If we’re talking about an extra-special present, start with the ultimate investment piece of all; a handsome wristwatch. Whether the wrist-bearer in question steers towards the classic or contemporary, functional or flashy, sleek or sporty end of the spectrum, a timepiece is something he’ll treasure for years and years to come. Watch Stations stainless steel version and Fossil’s leather version both blend timeless style and modern appeal that are sure to get the seal of approval from those who fall into any of the aforementioned categories – an improvement in timekeeping is a bonus.
If you’re thinking more along the lines of practicality over pizzaz, look to a pair of shoes that will go with everything in his closet. A pair of sleek, white trainers is an ideal gift for the guy who loves urban style and Paul Smith puts style and comfort on equal footing. Alternatively, we all know searching for a dress shoe just before an event is a struggle, so save him the hassle further down the line with a pair of high-shine lace-ups. Oxfords are your best bet here, as they’re unequivocally smart for every dressy occasion. Equally, a shoe that does it all is perfect for the man who prefers not to complicate matters – a pair of Brogues or impeccably crafted Chelsea boots look as good with sharp tailoring as they do slim jeans.
When it comes to an extra-special present, start with the ultimate investment piece; a designer handbag. Whoever you’re treating – your wife, mother, daughter or another loved one – a piece of arm candy is the common denominator among the top of wishlists. Decisions may seem endless (big or little, black or bold, unfussy or fully furnished), but a few dream bags will please even the trickiest of customers.
If the recipient in question is well aware that the Baguette is more than just a lunch option, she'll know that the likes of Osprey's cross-body bag or Coach’s bucket bag will be constant rotation well beyond the 12 days of Christmas. If she’s already covered on the everyday bag front, make a beeline for the wow factor of a quilted bag or box clutch – Kate Spade’s iconic version or a must-have modern twist from Michael Kors are sure to add extra magic to the occasion.
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that while some women obsess over handbags, others see shoes as the apple of their eye. If the latter is the case for your recipient, the same rules apply. A trainer that ups the ante on her trusty white pair, like Dune’s metallic version, makes a winning weekend upgrade – ideal for her to slip on at a moment’s notice. Alternatively, Kurt Geiger's signature stilettos and Daniel Footwear’s power pumps are timeless icons that will outlast every fashion season and maybe just the finishing touch she’s looking for to ring in the New Year in true style.
If you’re thinking more along the lines of practicality over pizzaz, you won’t go far wrong with a wardrobe essential that she’ll treasure for years to come. She won’t be able to resist enveloping herself in a luxurious cashmere jumper from Hobbs on Christmas Day, while a classic camel trench coat will see her through a winterwalk to breezy summer evenings. Likewise, a well-cut checked blazer will have her covered for every eventuality, from the season’s parties to the first day back at the office.