Alright ladies, you asked, and I’ve (hopefully) answered. When I brought up the topic of gift guides about a month ago the resounding theme from a majority of you was “no hipster gift ideas for guys.” I am not joking when I say I got so many messages saying “please no men’s gift guides with BBQ tools, whiskey or fancy shaving kits.” I heard you, loud and clear, and I enlisted the help of a guy that I thought could bring some non-hipster influence to this year’s gift guide, Craig. Some of these are actually gifts I’ve given Craig (we aren’t really big gift people but occasionally we buy each other stuff). The rest, with a few exceptions, are his suggestions of things that are nice, and useful, and also happen to make good gifts. So, if these don’t work out, don’t blame me, blame Craig (kidding, sort of).
ONE: According to Craig, maybe these are kind of hipster now, but these are the originals. Good quality boots that are comfortable, get better with age, and will last a long time. They actually look nice too.
TWO: I actually bought these for Craig in a hotel gift shop in Florida last winter because he forgot his at home. They quickly became his favorite pair of sunglasses because they are lightweight and comfortable, polarized, and he can wear them doing activities. Also, somewhat miraculously, he hasn’t lost or broken them yet, I just jinxed it.
THREE: (Use code TAKE20November for 20% off-ends 11/21 at midnight) I personally love the look of the Yeti cooler, but according to Craig the backpack is way more practical and easier for regular use. Especially for things like beach trips.
FOUR: This seems like kind of an obvious and easy one, and actually not a suggestion from Craig, but I get him at least one hat for his favorite sports teams every year and then he never takes it off, so I assume it’s a good gift.
FIVE: If you couldn’t tell, Craig definitely did not suggest this one. I doubt he would even wear this sweater, but I really like it, and I might even get it for him, and if he doesn’t wear it I will. Merry Christmas honey.
EIGHT: So Craig actually has the wireless sport and noise cancelling headphones (spoiled). When I asked him to pick a pair for the guide, the sport won because of their versatility (better for activities) and their price point.
TEN: This thing is SUPER warm. I got it for Craig in the green and he just started wearing it as the temps dropped really quickly. He has been very impressed by how toasty it is, and it’s incredibly soft too.
ELEVEN: Supposedly this is a very good GPS tracking device. Great for any dudes that go off into the woods, hunting, biking, backcountry skiing, snowmobiling, etc. The nice thing is it works even with no cell service. I plan on getting it for Craig just for my own piece of mind.
TWELVE: Last year Craig and I got cross country skis and we had a freaking blast all winter. Snowshoes are another great option/excuse to get outside, even in the dead of winter, and I love the vintage look of this pair.