10 Hype-Worthy Gifts For Him (That You’ll Probably Want To Keep For Yourself)
With the faint hum of jingles now following you around the supermarket, you can hardly have failed to notice that Yuletide is approaching. True, we’re not quite in the “panic buy every last gift set in Boots” phase of the season, but our minds have rightly turned to present giving. More precisely, we’re eyeing up those things that are likely to sell out in the run-up to December: sneakers, cult bags, limited-edition collectables and the like. Experience tells us that these are the sort of things that will be snapped up on MR PORTER sharpish, so we’d advise you to get cracking. Here are 10 we’ve added to our most-wished-for list.
01. Ace sneakers by Gucci
Mr Alessandro Michele’s appointment as creative director of Gucci is largely credited with ushering in a new era in menswear. Quick off the mark, his penchant for turning bootlegged merchandise into the official designs started with logo tees (Guccy, anyone?), but has since travelled south to the footwear department. So, never fear, these faux fake Ace sneakers are the real deal.
02. Arcade machine by Neo Legend
If we’ve learnt anything from Friends, it’s that an arcade machine is an impractically bulky gift (and also that leather pants are tricky). Thankfully, the good folks at Neo Legend have thought about that (the former, that is) – the brand’s tabletop varieties are an apartment-friendly compact alternative and come preloaded with thousands of classic games.
03. Ping-pong table by The Art of Ping Pong
You know that overwhelming level of joy and smugness you felt as a child when you realised that the “biggest” present under the tree was yours? Yep, that’s still very much a thing. Just wait till they spot this mammoth parcel and clock that it’s for them. Largesse aside, The Art of Ping Pong’s table is the epitome of a grown-up gift for those still very much young at heart.
04. Lamp by Undercover + Medicom + Will Sweeney
Ah, the Undercover lamp, we meet again. Surreal, eccentric and sometimes, just downright plain weird, the appeal of an Undercover lamp (a regular around these parts at Christmastime) lies not just in their scarcity, but in the uncanny way they manage to uncover the covetous tendencies deep within our psyche. At no point in our childhood did we aspire to own a light source shaped like a cartoon mushroom nicknamed Mr Buttons, but now we can’t stop thinking about anything else…
05. Sweater by The Elder Statesman
A far cry from the sweater your dear old nan usually knits you this time of year, The Elder Statesman’s fluoro number will turn heads for right reasons, instead. Spun from the LA label’s signature yarn, cashmere, we imagine it’ll win nods of approval from hordes of Gen X-ers, who secretly yearn to have come of age as flower children in the 1960s.
06. Pouch by Bottega Veneta
The fanny pack trend might have peaked, but nowadays, the coverability of bags is on par with that of sneakers. With its chunky zips and fresh take on the classic intrecciato pattern, Bottega Veneta’s padded pouch is justifiably in demand. If you’re feeling extra generous or have recently won the lottery, we’d recommend treating him to the matching AirPod case, too.
07. Incense holder by L’Objet
As far as we understand it, there’s no scientific reason why incense holders have become objects of fascination among the streetwear set in recent years, but we have it on good authority it has something to do with “vibes”. Of the good sort, to be precise. L’Objet’s Oh Mon Dieu example will take pride of place on their mantle, alongside (naturally) their Medicom BE@RBRICK figurines and Supreme brick.
08. Skateboards by The Skateroom + Peanuts
Yes, happiness is a warm puppy, but it is also, we would argue, having nicely decorated walls. Part of The Skateroom’s long-standing partnership with Peanuts and a new venture with art collective FriendsWithYou, this trio of boards features Snoopy in his Joe Cool/Cute guise, poised to offer a hug. And we can’t think of better way to spread joy – even more so if their landlord doesn’t allow pets.
09. Signet ring by Bleue Burnham
Not every guy is a jewellery guy, but we feel certain we’ll sway at least a few to the charmed life now Bleue Burnham has landed at MR PORTER. The sustainable jewellery label specialises in pieces that aren’t always flashy or ostentatious, but clean, understated and achingly, achingly cool, like this marigold signet ring.
10. Figurine by BE@RBRICK
Remember a little earlier when we casually dropped the word BE@RBRICK? The suspicious minded amount you may have thought it had something to do with the psychology of suggestion, but really it was to mentally prepare you for this moment. Just so you don’t get, you know, all shook up. The King of collectables, the brand’s sought-after figurine sets – which in this case include a full-size and miniature Mr Presley in his iconic rhinestone jumpsuit – will guarantee anything but a blue Christmas.