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As the only woman in our household, I’m sure I’d be forgiven for sometimes feeling the imbalance. But do you know what, I am so utterly proud of the men in my life. I am lucky enough to be surrounded by bright, kind, talented individuals who love freely, give readily and laugh often. So whether it’s Dad you want to thank, your partner you’d like to surprise or your son to know you ‘get’ him, here are some fresh ways to do it.

Weather Clock

Weather clock, by Bramwell Brown: Filled with character and charm, and ready to be handed down through generations, this beautiful clock, inspired by the grandfather clocks and barometers of childhood, tells the weather as well as the time — and makes an unforgettable gift. Every single Bramwell Brown clock is handmade in Hampshire, with care and pride, by an extremely skilled team.

The Daily Grind

‘The daily grind’ mug, by Word Play Clay: These products aren’t easy to get hold of as every piece is unique and handmade, but my God, how beautifully designed and clever! For a business started in Lockdown, this one’s flying. And the boys will love ‘em. Just keep checking back for fresh drops as they are worth the wait.

Independent London

Independent London book, by Hoxton Press: From independent artisan delis to small business stationery treasure troves, this guide book to the best indie shops in town is kind of un-put-down-able. And considering they need our support now more than ever, it’s a gift that keeps on giving.

Doughnut Bakes

Virtual donut baking, by The Indytute: Teach a man to make light, fluffy, homemade donuts and you will have a friend for life. The Indytute makes learning easy, fun and unforgettable, too. Great to do as a family.

Anaeshetic Glass

Anaesthetic whisky glass, by Vinegar & Brown Paper: Andy has done it again. His witty words etched on glass are always good but I can think of about three different men in my life who would absolutely love this. Winner.

Grey Brick Vase

London brick vase, by Stolen Form: An absolute design classic, this innovative vase is ‘Stolen Form’ all over. Known for repurposing industrial objects and turning them into beautiful homeware, these come in many colours to suit all tastes.


Personalised leather keyrings, by Konoc: Stylish, thoughtful and ready to raise a smile daily depending on what you write (in-jokes or love notes are often gratefully received).

Salt made from tears of anger and boredom, by Hoxton Street Monster Supplies: A personal favourite from a charity shop like no other, where all profits are donated to the Ministry of Stories for their creative writing and mentoring work with mini humans. It’s good salt, too.

‘Cheese defender’ side plate, by Jimbobart: It’s funny, you might not often think of buying a side plate as a gift for the man in your life but honestly, if they’re a cheese-eater, this is bound to make them smile. Thanks Jim.

Need more inspiration? Try my gift guides for the pet lovers, the women in your life and the vegetable lovers.


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