Unusual Christmas present ideas for men 2020

Not sure what to buy your dad, brother or boyfriend? Not to worry, we've compiled a whole list of quirky men's gift ideas for you

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Finding the perfect Christmas gift for the men in your life can sometimes prove tricky, especially if you want something more personal than socks or ties. Luckily, there are more and more options for buyers looking for unusual gifts for men beyond the stereotypical ‘box’.

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We’ve compiled a list of the best interesting and unusual Christmas gifts for men on the market this year – we reckon you’ll find inspiration here to suit all personalities.

And when you’re done, don’t forget to check out our other gift guides! We’ve got ideas for homeware gifts, presents for cocktail-lovers and even gifts that help support refugees.

1. Solid oak watch stand, £44, Etsy

Watch Stand for Three Watches

The perfect gift for anyone who treasures their timepieces, this wooden watch stand offers easy access to watches when co-ordinating an outfit – plus, it makes a handsome display piece to show off a collection!

2. Moon Phases wall art, £89.50, Oliver Bonas

Moon Phases Diamond Dust Wall Art

A stunning gift to decorate the home of the amateur astronomer in your life, this Oliver Bonas wall art illustrates the phases of the moon in an elegant monochrome design, detailed with diamond dust for out-of-this-world shimmer finish.

3. Tabblue Table Speaker, £175, Not on the High Street

Tabblue Bluetooth Table Speaker

On the surface, it looks like nothing more than a stylish side table, but the Tabblue Table Speaker by Steepletone is so much more! Below the table surface you’ll find a 360-degree Bluetooth speaker with up to six hours of wireless play time. You can also take hands-free calls on the speaker, thanks to its in-built microphone – plus, this latest model lets you connect two table speakers together for the ultimate stereo sound – ideal for movie nights, or a house party.

4. Scratch the World map, £22.95, John Lewis

Scratch off map

While Covid-19 may have scuppered our travel plans this year, that only makes us more excited to plan our future travels. This deluxe scratch-off map is an amazing present for any would-be globetrotter – just scratch off your visited destinations with a coin to build an inspiring visual picture of your travels, as well the destinations you have yet to discover!

5. Ember Mug 2, 10oz, £99.95, Amazon

Heated mug
© Ember

On the surface, this looks like a normal mug- albeit a very sleek and chic one – but actually, it’s a very impressive home gadget. Not only does the chargeable Ember mug keep your tea or coffee consistently hot for up to 1.5 hours, it even allows you to choose your exact preferred drinking temperature.

6. Grow Your Own Chilli Kit, £24.49, Etsy

Grow your own - Chilli Pepper Collection - Grow Kit

You can find chilli connoisseurs all over the place these days. But if you’ve already taste-tested every chilli sauce and raw plant you can get your hands on, the next step is to grow your own! This neat little kit makes it easy, containing everything you need to start growing 10 varieties of chilli, ranging from fruity ‘cherry bomb’ chillis to mouth-melting habaneros.

7. Lumie Bodyclock Shine 300, £103.20, John Lewis

Lumie Bodyclock Shine 300

It can be so hard to get out of bed, especially on those gloomy winter mornings when you’re just not feeling it – and while shrill alarm clocks might force you up, they certainly won’t leave you feeling rested! Enter the Lumie Bodyclock, specially designed for people who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

The light-up clock mimics a gradual sunrise to gently ready your body and mind for a natural awakening, and sunset to get ready to nod off in the evening. If you know someone who struggles with sleep, there’s no better gift to give them than a good night’s rest!

8. Northwest Passage Expedition Gin, £33.95

Northwest passage gin

An adventurous spirit for an adventurous spirit! This new craft gin, distilled in the Orkneys, has a special mission. Proceeds from every bottle will go towards funding the first even man-powered row through the icy 2500-mile Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It’s not just an endurance test, though – the crew will use the gruelling Arctic odyssey to collect data for the Big Blue Ocean Cleanup project.

9. Sandalwood and Myrrh pillar candle, £43.99, Wayfair

Sandalwood and Myrrh pillar candle

We all know that the idea of candles being ‘girly’ is totally a thing of the past – the modern man enjoys lighting a relaxing candle in the evening as much as anyone! But it is true that many men prefer traditionally ‘masculine’ fragrances over fruity or floral, making this sandalwood and myrrh pillar candle a brilliant option. Its woody, natural scent is perfectly complemented by a minimalist stone-effect exterior.

10. Conical table lamp, £140, Barker & Stonehouse

Conical brass desk lamp

Now that working from home has become a regular or even permanent reality for many of us, it’s no surprise that home office gifts are going to be very popular this year – and an elegant desk lamp perfectly straddles the border of style and practicality.

Barker & Stonehouse are one of our favourite brands for striking homeware, and we just love this table lamp, with its antique brass finish and eye-catching conical head.

11. KODAK LUMA 350 projector, £369.99, Currys

Kodak projector
© Currys
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Any film enthusiast will adore this this miniature projector from Kodak. Its completely wireless technology projects HD video onto any surface you choose – you can either mount it on a ceiling or move it to your desired location, making it perfect for cosy Christmas classic screenings indoors or impromptu outdoor film evenings.