gifts for men

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

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.  i love the pendleton shirts!  you go in there wishing that they did the same things in womens sizes.

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, or Anderson and Shepherd.  my son likes a comme des garçons wallet, from Dover Street.

vintage books and out of print books from glyn’s books,  or anything 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.  classic film posters is another favourite for young men.

vases from my wonderful friend rhonda paster corte – she ships them safely to you and they are very affordable.  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 and still gets worn for occasions out.    if that doesn’t help you find a gift , then please let me know your great finds……i’d love to extend that list.

everyday scents……

i can’t help but try and support small producers, so whenever i see them pitch up at events and fairs, i always give them a try.  i think since i have been doing all these pop up shopping events myself, i have totally appreciated the time and effort that you put into them.

kindred + wild, who make small batch apothecary oils and balms; i love the rosemary and thyme, perfect for your handbag and for smoothing your hair once you arrive somewhere and its gone all wild and frizzy.

maya njie has a lovely range of perfumes, light and fresh, they are made with natural oils and are a change to the mass produced perfumes on the market.  i  dont like commercial perfumes, and stick to rosewater,  but these are delicate and not overpowering.  i bought nordic cedar, which apparently was her first creation. now this is my scent of everyday.

suneeta creams are all handmade and natural – i saw them pitched outside the beigel shop on brick lane and bought a turmeric cream for dry patches – its incredibly soothing and moisturising and gave my daughter alice some as she suffers from excema now and again, and she really liked it.  its very good value and the few things that i have tried (cleansing cream and eye gel)  are impressive.

Mauli is the perfect gift for anyone, the oil is just divine and i am already addicted to the aroma – smooth it over your skin and hair – its become my daily ritual.  the sandalwood makes a good weekly scrub, gently exfoliates the skin and keeps it fresh.  the bottles and packaging are just divine too.

some of my favourite products  are from  santa maria novella – the rosewater is delicate and not too overpowering, plus the packaging is beautiful and the Picadilly shop makes shopping such a pleasure; and from aesop – the camelia nut moisturiser is very nourishing for this time of year, especially after a dehydrating summer and the approaching wind and central heating that we now face for the winter.   their hand cream is a perfect xmas present – the prices may seem higher, but the products go a long way.

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everyday scents……

i can’t help but try and support small producers, so whenever i see them pitch up at events, i always give them a try.  i think since i have been doing all these pop up shopping events myself, i have totally appreciated the time and effort put into them.  recently at the greenwich festival, i spotted a few of these quality companies.

kindred + wild, who make small batch apothecary oils and balms; i love the rosemary and thyme, perfect for your handbag and for smoothing your hair once you arrive somewhere and its gone all wild and frizzy.

maya njie has a lovely range of perfumes, light and fresh, they are made with natural oils and are a change to the mass produced perfumes on the market.  i  dont like commercial perfumes, and stick to rosewater,  but these are delicate and not overpowering.  i bought nordic cedar, which apparently was her first creation. now this is my scent of everyday.

suneeta creams are all handmade and natural – i saw them pitched outside the beigel shop on brick lane and bought a turmeric cream for dry patches – its incredibly soothing and moisturising and gave my daughter alice some as she suffers from excema now and again, and she really liked it.  its very good value and the few things that i have tried (cleansing cream and eye gel)  are impressive.

Mauli is the perfect gift for anyone, the oil is just divine and i am already addicted to the aroma – smooth it over your skin and hair – its become my daily ritual.  the sandalwood makes a good weekly scrub, gently exfoliates the skin and keeps it fresh.  the bottles and packaging are just divine too.

some of my favourite products  are from  santa maria novella – the rosewater is delicate and not too overpowering, plus the packaging is beautiful and the Picadilly shop makes shopping such a pleasure; and from aesop – the camelia nut moisturiser is very nourishing for this time of year, especially after a dehydrating summer and the approaching wind and central heating that we now face for the winter.   their hand cream is a perfect xmas present – the prices may seem higher, but the products go a long way.

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my top 10 gift ideas

what to buy each year becomes a dilemma – here is my list of what usually works for most of the family.

1. everyman  cinema vouchers – i get the older one a ritzy cinema membership as she lives in brixton,  2. tate or v & a membership or any gallery subscription – older kids seem to have preferred the Barbican and now you can get the museums association membership that i wrote about a few days ago , 3. ticket to the theatre, maybe somewhere unusual like Wiltons or Sam Wanamaker theatre, 4. daunts book voucher, 5. anything from aesop, ten or beauty mart for those teenage girls, 6.  anything from the wonderful art shop cornelissen 7.  food gifts from la fromagerie, 8.  jewellery from sweet pea or Peppi Taylor, 9.  ceramics from the new craftsmen or fliff carr, 10. candles from cire trudon and one extra that i would love –  a course in ceramics or mandarin or watercolour – there are so many courses on offer at city lit and the neighbouring adult colleges.

