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What To Ask For This Christmas 2023: 36 Stylish Gifts For Men

`The moonlit evening commutes. That unmistakable bite in the air when leaving the house the next morning. The gradual stockpiling of large tins of Quality Street by your local supermarket. The illuminated front garden of that one overzealous neighbour who has already deemed it necessary to set their elaborate Christmas illuminations up. The clues are there, and they all point to the same thing: the festive season is almost upon us once more.

Among other things, this revelation means that, unless you like the idea of waking up to an empty void beneath the Christmas tree, it’s time to start thinking about what to put on your list. So, whether you’re looking for ideas for yourself, or gift hunting for the gent in your life, here are a few fail-safe present ideas that every man will appreciate when the 25th finally arrives.

An Everyday Timepiece

A mechanical watch is something we all would love to own, don’t get us wrong, but it’s not exactly the most practical watch for, say, doing a spot of gardening, or playing with the kids at the weekend.

What you need is what’s referred to in the industry as a “beater” – a solid affordable timepiece that can handle a scrape or two and still look handsome.

Fresh Sneakers

Even if you don’t plan on wearing them through the winter months, sneakers provide the perfect gifting option during the festive period. Whether you prefer chunky high fashion styles or sleeker classic whites, set your feet up for the year ahead with a fresh pair.

Stylish Jewellery

Another serious gifting power move. However, there’s fine line between tacky gift shop and high-end designer jewellery. To make sure you stay on the right side of the divide, prioritise quality materials – stainless steel, sterling silver, real gold, leather – and timeless styles, such as link chains, cuffs and subtle pendant designs.

All-Seasons Outerwear

We could wax lyrical all day about the merits of an overshirt, but suffice to say they should be an essential part of any man’s cold-weather arsenal. This is a present that will see more use than most as its applications don’t end at winter layering. Try using it as a makeshift jacket in the summer and you’ll be equally impressed.

A Leather Weekend Bag

If you’re heading to see family for Christmas it can sometimes be a struggle to fit all those gifts in your bag on the way home. But not if one of those gifts happens to be a new holdall. A weekend bag isn’t just for Christmas, though. Opt for leather and it might even outlast you. Either way, it’s a quality piece of kit and a must-have for any discerning gent.

Wireless Headphones

Everyone deserves a quality pair of wireless headphones. A comfortable pair not menacingly futuristic with a bit of vintage charm should do the trick. Ideally you want noise cancellation, long battery life and, above all, comfort.

A Single Malt

Cognac may be the festive evening tipple of choice, but we’ll take a good single malt over that any day. In our view the Scots produce the best drams on the market, but if you’ve exhausted all the homegrown options then you could also look further East. The rise of Japanese whisky in the West stretches back to the late 1990s but Nippon’s distilleries have actually been in action since around the 1920s. You won’t be disappointed.

Something Cashmere

It doesn’t necessarily have to be in jumper form – it could be socks, a scarf or even sweatpants – but premium-quality cashmere in whatever form is the ultimate indulgence. Brands like Sunspel, John Smedley and Johnstons of Elgin are always a safe choice and you’ll immediately feel the difference.

Luxury Loungewear

A premium pair of pyjamas, a nightshirt or some purposely-designed lounge pants are the sort of items that are difficult to buy for yourself. There’s always a creeping guilt. Should I be spending so much on something that I wear inside the house? The answer is: no. Someone else should be buying loungewear for you.

Lavish Socks

Maybe we’re getting old, but as far as the Ape team is concerned there are few finer pleasures in life than pulling on a brand new pair of socks come Christmas day. We’re not talking cheap, novelty socks though. No, we’re talking thick, well-made designs spun from luxurious fabrics such as Sea Island cotton, merino wool and cashmere. These are the kind of socks a connoisseur can appreciate. They might cost a pretty penny, but your feet will thank you.


Shades aren’t just for summer. Eyes need protecting from glare and harsh rays in the winter too and a cool pair of sunglasses are a gift that’ll set you up for years to come – so long as you look after them and invest in a proper case. Ray-Bans are classics for a reason but a stylish pair that complement your face shape are another perfect stocking filler.

A Beard Trimmer

There’s no excuse for unkempt, subpar facial hair. For the hirsute gentleman a beard trimmer is the ideal stocking filler, so add it to your list.

Proper Underwear

Yes, it’s a Christmas cliche, but if you know that somebody’s buying you pants (because they do it every year), then put the word out about brands you actually want to wear. Good underwear is not a luxury, it’s a basic human right. Oh, and if you’re asking, we’d like something soft and breathable with just a little bit of stretch, thanks very much.

