That last minute Christmas gift for her

Do not panic, we repeat, do not panic. You still have time to order online and get her the gift she wants! We’ve teamed up with GHD to bring you the perfect last minute gift idea for her…

Whether it’s a smart stocking filler of a glamourous gift set – these ghd gifts are guaranteed to be top of her wish list!

Looking for the perfect gift for your wife, girlfriend, sister or mum? These ghd gifts are guaranteed to be top of her wish list!

Whether you’re on a budget but still want the recipient to be blown away, or want to splurge on a luxury gift for her, look no further than the new and limited edition ghd nocturne collection.

ghd platinum styler gift set

GHD GIFT SET

RRP £157.50

The award-winning ghd platinum® styler will help her create a myriad of styles this Christmas. Delivering 50% less breakage* and 20% more shine**, the ghd platinum® styler has smooth plates and a wishbone hinge to make straightening on all hair types quick and easy, while the contoured edges help to create the perfect curls and waves.

Includes: limited edition ghd platinum® styler with heat-resistant bag  & two OPI nail polishes.

ghd air professional hairdryer

GHD HAIR DRYER

RRP £99

She’ll be blown away with the salon-quality and precision of the ghd air® hairdryer! With its professional-strength motor and advanced ionic technology, ghd air® delivers exceptionally fast drying and styling, while also helping to reduce frizz, leaving hair soft and silky. Whether she’s looking for quick, sleek and smooth results or fabulous volume, ghd air® puts the power of a salon blow-dry in her hands.

ghd curve® soft curl tong with heat resistant mat

GHD CURL TONG

RRP £120

The ghd curve® soft curl tong has a 32mm large barrel with spring activated ergonomic lever to give volume at the roots and tumbling soft waves. Containing patented tri-zone® technology that guarantees the optimum temperature is delivered constantly and evenly all along the barrel of the wand; this tool delivers lasting curls that are formed fast and stay locked-in, while respecting the health of your hair.

In need of a last minute stocking filler? 

ghd advanced split end therapy limited edition bauble

GHD BAUBLE

RRP £15

Celebrate Christmas with gorgeous glossy hair thanks to the ghd advanced split end therapy treatment. This luxurious wonder treatment works instantly to fortify ends, leaving hair feeling sleek, smooth and super shiny, plus it’s packaged in a beautiful bauble which she can hang on your tree.

What we REALLY want for Christmas!

Some people are ready to go over the top to get that special someone a gift of their dreams. However, spending excessively on gifts is probably not something you can do every month and definitely not something you can afford twice a month. Now, birthday, Christmas and anniversary are occasions where the price tag doesn’t matter. Still, this doesn’t mean that a good present is necessarily an expensive one. This especially goes when gifting us guy.

So, are you after that perfect stocking filler? But getting what you want is important (or, if your just buying for yourself this Christmas) here are a few great last minute ideas.

There’s still time lads and lasses, lets go-ho-ho-ho…

A fancy travel bag

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The Christmas trend for 2017 is for luxury personalised products. In the lead up to Christmas Farrar & Tanner wish to inspire choice for premium lifestyle products that can be beautifully monogram or engrave.

Forbes and Lewis’ traditional travel bag, the Vintage Somerset Holdall encapsulates the great British weekend away with a classic worn leather appearance. A generously spacious travel holdall with two large internal pockets, the Somerset has all the space needed to pack for a long weekend in the countryside or an important business trip.

Crafted from waxy buffalo leather, this bag has a luxurious finish steeped in history. The shoulder strap is adjustable for added comfort, wile a pair of large leather handles offer an alternative mode of carry. Lined with a cotton polyester blend, this is more than just a well-crafted bag but the epitome of timeless design crafted with premium ingredients. Enjoy the very best in luxury men’s travel.

This bag measures at 50 x 35 x 22cm.

Farrar-Tanner has in house, state-of-the-art engraving and leather embossing machinery, operated by skilled and experienced staff to ensure that your product is engraved with a perfect, striking and everlasting finish.

