Christmas gift guide: Smarten up his act this season


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Make the perfect picks and get any man looking and feeling fantastic for Christmas – from head to toe...

The perfect backpack by Marc Jacobs

The Marc Jacobs mainline label is the epitome of dressed-down cool but with an uptown price tag. His diffusion line – Marc by Marc Jacobs – is more affordable and therefore easier for those of us who want to tap into the designer's cool aesthetic. And what better way to do this than by buying this cotton and leather backpack? Reliable and sturdy, it's an impressive daily travel companion. With the logo tastefully embossed on a leather strip, this is the perfect way to keep all your everday essentials close to hand.

How much: £310

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Scents fit for royalty from Creed

This wood and oriental based smell from Creed is a welcome addition to its 250 year history, combing some of the company's most precious oils into a new classic. With top notes of bergamot and apple – which adds a fruity punch – the base notes of Egyptian Iris and cedar help add depth. Invigorating and slightly spicy, its very lightness makes this the perfect scent for any occasion – either day or night. And with Creed's impressive roster of past clients, which include both Queen Victoria and Emperor Napoleon no less, you know you're keeping pretty good company.

How much: £375 for 250ml

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Natural Selection's Perfect Pea coats

Pea coats are always a great investment. Stylish, their appeal never seems to wane: they don't ever seem to look dated or old hat. And Natural Selection is a company that designs with those all-important details in mind. The collar of this coat is ever so slightly curved, and the plaid lining is detachable. This is a great idea if you get too hot. In fact, it's the perfect answer for Great Britain's imperfect weather.

How much: £405

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Classic Alfred Dunhill Gloves

Glove etiquette can make or break your winter ensemble. So it's perhaps best to invest wisely in gloves that have both versatility and longevity. This shearling pair, although expensive, are the perfect gift. A simple yet classic design from Alfred Dunhill. Because sometimes fingerless gloves just won't cut the mustard. How much: £150

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Hentsch Man cords, A classic with a Twist

Hentsch Man puts a twist on wardrobe essentials. Their compact collection ranges from a good white shirt to these quality green cords. With the town and country trend everywhere this season, these fit perfectly: try wearing with a chambray shirt and grey houndstooth tie.

How much: £130

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FEstive but fashionable ASOS bobbles

Looking at most window displays on the high street, it's safe to say that Fair Isle printed knitwear is a major trend of the season, with designers taking their inspiration from The Killing's cool fictional detective Sarah Lund. But for us mere mortals, it can be a difficult trend to adopt in all of its full blown glory. So here's a soloution if your not feeling brave enough: plump for a subtle, light-hearted approach, with this reindeer print bobble hat from ASOS.

How much: £12

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JEAN SHop LEather Belt

The humble belt is often seen as an uncomplicated item in our wardrobe, but because of this very attitude, it often ends up been the most neglected. The chances are that the belt you use to hold up your suit trousers at work is invariably the same one you use for your jeans or chinos. Instead, opt for something a little more casual like this red leather canvas tipped belt from Jean Shop. At the top of every denim connoisseur's wish list, this American brand does a nice line in accessories, too. This belt has a vintage, high quality feel which is certainly preferable for everyday essentials.

How much: £50

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On trend winter knits from Margaret Howell

Yes, Fair Isle and Nordic knits are the jumpers to be seen in this season, but remember this isn't about novelty patterns of Christmases past. This time around, these patterned knits are as subtle as they are desirable. A good example is this cream and navy chunky wool sweater from British label Margaret Howell. Although its striking design makes it ideal weekend kit, you could also try this with a tailored suit, creating the perfect mix of Nordic sophistication.

How much: £265

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Blue Suede shoes (among other colours) By Emu

Think of an Australian shoe company and it's fair to say sheepskin springs to mind. However, they also have a fantastic way with suede, as these boots happily illustrate. Called the Winston, it's one of the brand's most popular styles and is available in five different colours, including this rather stylish indigo shade. Soft sheepskin does manage to find its way into the design of this boot, mind – it's hidden inside the shoe at the back of the heel, providing extra comfort.

How much: £125

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Oliver Spencer

Since its conception in 2002, the Oliver Spencer brand goes from strength to strength. Marrying traditional tailoring with modern fits, the results are elegant yet wearable clothes. This traditional blue shirt is given a quirky twist with the tiny dot pattern. Polka dots on men's clothing prove to be notoriously difficult to wear, but this subtle dot makes it look easy. A thoroughly modern British brand for the modern man.

How much: £120

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