What to buy the man who has everything?
Choosing a gift for the gentleman in your life can often seem feel like battling a blizzard of banality. Full frontal; in your face advertising is well and truly underway in the run up to the C word.
A modern gent is more interested in provenance than price, quality over quantity and ethics over ego. I've complied a list of brands and products that I think every man should be familiar with. Brands who pride themselves on being smaller, and are dedicated to quality products and customer service.
First up, my own brand; ten30. We are a contemporary luxury menswear brand. We create made to measure bespoke suits using the finest Scottish textiles, from Harris tweeds and cashmeres to lightweight worsted wools. We are by appointment only and suits costs around £1,200 - for more info visit ten30.co.uk
Filmore Skincare are fast becoming leaders in the Scottish Skincare market. Using natural and luxurious ingredients, Filmore's range of face washes and moisturisers deserve a place in any man's wash bag. Inspired by simple Scandinavian design, the brand looks, smells and feels great. Filmore daily face gift set = £40 for more info visit FilmoreSkincare.com
Investing in art is a whole other article, but a print from one of Glasgow's most up and coming artists is sure to be a safe bet. Roddy MacNeill draws inspiration from childhood memories and mundane experiences to create bold abstract prints using a variety of materials. His playful yet confident approach creates work that makes for a statement in any man's home (or Den) prints range from £50-£1000 for more information or bespoke commissions see Roddymacneill.co.uk
Apparently, a certain high street chain sold more than 1 million Christmas jumpers last festive season. Don't be one of those million. Jumpers are as much a part of Christmas a Home Alone and Wham, but this year look at Cross Cashmere for your wool fix. Beautifully crafted cashmere made right here in Scotland in contemporary and bold designs make timeless, comfortable garments. Crosscashmere.com
Last year I bought myself a Parker pen, on the promise that If I didn't loose it before it ran out, I'd invest in something a bit more luxurious. As the blue ink of my Parker started to stutter, I was given a Mont Blanc as a wedding gift from my new wife and I can't recommend them enough. There is something very gentlemanly about unscrewing the lid of your pen when writing memoirs or signing cheques. Mont Blanc pens around £300 for more info see montblanc.com
Whisky is always a safe bet when it comes to gifts. There are so many limited editions, distillers editions and anniversary editions on the market that picking something special can be tricky. I recently tried Octomore from Bruichladdich and it changed my life. The most heavily peaked whisky on the planet, this isn't a whiskey, it's an experience. Octomore whiskey around £150 - Bruichladdich.com for more info
Other interesting brands; Edition Scotland, London Sock Company and Tom Ford Private Blends.