It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and if you haven’t already started your festive shop on then it’s time to get a move on! Those shopping days are running out!
Like the starter before you eat your main course, the right stocking stuffers should be rich and exciting morsels that will whet your appetite for the main event.
Looking for a little inspiration? Here’s our pick of this year’s best stocking stuffers than every man will love:
Socks may be a cliche, but for good reason. People love to give and receive them: It wouldn’t be a man’s Christmas stocking if it wasn’t stuffed with a pair of socks or two!
But that doesn’t mean that the socks you choose have to be a bland disappointment. This Christmas why not say goodbye to boring black acrylic socks and hello to soft, luxurious pieces in beautiful designs and patterns?
A patterned sock is the perfect way to inject some fun and colour into any outfit. Whether you’re livening up a suit or (and differentiating your outfit from your peers) or coordinating with your favourite sweater at the weekend, once you’ve tried socks with personality you’ll never go back!
This is a great gift because it’s easy to get the right fit (the same cannot be said for a new sweater), you don’t have to consider body type or skin tone, and they don’t break the bank. Everyone needs and wears socks, so they’re also not a gift that will go to waste, even if you don’t get the colour and pattern right.
Top tip: Choose luxury materials, and high end brands that will raise a smile. It’s better to give one great pair of socks than a five pack of mediocre ones.
Here are some of our favourites for gifting inspiration:
The market for male grooming products has truly exploded in recent years. The alpha male of just a generation ago would have considered anything more than a bar of soap and a roll on deodorant excessive, but a life with so few products seems almost impossible to imagine for our generation.
Nowadays though there are as many male grooming products on the market as there are female grooming products, and luxury high-end toiletries make great gifts.
From a soft and conditioning beard oil for your more hirsute male companions to a rich and decadent moisturizer for your beard-free friends, skin care products make a great gift.
These ‘little luxuries’ are often products men like but don’t buy for themselves. They feel luxurious, they look great in your bathroom, and this is also a great way to introduce new brands that they might not have experienced before.
If you’re looking for beauty treats for a bearded buddy then here are some of our favorites:
Looking for something a little less hairy and a little more focused on the sacred art of skincare? Then
these are the ideal products for you:
Perfect Pocket Knife
Every man should own a pocket knife. If you ever need to open a box, cut rope or string, look like a bad ass whilst peeling an apple or open a letter with panache then there is no better tool.
Not only are pocket knives incredibly handy in every eventuality, they also look great. If you want to look and feel like a rugged outdoorsman then this is an essential piece of kit.
Most can be personalised with a name or significant message that will turn them into pieces to treasure for a lifetime. This is one stocking stuffer they’ll never forget!
Here are our picks of the perfect pocket knives to suit every budget:
Looking for a stocking stuffer for a workaholic who’s never far away from his trusty suit? There’s only one gift to give the guy who embraces formal dressing and likes to put his best foot forward in the office; a new tie.
Once considered a fairly ‘naff’ gift (and the kind of thing kids presented to their fathers in the 1980s, often adorned with comedy slogans and cartoons) the modern tie is a thing of beauty.
By choosing the right style, pattern and colour, and complimenting the style and shade of his preferred suiting options, you can show the man you are shopping for just how well you know him with the right tie.
If you’re not sure about pattern or colour then our top tip is to play it fairly safe. Pick something neutral that would look great with a black, grey or navy suit, and avoid bold oversized repeating patterns unless you know it is to their taste.
Here are our favourite neutral ties if you want to play it safe:
Looking for a more fashion-forward statement piece for a man that knows exactly what he wants? Try these for inspiration:
Manly Money Clip
There’s something about carrying an old-school money clip that feels incredibly manly. Whether your bank account is full or empty, nothing will make you feel more like a Rockerfeller than thumbing through the notes of your money clip to pay a cheque (even if you’re only carrying dollar bills!)
The silver money clip is timeless, classic, and oozes power and style without having to say a word.
If you’ve got money to spend and want to delight and surprise the man you’re shopping for then Gucci dominate the market here, making an amazing collection of high end, fashion-forward money clips that are bang on trend.
On a more modest budget? There is also a huge range of personalised money clips available on the market that will inject a personal one-to-one feel to the gift.
Here are some of our favourite money clips on the market right now (including a couple of Gucci pieces we just can’t resist):
Couture Collar Stays
Finally, why not improve their overall presentation by investing in a pair of collar stays? Just like cufflinks, collar stays are an integral part of high class couture dressing, designed to ensure that your shirt is always immaculately presented, no matter how you choose to wear it.
Not sure exactly what a collar stay is (or what it does)? These clever little tools are tabs that weigh down the tips of the collar on a collared shirt, unseen.
The benefit of the collar stay is that they allow men to have a casual, open-collared button-down look without fixing the collar with buttons. Your collar will still maintain it’s stiff shape, and their crisp points will hold their shape.
Collar stays serve an incredibly important role when putting together your outfit, and they also look great on your dresser. Here are some of our favourites:
I’m sure the anti-consumerists would disagree, but I don’t think Christmas would be complete without a stocking stuffed full of goodies!
No matter what you choose to stuff the stockings of your loved ones with, make sure you choose thoughtful little trinkets that will really make them smile.
I believe that the best stocking gifts are small indulgences and little slices of luxury that you wouldn’t otherwise think to buy for yourself: from those decadent chocolate truffles that you know they love to a beard oil they wouldn’t normally use, think about their interests and choose your gifts accordingly.
The value of the gifts isn’t important: the perfect stocking shows not only that you know their personality and their specialist interests, but also that you care.