Looking for gifts for the inspirational men in your life? Allow our 2022 He Gift Guide to offer a little inspiration.
It’s that time of year again, when we give a thought to the lads in our lives, from our wingmen to our fathers and brothers. No man is an island and when you stop to think about it, most of us have a male figure that we look up to, whether it’s the boss that’s taken you under their wing, or the mate that’s been through rough times and is still smiling. Show them you appreciate their efforts, their sacrifices and their friendship with something special this festive season. Here are a few of our favourites to get your imaginations running.
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Tackle the Elements
The Roebuck Parka by Canadian Goose will not only keep your mates toasty but is made with Recycled Organic Arctic Tech – an ultra-durable and water-repellent fabric designed to withstand extreme conditions and cold climates. Designed to be worn either as a parka or a vest, the parka’s unique details include a drawcord at the waist and side seam zippers for extra adaptability, while the vest portion features a unique asymmetrical hem.
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A Case for Classy Vino
An essential for any travelling oenophile, Rimowa has created the Twelve Bottle Case has been crafted in the brand’s signature style and features some special accents, including high-gloss corners, a black leather handle and tag, and lockable wheels. Never fret, the case isn’t just for travel, it can double as a display case of your favourite vintages thanks to padding cushioning and a stabilisation support system that ensures it doesn’t take a tumble.
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Your New Night Scent
With wooded depths, hypnotic spices and liquid stillness, the new Eidesis Eau de Parfum from Aesop will have your mate smelling like a mysterious forest glen – and we know what happens in those kinds of places. The next chapter in the Othertopias fragrance collection—inspired by liminal spaces both real and imagined—takes the wearer to the edge of a pond, peering into its reflective surface. As with all of Aesop’s fragrances, Eidesis is designed to be worn as an intimate layer that lingers on both body and mind. It opens with rousing top notes of sparkling petitgrain, spicy black pepper and a subtle floral accord, leading to a resinous, spicy heart of frankincense, cumin and cedar.
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Held annually on the final Saturday of Islay’s Festival of Music and Malt (Fèis Ìle), Ardbeg Day is a global celebration of all things Ardbeg. It’s the perfect occasion to celebrate the launch of the distillery’s latest palate “punk-turing” Limited Edition, Ardcore. Created with roasted black malt, burnt to hair-raising levels – an unconventional choice, and a first for Ardbeg – this spirit has been described by Dr Bill Lumsden as tasting ‘like biting on a spiky ball’. Inspired by the devil-may-care attitude of Ardbeg’s fans, this dram draws inspiration from Islay’s little-known punk past, celebrating the characters of ‘PUNK ELLEN’ – the alleged nickname for Islay’s main port, Port Ellen, in the 1970s. Expect notes of charcoal and sweet smoke on the nose, with potent notes of aniseed and dark chocolate on the palate.
A New Way to Brew
Nespresso has launched Vertuo, an all-new coffee brewing system powered by innovative technologies that provide a full range of coffee styles and cup sizes to suit every coffee lover. The Vertuo Next machine combines ground-breaking Centrifusion technology (which spins the capsule up to 4,000 times per minute while infusing water to extract flavour), built-in capsule barcode scanning (to tell the machine the specific extraction settings), and blend-specific brewing capabilities, and is designed to offer five serving sizes with a single touch of a button. In addition, Vertuo celebrates Nespresso’s signature crema by producing a silky and generous layer of crema with every cup.
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How to Be Happier
In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is Manson’s antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up. Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better.
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Bang & Olufsen presents its true wireless Beoplay EX earbuds in two new colours, Gold Tone and Black Anthracite. The new earphone is an excellent present for the lads in your life who have high requirements of both design and sound quality. With astounding sound, adaptive ANC and a fully waterproof design, Beoplay EX is the most versatile true wireless earphone model from Bang & Olufsen to date. Built to simplify personal sound, they offer an unparalleled combination of performance and style to create the perfect personal sound companion for amplifying all varieties of daily audio experiences.
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This co-created Swiss army knife brings together Victorinox‘s expertise and its brand values of functionality, quality, innovation, and iconic design with the creativity and boldness of Off-White. Made with Corian, a solid, nonporous, homogeneous surfacing material composed of resin and natural minerals, the pocket knife has the feeling of real stone, accentuated by its weight, matt surface, and resilience to scratches and wear. The blades’ rounded edges slightly protrude from the corpus of the pocket knife giving this limited edition a unique look while the Corian scales are white, complemented by black prints. Limited to 3,000 pieces worldwide, sequential numbering is engraved on the blade and makes every limited piece one of a kind.
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Caviar Fit for a King
Add a little luxury to the sticking this year with two indulgent gift boxes from Caviar King. The brand’s signature products are harvested exclusively from sustainably farmed sturgeon in the Caspian Sea and are packaged and shipped in their natural state without preservatives. This year the brand has partnered with brewery Dassai to create two special gift boxes that bring together caviar and sake.