To order engraving please check the box “Personalised Engraving’. 

  1. Select position of engraving
  2. Choose your font
  3. Enter your message.

If you head over to our Twitter page, you can WIN this bag with personalised engraving worth £260.00 NOW!

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Watch

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Some of these gifts are situational. For example, if you know that your friend, family member or a significant other has a job interview after the holidays, you may look for the way to help them out. Buying a full suit may be too expensive even for a Christmas gift. The right watch is much more than just a timepiece; it expresses who you are. Whether you are in a bar, at work, a formal event or even at the beach, your watch should be suitable for all occasions and it was for this reason that James Derby was born.

Manufactured with the highest quality Japanese movement in a stainless steel case, with sapphire crystal quality glass and genuine leather straps, each timepiece produced represents what the brand stands for with performance, charm, excitement, heritage and prestige coming together to create unique designs.

The high level of quality and excellence required from a modern day watch is paramount, which is why they have kept their collections small so they can ensure perfection across every single watch that they produce.

Ted Baker Grooming Kit

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When it comes to immaculate style, Ted believes in taking it from the top; allow yourself a head start and the rest will surely follow. Introducing the new product range from Ted’s Grooming Room.

Infused with ingredients inspired by the ancient Ottoman Empire, this performance-led treatment regime has been authentically crafted to recreate the master barber experience. Perfected in London by Ted’s Grooming Room, these distinctive formulations honour the expertise of the traditional Turkish shave, using powerful, naturally active ingredients to transform the grooming ritual. Ted Baker’s modern design aesthetic is uniquely represented on the packaging. The traditional barbershop pole gets a luxurious update with metallic chevrons, contrasted against a pearlised base that leaps off the shelf.

Ted’s Grooming Room range includes:

FACE WASH, 150ml, £16
MOISTURISER, 75ml, £18
SHAVE GEL, 200ml, £18
HAIR & BEARD SHAMPOO, 300ml, £15
BEARD OIL, 45ml, £20
HAIR MUD, 100g, £14
COLOGNE, 200ml, £40

Chelsea Boots

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The Chelsea boot is a great one to wear when the temperature drops, but when you still need something to wear that looks good in the office. These boots are laceless, so they are much better at keeping your feet and ankles warm, and you can find many great looking Chelsea boots that integrate modern soles, so they’re also extremely comfortable as well. Chelsea boots pair well with business casual clothing like jeans and cords.

There are many Chelsea Boots, but our company of 2017-18 has got to be Samuel Windsor.

Underwear

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We hate buying it for ourselves, but all we want is manly or even funny underwear. It all depends on the particular person as well as if the gifted one (pun intended) is going to be on their own when they unwrap it. The underwear that caught our eye is AVA-J.

Gone are the days when men consider pants to be the ‘must not have’ Christmas present. That’s according to ava-j, a British internet retailer of luxury men’s underwear and Skincare products, manufactured in the UK.

Joe Goddard, Design and Operations Director at the Leeds based business says most men are now more than happy to receive such presents on Christmas morning, providing that the quality and style is top notch.

‘Men are more conscious about their appearance than ever before and that includes their pants,’ says Joe. ‘Traditionally it was only ever women who received nicely presented, stylish underwear, but we have now taken those core values of product, packaging and presentation into the male market and the reaction has been incredible, particularly from women buying for their husbands and partners.’

Sports Flask

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For the adventurers who plan to be halfway up a climbing wall, mid warrior pose in the gym or doing the downward dog in 2018, the Standard Mouth Sports Cap from drinking bottle specialist Hydro Flask allows you to simply sip, refresh and go.

The American, award-winning company, which specialises in insulated drinking bottles, has added this versatile cap to its product range. It fits onto any of Hydro Flask’s Standard Mouth drinking bottles and is interchangeable. So it doesn’t matter whether you already own the 18, 21 or 24 ounce drinking bottle. One size fits all.

The Sports Cap is insulated, just like the drinking bottle, so any liquid kept inside will stay icy fresh for up to 24 hours offering unexpected refreshment. In fact, it’s the first-ever insulated sports cap specifically designed to keep water cold, sip after sip.

Its unique handle design means it can be used one-handed.

Socks

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Traditionally the most common Christmas gifts. Accidentally, they are also a perfect low-cost option for those who approach the holiday season on a tight budget. The London Sock Exchange offers socks, those with cutting edge patterns, tartan or polka dot motifs as classic as these presents get. However, if the person you’re gifting is a renowned jokester, you can even look for a prank-gift in a form of a particularly silly pair of socks. Needless to say, wearing these at any family gathering would be a great success.

Lets wrap this up…

As you can see, there is a great choice of great gifts for you to go through. The final choice comes down to your personal preference and what you believe your friend/partner would like. Choosing a great gift is not that hard, but in some situations great simply isn’t great.

Tomorrow we’ll be posting the perfect gift for her, if you’re struggling last minute. Keep an eye out!

What you REALLY want for Christmas 2016 revealed

Christmas presents under the Christmas tree

Aftershave to undies, perfume and lingerie may traditionally top the list of the most romantic yuletide gifts, but a new nationwide survey of more than 1000 people has found that 90% of Brits would actually prefer to receive an experience over a product this Christmas.

In fact, 9 out of 10 of those expecting to find something special under the tree next month would choose a night out at a theatre or show in London above receiving perfume, chocolates, alcohol or underwear.

An experience like a shared night out was also picked as a very romantic and thoughtful gift, in the survey carried out by SurveyMonkey on behalf of London theatre break specialists, BoxOfficeTheatre.com.

Those heading to the high street to buy some bubble bath might want to think twice, as 64.7% of us think bath gift sets are the most clichéd gift, showing a lack of thought and effort on the part of the giver.

With more than half of shoppers saying they wanted to make more time for memories with loved ones, a festive night out to see a showstopper like Aladdin or The Lion King could be just the ticket.

Caroline Coulson, Director of BoxOfficeTheatre.com said, “Christmas is a stressful time for many people, especially when it comes to choosing gifts for loved ones and 95% said a night out would be a thoughtful gift. With old staples such as socks, chocolate, home furnishings, perfume and clothing all receiving the thumbs down, it could be time to re-think those faithful standbys in favour of something that shows a little bit more thought and a lot more effort.”

Key findings from the Survey: What do you really want for Xmas this year?

  • 64.74% of people associate a bath gift set with a lack of thought and effort, followed by socks (27.01%)
  • 78.4% said they would get most enjoyment out of a trip to the theatre or to see a show, followed by clothes or accessories (10.24%)
  • 55.36% of people considered putting thought into the other person’s interests as the most important part of gift giving, followed by choosing something to create unique memories for the recipient to treasure (42.27%)
  • 64.45% of respondents consider clothing to be the most difficult gift to buy, followed by perfume (17.16%)

Offering a broad variety of show tickets available from feel-good musicals such as Wicked to acclaimed thrillers like The Woman In Black, BoxOfficeTheatre.com have thoughtful gifts available for everyone.

BoxOfficeTheatre.com is offering all customers a special Xmas gift, 10% off ALL Theatre Tickets and Theatre Breaks. Simply use code Xmas10 at the Checkout.

 

 

Christmas Guide to Last Minute Gifts for Guys

 

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Some people are ready to go over the top to get that special someone a gift of their dreams. However, spending excessively on gifts is probably not something you can do every month and definitely not something you can afford twice a month. Now, birthday, Christmas and anniversary are occasions where the price tag doesn’t matter. Still, this doesn’t mean that a good present is necessarily an expensive one. This especially goes when gifting a guy.

So, are you after that perfect stocking filler? Already anticipating the look on his face (or, if your just buying for yourself this Christmas) here are a few great last minute ideas.

There’s still time lads and lasses, lets go-ho-ho-ho…

Wallet

The thing about men is that, although they like getting nice stuff, they value pragmatism above all else. A perfect way to combine the two is to get them a leather-bound wallet. This is also a perfect reminder of your devotion since they will remember you every time they use it. But you can even take this one step further and get your man a Covert Clip travel wallet. By having this wallet, you’re making this gift both unforgettable and completely unique because of it’s practicality and design.

