2011 Holiday Gift Guides: For Him


10 days til Christmas and let me guess who you have not crossed off your list…he’s handsome, often funny, super practical, ever so hard to buy for and …male. As someone with one husband, one brother, one father and zero sisters, I am right there with ya.

This year, I have been on the hunt and have put together a pretty stellar list of sweet gifts for the guys on your list. They are useful, yet stylish, classy but not stuffy, rugged, yet handsome. This is like the Paul Newman of gift guides! So ladies, help is here. And gentlemen, (that’s you, John from Red Orchard) pass this one on to her if you see anything you like. Santa needs all the help she can get!


1.)  Woolrich Classic Wool Field Coat ~ Woolrich : I am pretty sure all seven of the Pontipee brothers were wearing this coat while wooing them women. (bonus points if you get that) This classic wool coat is classic for a reason. It has been the same handsome thing since the 1800s. Not only is it warm, but Coach would want me to let you know that it sheds water too. (We talk A LOT about the merits of moisture barriers in athletic gear around here…) Win Win. Love Love.

2.)  Kiehls Original Musk ~ Kiehls : This oh-so-refreshing take on cologne dates back to the 1920’s when Kiehls was not a mall store, but an apothecary. It used to be called “Love Oil” which I can understand. He will smell as if he just stepped out of the shower. A very manly shower. Which is such a nice antidote to all things Axe.

3.)  Cheesemonger’s Kitchen ~ Marmalade (617-484-0093): This book celebrates chef and cheesemonger Chester Hastings quarter-century career in the dairy arts with delicious cheese-focused recipes and beautiful photography. Perfect for your fromage-o-phile.

4.)  BOOK iPad cover ~ Ned Relow: Oh be still my book-loving heart! This hand crafted gorgeous bit of cleverness from Ned Relow will satisfy his eye for classic design, practicality and technology in one perfect package. Perfect for the back-pack or bedside table and made from sustainable and natural materials, with this he can have his book, and ‘e’ it too! Made to order.

5.)  Hammond Boots ~ Sundance: You know how I love a vintage design made beautifully modern. These handsome boots look like they were handed down to him by James Dean. Made in the USA with hand-washed leather and bound to become a fast favorite of his feet!

6.)  Zebrawood iPhone Case ~SWcases (on Etsy): I can hardly handle the coolness of this beautiful rare wood, this natural material being crafted to protect our delicate but now necessary tiny tools of technology. The situation is downright poetic. Handmade in San Diego, these gorgeous cases are one-of-a-kind just like him.

7.)  Shaving Supplies from Prospector Co.: This company has taken a shine to the art of shaving. With a nod to posterity and an eye for clean design, they are issuing some fine tools for the facially-follicled. Pictured are Peary & Henson Aftershave and Miss Annie Jones Shaving Oil.

8.)  Baseball Bat Bottle Openers ~Marmalade (617-484-0093) or Uncommon Goods: Is he a basebal fan?! These bottle openers are made from real broken baseball bats from major league games! Available for specific teams (we have Red Sox at Marmalade) or general MLB bats, each comes with an authorization number that links the bat to the player that broke it and the game it was used in. As far as I’m concerned, this is a home run!

9.)  Princeton Tech Headlamp ~ REI: These seem goofy until you wish you had one! Great for biking, hiking, reading in bed, and really handy when the power goes out in a storm these things are great to have around.

10.) Wall-Mount Bottle Opener ~ Vermont Kitchen Supply Co.: Coach and I got one of these as a gift and mounted it on the kitchen island. It is quirky, useful and makes it fun to open bottles! Super stocking stuffer!

11.) Screenprint ~ Monorail (on Etsy): These hand silk-screened prints are ready to frame and perfect to hang in your home or his office. What a clever (and man-friendly) little love note from you to him. Available in several colors.

12.) Whiskey Stones ~ Gents Supply Co. : He loves whiskey, but does he have the stones for it? These little cubes are made out of nonporous soap stone. Keep them in the freezer, then put them in the glass before you pour. The stones will keep the drink cold without diluting it. Nothing watered down about that.

13.) Filson Medium Duffel ~ : Every man ought to have one gorgeous piece of luggage. Something understated, well-made and long, long lasting. This water-repellent (you’re welcome Coach), heavy-duty shoulder duffel is just the thing. He will be classy coming and going.

Okay! That’s the best I’ve got! What is your favorite man-gift??

Happy Giving!


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