A Cocktail Kit

A novel alternative to a big bottle of something expensive. A premium quality cocktail kit with an emphasis on practicality and build over gimmicks and unnecessary accessories is always a winner. Throw in a few miniatures as well as some bitters and syrup and you’re on the way to upgraded Christmas tipples and well-earned festive hangovers.

A Good Cookbook

Granted, you’d need a wide stocking but a cookbook always makes for a great present. It also usually works out for everyone with opportunities to sample the book’s recipes later in the year. Phaidon’s national cuisine series makes for great gifting, as does anything with Ottalenghi’s name on it. Nigel Slater is another safe bet.

An Oud Fragrance

Leathery, rich, deep and woody; an oud fragrance is an absolute must for any self-respecting gentleman when the winter months take hold. It’s bold and powerful, too, which means even that frigid December air won’t be able to sap its sillage. As far as we’re concerned, Acqua Di Parma and Tom Ford make some of the best we’ve come across.

An Old-School Camera

In an age of frankly insane camera phones you might ask yourself why you would need an actual camera. But take a look at the latest Leica compact digital cameras and tell us you don’t need one of those. Smartphones are great and all but they don’t rival the ability and feel of a stylish compact digital camera in hand. Even wearing one over your shoulder is a statement by itself.

Traditional Shaving Gear

Don’t take the fact that it’s cold outside as carte blanche to adopt the grooming habits of a caveman. Staying well preened is more important than ever in the winter months and good grooming starts with a great shave. Nothing beats the closeness of a traditional safety razor, particularly when combined with a quality shaving brush and cream.

Wall Art

Gifting a piece of art shows that real thought and personality has gone into selecting your present. There’s plenty of choice out there, from gallery gift shops and specialist dealers through to affordable purveyors like society6, curated pieces and Showstudio.

A Next-Gen Games Console

Whether you prefer Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo, if your loved ones really love you they should be able to at least purchase something that can be plugged into a large 4K TV with the purpose of pure button crushing escapism.

Reusable Water Bottle

It doesn’t matter how many times you might need to go to the toilet, your aim every day should be to drink two litres of water. And the best way to spread that out throughout the day is by having a reusable water bottle with you (we all know single-use plastic is a no-no now). S’well and Chilly’s are the market leaders, offering an array of eye-catching designs.

A Quality Pen

Words are powerful, but not when they’re written with a cheap Biro. Anything worth putting on paper is worth putting there properly, making a high-quality ballpoint or fountain, if you’re old school, pen one of the most important stocking fillers a man could hope for.

Stylish Stationery

What good is a nice pen without something in which to jot down your musings? A little black book is an absolute must-have, and if it’s to be done right, nothing but leather will do. Smythson has some quirky yet classic options featuring embossed lettering and gilded pages.

Winterproof Boots

Those trusty white canvas sneakers that served you so well throughout the summer months are soggy and brown after five minutes outside come winter. The solution: a pair of sturdy, well-made boots just in time for the start of the season. For extra style points, go for on-trend commando sole hiking boots with quality leather uppers to ensure maximum performance in adverse weather.

A Shoe Care Kit

If you’re lucky enough to get a pair of brand new shoes for Christmas, whether sneakers or Oxfords, you’ll need a good cleaning kit to keep them looking sharp. Nudge those in a gifting mood towards something that includes a dynamic premium cleaner that works on different materials as well as a high-quality brush and water-repellent spray.

A Home Fragrance Diffuser

Whilst candles are always a popular gift, upgrading to a home fragrance diffuser is a serious interiors power move. You also don’t need to worry about setting off the smoke alarm. It’s worth leaving your laptop screen open on home fragrance brands like Tom Dixon, Molton Brown and Jo Malone to give lurking would-be gift-givers a spot of inspiration.

Somewhere To Store Your Plastic

If you’ve managed not to max out all your cards on festive frivolities in the run up to the 25th, first of all, congratulations. Second of all, you’re going to want somewhere smart to keep them. A cardholder is the modern equivalent to the classic wallet. It’s slick, low-profile and won’t spoil the line of your trousers when slotted into your back pocket.

An Audiophile-Approved Bluetooth Speaker

Home stereo systems are dying out. After all, why have a cumbersome hi-fi when you could have something a fraction of the size that produces far superior sound? Look to the likes of Bang & Olufsen, Bose, Sonos and Bowers and Wilkins for some of the finest portable bluetooth options available.

