The Christmas Sweater

If there’s one thing I love about this time of year, it’s that it is acceptable to wear an ugly Christmas sweater every day of the week. I have probably too many to count and they range from the alpine knit to the holycoveredinhowmanysnowmen?! You can imaging how keen I was to work with BoohooMAN when they recently got in touch and asked if they could send me my very own Boohoo festive knit!

I got to pick from their pretty extensive collection and simply had to go for an all-time classic the ‘Merry Christmas ya filthy animal’ knit.

BoohooMAN christmas sweater | Sam Squire UK Male fashion & lifestyle blogger

If you don’t know why that line is so iconic then you either missed out on a chunk of childhood, or you’re in your childhood now, which is pretty depressing.

Every Christmas day we all don our best festive knits and compete for the crown, I must say I am feeling preeeeetty confident in my choice this year, the Home Alone classic has got to be a winner, right?

BoohooMAN christmas jumper | Sam Squire UK male fashion & lifestyle blogger

I am really impressed with my BoohooMAN Christmas sweater, it’s pretty well made and isn't too heavy either, sometimes it can feel like you’re wearing a whole duvet when you’re in a thick knit. The prices are great too, ranging from around £8 to the higher end which is still only £10 more. They offer a huge range, from the classy alpine style, to comedic knits, too…it’s amazing the puns you can create with some wool and knitting needles!

Unfortunately the jumper I got is now out of stock, however for you Potterheads, they stock a quirky ‘Merry Christmas ya filthy muggle’ variant which I'm sure is just as popular, you can pick this up for just a tenner here, or browse the full collection of jumpers here.

What ugly knit will you be rocking this Holiday Season? Let me know in the comments below!

2016 Gift Guide

I don’t want to alarm you, but Christmas is officially less than a month away! I have had a few people asking what I would recommend for the man in their lives so I thought I would put together my official gift guide of Squire Endorsed products for 2016! Have a browse and if you see something that inspires you, click the link to shop the product.

For the techie
The techie in your life can never get enough tech, especially when it comes to clever phone protection and the latest releases!

You might remember a few years back case maker Mophie hit the scene with their game-changing phone charger case, well now they’re back with a brand new product. Their smart ‘Hold Force’ case (seen in main article image) comes equipped with a stylish magnet on the back to hold their cool new accessories, choose between a charging battery, folio case or card wallet. Prices start from £34.95 for the case - click here to browse.

New Macbook pro Touchbar | Christmas Gift Guide for Him | Sam Squire UK Male fashion Blogger

No doubt your techie keeps up with the latest tech news, Apple launched their new MacBook Pro a couple of weeks back complete with a cool new touch bar, which allows you to take control, send emojis, edit videos and revolutionise how you use your Mac. This is one of my top suggestions for the generous lot among us, I recommend the 13” in slick space grey available from PC World for £1,749 - check it out here.

For the subscriber
For the indecisive guy, the gift of a subscription box is great, whether style or comfort, there are loads out there!

With men’s grooming more popular than ever before, Toppbox set out to deliver (quite literally) a grooming solution to suit most men. Their monthly boxes allow for modern men to try out some of the latest and best products plus, their ‘give a gift’ option makes it super simple to send one as a present! Buy one month for £18 or 3 months for less than £50 - check it out here.

Enclothed Subscription | Christmas Gift Guide for Him | Sam Squire UK Male fashion Blogger

Finding the right style can be pretty tough, Enclothed is a fantastic option for guys that aren't sure what to buy. The online personal shopper subscription takes the stress out of shopping with a handpicked curated collection from your very own stylish. Gift vouchers are available for any amount of cash you want to spend. This is one of my favourite gifting options as he’s likely to end up with something he’ll really like. Take a look at this here.

For the headbanger
From speakers to music streaming, why not give the gift of sound this Christmas!

Ever since it launched, I have been a huge fan of Apple Music, the subscription service allows access to Apple’s huge database of over 40 million songs! Apple has launched a cool way to gift music and you can buy the recipient either 3 months for £27.97 or a full year for £99! Take a look here.

Amazon Echo | Christmas Gift Guide for Him | Sam Squire UK Male fashion Blogger

Echo probably needs no introduction, especially with the amount of TV coverage this smart speaker has had. The 360º speaker allows for deep immersive music to be streamed from the likes of Spotify, it isn't just a speaker though…ask it a question and you’ll get an answer, hear traffic and weather reports and even control your light switches, Echo is sure to transform your home! Available from Currys PC World here.

For the dreamer
Give the gift of sleep with my top tips for dreamy gifts!

Eve Sleep Pillow | Christmas Gift Guide for Him | Sam Squire UK Male fashion Blogger

A good night’s sleep seems like a money can’t buy kind of gift, which it was until now. eve Sleep has produced what might just be the ultimate pillow, The Pillow is made from high-quality memory foam to offer more support than feather or fibre for a comfortable, peaceful sleep. Available here for £59/pillow.

