‘This is the season to be jolly,’ as we’re reminded at each turn. Here at Selectedd, we love the festive season as much as anyone – in fact, it’s almost never too early to begin with the warm, advent-tinged reminders – even if the songs that are played on the radio and in the shops are always the same season in, season out. But we also know that the men in your life can be the hardest people to choose for. For example, when did uncle Harry last smoke cherry pipe-tobacco or actually need a new pair of slippers?! That’s where we come in. We’re here to ease your festive shopping pressure with a range of carefully selected(d) gifts especially for those hard-to-buy-for men of the household. Here are five items that will make each one of them smile – and earn you a well-deserved pat on the back from your favourite uncle: Whiskey Stones You see? I told you we would be original. Nothing screams Christmas more than a roaring open fire, James Bond on the TV and a glass of finest whiskey on the rocks. Except, these are actually real rocks! Made of ancient soapstone, these whiskey stones are completely safe, re-usable and original. And let’s be honest, you WILL forget the ice for at least part of the holidays, so these are a minor life-saver – something the man of the household will surely appreciate after a long day of sleeping off the Christmas dinner. Damn Handsome Beard Kit Yes, ‘tis the season to be jolly, but also to be slightly vain? We think so. The Christmas holidays are the perfect time to unwind and do a little self-reflection. And with all this ‘me-time’ on our hands, the man in your life will certainly (if not secretly) be thankful for something that allows him to creatively channel this introspection. Enter the ‘Damn Handsome Beard Kit’, a perfectly formed box of indulgence your man and his whiskers will love. It has all he needs to soften, moisturise and style his beard – just don’t be surprised if the line for the bathroom gets a little longer while he carries out his ablutions during the holidays! Senz – Automatic deluxe umbrella Now we know that this particular item will definitely be appreciated. We’ve lost count of how many umbrellas have been left in shops, trains and cafes. They must be the most replaced item in the world. The Senz automatic deluxe umbrella is one that he definitely will not want to lose. Tough, storm-proof, stylish and pocket-sized (when folded), this little marvel of design has it all. And the light-weight design means that he can hold it comfortably in one hand while he scans the internet for those thank-you flowers he’ll want to surprise you with.! Double-layered Touchscreen Gloves You love your mobile phone. But who loves having to expose their hands to the winter chill just when you want to use it on the move? These stylish, thoughtfully designed, super warm touchscreen gloves are the answer to your man’s prayers. With functional ‘grip-dots’ for anti-slip, and a soft, gorgeously snug integrated fleece layer, these gloves are rugged and durable on the outside, yet toasty on the inside, even on the coldest of Christmas mornings. In life, it’s often the little things that matter – these fantastic gloves will make those little trips out into the cold that much more warm, practical and pleasurable. bGem – In-ear Headphones Men love headphones. Fact. But herein lies a problem. They’re loved so much that they tend to break or wear out at an alarmingly high rate. One of the biggest issues is that most headphones are just so damned impractical. That wire just gets in the way – especially in the gym, when out running, or even on a post-prandial Christmas walk. Let us introduce the bGem In-ear headphones – small, lightweight, powerful, achingly stylish – and perfect for your man this Christmas. The in-ear design means that they will stay firmly in place even during active training sessions that include running and jumping. And the lack of trailing wires means that those fiddley, easy to break wires will be a thing of the past. We hope you enjoy looking through our meticulously chosen range of gifts. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, suggestions or just to share a festive greeting!