Brace yourselves. It’s that time of year again where Christmas cheer runs amuck and crappy festive tunes blare from every single speaker you cross paths with.
There’s only so much George Michael your bleeding ears can take but alas, you can escape the relentless retail wave no more. Well we say if you can’t beat them, buy the man the best damn present he’ll ever get so that he’ll never hassle you again.
From style to grooming to tech, this is the D’Marge Christmas gift guide of 2016. It’s not lit. It’s pure brilliance in a box.
Give the gift of style this Christmas with our carefully curated selection of threads and accessories bound to make any man throw two middle fingers at the jolly fat man whilst weeping tears of joy.
Jewellery might not be to every man’s liking but the Tiffany’s Cuff is not like any other piece seen before. The masculine design was inspired by Paloma and her husband’s passion for classic cars and this is faithfully reproduced in the racing elements in this stainless steel and black titanium cuff.
Tesalate Beach Towels
They don’t call these bad boys on-trend beach towels for nothing. Tesalate is a brand that hails from Sydney’s Bondi Beach so you know the quality is up to scratch for the toils of sand, surf, sun and salt water. What’s even cooler? There’s over a dozen psychedelic prints to choose from which ooze endless character to suit any beach bum.
Bondi Ants Pocket Square
Not all pocket squares are created equal. Elevate your summer suit game with this beautifully crafted pocket square that takes inspiration from where the sand meets the sea. It comes in a 42 x 42 cut and you can also choose silk twill or cotton.
Silver Strawberry Skull Money Clip
ngraved enamel graphics in red, black, and green at face. The Paul Smith logo is engraved on the back face. The 2-inch compact clip is made of copper, zinc and enamel.
Give the gift of Swiss time and elegance with Gucci’s latest GG2570 timepiece featuring a brushed 41mm stainless steel case housing an ETA quartz movement. The dark blue sun dial exudes pure masculinity whilst versatility comes in the form of either a blue and red web nylon strap or stainless steel bracelet. For those playing at home, that means dressing from the office to the weekend made easy. It’s also water resistant up to 100 metres incase you forget and go swimming with it.
Common Projects Chelsea Boots
These boots were made for walking but not the type most men are accustomed to. Renowned for their clean silhouettes in the sneaker game, Common Projects have taken their craft to the Chelsea boot and the result is this fine ankle-high suede boot in ‘tobacco’ tan.
For comfort and usability the boot features a rounded toe, elasticised gusset at the sides and a grosgrain pull-loop in ivory at the heel collar. Lest we forget, the Common Projects gold stamp of approval also graces this shoe that is meticulously crafted in Italy.
Alexander McQueen Black & Gold Skull Umbrella
Brave the storm in pure badassery with this Alexander McQueen automatic umbrella featuring the label’s signature carved skull in gold tone brass on the handle. It’s a sturdy unit made from nylon, polyester and brass in Italy. Aesthetic touches include tonal stitching and coverage of up to 38″ in diameter.
Orlebar Brown Swim Shorts
Hand-picked by our D’Marge Editor himself, Orlebar Brown’s ‘Bulldog’ swim shorts make the perfect summer gift for those who frequent the waters with a low tolerance to Speedos and mankinis. This item features the label’s geometric navy and white ‘Huron’ print that has been designed in-house and is cut mid-length with treated fabric designed to resist the damaging effects of chlorine, salt water and sunlight.
Give the gift of a clean shave and the epitome of what a modern gentleman should be in the 21st century. From shavers to after shave to personal grooming sets, this is what every man needs in his top drawer for Christmas.
Braun Series 9 Shaver
The world’s most efficient and versatile shave doesn’t come in the form of disposable razors that last 12-minutes. Braun have paired precision German engineering to achieve arguable the world’s most comfortable shave. The flagship Series 9 boasts a host of features which includes five shaving elements in the one head for a cleaner cut with less repetition and hence less skin irritation. It also comes with a standalone self-cleaning stand which does the hard part for men with better things to do.
Dunhill Icon Elite
Bottled British masculinity is what the latest fragrance from Dunhill is. Think robust spices like Cardamon and Black Pepper which add a little more depth and intrigue to a man’s scent whilst Heart Blue Sage and Juniper keeps it elegant. Heck even the bottle is cool, taking inspiration from sleek onyx glass of the motoring days.
3 Swords 10-Piece Manicure & Pedicure Kit
Look down at your hands. Are they the well-groomed paws of a modern gentlemen? Or are you sporting a set of ragged claws better suited to a witch in a horror flick? 3 Swords have your festive season grooming regime covered with their complete 10-piece manicure set made in Germany.
