So it’s that time of year once more; the festive season is upon us again, which can only mean it’s time to spend like our lives depend on it. However, if like most people you’re feeling the pinch again this year, shopping can be a nightmare all of its own.

Fear not, GuyStyleGuide is here to help with a few suggestions of good quality men’s gifts that won’t break the bank. So unless your idea of a fantastic present is another pair of black cotton socks, keep reading for a selection of hand picked offerings for Christmas 2012:

While that badger tip shaving brush is probably out of your price range, a selection of Shaving creams and soaps shouldn’t be. While I’ve always been a fan of Sandalwood and Lime fragrances, the key to a great gift is presentation, and a good quality bar of soap sitting in a wooden bowl is an excellent choice.

soap collection

However, if you’re looking for something a little sharper (*groan*) then why not consider a double-edge safety razor with a pack of blades; a reasonable quality razor should come in at under $50 complete with presentation box.

Razor in Box

Still having trouble switching others ‘back to the old school’? Then do yourself a favour and help them out by saving them a fortune on those replacement blades this holiday season; the Razorpit will remove the accumulated grime from cartridge blades giving them extra life – with a 93% customer satisfaction rating and a budget price, it’s probably worth getting one for yourself too!


Let’s start by making a pact this Christmas; let’s just say ‘no’ to bland ties and cotton dress socks. Instead, be creative with your clothing ideas. One much forgotten idea are collar stays; I’m not talking a pack of fifty plastic tabs in a polythene bag though – for under $20 you can purchase beautiful pressed steel tags in leather presentation pouches; a practical clothing gift any man can use whilst still being a present that’s elegant and unique.

Collar Stays

Another excellent gift for the twenty-first Century man is Smartphone gloves; while you can splash the cash for leather capacitive touch versions at Mujjo you can just as easily slide down to Primark and grab a cheap pair of ‘one-size-fits-all’ screen-compatible gloves for under £5. A stocking filler that’ll keep you warm and let you answer calls at the same time!


Keeping on the Smartphone theme – upgrade your significant others’ style this season with an attractive, stylish case. For under $35 you can find a whole range of ornate backings; just remember that the funky tribal stripe looks great outside a nightclub, but not whilst answering business calls in the office.

iPhone Case

Finally, what about a type of wallet that doesn’t ruin the line of your jeans? Try the tight wallet on for size – a Kickstarter project gone well, these little wonders make an excellent casual wear gift for those nighthawks without breaking the bank.

About The Author

Johnathan Bell is the founder, owner and main author of Guy Style Guide, a website dedicated to everyday male fashion, style and grooming. The primary mission? To guide clueless men through the tricky mindfield that is the growing world of male couture. Find him on , Twitter and Tumblr.

3 Responses

  1. Juan

    In Spain we call the collar stays “ballenas” (‘whales’) and I don’t understand the point of wearing them (my fault probably).

    But I have a question. I’ve seen some people wearing a shirt (without a tie) and a jacket. And you see that the shirt’s collar sticks out on the jacket’s lapel. How can you get that? With a long-collar shirt?

    • Juan

      I llustrate:

      Do you think this 70’s style is completely outdated?