Belt

One of the greatest things about buying a belt is that it’s something everyone wants, but seldom actually comes around to buy for themselves. Here, you will have a plethora of choice like whether you will go for something simple and practical or even buy something handmade  like The British Belt Company belt. All in all, this decision is not your own, since it should be based on the personal taste of the one the gift is intended for.

Socks

Traditionally, sweaters and socks are the most common Christmas gifts. Accidentally, they are also a perfect low-cost option for those who approach the holiday season on a tight budget. The London Sock Exchange offers socks, those with cutting edge patterns, tartan or polka dot motifs as classic as these presents get. However, if the person you’re gifting is a renowned jokester, you can even look for a prank-gift in a form of a particularly silly pair of socks. Needless to say, wearing these at any family gathering would be a great success.

Wristwatch

Some of these gifts are situational. For example, if you know that your friend, family member or a significant other has a job interview after the holidays, you may look for the way to help them out. Buying a full suit may be too expensive even for a Christmas gift. But, you can always get a useful accessory like a wristwatch or a tie. For those in love with retro, you may even want to consider buying a CIRCULR watch, minimalist design yet maximum style. This gift is particularly great for any outfit choice and occasion.

A Vintage Gift

It is human nature to always look at the times long gone buy through a prism of nostalgia. Seeing how they can’t bring back the time, the next closest thing these romantic dreamers resort to is collecting vintage items. If their home looks like more of a Victorian palace than a high-tech man-cave, you may want to consider getting them a nice vintage camera as a final touch. If money is really not the issue, you may even look for a vintage car and buy or, at least, rent it out for them.

Beard Grooming Kit

Another great idea would be to get them Arthur J Hawke beard grooming kit. Sure, everyone agrees that there is nothing more epic that a well-groomed full beard. Still, this is not something that just happens on its own. So, to help the person in question get on the right path, you could get them some starting products like beard oil, wax, and a moisturizer. This shows a great level of intimacy since it requires you to know their skin and hair type. Furthermore, you may also want to look for a nice beard comb and/or brush. Different materials both react and feel different in contact with your beard which is yet another thing to consider.

Underwear

Finally, you can get your friend a sexy, manly or even funny underwear. It all depends on the particular person as well as if the gifted one (pun intended) is going to be on their own when they unwrap it. The underwear that caught our eye is Tani USA. Those luxury underwear pieces are made of Micro Tencel® and Lycra® which makes them one of the most comfortable out there. Perfect for men on the run.

Lets wrap this up…

As you can see, there is a great choice of great gifts for you to go through. The final choice comes down to your personal preference and what you believe your friend/partner would like. Choosing a great gift is not that hard, but in some situations great simply isn’t great enough.

How to Cheat at Common Games this Christmas

Ok, Perhaps not “cheat” as thats ungentlemanly but how to strategically gain the upper hand. A term now in common usage is “Moneyballing”, a homage term to the book and film of the same name.

Let’s be honest though, it is not the taking part that counts. Crush your nearest and dearest with our gamesmanship tips. You don’t need to be the smartest at the table…just the best prepared.

So lets “Moneyball” some common Christmas and Family games….

Jenga: The Lean and Pinch

Put your elbow against the tower to stabilise it. And, if there are two blocks left in a row, it’s perfectly legal to pinch them together and move them so you can work one free.

How to cheat at common board games - Jenga

Monopoly: Smart Real Estate

Buy Orange; The most commonly landed on square in Monopoly is “Jail” and the most commonly rolled numbers are 5, 6, 7 and 8, which statistically makes orange squares five times more likely to be landed on than any other.

How to cheat at common board games - Monopoly

Scrabble: Know your Two Letter Words

“Zo” is a Himalayan cow and “Za” is a Pizza, since you ask. S may only be worth 1 point but that’s because it’s so versatile. Q is worth a lot more, but you’ll struggle to use it. Popular use of Q is “QI” the Chinese life-force. Still get rid of it ASAP.

