HEART LONDON MAGAZINE’S CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE – For Him
It is that time of year again, when you can wear silly hats, drink mulled wine and party until the cows come home. It also time to find gifts for friends and loved ones, so Heart London Magazine wanted to give you a helping hand. We have trawled through a wide range of gifts available this year and selected those we think you will love. Here are a selection of gifts for men, although many can be given to anyone. Read our Christmas gift guide for women and coming soon our Party Tipples and Sweet Treats article. Enjoy and don’t forget to share your thoughts with us, we read all your messages.
Samuel Windsor Lambswool scarf
Sometimes buying a present for the opposite sex isn’t easy. These British scarves are made in Yorkshire at one of the last surviving vertical woollen mills, the Abraham and Son’s Mill, founded in 1837. Not only are you supporting British made products, they are baby soft, come in stylish tartan and plain colour ranges and at only £20, are great value for money. No need to gift socks anymore, as any man would love this beautiful stylish scarf.
Samuel Windsor Lambs Wool Scarf, £20, available at http://www.samuel-windsor.co.uk/
Jack Black Turbo Wash Cleanser for Hair and Body
Keep the man in your life smelling fresh with Jack Black’s range of products, the Turbo Wash Cleanser for Hair and Body saves time in the shower and a little goes a long way. The Rosemary, Juniper Berry and Eucalyptus create a fresh and energising aroma.
Jack Black Turbo Wash, £16.95 available at http://www.selfridges.com
To keep lips soft and protect them from the harsh winter weather Jack Black have created an intense therapy lip balm. It smells like fresh grapefruit, is free from those nasty parabens, and is infused with Vitamin E as well as green tea extract. A delight for lips and keeps your man’s lips kissable, just in time for the mistletoe.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm, £7.25 available at http://www.selfridges.com
The Old Street Barber Co. create quality men’s grooming products and the shave oil smells divine, the peppermint and lime infusion wafts through the air and the oil is perfectly balanced. This is a British company that creates their own products in the UK from natural ingredients. It can be used before and after shaving, leaving the skin nourished and moisturised. It is made from 100% natural ingredients including sweet almond oil, peppermint oil, lemon peel oil and vitamin E, no wonder it smells so good.
The Old Street Barber Shave Oil, £20,00, available at http://theoldstreetbarber.co
The Old Street Barber Co. Hair Pomade
This light hair pomade is perfect to add a finishing touch to any hairstyle and it washes out easily. Like all of the Old Street Barber Co. products, it smells delicious, a little goes a long way and creates an excellent look. A great gift for any man!
The Old Street Barber Co. Hair Pomade, £15,00 available at http://theoldstreetbarber.co/
Borderfields Infusions Gift Pack with Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil
You don’t have to be a professional cook to enjoy cooking, but you do need the right ingredients to make the perfect dish. These delicious oils are made in Britain from home-grown cold pressed rapeseed oils, with a variation of infused ingredients including chilli, garlic, basil and lemon, adding flavour to any dish. From salad dressings and stir fries to cakes and quiches, rapeseed oil’s versatility in the kitchen along with its nutritional properties has seen it become a must-have staple on the shopping lists of the culinary elite and the perfect present for any food lover.
Borderfields Infusions Gift Pack with Cole Rapeseed Oil, £9.99, available at Amazon
KAZAM Tornado 348 Smart Phone
Buying a phone and having a SIM only plan makes so much more sense than being on a contract, and it saves money, but many phones are 4-500 pounds. That is where the KAZAM Tornado 348 steps in, not only is it very slim, lightweight and stylish, this stunning phone is very easy to use and you can set it up without even taking a peek at the manual. What makes this smartphone stand out from the crowd is not only the amazing £149.99 price, but KAZAM offers a free cracked screen replacement on all its smartphones as well as a 3-year warranty. This world’s slimmest smartphone is excellent value for money, comes with a 3-year warranty and will make anyone smile!
KAZAM Tornado 348 Smart Phone, £149.99, available at Argos
bySainsbury’s Chilli Mill
This stunning Chilli Mill is great value and perfect for men or women who love to cook, Sainsbury’s have some amazing gifts this year for any price range and the mill is certainly one of them. It is a large size, so you can add flavour and spice to many dishes and it is very easy to use, simply twist the top and grind the chillies. Perfect as a stocking filler, for a work colleague, friends and family.
Dreamland Heat on The Go, cordless heat pod
Who doesn’t love a hot water bottle, something to warm up your feet on those cold chilly nights? Filling up the bottle is never fun and can be dangerous, not mentioning those times when you didn’t tighten the top as much as you should have, waking you up to a wet bed! Dreamland have created the modern alternative to a hot water bottle! It heats through a rechargeable heat pod, allowing you to take it on your travels and even to sporting events! It is safer for older people and unlike the original hot water bottle, it stays warm for over 2 hours. It charges in only 5 minutes and keeps you warm for hours.
Dreamland Heat on The Go. £39.99 available at Lakeland and John Lewis
Westlab Relaxing Bath Soak, with dead sea salts and essential oils
A warm bath after a hard day’s work can soothe aches and pains, but when you add WestLab Relaxing Bath Soak to the water, it is pure bliss. The bath soak contains Petitgrain, Geranium and Frankincense, which are all natural ingredients and as they are absorbed through the skin, you drift into pure relaxation and sleep like a baby. This lovely gift is only £5.99 allowing you to give the gift or relaxation for very little.
