It’s always tough putting together gift guides for Him that don’t give away what I’m buying for Carter this year. But I think I’m up for the challenge ;)
I’m only doing one holiday gift guide for men this year, so this is a beast of a guide, so bare with me. There are LOTS of ideas here!
Holiday Gifts for Him
From left to right:
Polo 3-Pack of boxer briefs – on sale for $28.14 at Nordstrom.
While probably the least exciting thing on this list (and certainly undeserving of the top spot they ended up in), these boxer briefs are high quality and make excellent stocking stuffers for your significant other.
Magnanni Chelsea boots – an embellished style for $350 at Nordstrom or a more classic style, also $350 at Nordstrom.
A sexy chelsea boot that is a stylish alternative to his typical work shoe.
AG ‘Matchbox’ pants – $178 at Nordstrom.
Once upon a time, Carter was a devoted a Levi’s enthusiast, with the only real exceptions being dress and suit pants. But like trying a fine wine for the first time, after you have a taste of luxury – it’s hard to go back. That’s what happened with Carter and designer jeans. First, it was a pair of Sevens. They were beautiful, soft, but unfortunately didn’t hold their shape. But since then he has discovered AG’s ‘Matchbox’ pants, and has never looked back. They are truly the most flattering cut (and gorgeous in denim too), but what really sets these apart from the competition is how soft and comfortable they are, while still hugging all the right places. Magically, unlike the other designer pant competitors, these manage to keep their shape through multiple wears before hitting the washer.
Shun Premier Santoku Knives – $119.95 and up at William Sonoma.
For the home cook, these knives are perfection. After extensive research, Carter put these on our wedding registry. At first I thought fancy knives were a waste of money, but I quickly changed my tune after I started using them. And Carter of course is absolutely obsessed with them.
Cast iron skillets – $16.95-$24.95 at Crate & Barrel.
I talked about these in my last gift guide. These are great multi-purpose skillets, and you really can’t beat that price point for the quality.
Alpha Industries ‘Slim Fit’ bBomber jacket – $140 at Nordstrom.
Bomber jackets are undoubtably the jacket of the year for both men and women (I looove mine!) I’m a big fan of this one for men because of the reasonable price point and classic style. It pairs so nicely with tee shirts, button ups, jeans or even slacks – adding just the right amount of warmth and lots of style. Choosing between the green, grey and black will be a tough decision, but you can’t go wrong with any of them!
TV floor plan print – $20-$85 on Etsy.
I talked about this in my last gift guide.
Star Wars Collectors Socks – $20 and up at Nordstrom.
I think these speak for themselves.
Louis Vuitton wallet – $440 at Louis Vuitton.
Like anything Louis Vuitton, this wallet is a luxury item and thus a splurge. But it’s a piece he’ll use every single day and have for years to come. (Isn’t that the definition of what you should splurge on?) Louis’ coated canvas is one of the most durable materials there is. It’s practically indestructible, which is exactly what a man needs in a wallet that he sits his butt on all day, everyday. I got one for Carter last year and it still looks like new.
The Tie Bar large style box – $99 at Nordstrom.
Tie Bar pieces end up on my men’s gift guides ever year, and for good reason. They’re super stylish and great quality for the price. This style box – that comes with three ties, three coordinating pocket squares, and two pairs of coordinating socks – is no exception. Not crazy about the blue and green color combo? No problem – Nordstrom has plenty of others to choose from.
Magnanni ‘Miro’ Double Monk Strap shoes – $325 at Nordstrom.
These are Carter’s all-time favorite shoes. You can find the matching belt here.
Addidas Stan Smith ‘Mid’ Sneakers – $100 from ASOS (and selling out fast!)
Not a low top, but not-quite a high-top, these rare mid-top sneakers are, without a doubt, some of my favorite sneakers of all time. Like all Stan Smiths, they’re unisex. I bought a pair for myself last year and wore them practically daily. Their mid-height makes them not-your-typical Stan Smith shoes and I’ve never seen anybody else wear them, making them perfectly unique. Mine are getting worn down and I am beyond devastated that it’s impossible to find them in my size anymore. But the good news for your better half is that these shoes are still available in quite a few men’s sizes.
Tumi carryon spinner suitcase – $495 at Macy’s.
Men love Tumi. That’s a scientific fact. And it doesn’t get much sleeker than this go-everywhere carryon bag. Lightweight and compact – this is pretty much the perfect suitcase for him.
Anonymous socks – $26 each at Club Monaco.
These cozy knit socks are sophisticated, but not too serious.
J Crew trench coat – $298 at J Crew.
It doesn’t get much more classic than a trench coat – the perfect layering piece this season for the man on the go.
Phew! Have I talked your ear off yet? I apologize, brevity is not my strong suit. Regardless, I hope this guide was helpful. And if it wasn’t, be sure to check out last year’s gift guide for men!
I’m always looking for good gift ideas, so if I missed something – and I’m sure I did – sound off in the comments and let me know what you’re getting for the men in your life!