typical country gent look, whether it be a traditional tweed or a contemporary marl, there is a style to suit every taste. The Barbour Crieff Cap in Khaki Herringbone is a classic country staple constructed from warm lambswool while the Barbour Wax Tartan Flat Cap has a more contemporary feel. Made using 6oz waxed cotton, this cap is hard wearing and great for all weather usage. A tartan lambswool scarf such as the Barbour New Check Tartan Scarf in MacDonald completes the look.
A true country gent would always have a small hip flask to hand, ready for a sneaky tot! Ted Baker's Stag Hip Flask is slim enough to fit in a jacket pocket and looks the part with a faux leather stag print design.
For a stocking filler, you can never go wrong with a pair of socks! Try Barbour's Cheviot Sock in Grey, a classic striped design or for something warmer the Ashby Sock in Navy. Keen hikers will appreciate Barbour Grassmoor Boot Socks which feature cushioned heel, toe and sole sections for extra comfort.
Looking for a real treat? A Barbour Waxed Jacket will last for years to come if cared for properly whilst keeping you warm whatever the weather conditions. The Torridon Wax Jacket in Navy is our favourite - casual yet smart, this tailored jacket is practical and can be worn year round; a true wardrobe staple. A tartan shirt such as the Rowlock Tailored Shirt in Grey Marl complements it perfectly.
All he needs now is a pair of Hunter Boots to complete the country look. Choose the Mens Norris Field Side Adjustable Boots for general use and muddy walks or try the durable Balmoral range if a heavy duty, performance boot is required.
If your country gent prefers the indoors to the outdoors, go for a pair of comfortable slippers. Barbour have a fab range to suit every taste, from the full sized Monty Slipper, available in Brown or Classic Tartan to the Watson Mule Suede Slipper, an easy slip on design. All Barbour slippers have warm, faux fur interiors and hard wearing rubber sole so you can nip outside if required.
Do you have a Dad who thinks he's Ray Mears? A boyfriend who thinks he's a member of the SAS? A brother who aspires to be the next Arctic Explorer?
With the cold winter weather approaching, they are going to need to be kept wrapped up from the elements. A fine knit woollen hat is not only warm; the close fit traps and retains heat much better. Paul Smith's PS Merino Wool Beanie Hat in Navy is warm and doesn't itch like wool sometimes can. It comes in one size only, meaning you don't have to worry if it will fit your recipient.
The Hunter Original Rubberised Windbreaker Jacket is a waterproof lightweight coat that can be folded easily into a backpack, so if the weather turns, your adventurer will always be prepared. It has everything required to protect them from the elements: a generous drawstring peaked hood, drawstring sleeves and hem which are great for pulling tight so the wind/rain can't get in, while the bonded pockets are designed to keep their contents safe and dry.
If their adventures take them away from home for longer periods of time, a wash bag can make a useful gift. Barbour's Beacon Wash Bag is made from tough canvas, so will stand up to any conditions thrown at it. Being made from fabric rather than leather means this bag can be squashed and manipulated into any bag or holdall with ease; handy if space is at a premium.
For the gentlemen who are constantly on the go, you need to think smart, classic yet functional gifts. Items that can be used in a multitude of ways are useful, particularly when travelling and space is at a premium. Paul Smith's Cut to Fit Reversible Belt features two different coloured sides, meaning it can be worn either way. This versatile belt can be used in the office, or casually at the weekend.
A coordinating wallet and card holder set will always go down a treat - when does a workaholic have time to look for a replacement wallet if their current one is tired? The Hugo Boss Greno Leather Wallet and Card Case Gift Set provides ample space for cards, coins and bank notes and comes beautifully presented in a smart gift box. Simply pop it in a festive gift bag and you are good to go.
Want to blow the budget? A bag suitable for both business and pleasure will be much appreciated by the workaholic. The Hugo Boss Noggs Business Briefcase features a detachable shoulder strap, so it can be slung over a shoulder when travelling, but removed upon reaching your destination, turning it back into a standard briefcase. Inside there is are two padded compartments; one suitable for a laptop and the other suitable for a tablet, along with useful phone and pen slots. On the front is a zip pocket big enough to store A4 sized documents while the back pocket has a discreet zip running along the bottom, allowing you to pop it onto suitcase pull handles. The main nylon compartment is hard wearing and practical but the leather trim detailing and handles add a luxurious feel to the bag. It should also be small enough to use as hand baggage with most airlines, although dimensions should always be checked before travelling.
All items featured can be found in store at Sinclairs Sheffield. Selected items are available on www.sinclairsonline.co.uk