Christmas Gift Guide: What Men Actually Want

“Finding Christmas gifts for men is an impossible task”… we say what rubbish. But as with every year we all struggle to figure out what we want, the wife or girlfriend is pulling her hair out because she’s struggling to figure out what to buy you or, you, yourself are drawing a blank when it comes to your own list for Santa. Never fear, we’re here with a little inspiration. Our pick of the ultimate Christmas gifts for men caters for all tastes and ambitions. Chosen from the good to the great of everything we cover at IdleSociety, these gifts are the best of the best, and no other will come close to our ultimate boys Christmas list. The only problem will be you’ll want it all.

Dyson Black Supersonic Hairdryer

When hair is wet its more prone to breakage when combined with heat. We bet you didn’t know that. Well, Dyson’s new hairdryer comes with intelligent heat control measures the temperature 20 times a second to ensure your hair avoids any unnecessary heat or damage, that and it looks pretty cool. This is the perfect gift for any man who’s adamant about his barnet. £300, Available Dyson.co.uk

Melitta Barista TS Smart Coffee Machine

Coffee, that sweet nectar we all so rely on for giving us energy. Be it early mornings or late evenings a decent, smooth coffee can solve many of life’s problems or at least make it feel like it. But let’s be honest who has time for manual coffee making? Not me I hear you say, thats where the Melitta TS Smart comes in, from grinding beans – pretty much silently we might add – to automatic milk frothing for your flat whites, cappuccinos and lattes this piece of kit really does it all. This fully automated coffee machine allows you to be in full control of your favourite drink – whether it’s a pre set coffee speciality or choosing from one of 14 pre-programmed coffee recipes, alongside its intelligent technology, double cup mode (one for the mrs of course) and LCD display it really couldn’t get any easier. One piece of tech we do really love on this machine is the Melitta Connect app for your phone, yes you read right, it comes with its own app to allow ease of making your favourite coffee all with the press of a button thanks to the machines built in ‘Coffee Memory’ system which is linked with the app.
Currently £1000.00, Available Melitta.co.uk

Urbanears Rålis Portable Speaker

The Swedish audio brand are building quite a name for themselves amongst competitors and public alike. Renown for their minimalist and simple design Urbanears have created the perfect portable speaker that is great for home and away. The Rålis offers multi-directional sounds, +20 hours of wireless listening, multi-host play – so you and your friends can all play DJ – and a built-in power bank. The metal changeable fronts which launched 7th November exclusively on Urbanears.com add a little sophistication to the speaker and will make you stand out in a crowd. £169.00, Available Urbanears.com

OnePlus 7T Pro

The latest offering from Android based Chinese brand OnePlus has outmanoeuvred its top-shelf competition, offering similarly high-end power and features at a consumer-friendly (meaning lower) price. The OnePlus 7 and its novel pop-up front-facing camera is ready and waiting to take those many selfies you love so much, dazzling you with its silky-smooth, truly unblemished all-screen display – two features Apple and Samsung can’t claim with their market-leading flagship phones. It has an immersive 6.67-inch screen that challenges Samsung’s display crown by ditching the ugly bezel outline and gaining a 90Hz refresh rate for a more fluid gaming and scrolling experience. Its triple-lens rear camera array is spearheaded by a 48MP sensor, new 3x telephoto and ultra-wide lenses, and low-light-ready Nightscape mode. Basically you need this phone and you should buy it immediately or be at risk of feeling serious FOMO around the boys at the office. From £465.00, Available Oneplus.com

66North Tindur Down Jacket

The Tindur Down jacket is possibly the best insulated jacket you could invest in for the winter period and is insulated with white duck down (90%) and feathers (10%). The jacket has a baffle construction, this means within each square panel there are vertical interior walls which keep the Down fill from shifting (meaning better shape and warmth). In addition the stitching does not go through the fabric so exceptional warmth is guaranteed. And besides, who doesn’t need a good down jacket for the weekend?
£700.00, Available 66North.com

Berghaus Prism HZ Fleece

If you love the outdoors then you know that having a great, reliable fleece is a must to help keep the chill off on those winter walks, striding out on coastal paths, trekking across hillsides or exploring the woods. The Berghaus Prism fleece is just the partner you need for the job, lightweight and brilliantly warm this will help keep the wind off you and can be worn as a top layer or a layer piece with your favourite down jacket.
£65.00, Available Berghaus.com

Sorel Madson Chukka Waterproof Boot

Winter is here and so that means its time for the appropriate footwear. Tuck those white sneakers up for the winter and welcome the timeless favorite the classic Chukka boot. Style meets element-conquering design with the SOREL heritage for a waterproof, wear-everyday style that’s both rugged and refined. £160.00, Available Sorelfootwear.co.uk

