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Five of the Best – Christmas Gifts for Him

Matthew Steeples selects the perfect gifts for gents this Christmas

 

Fairfax & Favor ‘The Balmoral’ loafers – £145 ($184 or €173 or درهم‎‎675)

Five of the Best Christmas Gifts for Him 2016 – Timothy Oulton Hudson bar cabinet, My Electric Vehicle MEV™ Hummer HX, Fairfax & Favour The Balmorals, Enzo Barracco The Noise of Ice: Antarctica, Augustus Brandt My Style travel bags
These hand stitched loafers are described as a “perfect all season shoe for the laid back dress-up, dress-down lifestyle”. They have a leather sole and are the brainchild of Marcus Fairfax Fontaine and Felix Favor Parker’s fast expanding British lifestyle brand.

 

My Style travel bags – From around £185 ($235 or €220 or درهم‎‎860)

Five of the Best Christmas Gifts for Him 2016 – Timothy Oulton Hudson bar cabinet, My Electric Vehicle MEV™ Hummer HX, Fairfax & Favour The Balmorals, Enzo Barracco The Noise of Ice: Antarctica, Augustus Brandt My Style travel bags
Made in Milan and available in the UK at Augustus Brandt, a luxury lifestyle shop in Petworth, West Sussex, a My Style bag makes for a perfect travelling partner. These superb quality linen, cotton, nylon, suede and leather bags can be embroidered with initials, names and logos in-store.

 

The Noise of Ice: Antarctica by Enzo Barracco – £30 ($38 or €36 or درهم‎‎140)

Five of the Best Christmas Gifts for Him 2016 – Timothy Oulton Hudson bar cabinet, My Electric Vehicle MEV™ Hummer HX, Fairfax & Favour The Balmorals, Enzo Barracco The Noise of Ice: Antarctica, Augustus Brandt My Style travel bagsPhotographer Enzo Barracco has captured the spirit of Sir Ernest Shackleton in a coffee table book that illustrates his journey to the end of the world. Of it, Sir Ranulph Fiennes comments: “I know first hand what an inspiring place [Antarctica] can be, and Enzo’s work captures the magic wonderfully”. The book is available at Foyle’s and Waterstones.

 

MEV Hummer HX™ – £12,995 ($16,500 or €15,500 or درهم‎‎60,500)

Five of the Best Christmas Gifts for Him 2016 – Timothy Oulton Hudson bar cabinet, My Electric Vehicle MEV™ Hummer HX, Fairfax & Favour The Balmorals, Enzo Barracco The Noise of Ice: Antarctica, Augustus Brandt My Style travel bagsDescribed as an “eco-friendly Chelsea tractor” by the Daily Mail, the electric MEV™ Hummer HX can be driven for up to 100 miles and is exempt from London’s Congestion Charge. It seats two, is exclusively available in the UK through My Electric Vehicle and turns heads wherever it ventures.

 

Hudson bar cabinet by Timothy Oulton – From £2,875 ($3,600 or €3,400 or درهم‎‎13,400)

Five of the Best Christmas Gifts for Him 2016 – Timothy Oulton Hudson bar cabinet, My Electric Vehicle MEV™ Hummer HX, Fairfax & Favour The Balmorals, Enzo Barracco The Noise of Ice: Antarctica, Augustus Brandt My Style travel bagsInspired by the era of the speakeasy, Timothy Oulton’s bar cabinets are crafted from the finest leather and have what they call a “luxuriously worn vintage look”. The firm’s Harrods gallery is currently offering a 25% discount on their range.

 

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