Days 9-12: The Man | The Independent Christmas Advent Calendar


I made a pledge this year to go 100% independent Christmas. 

And now we're back for Round 4. (if you've missed any head here)

Men - those tricky little blighters. 


Hi-tech gadgets seem to be their gift of choice.

Bose, Apple TV, Ferrari. 

Mine wants a super yacht.

If your budget stretches this far, might I suggest BOAT Magazine's Christmas gift guide to gifts for your yacht. 

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If the above are out of your price range, why not have a gander at our round-up of male-approved gifts all made with love by a range of independent designers.  

Disclaimer *if you do not vibe small, creative businesses please unsubscribe.*

Let's open up days 9,10, 11 and 12.

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For the Dad.

It is the prerogative of the dad to be a little (or a lot) bit grumpy.

So let him relish in his cynical behaviour with Nick Asbury's 'Perpetual Disappointments Diary'. This tongue-in-cheek diary is full of demotiovational proverbs, notable deaths and handy phrases like 'I have destroyed my hire car' translated into four different languages.

(Un)cheer up his day, £9.99 at

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For the Grandad.

Who still has a bit of George Clooney left in him.

This super soft scarf by Universal Works is sure to add a touch of casual class to cool grandad's wardrobe. This is the type of staple that you'll love to steal, I imagine it infused with Old Spice and just the perfect hint of Grandad musk. 

£29 at

For the brother.

Brothers can be fickle creatures. If you have one that is forever young, this Frozen Smiles ice tray is truly epic. £6.99 by Fred & Friends

Of if your male gift-ee is a thoughtful, creative type this top by Hopeful Traders is the perfect gift. These guys are awesome and I must raise a special mention for them. Tackling homelessness and mental illness by collaborating with people who have firsthand experience of these issues. They create beautiful and meaningful clothing and gifts that give a voice to the organisations they support. 
Currently crowdfunding.

The above sweatshirt supports mental health charity, CALM.

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For the husband/boyfriend

Searching for the 'main gift' for said other half can often seem a monumental task without a clear end in sight. So why not go small and spend the leftover funds on a getaway together. Stay tuned for our write-up on Brussels for a very affordable and totally fabulous mini getaway.

If he's disorganised and/or a rebellious soul this 'Life is too short for matching socks' is a total winner. £23.50 by Woah There Pickle on Etsy 

If he's been watching too much Dynasties and has turned eco warrior (mine has - we call him Eco Alex) then this Dopper Water bottle is a great way to look after the planet. The Dopper Foundation finances water and sanitation projects in Nepal and says goodbye to single-use plastic.Get one for £12.50 via Liverpool's

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There you have it.

Go forth and purchase small business supporters.

If you want more, head over to our Conscious Christmas Guide for more loveable independent buys or open some more doors here.

ThingsDaisy Hill