Shop local at Christmas – gifts for men
For the hard-to-buy-for men in your life: 10 gift ideas from Somerset and Dorset's independent stores
Cup of joe on the go
Perfect coffee anytime, any place, anywhere – that’s the AeroPress coffee maker. The portable brewing gizmo uses air pressure to create professional tasting coffee and comes complete with 350 filters, scoop, funnel and stirrer. Available from Dorchester store Seventh Seal. £30
Make like a ninja
Japanese gardeners wear these Jika Tabi as they allow them to ‘feel’ the ground beneath. Available from Niwaki near Shaftesbury, which specialises in Japanese gardening equipment as well as knives, tools and some household stuff, all of which is simply and beautifully designed. £42.
Don’t say cheese…
‘Cause it’s chocolate. Yep, that crumbly wedge of Stilton, slice of oozing Brie, mini Camembert, chunk of Emmental, little bunch of grapes – even the engraved cheese board – are handmade from Belgian chocolate by Choc on Choc in Rode. £30
All fired up
It’s super cool but will warm everyone up. The Eva Solo fire globe is from The Salcombe Trading Company, a fab interiors store which, despite its name, has its headquarters just outside Bath. £315
The scent of a man
Floris of London’s citrusy fragrance with musky undertones. From Merchant Menswear in Taunton. £80.
Some like it hot
Dorset sea salt harvested from the Jurassic coast with added crushed chilli should give his chips a bit of a kick. From the Dorset Sea Salt Company in Portland. £5.99
Looks like someone has been doodling. Bonne Maison Moss Root socks from The Blue Zebra in Sherborne. There are other designs too. £15.
Run hot and cold
Stay hydrated in hot or cold weather with a Dopper insulated water bottle, which will keep water hot for 9 hours or cold for 24. The good looking, durable bottle and cup combo comes in at £33 from Merchant Menswear in Taunton.
It’s a cover up
For cooking Christmas lunch or in the workshop. These aprons are handmade from hardwearing canvas and available from Frome Hardware. £65
Low intervention Corallian Classic Cuvée from the Langham Wine Estate near Dorchester. Drink as an aperitif or with seafood. The wine comes in its own wooden box and you can add a personal message. £31.