Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

2014 Gift Guide For Men By the “Men of DW”

canstockphoto21876695Shopping for men is hard, so I decided to make a little easier on all of us and ask the men of DW for some of their favorite gift ideas this holiday season. After the jump, check out some suggestions that they say the men in your life — your husbands, boyfriends, dads, brothers, friends, what have you’s — are bound to like. At least, if they’re as cool as the DW guys are, that is.

 

Mr.Midtwenties recommends:

3040940011._CB380854133_SY446_Saxx Underwear
I don’t want to go into the full details of what makes this underwear better, they sum it up greatly on their website. But I will say, after buying one pair, I couldn’t wear anything else and immediately bought 6 more pairs. They’re amazing, and, bonus, I think they look pretty good too.

 

91+HNv-TERL._SL1500_Adams Golf Idea A12OS
Let me start with, I hate golf, I can’t stand it, I’m impatient with it, and I can’t hit it straight to save my life. These clubs were built for someone like me; they’re not made for good golfers, but they do a great job of making terrible and bad golfers look like good golfers. You don’t get a lot of distance out of them, or a lot of ball control, but I can hit them straight every single time, and that for me is a miracle.

812xiK6NyWL._SL1500_Milwaukee M12 Drill and Impact Driver
When I worked in a hardware store, this was my favorite kit to recommend — they have almost as much power as their 18v counterparts and last almost as long, but they charge faster, their batteries are cheaper, and they’re a lot easier to handle than the 18v ones. Also nice is that Milwaukee’s heated jacket is powered by their 12v batteries. They weren’t just popular with homeowners, but also with plumbers and electricians and even some contractors.

Drew recommends:

71yVLwYVyNL._SL1290_SONOS Play:1 Compact Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music
We moved into a new apartment and I decided to get rid of all my crap. That included two giant speakers, a clunky receiver and 20 feet of speaker wire I’ve been lugging around since the Clinton administration. I replaced all that with the Sonos Play:1 — a stylish little speaker with only one wire. I control my all my music (iTunes, Pandora, Spotify) from an app on my phone, it sounds great, and costs a reasonable $199. Now we have all this extra space in our living room… Extra space for my dance moves.

Snarkymarc recommends:

71OhMc9+SdL._SL1500_All-Clad 51125 All Clad Stainless-Steel 12-Inch Fry Pan with Lid
For guys who actually like to cook, like I do. This skillet is pricey at $119.95, but it’s great for cooking for four. You can sear and cook four chicken breasts or four salmon fillets or a bunch of beef.

 

51gFO54YaUL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_The Science of Good Cooking (Cook’s Illustrated Cookbooks)
This cookbook is perfect for the nerdy chef. It teaches basic techniques in simple, scientific terms.

 

 

 

71Qv9Xf+08L._SL1500_Horizons Collection Micro-Fleece Plush King Size Blanket
This blanket is great. It’s thin but keeps all the warmth in.

 

91nVT6gXL-L._UL1500_Hanes Men’s Classics 5 Pack Dyed Boxer Briefs
If your guy wants to keeps his boys nice and snug, these boxer briefs will do the trick.

 

 

41ZZYTF5W2LStanley 20-800 Contractor Grade Clamping Mitre Box
I’ve done all the crown molding, base boards, and trim in my house with this little gizmo. It’s a great tool.

 

 

originalLacy Halter Babydoll
One of the best presents my wife has ever gotten me was herself, wrapped in something like this.

 

 

 

Bitter_Gay_Mark recommends (Mad Men-inspired):

S127451_XLARGEPour Monsieur, by Chanel
Chanel claims this to be: “The understated fragrance for today’s civilized man.” I have to say, I agree. I have been wearing this FOREVER. I have gone through many other fragrances in the impossible quest to be forever trendy…But somehow…I always keep coming back to this. A true classic. Created in 1955 by Henri Robert. Hmmm, maybe Don Draper was wearing this around the office? Or better yet — Ken Cosgrove! Woof!