Robert and Alfie’s favourite shop for classic  men’s clothes with style,  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.  i love the pendleton shirts!  you go in there wishing that they did the same things in womens sizes.

struggling to find presents for men, go along to the aesop shop in soho – their products are all plant based, high quality and specially made to benefit the skin and absolutely smell beautiful. last year i bought a foaming shaving balm for my husband with a steel dish for him to whip up the foam with his brush – he is very old fashioned and still likes to wet shave.  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  kiehls,  scarves and silk handkerchieves frompeckham rye, vintage books and out of print books  from the numerous antiquarian book shops on cecil court, poetry 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 vases and accessories, rapha for absolutely anything cycling, brooks for classic cycling bags,chapmans for classic bags.

alfie has now gone from the great basic uniqulo boxers to the supremely quality cotton boxers from sunspel – their cotton is just lovely.  tidy street store has a selection of sunspel items, as well as lots of lovely other gift ideas, including candles by tom dixon.

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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.

gifts for men

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

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.  i love the pendleton shirts!  you go in there wishing that they did the same things in womens sizes.

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 glyn’s books,  or anything 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.  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.    if that doesnt help you find a gift , then please let me know your great finds……i’d love to extend that list.

santa maria novella

my favourite products at the moment are from  santa maria novella – the rosewater is delicate and not too overpowering, plus the packaging is beautiful and the shoreditch shop makes shopping such a pleasure; and from aesop – the camelia nut moisturiser is very nourishing for this time of year, especially after a dehydrating summer and the approaching wind and central heating that we now face for the winter.   their hand cream is a perfect xmas present – the prices may seem higher, but the products go a long way.

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burro e salvia

everytime a shop closes in camden and a new one opens, i always wish it could be some lovely deli, or something useful and beautiful like burro e salvia in shoreditch.  sadly, our local cafe has become another estate agent!  i will have to keep wishing.

pip and i took our girls to shoreditch for the day, lunch at viet hoa, a bit of vintage shopping, blitz is a new find for the girls, and v reasonable. my favourite is hunky dory, where i spotted a beautiful 1930’s dress.  you must pop by aesop, not only do they sell lovely face products, but  they are having an exhibition of ceramic pots by studio potapota – i have a soft spot for ceramics and these pots sit beautifully with the design of the shop.  i can see a pottery class looming………..

shoreditch is a perfect area for both you and teenage girls to enjoy together – there is plenty for both age groups to see and its safe enough to let the girls wander in and out of the shops by themselves and then meet up later.  we finished with delicious cake at franze and evans – maude had courgette cake which was just delicious!

returning to pasta, yuki makes a tasty broccoli and anchovy pasta  – a quick and nutritious dish, perfect for when you have come home late from work and dont want to spend hours cooking.

chop some garlic finely, and put the pasta in boiling water to cook, penne  or fusili  are good for this recipe. after 8 mins, add the chopped broccoli to the pasta, which leaves both al dente when you drain after another 3 mins. heat some olive oil and add the garlic, a bit of chilli pepper (how much depends on your taste) and a tin of anchovies – you will find that the anchovies start to become a paste – once heated add to the drained pasta – delicious and it takes less than 15 mins to do the whole lot!  thank you yuki – you’re a star!

incidentally, broccoli is having its moment in nutrition history – i keep reading about its wonder properties, how it can prevent arthritis if you eat it daily, apparently its full of calcium and is a wonder vegetable.

whenever i go to a market now, i always think about the wonderful colourful souk in marrakesh.

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classic gifts for men

for classic  men’s clothes with style, you must 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.  i love the pendleton shirts!  you go in there wishing that they did the same things in womens sizes.

struggling to find presents for men, go along to the aesop shop in soho – their products are all plant based, high quality and specially made to benefit the skin and absolutely smell beautiful. last year i bought a foaming shaving balm for my husband with a steel dish for him to whip up the foam with his brush – he is very old fashioned and still likes to wet shave.  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  kiehls,  scarves and silk handkerchieves frompeckham rye, vintage books and out of print books  from the numerous antiquarian book shops on cecil court, poetry 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 vases and tops, rapha for absolutely anything cycling, brooks for classic cycling bags,chapmans for classic bags.

alfie has now gone from the great basic uniqulo boxers to the supremely quality cotton boxers from sunspel – their cotton is just lovely.