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6 gifts for men who are hard to please

At last, a definitive collection of luxury gifts for the men who are impossible to buy for. No more holding your breath as they tear off the wrapping paper and so long to smiling bravely as they ask if you kept the receipt. Because these items are made with such care and craftsmanship that their quality and style simply can’t be denied.

Whether it’s wearable fashion, lifestyle tech or sophisticated accessories, we’re confident that we’ve found the perfect gift for every man, but especially those who are extra troublesome to buy for.

Superior sunglasses — Monc

Named after one of Oslo’s trendiest districts, these Løkka frames typify Notting Hill-based Monc’s eclectic style. Made with bio-acetate by Italian master craftsmen, these apricot coloured frames are completely recyclable and biodegradable. With a round design and green lenses, these frames are best suited to men with more angular faces who want to punctuate their look. A perfect Summer present for any sun worshipper. 

Løkka – Apricot / Green

Løkka – Apricot / Green

£230

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Sublime sneakers — Unseen Footwear

Inspired by Italian style and quality craftsmanship, but with a British sensibility, Unseen footwear has re-conceptualized footwear for a new breed of gentleman. Supremely comfortable and made with the highest quality Italian suede leather, these are shoes that take looking good very seriously indeed. With an extra pair of contrasting laces included, this is a great versatile shoe to add to your collection. A perfect pair to wear with chinos or shorts, from dawn ‘til dusk.

Clement Suede Contrast Navy

Clement Suede Contrast Navy

£135

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Clever coffee clock — Joy Resolve

If the man you’re giving a present to likes his coffee, then call off the search: this is the gift for him. Designed by the innovative Joy Resolve, this is a clever and quirky piece of kit that brews extremely high quality filter coffee. And in case you haven’t guessed yet, it’s also an alarm clock, which means it can have a fresh cup waiting for him when he wakes up. With an airtight drawer for the grounds, a mini fridge for milk (set to a steady -3.5°C) and a double mesh filter to let coffee oils in whilst keeping the sediment out, it really has thought of everything. So all you need to do is think of him.

Barisieur Tea & Coffee Alarm Clock – Black

Barisieur Tea & Coffee Alarm Clock – Black

£345

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Pristine passport case — Ettinger

What’s the ideal gift for a man who has everything, but hasn’t been able to travel for quite some time? If he doesn’t yet have a leather passport case, or if his old one is no longer up to the task, then look no further. There’s none better than this navy tanned cowhide case from family-owned British brand Ettinger. It has the embossed detail on the outside and a snug fitting window pocket inside for his documents. Sleek, unobtrusive and sophisticated, it’s the perfect travel companion gift.

Ettinger Passport Case in Navy

Ettinger Passport Case in Navy

£75

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Luxury leather washbag — Aspinal of London

Now for the man who is especially hard to buy for, who’s turned down quirkier gifts in the past, it might be safe to go for a classic piece of functional sophistication. Which is why we’ve selected this washbag from luxury specialists Aspinal of London. Crafted from Italian calf leather, its saffiano texture has an easy-to-clean silk lining and protective base feet to keep it sturdy. It even comes in a gift box and, perhaps best of all, can be personalised with up to four initials on the front: a bespoke touch that makes it a gift you can hand over with genuine confidence.

Mens Leather Washbag – Black Saffiano

Mens Leather Washbag – Black Saffiano

£160

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Clubhouse Membership — The Gentleman’s Journal

The phrase ‘last but not least’ is continually overused, but is genuinely applicable here. Because though this gift idea may be a little closer to home, we shamelessly believe that there really is nothing quite like it. By getting him membership to The Gentleman’s Journal, he’ll essentially receive a series of gifts and opportunities throughout the year. From copies of our biannual Bookazine (our coffee table-suitable lifestyle and design bible), to handpicked partner offers, exclusive event invitations and 15% off all brands in our online store, it is the actual gift that keeps on giving. Perfect if you don’t want to send anything bulky via the post but still want to show just how much you care. And buying it for him couldn’t be simpler: just click here.