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.

Backpack(s)

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.

Moccasins

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.

Best Men’s Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

Sunglasses not only protect your eyes but they can also add a stylish touch to an outfit – in good or bad ways. So finding the best pair of sunglasses that perfectly fits your face shape is important to ensure you always look your best. If you haven’t gone through our How To Find Your Face Shape Guide For Men, then this post will make no sense, so read through that first then come back here after you’ve determined your face shape once and for all. See the end of this article for our favorite picks for each type of sunglasses.

OVAL & Triangle

Oval is considered the holy grail of face shapes for sunglasses because it will work with 99% of styles out there. Since your head is longer than it is wide and has a more rounded jaw, this allows you to wear square, rounded, aviator, club masters, virtually any style and shape.

The only thing you have to watch out for is frames with arms that hang too low, as this will elongate the face further – which you want to avoid.

SQUARE

You want to stick to any style of sunglasses that are the opposite of your face shape – so anything square needs to be avoided – make rounded frames your new religion. This helps to create balance by either softening harsh features or creating definition.

Styles That Work Best: Aviators, Clubmasters, rounded, John Lennon style frames.

ROUND

Using the same rule as the square face shape, you need to avoid anything round. So think square or rectangles for your sunglasses. This will create balance on your face shape by making your fuller cheeks appear slimmer.

Choose a style with a strong brow line and that is just a little wider than the your head. Angular glasses will also help to elongate your temples and lengthen your face.

Styles That Work Best: Wayfarers, square frames, Clubmasters

RECTANGLE/OBLONG

To give your rectangular face shape some balance, go for sunglasses that add width to your face. Round or square frames will work, but you want to go for larger or oversized styles.

Styles That Work Best: Wayfarers, D-Frames, Clubmasters

HEART & Diamond

This is the most difficult face shape to figure out because the narrower chin is countered by a wider forehead, so it’s going to be real important to not add extra weight to the top half of your face.

The one style that’ll work best for you is Clubmasters because it is semi-rounded and will help balance out your pointed chin. But other rounded frames will also work for your face shape. The goal is not to add big bulky glasses, and keep them rounded because of your sharp chin.

Styles That Work Best: Clubmasters, Rounded Frames.

 

Our FAVORITE BRANDS

Our Favorite Picks for each Style

Aviators

Pick 1 | Pick 2 | Pick 3 | Pick 4

Square Sunglasses

Pick 1 | Pick 2 | Pick 3

Rounded Sunglasses

Pick 1 | Pick 2 | Pick 3 | Pick 4

Clubmasters

Pick 1

Wayfarers

Pick 1 | Pick 2

8 Things ALL Guys Should STOP Wearing In Their 30s

You just turned 30 or you’re in your 30’s and have decided to get it together on the clothing front. Congratulations because this officially means you’re now a proper grownup. While you may not be be hitting your peak professionally or financially yet, you’re definitely on the way, which means you should be taking your clothing and appearance a little more seriously.

So where does that leave your wardrobe? How do you walk the tightrope that is post-twenties dressing without looking like an over-the-hill has-been, or worse – a textbook case of early mid-life crisis?

These are some of the items that categorically shouldn’t be in your rotation in your third decade. Even if you do feel young at heart.

 

Dirty or Faded Anything

You’re too old to have an excuse for dirty clothing and shoes. You’re not out in the playground anymore, so your excuse for having dirty or terribly worn out anything is just laziness.

Graphic Tees

There are two exceptions when it comes to wearing one: You’re headed to watch your favorite sports team play or you’re going to a concert. Outside of these two situations, wearing a graphic tee communicates your someone who can’t get over the fact he’s no longer in his twenties.

Dirty, old or worn out shoes

No self-respecting man should be walking around in old, dirty shoes. Ever. Also, did you know it’s one of the first things women look at and can be a real make it or break it when it comes to first impressions?

Baggy anything

Unless you think to yourself, I’d like a more relaxed fit with these because that’s a silhouette I’d like to go for with this outfit, then you shouldn’t be wearing anything ill-fitting. The days of you wearing clothes because they were gifted or somehow found their way into your wardrobe by happenstance are over. A man in his 30’s should know what he’s going for and should nail it.

