Max's Christmas List

For some reason, buying for boys seems to become increaslingly difficult when they hit the age of 17-21. Whether it's because we can't keep up to date with the latest technological advances, and fashion styles, or perhaps because they already have everything that they could possibly want (highly unlikely), when it comes to gifting for boys, most people don't know where to start.

 To help everybody tackle this challenge over the Christmas  period, we thought that we would catch up with brand Ambassador and England Under 20's champion Max Malins, and find out what's on his Christmas list.

Busy as ever, Max Malins manages to juggle a full time professional career in Rugby with a part-time University degree in business. Living in halls with fellow Saracens players, he is also able to get the general gist of what the average uni student would love to be gifted.

 From luxurious jackets to the latest sporting technology, we have curated a pick of a few from his 2016 Christmas gift list for boys.

All I Want For Christmas is....

Solitude Black Blue Watch, £65.00, Lord Timepieces.

With the tagline 'supreme aesthetic quality is delivered with impressive affordability', Lord Timepieces aim to manufacture luxurious collections without the premium price tag.

Centred in London with years of experience in the men’s fashion industry, Lord Timepieces’ revolutionary collection combines prevailing global trends into an affordable product.

These timepieces are sturdy enough to wear every day, dressing up a casual wardrobe or as the perfect accessory for events and evening dos. 

As a great statement accessory for men, watches make the perfect Christmas gift, and Lord timepieces are stylish and unique. 

Noah Navy Overcoat, £2,015.00, Moncler

The luxurious ski brand Moncler is renowned for it's quilted jackets and salopettes, from the mountains of France where the company was founded in 1952. Renowned for the luxurious down used to fill their products, this brand was the choice of mountain climbers in Europe and then Olympic skiers in the 1960’s.

Although the shiny 'laquered nylon' is the most sought after version of this coat, this sophisticated design can be bought in dark navy suede, for a classic edge to the modern style.

The design is also practical, enabling it to be worn every day, especially the midwinter early starts to the rugby pitch.

As an extravagant Christmas present for him, this designer overcoat would make any boy stand out against the crowd.

Slim fitting, and impermeable to cold, Moncler has the sort of customer service that attaches a lifetime warranty to their products, knowing that the exquisite feather down jackets are well made and up to the job, and with mile long queues outside their Paris and Fifth Avenue stores at Christmas time, it seems it's on everybody's wishlist.

Belt in Personalised Gift Bag, £28.00, Apatchy London

Apatchy's belts are not only look smart on whatever you wear, they are also great in terms of quality. 

At the moment belts are becoming a staple accessory for men - seen with the rise of the polo belt all around England at point to points and other country events. Apatchy's belt mirrors the style and design but with a more modern take on the classic look.

They also come in thoughtful fleece gift bags, which can be personalised with an initial or customised with a patch of your choice, from sports to Union Jack shields, adding a bespoke and luxurious touch to this great present. 

David Gandy Luxury Socks Gift, £45.00, The London Sock Company

Receiving socks for Christmas is inevitable, so it may as well be socks worth the time and wrapping paper. The London Sock Company not only create the best quality socks, they are also a cool brand with amazing packaging, to make you feel like they are more than just a pair of socks.

...and if we can't trust David Gandy's taste, then can we trust anybody's?

Signature Pony Hat, £25.00, Ralph Lauren.

You can't go wrong with a classic baseball cap, especially by a brand such as Ralph Lauren. 

This staple baseball cap is best to be worn at home or on holiday, particularly in the summer months, or against the drizzly spring weather.

Ralph Lauren is a hugely successful brand, particularly with teenagers and boys in their twenties, so be sure to browse their website for more gift ideas for boys.

The Ralph Lauren Signature Pony Hat is also durable in the harsher weathers - ideal for walking around a rainy campus or watching rugby games in wet weather.

The much anticipated new go pro is a must have amongst all athletic boys and sportsmen. Take it snorkeling, surfing, in the pool, up a mountain- it's waterproof features means that it works and can be used up to ten meters in the sea. 

With one button to record at the front, but touch screen at the back, it is easy to use and to change the settings.

It also has stereo audio recording, with wind noise reduction, meaning racing down the slopes won't give it any issues.

No need to reach up and risk dislodging your GoPro from its helmet or handlebar mount any more - just say "GoPro start recording" and it'll record whatever you've pointed it at.

It's clearly taken an introductory course in surfer speak, too. Shout “That was sick” and the Hero5 adds a HiLight tag to your video. These then help you find the best moments from you clips when editing. Useful stuff.

It would make anyone's Christmas, not only for the avid sportsmen but also the keen travellers and for recording great memories at other social events.

The Waterloo Wash Bag, £32.00, Apatchy

The brand new wash bag from Apatchy has steered away from their iconic method of personalisation, for a more sophisitcated and premium feel. With three monogrammed steel tags included in the price, for a subtle and luxurious connection to the wash bag, the Waterloo Wash Bag would make a practical gift for going back to University, or taking overseas on Rugby Tour.

With a matching holdall for those who are feeling particularly generous, the Waterloo Wash bag is made from waterproofed cotton canvas, and is Apatchy's best quality wash bag for men yet.

Custom -Fit Cotton T-Shirt, £45.00, Ralph Lauren

Everybody needs a few staple tees in their wardrobe, and as I am already lucky enough to have an Apatchy T shirt made of soft cotton fabric and extremely well fitted, I thought that a couple more would be essential for lounging around the house, as a basic layer under jumpers in winter or smartening up shorts or jeans in summer.

Like the Apatchy men's t-shirt, this Ralph Lauren dark navy tee looks like it's great quality, and the subtle colour goes with anything.

Sonos Play:3 Speaker, £258.99 Sonos.

These speakers are small but effective. Labelled as 'small, sexy, tuck in a corner and blow out the roof' speakers, they are designed with power and accessibility in mind. With 3 integrated speakers powered by 3 digital amps, PLAY:3 packs big sound into a compact size.

They are also designed to be used with ease, as you are able to wirelessly stream millions of songs from online music services like Rhapsody and Spotify, tune in to over 100,000 free Internet radio stations, and play your entire iTunes library. It can be controlled with free apps for your smartphone or iPad, meaning you don't even need to get up and skip tracks.

This speaker would make a perfect Christmas present for anybody, and used every day from studying to parties with the hi tech speed that commands reach from phone to speaker, and the wide range of volume.

Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max Trainers, £90.00, Nike

Spending my life in trainers and rugby boots means that I can't get enough of the up to date range from Nike.

Nike trainers are seen all over campus for casual day footwear, and are a staple footwear in most 20 year old boys' wardrobes. 

This would make the perfect Christmas present, as it's practical and stylish, and can be worn year in year out.

Chessington Tassel Loafer, £410.00, Ralph Lauren.

These days, everybody loves a loafer, and the blue tassel loafers from Ralph Lauren look smart and stylish. Handmade in Italy from supple suede, these loafers would look great with chinos and a blazer, or to simply dress up a pair of jeans.

Whilst Ralph Lauren shoes look soft and slightly flimsy, they are very solid under your feet. They are extremely comfortable and easy to slip on and off. The casual styling sums up why it is a must have Christmas gift - perfect for the parties and for day wear this season.

Personalised Sports Kit Bag, From £58.00, Apatchy London

This personalised sports bag from Apatchy is smart and extremely practical.

With lots of outside pockets including hidden pockets within the bag, it organises your sports gear, making it possible to divide your trainers or boots away from clean clothes, and safely storing your wallet and locker key as well.

I love the personalisation factor too, especially when it is gifted, making it feel that every bit more thoughtful.