The Prestige Experience features Siberian Sturgeon Caviar; sweet and buttery Premium Hybrid Caviar; and the exclusive Premium Osetra Caviar, which takes 18 to 20 years to harvest, paired with a bottle of Dassai’s Heavensake Junmai Daiginjo. Meanwhile, the Delightful Experience includes Caviar King’s Siberian Sturgeon Caviar and Premium Osetra Caviar along with a bottle of Dassai’s Heavensake Junmai Daiginjo.
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Grey Scale Shooter
Following the 2019 success of the special Leica M10-P “Ghost”, crafted in cooperation with Hodinkee, the camera and watch gurus have created a new special edition in two variants, the Leica Q2 “Ghost” by Hodinkee and the Q2 “Ghost” Set by Hodinkee.
Perfect for passionate photographers, the timeless design of the Leica Q2 “Ghost” by Hodinkee pays tribute to the iconic diving watch the “Ghost Bezel”, famed for its very rare grey bezel. The special Q2 features a stylish grey leather covering made of fine cowhide while the top cover and lens are painted in an unobtrusive light grey. The special edition comprises a carrying strap round-woven from grey yarn with a stable key ring binding.
The second variant, the Q2 “Ghost” Set by Hodinkee, is limited to 150 sets worldwide and is adorned with imprinted Leica lettering on the top cover while two engravings in the display glass show the respective special serial number between 001/150 and 150/150 as well as the set name. The Q2 “Ghost” Set by Hodinkee also comprises a silver thumb rest, and a grey carrying strap and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
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Part of a collaboration between AETHER Apparel and ASPENX, Aspen Skiing Company’s innovation brand focused on retail and experiences, the ASPENX AETHER collection of outerwear, layers, and footwear is inspired by high altitudes, snowy peaks, and an enthusiasm for winter.
The collection includes the rugged ASPENX Aether Dolomite Men’s Boot, made in partnership with century-old Italian shoemaker Fracap that employs a mold originally designed for Italian soldiers. The ASPENX Aether Dolomite Boot is handmade with 100 percent vegetable-tanned Italian leather and suede and is soled with Vibram for sturdy traction. Sold in onyx black with Aspen red and grey laces, the boot features an ASPENX and Aether collab logo on the tongue and a Fracap debossed logo on the outer heel, as well as design details like metal eyelets and lacing hooks and welt-stitch detail at the sole.
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Sound for your Man Cave
Bluesound, makers of hi-fidelity multi-room streamers and speakers, has created the PULSE M Speaker. Expanding Bluesound’s line of wireless, multi-room streaming speakers, the PULSE M is the first to feature a meticulously engineered, Omni-Hybrid design, which is composed of an angled, up-firing 5 1/4-inch woofer and two 3/4-inch tweeters mounted and offset at 45 degrees from each other. A custom-designed acoustic reflector above the woofer diffuses unwanted sonic artefacts while directing the driver’s higher frequencies out and away from the speaker, creating a 360-degree soundstage.
In addition, the PULSE M offers various ways to connect to music, including built-in access to over 20 natively-integrated music services and thousands of internet radio stations directly from the BluOS Controller app. Alternatively, music can be played over Wi-Fi, Ethernet, AirPlay 2, two-way aptX HD Bluetooth, USB-A, 3.5mm dual analogue/digital input, or the 3.5mm headphone jack.
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IWC Schaffhausen recently announced a new collaboration with The Faction Collective, the first fruit of which is the Faction Studio 1 IWC Collab Ltd, stylish skis that are limited to 55 pairs and mark the first time Faction has manufactured skis with a luminescent design. The LAKE TAHOE and IWC letterings on the white topsheet glow in a greenish tone in the dark, while each pair comes with an option to purchase the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Lake Tahoe” in white ceramic.
Candy for Your Ears
Featuring inimitable sound by KEF and design by long-term collaborator Ross Lovegrove, the new KEF Mu7 Wireless Headphones are the perfect gift for any audiophile. Delivering an uncompromising audio experience paired with understated style, the new over-ear headphones are refined, sleek, and a harmonious addition to the wider Ross Lovegrove Collection for KEF.
Available in two sleek colourways: Silver Grey and Charcoal Grey, the Mu7 headphones present precision-engineered, ergonomic aluminium construction. A lightweight, durable headband delivers a snug acoustic seal, with minimal ear pressure, while the memory foam ear pads mould to the shape of the head, improving both passive and active noise cancellation and bass response. Custom-tuned by the KEF engineering experts, the Mu7 headphones integrate enhanced codec technology to deliver KEF’s instantly recognisable high-resolution sound quality, wirelessly.
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