Choosing a gift, large or small, can be difficult when the recipient is a stylish guy with a very specific aesthetic. But if you still need some last-minute gifts for your best friend, brother, or housemate, we have some great recommendations. Read on for five foolproof ways to select gifts that even the most stylish guy will love. From a practical item he’ll carry every day to a book just about any guy is guaranteed to enjoy perusing, here are our best ideas for stocking stuffers for your most stylish friends.
1. Everyday carry items
If you’re stumped on a small gift for a stylish guy, consider the things that he carries with him on a daily basis (and which of those could use an upgrade). For the guy still carrying a threadbare wallet, consider Rag & Bone’s natural leather card case. For your friend whose sunglasses have seen better days, go with a classic pair of Ray-Ban aviators. For the guy with a keychain on its last legs, gift Atelier de L’Armee’s leather key fob. And for a guy whose inner Boy Scout is still going strong, go with a pocket knife, like the Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman tool.
2. A grooming product or two
Almost every guy who pays attention to his appearance will appreciate a gift of a luxury grooming product or two. Whether they find a home on his bathroom counter or in the dopp kit he has at the ready for last-minute trips, grooming products a step above what your best friend or brother normally uses are a great gift. Check out some of the great options that Mr Porter offers, including C.O. Bigelow’s Chapped Hands Remedy, Blind Barber’s Lemongrass Tea shampoo, Baxter of California’s Grooming Lotion, Malin + Goetz’s Rum Hand Wash, D R Harris’s Lemon and Vetiver Face Wash, or Aesop’s Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque.
3. Cold weather accessories
If you or your buddies live in a particularly cold part of the country, then a winter accessory or two can be the perfect holiday gift. If you’re looking to splurge, consider a pair of cashmere gloves or a ribbed cashmere hat from Brooks Brothers. Consider a scarf and glove set from Barbour if you’re shopping for a fan of traditional English outerwear, or J.Crew’s cashmere-lined leather gloves if you’re buying for a guy who’s always dressed up. Choose NN. 07’s marled wool scarf for a friend or brother with great casual style. Looking for a more budget-friendly option? Consider Ralph Lauren’s merino wool watch cap or its classic buffalo check wool scarf, or J.Crew’s melange knitted cap.
4. A book on classic style
While not every guy will appreciate the latest bestselling novel or a trendy cookbook, most guys with a unique sense of style will enjoy flipping through a book with that offers a closer look at an interesting aspect of sartorial and social menswear traditions. Consider What We Wore: A People’s History of British Style for fans of English fashion, Rebel Youth for friends with a rebellious sense of style, The A to Z of Mod for diehard vintage fans, The Man Who Was Brioni for devotees of Italian tailoring, or Preppy for fans of Ivy League style.
5. Travel essentials
Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what to buy for a guy who’s always on the go. But you can use your brother or best friend’s penchant for travel to your advantage when shopping for a last-minute gift. Consider Filson’s water-repellant dopp kit, Herschel Supply Co.’s toiletry case, or even Ralph Lauren’s plaid flannel robe for chilly hotel rooms. Baxter of California’s shave kit is a travel-ready gift that your jet-setting best friend can drop directly into his carry-on, while a luggage tag from Barneys will look great on his favorite duffel or suitcase.