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 8.37.16 AMJ.Crew Leather Card Holder
Whenever I jet off to somewhere fabulous, I pick up a new card holder as my travel wallet. On the go, I find it’s easiest to keep things minimal. For starters, what if your wallet gets lost or stolen? Besides, who needs to carry ALL their credit cards? Moreover, who wants unsightly bulges in any of their pockets? Keep it simple, Stupid. This is probably all that Dick Whitman had upon arriving in Manhattan . . .

iphone5_-_black_-_gray_-_0034CARVED Walnut iphone Cases
If MAD MEN were sloppy and thus prone to absurd anachronisms, you can bet Don Draper would have this covering his iphone. Browsing Carved.com is mind-blowing. So many different designs that fit so many different phones. But then again, if you’re dating somebody without an iPhone… Why bother? Personally, for me, nothing beats the elegant simplicity of the Walnut design. Perfection. Sheer perfection.

IU8NTCEUOv_Silver_Rim_Whiskey_Glasses-Set_of_20Silver Rim Whisky Glasses (set of 2), by Dot & Bo.
Instantly turn ANY man into a MAD MAN with this dynamic duo ripped straight from the set of MAD MEN. Classic styling makes for a classy gift. Feeling spendy? Pick up a couple of sets as nobody can EVER have enough of these amazing glasses.

 

elixir-mini-barElixer Bar
Bar. James Bar. This is the end table with a surprise! I have seen this IN PERSON and am fiendishly plotting to get one of my very own. Yes, I truly LOVE this piece. It’s both very MAD MEN and very James Bond. It’s the SECRET (agent) BAR. I dunno. What can I say? I am a real sucker for this sort of thing. And the mid-century had this sort of thing in spades. But aside from the oh-so-fun gimmick — this has function galore! Flip/down shelves open to reveal the capacity to hold plenty of liquor. Rodger Sterling would be proud — if only he had to hide his liquor. Ideal for ANY bachelor pad. Gay or straight.

Mr. Cellophane recommends:

7169UAhsU0L-1._SL1500_Cordless. Electric. Screwdriver.
[Also see Mr. MidTwenties cordless drill recommendation above — wendy]. Help him channel his inner Ron Swanson. Even if your guy isn’t “power tool guy”, even if he is a dedicated apartment dweller, he NEEDS one of these. Heck, everyone needs one! It is absolutely essential. While you are at it, why not assemble a basic tool kit? Include a small hammer, measuring tape, stud finder–make sure to put it on his chest and push the button ’til it beeps and lights up as that joke never gets old–a small spirit (or laser) level, utility knife, needle-nosed pliers, adjustable wrench, safety glasses, flannel shirt, WD40 and Duct tape. Then he is good for hanging what needs hung, straightening what is bent, de-squeaking what is driving you crazy, tightening what is loose, and seeing if this chair will maybe fit through that door. Put it all in a nice manly tool box, maybe with his initials on it. Because, let’s face it, that new coffee table from IKEA isn’t going to assemble itself. Vodka and Orange juice optional. (Be sure to reward him enthusiastically for any work done! This includes bragging to your friends about him.)

Diablo recommends:

originalThree Farmers Camelina Oil
Does your guy know his way around the kitchen? This is my favorite cooking oil with a unique flavor au natural, and the roasted garlic and chili is awesome too. It has a higher smoke point (475 F) than most common oils like olive, canola, and coconut, so it’s great for frying and grilling, but I have also used it in salad dressings. Tasty and healthy, too. Available in retail locations across Canada, but they will ship to the US.

a proposito recommends:

11146529_1_lA Hermes tie
For any guy excessively fond of clothes who works in an office setting. They are timeless, come in just about any color and design, and, simply put, they’re beautiful. I have a few myself (mostly purple and red) and they go perfectly if paired with a white shirt and navy blue suit. Warning: As they are considered high-end, they come in at around $95 – $250 a tie – so not for the faint of heart.

