RTÉ Today's Men's Fashion Expert, Rob Kenny, is the go-to person for knowing the latest in men's fashion and lifestyle trends. Here, he lists the top gifts for the men in your life for Christmas 2020.

1. Wineracks.ie 

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This clever business sees the creative craftsmanship of a father-son duo in Dublin make gorgeous, bespoke wine racks. I've now bought two for family members as gifts (yes, they went down a storm!), and I'm dying to get around to buying one for myself. Starting at only €40, they are great value for such high quality, handmade Irish craft.

2. Kopper Kreation

Emmet Bosonnet of Kopper Kreation
Emmet Bosonnet of Kopper Kreation

If you are looking for bright gift ideas for the men in your life this Christmas, these handcrafted copper designs by Emmet Bosonnet are slick and stylish. Created in his Dublin studio, the mixture of industrial design and functionality has seen Emmet's pieces go down a treat with men across the country since the brand's launch. From €20 tealights to €150 copper lamps, these pieces will go down a treat.

3. Open For Vintage

Open For Vintage is a luxury, sustainably-led, fashion outlet that we are proud to call Irish. Guaranteed to only sell authentic items, this online site has a stunning selection of pre-loved couture for both men and women. This present may cost a little bit more but if you want to splash out on your man this Christmas, there is an unbelieve selection of pre-loved high-end watches at a range of prices.

4. McSport 

McSport is a 100% Irish-owned, second generation family business that in the last 40 years has grown from a small local sports equipment shop into Ireland's largest online retailer of sports and fitness equipment. Whether your gift idea is a subtle push to increase fitness or just healthy, active fun, McSport have a huge range and expert staff.

5. Anam

Already one of Ireland's greenest brands, The Handmade Soap Company have just launched their most sustainable range to date. Anam (meaning 'soul' in Irish) completely reinvents how we consume soaps and lotions from home. The hero products are a lifelong, ornate hand lotion and hand wash glass bottle. Once your soap and lotion are running low, you simply re-order and refill the contents to your glass bottle, which arrive in a 100% compostable pouch, to be placed in your food bin. These genius compostable refill pouches cost €11.95 and are the first in the world of their kind.

6. Urban Movement

The gift I genuinely got my boyfriend for Crimbo – Urban Movement is Ireland's first electric scooter brand with the GoGetter RT75 at €399 and the Move Free WX800 at €499. Dubliner Stephen Woods has worked tirelessly at creating the ultimate e-scooter for the go-getter, city-slicker, adventure-seeker in your life. A trend that has boomed in European cities such as Barcelona and Paris, maybe a man in your life would love to be buzzing around on one of these? 

7. Études

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Looking for a new fashion brand to spoil your bae with? Or perhaps you want to dramatically improve his wardrobe? Look no further than French brand Études - the epitome of streetwear cool meets French tailoring. Études designs are a bit pricier, with t-shirts starting at €79 and costs starting at €290, but their pieces will ensure you look as chic as a Parisian on their way to an after work drink. 

8. Skinmade Personal Skincare

Skinmade is the skincare brand I have been solely using on my face for two years now. The brand uses artificial intelligence to quite literally 'learn' from your skin in order to design the perfect bespoke products for your skin and your skin alone. Hence each product is 'skin made'. The moisturiser (€55), pre-cleansing oil (€27) and sun oil (€45) are completely game changing and a preview of what the whole beauty industry will look like in years to come. Celebrity Irish Skin Therapist Eavanna Breen is leading the Skinmade movement in Ireland, with all products available online and in-store from her gorgeous beauty clinic Akina.

9. The Head Plan by Denise Kenny

The mindful Christmas gift for a loved one this year, Irish wellness Guru Denise Smith has designed the perfect wellness journal to keep you inspired, motivated, focused and driven. The Head Plan Journal is an ideal starting point for both beginners and avid journal users alike. Containing over six months of daily pages, 26 weekly goal setting and reflection pages and much more. It will keep you inspired to stay on track of your own personal 'Head Plan' to get to where you truly belong. The journal is available to nab now in both Brown Thomas and Arnotts for €35.

10. Axel Arigato 

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Worn by all the cool tech directors of Silicon Valley, Axel Arigato's are this year's Vejas when it comes to the coolest trainers around (beware they are more expensive). Available to run in and grab in Brown Thomas, the staple pair are this gorgeous monochrome style for €200. If you get these for your beau – he does not know how good he has it with you.

