The Wishlist: Dapper Man’s Holiday Gift Guide

Men aren’t all confined to tee-shirts and jeans these days. Having a comprehensive knowledge of fashion is a necessity for a successful man both in growing his career and finding a mate. That means keeping up appearances whether at work, the gym, or just driving around town. Feeling good is in part about looking good. As the saying goes, dress for the job you want, not the job you have. These quaffed men might seem easy to shop for, but their dynamic and refined taste and devotion to detail can make it a chore. So, let us help.

Gifts for a dapper man are all about allowing him to express himself properly. You want to capture what it is about his look that showcases who he is and what he’s about. Everything counts in first impressions, but these stylish gifts shine under pressure and add just the right pomp when needed.

Baxter Pomade Mixer Kit

Baxter Pomade Mixer Kit

Clay, cream, and pomade for hard water, these cover any conditions and any hairstyle so that the guy who needs to look magazine cover ready can cope with sudden heat, humidity, or wind threatening to ruin his look.

Purchase: $28

Harry’s Winter Winston Set

Harry’s Winter Winston Set

Cold mornings mean brutal shaves, which is why a quality shaving kit is necessary for the colder months. Quintuple German blades with a lubricating strip make each razor cartridge a smooth cutter that prizes comfort and the gel or shaving cream soothes your skin for facing blustery days.

Purchase: $30

Icons of Men's Style

Icons of Men’s Style

From a reporter who has worked for Esquire, GQ, The Financial Times, and innumerable other respected publications comes a book about the origin of some of the biggest and best styles of all time. Icons of Men’s Style is a retrospective omnibus of the guys who defined style for men.

Purchase: $30

J. Crew Lambswool Marled Striped Hat

J. Crew Lambswool Marled Striped Hat

Soft, supple lambswool makes this hat comfortable enough to wear for hours walking through a white out yet able to breathe enough that morning runs won’t leave it soaked in sweat. It’s lighter than it looks, making it a premium pocket accessory.

Purchase: $30

Cause And Effect Thin Brass Bar Cuff

Cause And Effect Thin Brass Bar Cuff

A proper wrist adornment properly worn sets the dapper man apart from the pack. Nothing is simpler or more eye-catching than a hand-crafted brass cuff. Hammered and crafted domestically, this is true American grit with a flashy exterior.

Purchase: $40

Fulton and Roark Solid Cologne

Fulton & Roark Solid Cologne

Cologne isn’t perfume and shouldn’t be used or stored the same way. Guys live rougher and they need a scent that is hardy enough to stick with them throughout the day. With these wax-based colognes, there’s less waste, less manufacturing, and more long-lasting aromas meant for any man’s pulse points.

Purchase: $42

Bellroy 1 Card Phone Case

Bellroy 1 Card Phone Case

Most of us have our finances balanced so that we use one card for most of our purchases. Help your dapper man cut down on bulky wallets that are tragically out of style with a phone case that also hides his single most popular card in a tanned leather and polycarbon body with microfiber lining to protect his phone.

Purchase: $55

Everlane The Scarf

Everlane The Scarf

Gray and able to blend with any outfit, The Scarf’s ultrafine merino wool is buttery against your fingers. Manufactured in caring plants where the people are treated as well as the materials, The Scarf is woven with care that shows in its quality and precise workmanship.

Purchase: $65

Buck Mason White Slub Hoodie

Buck Mason White Slub Hoodie

It flatters the body around the core and at the wrists while still offering a wide, relaxed neck and hood for easy wear over business attire. Constructed out of 100% French terry slub cotton and sewn together in Los Angeles, this hoodie can be worn with true American pride.

Purchase: $78

Wood & Faulk D-Ring Belt

Cut from a US steer and treated with beeswax for a natural luster and protection, W&F’s belts come with impressive brass D-Rings to clasp them for a smoother look than notched belts. This will go with any waist size and complement any casual ensemble.

Purchase: $95

Sir Jack’s Saddle Tan Deerskin Gloves

Sir Jack’s Saddle Tan Deerskin Gloves

Constructed out of Cascadia deerskin for better flexibility and dexterity, these can be used for working on a tractor while looking like they just left the showroom floor. They’re all American made, giving them that homegrown toughness and smooth lines.

Purchase: $96

Taylor Stitch Slim Jeans

Taylor Stitch Slim Jeans

The best in Indigo warp and natural weft red cast denim, these are more than just your average skinny jeans. Sewn in San Francisco, these look like the jeans that James Dean would have worn on his fateful motorbike cruises. American as apple pie.

Purchase: $145

Club Monaco Wool Cardigan

Club Monaco Wool Cardigan

Discerning gentlemen of taste know that you can’t just wear any cardigan. Using soft merino wool that is meant to retain heat yet feel gentle against the sensitive skin of your neck and wrists, along with suede patches for a professorial look this is the comprehensive blend of form and functionality.

Purchase: $160

Gitman Bros. Grey Oxford

Gitman Bros. Grey Oxford

The blue oxford shirt is no longer the marker of quality that it once was. Grey has taken over as the neutral hue of the day, and this piece from the Gitman Bros. shows just how versatile this shirt is. 100% nearly indestructible cotton, it will look good for ages to come.

Purchase: $165

Daniel Wellington Classic St. Mawes

Daniel Wellington Classic St. Mawes

There are few names in the fashion world who haven’t sold their soul for 30 pieces of silver. Dan Wellington is one of the few that can still be trusted to make a slim watch that is as good for sports as for leisure. Easy band swapping and various color options give this Classic a lot of life.

Purchase: $229

Orvis Naval Peacoat

Orvis Naval Peacoat

The peacoat is timeless, but this honors the classic by being made fully in America, where the peacoat style first caught fire in the fashion world. Melton wool and nylon combine for high-grade protection from the weather and an appearance that is straight out of the officer’s club.

Purchase: $275

Shinola Travel Kit

Shinola Travel Kit

Lined with canvas so the inside resists wetness, odors, mildew, along with regular wear and tear, this hand-crafted Horween Essex leather dopp kit is made in Worcester, MA by Shinola. They’re bringing quality manufacturing back home in style.

Purchase: $295

Gant Rugger Overcoat

Gant Rugger Overcoat

Large enough for layering without ruining the lines and cut of this overcoat, it bears a ruggedness that can stand up to inclement weather of the worst kind. The tactile bouclé body is cut in a double-breasted fashion that works with any body type.

Purchase: $521

Killspencer Weekender 3.0

Killspencer Weekender 3.0

Created by artisans in the city of angels, the Weekender bags from Killspencer should be green they attract so much envy. In your choice of naked leather, cotton camo, suede, or nylon, there’s a Weekender for every man and every style.

Purchase: $675

Footwear Dapper Man

Footwear

You only look at a man’s shoes when they are done really right, or entirely wrong. Select the proper sneaker, boot, or work shoe and people will always notice for the former reason. Try to wing it, and they’ll look for the latter.

Billy Reid: $395 Converse: $95 Quoddy: $400

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