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G I F T I N G
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The answer to “what do you buy a man that has everything” we start the guide with something truly remarkable by design house Apparatus.
ORIGINALLY DEVELOPED FOR USE IN THE STUDIO, THE MATCH HALL TREE + UMBRELLA STAND INTERPRET A FAMILIAR HOSPITABLE GESTURE. A SOLID MARBLE CYLINDER SUPPORTS A BRASS ARMATURE, A NESTING STAND ANSWERS THE FORM CREATING A PERFECT PAIR.
In truth, the design alone is so minimally perfect, it would be a shame to hide it with a hat or a coat. To be gazed upon, or for functional use, either way you reflect on it ‘Match’ by Apparatus Studio is a gift to be valued.
Is there a better gift, than the gift of youth…? Suitable for use morning and evening, this facial oil replenishes like a rich cream yet it absorbs instantly like a serum, adding extra anti-ageing potency to his choice of daily moisturiser.
A POWERFUL NOURISHING FACIAL OIL TO HYDRATE & SMOOTH ALL SKIN
The perfect fit for a man’s skin, the Omorovicza’s Miracle Facial Oil absorbs instantly leaving skin hydrated, not greasy.
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It’s rare to find a gift that is truly all inclusive, but Eone have come very close. Their first product, called The Bradley, is an award-winning timepiece that allows people to both touch and see the time using two steel ball bearings and tactile markers.
THE BRADLEY WATCH IS NAMED AFTER FORMER NAVY LIEUTENANT BRADLEY SNYDER, WHO LOST HIS SIGHT FROM AN IED EXPLOSION IN AFGHANISTAN WHILE SERVING AS A BOMB DEFUSER.
Furthermore, each purchase of the Bradley × KBT timepiece will help blind children in East Africa read, write, and learn by either repairing a Brailler device or providing a year’s worth of Braille paper. Truly a gift that keeps on giving.
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THE COOL CARD
The Cool Card is an exclusive, members-only privilege card that unlocks a secret world of benefits from luxury brands. By simply showing a Cool Card when out shopping, you can be treated to unique VIP offers, saving thousands of pounds each year. You can even access these privileges from the comfort of home as they have partnered with some of the best online fashion retailers in the world.
Alas, this is not for everyone; you will have to apply for a Cool Card membership, and not everyone is accepted. The applications are reviewed by their Membership Committee who have the final say. Get Cool Card membership for yourself and use it to save money on the gifts you buy (and also periodically treat yourself) – that way everyone wins. Sounds like a pretty good plan eh?
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Quite possible the best value gift in our guide at £95 (yes, you read that correctly) you can give that lucky someone foray into the world of helicopter piloting from Buyagift.
THE BULK OF MANKIND IS AS WELL EQUIPPED FOR FLYING AS THINKING.
~ Jonathon Swift
Once in the helicopter he will spend 20 minutes in the air, split into three sessions, where he will learn observation skills, how to navigate and flying respectively. As an added bonus once completed, he will be presented with a signed flight certificate that can go towards gaining a private pilot’s licence.
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At a staggering 10.4 mm the HP Spectre is the world’s thinnest laptop, and in truth, it’s much more than that. Designed with the aesthetics of a luxurious ornament this laptop combines stunning visuals with a top-level performance, partnering with Bang & Olufsen to provide the audio expertise. Its size makes it the perfect travel companion and will make all around stand up and take note. Quite simply, to see one, is to want one.
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Both a joy to behold and pleasure to play, an Andrew Pinkus backgammon set is is the epitome of luxury for any Backgammon player, reflected in the detail and fine finishing. Each board is unique, being individually handcrafted and requiring over 40 hours of skilled labour to ensure that it is perfect in all aspects.
Andrew is meticulous to the point of obsession, with every detail carefully considered to enrich the game players experience. Tactile, luxurious and refined, the gift of an Andrew Pinkus backgammon board will provide a lifetime of pleasure.
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Samsung Serif TV aesthetically and technologically pushes the boundaries of what’s expected from a television. A piece of furniture carefully designed to complement your home, Serif TV looks great from every angle and comes in different sizes and colours to sit comfortably with your style.
The Serif TV bears the hallmarks of meticulous design throughout – even the smallest features hold incredible importance – making it a gift that even the most ardent technophile would find it hard not to be impressed by.
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A special edition, of a special edition, the Luxury Edition of Peter Marino’s “Art Architecture” is limited to 750 editions. Each one is individually signed and numbered by Peter Marino himself and features a silk-screened acetate jacket and shiny metallic case with black gilded edges in an oversized format.