Mulberry Full-Grain Leather Wallet

Every man should carry a wallet, plain and simple. With its streamlined profile Mulberry’s billfold wallet ensures it will slip neatly into your coat pocket. Formed from robust full-grain leather, it’s organised with plenty of slots for cards, plus receipt pockets and bill sleeves. The discreet designer stamp is a mark of the brand’s heritage and doesn’t scream designer brand name. £175.00, Available Mr.Porter.com

Crew Clothing Red Chestnut Lambert Wool Scarf

What man doesn’t own a decent scarf? If you don’t then you’re a fool and suffering the cold unnecessarily. Wrap up against this winters cold snap with Crew Clothings Lambert scarf in dark red and chestnut brown. Its crafted from 100% wool so it’ll be soft against the skin. Best of all, its stylish simplicity makes it a versatile accessory will compliment everything in your wardrobe. £32.00, Available Crewclothing.co.uk

The Recipe, By Josh Emett

This is the ultimate book for any wannabe chef. Michelin-starred and New Zealand native chef Josh Emett is our numero uno favourite culinary master to date. His this book he brings together 300 of the most important classic recipes by 150 of the world’s most acclaimed chefs. Taken together, this is a compendium of the crème de la crème of blue ribbon cooking from the world’s top restaurants in an elegantly designed volume that will stand up to use in the kitchen. £30.00, Available Amazon.com

Timex Navi XL 41mm Fabric Slip-Thru Strap Watch

Timex, the often overlooked watch maker has been around since the 1950’s and still, to this day continues to produce clean elegant and affordable timepieces for the everyday man. The Navi XL is the perfect example of what Timex does right and they say the best inspiration is always found while searching history, this we’re happy to say is true for the Timex Navi XL taking inspiration from the brands earliest diver-style watches. The traditional stainless steel case, navy blue dial and navy blue fabric slip-thru strap provide a modern take on this vintage design.
£109.00, Available Timex.co.uk

Nike React Infinity Run Sneakers

Nike and running go together better than, well, anything really. They’ve lead the running market since time began and it shows no signs of letting up now. Their new running sneaker the React Infinity Run’s encompasses the best qualities of two technologies — a fine-tuned blend of biomechanical efficiency and cushioning — creating a breakthrough shoe that offers a more democratic solution to stability. These are your day to day runner go-to’s, the mid-milers as they’re called among running crews across the world. An external study by the British Columbia Sports Medicine Research Foundation (BCSMRF) on 226 runners in the Nike React Infinity Run and the Nike Structure 22, a traditional motion control shoe, showed that runners in the Nike React Infinity had a 52 percent lower injury rate than in the motion control shoe, with wearers confirming that they felt less pain in their knees and feet. That sounds like a good enough reason for an upgrade to us! These aren’t actually available for order until January 16th, so call it a belated Christmas present.
Price TBC, General Release January 16th, 2020

Troubadour Goods Explorer Apex Rucksack

Troubadour Goods Explorer Apex rucksack is lightweight versatility for work and life. Your gear stays dry thanks to the waterproof fabric, lining and zippers. On the outside, there’s a zipped pocket and retractable bottle holders. Inside, a padded pocket for a 15-inch laptop, and a detachable pouch that’s ideal for your tablet, chargers and cables. The padded straps are specially engineered to prevent pressure points, and the breathable back panel keeps you cool. Includes a trolley sleeve that cleverly slides over a suitcase handle. £191.00, Available Troubadourgoods.com

Under Armour Recovery Fleece Jacket & Recovery Fleece Trousers

Our bodies are incredibly efficient at creating energy, but with heat loss, not nearly as efficient at retaining it – Celliant and Under Armour are tackling that problem head-on with product that actively stimulates recovery using a persons own energy. The blend of minerals and proprietary ingredients in Celliant technology convert the body’s natural energy (heat) in infrared (IR) light and reflect the IR back into the body’s tissue and muscles for better localised blood flow, rejuvenating muscles faster. Leading experts in medicine, physics and biology have spent decades developing this proprietary technology that, when built into Under Armour’s best-in-class Recovery apparel, gives the everyday athlete optimal muscle recovery. We were lucky enough to try out this UA combo and its incredible, not only did we feel slightly more recovered than usual after our gym session, the material is soft and comfortable. Oh and it fits like a glove, that and we think you’ll agree its a beautiful combo for lazy weekends.
Jacket, £85.00Fleece Trousers, £75.00, Available UnderArmour.co.uk

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