The Roll Call : Christmas Gifts
Seeing as Christmas is rapidly approaching, here’s a few potential gift ideas that could be useful. Whether you’re looking for the perfect present for your partner, parent or pal, or are trying to work out what you’d like under the tree this year — there should be something here to fit the bill. Oh yeah, and if you buy two or more items from our gift page, we’ll throw in a canvas tote bag too (while stocks last of course…)
Socks are a textbook Christmas present, and for good reason – everyone needs them – and you can never really have enough of them.
This year we’ve got a few options. First of all, there’s some pretty outstanding Japanese-made Army Socks. They come in packs of three, with each pair made using a different knitting technique utilised by the military clothing industry over the years. It’s rare that so much thought is put into a humble pair of socks.
We’ve also got the Cushion Soled Ribbed Socks. Made in Loughborough from a cotton mix, these are just right for everyday wear.
Nigel’s Beanies are similarly useful – especially at this time of year. Originally inspired by the hat worn by explorer George Lowe during the 1955 Trans Antarctic expedition, they’ve got a classic shape that works just as well either folded back to show that unique Authentic hosiery label, or unrolled (as George wore his). They’re made in Scotland using chunky British 7-gauge wool, and come in a range of classic military colours.
And then there’s Nigel’s Goalie Gloves. As their name suggests, these take inspiration from the hand-knitted woollen gloves used by goalkeepers in the early portion of the 20th century (and were still worn by some goalies up until the mid-50s). Sportswear might have moved on a bit since then, these 100% wool beauties are prime for brisk winter outings.
To complete the holy trinity of winter knitwear, there’s the Long Lambswool Scarf. Made in Scotland from super soft lambswool, these are a bit longer than the average scarf, which means you can properly wrap ‘em round your neck and keep the chill out.
Whilst we’re on the subject of football, it’s probably worth mentioning Nigel’s second collaboration with the American horology masters at Timex. Taking cues from old referee stopwatches, the watch features a potent bit of red colour-blocking on the face to help signify half-time, as well as a claret-and-blue strap which pays homage to Nigel’s beloved Scunthorpe United.
And for those who aren’t ardent Scunthorpe supporters, it’s important to mention it comes with a slightly more subtle black leather strap too.
Nigel has worked with London jewellery designer Johnny Hoxton to create three distinct necklaces. Johnny combines traditional techniques with contemporary pop culture imagery to create some particularly unique pieces – and his collaboration with Nigel Cabourn is no different.
The first necklace utilises the broad arrow symbol which is a mainstay of many of Nigel’s designs, and was famously used by the Military of Defence as a way to mark government equipment (often on tools and garments). The second is a miniature survival knife, whilst the final is based on an old J Hudson & Co whistle, which Nigel has sported around his neck for years.
Made from silver in Johnny’s Hatton Garden HQ, it probably goes without saying that there’s not many of these rare delights around.
Taylor Kent & Co is a specialist leatherwear company based in Worcestershire. The small team here hand-make really high-quality leather goods using English bridle leather (smooth, flexible leather traditionally used on equestrian bridles) – and have worked on a small range of limited edition items for Nigel Cabourn.
There’s the Broad Arrow Wallet – a large, multi-pocket wallet embossed with the broad arrow logo, there’s the Slimline Wallet, a low-profile wallet designed to fit unnoticed in trouser pockets, and there’s the Leather Credit Card Holder, for those who don’t bother with cash.
The fine folk at Taylor Kent & Co have also made some sharp and subtle bridle leather belts, complete with a nice and hefty brass buckle. There’s some particularly handy wash-bags too. Made from thick 24oz canvas with a wipe-clean waterproof lining, these are the perfect gift for anyone who spends a good portion of their time in hotels.
Whilst simply listing off loads of clothes in a gift guide might be a bit gratuitous, something like a simple, well-made Oxford shirt or a thick grey marl hooded sweatshirt will always be appreciated. The Basic Shirt and the Globe Hoodie are both true wardrobe staples that’ll get plenty of wear, well beyond the 12 days of Christmas.
Rounding this off, we’ve got the Classic Braces. Classic by name, and classic by nature, these are based on 1940s army braces, and are made in the UK from heavy-duty elastic and brushed steel, with some particularly nice leather trim.
And if you’re still not sure if you’ve found the ideal present? Don’t fret — we do Gift Cards too.