I haven’t started my Christmas shopping. I don’t usually even start thinking about it until after December 8th, my little binny twinny sisters’ birthday. I’m yet to pick up their prezzies too! Since menswear is one of my passions, I thought it might be handy to put together a wee post of gift ideas for men this festive season, especially since a lot of girls I chat to find it pretty darn awkward to buy presents for men. There’s always aftershave, and whilst it’s one of those things , I thought it might be handy to put together a wee post of gift ideas for men this festive season, especially since a lot of girls I chat to find it pretty darn awkward to buy presents for men. There’s always aftershave, and whilst it’s one of those things you fully don’t want to buy for yourself I just think there are some slightly more thoughtful, useful or fun presents out there. Ok, here goes…

For the Hip-Hop head:

Bun-B-Rap-Coloring-Book Get him this Bun B Colouring and Activity Book! I secretly want this too. Hours of fun.

For the trainer enthusiast:

4oz_kit_1_1024x1024 I’ve seen the results! If he lives in his trainers but still wants them to look fresh and clean this is the gift for him – Jason Markk – miracle product. I also want this.

For your papa:

meantime Take the old man on a tour of one of his favourite breweries. I would do this for my dad, and he would love it, but after the unfortunate incident of Father’s Day 2008 we don’t generally do anything that involves more than 3 units of alcohol per person. Will have to think of something else, however I would rather like this myself so maybe we can put our unspoken agreement on hold for a one off! Meantime Brewery Tours here.

For your super stylish pal:

albam

I’d say most sartorially inclined guys would be rather impressed by something from Albam. Folk, Oliver Spencer, COS, Reiss and YMC are all a good shout too. Depending on how much you like them you can pick up a really nice quality basic at a reasonable price or ball out on a shirt, knit or jacket if you’re particularly fond of said stylish pal.

For the amateur chef:

where chefs eat

This guide to where chefs eat is ideal for the man that really knows his cuisine and likes to eat out, looks dope on the bookshelf too thanks to it’s delightful hard cover. Alternatively, a set of knives. I’m not joking. If you’re a keen cook you’ll understand the value of a really good sharp knife, such a good present and will make him feel all manly and ‘grrrrrrrrrr’, plus it’s a gift that keeps on giving back as you’ll get treated to an array of delicious home cooked meals off the back of it.

And if I’ve not catered for the special man in your life please drop me a comment and I’ll use my less than comprehensive bank of gift ideas for all different dudes to try and think you up a great gift you might not have thought of. Merry Christmas shopping!

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snorkel parka

A while back I wrote a little piece about Snorkel Parkas (snoop here).

While I was doing a bit of research I came across a couple of old brands who used to manufacture those iconic jackets from the late 1970s, with their bright orange lining and faux fur hood.

Lord Anthony was one of the main brands of parka at the time, so popular, that style of parka was affectionately nick-named a ‘Lord Anthony’ for some time. I think there’s serious scope for them to make a comeback! Alpha Industries (an American brand who specialise in military outerwear and also rode the tidal parka wave of the 80s that swept the playgrounds of the nation!) are now stocked by ASOS and Selfridges again and there’s a retro fondness of the brand. Lord Anthony was the sweetheart of Parka Fever which was an epidemic from the late 70s to mid 80s for any boy aged 9 to 19, but like every trend, the parka fell out of fashion and Lord Anthony has just about disappeared off the planet, with only Vintage parkas trading hands on auction sites.

Everyone loves a comeback. They can do what Brutus Trimfit (who ALSO dabbled with this style of parka in the late 70s!) did with their checked shirts, but do it instead for orange lined, navy, nylon parkas.

Lauren Squires Jewellery

Lauren Squires is a Jewellery designer from London, her pieces are handsome and striking, commanding attention from everyone that spots a flash of her statement, silver works of art.

Lauren’s work is so original and is beautifully finished, real conversation pieces. Each piece is handmade to order or bespoke commissions and I can’t think of a better gift for a girl or guy with great style who’ll be able to carry off one of Lauren’s beautiful bracelets, rings or necklaces.

Make sure to visit Lauren Squires online.

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Lauren Squires Jewellery

Trelawney Estate London

Last weekend I got a bit obsessed with looking at photographs of my neighbourhood online. There weren’t many from my estate and the places I see most so I thought I’d do a few snappy snaps to contribute to the wealth of Hackney Borough photography online. This is Trelawney Estate in Hackney during a snowy Sunday afternoon.

Trelawney Estate London

Please bear in mind I’m impatient and a very poor photographer with zero skills. Next time, must do better.

Trelawney Estate London

Engineer Izhar Gafni has developed a bicycle made almost completely of cardboard. Production costs come in just under £10 for an adults bike. I will definitely pick one up when they come to market!

(Shout out to my bloggy, bikey, industry and manufacturing pal OB who will probably enjoy this video! Check out his site: Explicit Scrawl.)