Yes, it is November. And no, you will not see me decking the halls until after Thanksgiving. That being said, I'm a firm believer that it's never a bad idea to start accumulating gift ideas ASAP. Especially with black friday sneaking up faster than anyone working retail* wants to believe, the official shopping frenzy will be here before we know it. So what better time for me to attempt my first shot at a gift guide for this holiday season. Let's start off with the guys, shall we?
1. Somehow, Ryan worked 3 years outdoors, all without the protection of a pair of sunglasses. I feel like squinting just thinking about that. So if you have a guy in your life that loves being outside, looking cool, or taking care of his eyesight, do him a favor and buy him some sunglasses. And in my opinion, you can't go wrong with a pair of Ray Bans -- they're classic!
2. Unless they're sporting an impressive beard, they need to shave. Why not save them the money and get them a subscription to a service like the Dollar Shave Club? Orders range from $1-$9 a month for 4 blades, including shipping! You seriously cannot find blades that cheap at the store for the quality. And the best part is that you can steal their razors, too. We've been surviving just fine off of a $6 subscription for months now, and I will never go back to buying blades at the store. Nevaaaaahh!
3. Since idea #2 is so affordable, why not tack on some other quality shaving materials. The initial pocket price may be more expensive than a typical bottle of shaving cream, but they will also last a lot longer, too. Try something like the starter kit from The Art of Shaving to get their feet wet. Bonus, the starter kit comes in various prices and sizes, so you get get him as much as you want.
4. A new wallet is never a bad idea, especially if the current wallet is falling apart to the point of embarrassment. I like the ones you can find from Fossil, but places like Frank and Oak and J Crew have some great options as well.
5. How do ties cost so much? Really, how? Especially when you can get all the colors/patterns you could possibly imagine from awesome places like The Tie Bar for $15 a pop? And yes, you heard me right, $15. And if he's fully stocked on ties, they also have a good variety of items to keep him looking put together, like socks and belts.
6. If you don't know the shame that comes with luggage that is falling apart and scraping the sidewalks as you hurriedly try to get around New York City, consider yourself lucky. And if you do know that shame, it's time you did something about it. There are a lot of nice weekender bags out there, but I personally love the simplicity of Everlane's weekender bag. Also, they make great affordable t-shirts, but that's unrelated.
7. You can find many a dapper gentleman's accessory on resources on Etsy. I think these collar stays would make a unique gift that you could customize to fit their personality. And hey, look at you, supporting small business!
8. For the man who has everything, what about a place for him to put everything? I got this catchall from Pottery Barn for Ryan a couple of years ago and it still looks in tip top shape sitting on his nightstand. Bonus points to things like this that you can get monogrammed, too. Nothing says "good luck unloading this on ebay" like a monogram!
Anyone have a gift they've gotten for a guy that you've patted yourself on the back for? I'd love to know what it is!
* Bless you all, by the way. I was lucky enough to work retail at LOFT for several black fridays, and the frenzy was entirely manageable. But my first job was at the Disney Store, and boy if you every wanted to see adults cry out "WHERE'S ARIEL?!" at 4AM, then the Disney Store on black friday was the place to be.