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Since getting married and settling down (yes, it finally happened!) I’ve started to take a little more interest in special occasions where the family comes together and enjoys each other’s company. Whether it be birthdays, seasonal events or the countdown to the annual festivities, I’ve become more involved in the planning process and, dare I say, actually started to love being able to choose gifts for my loved ones!
This Christmas will be my first as a married man (yeah, I still can’t believe it and the sound of that is comical to me too…) so obviously I feel the need to make the most of it and have all the gifts nailed down perfectly – the pressure is certainly on! Here are some of the gifts some lucky members of my family will be receiving:
TOG24 Whernside Unisex Vibram Boots (£75.00) – Stitched using only the toughest of leather, these boots are of high-quality, ensuring comfort and survival throughout the harshest of weathers, such as heavy rain or snow. They are sleek, waterproof and extremely durable with strong grips making them the perfect companion for those who love trekking and exploring uneven environments.
Root7 OneBottle Magic Marble Water Bottle (£25.00) – Equipped with a double stainless steel wall and an internal copper coated layer, this bottle makes a unique gift, perfect for fitness enthusiasts. Not only does it look stylish with its high quality finish, but it also allows drinks to be kept cool for 30 hours! What’s more is that they are available in a variety of designs and colours to suit individual preferences making them great gifts!
Critically Endangered Socks / Hawksbill Turtle / Borneo Orangutan (£12.00) – With only 1000 pairs of socks made of each design, the recipient to these gifts will be one lucky person! Not only are these socks made from a soft & sustainable blend of cotton and bamboo, each pair also comes with an endangered animal fact sheet in a bespoke recyclable box. Plus every purchase allows 20% of the total sale price to be donated to a specific charity to help five of the world’s most endangered species!
Lilienthal Berlin L1 ‘All Blue’ Mesh Edition’ Watch (£229) Lilienthal Berlin specialise in state-of-the-art watches manufactured to ensure maximum comfort and a unique design making them timeless gifts. The mesh strap is made from delicately woven threads of surgical steel giving the watch a fine and distinguished character. Certain elements of the watch have also been inspired by Berlin’s own landscapes, whilst the high-quality components have been produced in Germany which ensure strict quality control, precision & accuracy. The sun-cut dial creates a fascinating light refraction whilst the superluminova coating on the hands and hours make them glow in the dark. The strap can also be easily changed for a swift swap of style; a must-have accessory for any fashion lover!
Gioteck VX4 Wireless Controller (£29.99) Gioteck has recently launched yet another stylishly designed and ergonomically comfortable controller perfect for long gaming sessions. It features a Bluetooth for wireless connectivity and can be used with both a PS4 and PC. It also boasts quick-fire triggers, a precision D-pad and anti-slip rubber thumb sticks. The best thing about it is that it has a traditional Playstation layout making it easier to operate for all gamers alike!
Buffwear Airon Black Knitted Hat (£24.95) As the cold weather is fast approaching, this 100% acrylic knitted hat is perfect to keep warm. It’s designed specifically for an affordable style and to provide high-quality protection. Buffwear do a range of other designs and colours to suit all tastes making them fabulous gifts, so it’s worth taking a look on their website!
The Nomad Factory Genuine Leather Journal & Accessories (£29.99+) There’s a certain air of luxury around genuine leather products, isn’t there? The full-grain leather of this journal is sourced directly from Yorkshire making it incredibly soft to touch but strong enough to withstand day to day use. The journal is hand-finished in London using ultra-durable elastic cord and a brass fastener. Cylindrical metal crimps are also used on the straps to give an overall neater finish. The accessories are created from the same leather material or an alternative of solid brass and high-quality durable metal. All items are either packaged in a 100% cotton drawstring bag, a brushed metal tin box or a Kraft card gift box making them the perfect gifts!
IL Gusto Miniature Oils & Vinegar Gift Set (£24.95) This brilliant miniature set of various extra-virgin oils and vinegars from IL Gusto makes a thoughtful gift for someone with a refined palate or an interest in cooking. They’re perfect to add a depth of flavour to most dishes; flavour meat for a barbecue or drizzle over salad as a dressing – the options are endless! The set is also packaged in a neat wooden box which makes it great to store away or put on display.