“If a guy shows up wearing ill-fitting pants or a big shirt, game over,” said every woman on planet Earth.

White socks and novelty underwear

Nothing says this guy dresses like a grade schooler more than white socks. Replace them with literally any other color – starting with black, blue and gray, and you’ll be on the road to adulthood!

Novelty underwear is a rite of passage for most men. When you’re a teenager, it’s the go-to Christmas gift for relatives intent on finding skivvies that’ll give you a chuckle. But we’re still not laughing.

Hopefully by now, you’ll have had the sense to leave the trunks that declare you a ‘Beer Monster’ or baggy boxer shorts emblazoned with the warning ‘In Case Of Emergency, Pull Down’ far, far behind you.

We even did a super in-depth article on the best men’s underwear out there if you need to check that out.

Shorts

Cargo shorts, especially. The one type of shorts you can wear are chino cloth shorts, but frankly, now that you’re older, shorts should mostly be worn near bodies of water in the form of swim trunks. Instead, grab some chino pants and roll up the hem (or get them hemmed to be a little shorter) and you’ve got something breathable and much more age-appropriate.

Flip Flops/Sandals

Unless you’re at a body of water, get rid of them.

Unkempt Haircuts

An adult ensures he always looks good, and that definitely goes for your hair.

6 Things All Guys Should Stop Wearing By Age 20

Whether you’re fresh out of college or just about to be, you’ve entered a point in your life where there’s no longer an excuse to dress like a teenager. You’re a young man whose on his way to making a name for himself so it’s time to get your $h!t together!

 

Sweatpants & Sweaters

These were okay options to wear when you’re in school when studying (and partying) take priority. But if you’re out of school, this look should be relegated to around the house, at most. There’s much better options for loungewear these days, but either way, remove these out of your daily or weekly rotation and start putting together a more adult, Essential Wardrobe.

Jean Shorts A.K.A. Jorts

When you were a teenager these were passable because people assume your parents bought them for you, but those days are over. Instead, opt for some chino cloth shorts, which are more age appropriate and can be styled a bunch of different ways.

Chunky Skate Shoes

Wear these, of course, if you’re still skating. But just like a construction worker should change out of his steel-toed boots after the day is done, don’t wear these outside of their intended usage time and get some stylish low-top sneakers instead.

Ill-fitting clothing

The days of wearing clothing that doesn’t fit your body are over. Anything big and baggy (that isn’t part of a specific fit) is sloppy and shows poor judgement as a budding adult, so instead learn how clothing should fit your specific body type and get it together.

Hats

Wearing hats all day, everyday is a big sign of a young man who still is dressing like a teenager. If you’re wearing hats because you are too lazy to style your hair, then it’s time to find a hairstyle that fits your lifestyle best. Hats should be worn sparingly in the adult world, so find a hairstyle that works best for you.

Designer Anything

Unless you’re well off, the stupidest thing to do in your 20’s is get yourself into debt because you want to wear designer clothing. As we work with every major designer in the world, we can assure you that they aren’t worth going into debt for. You’ll absolutely regret it!

Gift Guide For The Women In Your Life | Best Gifts For Women

Now that you’ve settled on a few gifts for your friends or family members (and hopefully yourself too), it’s time to focus on the women in your life. Sure, we know this can be super stressful but don’t worry, we did all the hard work for you. We’ve got a great lineup of gifts for the women in your life, whether it’s your significant other, sister, mother, or just friends. Don’t forget to check out our Men’s Gift Guide too.

Here are our picks for the best gifts for the women in your life!

 

Silk Pillowcase – $85

Trust me, she will thank you. When you sleep on silk vs cotton, you no longer will get those sleep creases on your face which contribute to wrinkles, plus silk pillowcases are much kinder on her hair will offer more protection from split ends and breakage. As a bonus companion gift, we really like this Silk Eyemask ($50) because it’s super comfortable, kind on the skin and great for travel!