For the modern man
More and more men care about how they look, why not check this ultimate kit out...

Mankind christmas collection | Christmas Gift Guide for Him | Sam Squire UK Male fashion Blogger

Loads of guys look after their skin now, the well-groomed, clean look is definitely here to stay and modern men’s site Mankind has a great Christmas gift out this year. Their Christmas collection is full of some of their top selling products including products from Elemis, Men-U and Foreo. With a total value of £300, this is a total steal and is available for £100! Browse it here.

For the gym junkie
Gym-goers always appreciate a gift that goes along with their pastime, whether it’s new tights or some at-home gym equipment, it’s definitely a good shout!

Bjorn Borg is maybe one of the most famous sportswear brands, with more and more gym junkies wearing tights now these training tights are certain to go down well, these quality sweat-busting tights act as a second skin in the winter which is perfect for runs and outside exercise, plus the reflective tape on the back adds some extra safety! Available for £31.50 here.

Withings Body Cardio | Christmas Gift Guide for Him | Sam Squire UK Male fashion Blogger

When working out, tracking progress is such an important step. Withings new Body Cardio scales will help you track every inch of progress. With heart rate sensors, plus sensors that measure water and fat mass all feeding into the dedicated mobile app, there won’t be an inch of weight loss that will be missed. Available for £119.95 here.

I hope my mammoth gift guide helps you to buy the man in your life exactly what he wants, if you have any questions, suggestions or Christmas cheer to spread...drop a comment below!

5 manly advent calendars

Now, we all know the second best thing about Christmas other than presents is an advent calendar. I don’t know about you but when I was a kid I’d leave it too late and end up with the cheapo ones that you could never tell if you were eating chocolate or cardboard.

But now I am a proper grown up (I’ve like bought a bed before and everything…#adulting) I still want and need an advent calendar, I simply can’t find my way through December without one. Over the past few years, adult advent calendars have started to really become a thing, the main problem is that unless you want makeup and brushes…they mostly don't suit guys. December is hurtling towards us, so I’ve put together my 5 favourite manly advent calendars to get yourself (or your man, ladies!) and get right into the festive spirit. Fra la bloody la la la la laaaa.

Cheers!

Mens advent calendars | Sam Squire UK Male fashion and lifestyle blogger

What’s better than chocolate in an advent calendar I hear you cry…booze, mate, booze. Master of Malt have a HUGE selection of boozy advent calendars from whiskey to gin and not to mention their tequila calendars (Arriba!) - there’s definitely something for every kind of guy, they start at £99.95 so they aren't cheap but hey, you’ll have the very best (alco)holidays every with their cool selection of calendars. As a vodka connoisseur I would personally go for their vodka calendar, it has a huge selection of vodka’s from Cîroc to Crystal Head so you’re getting some really decent brand which totally warrants the price tag of £99.95 on this one. Check out their boozy selection here.

Well groomed…

Advent calendars for men | Sam Squire UK Male Fashion blogger

If you’re a bearded bloke, beard oils are probably a daily necessity to keep your facial foliage in check! The Bearded Man Co have produced exactly the advent calendar for you, featuring 24 different scents to see you through to the big day including three special new fragrances, all in 2ml bottles. You’ll be smelling good and looking good, plus at just £29.99 you’ll still have some pennies spare to buy presents! Check out the calendar here.

Squeaky clean!

Advent Calendars for men | Sam Squire UK Mens fashion and lifestyle blogger

Most modern men are into looking after themselves, especially when it comes to skincare. Clarins have launched their awesome 12 days of Christmas box. Including some of their top rated products including face wash and serums to ensure your skin isn't battered by the winter weather. It even includes some full-sized products, making the £65 price tag well worth the buy! Check it out at Selfridges here.

 

Flat white

Advent calendars for men | Sam Squire UK Male fashion & lifestyle blogger

I’m not a coffee drinker myself, in fact, I can't stand the taste. But I know a low of grown up people love coffee and love to try new blends. The Pact coffee advent calendar is perfect if you want to try a different coffee, they’ve chuck in 25 different blends that are all perfect for waking you up in the morning. At £39 it makes for a perfect way to work your way through December, one cafetiere at a time! Wake up and smell the coffee…check out the coffee calendar here.

Crafty!

advent calendars for men | Sam Squire UK Male fashion blogger

Back to booze again now, this time it’s craft beer. the Craft Beer Advent Calendar offers you 24 full-sized bottles of craft ale that have been brewed by some of the best craft breweries in the world. It’s £74.99 and is the perfect calendar for craft-ale enthusiasts, plus…by the 24th you’ll have probably lost complete track of the date! Get the bottle opener and check out the craft beer calendar here.

 

 

I hope that helped, which calendar will you be picking up this holiday season? Let me know in the comments, also drop a comment with any other suggestions you have.