A Gift Guide for the Guys
For this week’s issue, I turned to a super cool and in-the-know guy to answer a very difficult question: what to get for a man you love? Below, our friend Yale Breslin, a contributing editor at Life + Times, offers us a mega awesome guys’ guide. You won’t need to ask the question ‘what should I get him?’ for a while.
In his 20’s
Three friends with a mutual love for riding waves set up their own version of a Surf Shop on Crosby Street in New York. Their tees are understated and pretty damn cool.
I recently discovered this line of fragrances and while their bottles and titles may have a retro feel, their scents are completely modern.
Start young…the results are everlasting.
I’m hooked on this portable device…and he will be too. It’s a sleek looking speaker system that connects to your iPhone, iPod, Blackberry or computer via WiFi and delivers some serious sound. Plus, it’s so small and looks like an oversized piece of Lego.
It’s a necessity—and a conversation piece. And, if he can’t take care of a pet, you’ll please him with this one.
There’s something about the frames made from this independent California design company that work on any face…really.
I like it when old-school contrasts with modern design, and this iPhone alarm clock kills two birds with one stone.
This new line of boxers and tees are basic and comfortable—but in this case, pay attention to the packaging. Who says cool design goes unnoticed?
Camo is back…thanks to Dockers. He’ll look great (and fashion forward) with a slim fitting black blazer and these new slacks.
In his 30’s
A few of my friends just nail it when giving gifts. I recently received this for my birthday and it’s the perfect item to throw on when you don’t feel like doing your hair. Plus, a Yankees cap looks great with jeans and sneakers…or anything for that matter.
I’m paranoid about someone breaking into my apartment in New York; if my computer was stolen, I’d be lost. Completely and utterly. This case for a MacBook looks like a vintage book, and when placed on a bookshelf, it gets lost in the mix. Uh oh. The jig is up…
Classic, timeless, and 100% masculine.
My motto: Comfort trumps all. These win!
The ORLEY design team is comprised of brothers Alex and Matthew Orley, and Samantha Florence; together they’ve created modernized designs for classic silhouettes.
Pen and paper is the way to go.
I clearly am drawn to things that look like books. Here’s a protective case for your iPad…this time from DODO.
This fresh-smelling and intoxicating room spray can also be used as a fragrance. Just sayin’….
Probably one of the ultimate ‘foolproof’ gifts, Happy Socks’ designs are colorful and bold and can make any outfit go from zero to hero with just one inch of an exposed ankle.
In his 40’s
Don’t worry, you won’t get arrested. This 100% legal candle is my go-to gift for those special people in my life. What makes them special? If you get a candle, you’ll know you are.
It took Harbach ten years to write his debut novel…and it was certainly worth the wait. Perfect for any sports lover, this coming-of-age-tale is centered around baseball, and in Harbach’s case, it’s all for the love of the game.
There are two things I love: Comfort and a personalized item of clothing. You can craft your own shoe, choose your own colors, and most importantly, scribe the back of the heel with any two words of your choosing. Pressure’s on!
A subtle yet intoxicating scent. Beware, a little goes a long way.
The hemline on men’s swimwear is certainly getting shorter, but Sundek’s surf-inspired beachwear is doing it right.
Sure, we share the same name, but Gant’s reinvented Yale Co-op Collection gives a stellar fit to the preppy classics.
Everyone needs a simple and classic leather belt—and Bottega Veneta’s black woven leather piece does the trick.
It’s gifts like these that guys love, but will rarely purchase for themselves.
In his 50’s
Here we go again—books and technology.
Built to last a lifetime and created in limited quantities, Paul Budnitz created his line of bikes to jump from A to B while looking good.
Channel his inner chef… or give him a hint to get cracking in the kitchen.
These Cire Trudon stink bombs are the distinctly unnecessary folly for the guy who has it all—smash them on the ground and ignite the room with a powerful (albeit good) scent. Whodunit?
Deemed ‘Not Just a Towel’—FB Collection’s linen creations bring versatility to a new dimension—scarf, shawl, blanket, sarong, etc…
Always been a Mad Men admirer? Get one step closer with the help of Moscot’s classic frames.
Custom made and everlasting…one of my classiest friends introduced me to Barker Black – it’s the perfect gift for a refined guy.
This is just awesome. Size and colors are up to you – just provide Marjorie with a profile of that special someone and bam….he will be immortalized on his favorite new rug.
My mother keeps meaningful keepsakes in her wallet. I try to do the same and thought Jennifer Fisher’s Gold Tag would make a perfect, yet subtle, good luck charm.
50’s and beyond…
I’m Canadian and there’s something about an HBC blanket that brings forward notions of heritage and nostalgia. Plus it will add a pop of color to any office it lands in.
The best part about By Kilian (besides the magnetic scents) are the bottles; they’re beautifully crafted canisters that you won’t want to throw away.
One great gift for the guy who has everything. The Parsley Seed range has two primary functions: cleansing and calming the skin…and suitable for all skin types and all climates. The end result? Exceptionally soft skin.
VF dug into the publication’s archives and selected 100 covers spanning the years 1913 to 1936 and made cards out of them. Simple. Genius.
Absolutely heavenly. And everlasting…
The top of the top when it comes to juicers. What a way to start your workday. Feel free to play – trial and error is key.
Valextra’s new passport covers will make the check in process a bit more fun….or not.
I’m all about a mantelpiece and this football would look perfect wedged between two classic Hardy Boys hardcover books.
Two words: Classic elegance.
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