Kitchen Knives

If carefully selected and well-maintained (if you receive a kitchen knife for Christmas your first reaction should be to buy a quality sharpener) a chef-standard kitchen knife should see you through to eternity. Bourdain’s timeless suggestion of the Global G2 as the only knife you’ll ever need still stands.

Good Coffee For Life

Getting out of bed in the morning is difficult enough. Particularly when it’s still pitch black outside. The prospect of a good cup of coffee in the comfort of your own kitchen can take some of the sting out of it, though, which is why a proper coffee machine is an excellent thing to add to your wishlist.

Premium Gym Gear

Ever wished you could just wear your gym gear everywhere? Well, actually there’s no reason you can’t… so long as you’ve chosen wisely from a quality sportswear brand. Some comfy Flyknit trainers, a luxe hoodie, a good-looking shell jacket – this sort of gear is just as at home around town at the weekend as it is on the treadmill, so it’s not a bad thing to ask Santa for. It will help kickstart that New Year fitness regime, too.

Grown-up Lego

Ok, the words ‘grown-up’ are doing a lot of lifting here, but there are some exceptional Lego kits to be had that should never be wasted on children. Our current favourites all come from the Lego Ideas sub-section, which includes everything from the International Space Station to a Fender Strat to the house from Home Alone. Complex, mindful and nerdy as hell: remember, it’s not playing, it’s building.

Smart Home Hub

Remember when you thought a Playstation was the height of Christmas technology in the 1990s? Fast-forward a couple of decades and we have small, innocent-looking electronic pebbles that can control everything from your lights to your garage door.

Amazon and Google still lead the charge in this department but there’s other brands creeping into the smart home market. Set the foundations for your new connected home with a smart hub and slowly build up your collection of accessories and peripherals until you can control almost everything with your voice. Welcome to the future.

Indulgent Skincare

Anti-ageing serums, toning masks, moisturising creams… No amount of premium skincare is too much in our view. As well as keeping you looking your best, a good skincare regime has the added benefit of putting a regular, mindful slice of me-time in your diary.

A Good Blanket

Maybe it’s our age or our natural reluctance to turn the heating up, but we’re fond of a blanket – preferably one made in a softly woven fabric, handsome colours and maybe a nice Glen check. Labels like Pendleton, Missoni and Zegna are all getting in on the luxury homeware game. Plus, when it’s not keeping the chill off your knees, the right blanket adds style points to your living room.

A Juicy Autobiography

Life lessons, priceless anecdotes and a chance to get to know our heroes. That’s why an autobiography is always a good stocking filler. On our reading list this Christmas are new books from Rory Stewart, Elon Musk, Patrick Stewart, Bob Mortimer and Ronnie O’Sullivan.

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How To Have The Perfect Day For Yourself

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Do you keep pushing yourself to do more and more, and do you feel guilty when you stop? If so, you’re not alone, but you might be causing yourself some health issues. It’s far better to take some time for yourself and relax than it is to keep going, but knowing that and doing that are two different things.

The fact is that if you never take any time for yourself, you’ll burn out, and that’s going to affect your health and happiness even more. So why not take a perfect day to yourself and relax, have fun, and re-energize? It will help you more than you could know, and you’ll have a good time too. If that sounds like a great idea, here are some things you could do with your day to make it perfect. Read on to find out more.

Wake Up Early

Wake Up Early

If you want a day to relax, the idea of waking up early might sound like a bad idea when sleeping in might be something you don’t normally get to do, but if you wake up early, you can do more with your day, and you won’t feel guilty for wasting any time.

The best thing to do is to go to bed at a reasonable time the night before. In that case, it will be easier to wake up early, so plan ahead and make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Not only will you get more done, but you’ll feel healthy and energized too.

Do Something Fun

Drive a ferrari

You don’t have to do anything at all on your day off when you have your home all to yourself, but if there’s something fun that you do want to do, this is the perfect opportunity to do it. You might want to go and see a movie that none of your friends and family are interested in, or perhaps you want to go for a walk in the woods and enjoy nature in peace and quiet. Maybe you want to rent a luxury car in Montreal and go for a drive in the city, enjoying the fact that you’re doing something just for you that you’ll look back on and feel happy about in years to come.

Whether you do nothing at all or you plan a day of activities, just make sure you’re enjoying what you do and that you’re not getting overwhelmed and stressed, or the good you did by taking some time to yourself will quickly be undone again, and you’ll be back to square one.

