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Gravy Wall hanging

Gravy wall hanging, by Bianco Perry

This year, I’m happy to report that, thanks to brilliant small businesses like embroiderer Bianco Perry, I’ve got Christmas presents for Dad (literally) all sewn up! Oh and gifts for husbands, sons, uncles and just about all the other men on your list too come to think of it — which is just as well as we all know how easy they usually are to buy for… So if you’ve been wondering what on earth you can find to show your other half you appreciate all the Sunday dinners made, that you’re aware of your teenager’s Brie obsession or actually do listen when Dad talks about the change in air pressure, I’ve got just the solution. As the saying goes, ‘It’s all gravy’. Step this way…

London Brick Vase

London brick vase, by Stolen Form

A great place to keep his screwdrivers? A home for his favourite chocolates? Or a vase for his home office? However you present this beautifully designed London brick vase, it’s bound to be a winner. Comes in lots of colours too.

Toast Chopping Board

Small oak cutting board, by Artshed Brighton

For the toast lover, here’s a great way to promise breakfast in bed (the small boards are the perfect size for a slice and a cuppa). They each come with a vintage knife, and are made from locally salvaged reclaimed oak using the ancient Japanese technique, Yaki sugi, to preserve and seal the wood with fire (not the only thing that’s charred if I’m on toast-making duty I expect!).

Chocolate Brussel Sprouts

Chocolate Brussels sprouts, by Quirky Chocolate

I’ve always been a fan of these chocolate sprouts and they’re the perfect gift for him — no matter which ‘him’ you’re shopping for. Many years ago when we first sold them on notonthehighstreet, they literally flew out the door. I love how each one is hand rolled and beautifully packaged. If you don’t end up wrapping them for under the tree, I highly recommend adding them to a bowl and surprising your guests instead.

Leather Key Ring

Personalised key ring, by Konoc

Stylish, thoughtful and ready to raise a smile daily, depending on what you write (in-jokes or pet names are usually well received in my experience).

Anaeshetic Glass

Anaesthetic whisky glass, by [Vinegar + Brown Paper]

Founder Andy has really worked his magic with these wittily etched whisky glasses. I can think of about three different men in my life who would absolutely love these and they make a brilliant talking point for any festive drinks trolley.

Cheese Defender

‘Cheese Defender’ side plate, by Jimbobart

It’s worth buying this for Jimbob’s description alone. He describes it as, “Sandwich Defender’s younger cousin, Cheese Defender is also fully trained in the art of Aikido. His infamous ‘four direction throw’ is used for cheese selections and Ploughman’s lunches only, the times plates are at their most vulnerable. Perfect if you, a friend or loved one needs some form of cheese-related protection.” I couldn’t have put it better myself.

Doughnut Bakes

Virtual donut baking, by The Indytute

Teach a man to make light, fluffy, homemade donuts and you’ll have a friend for life. The Indytute makes learning fun, easy and unforgettable. Great to do as a family, too.

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.

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 air pressure as well as the time — and makes an unforgettable gift. Every single one is handmade in Hampshire, with care and pride. And if this doesn’t make Dad’s Christmas, I don’t know what will!

Need more inspiration for your Christmas list this year? Try my ‘Christmas gifts to life up the women in your life’.

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