How to cheat at common board games - Scrabble

Cluedo: Deduce and Deceive

Don’t ask about cards you know your opponents are holding. When you make a suggestion, your goal is to get more information. If your opponents can show you the same card you’ve already seen, then you get no new information, and your turn has failed. The only cards that you have already marked off on your list that you should still ask about are your own cards, since nobody else will be able to disprove them.

Use the secret passages. This lets you move from a room to another room, guaranteed, without having to risk rolling the dice. That’s two suggestions in a row that you get to make, without having to worry about bad luck stealing your opportunity.
If you haven’t eliminated those two rooms after that, you can keep going back and forth between those two rooms until someone shows you one of those cards. Until they do, it’s the most efficient way to gather information.

Figure out what your opponents know. If an opponent repeatedly uses the same item in suggestions, whether it’s a location, weapon, or character, it probably means nobody else can disprove that item. If Suzy has made three suggestions in a row about the Revolver, chances are very good that the Revolver is either the murder weapon or in Suzy’s hand.

How to cheat at common board games - Cluedo

Roulette: Thunderball Strategy

The James Bond Roulette System is rather simple betting system. You need £20 for you to make a bet with this roulette strategy.

You need to bet £14 on high numbers (19-36), £5 on six numbers 13-18, and £1 on zero as insurance.

Possible outcomes:

  • If a number from 19 to 36 comes out you will have £8 profit.
  • If one of the 6 numbers from 13 to 18 comes out you will have £10 profit.
  • If Zero comes out you will have £16 profit.
  • If a number from 1 to 12 comes out and you lose, next time you will raise your bet as with the Martingale Roulette System.

If all else fails, play Russian Roulette, with dirty tactics….but don’t catch yourself out!

There we have it gents, go fourth and multiply your winnings this Christmas. Be champ at table trivia, the King of the family. This article was written for us by Blades Magazine.


 

Do’s and don’ts of office Christmas Party Outfits for Men

Dos and don’ts of office Christmas party outfits for men

The Christmas party season is well and truly under way, however if you’re yet to attend your office party then be sure to follow this list of dos and don’ts so you aren’t left making fashion mistakes you’ll be regretting all the way into 2017.

DON’T forget the weather

As cold as it gets during the day, evenings tend to get even colder so be sure to layer up. The perfect way to go about it is with a smart coat which you can remove once inside and throw back on when it’s time to leave and brave the wintery chill.

DO find out the dress code

Make sure you’re aware of what the actual dress code is. In most cases it’ll be smart-casual but you’re better off playing it safe and finding out – the last thing you want is to turn up in jeans to a smart do. Ask around and get an idea of what others are wearing or what people wore last year, this should give you a better idea of what look to go for.

DON’T wear your work suit

This is one of the main things to avoid – whatever you do don’t wear one of the suits you regularly wear to work. You’ll only look like you haven’t made any effort and it probably won’t make the best way of ending the year. If you’re out of ideas for clothes try switching up your work trousers for jeans to at least add a bit personality to your look.

DO try velvettailors

You might not have considered velvet but it’s certainly a material which can work very well when used in moderation and it’s texture has a festive feel to it. Throw on a velvet blazer in black or burgundy to create a sharp look (as long as it fits well) that will have you standing out amongst the Christmas party crowd.

DON’T opt for novelty items

Office parties tend to involve smart casual looks so steer clear of overtly Christmas themed clothing. While Santa hats and light up sweaters are great fun during the festive period, they’re sure to look out of place at the Christmas party. If you’re really wanting to add some festive cheer to your look then opt for something which isn’t as prominent such as Christmas socks.

DO make sure your clothes are well fitted

The type of clothing you wear is one thing, however there aren’t many items of clothing which will still look good if they aren’t well fitted. You’ll need everything from your shirt, to your blazer, to your jeans to sit just right if you want to look your very best.

This article was originally written by thebusinessdek and can be seen also here.