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Christmas gifts

No-one likes the smug Christmas gift giver. The one that sits there as family and friends tear into their presents safe in the knowledge that the gifts they have given are going to be nothing short of excellent. No-one likes them because they all wish they were them.

To ensure you're that guy, here's our mid-range gift ideas.

All items priced between £20 - £199.99

  • Glenfiddich 15 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Glenfiddich 15 year old Sin…

    It wouldn't be Christmas without a whisky chaser to see off… More details

    Glenfiddich 15 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Glenfiddich 15 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    It wouldn't be Christmas without a whisky chaser to see off the lashings of turkey and trimmings. This 15 year old Glenfiddich single malt Scotch Whisky even comes in a delightful gift tin, saving you the pesky chore of trying to wrap that awkward bottle shape.

    £39.00; Available from most supermarkets from November

  • Ayten Gasson Mia Camisole

    Ayten Gasson Mia Camisole

    The perfect excuse to spend most of Boxing Day between the… More details

    Ayten Gasson Mia Camisole

    Ayten Gasson Mia Camisole

    The perfect excuse to spend most of Boxing Day between the sheets.

    £76; aytengasson.com

  • Nike X Liberty trainers

    Nike X Liberty trainers

    A gift that will set any sneaker lover's heart aflutter,… More details

    Nike X Liberty trainers

    Nike X Liberty trainers

    A gift that will set any sneaker lover's heart aflutter, the Nike X Liberty collection sees several classic Nike trainers treated to the English sensibilities of psychedelic paisley Bourton print. The Black Burton Liberty print Air Max 1 are our personal favourites.

    £120; liberty.co.uk

  • Anglepoise Duo1227

    Anglepoise Duo1227

    The design classic just got even more stylish thanks to a… More details

    Anglepoise Duo1227

    Anglepoise Duo1227

    The design classic just got even more stylish thanks to a new subtle redesign. Achingly cool in red or white.

    £164; anglepoise.com

  • Marshall board game

    Marshall board game

    The Marshall Rock Science board game is easily "The… More details

    Marshall board game

    Marshall board game

    The Marshall Rock Science board game is easily "The Rock Game Of The Century". It's the only rock game of any century. A marvellously different Christmas pastime to the standard Monopoly arguments.

    £49; marshallamps.com

  • Errwood shawl-neck jumper

    Errwood shawl-neck jumper

    Not all the jumpers you give this Christmas have to feature… More details

    Errwood shawl-neck jumper

    Errwood shawl-neck jumper

    Not all the jumpers you give this Christmas have to feature lurid snowmen. This chunky cable knit offering from Quba is a snug as it looks.

    £120; quba.com

  • Belvedere Red

    Belvedere Red

    A gorgeous bottle and a charitable cause ensure that… More details

    Belvedere Red

    Belvedere Red

    A gorgeous bottle and a charitable cause ensure that Belvedere's special edition Red will warm the hearts and souls of all who sample it. Drink responsibly, and keep the lovely bottle.

    £33; 31 DOVER

  • Spineless Classic

    Spineless Classic

    Spineless Classics quite literally take the pages out of… More details

    Spineless Classic

    Spineless Classic

    Spineless Classics quite literally take the pages out of reading. Classic works are reduced to a single, silhouetted page - perfect for anyone pretentious enough to own their own library.

    The Great Gatsby - £44.99; spinelessclassics.com

  • Russell Hobbs Espresso Maker

    Russell Hobbs Espresso Maker

    This Russell Hobbs espresso maker is called the Allure.… More details

    Russell Hobbs Espresso Maker

    Russell Hobbs Espresso Maker

    This Russell Hobbs espresso maker is called the Allure. We've no idea why. At least it'll ensure you always get nice coffee whenever you pop round to your parents' place.

    £79.99; amazon.co.uk

  • Ted Baker woven scarf

    Ted Baker woven scarf

    (To be read in the voice of Dean Martin) When the weather… More details

    Ted Baker woven scarf

    Ted Baker woven scarf

    (To be read in the voice of Dean Martin) When the weather outside is frightful, reach for this Ted Baker Monstmu woven scarf. It's delightful.

    £45; vanmildert.com

  • Uniform Wares 104 series

    Uniform Wares 104 series

    Beautifully minimal improvement for every wrist, Uniform… More details

    Uniform Wares 104 series

    Uniform Wares 104 series

    Beautifully minimal improvement for every wrist, Uniform Wares 104 series is design at its best.

    £170; uniformwares.com

  • Beluga Noble Export

    Beluga Noble Export

    If there's one thing the Russians know better than anyone,… More details

    Beluga Noble Export

    Beluga Noble Export

    If there's one thing the Russians know better than anyone, it's the cold. Hence they drink copious amounts of high quality vodka (or that's the excuse they gave us anyway). Beluga Noble is the nation's best-selling super-premium (otherwise known as 'the good stuff'), best served with oysters and nuts.

    £36; vodka-beluga.com

  • Personalised iPad case

    Personalised iPad case

    The clever bunch at PhotoBox can do a wonderful job of… More details

    Personalised iPad case

    Personalised iPad case

    The clever bunch at PhotoBox can do a wonderful job of putting your photos on just about anything not nailed down. Our favourite is their personalised iPad cover (you don't have to have pictures of our covers).

    £34.99; photobox.com

  • Cashmere beret

    Cashmere beret

    Keeps the cold at bay and goes with just about any winter… More details

    Cashmere beret

    Cashmere beret

    Keeps the cold at bay and goes with just about any winter coat she owns.

    £39.00; purecollection.com

  • Ayten Gasson Organic Slip

    Ayten Gasson Organic Slip

    Going organic isn't usually something we're usually… More details

    Ayten Gasson Organic Slip

    Ayten Gasson Organic Slip

    Going organic isn't usually something we're usually concerned by. However, this organic silk slip from Ayten Gasson (finalists in this year's UK Lingerie awards) has our full attention.

    £126; aytengasson.com

  • Hill & Ellis bike bag

    Hill & Ellis bike bag

    Named after a means of getting out of dull engagements (see… More details

    Hill & Ellis bike bag

    Hill & Ellis bike bag

    Named after a means of getting out of dull engagements (see Oscar Wild's Importance of being Earnest), the Bunbury bike bag from Hill & Ellis aims to help its owner partake in stylish getaways. Bike key hooks are discreetly hidden away - it even fits the Boris bike.

    £154.99; hillandellis.com

  • Cashmere gloves

    Cashmere gloves

    Complete her cashmere look with some fingerless gloves -… More details

    Cashmere gloves

    Cashmere gloves

    Complete her cashmere look with some fingerless gloves - perfect for the touch screen of that iPhone 5s she asked you to get her but that you couldn't afford.

    £39.00; purecollection.com

  • Quintessentially Vodka

    Quintessentially Vodka

    Housed in a bottle that looks to be forged from left over… More details

    Quintessentially Vodka

    Quintessentially Vodka

    Housed in a bottle that looks to be forged from left over stealth bomber, the British-made Quintessentially Vodka promises to blow a special someone away this Christmas.

    £50; harveynichols.com

  • Marshall Micro Amp

    Marshall Micro Amp

    The MS-2 micro amp might look like a bit of a novelty, but… More details

    Marshall Micro Amp

    Marshall Micro Amp

    The MS-2 micro amp might look like a bit of a novelty, but crank this baby up to 11 (or 10, in this case) and she'll create a wonderful noise Jim Marshall would be proud of.

    £33; marshallamps.com

  • FatFace Lomond jacket

    FatFace Lomond jacket

    You can never own enough jackets. With a fleece lined… More details

    FatFace Lomond jacket

    FatFace Lomond jacket

    You can never own enough jackets. With a fleece lined collar, this is perfect for the Boxing Day walk, taking shelter from the British winter (or summer, for that matter) or for when the boiler breaks.

    £75; fatface.com

  • Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select

    Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select

    We usually prefer our whisky without the 'e' (thus Scotch),… More details

    Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select

    Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select

    We usually prefer our whisky without the 'e' (thus Scotch), but Jack Daniel's premium Sinatra Select presents the Scottish and Japanese with a stern challenge. Bottled at 90 proof, the whiskey's deep amber colour is achieved by exposing it to toasted wooden panels in the barrel. Exceptionally bold, rich flavours.

    £150; thewhiskyexchange.com

  • Mighty Purse

    Mighty Purse

    There's power dressing and then there's the Mighty Purse.… More details

    Mighty Purse

    Mighty Purse

    There's power dressing and then there's the Mighty Purse. Hidden away in its depths is a high-capacity battery with enough juice to recharge a failing phone. Compatible with iPhones and micro USB phones.

    £84.99; firebox.com

  • Smoked hamper for two

    Smoked hamper for two

    Nothing says Christmas more than a box of delicious smoked… More details

    Smoked hamper for two

    Smoked hamper for two

    Nothing says Christmas more than a box of delicious smoked meat. Apart from all that sentimental stuff like family, and going to Church, and arguing over who breaks the turkey's wishbone. This Black Mountains Smokery hamper contains oak roasted salmon, duck and chicken.

    £39; smoked-foods.co.uk

  • Langley jacket by Kin

    Langley jacket by Kin

    The Langley woollen jacket by Kin will be the perfect… More details

    Langley jacket by Kin

    Langley jacket by Kin

    The Langley woollen jacket by Kin will be the perfect remedy for balancing out the awful Christmas jumper. Beautifully tailored, and doesn't cost the Earth.

