Without a doubt, the most popular posts I’ve written are the gift guides for guys. When I started, I was a girl shopping for a lot of men every Christmas – my husband, father, father-in-law, 2 brothers, and 2 brothers-in-law. A minimum of 7 guy gifts under the tree! So, I decided to ask all those men what their favorite gifts were and compiled them into my first gift guide. And each year since, I’ve combined my tomboy aesthetic with their input of best gifts to curate another guide. This year is no different! You’ll notice this gift list is a little longer than the one for kids and for her, because a girl needs options, right?
Here we go!
1. Weekender Watch, $57. A watch is the perfect combination of form and function. I especially like the black face and band on this classic Timex timepiece. It’s a perennial favorite.
2. Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $100. A little techy, but super practical in case your guy is still depending on the speakers from his iPhone. This one is under $40, also with good reviews, but without the built-in amplifiers.
3. Dewalt Drill, $129. This was the year my husband and brother built tables from scratch with their bare hands. Well, not exactly bare hands, but I’m confident my husband wished he had this drill. (It’s at the tippy top of his wishlist this year. Add the screw driving set and a set of drill bits.) An all-in-one screwdriver is sort of a guy (and girl) essential. Throw it in his stocking for $4!
4. Everlane crew sweatshirt, $45. If you’re looking to gift clothes, Everlane is my go-to for durable basics, like this sweatshirt. It gets softer with each wash and has cool raglan sleeves that never look sloppy. Thumbs up for all four colors (see my husband wearing it, here).
5. Fire Pit, $100. I bought this for my husband’s birthday because it is like a built-in date right in our backyard. It helps us slow down and just sit together after the kids go to bed. The deeper basin of these fire pits is really nice for kids and for eliminating rogue sparks. Grab a cover to protect the fire pit and a roasting fork set for hot dogs and marshmallows.
6. Socks, 3 sets for $20. If my husband had endless cash, he would wear a new set of socks each day. I don’t claim to understand this, but the least I can do is make sure to have a few new pairs under the tree to kick off the new year.
7. Old Fashioned Whiskey Glass Set, $22. Class up his favorite drink with new glasses, an extra large king cube ice tray, and a muddler + mixing spoon. Skip the whiskey stones, since the best old fashioned requires a 30% ice melt. Add in angostura bitters and his favorite bourbon.
8. Hammock, $50. If you need convincing about this gift, just check out this picture of my brother and all his college friends visiting my parents’ cottage. Don’t forget tree straps, so he can take it right outside for a Christmas afternoon nap.
9. Stanley Thermos, $24. Keep his coffee hot (or ice cold!) for 24 hours with a thermos that can take a beating without spilling. I’m eyeing this for my husband’s upcoming long tax season days.
10. Everlane Slim Pant, $65. These are my husband’s favorite, favorite pants. The secret is the perfect amount of stretch, making them really comfortable all day at the office. If you want, add the Slim Fit Oxford in grey for a really sharp outfit. They are both true to size, but are on the slim side (free exchanges too!).
11. Dopp Kitt, $25. Upgrading luggage is one of those little things that doesn’t seem that important until you’re packing for a weekend away and have to throw your toothbrush in with your t-shirt. A clean, fresh travel kit means he’ll think of you gratefully each time he packs. Throw in a matching duffel bag if he is still using the same bag he filled with sweaty high school gym clothes.
12. The Wes Anderson Collection, $23. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, $10. The New York Times: 36 Hours USA & Canada, $26. Grab a book for the guy in your life – whether it’s a behind-the-scenes look at his favorite director, a historical and gripping tale of bravery, or a book for daydreaming and planning weekend getaways. All three of these have been winners in my family.
Well, there you go! I hope this simplifies your shopping, so you have extra time to spend with your loved ones celebrating the Christmas season. See all the 2015 gift guides HERE, and don’t forget this secret tip to save some cash shopping online!