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Stylish gift help needed!

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hellymelly Thu 10-Oct-13 16:20:30

My friend turns 50 this week. I have no idea what to get him! He is stylish, arty, single, lives alone in a city flat. I don't think jewellry would be any good and I bought him cufflinks for a previous landmark birthday. He isn't the sort of person to go on an "experience" of any kind. I live several hundred miles away and haven't seen him for several years which makes it harder as I don't know what he has in his new apartment. All ideas very gratefully recieved. £100 (ish) budget.

hellymelly Sat 19-Oct-13 11:36:49

I went for a Brora thick cashmere scarf in the end, slatey blue as he has flinty blue eyes. I wanted leather gloves but the ones I liked on Mr Porter were either just too expensive or not the right colour/size. I decided against a stylish home item as he may have it already. All the ideas were so great though, I could have bought him pretty much anything suggested. A vintage light would have been fab, but I had left it a bit late, maybe for his 60th! flowers for all you helpful stylish posters!

SpookyRestingFace Fri 11-Oct-13 12:39:27

Lovely leather gloves would be my first thought.

SundaySimmons Fri 11-Oct-13 12:05:46


hellymelly Fri 11-Oct-13 11:58:11

He is also very handsome. But prefers men I think...

SundaySimmons Thu 10-Oct-13 23:58:34

I've just realised you said he was SINGLE!

Feel free to include my phone number in the birthday card you send him!


hellymelly Thu 10-Oct-13 22:18:41

Such Brilliant ideas everyone. He would like everything listed pretty much, so now I have to narrow it down! Very grateful for the help, I was getting very stressed wondering what on earth to get.

MissDD1971 Thu 10-Oct-13 19:48:26

Membership to somewhere like BFI or Barbican may also be an option.

with a few city guides of places he's never been etc...

MissDD1971 Thu 10-Oct-13 19:47:02

Sunday ITA re the ALessi! My brother is 40 and stylish (I think) - he LOVES Alessi.

you could also go down the route of vintage stuff - furniture/lamp etc... if he's into that.

SundaySimmons Thu 10-Oct-13 19:46:41

Marc Newson is a god in my eyes, I love his designs

This is fab

SundaySimmons Thu 10-Oct-13 19:38:06

Won't be long before I am 50 and I would like any of these

SundaySimmons Thu 10-Oct-13 19:36:23

chickydoo Thu 10-Oct-13 19:35:34

Subscription to a magazine

SundaySimmons Thu 10-Oct-13 19:34:01

Can't go wrong with Alessi website. It's all beautiful

SundaySimmons Thu 10-Oct-13 19:30:52

Amazing book

SundaySimmons Thu 10-Oct-13 19:30:09

If he is into modern art

SundaySimmons Thu 10-Oct-13 19:29:05

Two volumes

Not just a picture book, an interesting read

AwkwardSquad Thu 10-Oct-13 19:28:14

I know you said that something for his apartment would be tricky because you don't know what he's got, but the things here are lovely and über stylish. I'd like pretty much anything if only I could afford it!

SundaySimmons Thu 10-Oct-13 19:26:46

Art book by tashen

Example here


SundaySimmons Thu 10-Oct-13 19:21:17

Casual watches

SundaySimmons Thu 10-Oct-13 19:19:17

Fab sunglasses here

SundaySimmons Thu 10-Oct-13 19:15:26

Comme de garçons wallet

This is blue zip but they also have other colours

SundaySimmons Thu 10-Oct-13 19:11:03


You said he was arty so I have gone for stripes rather than plain leather!

SundaySimmons Thu 10-Oct-13 19:09:43

Smart keyring?

Tweet2tweet Thu 10-Oct-13 19:02:50

useful link. If you are interested in a print an etching is probably most suited for your budget, I would recommend contacting the studios directly and asking for options. A very limited amount of work is listed online, they may have more options available to discuss.

porkypine Thu 10-Oct-13 18:20:57

I have 2 ideas only I'm afraid:
handmade leather and cashmere gloves
handmade leather wallet

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