Gift Giving, Gift Guide

Men’s Holiday Gift Guide 2020

This year is a little bit different because… pandemic. So these choices are more geared toward sending directly to the receiver instead of handing to them in person and they’re also options that will work for everyone (including yourself!) regardless of age, size, budget, location, etc. We hope you have a happy holiday season!

Cashmere Beanie

Everlane – $46
J.Crew – $69
Italic – $30

Now that we’re living in Paris and are experiencing an actual winter, it was time to stock up on a luxurious beanie (or 3) and there’s nothing better than warm, soft cashmere to keep a noggin warm. All the options come in a multiple colors and our favorite part is that they are one-size-fits-all and are unisex.


Aer Fit Pack 2 – $135
Peak Design Everyday Backpack – $200 to $290 We have a bit of an ongoing feud in our house. Ashley (and by extension her clients) are Fit Pack lovers. She likes them because the design is minimal and utilitarian and feels that the price is great, plus usability and comfort. While Dorian is not a hater of Aer, he finds their lack of customization not to his liking so he prefers the Peak Design option(s) for the oodles of pockets, side zips completely open on both sides for access to all parts of the bag and configurable storage areas. He uses 30L size, but they also make it in 20L if you want something a little smaller or the gift receiver has a smaller frame. If backpacks aren’t your thing, don’t worry, we’ve got something for you on this list, too – keep scrolling.

Buy-It-For-Life Pen

Ti Click EDC Pen – $100 Dorian has been an owner and personal user of this Titanium pen for the past few years and it’s amazing because it works with 100+ ink refills. So if you have a particular color, type of ink or thickness you like, it will work with this pen. While it’s a little pricey at $100, this thing is Buy-It-For-Life quality and looks as good as the day he bought it and comes in 3 different color options.


L.L.Bean Men’s Wicked Good Moccasins – $80 We’ve been wearing and recommending these moccasins for years and no other slippers we’ve tried have been as comfortable or kept our feet as warm. Their stitching is durable, and the suede shearling upper means he won’t have issues with the moccasins wearing thin or splitting open on top. And L.L.Bean backs these slippers with a one-year guarantee, if anything should happen in that time (although we don’t anticipate it).

Quality Dress Socks, Ties & Pocket Squares*

Southern Scholar – $20 to $100+ for gift sets
Get 20% off with offer code: AW20 Accessories like ties and pocket squares, and especially socks are something that a lot of guys overlook. As the saying goes:
Never skimp on things that separate you from the ground:
tires, shoes, socks and mattresses.

All of Southern Scholars products are made of the finest materials and with attention to detail that showcases the excellent craftsmanship. Having worn the socks while walking for miles around Paris, Dorian says they completely live up to the hype and they’re super comfortable, form fitting, have reinforced toes and heels, and are also antimicrobial, moisture wicking & breathable.

Their whole line of products come in great colors and patterns – from simple solids and up to stripes, polka dots and beyond. But our favorite part is their guarantee – if they’re not the best dress socks you’ve ever worn, you can keep them for free. Talk about standing behind your product!

Check out their Perfect Pairing boxes, which include a pair of socks, tie and pocket square, which are great gifts for the men in your life, as well.

Briefcase/Messenger Bag

Metropolitan Slim Brief by Coach – $595 We’ve recommended this bag for many, many years now and we’re going to keep recommending it as long as they keep making it. The briefcase is super functional with a clean and classy design, comes in different colors and is made of high-quality leather – it’s basically perfect.

For a cheaper option that ticks most of the boxes, check out this $200 one.

The Best Insulated Mug, Thermos or Water Bottle

Zojirushi – $22 We’re obsessed with the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug. The coffee, tea or water fan in your life will be equally enthused with its vacuum insulation, the Zojirushi keeps beverages hot or cold for hours and thanks to the secure lid-locking mechanism, the Zojirushi doesn’t spill a drop. The added benefit is they come in different colors and sizes.

Leather Key Cover – $45

Bellroy – $45 If you’re shopping for someone that’s hard to buy gifts for this is a perfect present because most people don’t think about improving their key situation. We’ve used and recommended this to friends and family for years and have to say that like the Zojirushi mug above, until you use it, you didn’t know you needed this in your life. It’s got a slim design, magnetic closer and just looks really classy.

The Best Face Masks In The World

MaskLab – KF Style – Many Colors, Unisex – $10- $20 After trying a bunch of masks over the past year, these are by far our favorites. They sit well on all face sizes, don’t smash your nose and hardly move when talking due to the adjustable top and bottom flaps. Our favorite part is that they come in a variety of colors and patterns.

Non-Amazon E-Reader

Kobo Clara HD – $99.99 If you’re looking for an e-reader that isn’t locked into the Amazon universe or doesn’t ads on the lockscreen, look no further than Kobo’s lines of e-readers. You can buy books from anywhere online sand easily add them to your Kobo device or if you like simplicity, you can use the Kobo store to buy all the same Amazon books.

Leather Dopp Kit

Italic Men’s Leather Dopp Kit – $80 When everyone can travel again, there’s nothing classier or better for organizing your travel toiletries than a dopp kit. Italic’s version is clean and simple and made in the same factories as some of the top designers.

Last Minute Gifts

Blinkist subscription – $50 to $100 Having been a paid user of theirs for the past year, if the person on your list is into non-fiction or self-improvement books, this is a must-give. The service takes all the popular books in those categories and distills them down to their essence via “blinks” and you can “read” a whole book in about 15 minutes. The best part is that you can read the blinks, or listen to them, so there’s multiple ways to consume the content.
Spotify subscription – $99 Simple, one-size-fits-all and who doesn’t love having a huge catalog of music and recommendations at their fingertips? We don’t have many subscriptions, but this is one we happily pay for without question.
Atlas Coffee Club subscription – $60 If you’ve got a coffee lover on your gift-giving list this year, give them the gift of great coffees delivered right to their door. There’s much more to this company than it appears on the surface, so definitely check them out.

*This item is sponsored but having tested all their products, they’d be recommended even without being a sponsor.

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