Gourmet Gadgetry Retro Diner Popcorn Maker (£22.99) For foodies and tech lovers alike, this popcorn maker is the perfect gadget to gift this Xmas. Using hot air, instead of oil, pop healthy and tasty popcorn in just 3 minutes! The 1950’s diner themed design is certain to evoke nostalgia, plus it’s both compact and easy to store away after use.
Popcorn Shed Cherry Bakewell Gourmet Popcorn (£3.50) Delicious tasting popcorn without the hassle of popping them at home? Popcorn Shed boasts a range of unbelievable popcorn flavours suited for snacking on individually or to surprise someone with their super special popcorn gifts! There’s also the healthier alternative of Popcorn Shed’s brand new MiniPop which are perfect for health conscious folks.
BlueRock Bamboo Toothbrush (£3.95) With a greater pressure to reduce plastic consumption in recent years, a biodegradable, FSC-certified bamboo toothbrush subscription makes the perfect gift for those wanting to live sustainably. Toothbrushes are packaged in a plastic-free, low-waste postal box and are shipped using carbon neutral methods. Plus, for every toothbrush sold, BlueRock has pledged to donate 10p to help support marine life conservation. Use ‘GRIDCORE15‘ to get 15% off on the 4-packs and first delivery if opting for the monthly subscription!
Shore Seaweed Puffs (£1.25) For many, eating healthy whilst balancing a busy schedule can be difficult. Shore have created these fabulous snacks consisting of maize, rice and a blend of seaweed species; a superfood packed full of nutritional value which has spectacular health benefits – from helping fatigue by naturally energising the body to protecting the body’s cells from damage with its wide range of antioxidants. These puffs have the perfect amount of crunch and four delicious flavours to choose from, plus they’re naturally gluten-free, low in calories and vegan-friendly!
Leeshcraft London ‘Winter Spice’ Candle (Sold out) Created from 100% natural soy wax and premium grade A botanical perfume oils from the UK & France, this candle contains no petroleum, paraffin or beeswax blends. It also includes a hand-cut, unbleached woodwick to produce a delightful crackle when burning. Leeshcraft London are also committed to creating high-quality, luxurious candles without testing on or using animal derivatives and annually donate a portion of their profits to a chosen animal charity. What’s not to love?!
Nextbase 322GW Dash Cam (£99.00) Perfect for the petrolhead, the Nextbase dash cam is a useful gadget to have installed in the car to ensure journeys are as safe as possible. It boasts a full HD resolution capture, 140 degrees wide-angle lens, intelligent parking mode to monitor the vehicle when left unattended and an emergency SOS feature which alerts emergency services to the specified location, via the inbuilt GPS & WiFi, in the event of an accident. Users can also automatically sync videos from the dash cam to their smartphone and there’s also the clever G sensor which measures impact to automatically protect recorded files so that they are not over-written. This dash cam is sleek, compact and easy to install, plus the LED screen makes it simple to navigate as well, making it totally worth the price!
My Personalised Case Personalised iPhone SE Case (£13.99) My Personalised Case offers high-quality custom designed phone cases for a whole range of brands and models which can be delivered straight through the letterbox at an affordable price. For those who are indecisive about a particular design, there’s a variety of templates on offer as well! Simply choose the model of your phone, pick a layout, upload a photo & add any other text/effects and have the case shipped the very same day, if ordered before 3pm – it really is that simple and makes a lovely, sentimental gift!
VonHaus Oscillating Tower Heater (£47.99) Saving the best for last, the 2000W PTC heater from VonHaus is manufactured from an advanced ceramic material which enables safe, powerful and energy efficient heat transfer. It’s a compact yet stylish fan suitable for any room! There’s also the nifty oscillation feature alongside the various other handy settings such as the timer and desired output temperature. The addition of the remote control makes it more convenient to use, but then there’s also the LED display to easily navigate through the settings. This would go down well as a gift for anyone!
Hopefully, this gift guide has been useful and offered inspiration to you on some brilliant gifts for the lucky lads in your life! A big thank you to the brands who’ve collaborated with me on this gift guide and provided my readers with amazing product recommendations! Until next time.