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The gifts that last a lifetime

The presents with staying power

In this world of fast fashion and fluctuating trends, there’s something to be said about gifting someone an item that won’t fall victim to throwaway consumerism. Not only is a timeless offering thoughtful and well-considered, but more importantly for the receiver, it’ll have more use and a longer lifespan than, say, a tablet which will be made redundant within several months, or a leopard-printed Vetements bomber that will eventually end up in a bottomless pile in the wardrobe.

So, regardless of whatever social media’s biggest influencers are telling you to buy right now, it’s the gifts that keep on giving that will forever reign supreme in our eyes. Need some help in this department? Here are the very best future-proof items that will be treasured for decades to come.

A pair of leather shoes

The footwear market may be dominated by weekly sneaker drops and limited edition trainers, but there’s something reassuring about giving someone a pair of classic derbies. After all, no streetwear kicks – no matter who they were made in collaboration with or how overly-priced they are – will never be able to boast the longevity that a pair of well-crafted leather shoes can.

Take these Crockett & Jones Ashdown derbies, for example. They’re as stylish today as they were when they first rolled off the manufacturing line in 1879, meaning they can easily be worn to the office, the bar or a weekend wedding. They’re also crafted from the finest country grain leather to ensure durability and feature a welt with studded dainite rubber soles to guarantee grip in almost all conditions. What more would you expect from something that’s been produced in the shoemaking capital of Northampton?

To guarantee that they’ll stay in prime condition, throw this leather shoe-care kit by Church’s into the gift bag as well. Complete with two brushes, two polishes, a shoe horn and a polishing cloth, it has everything needed in order to keep some leather footwear in good shape.

The gifts that last a lifetime

Ashdown derby by Crockett & Jones

£395

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The gifts that last a lifetime

Church’s travel leather shoe-care kit

£65

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A timeless coat

What would be better than receiving a Burberry coat? Two, of course. So why not treat your loved one to this piece of reversible outerwear in 2018?

Like its World War I predecessor, this car coat is made to last. Cut from garbadine (the innovative, waterproof material that was designed by Thomas Burberry for soldiers to wear on the frontline) it has clean, straight lines that allows it to be worn easily over a three-piece suit or a chunky knit. But the best part? On one side is a statement green and navy tartan pattern and on the other is a more timeless navy option; features which, of course, make you twice as generous.

Keep this beautiful investment piece looking sharp at all times with the Laundress kit. Containing the likes of fresh scents and crease release sprays, this will save you precious time from having to rush to the dry cleaners.

The gifts that last a lifetime

Reversible tartan wool and cotton garbadine car coat by Burberry

£1,595

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The gifts that last a lifetime

Men’s garment care kit

£70

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A Swiss timepiece

In a society saturated with constantly-revamped smart watches, there’s no gift that’s as timeless as a piece of mechanical wrist armour. The Tudor Style watch, with its minimalistic, mid-century-inspired design, is a reminder of an era when artisans resigned supreme, and, if cared for properly, will prove to be a great heirloom that will tick for years. To guarantee the latter, you should consider Lorenzi Milano’s well-equipped watch repair kit.

Chronograph conoscenti may wince at the idea of cracking open a Swiss watch with untrained hands, but with the right instructions and advice, a set of high-quality tools can prevent the receiver from going to a professional – something which will, depending on the brand and model, save at least six months of repair time and a hefty hit to the bank balance.

The gifts that last a lifetime

Watch kit by Lorenzi Milano

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A drinks set

Like the whisky they’re meant to hold, a premium set of tumblers and a decanter will not only last for some time, but they’ll only develop more character with age. Masculine, classy and an undoubted drinks cabinet upgrade, an elegant collection of glassware is a gentleman’s must-have, not merely because it has a opulent aesthetic, but because it also evoke images of the golden age of private members’ clubs and exclusive fine-dining restaurants.

To give you some inspiration, why not take a look at the the Islay Connosisseur set by glassware specialist LSA? Combining a series of handmade pieces (including tumblers, a jug and a decanter) which are made with clean, tapered shapes and heavy bases, each set includes hand-finished, solid walnut accessories and also come with luxury, premium packaging, perfect for the avid drinker in your life.

And if you need something to accompany it, an 18 year old single malt by Glendfiddich wouldn’t go amiss.

The gifts that last a lifetime

Islay Connoisseur set by LSA

£300

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The gifts that last a lifetime

Glenfiddich 18 year old single malt whisky

£65

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