    £139; johnlewis.com

  • Fasten Black Diamond Cuff Links by Swarovski

    Fasten Black Diamond Cuff L…

    These ruthenium-plated cuff links with a bezel-set square… More details

    Fasten Black Diamond Cuff Links by Swarovski

    Fasten Black Diamond Cuff Links by Swarovski

    These ruthenium-plated cuff links with a bezel-set square black diamond crystal are ideal for adding a bit of dazzle to a white shirt. And you can never have too many cuff links.

    £59; swarovski.com

  • Lonsdale leather punch bag

    Lonsdale leather punch bag

    Ever since we watched that scene in Captain America in… More details

    Lonsdale leather punch bag

    Lonsdale leather punch bag

    Ever since we watched that scene in Captain America in which Chris Evans lays into a row of punch bags we've hankered after having one of our own. No, owning one won't instantly result in gaining his physique, but this leather offering from Lonsdale will enhance your masculinity just from hanging around in your home.

    £199.99; lonsdale.com

  • Cashmere cable knit hat

    Cashmere cable knit hat

    This cashmere cable knit hat is so soft, chances are the… More details

    Cashmere cable knit hat

    Cashmere cable knit hat

    This cashmere cable knit hat is so soft, chances are the eventual owner will spend more time rubbing it against their face and sighing with deep satisfaction. Well done you.

    £39.00; purecollection.com

  • Johnnie Walker Blue Label

    Johnnie Walker Blue Label

    Every child knows the best part of a Christmas present is… More details

    Johnnie Walker Blue Label

    Johnnie Walker Blue Label

    Every child knows the best part of a Christmas present is the box. The beautiful wooden curves of this special edition Johnnie Walker Blue Label are no exception. The result of a partnership with Alfred Dunhill, they're suppose to evoke the contours of a map. Best kept out of reach of the children.

    £190; harrods.com

  • Philips Boombox

    Philips Boombox

    The boombox is back, with stacks of modern tech. Four inch… More details

    Philips Boombox

    Philips Boombox

    The boombox is back, with stacks of modern tech. Four inch speakers with 'Dynamic Bass Boost', Blue Tooth connectivity and FM RADIO?! Oh, wait, that's old isn't it? Rather than slotting your mix tapes in, the front opens up to hide away your MP3/mobile.

    £119.99; clasohlson.com

  • Attention by Kurt Geiger

    Attention by Kurt Geiger

    The name says it all. 'Attention' shoes for the attention… More details

    Attention by Kurt Geiger

    Attention by Kurt Geiger

    The name says it all. 'Attention' shoes for the attention seeking girl. Matched perfectly with a LBD and Martini.

    £130; kurtgeiger.com

  • Remote controlled Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

    Remote controlled Mercedes-…

    You can never, ever be too old for a remote controlled car.… More details

    Remote controlled Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

    Remote controlled Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

    You can never, ever be too old for a remote controlled car. So your dad will be thrilled when you hand him the app for this Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, controlled by tilting your iPhone. It can even play songs from your iTunes.

    £100; sciencemuseumshop.co.uk

  • Emmett London Casual Shirt

    Emmett London Casual Shirt

    Far too many men don't embrace the joy of the casual shirt,… More details

    Emmett London Casual Shirt

    Emmett London Casual Shirt

    Far too many men don't embrace the joy of the casual shirt, trapped in the teenage-throws of band t-shirts and baggy jumpers. This light blue offering from Emmett is made from a heavy Italian brushed cotton, ideally worn with open collar and a pale brown chino. Or jeans. Either way, it looks lovely.

    £125; emmettlondon.com

  • Aubade Fleurs De Pommier bra by Rigby & Peller

    Aubade Fleurs De Pommier br…

    As soon as she sees the Rigby & Peller bag she'll know… More details

    Aubade Fleurs De Pommier bra by Rigby & Peller

    Aubade Fleurs De Pommier bra by Rigby & Peller

    As soon as she sees the Rigby & Peller bag she'll know you've done well. The Fleurs De Pommier bra from the Aubade range manages to be both elegant and luxuriously sexy.

    £60.95; rigbyandpeller.co.uk

  • Newby Jump boots

    Newby Jump boots

    These Newby Jump boots from Clarks are just crying out for… More details

    Newby Jump boots

    Newby Jump boots

    These Newby Jump boots from Clarks are just crying out for a long walk with a Labrador. Thick, waxy tan leather will make light work of muddy fields, or the stroll to the bus for the morning commute.

    £74.99; clarks.com

  • FatFace Tess jumper

    FatFace Tess jumper

    This waffle textured jumper is a lot less embarrassing than… More details

    FatFace Tess jumper

    FatFace Tess jumper

    This waffle textured jumper is a lot less embarrassing than the usual Christmas jumper offering, and something she might actually wear all year round.

