Christmas can be a little daunting when each year we are looking for men's unique gift ideas. That's why we have created our top ten Christmas gift list. This should help you find something a little different immediately, taking away all that useless scrolling, allowing you to drop on the perfect gift immediately.
It's always fun to prepare our homes for special occasions and Christmas is no exception. We've put together 5 ways that will help you get your home Christmas ready. Make sure you have prepared ahead so that the festive season is filled with fun, allowing you to celebrate in style.
The first impression of your home will come from a great house sign on arrival to your property and also some stylish door furniture, a door knocker is always useful so that you will know when your guests have arrived, hopefully holding a bottle of your favourite tipple. If guests are staying over and you're planning on some winter walks then you will need somewhere for boots to be stored near to your entrance and a great boot pull to ensure they are easily removed.
The main area you will want to have ready to go is the kitchen. All good parties end up here and so you need to have it ready for cooking and entertaining. The rustic wall mounted bottle opener is a must to have on the wall at any party, your guests will thank you.
This stylish enamelled roasting tin is ideal for larger joints of meat, poultry and a large amount of veggie roasts for the vegetarian Christmas meal. No kitchen should be without one at Christmas.
If you're thinking about making some delicious bubble and squeak the day after Christmas with all of the leftovers or cooking up some delicious eggs for breakfast, then nothing is better than these wonderful cast iron skillets, which retain the heat and have the added advantage of hob to oven cooking.
Your dining area is going to be one of the central areas to show off at Christmas time. We're sure you will love serving pre-dinner drinks in these delightful gin pewter glasses, produced 100% in the UK.
The G and T is always a winter favourite.
During lunch there is always time for a toast in these stylish Champagne flutes, followed by an after lunch tipple in these super shot glasses.
We know you'll also want to serve cheese and biscuits later on and these super stylish cheeseboards make an ideal serving platter.
Once full from all that Christmas dinner you will want to retire to a comfy living room and put your feet up next to the fire. Nothing is better than a log fire at Christmas and these log baskets are perfect for carrying logs through from outside and also storing them next to the fireplace.
While relaxing now is the time to crack a few nuts in this fabulous cast iron nutcracker, no worries about spilling the shells as it has a handy built-in shell catcher, it looks great displayed all year round too.
As your guests finally leave they will want to be able to easily grab their coats and hats and what better way to make that happen then by having a handy hat and coat rack next to your door.
With all these hooks to choose from you will be spoilt for choice. Why not hand out a little parting gift as they leave and give them this super handy bottle carrier to hold plenty of beer when you visit their home tomorrow.
When it comes to cracking nuts we know a thing or two.
We designed our cast iron nut cracker to crack as many types of shelled nut as possible and even amended the design to accommodate some of the largest walnuts and smallest hazelnuts.
A great feature of this nut cracker is that it has a built in catching bowl around the cracker which catches all those shells and bits that you don't want all over your floor.
It is cast in solid cast iron which is hard and durable and makes cracking nuts one of the easiest activities to have fun with in your kitchen.
Not only that, the design is beautiful and so we are sure you will want to keep this ornamental device on show all year round. Anyway lets get to our top 5 nuts for cracking in this fab cast iron nut cracker.
It has to be the Walnut, not only healthy and nutritious as all nuts are (by the way but the Walnut it is said will protect your brain). So it gets our No. 1 spot every time. It's easy to crack in all sizes using our cracker.
2. Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts, packed with selenium they are good for your mood and although the shells are tougher and a tricky shape they crack perfectly well under the cast iron cracking plate.
Hazelnuts, these are small and sweet and we love them, what better reason to put them at no 3. Our cracking plate screws all the way down and so these little sweeties are no problem.
Pecan nuts are chewy and buttery and so delightful when cooked with Brussels sprouts (see the recipe below). Just perfect with a Christmas roast or absolutely delicious straight from the shell.
Macadamia nuts are sweet and great to use if you are on a gluten free diet as they are free from gluten and yet provide your body with some great vitamins and minerals including many B vitamins.
So there's our top 5 cracking nuts, so what are you waiting for? Go get cracking with your new nut cracker and don't forget to try out the recipe below.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans
- 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
- 1 cup freshly cracked pecans, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- Salt and black pepper
- Heat oven to 400° F. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss Brussels sprouts, freshly cracked pecans, oil, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Turn the Brussels sprouts cut-side down.
- Roast for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the Brussels sprouts are golden and tender.