Believing I’m the only living soul who finds it challenging to holiday shop for men would be me lying to myself; they seem to have everything they need, and, when asked, claim they need nothing nor want anything at all. To me, gifting is meant to be thoughtful and meaningful, I dislike buying for others to simply fill in a check in the box for that specific person; it’s important to me that I aim for the recipient to absolutely adore their present.
When I reached out to a few men in my life for some guidance for this post, I received various responses, some of which were quite comical…and here I am sharing. First, I asked Paul, who said, Underwear and socks;” then, my brother, Keanu, “A comfortable ergonomic desk chair.”
Throughout the years, I’ve kept a continuing note in my phone titled, “Gifts for Paul.”
Should he ever mention something he needs, wants, or likes, I jot it down without him noticing. The range of items is vast — anything from shaving cream, shoe laces, newsboy caps or boots are many of the so-called need-nothings he’s brought up in our past. Through Instagram targeting and trial and error, Paul now gravitates to particular brands that he loves, a few of which I share below.
Keeping such a record has been incredibly helpful for not only myself, but for when others reach out to me, asking, “What should I pick up for Paul?” or “Does he need anything right now?”
I’ve assembled a highlighted list of a few, nice to have, but I’ll pass, maybe someday items. They’re stylish yet unique—not classed in with the everyman—and practical. Think of all the important men in your life when taking a look at this list…then, envision their smiles when they receive one of these potential gifts they didn’t know they needed.
Brands men love:
Guide to buying Whiskey:
Four Roses Small Batch Select (not the regular one)
George Dickel Bottle and Bond
Colonel Eh Taylor Single Barrell Bottled in Bond
Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea
Heavens Door Straight Rye
Basil Hayden’s 10 year Rye Whiskey
Angels Envy Rum Cask Finish Rye
High West Rendezvous