Updated: Feb 25
Aren't men the hardest to buy for (we're sure they would say the same about us)? But every Christmas, birthday, Fathers Day, we rack our brains for what to buy the men in our lives. We usually resort to a new mug and bag of jelly babies...
But what if you could find something truly wonderful from a small British business? We have put together some of the best Christmas gift ideas for you to utterly spoil them this year - because let's face it, it's been a corker!
1) English Spirt Gift Set / Distillery Tour
Like all good food and drink, English Spirit believe that well-made spirits can be some of life’s greatest pleasures. Founded by Master Distiller Dr John Walters, who combines his knowledge of biochemistry with a passion for cooking to distil and present the best flavours England has to offer, believes in nothing less than fashioning everything himself in the pursuit of quality and authenticity.
Shop their award winning spirits or join them on their journey of discovery by booking a gift voucher for one of their distillery tours in the Black Barn at Great Yeldham Hall in Essex. (Which is is nearly 200 years old!)
2) Haar Scotland - High-quality, timeless 'made to order' menswear
Crafted by hand in a small factory in Scotland in limited batches. HAAR utilises some of the finest materials from UK suppliers, every element of their clothing has been considered and meticulously executed.
HAAR clothes are timeless, classic and of the highest quality. Built for longevity, they only get better with time. Many of their pieces are even made specifically to order, just for you.
3) Naked Marshmallow - little squares of soft, squidgy, delectable heaven
Who doesn't love marshmallows? Handmade in the UK, Naked Marshmallow are 100% natural and contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives - that’s why they're naked!
From boozy editions and gorgeous gourmet toasting sets to vegetarian marshmallows, there are so many flavours to explore. They even offer subscriptions. We're sold!
4) T!dy - the only shampoo bar for men
The handmade mint & tea tree solid shampoo bar for men by T!dy (a.k.a James the founder and chief shampoo maker).
It's gentle and deep cleaning for all hair types. It's also great for the planet - zero plastics, zero waste; literally no fuss. All ingredients are 100% natural. What's not to love about a shampoo that's clean, just for men and has a clear conscience?!
5) Yarmouth Oilskins - Authentic workwear
Yarmouth Stores have manufactured oilskin waterproof clothing for well over 100 years, originally the go to workwear for fishermen, the merchant navy, agricultural workers and miners.
Their traditional workwear garments are still being created for the 21st century and proud to be working with British suppliers and manufacturers. Their duty is to continue the legacy of Yarmouth Oilskins, with a collection perfect for modern life. Some of our favourite pieces below!
6) The Clovelly Soap Company - Handmade soaps & grooming kits
The Clovelly Soap Company is a small family-run business making beautiful, handcrafted soap, candles and body care products on the historic Clovelly Estate in North Devon.
Passionate about making products that you will love to use and gift. Their recipes, inspired by nature, use spices, clays, flowers and pure therapeutic grade essential oils blended by hand to create their unique scents. Here are some great ideas from their male grooming collection.
7) The Workbench London - the original ring carving kit
The first of its kind in the world. Created for all abilities, The Workbench London has created a 'make it yourself' ring kit, to inspire creativity and allow you to make the ring you have always wanted.
Let them carve their ultimate ring from the wax provided, then simply send it back and your ring will be cast. A fun experience and a lifelong keepsake. We love this!
8) Fruitbat Textiles - Award winning hand weaver, dyer & milliner of unique luxury accessories for men & women
Charlotte's often bespoke, unique pieces range from scarves and wraps, flat caps and cufflinks. She also takes commissions. Living in an area of outstanding beauty, Fruitbat Textile's work is motivated by the seasons and she makes everything using natural fibres.
Charlotte has even hand crafted a collection to commemorate her great grandfather, and everyone else who has served in the RAF as a marker for their centenary anniversary with 20% of every sale being donated to the RAF Benevolent Fund.
9) Tanner Bates - Hand-made accessories for the discerning leather lover.
John Hagger, the founder of Tanner Bates, likes to know who makes their leather, which is why they go to smaller, family-run tanneries that use traditional processes. This means they use leather that is not only full of character, but will last a lifetime.
All their genuine leather handmade goods are naturally tanned using tree barks and we've heard they smell amazing!
10) Seed craft - the gardeners subscription box
Affordable seed subscription boxes, sending you seeds every month at the right time to sow.
They also have some great seed kits including herbs, chillies, salad and vegetables, all of which come in biodegradable packaging. Perfect for the green-fingered gent.
Happy shopping everyone :)