This time of year is a whirlwind of activity, between balancing end-of-the-year client budgets, corporate holiday parties, and of course celebrating the season with loved ones. I’m a firm believer in tokens of affection throughout the year and know that a simple e-card or bouquet of flowers to a girlfriend can go a long way.
However, for the guys in your life, it’s a whole different story. Men are notoriously difficult to shop for. We all know that they balk at asking for help (especially in the dressing room!) and aren’t as easily impressed by shiny trinkets and sparkles as us ladies. “I have everything I need” can be the kiss of death around Christmas time.
We Bitches love our men in Rag & Bone, Barbour, and know that Tuckernuck and Nordstrom are always sure bets for gift inspiration. This year we’re stocking up on fancy booze accessories, leather and plaid accents, and the latest and greatest in electronics. Scroll to the bottom for images and links of all our guys’ gift picks!
In my opinion, the best kinds of gifts are quirky or helpful items that you would never think to buy for yourself or would never actually spend the money on. Case in point, the fancy-schmancy Jacques of London Luxury Bocce Set I gave my boyfriend last year. A little over the top, yes, but nothing tops his beaming smile every time he is complimented at the Washington Square Park bocce court.
I also received the World’s Best Girlfriend award after hunting down a pair of the Chubbies ