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Christmas gift ideas and inspiration for grandpa

  • Irish charm

    This large and luxurious plaid blanket in pure wool from Toast is made in Ireland and is guaranteed to keep grandpa both cosy and stylish. Its colours, ‘peat, apple and tangerine’, are gorgeously subtle.

  • From Russia with love

    Winner of this year’s Instrumental category at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards, Steven Osborne’s album of works by Mussorgsky and Profokiev is recommended. Faithful to the score but distinctive.

  • Hand in glove

    These men’s day gloves in oak deerskin by Mulberry are a classic design, and trimmed with stitch detailing. They become softer and more supple with age and wear, and are perfect for the smart. discerning chap.

  • Best of British

    The films of British actor Trevor Howard are collected in this five-film boxset. It includes The Third Man, Odette, and the classic, ever-so British and understated Brief Encounter.

  • Past masters

    Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 to 1900 is a sumptuous book that celebrates the art of China. Published to tie in with the current exhibition at London’s V&A museum, it features reproductions of some astonishing paintings, many of them national treasures in their homeland.

  • Surreal moment

    When is a tray not a tray? When it is also a surrealist statement, like this Magritte-inspired number, with the famous caption ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’ – this is not a pipe.

  • Making a spectacle

    For the art-loving chap, this brightly-hued glasses case – inspired by painter David Hockney’s recent Royal Academy show – is perfect. Other Hockney-inspired gifts include mugs, cufflinks, umbrellas and more.

  • Go dotty

    The handkerchief is a failsafe grandpa gift, and these colourful, spotted numbers are the real deal. Made by British label Barbour – a favourite with the country set – they would also adorn a blazer breast pocket with aplomb. Dapper.