Introducing the GJ50: All the gear you need this year

From must-have gadgets to interior accessories that signify great taste, here are the items no man should be without in 2021...

Stuff. There’s a lot of it. And, from smaller purchases — like an age-old bottle of brilliant Scotch, to bigger investments — like that car you always dreamed of, sorting the good from the bad can be an arduous task. 

But that’s where Gentleman’s Journal steps in. Our editors spend their days in the pursuit of the best products the world has to offer, and — from grooming gadgets to magnificent motors — we’ve built up quite the bank of recommendations. Below, we’ve rounded up the 50 best products every man should aspire to own; all the gear you need this year…

For your home office…

Apple MacBook Pro 16”

The undisputed king of laptops; the ultimate tech-packed tool for creatives and businessmen alike. With a Retina display, touch bar and over 500 gigabytes of storage, it’s the lightning-fast apple of our eyes.

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Apple MacBook Pro 16”

£2,399.00

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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H95 Headphones

95 years of inspiration, creation and innovation is encapsulated in these Scandi headphones. With a folding design, titanium drivers and 38-hour battery life, there’s also a flight adapter cable for frequent flyers.

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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H95 Headphones

£700.00

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Oakywood Triple Charging Dock

Hewn from a lump of deep, dark walnut, this handsome triple charging dock will electrify your home office. With spots for your phone, earphones and smartwatch, it’s your one-stop-desktop-dock. 

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Oakywood Triple Charging Dock

£72.00

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Bellerby & Co Walnut Mini Desk Globe

Travel the world from the top of your desk. This pint-sized planet sits on roller bearings and can spin 360-degrees in every direction. That means you can examine and enjoy every inch of its hand-crafted continents.

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Bellerby & Co Walnut Mini Desk Globe

£1,199.00

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Aspinal of London Mount Street Laptop Bag

Business meetings may have changed during the course of the past year, but briefcases are still important investments. This textured calf leather, finely stitched, Saffiano blue option is the best in Britain. 

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Aspinal of London Mount Street Laptop Bag

£595.00

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Montblanc Meisterstück Classique Fountain Pen

Coated in platinum and crafted from precious black resin, this ‘Meisterstück’ pen is identical to the Montblanc models introduced in 1924. With a solid gold, rhodium-coated nib, it’s mightier than any sword (or ballpoint).  

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Montblanc Meisterstück Classique Fountain Pen

£495.00

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Sonic Editions Vintage Print

If inspiration comes easy, feel free to skip this one. But, if your weekdays would be perked up by some famous faces, choose one of Sonic Editions’ timeless, black-and-white prints to smarten up your working space.

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Sonic Editions Vintage Print

£229.00

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For your kitchen…

Blenheim Forge Santoku Knife

Sharpen up your knife selection with this versatile cutter from British-based Blenheim Forge. A Japanese Blue Paper steel blade sits in a walnut and copper handle to guarantee the sliciest, diciest chops of your culinary career. 

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Blenheim Forge Santoku Knife

£275.00

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Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet

Never underestimate the fiery, fierce power of a cast iron skillet. Le Creuset certainly doesn’t — and this enamel-coated, grill-grooved option is a French-made, fat-draining workhorse. Steaks don’t stand a chance. 

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Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet

£130.00

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The Fortnum’s Cook Book

If you only own one cookbook, make it this turquoise tome from Fortnum & Mason. Written by Tom Parker Bowles, it’s a bonanza of British cookery; from famous Scotch Eggs and Welsh Rarebit to dainty Afternoon Tea Scones. 

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The Fortnum’s Cook Book

£30.00

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Victorinox ‘Fieldmaster’ Swiss Army Knife

We’ve sorted this into our ‘Kitchen’ category, but it’ll prove its mettle everywhere. With fifteen functions — including a wood saw and scissors — this versatile Victorinox tool is iconic for a reason. 

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Victorinox ‘Fieldmaster’ Swiss Army Knife

£37.00

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Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Maker

Another iconic product, the Marcato Atlas 150 has helped churn out more Spaghetti and Strozzapreti than you can shake a piece of Paccheri at. Featuring no less than five patented innovations, it’s a manual masterpiece.

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Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Maker

£69.00

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La Pavoni Europiccola Coffee Machine

James Bond’s coffee machine, don’t you know. But this La Pavoni espresso brewer is more than just a pretty chrome face. It also has a steam tap for Cappuccinos, safety thermostat and ergonomic wooden handle.  

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La Pavoni Europiccola Coffee Machine

£600.00

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For your living room…

KEF LS50 Loudspeakers

Now these bring the noise. Whether you’re plugging these speakers into your television, stereo or home cinema system, KEF’s LS50 speakers use ‘metamaterial’ tech to eliminate 99% of high-frequency distortion.

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KEF LS50 Loudspeakers

£1,000.00

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Soho Home Meard Magazine Rack

Well, where else would you keep your back issues of Gentleman’s Journal? We trust the soft chocolate brown leather of Soho Home’s magazine rack with our collection — suspended from a curved, antique brass frame.