Disconnect From Technology

Digital detox

As tempting as it might be to spend time on your day off scrolling through social media or checking emails, try to resist and do anything else instead. Social media can be fun and even good for business, but it can also be bad for people’s mental health, so disconnecting and doing other things is a much better option.

When you’re not constantly distracted by notifications and worrying about missing out on things that other people are doing, you’ll be able to enjoy the present moment much more. When you’re more mindful – which is what enjoying the present moment means – you’ll become less stressed and more relaxed, and your day off will be worthwhile.

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10 Loungewear Pieces That Will Keep You Comfortable And Stylish

The beginning of the 2020s saw people spending more time at home than ever before. The pandemic shone a spotlight on the clothes we wore while lounging around the house, and if you’re anything like us, you probably realised just how much time you spend slumped across the sofa in the same old moth-bitten sweater and gym shorts.

Lockdown is now (thankfully) well behind us, but it has left in its wake a newfound appreciation for good-quality loungewear, and an understanding that the clothes you wear behind closed doors are every bit as important as the ones that venture out of the house.

Chilling at home is an important part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and having some decent garments to do it in makes it all the more enjoyable. We’re talking comfy, cosy pieces that feel great to wear, but that won’t leave you looking like a complete slob when you have to nip out to the shop or greet the pizza guy at the door.

Here are the key pieces you might want to consider.

Dressing Gown/Bathrobe

There are few pleasures in life greater than swaddling yourself in a gigantic fuzzy dressing gown to drink your coffee on a lazy Sunday morning.

You can throw this thing on in the absence of clothes when you emerge from the shower. You can pop it on over your PJs while you shuffle around the kitchen eating toast. You can even spend an entire day in it, nesting on the sofa, surrounded by calorific snacks on a day off.

A good bathrobe is the perfect partner for all of these situations and more, so make sure to arm yourself with a good one in a cosy towelling fabric. Some of our favourites come from Derek Rose, Missoni Home and The White Company.

Drawstring Pants

A good pair of drawstring pants is one of our favourite style cheat codes. They allow you to enjoy the comfort and practicality of a pair of pyjama trousers or jogging bottoms while masquerading as something much smarter.

This makes them perfect for days spent around the house when it may not be appropriate to go full goblin mode, such as when WFH.

Check out the 24 Trousers from L’Estrange – one of our favourite options in this category.

Cashmere Jumper

Investment pieces aren’t usually part of the conversation when it comes to loungewear. That’s understandable. After all, who wants to pump a big chunk of their cash into something that’s never going to see the light of day?

But that’s where a cashmere jumper is different. This is one of the few pieces that can seamlessly transition from Netflix binge to formal function.

It’s comfy and cosy for lounging around, but it’s also luxurious and smart enough to team up with tailoring. And it’ll happily do everything in between those two extremes too.

Boxy Hoodie

We’re staunch advocates of the importance of a good fit, but when it comes to loungewear, you don’t necessarily want everything to be tailored to perfection. There’s a time and a place for baggy, boxy, loose-fitting clothes, and that’s when you’re chilling at home.

A heavyweight boxy hoodie is perfect for throwing on while you’re nesting at the weekend or on cold evenings after work. Go for something plain and well made so it lasts.

We always recommend Camber. It’s a USA-based brand that specialises in heavy-duty blank tees and sweats, and it’s hoodies are some of the best in the game.

House Shoes

You should always take your shoes off when you’re in the house, unless they were specifically designed not to be. ‘House shoes’ is an admittedly pretty broad term that can include anything from slippers to clogs.

They’re what you put on to schlep around the kitchen or take the bins out, and they really came into their own during lockdown.

Birkenstock has a bit of a stranglehold on this market with the Boston, but take a look at other styles like Reeboks Beatnik or The North Face’s Tent Mule too.

Heavyweight Joggers

Don’t waste your money on sub-par sweatpants. If you want them to last and be as comfortable and cosy as possible, spend the extra cash and get a proper heavyweight pair.

Not only will they stack better on top of your best sneakers far more effectively than a flimsy pair, but they’ll be much better at keeping you warm in the winter months.

Again, take a look at what Camber has to offer in this department. Otherwise, Carhartt WIP and Reigning Champ make some stylish options.

Oversized T-shirts

We’ve established why boxy hoodies are great for chilling in, and that same logic applies to tees too. Baggy T-shirts are just comfier, and that’s exactly what you want when you’re lounging around at home.