 

Ultra-Slim Lightweight Charger – $29

An awesome gift we’ve mentioned before, this small, handy charger is perfect for the person who’s constantly running on low battery (aka, everyone!).

 

Skylar Beauty Products

Ashley highly recommends all the beauty products from our friends at Skylar as gifts for the women in your life. They’re all hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and free of parabens and chemicals, making them great for any skin type and beauty routine. They have a range of sets perfect for gifting including the Best of Body gift box with body lotion and wash, as well as a hand cream. It features Ashley’s favorite ocean-inspired scent called Isle.

Other easy gifts options are their Scent Experience, a sample of all 6 of their amazing fragrances, along with a gift card for a full-size version of whichever scent she ends up loving, and the Scent Club Gift Subscriptions, which fit any budget and are great if the woman you’re buying it for likes to try different scents. They have 3, 6 and 12-month options.

Plus, just for our readers and viewers, you can get 20% off your purchase with code JOLLY20 at check out. Plus, you’ll get a free Arrow rollie when you spend $80 or more (auto-applied, no code needed). Get your shopping done soon, this free gift offer ends on 12/9!

 

Instant Film Camera – $99

Everyone loves an instant film camera and she’ll definitely be sure to use this as soon as she unwraps it. We love the rose gold or graphite color options. These are awesome for parties and events too!

 

Essential Oil Diffuser – $22

One of those must-have items she never knew she needed, these aromatherapy diffusers fill the home with amazing scents of all types.

 

L.L. Bean Fleece Robe – $79

A super-soft, super-cozy robe, need we say more? We both have these and they’re a morning staple in our house most days.

 

Portable Bluetooth Speaker – $35

Super handy at home or while traveling, we love this version because it’s really affordable, waterproof and durable. The perfect stocking stuffer for anyone.

 

Capri Blue Volcano Jar Candle – $30

Never underestimate the power of a great candle as a gift.  This one is a tried and true option and we guarantee she’ll love it.

 

Nars lipstick pencil duo – $20

Don’t be intimidated by buying makeup for her, this one is a no-fail option. Nars is a great brand and this subtle color duo will look great on any woman, no matter what her beauty routine is or what type of skin tone she has.

 

Gold Hoop Earrings – $150

Classic, timeless, and beautiful, a chic pair of gold earrings from one of Ashley’s favorite women’s brands are always a stylish gift, no matter what accessories she typically wears.

10 Best Gifts For Men | Men’s Gift Guide 2019

It’s officially holiday time and there’s no doubt you’re going to need to find some cool, useful gifts for your friends and family. While you’re at it, you should probably pick out something nice for yourself too right? We see a ton of products all the time so we thought we’d do the hard work for you and pick out some of our absolute favorite items to make your shopping that much easier this year. Add these to your list and we guarantee great results and a ton of happy recipients. Need a few more ideas? Check out our Gift Guides from years past.

Here are our picks the 10 best gifts for men! Happy Holidays!

 

LEATHERMAN KEYCHAIN – $35

Super handy and will always be useful when you least expect it, we gift these to everyone in our lives. It’s small, affordable, and packs a ton of utility into a small package. They come in a range of colors too.

 

Dad Fanny Pack – $10

Whether you need a good, affordable silly gift for a white elephant gift exchange or just want to gift friends and family with something funny, this is a great option.

 

Vitamix Blender – $400

The absolute Rolls Royce of blenders, this item is a staple item in our lives and we use it a ton. It’s great for everything from smoothies to soups to “Nice Cream” (frozen banana ice cream). Not cheap, but it’s absolutely worth every penny.

 

Pour-Over Coffee Brewing Set for One – $69

Good coffee gear is absolutely essential and this handy, single-cup brewer is an awesome gift for all the coffee snobs in your life. Once they ditch the garbage Keurig brewer and try a fresh cup from a pour-over there’s no going back, we promise. We’re also big fans of the Aeropress brewer for more of an espresso-style cup.

