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…
Krewe’s small batch, handcrafted sunglasses have graced many a celebrity face, from Brad Pitt to Zayn Malik. There are plenty of options to choose from but The Ward (shown above) is both Zayn and Kendall’s favorite.
No doubt your man has a hoodie collection, so you know he loves them. So don’t just get him any hoodie, get him one of the OG hoodie brands. Besides being super comfy cotton, this Carhartt WIP hoodie is pre-faded and comes in that IYKYK shade of fawn.
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”, 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.
This 100% Cashmere half-zip is about as luxurious as sweaters get. A classic fit keeps him looking warm and stylish.
The Kooples, Leopard Print Shirt $149.50
(on Sale NOW from $230)
If your man enjoys channeling his sartorial focus towards gender fluid fashion, this silky print shirt from the Parisian brand The Kooples, will soon become one of his favorites. Flowing fabric with a tailored cut, who’s to say you wouldn’t mind borrowing this fellow on the side?
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 so hot, it’s not even released yet. Seriously it’s due to drop on 12/10 (10am Eastern), and the fanfare behind it is insane. The iconic Air Jordan 11 is back in Chicago Bulls colors (limited release). Only a select number of retailers have them. Lucky you, we just happen to have the link up top here, all ready for you.
Got a Minimalist Loving Man for whom the white-on-white sneaker is all he ever wants? Surprise him with pure Italian leather sneaker goodness. Clean and streamlined, these are handmade in Tuscany.
If your man is into Vans and doesn’t already have this one in his collection, you’re about to make his holiday. Handsome dark green and burgundy makes this a standout shoe.
(on Sale NOW from $78)
Ah, Chucks. Forget popularity, Chuck Taylors are eternal. You really cannot go wrong getting your guy a pair but this new version of the classic All-Star hi-top will put him in his happy place.
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 Helly Hansen is the best of both worlds! Casual high-top sneaker that’s also water resistant with additional lining, 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…
He loves to travel and experience new adventures, and you’re right there with him. Don’t let all those cool memories stagnate on the cloud somewhere. Find one of your favorite together pics and turn it into a real work of art. Fracture is an online, custom photo store that will take your photo and ink it onto high quality, durable glass. Their special process really brings the images to live with an almost 3-d like quality. It’s completely frameless and comes ready to put on your walls. There are plenty of sizes and price points to choose from, though the Classic is one of our all-time favorites (shown above with sizing and pricing for that model).
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.
(on Sale NOW from $173)
Does your guy get giddy as a kid when the powder starts to fall? Blenders has put together a great gift selection called the Powder Pack. One of our favs is the popular Light Show set, which includes their scratch-resistant, anti-fog snow goggle (complete with a bonus, low-light lens that snaps on easily, courtesy of their Easy Swap Magnetic Lens system), their custom-designed ‘Eclipse’ collection sunglasses, and a hand-picked beanie. The neon brights and gnarly geometric patterns will give your guy plenty to flex about, on and off the slopes..
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!