The Telegraph Editors' Christmas Gift Guides: Stephen Doig

Next up in our Telegraph Christmas Gift Guide series, we've asked The Telegraph’s Men’s Style Editor, Stephen Doig, to share his annual Christmas traditions and what he’ll be buying his loved ones (and himself) this year…

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Part of the appeal of Christmas is wrapped up in the ritual and blanket-like familiarity of time-honoured traditions. I don’t just mean carols at church or the unveiling of the turkey, but those smaller, quirkier, personal traditions we make for ourselves. There’s my boyfriend and my annual ungainly grapple with the Christmas tree, and the daily endeavours (to little success) to ensure my cats don’t use it as their own personal Everest.

Or the sight of a frost-sheened early morning Mayfair (the only time that’s vaguely acceptable to do Christmas shopping) followed by an afternoon tipple at my favourite bar, the Coburg at The Connaught, to congratulate myself on braving the hordes.

Call it superficial, but my job in the world of luxury and men’s style has seeped into my gift-giving considerably. I’m a sucker for something that’s been beautifully made, that lends the everyday a touch of finesse and flair, like the exceptional shaving kit that makes your morning ablutions that little bit more refined, or the coffee table book that you can curl up with and leaf through at leisure.

My sister has just moved house and this design classic is ideal for someone who’s got health on the agenda for the New Year. It follows William Morris’s insistence that things should be beautiful and useful – and it will look smart on the kitchen counter.

Alessi Juicy Salif Citrus Juicer, £50; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross, Canterbury, Kingston, Newcastle

Timepieces – with the exception of jewellery – are perhaps the most sentimental of gifts; only really given on special occasions. In an age where most people use their smartphone to tell the time, there’s something to be said for investing in a classic watch, and I’d give this one to my nephew.

Daniel Wellington Dapper Sheffield Watch, £219; Available at Brent Cross, Canterbury, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, York 

I have this earmarked for my father – it’s ideal for a swift nip on brisk winter walks through the Scottish gloamin’, and the leather casing will take on a nicely weathered patina after a while.

Fenwick Leather Hip Flask, £50; Available at Fenwick Bond Street 

This is wonderfully old-world and charming, it hints at the gentlemanly pursuits of Jermyn St and is a staunch reminder that, while the rise of the beard might be unstoppable, it’s worth taking time to enjoy a proper shave. This one’s on the list for my boyfriend. 

Dr Harris Starter Razor, £35 and Windsor Shaving Gift Set Beech, £60.50; Available at Fenwick Newcastle 

The trend towards sports luxe style shows no sign of abating, and this substantial version from Parisian brand Kenzo is a fine example that’s perfect for my mountain-climbing brother. Roomy, sleek and trimmed in leather, it demands being shown off in places other than the gym. 

Kenzo Navy Rucksack, £250; Available at Fenwick Newcastle

My friend is something of a popcorn connoisseur, with his repertoire spanning from standard salty cinema tubs to the more artisanal variations. Joe & Seph’s fantastical flavours – from marmite to strawberries and cream – are ideal for festive indulgence.

Joe & Seph's Popcorn Giant Cracker, £20; Available at Fenwick Bond Street, Canterbury

 Perfect for my utterly spoiled moggies Dorothy and Theo, and it hands-down beats the standard cheap plastic food bowls that look a tad naff and tired. The Le Creuset of cat dishes, if you will. 

Chesire & Wain Caviar Cat Bowl, £25; available at Fenwick Kingston 

The last word in Swiss-made luxury, either of these are perfect for my brother in law. Montblanc’s pens are icons in the world of writing and its leather accessories are considered, beautifully crafted and timeless, with the discreet snow-capped mountain-top logo, a sign of peerless quality. 

 

Montblanc Meisterstück Classique Fountain Pen with Piston Converter, £385 and Montblanc Leather Wallet, £245; Available at Fenwick Colchester, Canterbury, Kingston, Newcastle

This one’s a purely selfish choice – it’s just for me. There’s nothing quite so satisfying as a well-made book shelf and this volume would take pride of place. After all, what guy doesn’t want to look like Cary Grant, James Dean, Steve McQueen et al? 

Icons of Men's Style Book by Josh Sims, £10; Available at Fenwick Bond Street, Canterbury,  Colchester, Kingston

Another indulgence for myself. Accessories maketh the man and an elegant silk cravat can’t fail to pep up a tailored suit jacket. They always make an outfit look so handsome.

Passaggio x Fenwick Silk Cravat, £240; Available at Fenwick Bond Street

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By Stephen Doig