20141129_cuk400A subscription to The Economist magazine
For the guy (boyfriend, brother, father, friend) who is curious about the world or who is a political junkie who doesn’t have enough time to read up about all of the things that he’s interested in. A one year subscription (i.e. 52 print issues, plus as many online articles as you’d like to read) will run about $180.

 

 

5092d3afd20b4.preview-620A subscription to Sports Illustrated
An equivalent gift for someone who is a sports nut. These run at around $40 and come with a bunch of other freebies.

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for your recommendations, guys!

25 comments… add one
  • Lyra

    Lyra December 1, 2014, 1:09 pm

    Can we have a Men of DW calendar next?? 😉
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    I kid, I kid. (Maybe.) Great recommendations guys! Looks like NG needs a drill for Christmas…

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    • Lyra

      Lyra December 1, 2014, 3:05 pm

      I’m also really glad that the DW guys say it’s ok to give a guy boxer briefs as a gift. NG’s need some updating pretty badly.

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      • honeybeenicki

        honeybeenicki December 1, 2014, 3:23 pm

        I got both my husband and my bonus son socks and boxer briefs for Christmas, so I’m glad it appears to not be weird. Well, my husband picked his out but I thought maybe the bonus kid might find it odd (he did specifically ask for socks though).

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      • call-me-hobo

        call-me-hobo December 1, 2014, 4:21 pm

        Lyra, I hate to pry, but I know that you and NG are “saving it” so how are you privy to the state of his underwear? Have you seen him in his underwear? Do you do his laundry? Is his underwear old/grodie or is it just not your preference of men’s underwear?
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        Inquiring minds want to know.

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      • Moneypenny

        Moneypenny December 1, 2014, 4:28 pm

        We need details, girl!

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray December 1, 2014, 4:31 pm

        I vote this isn’t prying at all because Lyra is a DW celebrity of sorts and the spokeswoman of waiting until marriage. Also, Lyra, call-me-hobo wants to know if there are catholic guidelines to being a virgin on your wedding night. Like is “everything but” ok or do you need to be more like the Duggars who only hand-hold and side hug? And to the extent the line is somewhere in the middle, do tell us where the line is using lots of detail. But to the extent this is prying, shame on you, call-me-hobo i expected you to have more class.

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      • Lyra

        Lyra December 1, 2014, 10:03 pm

        I do agree that I’m the spokeswoman for waiting until marriage. Every time a forum or something comes up about that I jump on that shit.
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        I will say I am NOT like the Duggars. Handsy make out sessions *may* happen on occasion. This is not a deleted thread so I won’t say anything more. 😉

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      • Lyra

        Lyra December 1, 2014, 9:57 pm

        Hahaha ok I’ll bite. 🙂 The story isn’t super exciting, but basically I do my own laundry at his place fairly often because he has a washer/dryer in his apartment and I don’t so I save a crap ton of money by doing my laundry there. He will sometimes throw some of his stuff in with my stuff if he’s out of socks or whatever. Anyway once he had thrown in some of his boxer briefs and they were…old and ratty. As in they probably originated pre Navy days for him, so early 2000’s. So I gave him grief (or…brief? Hah see what I did there?) and have been encouraging him to update his collection ever since.
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        So nope I haven’t seen him in his underwear, but I won’t say I haven’t seen other dudes in theirs (ahem, ex, ahem). I personally prefer boxers, but he likes to keep the boys in nice and tight so boxer briefs it is.

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      • Nookie

        Nookie December 3, 2014, 5:41 am

        The Cockney is sorely annoyed that with his mother in Australia for this Christmas, he will not be getting his yearly supply of underwear. I refuse to buy him some out of principle, buy your own damn underwear.
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        But yes, it is acceptable and usually really appreciated.

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  • call-me-hobo

    call-me-hobo December 1, 2014, 1:11 pm

    Milwaukee makes the BEST power tools. Their impact drivers last forever! We were gifted one when we bought our new house, and it was basically our most used tool when we remodeled our kitchen.

