Why is buying a gift for a man so hard? Women are easy. Plus many of us are happy to drop subtle and not so subtle hints to help guide men in their choices. But when I ask my husband what he wants for Christmas or his birthday ‘I don’t know’ is the usual answer. Last year all the men in the family received a flannel Patagonia button-down, which is more like a sweater/layering piece. Because everyone is relatively outdoorsy they all loved them. (They’re also great to steal and wear for lounging.) What now this year?
For someone who loves cashmere—a sweater from James Perse. I’ve given a few to my husband; they hold up well even if he wears them to death. A splurge for the classic at heart? A Rolex Milgauss watch. For the music purist Shinola’s new Runwell turntable, plus David Bowie Who Can I Be Now (1974 t0 1976) vinyl box-set including re-mastered songs such as ‘Diamond Dogs’ and ‘Young Americans’. For the urban hiker/outdoorsman, Danner’s Mountain 600 are actually quite handsome. As for great stocking stuffers/small gifts: Baxter of California, a men’s grooming company, makes beautiful soaps like this Italian lime/pomegranate version plus many other products, and Paul Smith socks, because a little color is always fun.