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Soho Home Meard Magazine Rack

£180.00

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Roberts Revival iStream 3 DAB Radio

An iconic design. A revived classic. Roberts’ rich, room-filling DAB radio will keep you endlessly entertained — with over 20,000 internet radio stations (and thousands of podcasts) available with this little leather gadget.

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Roberts Revival iStream 3 DAB Radio

£199.00

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Alexandra Llewellyn Poker Set

Every gentleman should learn the art of poker. And what better set to help hone your skills than this limited edition from Alexandra Llewellyn? With exquisite marquetry and 500 chips, you’ll be catching perfect in no time.

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Alexandra Llewellyn Poker Set

£15,600.00

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Shinola Runwell Turntable

Designed inside and out for the discriminating audiophile, Shinola’s ‘Runwell’ turnable features a built-in phono preamplifier, a belt driven pulley and a think leather platter mat to support your records.

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Shinola Runwell Turntable

£1,800.00

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Leica D-Lux 7 Compact Camera

Another hard-to-categorise piece of kit, the Leica belongs in the living room because of its rugged good looks. As much an objet d’art as a handy tool, the D-Lux 7 has 4K recording, integrated WiFi and a touch display.

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Leica D-Lux 7 Compact Camera

£1,075.00

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Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman

Your home needs a mid-century armchair. And what better example of the sophisticated style than the world-famous Eames chair? Designed to mimic a well-used baseball glove, it’s made from black leather and Palisander wood.

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Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman

£7,860.00

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World Atlas of Coffee, by James Hoffman

A finishing touch for your coffee table, this coffee table book is about — you guessed it — coffee. Written by James Hoffmann, it follows these rich roasts from far-flung harvests all the way to your morning mug. 

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World Atlas of Coffee, by James Hoffman

£22.00

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For your garage…

Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé

Who doesn’t want to own a sports car? This, the British-built Jaguar F-TYPE, is perhaps one of the best options out there. Available in colours including ‘Sorrento Yellow’ and ‘Velocity Blue’, it’ll certainly turn heads.

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Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé

£54,965.00

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2021 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

One of James Bond’s latest two-wheeled acquisitions, the Triumph Scrambler is a rugged, rough and ready ride. And, if that liquid-cooled, 8 valve, parallel-twin engine is good enough for 007, it’s good enough for you.

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2021 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

£12,600.00

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Land Rover Defender 90

It needs no introduction. With permanent all-wheel drive, twin-speed transfer and a monocoque architecture, the Land Rover Defender can tackle anything. The updated design splits opinion; but we can’t get enough of it.

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Land Rover Defender 90

£44,895.00

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State Bicycle Co ‘Sokol’ Bicycle

But it’s not all about engines. Sometimes, you should rely on your own power — and that’s where a reliable, simple, single-speed bicycle comes in. This retro option, with bullhorn bars and red livery, is the ideal choice.

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State Bicycle Co ‘Sokol’ Bicycle

£459.99

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Large Big Green Egg Barbecue

Another famous name; the Big Green Egg has become synonymous with smoking, sumptuous barbecued food across the world. It’s the gold (or should that be green?) standard of grilling — and an al fresco essential.

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Large Big Green Egg Barbecue

£1,175.00

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Wohngeist Swiss Tool Case

So finely-made and beautifully-crafted is this pear-wood tool kit, even DIY detractors will be scouring the house searching for things to fix up. It contains 24 premium tools, including a hammer, chisel and two wrenches. 

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Wohngeist Swiss Tool Case

£2,050.00

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Nix Snowsport ‘Stalker’ Skis

Seasonally stored in your garage, a good pair of skis will see its fair share of slope-side action come winter. From London-based Nix, this backcountry freeride ‘Stalker’ design is super stable — and crafted from bamboo. 

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Nix Snowsport ‘Stalker’ Skis

£925.00

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Hydrow Rower

Because nothing works the body like a rowing machine. Newly-launched in Britain, this American brand has re-engineered the classic design with patented technology, a 22-inch touchscreen display and smooth 10-roller system seat.

For your wardrobe…

Patrick Mavros Zimbabwe Cord Bangle

A simple, sterling accessory option for the modern man, Patrick Mavros’ signature Zimbabwe Cord Bangle is inspired by the stone ruins near Bulawayo — and crafted with care from hard-wearing solid silver. 

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Patrick Mavros Zimbabwe Cord Bangle

£350.00

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Ettinger Billfold Wallet

Ettinger’s bestselling product since it was introduced in the 1930s, this bridle leather wallet features six credit card slots, two note pockets and two slip pockets — and has a vegetable tanned panel hide interior.

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Ettinger Billfold Wallet

£190.00

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Bennett Winch Suit Carrier Holdall

Another item on this list soon to be used by James Bond, Bennett Winch’s innovative holdall propelled the British brand to the pinnacle of the luggage industry. Its unique two-piece design makes it a must-have for those who travel. 

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Bennett Winch Suit Carrier Holdall

£650.00

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James Smith & Sons City Umbrella

The ‘Whangee’ cane handle has become an indicator of strength, tradition and taste. Lightly scorched, the handle supports a cloth canopy sourced from Italy — and is stitched together here in dependably rainy Britain. 

