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While Mariah Carey might have been uncharacteristically easy to please at Christmas, we’re going to need a little bit more than an unspecified ‘you’ this festive season. That means presents we'd never buy for ourselves, but which give us a warm glow on Christmas morning. Hopefully, our wants will help you figure out your own, whether you’ve arrived here in search of inspiration for others, or are looking to up the ante on your own wishlist. Forget the novelty knitwear and let the Thread experts nudge you in a more meaningful direction.

On Luke’s list

Timex watch (£99)

“For a great classic style of watch made to a good standard and at a great price there is practically nobody better than Timex.”

Clarks burgundy Wallabees (£109)

“Wallabees are a classic and I love them. This burgundy colour is a great twist on the original and the perfect thing to lift an outfit.”

Aesop Sway Kit (£75)

“Aesop just makes a really great product, and it smells amazing. It always puts me in the right headspace in the morning.”

Derek Rose lounge trousers (£90)

“Sweatpants are for sweating in. For real lounging, you should opt for some elegant pyjamas; you feel like you've gotten dressed even in your comfort clothes.”

On Toby’s list

A.P.C. beanie (£75)

“I’m a self-confessed hat fan (more often than not in a beanie or a cap) and this one from A.P.C. is just great for this time of year. The twist in the yarn is reminiscent of thick winter jumpers and the deep red colour gives a subtle, but much-needed, pop of colour on dark winter days.”

Converse grey trainers (£69)

“Converse have had a great year, and these One Star 74 trainers have been a big part of that – an easy low-top alternative to their iconic Chuck Taylor, in a great ashy grey colour. Really hard to beat on the quality-to-price ratio.”

YMC navy jumper (£195)

“Big fan of this brand, due to their amazing knitwear styles. This navy jumper gives me vibes of Fair Isle styles, with the big contrasting horizontal bands across the body and arms. But YMC have given it a more contemporary feel, by having a simple, minimal design that will look great in the depths of winter, under a warm coat.”

On Freddie’s list

Colorful Standard pink tee (£26)

“I want to be going with brands that I know care about sustainability and the environment, so I’ve chosen a very ethical and transparent brand. They make this t-shirt in every colour you could ever want and it has a really great fit. Make it your new staple tee.”

Bleu de Paname orange chore jacket (£129)

“It's a colour that people wouldn't necessarily think would work but it’s surprisingly versatile. It goes with green, beige, navy, white – all of your core colours. I tend to favour outfits with two layers, and this kind of garment is great to add interest.”

On Tom's list

 Anonymous Ism tweed socks (£30)

"Socks for Christmas is a cliché, but I never buy any for myself so it's basically the only chance I have to restock. These knitted socks are perfect because they're at a price that I'd never pay if I was buying for myself, but they're also so comfy that if I receive them, I'll want to wear them every single day."

Sunspel Italian leather cardholder (£70)

"Leather is always great for presents, because it lasts and, over time, it ages. Which means that every time the recipient looks at their gift, they'll think of you. When that leather comes from a brand like Sunspel, which has been making incredible clothes for more than 150 years, it feels extra special."

Marks & Spencer cashmere scarf (£45)

"Cashmere is a classic at Christmas, but this scarf is particularly good because it's so much more luxurious than the price tag suggests. Something size-less is also perfect as you know it's going to fit and your recipient can put it on straight out of the box, without having to take off what they're already wearing."


Words: Theresa Harold
Photography: Chris Howlett
Styling: Millie Rich