Men are meticulously difficult to buy for at Christmas time and it often causes unnecessary stress for mothers, sisters, and girlfriends. We know that there is nothing better than the gift of giving, but the joy of seeing the one you love open a gift that you know they’ve been lusting after for months is unparalleled. With that in mind, we’ve recruited designer and man-in-the-know Jake McCabe to give us a better insight into what the men in your life actually want this Christmas. So if you’re looking for some inspiration; whether it’s a brother, boyfriend or your beloved dad, hopefully, you’ll find it here.
Mr. Jenks is an Irish brand who offer classic men’s accessories. Both their pocket squares and umbrellas are designed to take you from your trip to the office to evening drinks, or to that wedding in the new year; all while helping you stand out from the crowd. One of my favourites is the rich navy silk of the ‘Ireland in Bloom’, which contrasts a beautifully simple arrangement of flowers in the shape of Ireland. At a very reasonable €29.99, they can be found online or in one of their 9 Irish Stockists.
The Hagen Connected hybrid smartwatch from Skagen combines innovative technology with classic design. With activity and sleep monitoring as well as the obvious date and time, this watch allows the wearer to snap a photo, control their music with the push of a button. Available online for €190.
I’m a firm believer that every good man needs a great hat. Harking back to times gone by, there is something amazing about a well designed and constructed hat. This isn’t your standard flat cap or baggy beanie. For the beginner, try this wide brimmed Puritan fedora from Topman. Available in navy, camel or luscious brushed emerald, these suit most male complexions and take an outfit from bog standard to sartorially savvy. €25-40
For the pro who is looking for an upgrade, you need not venture any further than South Anne Street Dublin. Milliner Anthony Peto hand-crafts pieces to order as well as an extensive range of ready to wear. Working with one of the last remaining traditional workshop in Paris, he takes simple concepts and introduces endless creativity. €90-250
Clothing can be a very personal affair for us guys, but if you really want to impress your man and help elevate his wardrobe then you simply can’t go wrong with these key staple pieces. This year Louis Copeland have put extra emphasis on their made to measure shirts and suits. With a vast array of design details. This is an amazing way to create the perfect suit. With shirts starting at €180 and full suits €895, you’d be hard pressed to find greater attention to detail or experience.
A refresh on last year’s obsession with camel everything, ZARA have brought a new offering to the table in the form of a classic light camel overcoat. With its oversized cut and neutral colourway, this coat will work year round and will quickly become the go-to piece for a chilly walk or late night out. €130 in store or online.
Loake Shoes are synonymous with quality and craftsmanship and with a new store in the heart of the city, they are a name to remember. A growing favourite among Irish men looking to move away from their graduation shoes are these incredible brown double monk straps. The perfect silhouette to take you from boardroom to dance hall without batting an eye. Available in their Wicklow Street store.
double monk straps, €250
Forget everything you know about the humble polo shirt and make a visit to Rebirth of Cool in Temple Bar. Everything from Fred Perry to Gabicci to beautiful wool knit pieces from Art Gallery, you’ll be sure to find something he’ll love to wear. Prices range from €75-€100.
Men can be notoriously bad at taking care of themselves and often favour the simple solution when it comes to grooming products. I’ve found that Pure almond oil is one of the best moisturisers to battle the changing Irish weather. Not only will it bring a bit of life back to the skin, but it’s also perfect for hair and promotes healthy beard growth. Available from Dr. Harris online from €11.50.
When it comes to scent, everyone should be able to leave their mark. With that in mind, Tom Ford is a reliable favourite for Irish men. Designed for those who strive towards sophistication, you simply can’t go wrong with anything from his collection. My personal favourite is the Tobacco and Vanilla but if you’re unsure, I’d recommend the simple and pared back Tom Ford for Men. Available for €90 online.
Every now and then it’s nice to break the monotony with something a little different. Most guys would jump at the chance to release their inner primal instinct, so why not book a place on a Blacksmithing course in Russborough House? Prices range from €120 to €280 for a full weekend of shaping, tooling and fireside chats.
These days, plenty of men will think of themselves in the likeness of Mad Men’s Don Draper. Help them achieve their goals with a true appreciation for whisky. Tasting courses are available in the Teeling Distillery, The Irish Whiskey Museum, and The Jameson Distillery, and are a perfect way to kick off the weekend. Prices range from €14 to €30 per person.
The Buff Day Spa have some great ways to tell your man you care. He spends his days working hard, his weekends DIYing and the odd match. That doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be pampered once in awhile. Prices range from €85 to €175 and can include Indian head massages, hot stone back massages and facials.