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…
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.