    £48; fatface.com

  • M&S Pamper Hamper

    M&S Pamper Hamper

    In a hurry and need an entire stocking supply in one heart… More details

    M&S Pamper Hamper

    M&S Pamper Hamper

    In a hurry and need an entire stocking supply in one heart shaped willow basket? Look no further than M&S' Pamper Hamper, filled with a selection of chocolates, cookies, pink cava and bathroom products.

    £40; marksandspencer.com

  • SodaStream Source

    SodaStream Source

    We're not sure how many times SodaStream can have a… More details

    SodaStream Source

    SodaStream Source

    We're not sure how many times SodaStream can have a comeback, but they're Source by Yves Béhar model in a wooden finish is the most compelling reason yet to include one on your kitchen sideboard.

    £149.99; sodastream.co.uk

  • Tennis bracelet by Swarovski

    Tennis bracelet by Swarovski

    A delicate slither of bezel-set clear crystals on a… More details

    Tennis bracelet by Swarovski

    Tennis bracelet by Swarovski

    A delicate slither of bezel-set clear crystals on a rhodium-plated bracelet. Dainty, minimalistic, sure to impress. We're not quite sure what it's got to do with tennis either...

    £79; swarovski.com

  • Vibram Fivefingers barefoot running shoes

    Vibram Fivefingers barefoot…

    We went running with someone who knew a lot about running… More details

    Vibram Fivefingers barefoot running shoes

    Vibram Fivefingers barefoot running shoes

    We went running with someone who knew a lot about running recently (we regretted after 5 minutes). They told us that barefoot running is a big deal right now, benefiting your stride and ankle strength. These minimalist runners from SeeYa are perfect for anyone itching to give it a go.

    £120; primallifestyle.com

  • Cork & ceramic espresso set

    Cork & ceramic espresso set

    We really like the feel of these cork and ceramic espresso… More details

    Cork & ceramic espresso set

    Cork & ceramic espresso set

    We really like the feel of these cork and ceramic espresso cups - they sit nicely in your hand as you come to terms with the world at 7am on drizzly Monday morning. Set of six, suitable for dishwashers (the cork comes off).

    £46; e-side.co.uk

  • Smoked Fish Hamper Box

    Smoked Fish Hamper Box

    The Black Mountains Smokery in the Brecon Beacons first… More details

    Smoked Fish Hamper Box

    Smoked Fish Hamper Box

    The Black Mountains Smokery in the Brecon Beacons first opened their doors in 1996. They hurriedly closed them again, and got on with perfecting the art of smoking all kinds of meat. Their smoked fish hampers include a portion of oak-roasted salmon and one of peppered oak-roasted salmon, a pack of two oak roasted Welsh trout fillets, 16 slices of smoked salmon, 8 slices of Gravadlax and dill sauce - the best New Year's spread you've ever had.

    £60; smoked-foods.co.uk

  • Spot on the Blenheim Palace Triathlon 2014

    Spot on the Blenheim Palace…

    Why not call your friend's bluff on that throw away "I… More details

    Spot on the Blenheim Palace Triathlon 2014

    Spot on the Blenheim Palace Triathlon 2014

    Why not call your friend's bluff on that throw away "I really want to do something healthy" remark he made this year. The Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Blenheim Palace Triathlon is the UK’s second largest triathlon, catering for new comers or triathlon veterans. Taking place on 7-8 June 2014, they've got plenty of time to get into shape.

    £76.50-£91.50 (depending on time of purchase); theblenheimtriathlon.com

  • White water rafting

    White water rafting

    Why not give the gift of a near death experience? Or… More details

    White water rafting

    White water rafting

    Why not give the gift of a near death experience? Or rather, vouchers to tackle the White Water Rafting Adventure at the Lee Valley White Water Centre - the same water course that saw Team GB win gold and silver in 2012's canoe slalom. Voucher includes the help of a 'friendly guide'.

    £55; visitleevalley.org.uk

  • A year's supply of razors

    A year's supply of razors

    A subscription to the Close Shave Society buys one lucky… More details

    A year's supply of razors

    A year's supply of razors

    A subscription to the Close Shave Society buys one lucky fellow a year's worth of razors, delivered straight to his door. £42 gets you a pack of four three-blade razors every month, with postage included.

    £42; closeshavesociety.com

  • The Dark Knight Trilogy - Ultimate Collector's Edition

    The Dark Knight Trilogy - U…

    The ultimate box set to work your way through on a rather… More details

    The Dark Knight Trilogy - Ultimate Collector's Edition

    The Dark Knight Trilogy - Ultimate Collector's Edition

    The ultimate box set to work your way through on a rather delicate New Year's day. The 'Ultimate Collector's Edition' includes a 48-page photo book, miniature versions of Batman's vehicles, a letter from Chris Nolan himself (not an individual letter you understand, one that they printed for all 5,000 units) and over 90 minutes of special features.

    £56.95; play.com

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