‘Men’s fashion’, unfortunately, is often considered to be synonymous with ‘expensive clothing’. It’s easy to understand why. Go to any boutique shop in the city or peruse high end online retailers and you’ll see simple button ups for hundreds of dollars, jackets for thousands, and simple things like pocket squares that clock in at just about a third of your monthly rent check.
We’re here to let you know that this doesn’t have to be the case. You can still find attractive, handsome gifts to give the sharp dresser in your life without completely breaking the bank. From a solid pair of chinos, to bracelets, socks, hair and shoe care, there are a surprisingly wide variety of quality made items out there for the sartorially minded guy. To make the search a little easier, we went ahead scrounged through all of it to bring you 15 gifts for the dapper man under $50.
Richer Poorer Lobos Socks
Made from a mix of cotton, polyester, nylon, and spandex, these socks make for a great addition to a work or casual outfit. They’re unique, comfortable, and add a subtle burst of color when you cuff your trousers.
V76 Beard Oil
People wash and condition their hair, so why not go ahead and treat the beard with just as much care? This beard oil from Vaughn gets absorbed by facial hair and hydrates both the skin and beard making for a nice smelling, and even better looking set of whiskers.
People watching is a fun passtime for anyone living in the city, but photographer Scott Schuman has turned it into a kind of art form. The same man who founded the bellwether blog of the same name has come out with a series of coffee table books full of fantastic photographs of a mix everyday people and fashion insiders wearing tasteful and exciting clothes. This book was among his first published, but it still stands up years later.
Baxter of California Pomade Mixer Kit
If you don’t know which type of hair product to get the guy in your life – this is an ideal gift. It consists of four different 15 ml sized pomades of varying styles; a clay pomade for a firm hold and matte finish, a hard water pomade for a similar hold and shiny finish, and then a cream and hard cream for a light and firm hold with a natural finish respectively.
Buck Mason Slub Pocket Tee
A simple t-shirt is never a bad way to go when it comes to gift giving season. This shirt from Buck Mason is made from a light slub cotton and is hand sewn right here in the U.S. The fabric and cut make for a nice cut that works perfect for everyday wear.
HOLD Screw Cuff Bracelet
Designed and made in a small seaside town just north of San Diego, this HOLD bracelet is a nice casual addition to any outfit. Made from a thick cord and held together by a stainless steel clasp – it is sure to stay on the wrist whether surfing, riding your bike down the coast, or while typing away at the computer.
Wool Cashmere Beanie
Too often we grab up the closest cap we can find when it gets cold out, not the warmest or most comfortable. Remedy that situation with this merino wool and cashmere cap from Everlane. Rib knit with fantastically warm and comfortable materials, it is sure to be used for everyday wear this winter.
Maxx & Unicorn Money Clip
A simple but well made money clip for the guy who wants to change up how he carries cash. Made from a solid piece of brass that was cut, engraved, and bent by hand in Brooklyn, NY – it’s a great American made piece to add to your everyday carry.
Original Brass Pen
Keeping a pen on hand, whether to take notes, sign checks, or just doodle idly, is a must. Instead of carrying around those cheaply made plastic picks for another year, give the writer in your life the gift of a solid brass pen. Compatible with all Pilot G2 and Uni-ball cartridges, it’ll be sure to outlast notebook after notebook.
Uniqlo Vintage Fit Chinos
Few things beat a well made pair of Chinos. Made from 100% cotton and featuring a classic cut, this pair from Uniqlo make for a perfect and affordable pick for everyday wear.
Aether Merino Neck Gaiter
Those who live in the colder parts of the country are all too familiar with the sensation of losing feeling in your face while walking form building to building, bus stop to train staion. This neck gaiter from Aether is made from a moisture wicking, breathable merino wool, making it great for winter wear whether you are on bike or foot.
Juniper Wood Deejo Knife
This knife from Deejo is affordable, attractive, and built for real world use. Made from 420 stainless steel, featuring a liner lock for safety, and a rare wood handle, it makes for a great addition to an office workers carry.
Buly 1803 Comb
A good comb is a must for any guy. This one hailing from Switzerland is made from solid tortoise shell acetate and comes with a felt travel case.
This shoe from Keds is California classic. Made from a breathable canvas upper and featuring Drilex sock lining for comfort, is is as sharp as it is simple.
Kiwi Shoe Care Kit
For the guy who already has a whole host of well made leather shoes, this kit makes a great gift. Featuring an acetate shoe horn, 2 paste tins, shine clothes, sponge daubers, and horsehair shoe shine brushes all packaged an American made wooden box, it’s all a guy could ever want.