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Christmas-present ideas and inspiration for men

  • A cut above

    The classic Victorinox Swiss Army Knife is a design icon, with its sleek lines and perfect blend of form and function. Developed in the 19th century by Karl Elsener, it is said to be a ‘companion for life’.

  • Director's cut

    These skull-backed playing cards inspired by film director Tim Burton’s characters are suitably gothic in style. Like the films, the illustrations are horrific, exotic and comic all at once.

  • Screen time

    The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz is a coffee-table book and an overview of Anderson’s career in film so far. It features previously unpublished photos, artwork and ephemera, woven into an interview with the director of modern classics such as Rushmore, the Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom.

  • Collector's piece

    For the vinyl fan who wants to make the most of his treasured collection, the Ion Pure wood-finish turntable could be a good bet. It allows the user to convert their record collection to MP3 via a USB connection.

  • Campfire classic

    It’s official: the ukulele is having a moment. The Gretsch G9101 Camp Uke is a recreation of the original 1920s design, and is built to be thrown into your backpack and played around the campfire. With a maple top, back and sides and a semi-gloss blue finish, it is a thing of beauty. Hipster heaven.

  • Real men wear plaid

    The plaid wool scarf is a Christmas-gift favourite, and it works every time. American fashion retailer J Crew has a good selection of classic designs in great colours – choose from wool or cashmere.

  • Line of beauty

    Aficionados of beautiful architecture will appreciate this iPhone case. It features an exterior image of Frank Lloyd Wright’s curved Guggenheim Museum in New York, one of the world’s most iconic buildings.

  • Design for life

    This espresso set was inspired by the House of Cards, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1952. The husband-and-wife design duo lived in Southern California – the Los Angeles County Museum of Art holds an extensive collection of their work.