5 Christmas gifts for him


resent-hunting season is upon us once again and it’s time to hit the shops to ensure you find the perfect Christmas gifts for him ahead of the big day. 

Men can be notoriously difficult to buy for, so if you’re buying for a significant man in your life – whether that’s your dad, your big bro or your other half – we’ve got all the inspiration you need right here. 

Boring old socks are a no-go (though swanky thermal numbers might just make the grade), so we’re getting our thinking caps on early to ensure we find the perfect gifts this year. 

Is he an outdoors lover? A traveller? An active bod? A snappy dresser? Whatever his passion, there’s a gift out there that will make indulging in his favourite pastimes just that little bit more enjoyable this year, so check out our top 5 Christmas gifts for him! 

1. Fitbit 

If he’s a man who likes his gadgets, a Fitbit deserves a place under the tree this year. Whether he’s a keen fitness fan, likes to keep active or simply wants to be a bit heathier in the new year, there’s now a Fitbit to match his lifestyle. Think Fitbits are all step counting and no fun? Think again. The range now boasts a waterproof Fitbit Flex 2, designed to help him track his swim sessions, and the Fitbit Surge for real sports pros (heart rate monitor, GPS and multi-sport modes, as standard). Buying for your other half? Why not nab yourself one, too? There’s nothing like a bit of healthy competition at Christmas – time to get that step count up and burn off those mince pies! 

2. Aftershave 

Yes, it’s a classic, but it’s still a great gift for your partner. Encourage him to consign the barely-there leftovers of previous fragrances to the bin and indulge in a new, signature scent. Whether he’s a sporty type, likes to stick to familiar territory or considers himself a trend-setter, there’s a fantastic range of sprays, eau de toilettes and parfums on offer in silly season. Plus, the real winner here is that you get to pick said scent, so he’ll smell great – to you, at least – all Christmas long. Our top picks for this year? Yves Saint Laurent Y for men packs a sensual, yet modern, punch, while Tom Ford’s Grey Vetiver offers a woody and invigorating hit. You can’t go wrong with either. 

3. Posh grooming products 

A bit of an upgrade to his grab-and-go supermarket purchases won’t do his bathroom cabinet or complexion any harm. A great gift for those who aren’t inclined to splash out (excuse the pun!) on themselves when it comes to toiletries, he’ll secretly love a super-smelly body wash, foaming shaving gel or posh face cream. And don’t be afraid to make it personal. Facial hair? A beard care kit is a winner – Johnny’s Chop Shop Beard Up kit gets our vote. Cyclist or trail runner? Muc-Off’s Dirty Work Kit is a must. Man about town? Refinery’s Shave Oil will do the trick. 

4. Toiletry bag 

Throw out the tatty striped number with the broken zip and treat dad, bro or spouse to a smart leather or cotton travel bag. Many come packed with the aforementioned posh toiletries, come Christmas time, so you can double up if you’re feeling generous. Perfect for weekend getaways or trips further afield, a smart new bag will make sure spillages are kept to a minimum and upgrade your loved one’s travel status to first class. 

5. Star Wars gifts 

If there’s a Star Wars fan in the house, give them the super-fan treatment this Christmas. It’s the perfect time to settle down with the family and spend a luxuriously lazy afternoon watching back-to-back films – so, give him the present he really wants with a full afternoon of Star Wars viewing. Then top it off with an array of themed gifts he’ll love – with everything from a Darth Vader soap on a rope to Stormtrooper gift sets on offer, this Christmas is the perfect time to indulge their inner Jedi. Head to Boots for an impressive selection that will please super-fans everywhere.

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