2011 Holiday Gift Guide for Men

Gift giving for men is undoubtedly one of the single most nebulous and daunting tasks of the holiday season. Will he like this shirt? Probably not. Is it weird to buy him cologne? Yes. Will he actually carry this man purse?? Please…

Why can’t I just buy him beer?!?!

So I set out to debunk the curious art of gifting for men.

TA-DA!!!

In the interest of full disclosure, I had to crowd source this post, given the fact that I am perpetually single (possibly a testament to my propensity toward turbans, excessive denim and fur).

When asked “what do men actually want for Christmas,” here is what my sources had to say:

My Dad: Knives.

Ex-boyfriend: Kitchen appliances.

Friend: Guns and beer.

So, this is what I had to work with.

With that, let’s start out with something for the classy gent in your life:

Brass Wallet $102.  This will look great on Wall Street!
Brass Wallet $102. This will look great on Wall Street!



Something for your knife-toting, gun slinging fellow (my apologies if this is your boyfriend… at least mine’s just my dad):

Pocket Knife with Chain $68
Pocket Knife with Chain $68



For the coffee drinking man (who also secretly covets a mustache…):

Reusable Coffee Sleeve $10
Reusable Coffee Sleeve $10



… and perhaps also really likes technology!

Coffee Cup Inverter with USB Charging Port (whatever the hell that means) $29.99
Coffee Cup Inverter with USB Charging Port (whatever the hell that means) $29.99



For the rockstar in your life (who I sincerely hope is your boyfriend…):

Beats by Dr. Dre Studio Limited Edition Headphones from Monster $299.95
Beats by Dr. Dre Studio Limited Edition Headphones from Monster $299.95

For the fancy schmancy sophisticated man:

Tom Ford Bow Tie $220
Tom Ford Bow Tie $220



For the fattie health-nut in your life:

The Fit Bit!  Count your steps and your calories.  A not-so-subtle hint to the man who should start taking note. $99.95
The Fit Bit! Count your steps and your calories. A not-so-subtle hint to the man who should start taking note. $99.95



For the huge nerd technologically savvy man:

iPhone pinball!  For iPod or iPad.  $34.99.  The surefire way to end his social life! PERMANENTLY!
iPhone pinball! For iPod or iPad. $34.99. The surefire way to end his social life! PERMANENTLY!



And of course… for your man… for every man… a wardrobe staple… the evolution of the classic underpinning…
THE MANTY!!!!!!!

2xist $16.  This is my boyfriend. NBD...
2xist $16. This is my boyfriend. NBD...

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Jessica Novak

Jessica works in fashion and lives and dresses in the gloriously hip East Village. She enjoys color-blocking, denim-on-denim, sample sales, extreme sports, fur in all forms, leopard and spandex (and leopard spandex), tulle and tassels, alliteration, and run-on sentences. Her career highlights include most amazing Yeti impersonation and first person to run a marathon in Jimmy Choos. She also has a thing for the color purple. My Blog: http://illtakethatinpurple.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/purplesprettier Twitter: http://twitter.com/purplesprettier

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