1. Swiss Army Farmer pocket knife – $28 / £22 (Amazon) – I honestly can’t see how anyone wouldn’t find this supremely useful. I have a mini one on my key ring that I use on an almost daily basis, mainly for taking tags off stuff and fixing broken nails. I’m sure a man would find more manly uses for it too though (and my Dad assures me this is the most useful model).
2. Cashmere sweater – £80 (Uniqlo) – Uniqlo was a recent discovery for us. It’s like a Japanese H&M (cute and affordable) but it seems to be better quality. J bought himself this crazy cheap (for cashmere) sweater and I’m definitely a fan.
3. C3PO phone case – $35 / £30 (J Crew) – this is the phone case you are looking for.
4. Moustache comb – £5 (John Lewis) – fun as a silly stocking stuffer.
5. Seiko chronograph SNDA65 watch – $120 (Amazon) – great looking, very accurate, pretty much bomb-proof and not a bad price at all.
6. Lambswool scarf – $59.50 / £59.50 (J Crew) – my hubby apparently arrived in England unequipped for cold weather (despite it being considerably warmer here than it is in Chicago now). A cozy scarf would go down well, I think.
7. Leather wash bag – $110 / £110 (J Crew) – so your man can feel more distinguished when he travels.
8. Beanie – $13 / £10 (Uniqlo) – another Uniqlo gem.
9. Steam gift card – a given for anyone who plays video games, which is 95% of the men I know.
10. Storm proof umbrella – from €45 (Senz) – these technical umbrellas won’t turn inside out in winds less than 80 km/hr.
11. Kanpai bottle – $70 (Snow Peak) – this expertly engineered insulated flask comes with three different lids (for keeping liquid hot or cold and one for drinking). A favorite of dear old Dad’s.
12. Socks – $14.50 / £14.50 (J Crew) – one of my default stocking stuffers, J Crew socks are so soft and comfy that I bagged some for myself last year too.
13. Petzl head torch – from $20 (REI) – I once lost my Petzl torch just before the first big snow storm back in Chicago. When the last manky pile of snow melted from the edge of the sidewalk, there it was, sitting right where I’d dropped it months earlier. It still worked, which I think says more than a little something about the engineering in these things.
14. Titanium hip flask – $160 (Snow Peak) – super light and strong, titanium won’t add metallic taste to this rather dashing flask’s contents.
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