 

Manscaped Lawnmower 2.0 Trimmer

It goes without saying that proper grooming is hugely important and that goes for body hair and your hair downstairs. Speaking for the women in the world, Ashley can’t recommend this trimmer enough for keeping your package area tidy and neat. Trust us, it’s that important.  The Lawnmower 2.0 trimmer is super handy and makes grooming everywhere a breeze. It’s waterproof and has a powerful 6,000 RPM motor with SkinSafe™ Technology so you’ll never experience any nicks or snags. They even guarantee it and will give you your money back if you’re not happy. 

We’ve got an awesome deal from Manscaped and you can get 20% OFF plus Free Shipping, and 2 free gifts with code WESTON at Manscaped.comThe Perfect Package 2.0 kit features the Lawnmower 2.0 trimmer, a refreshing crop reviver toner, crop preserver deodorant, and a comfy pair of boxer briefs. Pick up your kit here, it’s perfect for friends, family, or yourself!

 

Bose Noise-Canceling Headphones – $400

We’ve discussed how important these are before and this new model from Bose is even better. An absolute must for anyone who travels a lot, this new version even has a toggle switch that adjusts the noise-cancelling levels for a custom feel. Another item that’s pricey but worth every penny.

 

Ultra-Slim Lightweight Charger – $29

Speaking of handy travel accessories, this small charger is a life-saver if you’re like most of us who and constantly teetering on low battery. The perfect affordable stocking stuffer!

 

Custom Family Portrait Illustration – $20 and up

Both thoughtful and clever, this gift allows you to create a custom illustration based on a photo. Awesome for a thoughtful or funny gift.

 

Zojirushi Stainless Thermos Mug – $27

Another one of our absolute favorite EDC items we have recommended before, this mug is incredible. You won’t believe how warm or cold it keeps your go-to beverages. It’s available in multiple colors and sizes too.

 

Itunes Store or Google Play Store Gift Cards – $10 and up

Cash can feel impersonal and something as simple as an Itunes or Google Play gift card is a way better option. No matter what the situation is, the recipient is always going to love this one.

 

 

How To Store Your Clothes

In addition to proper cleaning and washing, keeping your clothing in good shape and looking great has as much to do with how you store your garments it as it does with how you wear them.  Proper storage is also key to extending the life of your clothes, whether it be investment purchases like a leather jacket or a suit or something as simple as a t-shirt.

So, in this episode of 2 Minute Tuesday we’re answering a viewer question about how to properly store your clothing and all the tools you need to outfit your closet.

 

 

Use The Right Hangers

They help maintain clothes and keeps them organized.  We recommend jacket hanger for all types of jackets, from suits to bomber jackets.  The shape helps support the jacket’s shoulders and structure.

We recommend clip hangers for any and all pants and felt hangers for all types of shirts and sweatshirts.

Hanger Picks:

Jacket Hangers

Wood Hangers

Velvet Hangers

Clip Hangers 1

Clip Hangers 2

 

Hang Your Pants Vertically or Folded Once

Hanging your pants vertically with a clip hanger is the ideal way since it will help hang out wrinkles.  Simply attach the clip to the bottom hem of your pants and then hang.  But, folded over once on a proper hanger works if you’re limited on closet space.

Always Fold Your Sweaters

You never want to hang your sweaters as it can damage the delicate material.  Fold them and store them in a drawer or in the closet and don’t forget cedar blocks for keeping moths away.

Cedar Blocks For Preventing Moths

How To Take Care Of Your Jeans

Knowing how to take proper care of your jeans is not only going to keep your go-to jeans looking sharp and clean for a long time, but save you money in the long run. So, in this video, we’re showing you all the tips and tricks on how to take care of your jeans!

Don’t forget to check our deep dive on all things jeans and our Fit Guide.

Jean Picks

Designer Slim Fit:

Tom Ford

RRL

JBrand Tyler Taper

Diesel Buster

Budget-Friendly Slim Fit:

Uniqlo Slim Fit Selvedge

Levis 511 Stretch

Gap Slim Fit

Designer Straight Fit:

AG Graduate

JBrand Kane 

Budget-Friendly Straight Fit:

Uniqlo Regular Fit 

Levis 514 Stretch

Gap Straight Fit