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The Blog from Oi Polloi presents: by Sebastian Beesley •

Still writing out that Christmas list? Well, put down that Parker Pen and hold your proverbial horses — here’s a handy selection of stuff that you might want to add to that list. And for those who think about people other than themselves, this array might also give you some ideas of what to get your son, brother or significant other.


Norse Projects / Ivan Utility Vest / Blue
Carhartt / Rogers Shirt / Bleach Slub Chambray
Champion / Rib Cuff Pants / Silver Grey
Lacoste / Sport Polar Fleece Gloves / Marine
Patagonia / Toromiro Pack 22L / Andes Blue
Fjällräven / Sarek Field Cap / UN Blue


Reebok / NPC UK / White / Reebok Royal / Tin Grey / Paperwhite
Wigwam / Cypress / White / Navy


Penfield / Outback Down Vest / Navy
La Panoplie / Quilted Cotton Jacket / Navy
Universal Works / Quilt Gillet / Navy Nylon

Gone are the days when you’d get away with giving out a larger-than-regulation-size Toblerone and a mouldy Satsuma. IN 2014 ONLY THE BEST GIFTS WILL SUFFICE. So with that in mind, why not get everyone massive jackets for Christmas? By some twist of fate, Christmas falls slap-bang in the middle of jacket-season, which means you get the satisfaction of seeing the happy recipient wearing their present on Christmas day. This is why no one gets snorkelling equipment for Christmas.


Barbour / Steve McQueen Clay Shirt / White
Lee / 101 Workman Shirt / Indigo
Levi’s / Long Sleeve Work Shirt / Peacoat

Christmas also seems to be prime-time for schmoozing… and what better way to schmooze than with a shiny new shirt. Shirts are also good as they can be worn pretty much all year around — even in June!


Cottonopolis / Yachting Trouser / Navy
Dockers / Filmore Stretch Sateen Pants / Grisialle
Levi’s / 511 Slim Fit RSW Cords / Reflecting Pond
Beams Plus / Gym Pants / Charcoal Grey

Some spineless swines like to spend their Christmas Day lulling around in pyjamas. If you know any wet lettuces like this, why not drag them into respectability with a pair of trousers. Ease them in softly with sweatpants or hit them where it hurts with some full-on utility legwear.


Sperry Top-Sider / Velour by Nostalgi Cloud CVO / White
Nike / Air Max Light Essential / White / Black / Magnet Grey
adidas / Campus 80s / Running White / White / White
Converse / Auckland Racer Ox / Natural / Poppy / Blue

After spending their festive-period inhaling Iceland party platters and eating After Eights before eight, some people try to reclaim their body by taking up a sport. If this is something you would like to do, maybe you would enjoy some new trainers? Trainers can also be worn for non-sporting activities like ordering a pizza. IMPORTANT NOTE: Please make sure people know your shoe-size — we recommend getting it tattooed on your forehead.


Cottonopolis / Deer Stalker / Navy Corduroy
Fjällräven / Sarek Field Cap / UN Blue
Oi Polloi / Lamora Scarf / Dundee
Wigwam / Cypress / White / Navy
Burlington / Preston Socks / Teal / Claret

Now we’re down to the real gift fodder — the sort of stuff anyone would enjoy finding in their stocking on a frosty Christmas morn — bags, hats, belts and other such stocking-shaped items.


Hestra / Basic Wool Mitts / Navy
Lacoste / Sport Polar Fleece Gloves / Marine
Epperson Mountaineering / Large Climb Tote / Midnight
Patagonia / Friction Belt / Fitzroy / Bali Blue
Anderson’s / Woven Cork Belt / Multi Fleck

Still feeling unispired? Take a look at our ‘dignified man about town’, and our ladies and lasses gift guide.
And remember… if you’re really stumped, we also sell gift vouchers.

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