Lucie Loves… Christmas // What do you buy the man who has everything?


It was the night before Christmas and you still had no clue what to get him!

Time is running out. There aren’t many shopping days left until Christmas, and with the high street getting busier and busier, why not think about shopping online in one place?

It’s the same story every year isn’t it? You need gift ideas… But… what do you buy the man who has everything. The guy who holds his own by buying himself half of the list you asked him to put together back in October? 

Well… fret not! I think I might have this one covered, thanks to Harvey Nichols.

Whether it be your father, brother, boyfriend, husband or the man you are currently seeing – and trust me, if it is the latter, then you don’t want to resort to socks, aftershave or anything else as impersonal – I’d not be happy. I would be able to tell that zero thought or effort had been put into my gift.

My ex and I spent four Christmases together and I watched year after year his family shower each other with gifts, he and I would spend a fair amount of money on an array of smaller gifts, as well as a few medium sized ones and one large gift, also known as the main present. With a few years alone under my belt I realise now that it was all a cover up of my feelings and I paved over the cracks of what was a loveless relationship with pretty wrapping, ribbons and bows.

Some friends and I recently had a great conversation about what giving and receiving gifts for Christmas actually means. Our bottom line was, why spend a lot of money on loads of items in varying sizes, which won’t hold their value once the big day is over? Do you have to spend a certain amount of money to know someone loves you?

Can’t I just buy him socks again?

This year I have a male friend to buy for, as he holds importance to me, I want to make sure that I make a good impression, showing I have put in the right amount of thought and effort, I am not a lazy gift giver but I don’t think I can face department stores and busy high streets in December! I was racking my brains about what I could buy him; trying to replay conversations we had whilst out shopping as perhaps there might have been some clues. No such luck, (I really need to write things down before I forget them!) So I was over the moon to hear from Harvey Nichols who assured me that they have it covered this year with their perfectly put together hampers.

There is a massive selection of hampers on offer and I wouldn’t believe you if you said there wasn’t one on their website that didn’t suit the man (or person as they aren’t all gender specific) you are after.  Harvey Nichols sent me their The Man Reviver’ Hamper which had all of my favourite types of essentials in, including tequila and chocolate!

The gift arrived in a beautiful matt black wicker hamper that would save me having to wrap it before giving it to my friend - seriously I have the wrapping skills of Honey G! It is as if they want to take all the hassle out of Christmas for me, which I am very happy to let them do.

Harvey Nichols boast that this is the ultimate kit for today’s modern man and essential for those who are suffering from the night out before, perhaps the office Christmas party got a little out of hand. The Hamper hosts all the much-needed quick-fix products the metrosexual man could need, ‘The Man Reviver’ Hamper contained the following items:

So if you know your friend will benefit from a little bit of pampering this festive season, rest assured they will appreciate this gift and will be telling everyone they can about the thoughtful gift their friend has treated them to.

FLORIS No.89 FACE WASH - A gentle foaming face wash to cleanse, purify and refresh skin daily. Floris’ No. 89 Face Wash features a blend of British extracts, including willow, hops and oat, to provide a softening effect whilst cleansing, leaving the skin feeling comfortable, revived and prepared for shaving. Use daily in the morning and evening. Massage a small amount onto damp skin, avoiding the eye area. Rinse with warm water.

SCARAMOUCHE & FANDANGO’S SHAVE CREAM  - This Shave Cream has a rich lather that refuels skin and provides a protective barrier against razor burn, leaving the face and neck feeling smooth and supple. Enriched with ChronodynTM and guava extract, it helps fight fatigue and provides all day skin hydration.

MAST BROTHERS CHOCOLATE  - Mast Brothers chocolate makers is the foreword in effortlessly stylish chocolate. This Milk Chocolate Bar is a delicately balanced bar, with the cacao beans originating in Madagascar. The fruity flavour of the beans is what shines through on this milk chocolate bar. At 60% cacao it still has enough bite to win over aficionados as well!

FOREOLUNA PLAY - Suitable for all skin types, the LUNA Play is the smallest (it’s about the size of a cotton pad) deep-cleansing device that’s also high on innovation that helps healthy glowing skin in portable form. It gently removes dead skin cells and it unclogs pores of 99.5% of dirt and oil to enhance the absorption of your skincare products and refine the complexion.


HARVEY NICHOLS LARGE BLACK COSMETIC CASE – This Harvey Nichols black grained faux leather cosmetics case with silver designer-stamped front, internal zipped pocket, patch pocket and fully lined. This case also comes with a designer-stamped transparent PVC pouch for liquids and a dust bag to keep it looking in tip top condition.


CASAMIGO ANEJO TEQUILA - Casamigos, is a small batch, premium tequila made from the finest hand-selected 100% blue weber agaves, grown in the rich red clay and cool climate of the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. The brand was created by long-time friends George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman who had the idea of making the best-tasting, smoothest tequila whose taste didn’t have to be covered up with salt or lime. After years of tasting and training with a master distiller, a perfect recipe was found and Casamigos was born.

All in all, I am now at ease that my Christmas gift for my friend is sorted, I am sure he will love it and I can now sit back, devour my first mince pie and wash it down with my Tequila over ice. 


Words and styling ~ James Barley