Monday, December 8, 2014

{GIFT GUIDE + GIVEAWAY!} GOODS FOR THE GUYS...

GIFT GUIDE #4: FOR THE GUYS


In an ideal world, gift-giving should be really fun. It should be thoughtful, personal and creative, too. But as anyone who has ever, you know, gone gift shopping, it's not always so. In fact, it can be downright stressful, right? You want to give someone a gift that they not only like, but also use. For me, the hardest people to shop for this time of year are men... And my parents. So for anyone out there shopping for brothers, boyfriends, dads and dudes, this guide is for you.

I found many of the gifts for this guide through Brooklyn-based store Uncommon Goods. I love supporting local businesses this time of year, and most of their offerings have the added bonus of being made in America, and about half of them are handmade, too. Their products sort of have "gift" written all over them, whether you're shopping for guys or ladies.

I purposely kept this guide pretty light on apparel, as I think it is sort of the "easy" choice. Right? I think for a gift guide to be helpful, it should suggest some ideas that you may not have thought of already. For example, a classic (and aesthetically pleasing) dart set or a tabletop mini beer pong set. I have always felt like games make a terrific gift because they encourage so much laughing (sometimes drinking), a little friendly competition and time spent with loved ones. And when they look as good as these? That's just a bonus.

If you know a guy who's sort of an at-home mixologist, why not make his holiday with just a bit more boozy with stocking stuffers. Might I suggest a singular tool for all his mulling, pouring, and garnishing needs? And while you're at it, a genius travel kit for making in-flight Old Fashioned cocktails. Both are clever and thoughtful, and probably not something your guy would buy for himself.

Oh, and let's get one thing clear before I wrap this thing up—aside from the beard grooming kit, these are all excellent gifts for women, too. (I'm crushing hard on that Public V1 bike and have been known to rock a men's flannel on more than one occasion...) So take the inspiration for anyone and everyone!

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**
Uncommon Goods and I are partnering up to give one lucky reader a $50 gift card to help with their holiday shopping this season! It's easy to enter: Just leave a comment below (+ your email), telling me the best gift you ever gave or received during the holidays, and like Uncommon Goods on Facebook. You have until Friday, December 12 to enter, and I'll announce a winner on Monday, December 15! (Still plenty of time to have items shipped before Christmas.)
(It has tons of extra picks that won't make it onto the blog)

*Compensation for this post was provided by Uncommon Goods. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author (me!) and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Uncommon Goods. As always, thank you for supporting Shut up I up love that shirt on you. (Posts like these keep me in business!)

27 comments:

  1. I remember receiving an American Girl Doll when I was seven and legit freaking out I was so excited. My tastes have changed with time, but holiday excitement remains! xox

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  2. One time, when I was 7 years old, I gave my brother a McDonalds gift certificate.

    He has never forgiven me. Merry Xmas, Jack!!

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  3. I once got a keyboard and a Tinkerbell dress and was obsessed with both for months! x
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  4. I want to get all this stuff for my boyfriend! Wait...

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  5. Best gift ever was a staycation at the Bowery Hotel in NYC. 1 week, in the Bowery Hotel, spa treatment included. Aka, heaven.

    Maybe it was a wee indulgent, but also the perfect cure for being stuck in the city while everyone else is traveling home to see family, or flitting away on vaca.

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  6. Thank you for the giveaway! The best gift I ever received was the Original Nintendo when I was 8 or 9. The best gift I ever gave was clothing and toys to an angel on our local Tree of Hope.

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  7. The best gift I ever received was my first-ever collection of CD's: Men in Black - the soundtrack, Hanson - Middle of Nowhere, and Mariah Carey - Butterfly. Santa really got it right that year. Mmmmbop.

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  8. The best gift I ever received is a black bean bag chair when I was in grammar school. My mom told me I was very naughty and deserved such a big piece of coal :[ She was joking, but I'll always remember that gift!

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  9. I gave my mom a new washing machine one year. I follow on fb as Laura Royal Stitzer

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  10. The best gift that I have ever received was unconditional love. Also a trip to Menorca. That was a nice one.

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  11. The best gift I ever gave was a monthly NYC bagel and cream cheese delivery to my boyfriend. The gift that gave to our waistlines all winter...

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  12. Uncommoon Goods is the bomb. and they send you emails with products they're considering carrying and you can vote on whether they should buy them.
    Best gift: faux fur scarf from Restoration hardware. looks real and is super warm.
    Best given gift: Amazon gift card to my dad who is addicted to World of Tanks.

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  13. My sister gave me a Pendleton Blanket for christmas and I cried of joy because she knows me so well!

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  14. I gave my best friend a cute photo frame that had friendship meanings all over it with a pic of us it and she loved it.

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  15. The best gift I ever received was when I was about 7. My dad build a huge doll house for my sister and me - we were so excited on Christmas morning! Each Christmas and birthday we'd look forward to getting new items, like furniture, for the dollhouse. We still have the dollhouse, it's a fantastic memory of our childhood. emilyemahr (at) yahoo.com

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  16. The best gift I ever received was a big stack of cookbooks! It was such a special gift and used more then anything else I own.

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  17. The best gift I have ever received was a puppy, actually who grew into an amazing, loyal dog. :)
    prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

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  18. One time Harry gave me a goldfish... it sadly died on December 26th.

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  19. I got a bike! malalade@yahoo.com

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  20. My husband gave me a food tour as a gift. It was great!
    shankyouverymuch11 at yahoo dot com

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  21. My favorite gift was a Chinese food cooking class. I learned alot and changed my perspective on gift giving.

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  22. My favorite gift was the year my very practical husband gave me very frivolous earrings - totally out of character and lovely!
    sarah.stern.13 at gmail dot com

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  23. Looking so good and interesting blog post you shared here and I love it a lot.

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  24. Excellent collection of gifts for guys and I looks impressive too.

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