11. Dingle Crystal Decanter 

Dingle Crystal design a range of beautifully cut decanters. The whiskey-loving men in your life will thank you if they unwrap this on Christmas day. Displaying stylish decanters amid exposed bars and drinks cabinets is also very en-trende vis-à-vis home décor styling today, so you may just win a wee homewares gift for yourself here in return! This Bell Decanter costs between €285 – €395 depending on the particular design you choose.

12. Stable of Ireland Tie

Stable of Ireland

Handmade with Irish linen, these gorgeous Stable of Ireland ties are the perfect way to add weight and a pop of colour under a slim-fitting suit. Order online or run in to the stunning Powerscourt town centre store, positioned right opposite the front entrance to the Westbury Hotel, and pick up one up for €130. Browsing in Stable of Ireland is such a fab experience.

13. West Cork Beard Oil

As a man whose beard/stubble/general chin area is constantly annoying him due to the conflict of both growing and shaving a beard does to one's skin, I appreciate the importance of a really good, nourishing beard oil. This one by the West Cork Beard Company for €14 contains both argan and jojoba oil – the best natural ingredients for soothing beard irritation.

14. The Irish Cookbook

A gift I have genuinely already bought my Dad ahead of Christmas day (hope you're not reading this, Dad!). This traditional Irish cookbook is going to light up the eyes and heart of any Irish man who loves his Mam's traditional Irish home cooked food. Chef JP McMahon takes classic Irish meals and puts a contemporary twist on them for us all to enjoy. Available from many good Irish retailers such as here from Designist for €45.

15. Irish Thatch Cottage Birdhouse

 

Okay, a bit more of a distinct gift for the nature lovers amongst us. However, if a man in your life does have a penchant for animals, nature, birds or simply gorgeous handmade Irish crafts, these thatch cottage birdhouses are simply amazing. Retailing at €220, you can view more bird houses and nesting boxes at CuckoosGarden.

16. Maria Tash Jewellery

The perfect last minute gift idea for the man in your life who likes to make a bold statement. Maria Tash's striking collection adds movement and shine to any man's curated ear. Available here from Brown Thomas, there are 16 eye-catching options for men starting from €190.

17. Met, Engaged, Married Map Art

This gorgeous idea is just so lovely for the gals out there looking for a special Christmas present for the special man in their life. These handmade Irish art pieces depict three special moments of a couple's life together. Pick three locations of significance in the relationship, for example, where you first met, where he (or you!) proposed, and where you got married. It's only €55 for this incredibly personalised gift.

18. Devil's Edge Shirt Co 

This is a Wicklow-based company that I started using myself a few years back. When you order from Devil's Edge, you work closely with the brand to develop shirts that, number one, you absolutely adore the design of and, number two, fit you perfectly. A gift card from these guys is always a great idea.

19. Handmade Irish Coin Cufflinks

Birthday cufflinks is an Irish company set up to make cufflinks by hand from old and new coins to celebrate a significant life event for the men in your life, such as a birthday, anniversary, graduation or, of course, Christmas. I find that any men over the age of 40 have a subconscious soft spot for old Irish money. Cufflinks starting from €59.

20. Spotlight Oral Care for Men

Spotlight Oral Care is a real Irish success story of the past few years, with the brand now competing with the world's most iconic oral health brands all across the globe. Once you start using the sonic brushes (€110) you'll never go back to a normal toothbrush again. The men's white strips (€39.95) are also a must have in every man's toiletries bag. Particularly before a night out. Boots are also exclusively stocking a fab gift set for men for €50.

21. An Acne Studios Scarf

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High on my wish list this year was an Acne Studios scarf. The scarves, by one of the coolest brands in the world, are made from a super soft recycled wool blend. Starting from €157.39, no matter which one you select, you are guaranteed that it is going to be stylish. 

22. Perfectstay.ie 

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Give the gift of looking ahead this Christmas. Perfectstay.ie, if you are yet to uncover the secret, is a very unique Irish travel website that allows you to plan a gorgeous Irish holiday experiences all in one place. The website breaks experiences down by county, with deals and amazing Irish stays recommended by travel editors. Members also get some pretty fabulous discount deals. Personally, I would love to receive the gift of a gorgeous Irish staycation, something to look forward to and add to the diary!

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