Christmas for him by Belinda Morris
COMMES DES GARCONS Wonderwood Eau de Parfum £62.00
If he loves woody fragrances and has a tendency to wear layers of black and an enigmatic half smile, this will go down well. The iconic pebble shaped bottle (that lies rather than stands) holds a very woody-but-sexy fragranced – spiked as it is with nutmeg, bergamot and incense.
TOM FORD Oud Wood £215.00
As achingly fashionable and sophisticated as the man himself – this opens with exotic rosewood and cardamom, before giving way to a warm smoky heart of sandalwood and vetiver, then a sensual dry down of tonka bean and pepper.
CLINIQUE FOR MEN Post Shave Soother £20.00
Mr Porter carries the full range of classic men’s grooming products, including nifty little sets for travellers (or grooming newbies) but you can’t go wrong with this. The aloe in there helps prevent and soothe irritation and razor burn and can help to heal nicks. And it looks good.
ESCENTRIC MOLECULES Molecule 01 £66.00
Definitely for the man (or woman, let’s not be gender-specific here) who prefers something beyond the norm and who isn’t hung up on au naturel. It’s ‘perfumery as the art of chemistry’ and Molecules No1 is a single note aroma characterised by a contemporary cedarwood note, with sexy, cosy smooth undertones.
AESOP Athlete Grooming Kit £80.00
Exclusive to Mr Porter this kit from the well-established Australian botanical skincare brand, includes the locker room basics for your active type. And when the reinvigorating body cleanser with geranium leaf, minty shampoo and antioxidant hydrator have gone, there’s a handy wash bag…
TOM DAXON Resin Sacre shower Gel £30.00
For anyone who wants to smell sensually fragranced all over, this indulgent, moisturising shower gel is a heady blend of sandalwood, frankincense and suede
DIPTYQUE Tam Dao Eau de Toilette £60.00
Inspired by the ‘mesmerising’ heat of an Asian jungle, this invigorating fragrance opens with a burst of exotic florals, which are then calmed by a woody heart. The lingering scent is spicy and musky.
MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN Fragrance Wardrobe £130.00
If you really can’t choose between Mr Porter’s extensive selection of niche fragrances, how about making him decide with this curated set of eight phials from the master perfumer? Fresh, urban, woody, sexy, Eastern… all possibilities are here.
FREDERIC MALLE Cologne Indélébile Eau de Parfum £105.00
If he’s been a really, really good boy, then treat him to a Frederic Malle fragrance. But which one? This clean, fresh EdP with orange blossom and musk has real staying power and has been known to elicit marriage proposals from strangers in the street…
PENHALIGON Blenheim Bouquet £92.00
Created in (unbelievably) 1902 this is a true classic fragrance and while opening with a burst of bracing citrus oils, it gradually settles into something more discreet and sensual. One to fall in love with (or to…)
MONDAINE Evo Big Day-Date Stainless Steel and Leather Watch £500.00
If he’s not fussed about all-singing and dancing timepieces, and likes his accessories clean, clear and simple, how about this official watch of the Swiss railways? Mondaine is renowned for it minimalist aesthetic and has a transparent back so you can see what’s going on inside.
TATEOSSIAN Pandora's Box Rhodium-Plated 22-Karat Gold Leaf Cufflinks £125.00
On the other hand he’s not averse to a little sparkle and is fond of shooting his cuffs, then might I suggest these 22ct gold flake-filled, rhodium-plated, glass cube beauties…
BEGG & CO Wispy Polka-Dot Cashmere Scarf £275.00
And since this cold snap is unlikely to end anytime soon, a scarf will always be welcome. Mr Porter’s range runs the gamut from swish and natty to warm and woolly. Somewhere in the middle is this Scottish-made, incredibly soft, navy cashmere one that’s light enough to be looped round twice without feeling bulky.
LAB SERIES Future Rescue Repair Serum £48.00
If he's getting just a tad concerned about wrinkles – I mean laughter lines – and thinks his skin might be under attack from environmental stressors (pollution and the like), then here's a thoughtful gift. Used fairly sparingly under moisturiser, this serum helps to defend, detox and repair skin.