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James Smith & Sons City Umbrella

£237.50

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Crockett & Jones Coniston Derby Boots

If you’re going to invest in one pair of shoes, let it be these. High-ankled derby boots made from rugged dark brown suede, the Crockett & Jones ‘Coniston’ lace-ups are fitted with Dainite soles and storm welts. 

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Crockett & Jones Coniston Derby Boots

£430.00

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Cubitts Ampton Sunglasses

Recently, when we asked Alexander Kraft for his summer dressing tips, he suggested we find one pair of frames and stick with them forever. Cubitts ‘Ampton’ design, with rounded edges, are our definitive choice.

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Cubitts Ampton Sunglasses

£125.00

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Charles Laurie London Backpack

Like the briefcase above, every man should own a good, dependable backpack. From Charles Laurie London, this luxury leather option has a retractable handle, a suede lining and is made-to-order in the British capital.

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Charles Laurie London Backpack

£1,695.00

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Ruffs Bespoke Signet Ring

Should a modern man wear a signet ring? It’s a question we’re often asked, and one for which we have a resounding answer: Yes — as long as it’s a bespoke, yellow-gold oval offering from Ruffs. 

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Ruffs Bespoke Signet Ring

£700.00

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Turnbull & Asser Narrow Silk Bow Tie

This is both an investment and a lesson. Not only should you be buttoning-up black tie at least once a year, but Turnbull & Asser’s classically stylish, slightly narrow design will teach you how to tie your own bow. 

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Turnbull & Asser Narrow Silk Bow Tie

£95.00

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New & Lingwood Silk Dressing Gown

And it doesn’t have to be this design. In fact, visit New & Lingwood and you’ll while away hours perusing all the opulent options on offer. And, once you do invest, your robe will become your signature, statement piece. 

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New & Lingwood Silk Dressing Gown

£2,500.00

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For your bathroom…

Floris Sandalwood & Patchouli Candle

A candle always comes in handy — and nowhere more fragrantly than in your bathroom. This Floris option flames up an exotic, earthy blend of vanilla, vetiver and musk; with a lingering, oriental finish. 

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Floris Sandalwood & Patchouli Candle

£40.00

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Czech & Speake No.88 Shaving Set

Another gentlemanly skill; another tool fit for the job. From Czech & Speake, this sleek matte black anodised aluminium razor will ensure a smoothly-shaved jawline every time. And that No.88 Shaving Soap? Unbeatable.

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Czech & Speake No.88 Shaving Set

£390.00

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August Grooming Vanity Comb in Ink

A comb is a simple grooming tool — but perhaps the most important. From August, this vivid, vibrant option is crafted from a gorgeous blue Italian acetate; translucently patterned and delivered in a soft, suede case.

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August Grooming Vanity Comb in Ink

£46.70

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Nebia Spa Shower 2.0

A good day begins with a good shower. Thankfully, Nebia’s Spa Shower 2.0 is great — and features nozzles re-engineered for optimal warmth, rinsing and body coverage. It also conserves water usage by up to 45%.

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Nebia Spa Shower 2.0

£579.99

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For your home bar…

Glenfiddich 18-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky

Your home bar hinges on a good bottle of Scotch. This, an 18-year-old single malt from Glenfiddich, has won multiple major awards — and shines with flavours of baked apple, cinnamon and robust oak.

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Glenfiddich 18-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky

£85.00

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Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin

You’ve got your whisky; now you need a gin. Monkey 47’s botanical bottling is slightly different to your usual junipery gin — but will still mix the perfect Martini, Negroni, Southside or Singapore Sling. 

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Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin

£35.26

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Riedel Crystal Rocks Glasses

A Riedel rocks glass shows you mean business. Crafted from crystal, these were created by spirits specialist Zane Harris — and have hefty bases, ridged patterning and a generous diameter that can accommodate even the largest ice cubes.

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Riedel Crystal Rocks Glasses

£29.00

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Coravin Model Two Wine System

It may look a little sci-fi, but this Coravin wine system is a worthy addition to your home bar. It offers wine lovers the freedom to pour any amount of wine without removing the cork — whether you want a sip, a glass, or more.

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Coravin Model Two Wine System

£229.95

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Louis Roederer Brut Premier Magnum

Packing all the tantalising taste that you’d expect from such a world-renowned producer into one bottle, this magnum is a statement treat — delectably dry, delightfully complex and with hints of citrus, nuts, oak and spice.

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Louis Roederer Brut Premier Magnum

£80.00

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Nappa Dori Bar Tool Kit

What use are the full-flavoured spirits above if you don’t have the tools to treat them right? From Nappa Dori, this leather-bound bar kit features an arsenal of brass tools — including corkscrew, jigger and ice tongs. 

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Nappa Dori Bar Tool Kit

£120.00

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S.T. Dupont Yellow Gold Finish Lighter

And, finally, we bow out in a puff of flaming, fiery smoke. A lighter is as multipurpose as the Swiss Army Knife above — but nothing says ‘showmanship’ like flaming a Blue Blazer with a retro S.T. Dupont gold lighter. 

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S.T. Dupont Yellow Gold Finish Lighter

£755.00

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