Give Me Five:
extraordinary gifts for him
When it comes to guys, the best way to wow us isn’t with extravagant, decorative items, but with useful everyday essentials made truly extraordinary. So step away from the Ming vase and, instead, discover amazing gifts we gents will use (and love) day-to-day. We thank you in advance.
No time like the present
Which watch will he love? Well, let us break it down into three sure-to-please styles. First up: the classic steel watch, upgraded, here, from ’80s wheeler-dealer to European flâneur by Gucci, with sleek branding and a wear-with-anything blend of metals. Alternatively, if he’s as into his tech as he is his style, then treat his inner James Bond to the latest range of luxury smartwatches (this design by Tag Heuer comes with its own app to upload photos and the like). And, finally, the ultimate choice for the man of refined tastes: minimal, leather strap watches by the likes of Junghans. Whether it will make him more punctual in 2018, only time will tell.
If you’re going to make him try multiple snoring remedies (please note: gargling with garlic does NOT work, unless perhaps to ward off vampiric beasts), may we suggest some gentlemanly attire to sweeten the deal? Dressed in the finest pyjamas, silk robe and ever-so-soft Gucci slippers, he’ll look so good you’ll (almost) forgive the snoring. These are gifts that he might not treat himself to, but which he’ll treasure for years to come.
If he has aspirations of being the next Mr Lyan (aka multi award-winning bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana, and the man behind our cocktail menu at The Fount bar in Selfridges London), then it’s time he had the all the gear…even if he really doesn’t have any idea. From a cocktail shaker inspired by Ronnie Scott’s jazz club to Tom Dixon cocktail glasses, it’s all about looking the part – but don’t forget the spirits. Chase Vodka’s exclusive trio of British-inspired vodkas is our order of the season. Marmalade martini, anyone?
Mr T(om Ford)
We pity the fool that hasn’t explored the flawless and refined world of Tom Ford. Indeed, we have a new mantra here on the Selfridges menswear team that solves all manner of contemporary conundrums: “What would Tom Ford do (or WWTFD)?” Why? Because the man has a divine ability for bringing style and sophistication to everything he touches, which means you can’t go wrong with giving accessories devised by the man himself. From belts to backpacks, grooming to sunglasses: these items might not magically turn him into Mr Ford (sorry about that), but he’ll certainly be channelling some A Single Man cool.
Hats and scarves are always a welcome present, but how to make these time-honoured gifts wow-worthy? Look to the biggest names in fashion right now to ensure your gift knocks others out of the (snow-covered) park. Gucci and Thom Browne tick the luxury box with classic festive patterns given some flair, while if ‘extraordinary’ for him means wearing the brand of the moment, head to Tommy Hilfiger and get him on-track for next season’s obsession with ’90s East Coast cool.