Buy now, ask questions later.
Let’s face it. This gift guide was late going up but that’s okay because you still haven’t done your shopping yet. Just a quick reminder but you don’t have a lot of time left so this gift guide is the best damn curated list for you to reference to eliminate stress and expedite the purchasing process. And because you will use this guide to complete a chunk of your shopping in no time flat, I’ve even included a gift idea that you should pick up for yourself.
Men spent over $13.6 billion on jewelry in 2014 so I feel pretty damn confident in saying that adding a bracelet to your shopping list for one of the guys in your life is normal. If he’s still wearing a Livestrong bracelet, send a jolt to his system with this German handcrafted copper cuff ($98) from Kaufmann Mercantile.
While I’ve never been to Fire Island, the stories I’ve heard (and the iPhone photos I’ve seen) always leave me wondering what the hell happens to people once they arrive there. Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975 – 1983 ($50), Tom Bianchi’s sexy and oddly sweet collection of polaroids of the island will serve as a great coffee table book for the guy who, well, would probably go to a place like Fire Island.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation has teamed up with Baxter of California for a capsule collection sold exclusively through MR. PORTER and this is what I like to call the perfect gift. All men have some type of grooming needs so this grooming set with a wash bag ($100) allows you to share various high end products all stashed in one chic, quilted bag.
Moisturizing is always important but it feels more prevalent in the winter time, doesn’t it? Kiehl’s has an aloe vera hand-and-body lotion ($22) that is the perfect refresher after washing one’s hands. While there are a few Kiehl’s products I would stay away from, this lotion is not one of them. I’ve started using it myself!
If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly taking notes while at your desk, whisking off to a meeting to take more notes and clutching a notebook on your way to the bathroom just in case you get stopped by someone on the way where you might need to — you guessed it — scribble down a note. If you’re like me, you probably know someone like this as well which is why the gift of a notebook might not be glamorous but could be very appreciated. You could try to get some luxe notebook but Muji’s double ring A6 notebook ($6.75) is simplistic and inexpensive enough to get a bundle that will last your friend the whole year.
Now, here’s what you should pick up for yourself!
Back in the day, I worked at a fashion photography studio and one day, a former model demanded a scented candle. Since, at the time, I was still the new kid on the block, I was sent off to Jeffrey on 14th Street to pick up this candle. The only instruction I received from my boss was to “get something good. diptyque!” That first candle — purchased with a company credit card, of course — had me hooked. So, to treat yourself this holiday season, pick up their mini candle set ($90).