Monday 22 December 2014

Christmas gift guide: Presents for him

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THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING

He'll look super cute for the family hike on St Stephen's Day in these Timberlands.

Boot, €60, Timberland, Dundrum Town Centre, tel: (01) 299-1282; 31 South Anne St, tel: (01) 868-1748

IRISH MENSWEAR

Buy Irish menswear brands Kartel, Tricot Marine, Magee, Remus, Douglas and Graham, Paul Costelloe, Counter Propaganda, Edmund McNulty and (Made For You By) Arms. Most are found in Arnotts and good menswear shops nationwide, or see the brands' own websites for stockists.

Two-tone, brushedkid- mohair/merino mix sweater, €175, Edmund McNulty, exclusive to Gentlemen Please, 47 Main St, Blackrock, Co Dublin, tel: (01) 278-8788, or see www.edmundmcnulty.com, tel: (041) 984-4199

WATCH IT

This premium gents watch from Newbridge Silver could prove a very stylish stocking filler.

€65, Newbridge Silverware, Newbridge, Co Kildare, or see www.newbridgesilverware.com

 

CUFFLINKS

Every man remembers the first pair of cufflinks he ever received.

Cufflinks, €45, Simon Carter, Arnotts

MAN BAG

A bag can make or break a man - sartorially speaking, anyhow. He just won't do better than this classic leather holdall by Simon Carter.

Holdall, €200, Simon Carter, Arnotts

CHRISTMAS COFFEE

The Nespresso Citiz & Milk is the perfect gift for that person who loves their coffee, but doesn't plan to break sweat making it. In sophisticated black and chrome, the faultless coffee maker sits side-by-side with the incomparable Aeroccino, for perfect, frothy, milk-based drinks. €249, Brown Thomas Dublin and Cork, selected department stores nationwide

SCARF

Department stores' own collections are a great source of high-quality reasonably priced personal effects; just perfect for gifts.

Scarf, €15, Arnotts Collection, Arnotts

SOAP ON A ROPE

Some presents never go out of fashion, and particularly not when they're given a twist of Aramis scent. For the modern man who keeps it classic.

Aramis Body Shampoo on a Rope, €20, selected department stores nationwide.

BELT UP

If he has to tighten his belt after Christmas, then let him do it in style.

Belt, €45, Diesel, House of Fraser.

TRILOGY SKINCARE FOR MEN

The New Zealand skincare company finally got to grips with men's grooming this year, and he'll thank you for introducing him to the range. The Hello Handsome Skincare Set is a nice introduction comprising a moisturiser and a combined face wash and scrub in an unbleached-cotton travel bag.

€23.95, Arnotts, and selected pharmacies and health-food shops nationwide.

SPORTY GLOVE

These grey wool and brown suede Thinsulate gloves give a technical edge to the humble glove.

€30, Arnotts Collection, Arnotts.

BACK TO THE FUTURE

We may not yet have actual flying cars, but the Kinect for Xbox 360 is bringing to life all those sci-fi movies you watched as a kid. Step in front of the sensor - no hand-held gadgets required - and it responds to your body movements. Want to scroll through the menu? A mere wave of the hand. Kick the ball? Simply lift your foot.

Kinect for Xbox 360, €149.99, comes with a free game, 'Kinect Adventure'. See www.xbox.com/kinect

GILLETTE FUSION SHAVE ESSENTIALS SET

After the Movember bristliness, make sure your man stays silky smooth for when you meet under the mistletoe. The Gillette Fusion shave set includes a Fusion manual razor, Series shave gel, deodorant and moisturiser.

Gilette Fusion Shave Essentials set available nationwide

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