Monday, 12 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide for Him

Sometimes I find shopping for my academic husband a bit difficult, or I get stuck in a theme (moustaches and beards last year). This year I have compiled a gift guide which if anything has given me some ideas about how to tickle his fancy whilst satisfying his brain cells.

Messenger bag by Oberon Design and by the British Belt Company England

A good few years ago, whilst we were studying at university, I bought Rob a budget version of these much fancier, appealing messenger bags into which he could stuff A4 notepads, folders and his diddy netbook he used at the time. Nowadays as a research scientist he has a Mac book, lab books, diaries and probably a load of research papers to lug around. This bag in field tan and wine by Oberon Design satisfies the artistic streak in my husband, especially with the tree design. Even the colour description of the waxed canvas and bullhide leather bag is just spot on. Not only that, but it is handmade so you can see the distinctive craftmanship. For a shade under £230 which includes the laptop pouch and shipping from the States, this is a substantial investment item.
Minus the handcrafted leather designs, an alternative messenger bag can be sought from The British Belt Company, England. Boasting waxed twill and antique brass hardware, it is a handsome bag which already includes a pouch capable of fitting a laptop of 12" wide. And all at a saving; this one would set you back £175.00 with free standard delivery.

Bill Gate's summer reading list 2016 includes Sapiens and Sevenses

Two books from Bill Gate's summer reading list 2016 include Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari and Neal Stephenson's Seveneves which is a science fiction book, getting straight in there with the moon blowing up! We love having a walk through Waterstones and eyeing up all of the new books.

Wake up clocks by Lumie and Philips Light Therapy
By December (not entirely sure when) we will have a newborn who will be sharing our bedroom. Morning routines will have to be reestablished after just getting into the swing of things at the start of the new school term in September, so a light therapy alarm clock could prove really useful. The Lumie Bodyclock ACTIVE 250 not only gently uses gradual light intensity to promote a gentle awakening but can also incorporate white noise, which would be ideal for settling the new addition - and us!  The Philips Wake Up Light HF3520/01 is a little pricier and lacks white noise, but offers five different natural sounds including garden zen and it is capable of filling your room with warm light replicating the sunrise. The Philips Wake Up Light range has been clinically proven to work and thus far is the only wake up light clock to do so. Okay so this gift is something that is used for both partners, but it could be especially suitable when it is so dark in the mornings and inclination to get up in the morning is low, particularly after a broken night's sleep.

Unique men's watches by JORD Wooden Watches and Dreyfuss & Co

Watches can be a stylish and practical accessory to complete an outfit, but quite often Rob has gone without. I think you can tell from some of the other products in this gift guide that he likes unique little statements (such as the visible Dreyfuss & Co mechanisms), and the JORD Frankie zebrawood and navy watch* is no exception. The light, smooth grained zebrawood looks brilliant with his slightly olive skin tone and the strap doesn't catch on his arm hairs (a great feat as many metal straps do this!). It looks very different to the watch on everyone else's wrist that is for sure, and he has had a lot of interest in it already. Despite it being lightweight it definitely feels robust and the handfinished details really portray the high-quality workmanship put into the timepiece; from the sapphire crystal glass watch face to the buckle push clasp. Given the nature of his work, he'd better not get this beauty wet! I will find some lemon or orange oil to clean the natural, pretreated wood. Each JORD wooden watch comes beautifully packaged for delivery within a wooden presentation box upon a hessian pillow plus spare items for repairs. The box closes with the use of discreet magnetic discs and also features a secret drawer which could be ideal for storing cufflinks. Overall, we have both been highly impressed with the wooden unisex watch and if I wasn't going to be spending a great deal of time holding a baby with a soft head I'd be choosing a women's watch!

I've created a little Pinterest Gift Guide too. Thanks for taking a look!

Fancy a wooden watch of your own? JORD are offering an exclusive giveaway to win a $75 e-gift card; just simply fill out this form and tell us what your favourite watch is. Just by entering you will receive a $20 e-gift card!

The contest runs from 30th November - 25th December
*Disclosure: we were sent the JORD wooden watch in return for our honest review
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