You know your guy pretty well. Is he tough to shop for? If you’ve got a picky shopper, getting him something he’ll love doesn’t have to be rocket science or require a degree in mind-reading.
The best way to start is with what you know he already likes (besides you, natch). We’ve put together a solid list of great gifts that our editors are sure your guy will be glad to thank you for!
FOR THE FASHIONABLE FELLOW
For some it’s all business and for others it’s jeans and tees. But in any case, guys take pride in their appearance. Show them you love ’em all the more for it with these great options…
What do Adam Driver, Jon Batiste, Zayn and even legend David Byrne have in common? They all love and wear Krewe glasses. This New Orleans based company has been achieving cult status with small-batch, hand-crafted frames for almost a decade. Taking their name from the beloved term “krewe” which is a group that comes together during Mardi Gras for parading, dancing and partying, they built their business around the spirit of renewal and rejoicing. No wonder they’re loved by Queen B, Selena, Boyfriend and so many more. Our choice, shown above, is from their collab with David Rose and is in the Pier Collection. These timeless wayfarers are a total gentlemen’s choice that he’ll wear for years to come.
In 2012, American Giant set out to create a hoodie that would stand out from the competition. Heavyweight cotton fleece, reinforced elbow patches, and incredibly durable construction, all proudly made in the USA. The original classic full zip hoodie is the one that started it all. No wonder Slate magazine voted it “The Greatest Hoodie Ever Made”. It comes pre-washed and shrunk to fit, so no worries of your guy running into fit issues after wash.
Like our LBD, black jeans are a cornerstone of most guy’s wardrobe. It’s a foundation piece as much as their white tee. The Brixton by Joe’s Jeans made the GQ list of “The Best Black Jeans” of 2020, not just because of it’s especially dark hue but also because it’s made from Kinetic Denim, with advanced stretch technology, ensuring superior comfort and uninhibited range of motion. He’ll experience broken in comfort on his first wear.
Designed by Tokyo-based brand CHUP, this 100% Merino wool half-zip is about as luxurious as sweaters get. Smartwool creates their sweaters out of responsibly sourced wool, so your guy will feel as good about it as he does in it.
The Menlo Club $60/month ($75/season)
Okay, so this one is for those of us with the “trifecta” boyfriend – He likes staying current, hates to shop but insists on “don’t buy me clothes, I’d rather get them myself”. Sound like an impossible feat? Not anymore, thanks to The Menlo Club. Let his clothing come to him! Set up is super easy. As the Gifter you basically choose which style fits your guy’s taste (Classic, Casual, Forward, or if you can’t choose between them, there is also a Mix option). Input his measurements, confirm payment and that’s it. He’ll start getting his first package, usually 2 items per month, and every month is different. Exchanges are easy if he decides he wants to try more styles, and he can cancel anytime. Seriously, how’s that for a perfect gift? Still not sure? Check out our sister site’s review HERE and decide for yourself.
FOR THE SNEAKERHEAD
Sure, they may scratch their heads in wonder over why you love a ‘kitten heel’ over a ‘block heel’ but make no mistake, guys are just as picky about their sneaks. Whether it’s because they fit into his style idiom, or because he likes to collect, or…just because they’re damn comfortable. Maybe it’s all these things. Here’s some great gift options to consider…
If you’ve got a Collector on your hands, it pays to do a little research. This one is #2 on just about every list for Most Popular Luxury Sneakers of 2020. Why? The design draws inspiration from the Air Max Pantheon, showcasing Nike’s big innovation with its large window and fresh array of colors. Show your guy he’s the Gold standard with a pair of these. Not a Nike’s guy? DTLR-VILLA has a ton of limited release and special edition styles you can find right HERE.
Got a Minimalist Loving Man for whom the white-on-white sneaker is all he ever wants? Surprise him with these unexpected beauties. Made of 100% Merino wool, these runners are warm and cozy but breathable and moisture wicking. Bonus, they are machine washable! He can toss them in on the delicate cycle, let them air dry and presto – clean and white, just the way he likes them. Last but not least, Allbirds purchases their wool only from sources with certified high standards of farming, land management and animal welfare. Their shoe laces are made from recycled plastic bottles, their fabric is a mixture of quality wool, recycled nylon and tree fiber and the foot soles are made from sugar cane. Even their packaging is 90% recycled cardboard. Neat!!
Vans, Canvas Low Top $59.97
Got yourself a Vans Man? If he loves the classics, the Low Top is an absolute timeless design, built with excellent quality which has made them the perfect affordable sneaker.
Got a serious SciFi fan on your hands? These Star Wars The Mandalorian shoes are an exclusive, limited run through adidas + Lucasfilm. Better grab these while you can, because this collection is selling out faster than The Child can eat those eggs.
For the guy who lives in sneakers, winter can be a conundrum. Sneakers and cold weather don’t always mix. If your guy loves his sneaks but not so much the cold toes, have we got a present for him. This hybrid from Levi’s is the best of both worlds! Rugged plain toe chukka boot with a sporty rubber outsole, for a look that’s great for work or play. He can pair these with his favorite jeans for a perfectly laid back (and warm) look.
FOR THE HUNK WITH HOBBIES
There’s no lack of hobbies out there, but for this list here we’re going to focus on more mainstream. While it can seem like a contradiction, finding good gifts can be challenging, even in these more general areas. Here are a quick few that could be exactly what your fella is looking for…
For the sports lover, there is no greater pride than showing off your team. We’re pretty sure he has a few fan clothing items in his roister, but these are 2020 unique – as in they have a built in gaiter mask with his team’s logo. Directly attached to the hoodie, it makes it incredibly easy for him to wear a mask outside when he needs to, then tucks neatly away once he’s inside. Officially licensed, this item may very well become a collector’s piece, once all this craziness has subsided.
Got a guy who’s a serious Gamer? Whether he’s into wired or wireless games (be sure to check which he uses with his system), you can impress him with a headset that has made “The Best” lists across the board with reviewers and gamers. The USB sound card that’s included comes with THX Spatial Audio, giving it powerful surround sound, and its excellently clear microphone is perfect for when he’s ready to trash talk his competition. All in a lightweight, comfortable over-the-ear headset he can wear for hours.
Sure we all love a good brew, but if your guy gravitates to the cocktails, this collection will definitely lift his “spirits” (okay, enough of that). These mixers are the very antithesis to your mass produced, preservative packed, higher calorie chain store brands. Each one is made with organic, high quality ingredients (no processed sugar or corn syrup here). Together these mixers will have your fella making pro-level cocktails and mocktails for many friendly get togethers to come.
Does your guy get giddy as a kid when the powder starts to fall? These Chip 2.0 speakers are made to fit inside his snow helmet. A rechargeable battery will give him 10 hours of playtime. He can listen to music, podcasts, or make phone calls while on the mountain or sitting on the lift. Each earpiece features a single oversized button that he can operate easily with his mittens still on. Simple button press combinations will let him control every feature without ever removing his device (phone, mp3 player, etc) from his pocket. Universally compatible with all snow helmets, he can also use it off season inside his skateboard helmet or even a cuffed beanie.
For the gentleman well on his way to becoming a coffee connoisseur, let’s talk about what the experts say – Pour over coffee is the best. Surprised? It’s literally a matter of chemistry. Pour over starts with much hotter water temperatures and freshly ground beans, combined when both are at their absolute peak. How’s that? Well, hotter water extracts more of the oils from the beans. Beans, when just freshly ground, have the most amount of available oils. Science, yo! And perhaps the best part of it all lies in its simplicity. No foaming, frothing, expresso’ing or, well, anything (unless of course you want to).
So that’s our list. We hope you liked it, and really hope you found something your guy will love. From all of us at SLHer, Happy Holidays!