I am particularly excited about this post for a couple reasons. I told you a couple posts ago that I LOVE giving! So, for one, this post is completely unselfish. Let’s be real, every post before this one contained “not so subtle” hints about my own list. This post is solely for ideas for YOU and every man in your life: friends, boyfriends, husbands, dads, brothers. There’s something for everyone! Spoiler alert: if you’re a man in my life, you’re most likely getting a gift from this list. Read at your own risk.
Second, I have a special guest writer I collaborated with for this post: my husband. See if you can tell whose post is whose. . . might be harder than you think. . . or maybe not.
John Varvatos. 315 Side Zip Sneaker: Quite possibly the most versatile sneaker ever produced. . . Ever. It works with jeans and a tee, suit and a tie, or joggers and a henley. . . basically everything but a basketball uniform. I love the quality of leather and craftsmanship of every JV pair of shoes I’ve ever worn, AND I think “he” will too.
Second Time Around Watch Company. Vintage Watch: Ever wondered how to make time…less? I have the answer. No, not time travel, unless you have a DeLorean (and if this is the case we most definitely need to be friends.) The answer: Vintage Watches. They are literally timeless. I got one for my husband for our anniversary. His response: (and encouragement to purchase this gift) “I’m a classic man, you can be me if you look this clean.” Enough said. Actually, one more thing: a vintage watch is a great investment (all shopaholic nonsense aside). It is an awesome way to add real value to your man’s timepiece collection. The watch pictured is from 1966.
Ugg. Scuff Slippers: Nobody likes the shocking chill of the bathroom floor tiles to their bare feet. Give your man the feeling of warmth down to his twinkling toes this holiday season. Easy to wear and extremely comfortable, the Scuff is your go-to lounge style.
Artifact Uprising. Layflat Photo Album: Not good at sharing how you feel? I got you covered. A picture is worth a thousand words. (In my case, 10, 000 words override a picture, but my husband understands you less wordy people out there.) Either way, we both share a love for photos. Unfortunately, most of our pictures end up residing on phones, computers, and profiles. Return with me to a simpler time, where pictures are tangible and not just digital. AU has the best options that allows you to tell your story with sleek designs. They even have an “Instagram friendly book” option that connects directly to your Insta feed – no uploading required. So easy! It really is a great gift for every occasion—feel free to store it away for Father’s Day, Mother’s Day or Birthday too!
Beats by Dr. Dre. Powerbeat2: Its 2015. If you’re not wireless, you’re not really living. But really, these wireless headphones are just what your guy NEEDS at the gym. (They’re sweat-proof!) Not a gym rat? No worries. They’re perfect for jamming while you clean the house. Awesome gift: win for your man. Clean floors: win for you.
Ultimate Ears. Megaboom: Ok, so there’s nothing new about Bluetooth speakers these days, everyone has one. BUT do you have the best one?! Pretty sure UE created this speaker with me in mind. . . Incredible 360 degree sound, remote operation/equalizer from an easy-to-use iPhone app, loooong battery life and pairable to 2 devices at the same time (may he who hath the best playlist win)! The best feature though. . . Waterproof! Meaning, the party don’t stop when a clumsy friend kicks it in. . . the pool. Replace your friend, not your speaker!
Macy’s. MICHAEL Michael Kors: I have been in search of the perfect camel colored topcoat for over a year now. I firmly believe that every well-dressed man should have a topcoat in the closet. <insert skeleton joke here> If my wishful assumptions are correct, mine should be en route to our house via FedEx as we speak. This one is super affordable and is the perfect balance of dressy and casual. Also, it’s important for your man to be prepared if he’s ever called upon for a 007-esque mission. . .
Birchbox. Men’s Subscription: Whoever said men can’t be product junkies is seriously disturbed. (Wait, that was whoever said orange is the new pink). Still, I fully support a man’s rights to beauty products. Sorry fellas, “refinement products.” The better my man smells and the softer his skin feels makes it hard to keep my hands off of him! Win for both!
Coach. Campus Backpack: For the man who secretly envies ladies and the usefulness of handbags. Here’s your opportunity. Also, for the man-on-the-go. The leather bag can store your laptop, iPad, gym clothes, or any other supplies for all your stylish needs. (It was ideal for our trip to London!)
Goorin Brothers. The Doctor: Hats off to this family business. I have a particular weakness for classic, trendy, non-mainstream pieces. This company has amazing products, but they are so much more. Let me take you back to 1895 to the streets of Pittsburgh. Cassel Goorin passionately hand-crafted hats and sold them out of his horse-drawn carriage (have you ever heard anything cuter?). In the early 1900s, he passed the business down to his two sons who named it “Goorin Brothers.” The company flourished in no time, and the brothers moved from Pittsburgh to a new store in San Francisco in 1949. Today, Goorin Bros. has over 30 shops across the United States and Canada. Their heritage and history are the heart and soul of everything they do. They are proud to be a fourth-generation family company.
Floto. Parma Duffle: This bag only gets better with age. The are both obsessed with this color—it literally looks better year after year. The zipper starts at the base of the bag, which gives you ample space while packing— great feature! (I love the striped lining too.) It is made of premium Italian calf-skin but still extremely affordable!
Mark and Graham. Leather Catchall: Every man needs a place for his man stuff! It’s nice to have one small space in our house where diamond rings, bobbi pins, and hair ties are NOT allowed! If you didn’t know, my wife has a problem with leaving wedding rings around the house. . . but I digress. Customizable, leather, practical and most importantly, manly! Your man’s stuff will love you!
All Saints. Powell Leather Biker Jacket: My husband has this jacket. When he wears it, he likes to play “Bad to the Bone,” as he gets dressed. No joke. Ladies, this jacket adds a whole new level of hotness to yo’ man. It’s really a gift for both of you. If you know anything about me or have even read just one of my posts you know how I feel about leather. . . Leather for the win!
John Varvatos. Fleetwood Classic Chelsea: I love these boots and hope they make it under the tree this year. <hint hint> An awesome everyday boot for your guy. Mr. Varvatos makes it on this year’s list twice. I dig the way he does footwear. This boot is burnished suede and has a very cool wooden heel. JV offers these in several great colors, the chocolate (pictured) is my favorite.