Holiday Gift Guide: The Man in Your Life

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.

10. Finally you cannot go wrong with a subscription to MLB TV or NBA TV. No explanation needed.

Happy shopping!

P.S. I actually got my husband a gift certificate for Trunk Club for his birthday/Christmas, so stayed tuned for a review.

13 responses

  1. Hi Julia, I’m always struggling to find unique gifts for my hubby. Thank you for the helpful recommendations! Do you have any experience with Trunk Club? Perhaps know anyone who has tried it? I’ve seen ads for it before and have contemplated signing up husband for the service, but haven’t heard any real feedback as yet.

    • My husband’s first Trunk Club arrived yesterday! I plan to do a thorough review after he’s received a few shipments, but for now here are a few quick thoughts. Pros: It’s free to receive and to send back, so you can basically try it out for free. Their stylist talked with my husband for a half hour (!) about his taste in clothing and what he wanted to receive. It’s a great way to conveniently try out and try on brands he may not have looked at before; this allows him to get a sense of how the brand in general will fit him whether or not he buys through the service. Cons: The clothes are higher end, so be prepared ahead of time. The cheapest item in Nick’s box was $150, granted it was a cashmere sweater. The service is better for men who really need help pulling together their wardrobe. My husband is very into fashion and is particular about how items fit him, so he only really liked two items in his trunk. Overall his experience was positive enough that he is already talking about chatting with his stylist to have her adjust her selections for his next trunk. Hope that helps!

  2. Thanks for the detailed feedback Julia! I actually think it may be a great fit for my husband, and I think he will appreciate the fact that he can discuss exactly what his needs are with a stylist.

  3. These are some awesome ideas. My boyfreind needs a new pair of shoes and those look awesome! I am so happy you posted about trunk club because my boyfriend absolutely loved it, they are so great with catering to what he likes and then whatever doesn’t work out he ships back for free, no more time wasted going to the mall with him!
    This is my first year doing a gift guide and I would love if you can take a look and let me know what you think.
    Happy shopping and happy holidays!

  4. Pingback: Holiday Gift Guide: For the Man in Your Life « SOUTH BY NORTHWEST

  5. Pingback: Holiday Gift Guide: For the BFF « SOUTH BY NORTHWEST

  6. Pingback: Holiday Gift Guide: the Baby Mama « SOUTH BY NORTHWEST

  7. Pingback: Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers « SOUTH BY NORTHWEST

%d bloggers like this: