The Telegraph Editors' Christmas Gift Guides: Stephen Doig

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. 

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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. 

A handsome pair of shoes is a solid investment, and this elegant pair will see my boyfriend through
the winter months in fine style.

Carmina Leather Shoes, £375; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

A purely selfish gift; Caruso is an Italian brand devoted to the most exceptional fabrications and create top notch men’s tailoring. Cut from a different cloth.

Caruso POW Check Wool Jacket £1600 (as part of suit); Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

 Dents have been making gloves since 1777, so you know you’re in safe hands. Pun intended. This pair will keep my father warm on bracing morning walks in the hills of Scotland.

Dents Classic Leather Gloves, £89; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

This is most definitely a present to my own home; Georg Jensen’s beautifully designed homeware is a byword for Danish chic and the colours will warm up the dreariest winter evenings.

Georg Jensen Copper Finish Candle Holder, £120, Candles, £1.15 each; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross

This is an easy stocking filler for any of the gentlemen in your life, and Etro’s skill in print is renowned in the
Italian fashion world.

Etro Paisley Print Silk Pocket Square £80; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

Another one for the millennials in my family; an analogue way to enjoy those iPhone snaps in a more personable way. Snappy Snaps for the smart phone generation.

Smartphone Projector, £22; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street, Kingston

My nephew is the guitarist in his brilliant band, and a handsome grooming kit is earmarked for him; it’ll keep him on point for his star turns on the stage (and remind him of his uncle when he’s famous).

Murdock Grooming Kit, £80; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street, Brent Cross

This gleaming device looks almost too pristine to use; luckily my sister and I will put this through its paces
during the festive season.

Nick Munro Copper Finish Ice Bucket, £145; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross

A discrete paisley pattern and rich blue tone make this an smart shrug on for winter in the city. Another gift for yours truly, I’ll wear it with a heritage tweed coat for a raffish stance.

Oscar Jacobson Paisley Print Wool Scarf, £85; Availabel at Fenwick of Bond Street

 This will make for a stately addition to any bathroom shelf, and packs a lot of heft to boot.

Penhaligons Portrait Collection of Fragrances, £178 each, Available at Fenwick York

While a party hardy lifestyle isn’t something I necessarily want to cultivate, this high end gin is the ideal gift for my 21 year old niece; a far more civilised alternative to Jägerbombs.

Sipsmith Dry Gin 70cl, £30; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

By Stephen Doig