D R Harris Shaving Set
Go old school with this elegant shaving set from those in the know. The set comes complete with everything a man needs for a close shave whilst a brush holder ensures the tool is dried out properly after every use. The razor is designed to fit Mach 3 blades for simple restocking whilst the set comes in a classic green box with the brand’s logo embossed in gold on the top.
David Beckham Beyond Forever
David Beckham Beyond Forever is a scent focused on decisiveness and persistence in every man. Indulge your imagination in spicy top notes of vibrant nutmeg, fresh hints of elemi and bergamot, a charismatic and masculine heart of violet balanced by fresh fougere chords followed by a combination of intense patchouli, leathery accord and vetyver. In other words it smells damn terrific when paired with a suit. And it’s very affordable.
The Gift Of Indulgence
Every man has his vice and we’re going to give it to them. Indulge in these brilliant gifts designed to enhance the Magnificent Bastard within.
Tom Dixon Copper Plum Shot Glass Set
The man is not in University or college anymore so drinking out of plastic cups is a no-no. Mark the occasion the right way with these elegant looking shot glasses finished in copper plate. They’ll complete any man’s drinking soiree with room to impress.
We jumped the gun a bit. One cannot pour a drink without first opening one. Enter the elegant and functional wine corkscrew no man can live without. This one is made of stainless steel and features and beautiful mirror polish.
Fox Head Crystal Decanter
Craftsmanship also comes in the very devices made to hold liquid gold. The Fox Head Decanter is a fine example of this, being handmade in Dartington’s Devon based workshops. Their decanter is finished with a silver plated fox head stopper, designed and manufactured by Deakin & Francis. It is also hand-enamelled in a deep brown in order to make it the talk of the party. The decanter also comes with a bottle of Williams GB Extra Dry Gin from family owned, Chase Distillery.
Every man’s domain includes some element of technology. It’s only fitting then that there be a selection of today’s coolest gadgets to keep his mind intrigued.
Brew the perfect cup of coffee your own way with Nespresso’s latest Creatista. The stylish machine wouldn’t look out of place at a cafe and has even taken a few tricks from them with an automatic milk frother with multiple textures to suit any coffee snob. Did we mention latte art? That’s also possible with the Creatista along with a self-cleaning steaming wand.
Premium sound on the fly is possible with the Beoplay A1 Bluetooth speaker which packs a serious punch in a diminutive unit. Featuring 24-hour battery life, a built-in microphone and true 360 degree sound, the Beoplay A1 is as stylish and functional as it gets. It also comes in four different colours to suit any audiophile.
Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphones
Drown out the world and relax to your favourite tunes this holiday season complements of precision sound and ergonomics by Master & Dynamic. Their MH40 headphones boast leather finishes with custom 45mm neodymium drivers for premium sound quality.
Apple Watch Series 2 Nike+
The Apple Watch is back and it’s better than ever – especially in the badass Nike+ sports trim. Throw in a brighter display, GPS, fitness tracking, water resistance to 50 metres along with all of the winning apps and you can now be informed on the move without your phone.
GoPro Hero 5 Black
Every action man needs the memories to go with his exploits. Record those memories with the latest GoPro model which is their most powerful offering to date. It’s waterpoof up to 10 metres, voice activated for hands free use, implements video stabilisation and shoots in 4K. Functionality is improved with a 2-inch touch display screen and simple 1 button control.
A man who appreciates his aesthetics is a perfectionist in his own right. Gift him that perfection in these intricately designed and made objects of affection that will keep on giving long after they move into living quarters.
Sonic Editions’ Prints
Proving that clean minimalist lines needn’t be boring is Sonic Editions’ limited edition photography series. Their icon series takes on some of the world’s most recognised faces at their prime and captures that very moment in black and white and sometimes colour. Ali, Jordan, Eastwood, Bowie…these are just some of the names that grace the eclectic photo series that deserves a wall to itself in every man’s home.
BUY $79 – $399
Lucite & Brass Dog Bowl
Even a man’s best friend needs to eat so let him dine in style and elegance with this dual dog bowl. The bowls are removable and dishwasher safe.
Slim Aarons Prints
He’s one of the most iconic photographers of the 20th century capturing the high life and now those memories can be enjoyed in a man’s home. This particular snap hails all the way from 1971 on the French Riviera.
Brass Skull Box
Add a bit of Mod style to this classic Hamlet skull made of solid polished brass. The back portion of the head is hinged meaning you can actually store your worldly possessions in it. The base is also made of brass albeit in a blackened state for a touch of class and prestige. As the art piece ages, a rich natural patina will form adding even more depth and character to an already loud piece.