buying gifts for men

are you struggling to find ideas for birthdays or special occasions for the men in your life?  mine have such strong individual tastes it gets harder each year!

now that my husband has changed his hours of working, we have more free time to spend together, so we have decided to see more exhibitions together.  yesterday we saw the black and white photographs by Paul Strand at the V & A;  a complete collection of all his photographs, from his early portrait shots of his first wife right through to his numerous travels, of which he produced many books.   so a museum membership seems like a great suggestion as a gift – could be from the tate, barbican, take your pick.  i did once buy him a subscription to the week magazine, which he has continued, so that was obviously a good choice.  sadly the independent newspaper has closed as a physical paper, but you can subscribe online – another idea.

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for classic  men’s clothes with style, then visit  J.Simons  shop on chiltern street –  it brings together a handpicked selection of American, Continental and British brands, classic loafers, harrington jackets, jeans and even includes a few vintage pieces – perfect if you want to find your male partner or friend a gift that never dates.   Sunspel also stock simple classic clothes that are both well made and high quality – both my boys get a lot of their basics from here.

a lot of men hate bits and pieces, collective memoirs, so finding something to buy them  can become a bit of a challenge.  a guess this means that you have a limited list;   here are a few places that i know robert will always be pleased to receive from  -any products from  aesop and kiehls,  scarves and silk handkerchieves from peckham rye,

vintage books and out of print books  from the numerous antiquarian book shops on cecil court, poetry and art books from  daunts , i still think that they have the best choice of books, and the re issues of classics such as Agatha Christie and Dickens are so beautifully presented that they can be the start of a collection, travel notebooks from smythsons – you can even have your own initials embossed on the beautiful leather covers, margaret howell for small house accessories and classic tops, rapha for absolutely anything cycling, brooks for classic cycling bags, chapmans for classic bags.

vases from my wonderful friend rhonda paster corte – she ships them safely to you and they are very affordable.  i ordered 2 of these recently and they were a big hit.   another good idea is to buy a wet shave and massage from trumpers or at murdock in liberty.  or  for watches i visit portobello on a saturday, all the dealers are there and they all give you a 6 month guarantee – i bought a vintage rolex for robert’s 50th, which has been a big hit.

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