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.
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.
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Let's open up days 9,10, 11 and 12.
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
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 mazeclothing.co.uk
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.
The above sweatshirt supports mental health charity, CALM.
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 utilitydesign.co.uk