Holiday Gift Guide: For the Man in Your Life

Let’s face it: shopping for your girlfriends is way more fun than shopping for your husband or dad. After a while, all those v-neck sweaters just start to blur together. This year I’ve curated a selection of gift ideas broad enough to satisfy almost every guy. Most are more substantial gifts, as I’m one for quality over quantity. However, if you’re in need of a stocking stuffer or two, my recommendation is to buy a couple gift cards for his favorite coffee shop or bar down the street. Something useful but also an excuse to treat himself. For more ideas, also check out last year’s gift guide for men.
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1. He’ll stay warm and stylish all winter long with these sherling lined leather sneakers from Frye.
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2. This flask/flashlight combo from VSSL is perfect for camping or game day drinks.
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3. If your significant other is anything like mine, you’re forever finding beer caps strewn about the house. Give him someplace to put them with a fun beer cap map.
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4. Tie Bar’s style boxes make it easy to help him up his workwear game.
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5. I’m obsessed with the Livescribe Notebook by Moleskin. The notebook allows you to take old school notes that sync to your device(s) in real time. Buy it for him and steal it for yourself.
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6. He’ll love repping his alma mater on the golf course with Stitch’s leather golf club covers.
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7. While Nick and I both love our FitBit watches, they don’t add much flair to an outfit. Vector’s Luna smartwatch is classically stylish, in addition to being “smart.”
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Do you know what you’re getting your boyfriend or husband yet? I have a couple ideas in mind for Nick, but have yet to pull the trigger on anything.
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XOXO,
Jules
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For more gift giving ideas, please peruse our other holiday gift guides:

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For the Man in Your Life: Spring Wardrobe Updates

spring wardrobe updates

My husband is a basically a male fashion maven (right, honey?). He loves keeping up with the trends and fantasy online shopping. His tastes lean towards preppy/classic, which is great as most of his pieces end up being lifetime investments.

I thought it’d be fun if we partnered on a post to share some of his picks for men’s fashion this spring. The best part about spring and summer is that men’s fashion becomes much more casual. Winter is all about cardigans, pullovers, and suits. The shift to spring allows men to drop the formal jacket and incorporate lighter and brighter colors. Goodbye grays, hello yellow!

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There are some go-to patterns and pieces that work for every guy, year after year. Grosgrain belts, and lightweight gingham shirts create a relaxed, yet pulled together look, that reminds me of our trip a few years ago to Folly Beach, South Carolina. The South does the casual yet polished look so well! Grosgrain belts are a great way to add a fun little pop of color to brighten up an outfit. We recommend finding one in a nice spring blue, green, or pink. Vineyard Vines has some good options. Without a jacket or sweater on top, having a smooth and wrinkle-free shirt becomes much more important – and no guy I know likes to iron. Brooks Brothers has some great non-iron gingham shirts, that are truly wash and wear.

Blue or white oxford shirts, untucked, are another classic spring staple. JCrew and Uniqlo have some good options. I have never met a man who didn’t look good in a blue oxford shirt. If your guy doesn’t have a couple in his closet, change this immediately. The nice thing about oxford shirts is that the cheaper brands still look good, unlike more formal dress shirts.

For nicer events, Nick’s go-to choice is seersucker. Pairing seersucker pants with a casual button up shirt makes it easy to transition from a Saturday morning spent at the farmers market to Saturday evening cocktails on a rooftop deck. Seersucker just takes things up a notch. For something more formal like a wedding, encourage your man to go all-out with a seersucker suit. The fabric is nice and light, so he can comfortably sit through the vows, while you take comfort in the fact that he is not only meeting but probably exceeding the dress code.

Finally, every woman knows that shoes are what really pull together an outfit. The same rule applies to men, although the men I know (barring my husband) seem mostly unaware of the importance of footwear. We suggest either boat shoes or stylish sneakers to finish out a look. Guys really have some striking options when it comes to casual footwear. I particularly love the ones that are coming out with a contrasting sole. Nick is a big fan of Lacoste‘s stylish yet comfortable options.

Overall, your man’s spring wardrobe should be focused around casual yet polished separates – pieces that are easy to wear and can transition from at meeting at the office to drinks on the patio.

What is your guy wearing this season? Is his style classic like Nick’s?

XOXO,
Jules (and Nick)

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