HOLIDAY FOR HIM: TONY’S ULTIMATE GIFT GUIDE 2013
This post appears in the The East Dane Gift Guide Contest.
Anyone who knows me can tell you that I absolutely love giving and receiving gifts — who doesn’t right? …But, they could also tell you how difficult it may be to shop for me…baahahahaha! Oh c’mon, I’m sure I’m not the only metro-man out there that is quite particular about the things they like — after all, we are apart the reason “gift cards” were invented. Whatever the case, holiday shopping for him can get a little stressful if you don’t know what yore looking for or what to get. I’ve got 15 great gift suggestions to help with your last minute holiday shopping needs for the modern man (because I’m sure you’ve waited until the last minute).
1. JAY Z “JUST DON” MIXED EXOTICS BROOKLYN CAP // $875.00
I selected this limited-edition item from Jay Z’s collaboration with Barney’s New York, (#1) because who isn’t a fan of Jay Z and (#2) because limited-edition gifts are always the best ones. There’s an extra “especial-ness” that comes along with them. I’m sure it will be a long while before and IF we see another Jay + brand house/designer collab.
2. GUISEPPE ZANOTTI TONAL CHAIN SNEAKERS // $1050.00
Guiseppe Zanotti is iconic for some of the most creative and colorful luxury sneakers in the game and these new Tonal Chain high-tops are no exception. For the modern guy who likes to keep it classic but make a statement all at the same time, these pairs could luxe-up a look a street wear look and they are perfect for every season in several different color ways.
3. BEN MINKOFF MONOGRAM POUCH // $95.00
I think mens pouches, clutches, or small carrying cases are the best accessory to separate a metro-modern mister from a conservative crooner. They’re so manageable and easily functional for leisure or business and most importantly add a statement to your overall look. Believe it or not a lot of confidence is in carrying a bag and when it’s monogramed it says “you know what you’re doing.”
4. TOM FORD NEROLI PORTOFINO FRAGRANCES // $290-$890.00
This gift guide would not be complete with out Tom Ford …the brand has long been at the top of the list of my personal favorites and I could not go without recommending a very versatile fragrance that every man would wear (or woman) — yes, it’s unisex, which is kinda hot. This scent has been around since 2007 and has become a classic. I personally prefer fresh, energetic, zesty colognes versus darker woodsy blends and this one is a winner. Plus once you’re done, the bottles make great decor for around the home.
5. GIVENCHY PRINTED IPHONE CASE // $260.00
This phone case is all about making a statement and what better way to do so than with a signature Givenchy print. This case can get attention from a block away its the perfect protector for our most prized possession.
6. ALEXANDER WANG x BEATS by DRE HEADSETS // $450.00
This one is a highly coveted commodity and has been for a while. The Beats x Dre music accessories have been changing the way people experience music and recently they’ve partnered with hot young designer, Alexander Wang to produce a custom line of products. The new line is lighter and sexier than ever and has many reimagined features the other Beats products don’t. Gold and black works on ANYONE ANYDAY.
7. MARSHALL STANMORE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER //$400.00
I love music…especially when it’s loud. This is such a cool gift, and I personally have one at home. So convenient and compact for small apartments or office spaces or large homes, and most importantly the aesthetics are spot on with a throwback to the vintage golden days of Rock ‘n Roll. Oh! Did I also mention it’s Bluetooth compatible? And what I love most is the ability to customize and control your listening with the analog knobs. Every dude ought to have one of these.
8. JOHN HARDY DOUBLE WRAP DRAGON BRACELET // $350.00
I love John Hardy accessories for men. They are so creative and to me always tell a story…I particularly love this one for the dragon accent which makes this entire piece a work of art. Reminiscent of Dungeons and Dragons, this bracelet truly has meaning, perhaps it’s unique to the wearer but nonetheless is a conversation piece.
9. RAY BAN CLUBMASTER SHADES // $145.00
Every man should own a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses, and in this case, the Clubmaster is for channeling the inner hipster. The silhouette of these frames couldn’t be any cooler and certainly compliment a casual or conventional look. They’re also very lightweight so not too much stress on the head.
10. HARRY’S ENGRAVED WINSTON SHAVING SET // $40.00
A little practical personalization goes a long way. This German-engineered shaver was crafted from aluminum alloys similar to an an aircraft and is designed for the perfect close shave that Harry’s blades are known for. This is obviously something he will use over and over again so it why not get it personalized with his initials for that “especial” feeling. The entire shaving kit is a such a great value for great quality.
11. COLE HAAN LUNARGRAND METALLIC COLLECTION // $268.00
I am obsessed with the Lunargrand collection by Cole Haan and the metallic collection just takes me to the moon! Of course they are unpleasantly comfortable and insanely fashionable. They come in many different color ways including this limited-selection of metallic gold and a metallic silver as well.
12. MARC JACOBS HENRY SKELETON WATCH // $200.00
Had to include this one…I’m a huge fan of anything Marc Jacobs but probably the most in love with his his great accessories. I love the fact that most of his products can pass as unisex and no one would know either way. I personally have this watch in the yellow gold (this is a men’s watch, BTW) and I wear it quite often. I like gold jewelry with my skin so that’s my only preference on the alternate color BUT I love the way the silver looks and would probably get it if I was in need of it. The face, the fit, nothing too much…it’s just perfect. Perfect accessories gift for your modern male recipient.
13. ME UNDIES BOXER BRIEFS // $20.00
The holiday season is THE time wear dudes should ditch the old dull undergarments and stock up on some new gear. I must attest as I own several pairs, Me Undies are THE most comfortable underwear out there. They fit cozy and carefully in all of the right places and come in an array of different prints from polka-dots to pinstripes and pops of color. They also have several different styles whether you are a boxer or brief kinda guy.
14. KHEILS ULTIMATE MAN REFUELING KIT // $58.00
Every man need to refuel after a long day and this trusty kit provided by Kheil’s will do the trick. The highly trusted brand knows exactly how to groom a man to healthy skincare your guy will be revved for whatever is in the forecast for the day ahead. The kit comes complete with lip balm, body soap, moisturizer, facial salves, facial wash and shaving cream — all worth a value of $79.00.
15. RANGE ROVER EVOQUE // From $42,040.00
Saved this baby for last…OK, I can’t say that I have one of these BUT I have taken it for a test drive and this would be an outstanding gift to remember. Chic and masculine all at the same time, the Range Rover Evoque is on the country’s hot list of best vehicles and the looks and affordability of this new model only add to the list of reasons why. The kinetic design is so contemporary and it’s as practical as any other SUV out there. The most impressive detail to add is that it’s the most efficient Land Rover vehicle ever. You can’t beat that.