Shopping 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Horizons Collection Micro-Fleece Plush King Size Blanket
This blanket is great. It’s thin but keeps all the warmth in.
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.
Stanley 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.
Lacy 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):
Pour 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!
J.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 . . .
CARVED 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.
Silver 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.
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:
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.)
Three 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:
A 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.
A 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.
A 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!