ANYTHING FROM BONOBOS
Style editors’ significant others unanimously agree that this site is the place to shop for clothing. The designs are stylish without feeling too try-hard, the pants fit crazy-well and the prices are doable. The brand also has a few “guide shops,” where men can get fitted and test out pieces before ordering online.
Buy It! bonobos.com for Portofino cashmere hoodie, $298, and fireside flannel khakis, $128
OWEN & FRED LUGGAGE TAGS
A set of hand-stamped leather tags could be the difference between his lost suitcase or gym bag getting returned to him or not. Plus, it beats the hell out of using one of those flimsy, never-stay-on paper tags handed out at the airline counter.
Buy It! owenandfred.com, $81 for two tags
IPHONE & IPAD GRAMOPHONE
The traditionalist (or hipster – tom-ay-to, tom-ah-to) in him will love the look of this wood dock and metal horn. The part of him that doesn’t want to deal with playing a record on an actual gramophone will appreciate that the speaker works with his Apple devices.
Buy It! restorationhardware.com, $249 for iPhone speaker and $299 for iPad speaker
Answer a few questions (his shoe size, style, preferred length) on the SOXscribe page, then you can either go with the site’s sock recommendations or choose three you think he’d love (they’re all high-quality and Italian-made, so you can’t go wrong). At the start of every season, he’ll be shipped three more pairs to replenish his stash. Read: No more wearing socks with holes in them.
Buy It! soxiety.com, starting at $124
What to wear with his new, hole-free socks? A pair of the cult classic kicks in his favorite colors. The possibilities and shade combinations are endless so you’ll definitely want to block off a full hour to design a pair. (And be forewarned: You’ll probably end up making a pair for yourself. Your call on if they match his.)
Buy It! vans.com, $65-75
SMYTHSON MULTI-CURRENCY WALLET
If he’s a world traveler (or just a dude on the hunt for a more organized wallet system), he’ll be all about this color-coded, simple leather design from the fancy British brand.
Buy It! mrporter.com, $285
BAR10DER BARTENDING TOOL
The Swiss Army Knife is to the adventurous outdoorsman as this 10-in-1 creation is to the thirsty indoorsman. It features a muddler, stirrer, strainer, corkscrew, zester and other gadgets necessary for creating the perfect cocktail.
Buy It! quenchproducts.com, $40
RAY-BAN FOLDING AVIATORS
BECKETT SIMONON WEEKENDER
This men’s brand, which we’ve dubbed the Bonobos of shoes and bags, cuts out the middleman (i.e. the storefront) so you can get high-quality, handmade items with perplexingly low price tags. This carryall (made of, yes, that’s real leather) works as a gym or weekend-away bag. And it’s a gazillion times better than that backpack he’s been carrying around.
Buy It! beckettsimonon.com $279.99