Holiday Gift Guide: It’s that time of the year. Shopping malls are over-crowded, and the best of the best become harder and harder to find. Luckily for us, with a few clicks of a button, the biggest shopping mall in the universe is at our disposal and the best parking spot is the one in-front of your computer. Every year I get approached from friends and family for gift ideas, and I do my best to suggest universal products that suit the needs for any occasion. Every once in a while I hear the comment “he’s so hard to shop for” and my reply every time is “what are some of the things that every man should own, and what are some of the things they can never have enough of.”
In my latest #FiveThings segment, I highlight some great gifting ideas that could be appreciated and loved by any man receiving them. And the best part, all of these items are available online.
As I browsed the Liberty – West Elm floor, a friend had pointed out what I believed to be the ultimate gift that every man would appreciate, whether he’d admit it or not. Looking great is much more than just what you’re wearing, it is also how you’re presented underneath and around all that menswear attire. For the man on the go, this Gentleman’s Hardware Manicure Set has everything you need to stay dapper and sophisticated. Sized for traveling, each grooming kit includes two sizes of nail clippers, scissors, nail file, tweezers and a cuticle pusher.
Every man should own a nice watch. It’s one of those unspoken rules of dressing like a true gentlemen. With that said, in an era where we carry the time in our pockets, we rarely seem the need to strap the time onto our wrists. What your smartphone is unable to do, what a classic wrist watch can, is complement your outfit with the most luxury of accessories available to men.
Daniel Wellington out of Sweden presents us with a classic timepiece that is perfectly suited for the modern gentleman. A super low-profile case allows the watch to sit very close to the wrist creating a clean and stylish look. With a subtle rose gold face, the band is also easily interchangeable. Features include an eggshell white face, Japanese quartz movement and the watch is water resistant. A genuine leather band finishes off the quintessential sophisticated watch.
During the Gentlemen’s Expo, I had the extreme pleasure meeting some of the brains behind Cole and Parker. During the conversation, I learned a ton about the booming menswear sock industry. During my time exploring the exploding sock scene, I have come to terms that socks are the new skinny ties. They come in various shapes, garments, and designs to fit any and all personalities and style. I get more compliments about my socks than I do about almost any other piece of attire. There are a handful of great companies out there producing unique and quality socks. But there is no other company that takes the ordinary sock and transforms it with more purpose and value than Cole and Parker. This holiday, I encourage you to give the gift of warmth and style from one of Cole and Parker’s current sock collection. A couple of my favourite socks are the ‘Ivey League’ and ‘JR’. These are just fantastic designs that are crafted with 80% combed cotton, 17% polyamide, and 3% elastene for maximum comfort, fit, and style!
Easily my favorite jewellery designers, Vitaly Design craft unique well-thought-out pieces for men and women, for any style, and every occasion. The Amici ring is my choice of everyday jewellery. Before I walk out the door, I make sure I’ve got mine on. Crafted from high-grade ceramic – fused with exotic alternative metals that make it lightweight, highly polished, scratch-resistant, and nearly impossible to break, and Gold – one of the most unique materials on the planet, the Amici ring is an artfully crafted technological marvel. For the price point, this is a gift worth giving that will be enjoyed and loved by any man (or woman) who receives it.
I am a TOPMAN advocate. I believe every man should be shopping here. If you’re not physically shopping at TOPMAN, you should be mentally observing their releases for fashion and style inspirations. In-style and on-point at all times, TOPMAN is a great place to create personal style at very reasonable price points. TOPMAN is notorious for many things, but one thing in particular, the accessories. Carefully released with ‘complimenting and matching’ in-mind, TOPMAN ensures that any outfit purchased from them will look great with their available accessories. One of my favorite recent purchase from TOPMAN has to be the Indigo Brushed Chambray Tie. As much as I dislike over wearing the same tie, I can not help but to wear this one more than I would usually. Built with 100% cotton, blue tones with detailed white specs, and 6cm size make this the perfect tie for any casual or formal occasion.