What he wants… The best Christmas gifts for him

For the vast majority of us, the men on our nice lists are the trickiest people to buy for. Short of stuffing their stockings with socks and chocolate – both of which are still nice to receive, we will concede – it’s tough to locate Christmas gifts for him that aren’t just novelty throwaways.

But if you’ve already wound yourself up into a festive panic, fear not: we’ve done all of the leg-work for you. After searching through all of the offerings of the shop this year, we’ve whittled down a collection of the best buys that are available for 2018, and there’s actually a surprisingly vast range to choose from.

Whether you want to invest in a gadget, stock up on grooming products, wow him with style picks from unexpected sources, or show off your knowledge when it comes to quality tipples, there’s something here that’ll do the trick. And if your budget knows no bounds, you might like to take a look at the big-ticket items like a truly amazing sound system, or a bike he’ll ride for years (although no, we’ve got no idea how you wrap that one up either).

It could be dad, husband, brother, cousin, a nephew, son or colleague – no matter who you’re shopping for, get ready to impress. Here are 23 ideas that’ll knock his socks off – including the obligatory socks, of course…


SOCKS, £11.95, happysocks.com

JACKET, £345, gant.co.uk

CHOCOLATE BARS, £7.95 each, harveynichols.com

SPEAKER, £699, boombocs.com

SHAVING CREAM, £22, Claus Porto, mrporter.com

SHAVETTE, £45, murdocklondon.com

HAND SOAP, £15, austinaustinorganic.com

BACKGAMMON SET, £45, notanotherbill.com

SMART GARDEN, £139, soda.shop

BIKE, £680, tokyobike.co.uk

SPICE SHAKERS, £27.99 for set of four, amazon.co.uk

SUEDE BOOTS, £225, grenson.com/uk

BOOK, £40, gestalten.com

HOT CHOCOLATE MAKER, £89.99, hotelchocolat.com

SCENTED CANDLE, £58, libertylondon.com

CUSHION, £85, conranshop.co.uk

WASHBAG, £395, smythson.com

BEER JELLY, £6.95, libertylondon.com

WHISKY, £65.42, masterofmalt.com

GROOMING KIT, £110, Aesop, mrporter.com

PAPERWEIGHT, £95, davidlinley.com

COCKTAIL SHAKER, £30, johnlewis.com

COLOGNE, £141, acquadiparma.com

Compiled by Nicole Gray. Additional research: Charlotte Page and Sarah-Rose Harrison. Photographs: Natasha Pszenicki