There is no such thing as casual for this guy. Whether he is just hanging with friends or out on a hot date, his impeccable taste is always on display. Cool shoes, nice watches, well cut shirts from brands you’ve never heard of. So what do you get this person for the holidays?
Well, we have a few ideas. Twenty, actually. From grooming essentials to ties, gloves, and slacks – we’ve picked out some of what we think are the coolest men’s wear items out there. Whether they give you a jumping off point that takes you to the perfect gift, or they are themselves exactly what you’ve been looking for – we’re confident that our list of gifts for the dapper man will help you narrow down that gift list for the sharp dressing guy in your life. Take a scroll through and get inspired.
Three essentials every guy should have by his bathroom sink or in his dopp kit – a shaver, some pomade, and a little bit of cologne. The razor we picked is from Harry’s, a new but quickly growing brand that provides quality German made blades and shaving cream for a competitive price. The pomade – a water based matte paste that gives texture, and a medium to light hold for coaxing unruly hair to stay just how you’d like it to lay. Last but not least, we picked cologne from Juniper Ridge. A solid resin set in a rounded tin that boasts an earthy, complex, and resinous scent.
100 Years of Menswear
Menswear has changed an incredible amount in the last century, and then at the same time, it hasn’t. This book from Laurence King Publishing takes you down the winding path, with photos and snippets written on everything from old formalwear to the confrontational and abrasive street style of punks. A great pick for the history nerd and sartorialist in your life.
Buck Mason Navy Henley
A classic henley made from high quality Pima Cotton milled in southern California and sewn in Los Angeles with a slim cut. A great basic shirt for wearing under a wool button up or by itself when things get a little warmer out.
Norse Projects Beanie
Beanies are a great add on to any cold weather outfit. This particular hat from Norse Projects is made from 100% new wool and features an all over ribbed detailing and branded tag that sets this particular one apart from the rest.
J.Crew Italian Silk Repp Tie
Ties are tough. There are so many to chose from in so many slight variants of style, it can be hard to pick the right one to give as a gift. For that reason, we like to stick with the classics like this repp tie from J.Crew. Handmade in Long Island City with Italian silk, it is just 2.5 inches at it’s widest point, and features a simple dotted pattern throughout.
These three shoes – Seavee’s Hermosa Plimsoll, The Hill-Side’s All Weather High tops, and Common Projects Suede Chelsea Boots – are a great addition to any guy’s shoe rotation. Seavee’s boast a classic California casual style you’ll, while this pair from The Hill-Side offer a unique take on the old-school high-top Chuck Taylor’s. Of course, for something a bit more on the formal side, Common Projects’ Chelsea boot are a solid pick. From the high quality Italian suede to the elasticized ankle and crepe sole – it’s a handsome and well made shoe perfect for the work week.
Ipsum Wrap Bracelet
Sometimes it’s nice to throw something on your wrist that isn’t a watch. This bracelet from Miansai is made from a black braided leather rope and features a subtle gold plated loop closure. A nice add-on during the week or on the weekend.
Carhartt Dalton Flannel Shirt
It’s hard to beat the oxford shirt when it comes to everyday wear. This one from Carhartt is made with a 5.5 ounce cotton oxford flannel, features a button down collar, and a simple left breast pocket. The rover green and laurel coloring on the shirt makes it easy to wear with either denim or a classic pair of chinos.
Bellroy Note Sleeve
A guy’s everyday carry should match his look. So if the sartorially minded guy in your life is still carrying around a George Constanza wallet around with him, give the gift of a slim note sleeve from Bellboy this holiday season. It fits between 4 and 11 cards, has a dedicated coin pocket, and a slot for cash. To top all of that utility off, these just look great. Made from full grain vegetable leather and coming in a variety of colors, they’re hard to pass up.
Hestra Tricot-Knit Leather Gloves
A sturdy pair of gloves with an exterior made from yellow deer leather, wool, and an interior lining made up of merino wool and polyamide. Not only will these keep wearers nice and warm, but they’ll help them stand out from the crowd, too.
Karas Kustoms Bolt Pen
Machined from tellurium copper right here in the U.S., this bolt-action pen is a great gift for the guy who always keeps a writing utensil on him. Whether it be for taking daily notes, writing longhand, or signing important documents – this handsome and unique pen is a great addition to any guy’s everyday carry setup.
Taylor Stitch Slim Jean in Cone Mills Selvage
A pair of heavy selvedge jeans made with 13.5 ounce indigo warp and weft red cast denim sourced from Greensboro, North Carolina and sewn in a denim factory in San Francisco. This pair of jeans are built to last a long, long time and break in with continuous wear. They feature a slim cut for the modern guy.
Aether Cashmere Scarf
A must for anyone trying to keep warm during the winter, this scarf is made from a particularly nice material – 100% cashmere. With a reversible 2 layer construction, it’s just as warm as it is soft and stylish.
Warby Parker Phipps Sunglasses
A pair of round, metal rimmed glasses crafted from Japanese titanium wrapped in cellulose acetate for extra protection, these things are both stylish and sturdy. The lenses offer 100% UV ray protection and an anti-scratch coating for worry free everyday wear.
Armogan Spirit Of St. Louis
Inspired by the plane that made the first successful transatlantic flight, this sharp looking watch powered by a Miyota chronographic 0S00 and paired with a suede leather strap look great on the wrist on the weekend or during the week. To top off the great looks, the 44mm case and curved mineral crystal are guaranteed to be water resistant for up to 164 feet underwater.
J.Crew Wallace & Barnes Chinos
A pair of classic chinos hailing from J.Crew’s Wallace & Barnes collection. They’re cut from a substantial cotton drill and feature a selvedge edge finish for a nice touch when you cuff them at the leg. Great for everyday wear.
ColdSmoke Cruiser Jacket
It isn’t that often that you’ll find a jacket made from organic textiles that is built solely to protect you from the elements. This one from Cold Smoke Company, a Los Angeles based brand, is made from a rare Japanese military cloth, lined with Polartec performance terry, and impregnated with wax for water resistance. A great pick for guys who wan’t protection but don’t want to look too much like a tech ninja.
RRL Shawl Collar Cardigan
A rib knit cardigan made from a cotton and linen blend and featuring a nice big collar around the neck and pockets in the front. An ideal pick for wearing by the fire while reading a good book or sipping a nice scotch (maybe both?)
Shinola Signature Duffle
Every guy should have a duffle. This one from Shinola is made from genuine American leather that was hand stitched right here in the U.S. The result of the Detroit based maker of all things cool is a sharp looking and totally functional bag built for business travel.
A.P.C Louis W Suede Bomber
Bombers will never go out of style, and neither will suede jackets. This one from A.P.C was inspired by Parisian youth culture of the postwar period, and features a clean, simple cut with an attractive ribbing and warm tan color to it.