This is the first book to look at the collaborative process by which Marino has commissioned site-specific works to live within his designs for luxury retail spaces from artists including Richard Deacon, Vik Muniz, Vanessa Beecroft, James Turrell, Not Vital, and Jean-Michel Othoniel; Marino’s commissions explore the relationship between art and architecture.
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Japanese designers Comme de Garcons are not scared to make fragrances that challenge opinion, and Wonderoud is no different. One of nature’s most precious gifts, worth its weight in gold, Oud is an aromatic resin, scented with subtle notes, known as The Black Gold of Perfumers, and CDG’s latest scent shows their interpretation of its character.
Made using 100% Natural Oud extracted from resinous Aquilaria trees grown sustainably in South East Asia.
Used only for the most precious and mythical concoctions, its powerful and rich character brings a woody, animal, balsamic and even honey feel and texture to a fragrance. The perfect gift for the (would be) fragrance connoisseur.
Made from the same emblematic blend as Martell Cordon Bleu, the limited edition Martell Cordon Bleu Intense Heat is a fascinating result of alchemy, combining wood and heat to make a cognac the type of which has never been seen.
A TECHNIQUE KNOWN AS “CHAUFFE CROCODILE” USES A FLAME TO BURN THE INSIDE OF THE OAK CASKS AND RELEASE WOODY AROMAS INTO THE COGNAC.
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The Explorer II was first released in 1971 and was designed for cave divers. This model allowed cave explorers to read time and tell whether it was AM or PM using the orange hand 24-hour indicator.
THE COLOR OF THE TRITIUM HAS TURNED A BEAUTIFUL CREAM COLOR WHILE THE ORANGE HAND HAS KEPT ITS VIBRANT COLOUR.
This example, with fixed steel bezel with 24-hour units, features the steel Oyster case that we know and love, but with a slightly different dial configuration. One of the most expensive gifts in our guide, this vintage Rolex supplied by Hodinkee is a fantastic gift for any watch collector. Better move fast, this one-off won’t be available for long…
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THE BOXER SHORT
The Belgians’ boxer short of choice since 1997, Mc Alson came to life to fulfil a need for impeccably fitting yet elegant boxer shorts. With this in mind a first small collection of six classic designs was created and a legend was born. Furthermore all McAlson boxers are equipped with an inner soft cotton jersey pocket providing men with comfort where it counts the most.
THE MCALSON BOXER SHORT CAME TO LIFE IN 1997, WHEN PIERRE DEREN DECIDED THERE WAS A NEED FOR COMFORTABLE MENS UNDERWEAR.
Featured here is their limited edition short designed in collaboration with leading men’s lifestyle blog Ape to Gentleman; a unique stocking filler guaranteed to please.
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A collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Condé Nast International publishing in London, Sensual Purity is a book by Gorden Wagener; the man behind the iconic Mercedes design.
“WITH OUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY OF SENSUAL PURITY WE INITIATED A SHIFT IN AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN” ~ Gorden Wagener
Wagener describes a combination of emotion and intelligence, which represents modern luxury and gives people what they value most of all today: time, space and flexibility. This lavishly designed volume, generously illustrated with photos and sketches, comes in the form of a hardback coffee table book with a metallic-look cover; it’s surprisingly affordable too.
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STERLING SILVER RULERS
Men’s lifestyle brand LE GRAMME is continuing its project on the theme of elementary shapes, fine materials and weight, this time focusing on the world of writing. Given their love of precision, they naturally gravitated towards an object reflective of their intentions; the graduated ruler.
LE GRAMME have designed three rulers with different square sections and once again, in keeping with their tradition, named them after their weight.
THE SURFACES ALTERNATE BETWEEN POLISHED AND BRUSHED FINISHES AND HAVE GRADUATIONS IN BOTH CENTIMETERS AND INCHES.
The three rectangular shapes, measuring 17cm, are made from 925 stamped silver and crafted at LE GRAMME’s studio in France.
An object of excellence and an ideal gift for an aesthete, the LE GRAMME ruler can be personalized with laser engraving or calligraphy.
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BLUE LABEL WINTER EDITION
Arriving just in time for Christmas, only 600 bottles of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Winter Edition have been made available to purchase in the UK.
THE BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED BOTTLE DEPICTS THE INFAMOUS JOHNNIE WALKER STRIDING MAN SET AGAINST A DEEP BLUE TWINKLING SKY, INSPIRED BY THE CONSTELLATIONS VISIBLE IN THE WINTER SKIES ABOVE EUROPE.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label represents the pinnacle of Blended Scotch Whisky from Johnnie Walker; only 1 out 10,000 casks is deemed to be of sufficient character to create its signature smooth taste. Better move quick, this guaranteed palate pleaser won’t last long…