Hankies, socks, aftershave, comedy DVDs... it's all too easy to fall back on the gender stereotype staples when shopping for the men in your life. Because whether he's the brother who just doesn't 'get' fashion, the dad who scoffs at male grooming or the brand-coveting design geek boyfriend who turns his nose up at high-street steals, buying for the opposite sex can be a minefield.

To avoid 'lazy shopping' and rocking up with the same tired, old clich├ęs this year, we've found a selection of unique, stylish and timeless gift ideas that are guaranteed to put a smile on those cynical faces - and not a Christmas jumper in sight.

Browse through our round-up of the best gifts and click on the link to buy now while stocks last.

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  • Gourmetissimo Pizza Making Gift Set

    Wave goodbye to cold, soggy delivery pizzas with this gourmet <a href="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gourmetissimo-Gift-set-for-pizza-Incl-Stone-plate-pizza-cutter-seasonings-/290776952585" target="_blank">stone-fired pizza-making kit</a>, complete with stone plate, seasonings and pizza cutter. Perfect for budding chefs who like their pizzas a cut above.

  • Oliver Bonas Chain Wine Holder

    Okay, so it's a bit whimsical and it's not even that useful (a one-bottle wine rack?). But this <a href="http://www.oliverbonas.com/christmas/christmas_for_him_1/wine_bottle_holder_chain.htm" target="_blank">chain wine holder</a> is a clever piece of design and a guaranteed ice-breaker at dinner parties.

  • Polaroid Z340 Instant Digital Camera

    It was a sad day when the old-school joy of instant cameras died in the wake of the digital revolution - but now they're back! The new <a href="http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/128072.htm" target="_blank">Polaroid digital instant camera</a> offers the thrill of seeing your snaps in print but with the quality assurance of digital technology. Great for making fun family albums and scrapbooks - with the signature Polaroid strip along the bottom for scrawling your captions.

  • Gingko Teak Cube Click Clock

    No more rude awakenings with this <a href="http://bit.ly/1ciuYHL" target="_blank">LED teak cube clock</a>. It not only looks stylish and rather zen, it operates at the click of your fingers and respectfully switches its light off when the room goes quiet. Perfect for technophiles with an eye for style.

  • David Louis Personalised Hip Flask

    A <a href="http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/david-louisdesign/product/personalised-round-window-hip-flask" target="_blank">stylish hip-flask</a> for the modern gent. Whether you're standing in a freezing field watching fireworks with the kids or hanging out at a gig or festival - it's always good to have a quality single malt close at hand.

  • Betsy Benn Personalised Playlist Cassette Print

    From the tunes you listened to on your first date to your wedding reception soundtrack, playlists are evocative and nostalgic - but they somehow lack the romance of a good old mix tape. This <a href="http://www.betsybenn.co.uk/cassetteplaylist.html" target="_blank">personalised playlist cassette print</a> combines the two by displaying your playlist tracks on images of old-school tapes.

  • Cos Cashmere Sweater

    Every man should have a simple <a href="http://www.cosstores.com/Shop/Men/Knitwear/Cashmere_jumper/46907-1144150.1#c-85346" target="_blank">cashmere sweater</a> in his wardrobe. Perfect with jeans or slim-fit tailored trousers - and the ideal item to steal for yourself for chilly winter nights on the sofa. Just don't spill red wine on it or he won't be happy.

  • Ted Baker Fair Isle Gloves

    These <a href="http://www.johnlewis.com/ted-baker-fair-isle-stripe-gloves-charcoal-multi/p469152#default" target="_blank">fair isle fingerless gloves</a> rank high on the hipster scale. And the finger freedom means they're practical too (counting out change in mittens is no fun).

  • Grow Your Own Chilli Sauce Kit

    A retro-looking condiment-making kit might sound a bit twee for the man in your life but the fiery kick he'll get from the spoils of this <a href="http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thegluttonousgardener/product/chilli-kit" target="_blank">Grow Your Own Chilli Sauce Kit</a> sets it firmly apart from jam-making for the village fete.

  • Zara Jacquard Scarf

    The Nordic look is huge in the UK right now. Must be all those TV drama imports (The Bridge, The Killing, Borgen, Wallander...). This <a href="http://www.zara.com/uk/en/man/accessories/scarves-and-foulards/jacquard-scarf-c284003p1296166.html" target="_blank">stylish scarf</a> is the perfect accessory for a plain wool coat. A cool alternative to the Christmas jumper for image conscious males.