Welcome to Ape to Gentleman’s Christmas Gift Guide – a selection of some of our favourite Christmas gifts, chosen by Ape to Gentleman’s senior grooming, fashion and lifestyle editors. Over the past year literally 1000s of items have hit our inbox, but below you’ll find our curated Christmas want list. We trust you’ll find something you like, and it may even be worth forwarding this on to a loved one – purely for suggestions sake of course.

Merry Christmas and thank you all for your support through 2012, thus far.


Team Ape to Gentleman


by Chris Beastall – Ape to Gentleman Senior Grooming Editor.

Molton Brown Polaris Re-charge Black Pepper Gift Set


A rich and spicy festive bath and body gift set chosen specifically for men. Blended with antioxidant-rich black pepper oil, spicy cumin and cracked black peppercorns, for serious buffing. It comes gift wrapped as pictured and contains Re-charge Black Pepper Bodywash, Re-charge Black Pepper Eau de Toilette and Re-charge Black Pepper Bodyscrub Bar.

£57 from nivenandjoshua.com

Aesop Aviary: Quill Gift Kit

The innovative and philosophically inclined Aesop have focused their gift kits on avian life this year. Our choice is Quill which pays respects to the Pied Raven of the Faroe Islands. The anti-oxidant skin care kit, presented in a practical grey case contains Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser, Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque, Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner and Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum.

RRP: £115 from


Sort of Coal Mizu Detox Pack

A pack containing three products from this Danish skin care brand, all utilising the detoxifying properties of charcoal. The white charcoal stick and glass bottle enable you to purify tap water, edible Kuro powder can be used in baking and cooking, whilst a solid Kuro cube will remove odours from small spaces.

Mizu Kit £54 from sortofcoal.com

StriVectin – TL 360 Eye Tightening Serum


A lightweight eye serum that will visibly lift the eye area, reduce puffiness and help to restore the delicate skin barrier with StriVectin’s patented NIA-114 molecule. The cooling metal applicator head ensures easy and even application of the serum, which can be used morning and night.

30ml/ £55 from SpaceNK, Harvey Nichols and Harrods.


Baxter of California Shave 1.2.3 Kit

One can’t really go wrong gifting a good quality shaving kit. From our #1 men’s grooming brand; Baxter of California comes their Shave 1.2.3 Kit – conventional wet shaving not only provides the closest shave possible, but nothing beats the luxury or pleasure of lathering up a quality badger brush and shaving in a traditional way.

The set  includes a gift box (pictured), Baxter Best Badger Shave Brush, Super Close Shave Formula (Jar) and After Shave Balm. £75 from nivenandjoshua.com


by Anthony Elliott – Ape to Gentleman Senior Fashion Editor.

Oliver Spencer Block Colour Crew Neck Jumper


A tri-block colour pattern crew, combining bold colour and interesting texture, this is one of the stand out pieces of knitwear for this season.

£129 from OliverSpencer.co.uk

Uniform Wares 152 Black Cashmere Leather Watch

The Uniform Wares 152 Black Cashmere Leather Watch is a contemporary reinterpretation of the classic dress wrist watch, featuring an ultra thin silhouette with defined, angular contours. With an oyster-glove lined, tapered strap in calf or goat leather.

£220 from UniformWares.com

Hardy Amies Brandy Lanhill Optical Glasses

A limited edition pair of Lanhill glasses in a brandy colour-way – all frames are individually numbered.

£240 from HardyAmies.com

Mill Leather Tie Holder

Crafted from supple cowhide leather, and features a rigid construction to keep your ties protected and organised while traveling.

£105 from Jack Spade; 0207 743 4768 or jackspade.com

Hentsch Man Navy Peacoat

A slim-fitting, classic military peacoat with quilted lining. Wear it the smart way with a suit, or with jeans and shirt for a more casual look. 100% wool from Italy. Made in Portugal. Perfect for the cooler months.

£420.00 from hentschman.com


by John-Francis Bowyer – Ape to Gentleman Senior Lifestyle Editor.

Cire Trudon Ottoman Candle


Through the maze of Constantinople, under the ceilings of a hideaway, leathery scents and tobacco swirls of whispered discussions mingle with the rose and jasmine of dancing hair. A warm scent tinged with spices and honey whispers stories of an ancient empire. Head: Turkish rose / Spices. Heart: Honey Tobacco / Smoked Leather. Base: Patchouli / Musk.

Natural Wax Candle 270g /9,50 oz. Burn time: 70 to 80 hours. Price £60.00 at Cire Trudon, 36 Chiltern Street, London, W1U 7QJ. 020 7486 7590 or ciretrudon.com

Workshop Coffee

Strongly recommended are the Coffee for Home Blends from London’s Workshop Coffee Co, available to buy from their Clerkenwell and Marylebone stores. Our personal favourite is their Karogoto single origin blend, perfect for those who enjoy their coffee without milk. Each bag of whole beans is ground in-store for your preferred method of preparation.

350g bags start at £9 – workshopcoffee.com

Mismo Black Leather Morris Briefcase

A men’s briefcase with a timeless, sleek design. It has a padded compartment for your laptop, inside pockets, key ring and additional zip pocket. Made with the very finest leather from hides specially selected for Mismo.

£535 from Opumo.com

Grand Marnier

A homage to the capital of fashion, luxury and savoir-vivre, the Grand Marnier® 2012 Limited Edition is a hymn to the chic and epicurean Paris night, the City of Light. The orange-flavored brandy liqueur created in 1880 by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle, is made from a blend of Cognac brandy, distilled essence of bitter orange, and sugar – the limited edition makes it extra special this Christmas.

£25.99 from Harvey Nichols and select whisky/ cognac shops.