Men are notoriously difficult to get presents for. Those charged with buying Christmas gifts for their male other halves are forgiven for approaching the task with a fair dollop of festive trepidation.
When asked what we want, the answer is usually along the lines of “I don’t need anything”, forgetting that Christmas is the time for a special treat rather than a necessity.
In reality, of course, everyone likes receiving a gift. Obviously, men are a diverse group, but here we attempt to pick out some presents that are certain to please your husband or boyfriend.
Fashion and grooming
1. Tommy Hilfiger Stewart knit jumper
A smart, festive 100pc wool jumper that can be worn year round. With a contemporary roll neck design and a stylish, snug fit, this jumper will be sure to keep your partner warm this winter.
2. Tailor Made suit voucher
A bespoke suit is an excellent gift for fashion-conscious men, and Tailor Made London make some of the best around. Fittings are by appointment only and prices start at £695 for a two-piece suit.
Tailor Made London use the finest fabrics from the best weavers on Savile Row, so your partner will be getting a premium-quality suit.
3. Paul Smith scarf
An elegant, multicoloured cashmere scarf from legendary British designer Paul Smith.
4. Panasonic i-Shaper 3-in-1 beard trimmer ER-GD60-S811
For precision shaving you can’t get much better than this versatile Panasonic shaver. It comes with a detail attachment for precise styling and edging and a trimming attachment with 20 different cutting lengths. The blade should last for three years, so it won’t need replacing for a while.
5. Moosehead Grubby Putty
For one of the firmest holds around and no shine, Moosehead’s Grubby Putty light clay is the ideal option. As an added bonus, it smells incredible.
Would be a perfect stocking filler or hamper item for your partner.
6. Noble slim mens brown leather watch
A minimalist, elegant leather watch from Links of London with a gold plate that will suit almost any outfit, whether smart or casual.
7. Bulldog skincare trio set
Bulldog have been looking after men’s faces since 2005, and 12 years on they are still producing some of the best and healthiest creams around.
This gift set includes moisturiser, face wash and shaving gel, and is sure to leave your partner looking fresh and youthful.
Best Christmas gifts for ech lovers
1. Bowers & Wilkins PX wireless headphones
Bowers & Wilkins PX wireless headphones received a glowing review in the Telegraph earlier this year. They were praised for their sophisticated looks, comfort, some of the best noise-cancelling technology available and excellent bass and sound.
With 22 hours of noise cancelling on Bluetooth – 50 hours when wired – your partner won’t need to keep charging.
2. Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS running watch
Garmin have been market leaders in GPS technology for some time, and their GPS-enabled sports equipment are some of the best around.
This running watch tracks heart rate, calories burned, steps, distance, pace and much more. It also provides audio prompts and comes with Garmin Connect, a complementary app.
The watch was described as “a serious fitness device” in the Telegraph, so if your husband or boyfriend is into his fitness, this watch will go down a treat this Christmas.
3. Nintendo Switch, grey
“The most fascinating video game console in years” was how the Telegraph described the Nintendo Switch upon its release in March. Among its innovative features is its two-in-one usability: it can be played as a handheld device or through the TV.
Nintendo released its first console, the NES, in 1983, so if you want a nostalgic gift for partners look no further than its modern descendant. You can also get bundles with new versions of much-loved classics like Zelda, Mario Kart or Super Mario.
4. Crosley Keepsake turntable
If you’ve heard whispers from your partner about getting involved in the vinyl renaissance then consider a record player this Christmas.
While turntables can be expensive, a good starter option is this portable version from Crosley. It can play seven, 10 and 12 inch records and has three speed settings, and you can even plug in your portable audio device or MP3 player through the USB port.
5. Sony ILCE6000LB camera
For those looking to improve their photography without forking out too much on a cumbersome camera this compact, retro yet still excellent option from Sony is ideal.
Gifts for sport and fitness fanatics
1. Adidas Predator 18.3 firm ground football boots
Children of the 90s, or anybody who played football during that decade, will have been beaming with excitement when they discovered the iconic Adidas Predator was returning.
Released in November, these boots feature a classic design, and have instantly earned a place as one of the most stylish Predators of all. Legends like David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane were inextricably linked to the boot, and modern Premier League stars Paul Pogba, Mesut Ozil and Dele Alli look set to join them.
So if your partner still struggles around a football pitch for 90 minutes each week, and has been wearing the same sweaty, tattered boots for years, consider an upgrade for Christmas this year.
2. WaterRower natural rowing machine
The best thing about this rowing machine is its design. Unlike much home gym equipment, this hand-crafted, solid ash machine won’t look out of place in the living room, so if you haven’t got much space but want to exercise at home it’ll fit right in.
Not only does this rowing machine replicate the physiological dynamics of rowing, but the aesthetic pleasure too. A water feature gives the feel and sound of real rowing.
3. Proviz REFLECT360 men’s cycling jacket
This jacket is an ideal gift for cycling enthusiasts. It’s the world’s first 100pc reflective jacket, providing extra night-time visibility.
With multiple vents, at the front, on the shoulders and on the under arms, users can regulate depending on temperature. This means that, while a great winter option, the jacket can be used when it’s slightly warmer too.
4. Golf masterclass with a PGA Pro and lunch
Learn to swing like a pro with this golf masterclass, available at a number of golf clubs across the country.
For £135 your partner will get a two and a half hour lesson, including a performance analysis by video; an on-course lesson; and lunch. All golf fans will love this gift, and dates are available throughout 2018 from March.
The best boozy gifts
1. Winery and brewery tour for two with tastings
There are a range of wine and beer tasting tours available on lastminute.com. The cheapest on offer is at the Chiltern Valley winery and brewery.
Set in Oxfordshire, tour the brewery and winery, get a tutored tasting of any of the products on offer, and a discount in the cellar shop across a range of wines, ales and liqueurs.
2. The SUB draught beer tap for home
For fans of draught beer look no further than this home beer-pouring device. Enjoy all your favourite beers at optimum temperature and pressure and impress your guests along the way.
If your husband or boyfriend is a wine lover, this award-winning Rioja will go down a treat on Christmas. It’s a full-bodied Gran Reserva made with tempranillo and garnacha grapes, with deep flavours of black fruit and toasted oak.
4. Beer brewing starter kit
Home brewing is a fun, rewarding way to get your hands on some excellent beer, and this starter kit allows the user to make 52 pints of amber ale. All the required devices and contraptions are included, though you’ll need to get some bottles to store the end product in.
5. Triple American muscle car blast
Release the man-child and race around one of Britain’s great racing tracks with this muscle car experience. Choose from a range of supercars on one of 12 UK race tracks.