Shopping for guys can be hard. Often times they’re not into writing wishlists, preferring to suggest that you just “get them something good.” Right… Crazily enough, according to a Daily Mail article from last year, women spend 13 hours trying to find the perfect gift for their men. That’s more than half a day! So, Mil asked me to help with this year’s men’s gift guide – which makes sense given my penchant for menswear. I’m the Roberta to her Teeny, although to my knowledge, Mil has never stuffed her bra with pudding balloons!
I pestered my husband into helping me develop this gift guide to make this year’s Christmas shopping a breeze. According to him, the gift of style is the best present you can give a man. Most men don’t know how to dress themselves – his words, not mine. But all men enjoy looking good. So, Christmas time is the perfect opportunity to get your man the tools to help him look his best, and in turn make you look even better! A well-dressed man is the best accessory a girl can have (well, that and a Chanel bag).
1. Trunk Club Gift Certificate: This shopping service is perfect for the man who hates to shop or really expend any effort thinking about clothing. Your guy starts by registering for the service; he’ll answer a short questionnaire on sizes, colors, price range, etc. Then a personal stylist contacts him, either by phone or email, to personalize the shopping experience. The stylist then puts together a variety of clothing and accessory options and sends the garments by FedEx. Once they arrive, he simply tries them on, sees what works and returns what doesn’t with prepaid postage. No more messing with crowds, pushy salesmen, and bad mall food. Best of all, there is no membership fee or no styling charge (unlike StitchFix). 100% of your gift certificate will go towards his purchase of sexy sweaters and bad-ass blazers.
2. As the oldest men’s clothier in the United States, Brooks Brothers has helped define style for the American man. In addition to suits and shirts, they also have a fantastic line of books offering advice on everything from entertaining to how to dress.
3. Nick is obsessed with shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt. As a tall guy with an athletic frame, it’s difficult for him to find dress shirts that fit his shoulders without billowing out. When we were in London, he even made us visit their flagship store. The company provides British style without the price tag that comes with brands like Thomas Pink or Ted Baker, and is known for their range of sizes and styles bound to fit your man no matter his build.
4. A well dressed man should know that the devil is in the details. Anyone can slap on a nice shirt and pair of slacks, but a matching belt and shoes separates the pros from the rest of the pack. Allen Edmonds is a great source for high quality shoes and belts, designed for pairing together.
5. In the same vein, a set of matching cufflinks and tie bar bump an outfit up a notch. Tie bars keep his tie from flopping in the wind or falling into his soup. Nordstrom is my go to for men’s accessories.
Of course there are only so many cufflink sets you can tuck into his stocking, so here is a selection of additional gift ideas bound to please your man. Note, I firmly believe that food and drink are the way to any man’s heart – thus my culinary heavy selections.
6. Home-brewing is so last year. Help your guy bump things up a notch with the Uber Whiskey and Rum making kit. The kit comes with a small oak barrel to age your alcohol, that will also look cute on your bar.
7. Give the gift that keeps on giving with Olympic Provisions Salami of the Month Club. Everyone loves edible gifts, and if you’re lucky he’ll share. Not to mention, the double entendres are endless.
8. This baseball glove oven mitt is a must have for the sports fan and grill aficionado. The perfect accessory for when he hits a home run cooking you dinner next week.
9. Two Dudes, One Pan: No, this is not a spin-off of “Two Girls, One Cup.” It’s an awesome cookbook targeted towards men, with simple recipes requiring only one pan. My husband likes to cook, but struggles to come up with ideas for dinner on his own. This may end up under our tree this year.
P.S. I actually got my husband a gift certificate for Trunk Club for his birthday/Christmas, so stayed tuned for a review.