Westlab Relaxing Bath Soak, with dead sea salts and essential oils, £5.99, available at http://westlabsalts.co.uk/
Bloom & Wild’s Christmas Tree in a Box
Most women love flowers and opening the door to a fresh bouquet is a beautiful surprise, now you have a special surprise for me too! Christmas memories are made with music, family, food and beautiful smells. One of our favourites is the smell of a real Christmas tree, but as many Londoners live in flats and often don’t have cars, picking up a Christmas tree and finding somewhere to put it, can be a nightmare. Bloom & Wild have created a miniature real Christmas tree, complete with decorations, that can be delivered to your door in a hand-tied-box. So you can enjoy the amazing smell of pine all Christmas long, with a stunning mini Christmas tree and it even comes with earth to keep it fresher for longer.
Bloom & Wild’s Christmas Tree in a Box, £25, available at
Connock London’s Fragrance Diffuser Kukui Oil
Who doesn’t love a house that smells divine when you walk through the door? The metrosexual man in your life will adore the beautiful smell of Connock London’s Fragrance Diffuser Kukui Oil. The diffuser’s box, in cream and gold, is as elegant as the diffuser inside. The frosted glass diffuser and ribbon tied natural rattan reeds ensure this delightfully smelling oil looks stunning in your home.
Connock London’s Fragrance Diffuser Kukui Oil, £35, ConnockLondon.co.uk
Heir and Grace, Mulled Orange
Mulled wine is a delicious Christmas smell that fills the air at this festive time of the year, the warm wine with fresh fruit marries well and tempts the taste buds. Heir and Grace have created a luxury candle that hails from this lovely aroma, however, instead of mulled wine they have created a Mulled Orange scent. Any man or woman would enjoy this luscious candle creating a welcome aroma in the air, a gift that keeps on giving, every time you light it.
Heir and Grace, Mulled Orange, £36, available at http://heirandgrace.co.uk/
EDZ Merino Wool Touch Screen Gloves
These British gloves are made from Merino wool and the perfect gift for any man. Not only are they soft to the touch, EDZ have created a glove that enables you to use your smartphone without having to freeze in the process. Winter driving will be easier with these amazing gloves, allowing you to drive safely whilst keeping your fingers toasty. EDZ have woven electro-conductive yarn into the tip of the thumb and index finger, just genius – and even more impressive is the fact it actually works!
EDZ Merino Wool Touch Screen Gloves, £14.99, available at www.edzdirect.com
by Sainsbury’s Felt & Bonded Leather Notebook Set
This beautiful notebook set available at Sainsbury’s looks three times the price without losing any quality. One of the books is bound in a grey felt and its partner, brown leather-look fabric. For a man who loves to write or even take notes, and perfect to pop under the Christmas tree.
by Sainsbury’s Felt & Bonded Leather Notebook Set
Whether you have an allotment, a garden or simply don’t want dirt from the outside world joining you in your home, Sainsbury’s Boot Scraper is perfect. The cast iron is heavy enough not to move when you scrape your boot on it and adds some welcome décor to your entrance. Sure to be a talking piece among your guests, this adorable gift is useful, stylish and only £14.
Squirrel Allotment Gardeners Cast Iron Boot Scraper, £14, available at Sainsbury’s
Noble Isle: Fire and Spice Set and Discovery Set
For those of you who are always stuck for something to get for those men among your loved ones, look no further than the ultimate pampering sets for men from Noble Isle: Fire and Spice (and all things nice) containing Fireside bath & shower gel and Whisky & Water hand wash, or for a more complete treat, the Discovery Set, containing smaller formats of several of the Noble Isle shower gels, cleverly hand-luggage size at 75ml, perfect for the man who travels and wants to be accompanied by scents reminiscent of home. The black box wrapped in a ribbon with a sleek copper thistle emblem will leave no doubt as to the fact that these are gifts carefully selected for a man of style. The scents are reminiscent of the cosiness of a fireplace and the unctuous roll of the finest oak-aged single malt whisky coating the base of the glass with notes of vanilla and cedarwood, or brisk and pink-cheeked winter hikes in wild nature with a hint of tough and rugged. These will be sure to make a hot steamy shower a touch more luxurious and at £30 and £24 respectively they are that ideal kind of gift that looks and feels more expensive than it is.
Noble Isle: Fire and Spice Set, £30, available at http://www.nobleisle.com/
Noble Isle: Discovery Set, £24, available at Noble Isle: Discovery Set
It’s that time of the year, where friends and family together to celebrate Christmas joy and Accentuate is a fun party game can enhance that joy. As a fun and innovative game, Accentuate leaves other classic games out in the cold. Accentuate boasts a simple yet humiliating premise: repeat a given quotation aloud in a randomly selected accent and see if your team mates can guess what it is! The worst accent attempts are, the most hilarious and becomes more so as players struggle to separate their Geordie from their German, their Scouse from their Spanish. Accentuate is a fun game to play with friends or family and ideal for travel as there is no board. A perfect gift to give and enjoy during parties, holidays and get togethers.
Accentuate, £19.99, quote expansion pack £8.99. Available at www.accentuategames.com or Ebay
The Snugpack hat is perfect for those cold winter months, like the name of this hat, it fits snugly on your head, keeping your ears and head warm. It comes in a little bag, so can fit in your pocket when you don’t need it. If you love the outdoors, but hate the cold, this quality hat will keep you snug and will last for years to come.
Snugpak Hat £24.99, available at snugpak.com
Cat, Heart London Magazine