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    • mrmidtwenties

      mrmidtwenties December 1, 2014, 4:16 pm

      Haha I love impact drivers. Probably my favourite tool of all. Everyone should know, that drills are for making holes, and impact drivers are for fasteners (screws, bolts, nuts, etc)

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  • Portia

    Portia December 1, 2014, 2:58 pm

    BGM, that side table is, well, awesome. Does this mean my place would become a bachelor pad if I got it? And why oh why does it have to be on backorder until February?

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  • Portia

    Portia December 1, 2014, 3:04 pm

    Did I ever tell you guys how we got a power drill? At our old place, a handyman left his power drill and never came back for it. So we got a free power drill! Eventually Bassanio had to buy a charger so we could actually continue to use it after the battery went dead, but it was basically free. And although I’m the slightly more handy one around the house, but there must be something about men and power tools because anything involving that thing is basically his domain. Well, within reason, as his version of measure twice cut once is measure once drill twice.

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray December 1, 2014, 4:09 pm

    You guys, I have a BOYFRIEND to buy a Christmas present for – isn’t that the best thing ever?!!!!

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    • Addie Pray

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray December 1, 2014, 4:35 pm

        ^ who wants to talk more about this?

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        emily85 December 1, 2014, 4:44 pm

        Despite almost never posting, I feel like I can speak for everyone and say we all want to talk more about this!

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray December 1, 2014, 4:59 pm

        Well, last week with him was AMAZING – holy balls amazing! He came to my birthday shindig on the Monday before Thanksgiving where he met my mom and sisters and handful of friends who live in St. Louis. And guess what? His sister and her family came too. (Wasn’t that really sweet of them to come to meet me and my family/friends? I thought it was really wonderful.) And then we spent more time together and it was divine, and then I drove to Oklahoma where I met his ENTIRE FAMILY and then we spent more time together and it was mind-blowing. And then and then and then …. and I’ll see him again in 11 days so the countdown continues. Le sigh.

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        Mr. Cellophane December 1, 2014, 8:30 pm

        I can’t talk about it. It makes me too Internet jealous!
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  • mrmidtwenties

    mrmidtwenties December 1, 2014, 4:56 pm

    I vote you buy him mine and snarkymarc’s recommended boxer briefs, and have him determine who wins the better boxer briefs of DW competition

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    • Lyra

      Lyra December 1, 2014, 10:46 pm

      I assume this is for me. I will come back with a full report.

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  • Moneypenny

    Moneypenny December 1, 2014, 8:48 pm

    I have to say, I really like this gift guide. Mainly because it seems pretty rare to hear what guys actually want or would love to receive as gifts. Or it could be that I’m just deeply surrounded by women’s fashion/lifestyle/beauty stuff, that I just don’t hear much about the men. Unless it’s a Best Buy commercial.

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    Mr. Cellophane December 1, 2014, 9:13 pm

    OK, I have a Question that only a guy would think to phrase this way. I understand that everything is not a competition and therefore does not deserve a wager But, since the testosterone is already pretty thick up in here, I’m a guy, so I’m gonna ask.
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    Tonight’s featured bachelorettes are:
    Caution to the Wind, Balls to the Walls, Head over Heels, Addie Pray, JD (You may not have heard, but she now has a Boyfriend!)
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    Communication, Calculation, Celibacy and Caution. Our favorite Music Educator Ms. Lyra!
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    1. Who is the current favorite and what are the odds on “The Race to The Ring” ?
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    2. What is the over/under on each of their timelines? How many points either way?
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    3. Are there other dark-horses in this race that I don’t even know about?

    Place your Bets!

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      Penguingina December 3, 2014, 12:38 am

      Hmmm well I’m infrequent buuuut I got engaged a month ago! Do I win??? 😀

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  • Jess

    Jess December 4, 2014, 11:47 am

    My husband has those whiskey glasses and OMG he loves them. In fact, I broke one this Summer and he has not been able to get over it. I bought him a new set for Christmas and accidentally ordered 2 boxes. Not sure if I should send one back or give him 4 more. He likes them that much.

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