Best gifts to buy for male relatives at Christmas

These are the most popular gifts WeAreTheCity believe every man would love to find in their stocking this Christmas:
Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 10.48.30Whisky advent calendar – £149.99

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On the first day of Christmas my favourite online shop sent to me… a dram of delicious whisky. On the second day of Christmas my favourite online shop sent to me… another dram of delicious whisky. On the third day of Christmas… OK, so you get the idea.Created for those who hope for a little bit more behind the mystery door; the Whisky Advent Calendar dispenses with cheap chocolate and instead opts for 24 handpicked drams of high quality whisky. Each dram is selected by expert booze-hounds and comes individually labelled and wax sealed. 

Plus if you only drink whisky that’s old enough to drink whisky, you’ll particularly appreciate the mystery dram sampled from a barrel of premium quality 40-year-old Single Malt.

Build up to the big day with a whole lot of Christmas cheer(s).

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 11.55.19Brooklyn brew shop beer making kits – £39.99

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Forget your average tasteless swill, and get creative with the Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kits. Styled on traditional brewing methods, passed down for generations, it’s much more than a set-and-forget system. 

Designed for the terrifically tiny kitchens of a New York apartment, this kit lets you do your brew almost anywhere. But unlike other ‘simpler’ brewing kits, the Brooklyn Beer kit focuses on providing a small-scale setup without dumbing down the process – so your brew stays true. 

The initial mix will make about 10 beers, and the ingredients are easily sourced, so your glass need never be empty. Perfect for anyone interested in inventing an IPA or carefully crafting a cold one; get creative, add ingredients and enjoy the satisfaction of serving your very own suds. 

Go on, B.I.Y – Brew It Yourself.

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 11.37.50Jelly belly Draft – £6.99

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Pull up a comfy stool at the WeAreTheCity bar and allow us to pour you a cool, refreshing glass of Jelly Belly Draft. Gorgeous shimmering gold colour; crisp and effervescent flavour; rich wheaty notes with a touch of sweetness and a pleasing chewy texture. 
It’s no surprise that ‘beer’ has been the most-requested flavour since Jelly Belly began in the 80’s. And at long last they’ve managed to recreate an incredibly convincing beer taste without the unsavoury head, rancid bubbly belches, and because they’re alcohol free – no mind-blowing hangovers either! 

Packaged in a traditional tinny with their signature branding, just grab a handful of these delicious ale-flavoured morsels and satisfy your sweet-tooth and booze-cravings in one fell swoop. It’s a bitter sweet symphony in your mouth.

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 12.53.31Scorpion Vodka – £12.99 70ml, £24.99 250ml

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Picture the scene: a friend returns from some former Soviet republic clutching a bottle of vodka that’s supposedly been fermented in the nose cone of a MiG using Siberian snow flakes, before being bottled by one of Rasputin’s relatives in a former Cossack boot factory. How do you top that?

No, you don’t admit defeat in the battle of vodka one-upmanship; you produce a bottle of Scorpion Vodka and make your gloating guest look sillier than Boris Yeltsin after a few lemonades. 

As you can see, Scorpion Vodka contains a walloping great scorpion. And it’s not just any old scorpion. This particular pickled arachnid has been specially bred in southern China and is totally safe to eat. So they tell us. The word is that each pincer-wielding beastie (infused in the vodka for three months before hitting the shelves) has undergone a special detoxifying process. This neutralists the scorpion’s venom, making it 100% edible, tail ‘n’ all! 

We’re not saying this makes it any easier to wolf down the sozzled little critter but it’s nice to know that death and paralysis are not on the cards when you’re chewing on that deliciously squishy tail. Besides, the Scorpion lives in the bottom of the bottle, so chances are you’ll have downed the contents before you’re faced with eating it.

As well as its novelty factor, the eight-legged lush in each bottle has other benefits. No, really. For starters it’s guaranteed to frighten the living daylights out of would-be booze bandits (‘Blah-blah won’t mind if I just nick a bit of his vodk…aargh!’). What’s more it imparts a soft, woody taste to the vodka and smooths off its sharp edge. Not that you’ll be thinking about that when you’re arguing over who has to eat the little blighter. Mmm…pincers. Cheers!

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 11.48.09Boombox touch speaker – £24.99

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Portable party speakers – everyone wants to have a piece of the action (selfishly enforce their own impeccable music tastes). But too often they’re thwarted by an outdated iPod connector, a painful Bluetooth setup or a missing 3.5mm cable. You really need a speaker that plays nicely with all devices, you need the Boom Box Touch Speaker. 

Just place your phone or mp3 player on top of this frankly magical speaker, and it’s sound will instantly become amplified. No docks, no tangled cables, no iffy Bluetooth connections, nothing. We’re not precisely sure how it works, but it harnesses a new wireless technology called ‘Near Field Audio’ (also known as witchcraft).

It’s ludicrously lightweight and portable considering the powerful sound it produces; and thanks to the generous internal battery (re-charged via the included micro USB cable) you can blast out your favourite tunes for 10 hours so the party never stops.

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 13.01.18Ipad Air 2 – £352

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For a minute there, we thought rival tablets might have got the iPad’s number. And then Apple unveiled its impossibly sexy Air 2, with its ultra-light chassis, running twice as fast as its predeccesor and quite literally polished edges. And we remembered there’s only one tablet to truly lust after.

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 13.22.18Diamond shaped whiskey glass – £19.99

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These fabulous Diamond Glasses allow you to rotate your whiskey in fun style! You get two diamond shaped glasses – cleverly designed so that they naturally sit at an angle. This allows you to easily rotate the glass around as many times as you like – just be careful not to fill them too full! These glasses certainly make a novel alternative to tumblers and also come presented in a stylish box, making them a great gift to give!

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 09.06.47Tiffany&co Bean Cuff Links – £145

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The bean represents the origin of all things. Charcoal-colour cuff links in ruthenium over copper. Beans, 18 mm wide each. Original designs copyrighted by Elsa Peretti. These Elegant cufflinks can be worn with any coloured suit. Sleek, prestine and unique design…made with the best quality silver, perfect for any mans stocking.

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 09.08.25Accelerator Black-Tone Stainless Steel And Leather Michael Kors Watch – £160

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Exuding utilitarian sophistication, the Accelerator watch is made for the man on the move. Crafted with a sleek, black-tone bezel and leather strap, this timepiece offers a study in subtle contrast. The classic design and built-to-last case mean you can count on it for seasons to come.

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 13.51.07PS4 – £349.99

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PlayStation 4 (PS4) is a next generation computer entertainment system that redefines rich and immersive game play with powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalisation, deeply integrated social capabilities and innovative second screen features.

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