Buying clothes for guys as holiday gifts can be a tricky proposition. Too often, gift-givers focus on what the recipient needs as opposed to what he wants. Hence, the proliferation of tube socks that turn up under the Christmas tree each year and are met with the most awkward fake excitement a guy can muster.
But that doesn’t mean that men aren’t psyched to receive gifts that will improve their style and make them look better. This year, there are no shortage of products to choose from, whether you’re looking for the perfect T-shirt or a warm down jacket, you’re sure to find something in our holiday gift guide for the stylish man that will suit your needs. And while you’re at it, why not treat yourself to something nice.
STOWE VERMONT SKI HAT
A good beanie is a must-have for the winter months no matter what outfit you’re wearing. This made-in-Vermont version is based on a design from the 1950s and allows you to channel Robert Redford’s style in Downhill Racer.
NICK FOUQUET CUSTOM HAT
Prices vary, nickfouquet.com
With the signature matchstick tucked into the band, custom hatmaker Nick Fouquet’s creations have a rough-around-the-edges aesthetic that belies the meticulous craftsmanship required to create each one. Part cowboy, part hippie, these hats are a great way to top off a look.
TUDOR HERITAGE BLACK BAY WATCH
From $3,100, tudorwatch.com
The all-black version of the Tudor Heritage Black Bay is one of the coolest watch designs to come out this year. Its look is inspired in part by the 1954 Tudor Submariner and the “snowflake”-style hands are borrowed from Tudor’s watches in the late 60s. The Black Bay comes with either a steel or leather strap, but the included fabric nato style band is our favorite.
BEST MADE STANDARD RAGLAN T-SHIRT
X marks the spot with this T-shirt from Best Made Co., which has the brand’s logo on the chest. It features raglan sleeves so the shoulder falls more naturally and has the weight you remember from your favorite old old gym tees.
SLEEPY JONES x WES LANG BOXERS
Artist Wes Lang is known for his works that blend tattoo, motorcycle, and Native American influences. His designs were featured on the merch for Kanye West’s Yeezus tour. For these boxers, he drew inspiration from flash tattoo art. Whether you sleep in them or wear them out, they’ll give you a little extra swag.
COMMON PROJECTS CHELSEA BOOT
The Chelsea Boot is having a resurgence right now, but it never goes out of style. Common Projects stayed true to the original design with a suede upper and elasticized sides, but added a clever spin with the comfortable crepe soles similar to what you’d find in a desert boot.
KAUFMANN MERCANTILE SHOE HORN
Most shoe horns are cheap plastic deals that don’t really deserve a place next to your nice shoes. This one is made from actual cattle horn in an old workshop in Denmark and will prevent you from crushing the heels of your finest footwear.
If you’ve tired of the same old Mach 3 and want something a little more special, the OneBlade is the razor you’re looking for. As its name implies, it uses a single blade that is made of hardened stainless steel and covered in platinum. The stainless steel handle is engineered to exacting standards and positions the blade at the optimal angle for a great shave.
KITH x REIGNING CHAMP BLEECKER SWEATPANT
Take one of the best names in high-end streetwear and pair it with one of the finest fleece manufacturers and this is what you get. Ronnie Fieg’s Kith used Reigning Champ’s heavyweight fleece to create these sleek sweatpants with reinforced knees and four pockets. If there was ever a pair of sweatpants to wear to a nice restaurant or a club, these are it.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN FEATHERBED CHRISTY JACKET
Rocky Mountain Featherbed was originally founded in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is now overseen by a Japanese company that is committed to faithfully restoring the old styles. With its leather shoulders and shearling collar, this jacket is rugged enough to ride the range, but looks just as good in the concrete jungle.
CANADA GOOSE x PENDLETON SCARF
It isn’t easy to improve on the style and warmth of a Pendleton scarf, but Canada Goose did so by filling it with its renowned goose down. The quilted scarf is the best thing to happen to your neck since that hickie in seventh grade.
JACK BLACK SOAP ON A ROPE
Put aside your fears of prison showers. Your body will actually thank your for using this soap on a rope. Natural lava rock helps the bar exfoliate your skin, while shea butters hydrate it.
AIR JORDAN 1 PINNACLE
The Air Jordan 1 is arguably the most iconic sneaker silhouette of all time. It’s the shoe that launched Michael Jordan’s career and paved the way for future generations of signature footwear. Owing to its place on the Mt. Rushmore of sneakers, Jordan created this version using the premium vachetta leather, which ages beautifully and takes on a unique character.
WILL DHURRIE MASON BAG
Combining the shape of a sturdy carpenter’s bag with the artisanry of hand-loomed yarn patterns, this bag is ready to take gear to the gym, cart a laptop to the office or jet out of town for the weekend.
TOPO DESIGNS MOUNTAIN SHIRT
Meet your new favorite flannel shirt. Made in the U.S., Topo Designs’ Mountain Shirt features a polyester lining around the neck and a slim cut that still provides room to move if you have to chop wood or open a beer above your head.
OLIVERS ALL OVER SHORT
If you are one of those lucky bastards that gets to go someplace warm for the holidays, take us with you. Also, bring these shorts. They are made from a four-way stretch fabric and the pockets are constructed from ballistic mesh so you don’t have to worry about stuff falling through. Even the drawstring is a military-spec paracord.
RIVAY LE MOTO SWEATSHIRT
It’s O.K. if you don’t know how to ride a motorcycle, you can still rock this sweatshirt. Made from French terry fabric, its contrasting grey collar, cuffs, and hem provide a refined touch.
ADIDAS ULTRA BOOST
There are sneakers that look sharp. There are sneakers that perform well. And there are sneakers that are comfortable to wear. The Ultra Boost is the rare model that checks all three boxes. You feel the benefit of the Boost cushioning technology instantly and will be hard pressed to take these kicks off.
BILLYKIRK SLIM CARD CASE
Remember when people used to keep pictures of their girlfriends or family in their wallets? Yeah, neither do we. All you really need is a card case to hold your license, credit card, and cash. The brothers behind leather goods maker BillyKirk designed this case to be as slim as possible, with a slot pocket on either side and a larger middle pocket. You can also have it embossed with your initials, or “Bad Mother Fucker” if you choose.
JEAN SHOP ROCKER JEANS
The quest to find the perfect jeans is not an easy one. But most denim aficianados agree that Jean Shop does an incredible job. Its Rocker style is cut so that you can actually fit into them if you’ve ever done a squat in your life, but not so roomy that you look like a 90s raver. The jeans are made with raw selvedge denim that breaks in wonderfully the more you wear them.