Scent of a man by Archer
For the masculine male who’s got everything, Archer’s trio of air fresheners could be just the ticket. The three scents are all man: ‘European Sports Car’ is scented with worn leather, heaving horsepower and a hint of brutish aftershave. The ‘Distillery’ version wafts with charred oak, sour mash and enough bourbon to floor an elephant, while ‘Hunting Lodge’ lets loose an aroma of gun powder and damp timber. After the gift-giving has been completed, lure him into doing the dishes with the brand’s barrel-aged, charcoal-filtered, whiskey sink soap. Inspired by cowboys who used whiskey to clean their bullet wounds, soap has never been so manly.
The morning after by Fred & Friends
Foggy mornings and fry-ups go hand-in-hand with the holiday season. Make the morning after a little more bearable with the Funny Side Up Egg Corral. The silicone, skull-shaped mould turns two eggs, with the addition of the good stuff – bacon – into a ghoulish dish that may resemble your makeup-smeared pillow face, but once devoured will have you back on the party circuit quick smart.
A tipple for two by Daniel Boulud
A party just isn’t a party without a bounty of bevvys. A glossy gift for discerning hosts or a nice new addition to your own coffee table, Cocktails & Amuse-Bouches from the award-winning chef and restaurant owner Daniel Boulud is a two-volume slipcase collection – one for him and one for her – of sophisticated drink recipes that give classic cocktails a modern twist.
Moody hues by Philips
The right lighting is essential when planning a shindig at home. Using wireless LED light bulbs and strips, a seemingly magical ‘bridge’ and a smartphone app, the Hue system uses light to create an endless range of atmospheres. Got a photo of a twinkling blue Gulf of Thailand on your phone? Hue can bring it to life, no sweat. Want to wake up to a Himalayan sunrise? Done. The system even works remotely so you can ward off Christmas grinches or come home to a pre-set Light Recipe for relaxation after a hard day’s work.