Shop local Christmas gift guide: For him
Why are the men in our lives notoriously hard to buy for? We've scoured Herts & Beds for the best gifts for your husbands, dads, uncles and bros, so you don't have to - you can thank us later!
Know a man about town who’s partial to a bit of tweed and the odd cravat? This quirky silver fox head lapel pin from Beds-based Muddy Award-winning jewellers Kysam will finish off his gentlemanly getup perfectly. It comes in shiny, frosted or oxidised finishes to suit his chosen look.
Pot of magic
Gym junkies or exercise enthusiasts will appreciate this little pot of Green Stem CBD Muscle Balm from Wingrave biz, Hide & Seek. All their products contain high quality CBD oil (yep, that is what you think, but it’s completely legal and has multiple surprising health and wellbeing benefits). In this balm, it’s blended with lavender, sandalwood and jasmine to soothe mind and body after exercise.
Pour me another
Who wouldn’t want this awesome rocket rum decanter adorning their drinks trolley/cabinet/shelf (delete as appropriate)? It’s from swanky interiors store Tobias Oliver in Berkhamsted and is designed by the legendary Jonathan Adler in porcelain with 16-carat gold detail. Why not team with their fave local rum?
Not just socks
Beds-based gifting biz, Otter and Moose have got the present giving down to a fine art. We love their useful and beautiful gift boxes, including this one for men, which includes thermal and hard-wearing luxe Alpaca socks and a Norse wooden shaving bowl and soap. Tailor your gift by picking navy or heather socks and Sandalwood, Bergamot or Peppermint soap.
Bowie fans will display these hand-pulled screen prints pride of place in the home office of man cave. They’re designed and made right here in Herts, available to buy from graphic homewares store Bold & Noble in Hitchin. We love the black and gold colourway but they’re also available in primary brights, along with other rock and pop icons (from Kurt Cobain to Dave Grohl), and as a teatowel in case you’re trying to drop a hint!
£60 for pair
Take it away
Every man needs a decent Thermos flask in his life – an on-the-go caffeine fix for the morning commute to the weekend hike. This one by Sweet Bamboo from The Happydashery in Leighton Buzzard is made of stainlness steel and sustainable bamboo, meaning no more single use coffee cups. It also comes with a strainer if they want to pop some fruit or ice in their water for a chilled drink.
Tommy & Lottie hails from St Albans and is a unisex, ethical and sustainable clothing brand which supports the protection of local wildlife AND endangered species. They sell super cute kids’ clobber but we’re pretty partial to the adult-sized sweats too, which are made from organic cotton and come in a range of shades. This polar bear one could even double as a Christmas jumper!
£45 (£2 is donated to protect polar bears and marine life)
On the rocks
Sending something in the post? Cut out the middleman with a letterbox gift from fab Bedford-based brand, The Jolly Post Co, which works with a range of local indie businesses to curate a whole range of gift boxes (even those tricky menfolk!) This one comes with a set of whiskey stones and a bar of 70% dark choc, as well as a handwritten note (for that personal touch!).