Instead of buying ones that are a few sizes too big, you could opt for some deliberately slouchy tees like the ones from Uniqlo U, which have dropped shoulders and a wide fit, but still sit at the right length for your torso.

Merino Socks

Merino is a wonder fabric that insulates amazingly, wicks moisture and dries fast. It’s also super soft and comfortable, all of which makes it a prime candidate for socks.

Buy enough pairs to rotate and never look back.

Traditional Pyjama Set

The modern loungewear landscape is dominated by sweatpants, hoodies and crew necks, but a good old set of traditional PJs is still as good an option as ever, and something well worth arming yourself with if you like to save on your heating bill in the winter months.

Some of the brands making the best versions include Derek Rose, Hamilton + Hare, Desmond & Dempsey and CDLP.

Sweat Shorts

Sweatpants are comfy, but they might be a bit too warm for the summer. That’s where you’ll want a pair of sweat shorts. These stretchy bad boys are essentially cut-off joggers.

They’re made from the same comfortable fleece-backed jersey cotton and are perfect for chilling in the warmer months.

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Discover The Latest Olsen Clothing Canada Collection -Trends and Styles

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Fashion is ever-evolving, with everyone constantly on the lookout for trendy wear. A mix of culture and modern design signifies class and style. Everyone has their unique take on what constitutes “fashion,” but most would concur that it reflects an individual’s sense of personality via their attire.

It’s reasonable to suggest that clothing has the potential to incorporate different spiritual and ethnic customs. However, finding current cuts and cultural aesthetics in one place can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Worry not, as we bring you a clothing store, Olsen Canada, with in-house designs that consist of a contemporary lookbook with a hint of elegance.

We have created a comprehensive review of the service below to look deeper into their diverse range of clothing and facilities. Let’s get right into it.

A Stylistic Analysis of Olsen Clothing Canada

Olsen Canada is an acclaimed name with their persistent style inspiration and a long line of fashion wear curated since 1995. They design apparel with expert skills, considering client tastes and distinct preferences.

European fashion inspires the 16 collections that come out every year. From lovely linens to strong statement pieces, they specialize in providing effortless looks. Everything you could need, from casual and formal, from dresses to blazers, can be found in a single accessible location.

Made with premium eco-friendly material, Olsen Clothing Canada has something for everyone. Taking into account that art is the essence of life, they have in-house designers who introduce runway-worthy cuts and colours to make you stand out in the crowd.

Maintaining a feminine vibe in their outfits, the materials they utilize for their clothing line are top-notch with a wear guarantee, making it appealing and long-lasting with comfort in place. Moreover, they have 24/7 staff to assist their customers with queries or concerns, making them reliable.


Diverse Product Line

They have everything in store, from collection-based and free-style outfits to pick and choose from. Their collections include Effortless Ease, Season Favorite, Vintage Holiday, Designer Choice, and several others.

Olsen Canada does not restrict its designs to a specific demographic; instead, they have a unique set of clothes and flattering cuts to suit any body type and age. From their capsule collection to versatile statement pieces, their apparel is one of a kind.

Quality Clothing

With an inclusive body type and style quotient, Olsen Clothing Canada makes sure to provide the highest-grade fabric. They ensure that the cloth is soft and comfortable and can be used over a longer period to offer high value for money.

Eco-Friendly Apparel

Their designers also introduced a line of high-quality clothes made of biodegradable material. This is an effort to reduce the carbon footprint and waste from landfills. Their environment-conscious efforts make them a step further than regular clothing brands.

Express Delivery

With many convenient physical store locations, customers can easily order from their online website.

  • By navigating through their intuitive UI, you can scroll through their website and skim through all their categories.
  • After selecting the items you want to buy, you can add them to your cart.
  • Here, you must provide personal information, such as name, contact, and address details, and select a payment option.
  • You will receive your order with their express delivery service in a few business days.

Accessible Customer Service Representatives

Besides having a line of premium quality clothes, their customer service is exemplary. By writing to them, you can quickly get in contact with their customer service team for any sort of questions you have. Their customer staff is informative, highly responsive, and has problem-solving abilities regarding orders.

Concluding Note

Style is individualistic and translates an individual’s personality; clothing helps portray this. Women are always looking for feminine yet classic, modern clothes that are easily accessible; Olsen Clothing Canada specializes in this. With their current designs and trendy cuts this company proves to be one of Canada’s most fashion-forward clothing lines. We hope this article was informative and helped you understand more about Olsen Clothing Canada in detail effectively.

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