Gifts for Husbands | Best Present Ideas for the Man in Your Life

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Trying to figure out what to buy for a husband for his birthday or Christmas (or what if his birthday is on Christmas!?) is a challenge. Does he need any more barbecue tongs? What kind of shoes is he into? Is he even into shoes? If he’s not into shoes, what kind of shoes do you buy someone who isn’t into shoes? It’s an online shopping mine field. You want a book, but no more Antony Beevor. A printed shirt that isn’t too ‘wacky’. A bottle of claret and a decent set of speakers. Luckily, we’ve done the hard graft for you, ciphering through the infinite scroll of the internet to find the best gear, books, booze, clothes, shoes for the ultimate husband gift guide experience.

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1

Asics

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A marathoner favourite, these smart black, grey and orange GT-2000 running trainers by Asics come with Gore-Tex waterproof technology to keep feet dry in even the wettest weekend runs, as well as Flytefoam midsoles for cushioning and comfort.

£135, mrporter.com

2

Drake’s

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Every man needs a great navy sweatshirt. Made in Portugal from 100 per cent cotton with vintage-style ribbed cuffs, Drake’s might just have made the perfect everyday jumper.

£175, drakes.com

3

Snow Peak

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Wether he’s into camping, fishing, hiking or Japanese metalwork, he’ll love this titanium mug by Snow Peak. Made in Tsubame-Sanjo — the home of artisanal Japanese metalwork, it keeps hot drinks hot, cold drinks cold and looks good doing it.

£45, endclothing.com

4

Patrick Radden Keefe

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Winner of the George Orwell prize for political writing, Patrick Radden Keefe’s sprawling account of The Troubles combines meticulous research with superlative prose for one of the best and most gripping non-fiction books of the last few years.

£9.99, amazon.co.uk

5

Albam

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Cut from heavy-duty cotton with an elasticated waist and hiking-style belt function, these Service shorts by Albam are perfect for every warm weather and holiday eventuality.

£135, goodhoodstore.com

6

Grenson

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Give the gift of a really great pair of classic, polished leather derby shoes with triple-welted sole and time-honoured Northamptonshire construction. Shoes like these by Grenson.

£385, grenson.com

7

Bose

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Drown out the haters (and noisy people on the train) with Bose’s signature Quiet Comfort technology. A flick of a switch and your man is in sensory deprivation heaven. Podcasts have never sounded so clear!

£194.98, amazon.co.uk

8

St John

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Delicious and great value, iconic London restaurant St John makes a mean claret. Drinkable with our without food, this is a magnum-size bottle that comes in its own wooden case.

£30, stjohnrestaurant.com

10

Anglepoise x Paul Smith

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Inventors of the original iconic desklamp, Anglepoise has collaborated with Paul Smith on a colourful take on its classic Type 75 lamp.

£195, endclothing.com

11

YMC

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Nothing announces Barbecue Season quite like a classic Aloha shirt. This loud piece by YMC has a bit of silk in it for maximum comfort and island breeze attitude.

£160, matchesfashion.com

12

Oakley

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Designed for maximum contrast and visibility on even the whitest of white outs, these Oakley Flight Deck ski goggles are the cream of the crop when it comes to mountain eyewear.

£175, mrporter.com

13

Creed

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A perennial favourite for good reason, Aventus is the ultimate do-it-all men’s fragrance with notes of citrus, dark fruit, bergamot, vanilla and musk.

£195, selfridges.com

14

Prada

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Keep it simple (but stylish obviously) with a classic black bifold wallet by Prada, made from the brand’s signature Saffiano leather with subtle branding.

£305, mrporter.com

15

Kai Shun

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Made with a pakkawood handle and a Demascus steel blade, this chef’s knife by Kai Shun is a premium chef-grade piece. Ideal for slicing, dicing and showing off at dinner parties.

£181, boroughkitchen.com

16

Ricoh

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A street photographer’s dream, Ricoh’s GR III ‘Street Edition’ packs all the technology of a premium DSLR into a tiny body. It also comes with a leather case, spare battery and a nice amber lens ring.

£899, amazon.co.uk

17

Globe-Trotter

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A special tie-in with James Bond to celebrate a little film called No Time to Die coming out. Globe-Trotter make some of the finest suitcases in the world. Good for spies and non-spies alike.

£1,905, mrporter.com

18

Aesop

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A quality shaving set-up, Aesop’s Moroccan Neroli duet comes with a low-foaming shaving serum, and post-shave neroli post-shave lotion to calm and hydrate skin.

£57, endclothing.com

19

Bang & Olufsen

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A compact speaker with superior sound and build quality by the clever hi-fi minds at B&O.

£350, mrporter.com

20

Turnbull & Asser

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Made from pure silk with a subtle floral design, this green tie by Jermyn Street’s Turnbull & Asser works in and out of the office.

£145, turnbullandasser.co.uk

22

Jacques Marie Mage

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Inspired by Clark Gable and old Hollywood glamour, these shades are handmade in Japan from premium acetate with tinted lenses and gold hardware.

£540, harrods.com

23

Phaidon

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A coffee table bible of good furniture, Phaidon has created a comprehensive history of Herman Miller’s practice and influence on the world of interior and industrial design. If he’s into chairs, he’ll be into this!

£70, endclothing.com

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