Ape’s gift guide for Christmas 2018 consists of a rundown of the best gift ideas we’ve unearthed over the past year, and looking forward to the year ahead. From men’s style and grooming essentials through to a correctly stocked drinks cabinet and an updated tech arsenal, we’ve got you and your loved ones covered.
Arc’teryx Camosun Parka
There’s a trend towards alpine performance in urban landscapes and no one does it better than Arc’teryx. Stylish, warm and stormproof, its Camosun Parka is waterproof, windproof and breathable, offering full weather protection on even the harshest days, but in a contemporary, tapered fit.
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950
Not many craft watches to the level of Parmgiani Fleurier, and the new Tonda 1950 is the aesthetic essence of Swiss luxury powerhouse. It boasts all the brand’s signatures with a thin, slender profile and two emblematic lugs; a cut round crown; and delta-shaped hands. Simplicity is key here, but each of its proportions has been carefully calculated to create a coherent elegance and harmony that looks superb on the wrist.
Crockett & Jones Connaught Oxfords in Black Calf
They say a man can be judged by his shoes and watch. And no one does the former better than British-made, Northampton-based Crockett & Jones. Buy the Connaught, the original classic straight cap Oxford – crafted from the finest calf leather with single leather soles. No man will be disappointed with these. And best of all, they’ll last for decades.
Mr P. Donegal Cable-Knit Sweater
The ever-popular Donegal sweater has been reimagined by Mr Porter’s in-house line, Mr P. Boasting different coloured flecks that allows it to coordinate with a raft of shades, it is a versatile and cosy option for the colder months. This version is spun from a luxurious merino wool, alpaca and silk-blend sourced from Italy and features knitted cables down the sleeves for interest.
Sebago Turner Chelsea WP Boot
There comes a time in every man’s life – particularly during the winter months when a good Chelsea boot is an essential footwear item. Sebago deliver on a classic design but with functionality including a cement, seam-sealed, waterproof construction which has been designed to keep your feet dry on the inside, while keeping water and mud outside. Variety arrives in the form of waterproof leather, nubuck and/or suede uppers, a memory foam cushioned footbed and a genuine leather welt. Crucial for winter, a rubber outsole with non-marking, slip-resistant, lightfast properties ensures you won’t hit the deck after one to many Christmas parties.
Valstar Deer Skin Valstarino with Cashmere Lining
A classic bomber jacket should be the staple of any man’s smart casual or casual wardrobe and nobody does it better than Valstar, and its timeless Valstarino. This particular version is winter-friendly with its deerskin outer and cashmere blend lining within. Made in Italy, its stylish like no other.
MÜHLE Rytmo Black Gift Set
If he’s not following the beard trend then he’s likely shaving everyday – which if not done correctly can be a chore. However, German shaving brand Mühle is on hand to turn this once tedious routine into something he looks forward to every morning. The Rytmo gift set features a Black Badger hair shaving brush (substantially firmer than any other badger hair) to help create the perfect lather, alongside a sleek black razor handle that features the latest shaving system from Gillette. Shaving never performed, or looked so good.
Tom Daxon VSOP Eau de Parfum
We met Tom Daxon this year and what that man doesn’t know about fragrance isn’t worth knowing. In this example – rather than cognac itself – VSOP features a green citrus top note that gives way to a simmering warm base of spices, woods, musks and a cognac accord. Matured for six weeks before it’s bottled to ensure a greater depth of aroma, it is an extremely masculine, winter-appropriate fragrance.
Horace – Male Grooming
Let’s face it, your skin is never great in winter – but Horace is set to be your saviour. The French male grooming brand we’ve always admired from afar is now available in the UK. Housed in superbly stylish product packaging and boasting a simple premise, “natural, easy and pleasant to use, and really really efficient: they are all formulated using ingredients with proven benefits.” Horace lives up to its claims.
Champagne – G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut NV
The resurgence of G.H. Mumm has been well documented – success owing to a fine rebrand (just look how handsome the bottle is), but mainly because it just tastes so damn good. Matured in spectacular cellars beneath Reims, this is a smooth and easy-drinking celebration Champagne perfect for Christmas. G.H. Mumm’s new generation of winemakers seem to produce a better blend with each successive year.
Whisky – The Glenlivet Single Cask
The benchmark for all other Speyside single malts, The Glenlivet is the definitive whisky to be measured against. Created to meet the insatiable demand from single malt lovers around the world for rare, prestigious and collectable Scotch whiskies, each The Glenlivet Single Cask Edition is individually numbered and presented in a prestige hand-crafted wooden case. This echoes the craftsmanship that goes into the whisky within and contributes to its success as the ultimate gift for the festive period.
Gin – Shining Cliff Gin, White Peak Distillery, Derbyshire
Gin is certainly having a moment – and there are a plethora of long-serving gin brands. But look beyond the household names and you’ll find an uprising of new producers who are both challenging the industry norms thank to their inventive and experimental approach. Our pick of the new breed is White Peak Distillery, located in picturesque Derbyshire, and its Shining Cliff gin. White Peak were inspired by, close to its distillery, Shining Cliff’s woodland and hedgerows, where they picked 13 carefully selected botanicals to distil. The result is an incredibly smooth, perfectly balanced Derbyshire dry gin. Upgrade your G&T, now.
Listen – Roberts Radio iStream 3
Put down your iPhone, switch off your social media streams and put on a little music – let’s be more mindful this Christmas. Our pick for facilitating this move is the Roberts Radio Revival iStream 3. A handsome and distinctive design that would complement any decor, it is not just a pretty face: Alexa, built-in Bluetooth and multiple streaming services are incorporated out of the box.
Switch Off – Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless Headphones
Continuing on the relaxation and musical theme, the Bowers & Wilkins PX noise-cancelling wireless headphones are superb. The PX combines best-in-class sound with adaptive noise cancellation, 22-hour battery life and intelligent controls that respond naturally to your behaviour, for a totally intuitive listening experience. They must be heard to be believed. And they happen to be incredibly comfortable to wear. Not to mention the fact that Bowers & Wilkins are as legitimate as it gets in audio.