Thursday 25 December 2014

The best Christmas gifts for him

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<p><strong>SMOOTH SANTA  </strong></p>
<p>A man's got to shave, so let
  him do it in some style with this
  five-part, good-value pack that includes
  everything from
  a Fusion
  ProGlide razor
  to a mini
  moisturiser.  </p>
<p>Gillette Fusion
  ProGlide Precision Box, &euro;17.99,
  available nationwide</p>

SMOOTH SANTA

A man's got to shave, so let him do it in some style with this five-part, good-value pack that includes everything from a Fusion ProGlide razor to a mini moisturiser.

Gillette Fusion ProGlide Precision Box, €17.99, available nationwide

YO HO HO

With a hint of smokiness, this is a winter-warming twist on traditional rum from Bacardi, that lends itself to eggnog-style drinks or spices up a simple Coke. A welcome glow at any gathering.

Bacardi Oakheart, €22.99, available nationwide

CANON POWERSHOT S100

For those who fancy themselves as a photographer but want to stick with a small camera. Extremely neat and available in silver or stylish matt black, it's the serious compact that the pros use as their back-up, apparently.

€509, available nationwide

COWSHED FOR MEN

Well, it's better Cowshed than doghouse. This man-in-mind gift set is fragranced with petitgrain and grapefruit oils, to soothe the senses. Which he'll need, with all that cooking ahead of him.

Bullocks for Men Gift Set, €39.95, available nationwide

FOR THE RUGGED GENT

The Gaelhead Rugged Parka from Timberland is just what he should be wearing on all those long country walks you'll be taking come January. Made of organic cotton canvas, and recycled PET, it's extremely tough, not to mention warm — it's insulated with down and boasts a fur-trimmed hood that has an internal flexible wire for maximum coverage.

€395, Timberland, see www.timberlandireland.ie

LINKS OF LOVE

Men can go all sorts of wrong with novelty cufflinks. Do him a favour and give him something simple and classic.

Top left, Dunhill cufflinks, €240, Brown Thomas;

left, Jaeger cufflinks, €70, Arnotts

SHAKE YOUR MONEY MAKER

A good, classic leather wallet is a coming-of-age rite of passage for all men.

€195, Mulberry, Brown Thomas

CHRISTMAS KINDLE

The gift of any amount of books, all in one place. With WiFi, free 3G, and a revolutionary screen that minimises glare and eye-strain, it has silver surfer written all over it.

Amazon Kindle, from €109, Currys and PC World nationwide

MAN BAG

A weekend bag is so unlike a woman's bag, it's completely safe man-bag territory. Plus it will enable you to casually bring up the subject of that mini break you've been hankering after.

Bag, €120, Marks & Spencer

FUNKY JUMPER

Dublin-based company Funky Christmas Jumpers have just the thing for women who found Colin Firth in his opening Bridget Jones scene devastatingly attractive.

Surprisingly there's quite a few of you out there: the Rudolph Reindeer jumper sold out last year after Ryan Tubridy sported one on The Late Late Toy Show.

Rudolph Reindeer Jumper, €45, Arnotts

IPRECIOUS

You may think you're the love of his life. Actually, his iPad is. Getting him something beautiful to keep it in will do wonders for your standing.

Leather iPad case, €150, Dolce & Gabbana, Brown Thomas Dublin

DUNHILL BELT

Smooth one side, textured on the other; the only belt he’ll need.

€240, Brown Thomas Dublin

WATCH IT

Not just functional, but also fashionable.

Crystal two-tone ladies watch, €179, Tommy Hilfiger, jewellers nationwide, tel: (01) 295-8400

SERIOUS SOUND

For the cool kid who is serious about their music, or for the fogey who just wants to escape the Christmas invasion, these are good-looking headphones with top-notch sounds. And much more comfortable than those so-Noughties earbuds.

Beats by Dr Dre Studio High Definition Headphones, €189.99, Currys and PC World nationwide

PAST TIME

The men's Omega Ranchero watch is one of the most collectable vintage watches on the market, produced only between 1957 and 1958.

€1,250, John Brereton Jewellers, see www.johnbreretonjewellers.ie

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND

Christmas is a chance for you to update your man's wardrobe without going on a shopping trip together that ends in tears. This navy quilted jacket is perfect for his smart-casual weekend wardrobe.

Jacket, €150, J Jeans by Jasper Conran, Debenhams nationwide, or see www.debenhams.ie

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