As the classic song Mistletoe and Wine says, Christmastime is a time for giving. But that doesn’t mean that you have to purchase presents for the sake of it or feel compelled to choose items that will already be forgotten about by the time the recipient is singing Auld Lang Syne.
Conscious consumerism is becoming more and more popular, with people making informed choices about the gifts they give. Quality over quantity has never been more apt for selecting Christmas presents that will leave a long-lasting impression on the men in your life, without leaving a lasting impact on the planet.
This year, spending on one, high-quality item rather than lots of lesser gifts that don’t last is a guaranteed way to create all-found festive cheer. That’s why we’ve put together our pick of the best items for men to gift this Christmas from our range of leather accessories, including men’s leather accessories and wardrobe staples that combine style and sustainability.
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Practical presents that can be used and loved on the daily are always welcome. A wallet is a great gift for the guy that has everything or that is notoriously hard to buy for. Yes, they may have a wallet already, but it’s more than likely that it’s time for an upgrade to one that’s more durable and environmentally conscious.
Consider the style of the person you’re buying for, along with their lifestyle. If they’re a minimalist who is always on the go but impeccably organised, then a leather cardholder could be just what they are looking for. If they are more of a traditionalist, then a bifold style might be more their thing.
Christmas is the ideal time for scarf gifting as you know that the recipient will be able to unwrap it and then make use of it straight away for at least the next few months. Plus, there’s just something charming about opening an accessory that offers cosiness and comfort.
Neem London is the brainchild of Nick Reed who has worked in menswear for more than two decades. He cites his brand as the ‘antiseptic of fast fashion’, with designs that are sustainable and timeless. They have a range of scarves made from recycled and biodegradable yarn and offer plenty of different colours, patterns, and styles. You’re sure to find the perfect match whether you’re buying for your dad, husband, brother or colleague.
A bag is a must-have accessory in every wardrobe, and you won’t go wrong with gifting a classic leather tote bag. They are versatile, meaning they can be used for taking the laptop into the office or packing for a weekend trip. If you’re buying for a man with an adventurous streak, then a rolltop backpack is also worth considering. Large and robust, it’ll stand up to the elements whether they’re hiking a mountain or attending a weekend festival.
Ok, so it might not be the right time of year for everyday wear, but a pair of sunnies is a great Christmas gift that a loved one will make use of during UK heatwaves, summer getaways and coastal drives. Plus, if you opt for a classic colour and style, they’ll be able to wear them for years to come while staying on trend.
Banton Frameworks, a Glasgow-based eyewear maker, creates limited edition handcrafted eyewear, with a focus on premium quality and style. If you know the gift receiver’s eye prescription, Banton Frameworks even offers complimentary lenses for their frames and the option for lens thinning and anti-glare and anti-scratch coatings.
Keyrings are no longer confined to being a Christmas cracker novelty. A stylish keyring turns an essential item that is carried everywhere into a sophisticated component of any outfit. Key wraps are subtle, and stylish and prevent keys from damaging other items in a pocket or bag. Plus, the person you’ve bought it for will be reminded of your thoughtfulness every time they go to unlock their front door.
The power of a belt to finish off a look should not be underestimated. They truly add finesse and make an outfit complete. Whether you’ve got a partner who wears a suit every day or a grandad who leans towards comfy, casual attire, The Workers Club, which proudly produces classic, timeless pieces, have a great collection of leather belts. We’ve definitely got a soft spot for the Awling Modernist Belt – it’s the perfect fusion of time-honoured materials and techniques and contemporary design.
A hat is another item that everyone should have in their dressing repertoire. Billy Tannery has a limited-edition collaboration with British hatmaker Laird Hatters, which includes two timeless designs.
Made from British tweed and featuring a goat leather peak, The Newsboy offers a modern twist on the iconic flat cap which is ideal if you’ve got someone who adores a vintage vibe but wants to put their own stamp on it. For someone who prefers dressing down, The Baseball Cap is a great choice. It’s crafted in Hertfordshire from British wool and also has a goat leather peak.