The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without the stress of finding the perfect gift for your guy. Boys are historically hard to shop for and finding a gift he not only enjoys, but would have picked out for himself, would be a true Christmas miracle. So of course we called in the man expert, Will Wilson, to give advice on his top tier gifts to give to the main man in your life…
We all know how it goes. One minute you’re stuffing your face with actual stuffing, and the next thing you know you’ve awoken from a Tryptophan coma to find Christmas right around the corner—and you haven’t even started shopping yet.
In my opinion, us guys are the absolute easiest to buy for; the things we want and the things we need are remarkably simple and sometimes one and the same (I’ve started to get legitimately excited when I get socks as a gift). But if you’re having a little trouble finding stuff to put underneath the tree this year, have no fear. I’ve got three gifts to keep your boyfriend/brother/father in your debt ‘til next year.
The Tie Bar, the online men’s neckwear outfitter, is no real secret. Boasting an endorsement from GQ and featuring exclusive ties from Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Dwyane Wayde (yes the basketball kind of Dwyane), The Tie Bar is an irreplaceable asset for male gift shopping.
Shop by color, style, or type of tie, match it with a pocket square and socks, and finish it off with a flourish—lapel pin, tie bar, or cufflinks. You’re set: the perfect accents to your man’s outfit. With these many customization options, it’s easy for you to match anyone’s style or wardrobe—even if they can’t do it themselves.
If you’re struggling on the color coordination front look no further. The Tie Bar has a collection of style boxes; collections of matching ties, pocket squares and accessories that allow for versatility in any outfit. If you can get even the vaguest idea of what kind of clothes the object of your affection wears, you’ll be all set to surprise them with a stylish slam-dunk.
Better yet is the option to customize a gift box. Spending $45 or more gives you an option to create your own gift box to match a specific style—or a range of them. Pick any three ties, pocket squares, or socks to fit into the gift box and give a gift that’s as unique as it is thoughtful.
And if you’re lucky enough to live in Chicago, you can stop by The Tie Bar’s pop-up shop at 918 W Armitage and get some professional help picking out the perfect gift. Their employees are very style savvy, and helped me complete a full gift box that will work with a whole lot of outfits—without even seeing what I have in my closet.
Whiskey, as a rule of thumb, is generally a great gift for any guy. But with the temperature dropping and the days of whiskey-cokes on the decline, it might be time to give their liquor cabinet an upgrade.
Scotch is your winter weather go-to; keeps you warm, buzzing, and doesn’t need any mixers. And if you’re looking to keep things unique and interesting this year, take a look at Highland Park’s ‘Dark Origins’ Scotch Whiskey.
The scotch itself is rich, smoky, and full of delicious flavor profiles like dark chocolate and cherry that any whiskey drinker will appreciate. But beyond that, its brand new release in the states makes it obscure in its own right, not to mention a gift that they definitely won’t be expecting.
This gift is the Tri-fecta this year: Trendy, clever, and oh so delicious.
Custom just seems to be the name of the game this year, and MTailor is no exception. Their homepage screams, “Stop Wearing Another Man’s Clothes,” in a no bullsh*t way of reminding people that nothing will ever fit you the way a tailored shirt does.
Unfitting shirts are no way to make an impression as a gift-giver. And MTailor makes everything a little bit easier with just a quick snap. Skip the tailor, skip the body scanner—just take any picture of your target and send it to MTailor. Their revolutionary fitting procedure can take any picture of someone and get precision tailored measurements. Top it off with your choice of collar, cuffs, and accessories and make the customization complete.
There’s no easier way to get a great-fitting shirt without giving away your gifting intentions so this is perfect for anyone who loves giving a surprise.