For whatever reason, holiday style gifts are an area ripe for fails. No one wants to wake up to a 3-pack of tube socks or an ugly, ugly tie. That’s why we’re here to help. Whether you’re giving or dropping hints on what you want to receive, we have plenty of ideas that will have you stepping into the new year looking fresh.
Nike Roshe Run Pendleton iD $130, nike.com
You can now customize one of Nike’s most popular lifestyle shoes with wools from another great Pacific Northwest brand, Pendleton. There are three tartan patterns, one plaid, and four solid-color wools to choose from.
Festified NFL Ugly Holiday Sweater $69, festified.com
Win your office’s ugly Christmas sweater contest and show your support for your favorite NFL team. That is called a win-win.
Seneca Walter Sunglasses $100, senecaeyewear.com
A minimal design that blends streetwear with high fashion, these sunglasses feature lenses from Carl Zeiss, who also makes some of the finest camera lenses available.
Griffin Technology x Harris Tweed Laptop Bag $249.99, griffintechnology.com
Harris Tweed is still woven by hand in Scotland and the fabric brings a refined sensibility to the standard laptop case. Designed to hold MacBooks, this bag is padded and has an exterior pocket for your assorted cables.
Burton Tech Tee $59.95, burton.com
Blending an ugly Christmas sweater with chest hair is kinda creepy but also kinda awesome. This wicking, breathable base layer is ideal for any holiday activity you get into.
Detroit Watch Company Pride of Detroit Aviator Series $795, detroitwatchco.com
Named after a plane owned by Detroit oil millionaire, this classic 44mm pilot watch pays tribute to the aircraft which set cross-country speed records.
Saturdays Bowery Underlined Sweatshirt $98, saturdaysnyc.com
With a clever logo and a classic heather gray color, this sweatshirt from the New York City surf lifestyle brand is destined to be a go-to item in your closet.
Billy Reid MSL Denim $225, billyreid.com
Named after the the airport call sign for Muscle Shoals, near Billy Reid’s Alabama design studios, the brand’s new denim line is made with 12 oz. Japanese selvedge denim and comes in three washes (dry, 6 months worn, and 12 months worn).
Contemporary Menswear: The Insider’s Guide To Independent Men’s Fashion $25.37, amazon.com
Written by respected fashion writers Steven Vogel, Nick Schoenberger, and Calum Gordon, Contemporary Menswear curates the best designers, brands, and media companies in menswear right now. Any rakish gentlemen will be well-served by this tome.
Ateliers Ruby x Ill Studio Castel Helmet $1,700, ateliersruby.com
If you’ve ever seen a Frenchman cruise by on a motorcycle or scooter and thought, “Damn, that guy looks cool,” odds are he was wearing an Ateliers Ruby on his head. The helmet company collaborated with design collaborative Ill Studio on a full face Castel model with a speckled paint job.
Visvim FBT Sashiko Folk $658, unionlosangeles.com
Featuring a handsewn suede upper atop a comfortable Vibram sole, these moccasins are sure to have folks asking “Where’d you get those?”
Miansai Hook On Rope Bracelet $75, miansai.com
Unless you’re Mr. T, most guys should limit their jewelry to a well-selected watch. This Miansai bracelet, built with a maritime-grade rope and fastened with a rose gold fishing hook, is the exception to that rule.
Tanner Goods Driving Gloves $100, tannergoods.com
Made from deerskin leather, these sleek driving gloves are incredibly soft and will break in wonderfully the more you wear them. You won’t want to touch the steering wheel in anything else.
Baxter of California Shower Kit $60, baxterofcalifornia.com
Step up your shower game from that sliver of Ivory soap. This kit includes everything you need to take care of your skin and hair with a face wash, a body wash, a shampoo, and a conditioner all packaged in a water-resistant dopp kit.
Bell x Schott Motorcycle Jacket $900, bellhelmets.com
This isn’t a jacket inspired by motorcycle culture. This is built for real riding (although it looks great off the bike too) by two of the most respected names in the game. Limited to 250 pieces, the horsehide leather jacket features a zip-out lining for extra warmth.
Del Toro x Playboy Slippers $365, deltoroshoes.com
The velvet slipper is one of the rare places you can express your personal style in black tie. Playboy collaborated with Del Toro on this amazing Italian-made pair with a leather sole, grosgrain trim and, of course, the iconic Rabbit Head.
The Hill-Side Scarf $97, hickorees.com
Camouflage works great in certain amounts. (You never want to go head-to-toe unless you’re in a duck blind). This scarf from the Hill-Side gets the proportions exactly right.
Pendleton Love Me Blanket $299, pendleton-usa.com
Artist Curtis Kulig’s “Love Me” tag has appeared around the world. Now it makes an appearance on an iconic Pendleton wool blanket. This will come in handy on those cold winter days where you just don’t feel like going outside at all.
Knoll Backpack Tote $325, knoll.com
Knoll is known more for its furniture such as Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, but they have just released a great line of tote bags. This felt bag has leather straps that allow you to carry it as a tote or as a backpack.
Belstaff Roadmaster $850, belstaff.com
David Beckham wears one of these stylish yet functional motorcycle jackets. That should tell you everything you need to know.
Rapha Merino Sweatshirt $170, rapha.cc
In theory this sweatshirt is built for bike commuting, but you won’t want to take it off no matter what activity you’re doing. The merino wool is extremely soft and the seams are arranged to allow maximum range of movement.
Vince Cashmere Beanie $95, vince.com
Cashmere’s superiority is never more apparent than when you put this ribbed beanie over your ears on a blistery cold day.
Bill’s Khakis Football Belt $85, billskhakis.com
The leather in this belt comes from the same tannery that produces the leather used in pro and college footballs. The pebbled grain has the same field as a well-used pigskin.
Frank & Oak Toggle Coat $225, frankandoak.com
It’s fine to channel the look from Dead Poets Society with this wool quilted jacket that has a detachable hood and collar flaps. Just don’t start standing on your desk and screaming “Oh captain, my captain.”
Rag & Bone Jack Shirt $350, rag-bone.com
A good flannel shirt is a must in any guy’s closet. Rag & Bone’s take in classic Buffalo check is incredibly soft and features two deep front pockets.
Freemans Sporting Club Vintage Playboy Cardigan $740, freemanssportingclub.com
Designed in NYC and knit entirely by hand in Vancouver, BC, the Vintage Playboy Cardigan is of 100% pure new wool and accented with hand-cut teak wooden buttons. This limited edition collaboration sweater showcases the iconic Playboy Rabbit Head Design with a degree of modern sophistication.