7 of our favourite gift ideas for men
Full disclosure : we’re not big fans of Valentine’s Day or the notion that you should buy somebody a gift simply because it’s the cultural norm. However, if you are going to treat yourself or a loved one to a gift this year then we advise steering clear of tired cliches and giving them something they’ll truly love.
[This post is not endorsed by or paid for by any of the brands featured. The products featured are a selection of items we love and some that we secretly hope our partners will give to us for Valentine’s Day.]
Campbell Cole Leather Key Wrap
Lovingly designed and hand finished by Ian and Felicity from Campbell Cole, the simple leather key wrap is the epitome of the everyday essential. Made from Italian veg tanned leather, the key wrap features a stainless steel wire for easy loading of up to 5 keys and is finished with a simple steel stud that fastens securely.
Simply put, this leather key wrap is something we truly believe everyone with a set of keys should own.
£32 at Campbell Cole
A Days March Wool Melange Overshirt
This Swedish menswear label is gaining a reputation for creating clean-cut, high quality wardrobe basics. With functional items influenced by Scandinavian design traditions combined with elements of American and Italian menswear, A Days March are quickly amassing a loyal fanbase.
Their wool melange overshirt is constructed from a sturdy wool blend fabric and is perfect worn over your sweater as a jacket or over a shirt for a smart casual look. For the perfect mid layer, look no further than the Danish brand’s luxurious cashmere crewneck.
£140 at Opumo.
L:A Bruket Bergamot & Patchouli Hand Cream
Inspired by the Scandinavian coastal way of life, L:a Bruket’s range of skincare, grooming and fragrances are created by infusing natural ingredients found on the west coast of Sweden.
The Bergamot & Patchoule No. 102 hand cream is formulated to moisturise and features mildly antiseptic properties that help heal dry, chapped and cracked skin. La Bruket’s hand cream infuses a host of essential oils with comfrey, shea butter and omega-rich meadowfoam that delivers intense hydration in a non-greasy cream.
£9.00 at Utility
Instrmnt 01-B Watch
Designed in Glasgow, Instrmnt create watches with a clean, minimal aesthetic teamed with an understated functionality. Removing all of the unnecessary detailing, they carefully consider all elements of the watch to design primarily with the user in mind.
The Instrmnt 01 watch is inspired by the industrial design of the mid 20th century design and pairs simple, utilitarian design with high quality Swiss components. The watch is supplied in deconstructed packaging which the user builds for themselves using the tools included – a process that creates a real sense of ownership with the product.
£180 at Utility
Byredo Sunday Cologne
“Citrusy and crisp, fleeting in its solidity, Byredo‘s ageless Sunday Cologne the way you used to know it has been fitted with a new suit. A tad spavaldo but forever faithful, like a Sunday”
The founder of Byredo, Mr. Ben Gorham, worked closely with the editors of Fantastic Man to find the scent that encapsulates both the magazine and the fragrance house. The fragrance notes are traditional for cologne but the playful arrangement of percentages results in something beautifully unique.
£142 at Liberty
Flavourly Beer Discovery Subscription
In their own words, Flavourly are adventurers and explorers who are all about helping you find drinks you’ll love, hearing your views and then finding more drinks you’ll love even more.
The Craft Beer Discovery Club subscription makes the perfect gift for any beer fan. Each month Flavourly deliver 10 new beers direct to your door, allowing you to discover a whole host of flavours that may usually be out of your reach.
£25 at Flavourly
Le Labo Santal 26 Scented Candle
Handmade in the Mississippi USA from soy-blend wax and featuring pure cotton wicks, the Santal 26 scented candle is a slightly sweeter adaptation of the iconic Santal 33 fragrance Le Labo are perhaps best known for. The scent is at once gentle, smokey and leathery and fills your home with personality.
£51 at Selfridges
* Header image courtesy of Campbell Cole.