Friday, December 8, 2017


While I really only have one guy to shop for this year (Hi Dad!), I know a lot of you out there have brothers, boyfriends, best friends or maybe even grandfathers you're shopping for. As uncomplicated as some men claim to be, they sure can be hard to shop for, right?

My best advice is always to start with what they like to do, rather than what they need. Kitchen toys for enthusiastic home chefs, outdoor extras for hikers and campers, games for the guy who's always having people over... You get the idea. Oh, and whiskey. Most guys (and lots of women like me, too) love to find a good bottle of dark liquor in their stocking.

Again, I'm really patting myself on the back for my picks here, so you'll find all of them vouched for in detail below! There are gadgets, art prints, games, slippers, and one very expensive piece of memorabilia.

  • Sonos Play:1 speaker, $149: Okay so full disclosure, I just got this speaker as a gift myself, but I am totally converted to the cult of Sonos. The sound quality is bananas, and once you figure out how to work the app, it's so easy to play podcasts, Spotify and the Taylor Swift album your boyfriend says he doesn't like, but secretly sings in the shower all the time.
  • Sonic Editions 'The Stones Return to the UK,' $129: Hot tip from me to you, Sonic Editions has so many cool prints. If the guy on your list is a James Bond buff or could use some tasteful art for his apartment's bare walls, this is a great resource. My pic for a crowd-pleaser? This black-and-white print of The Rolling Stones. You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find... You nail the gift anyway. (Sorry.)
  • Nintendo Super NES Classic edition, $79: Is it weird that I'm kind of dying for one of these? I've never been huge on video games, but growing up you know I got down with some Super Mario Bros and Donkey Kong, and would love to fire them up on a Sunday when I'm tired of binging a show on Netflix. This is a crowd-pleaser, can't-miss gift, and for less than $80 it's a great deal, too!
  • Double-sided dart board, $60: I've put a dart board on gift guides in the past, but that's because I really think they make a fantastic boyfriend or brother gift. Years ago I had a beau who taught me how to play and we'd while away the hours on a summer Sunday drinking Radler and trying to razz each other into missing the target. Fun, affordable, slightly dangerous—what's not to love?
  • Rumpl puffy blanket, $129: I found this rainbow down blanket while surfing REI the other day, but if this wild colorway isn't your jam, check out all their blankets on Rumpl's site. This makes a great gift for camping and picnic-oriented dudes.
  • Wyoming Whiskey, $45: My dad loves this whiskey and so do I. Great for cocktails or sipping on the rocks...  And different than your usual Bulleit or Woodford Reserve bourbon.
  • Vans x Peanuts socks, $15: These Charlie Brown socks make a playful stocking stuffer, and will definitely see some play this winter with his boots and sneakers.
  • RSVP Paris porte-cartes, $140: I spied this fancy card holder on the Goop gift guide and am blatantly stealing the idea and bringing it here to you. These are limited edition and extremely good looking, and are a great way to upgrade your guy's current wallet game.
  • Anova sous vide precision cooker, $99: This was a suggestion from one of my best guy friends, who has and absolutely loves his sous vide. He says it's given him way more confidence and the kitchen and gets him and his girlfriend to cook at home more frequently. Nice!
  • Armor-Lux slippers, $85: Slippers are a great "Dad" gift, but a legitimately stylish pair like these shearling-lined striped babies from Armor-Lux (they're French!) make a sweet and use-em-everyday gift for boyfriends, too.
  • JVDF silver joint case, $45: I don't need to tell you what this is for, or to whom you should give it. If it feels right, you'll know.
  • Barebones Living cooler, $60: Another great gift for outdoorsy men, this cooler holds up to 16 cans and has a comfortable shoulder strap for lugging up mountain sides or down to sandy shores.
  • Away Travel 'Bigger Carry On' bag, $245: I finally bit the bullet and got myself one of these Away suitcases this year and I couldn't be more obsessed. You've probably seen them around being recommended by literally everyone—but in case you need more convincing, they have charging ports for your devices, a compression compartment that really works, and are virtually indestructible. (Plus with this link you can save $20 on your purchase!)
  • Bridge & Burn wool flat cap, $48: I have been a fan of Bridge & Burn for years 
  • Hudson's Bay Company leash, $32: Does one of the men on your list have a dog? Yes? Upgrade that good dog's leash situation with this lead in Hudson's Bay Company's iconic stripes.
  • Mark & Graham monogrammed pajama pants, $40: Everyone needs a pair of designated Netflix binge pants, right?
  • Williams-Sonoma Imperia pasta maker, $79: Have a Master of None fan on your list? Give him (and you) the gift of Instagram-worthy homemade pasta adventures with this old fashioned device that will turn out lasagne layers, fettuccini and linguine. 
  • Everlane twill backpack, $65: This is a good-looking and affordable backpack from a very in-demand brand. If you now a guy who commutes to work on a bike or on foot, this is one of those practical gifts that will also make him look at least 47 percent more well-dressed.
  • Signed and framed Caddyshack poster, $1099: I had to include one totally outrageous gift idea, right? If you've got cash to burn and a deserving man who loves Chevy Chase, treat him to this signed Caddyshack poster and enjoy your status as his favorite person ever, forever.


  1. Bespoke Post has a box right now with a dartboard that's almost identical to that one, plus it comes with a pair of beer glasses. Super cool to see it on your list; now I feel better about that choice, Tay!

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