Gift Guide: His

The holiday season is right on top of us and here at Ditto there's nothing we love more than well-made, quality products that keep on giving. So if you're short of ideas of what to wrap-up and pay forward this Christmas this list is for you. Without further ado, happy holidays, and happy giving! 

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A close shave 

There's something satisfying about doing the basics very, very well. Handmade by skilled English craftsmen, this Double-Edged Razor from Aesop gives a flawlessly close shave and looks the part on your bathroom shelf.

£49 at Aesop

A scent to remember 

At Earl of East London, their scented candles are designed by calling on memories of a specific time and place. Elementary is inspired by London, with notes of amber, tobacco leaf and leather. Hand poured in East London, this soy wax candle will give up to 40 hours of light – just what you'll need to bring a little serenity after a busy day of present opening and overeating.

£20 at Earl of East London  

   A cosy morning

What is more Christmas than walking down the stairs in a new set of pyjamas? Nothing at all, that's what. We recently discovered loungewear brand Hamilton and Hare and love their fit, quality and style. This sleep shirt and matching trouser set will ensure Christmas Day at least starts right.

Top £110, bottom £100 from Hamilton and Hare

A modern classic

This winter marks the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest books of a generation. A thrilling read, dressed up with a stunning new cover from Penguin Books (maybe not such a good option for the kids, or the faint of heart).

£8.99 with Penguin Books

    A transatlantic statement 

Enter 2018 in style with the No. 25 cardholder from Passavant and Lee. Designed in New York and hand made in London, this luxurious leather statement piece holds cards and bills, all protected by a gold-plated or silver spine.

£195 from Passavant and Lee 

A winter warmer

It may be a gift done-to-death—ever since your parents dressed you and your siblings in matching bobble hats and pushed you outside—but we're sensing a comeback with this 100% wool classic from British designer Margaret Howell. We love this understated green number, but it also comes in grey and black.

£45 from Margaret Howell

 

 

 

      A great escape

A night (or three) away can be just what the doctor ordered after a frantic holiday season. We recommend The Pig near Bath. A restaurant with rooms as much as a hotel, The Pig offers a sustainable 25-mile menu drawn from its own kitchen gardens and surrounding farms. With a couple of open lounges, a billiards table and stunning grounds you won't have to leave the premises to achieve post-Christmas zen. 

Rooms from £155 per night at The Pig near Bath

A bag of tricks

Like you learned at Boy Scouts, be prepared. The Everywhere Canvas Tote from MAP is a versatile, waterproof and highly resistant bag that rolls up to the size of a compact umbrella when not in use (it could also double-up as a stocking this Christmas, with plenty of space to stash additional gifts). Sold by the chaps at Trunk Clothiers in Chiltern Street, London, we suggest you pop-by in person to make your pick.

£120 by MAP, sold at Trunk Clothiers

   A leisurely read

Whether your recipient would rather spend Boxing Day in the saddle or on the sofa, Mondial, the print magazine from cycling brand Rapha, is a winner. Impeccably designed each issue features stunning photography and novel longform articles around the culture and history of cycling guaranteed to pique anyone's interest. Printed twice a year, Issue VI takes a look at driverless cars, Jakarta's infrastructure and takes a birds-eye view with pilot Mark Vanhoenacker.

£10 from Mondial

 

 

 

 

 

Phil JamesThe North Pole