Shopping for guys can be tough, especially when they’re as picky as some of our readers have proven themselves to be.
Plenty of men will feign indifference when they’re asked what they’d really like for the holidays; shrugging and saying “I don’t know, I’d be happy with anything.” We know this is far from the truth, though. Men can be just as finicky and specific about what they like as some women are, and it’s important to get an insight into what he’d like by peering through his indifferent facade and honing in on what makes him tick.
To help with the hunt, we’ve rounded up a handful of gift ideas that are sure winners for the men in your life that you need to buy gifts for this holiday season, from grooming to stationary to belts, and beyond:
MR PORTER Grooming Set ($95)
Winter can take its toll on dudes’ skin. The team at MR PORTER culled together this no-nonsense collection of 12 products to help guys put their best faces forward, no matter the weather.
It’s a thoughtful gift that results in a skincare routine men don’t have to think about, and everything’s travel-sized. How’s that for convenience? It contains Dr. Sebagh’s Serum Repair for smooth skin, Oribe’s watermelon, lychee, and Edelweiss Flower extract shampoo, Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Face Scrub to promote cell renewal, REN Skincare’s Flash Rinse Facial treatment for imperfections, Malin and Goetz Shaving Cream and much more.
Elsa Peretti “Bean” Tiffany Lighter ($320)
Made by Tiffany in 1982, this shiny round lighter was designed by Elsa Peretti with a unique shape. This vintage find is a low-key flex over any dude who camped out for a Supreme Zippo this past season, and it’s totally refillable.
Sadly, you’ll have to buy lighter fluid separately.
The Motley x Thread Experiment Room and Linen Spray ($38)
No guy wants his room smelling like a gymnasium, nor does he want it smelling like a bottle of cheap body spray or super floral air freshener. This scent comes from a collaboration of men’s bed linen specialist Thread Experiment and Jacqueline Steele of Goest Perfumes in Los Angeles, who’s also The Motley’s longtime perfumer.
With notes of Italian bergamot, neroli and white woods, this room spray smells masculine yet young — that means no super strong notes you’d associate with a middle-aged man.
CDT Gift Set ($50)
Craft Design Technology offers this handsome set of office supplies that outshine anything you can steal from the office.
It includes a stapler, green and white post-it pads, an eraser, coated mechanical pencil, two pens and even a glue stick. The kicker is that everything’s made in Japan for an added stunt factor.
Noah Baby Camel Hair Hoodie ($628)
Noah makes a ton of hoodies, but this pricey one is truly special. Made in Italy out of 100% baby camel hair, it’s essentially as warm as most topcoats out there, but distilled into a versatile sportswear staple.
The fibers are sustainably harvested from molting camels in central Asia and the hand of the fabric is super soft, belying its density. This thing will keep its wearer seriously warm.
Ryedecker “Sport” Debbie Belt ($45)
Young brand ryedecker is gaining steam for its Hot Topic meets Vans Slip On checkerboard belts.
Affordable and on-trend, it’s the ideal accessory for recovering and aspiring mall goths alike. It comes with a keyring, too.
Trés Bien Wool Scarf ($140)
Trés Bien started its in-house line only a year or so ago, but it’s since become the perfect expression of the Swedish shop’s refined taste in menswear.
This rectangular scarf is made of 100% wool and manufactured in Italy, while the blue checks complement everything from a proper topcoat to a casual parka.
A.P.C. Pantelleria Quilt ($880)
A.P.C.’s housewares game is the perfect marriage of Jean Touitou’s commitment to utilitarian minimalism and continued love affair with indigo.
This luxurious quilt is made of patchwork cotton fabrics in varying shades of blue, gray and ecru, and is super limited-edition. It’s a worthy addition to any self-respecting guy’s home.
Quartersnacks x 2003 Magazine Bundle ($45)
A Year Magazine is a publication by GQ Style Senior Editor Noah Johnson that focuses on different cultural events and happenings in a specific time frame; in this case, it’s 2003. Quartersnacks is a venerable NY skate site that just celebrated its 10th anniversary.
In this two-pack, you get a collaborative Quartersnacks x 2003 cap that commemorates the date of the 2003 NY Blackout, which is featured in one of the mag’s editorials. So yeah, kind of meta. Get it for the nostalgic skate rat in your life.
Pintrill x Baron Von Fancy Pin Set ($40)
Artist Baron Von Fancy teams up with Pintrill for two black-and-gold pins that appeal to the misanthrope in your life (“DON’T THREATEN ME WITH A GOOD TIME!”) or the self-styled elegant dresser (“Fancy”).
Maybe it’s the same person. If it is, then this pin set is absolutely perfect.
If you’re buying for any women this year, make sure you check out our gift guide for her.