Finding the perfect gift for the main man in your life can be tricky. Will he use it? Did I buy him the same thing last year? To avoid any present faux pas, we enlisted the help of The Telegraph Men's Style Editor, Stephen Doig, to share the ideal gifts that are sure to put a smile on the big man's face this Christmas.
Christmas gift shopping has somehow, in today’s frenetic world, become another item to tick off on the To Do list, right behind the laundry and bills. Which is unfortunate, because dedicating some time to properly enjoy it can become something of a Christmas ritual; even an indulgence. My tips? Go by yourself, during off peak hours so you can make thoughtful choices in a calm, contemplative state, and punctuate the experience with quiet pleasures, whether it’s enjoying a delicious breakfast out beforehand to sustain you through the day ahead, some entirely merited self-gifting, or a tipple to congratulate yourself on finding a particularly elusive item (bonus nibbles if it’s the last one in stock).
The best gifts are ones that carry a personal resonance and, in some instances, a bit of an in-joke; I tend to take control of my boyfriend’s footwear, because his taste in such matters was somewhat…questionable when we met. This is the Men’s Style Editor speaking, after all. That’s why a sturdy pair of shoes have become a mainstay in our yearly Christmas rituals.
Similarly, a chic cocktail ensemble reminds my sister of the many Martini fuelled evenings we’ve had, and promises a whole lot more. And while a frantic dash for the stash under the tree is par for the course for the under twelves, adult gift giving involves a certain amount of scene setting; light the candles, pour a glass of something fizzy and fire up the music, whether your tastes are more Mozart or Michael Buble. You won’t even need to feign delight at the latest pair of dad socks.