Classy Gifts for Guys 2014

I wanted to offer something a little more up the alley of my male readers (yes, men love The Pink Paperdoll too!). This gift guide is all about gifting to the guys this holiday season, as told by the experts–men! If you’re shopping for the gentlemen in your life — beaus, brothers, dads — we’ve got you covered. Three guest experts in mens lifestyle and fashion weighed in on what they think makes a great gift this season (and what they’re wishing for themselves!).

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1. Cufflinks

Looking for a super classy gift with staying potential? Dan-Michael of Dapper Dan Michael, a unique image consulting and clothing company, specializes in that. “A unique one-of-a-kind tie bar/clip or set of cufflinks communicates something personal to the important man in your life. For example, if he loves vintage cars then find a pair of cufflinks with vintage cars on them and then have them engraved. These are the kinds of gifts that a man will most likely cherish long-term.”

Like me, Dan-Michael is a proponent of helping people save a buck (he authored the e-book Why Buy New? A Thrifter’s Trade Secrets Revealed and runs an Uptown Minneapolis resale boutique) and he advises clients to seek good quality treasures second hand.

2. Sleek, soft scarf

Robert Sheie of Menswear Market is all about style. “Accessories make the best gifts, and tis the season for scarves. I’d personally love to get a high end scarf from a maker like Zegna, Canali, or Loro Piana.” Wouldn’t we all, Robert! The luxury of cashmere can be found in these top end designer names and also in less expensive brands, so look for the highest quality that also fits your budget.

3. Custom Dress Shirt

Robert is a big fan of custom dress shirts. “Buy a made-to-measure gift card from Brooks Brothers or Top Shelf, and you’ll be giving him a fantastic shirt as well as the fun experience of creating a custom made garment. With the help of a pro, he can choose features like the collar, cuffs, fabric, pattern and more.” Robert says this would run at least $300, so if you can afford that, go for it! If that’s not possible right now, it’s still a great idea to hold onto for the future. Read on for some gift ideas at other price points.

4. Boots

Justin Godfrey, Co-Founder and Men’s Buyer at Whiskey & Honey,  suggests the ultra-practical Chippewa Homestead Boot.

5. Handmade leather accessory

Justin advises gifting a leather card wallet or simple lanyard; he is a fan of zero waste cycle crowdsourcing company Gustin and Ewing Dry Goods.

Justin says his wish list is based on quality and durability. “These are items that will last ages and when he looks at it, he’ll see you and remember how thoughtful the giving was.”

After all, isn’t that what’s really important?

What’s on your gift or wish list?

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