Men’s Custom Holiday Gift Guide
The holidays are upon us. If you haven’t started your holiday shopping yet, fret not: This quick trendy gift guide doubles as an instant shopping list for the important guy in your life. Especially the “he already has everything” hard-to-buy-for guy.
Shwood Canby Sunglasses, $135
I love unique products like this. These sunglasses from Shwood are made from… well, you guessed it: wood. Their collection contains a variety of customizable shades using a variety of exotic woods and lenses. I particularly like the look of the Zebrawood with gray glass.
Hex Drake Messenger Bag, $79.95
This stylish messenger bag is a fresh take on a classic accessory. Big enough to carry a 15” MacBook and then some, the herringbone wool construction makes a sturdy and fashionable tote for whatever he’s carrying. It also includes Hex’s PadPort, a pouch designed to carry an iPad for easy access on the go without having to remove the device. The best part? There’s no way anyone will mistake this for a murse.
Blackbird Designer Tie in Gray and Black, $18.90
I know what you’re thinking. Who wants a tie for Christmas? Just hear me out.
This worsted wool offering is the most fun you can loop under a collar. Its slim 2.75” width is perfect – not quite skinny, yet tastefully modern. If you’re not sold on the color, they have an entire winter collection you can check out. For the man who wears ties on a regular basis, this will be a particularly unique piece that’s sure to get compliments.
The Tie Bar Brushed Straight Gun Metal Tie Bar, 2” $15
You need one to go with that tie you just ordered. But it will add a classic look to any tie in his closet. Functional and simple, this may be the only thing his ensemble is missing. Excellence is in the details.
Armani Code Ultimate, 2.5 oz $84
This new fragrance from Giorgio Armani builds upon the success of the original Armani Code, of which I am a big fan. The new scent contains more leather notes, making it flat out manlier. Based on guaiac wood, tonka bean, and vanilla, this scent is likely to be an instant classic.
For an even better value, look for it at department stores in holiday gift sets.
Aldo Zaffino Leather Brogues, $115
A contemporary twist on a classic shoe. This is simply affordable fashion-forward footwear. I own a pair in Cognac and get compliments every time I wear them.
Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shave Cream, 5.3 oz $15.95
Chances are, he’s never heard of this stuff and doesn’t know what he’s missing. That’s what makes it such a great gift. This was an important element of my quest to end razor burn and bumps. More importantly, it has been known to rekindle passion for the manly ritual of shaving. This gift not only says “I care about your face,” but also reinforces the fact that he is a man. It’s time to graduate from over-processed synthetic shaving creams to a something your grandpa will covet. No one’s questioning his manliness.
Dress Code Gift Card, Varying Amounts Available
A gift card from Dress Code is arguably the best way to gift something that he can actually pick out. Not just from a catalog or store shelf, but actually design, right down to the buttonholes. The custom dress shirt, suit, or outerwear he designs will fit him better than anything he’s ever worn. This will be a gift he’ll never forget. Best of all, he’ll feel and look like the million bucks that you didn’t have to spend.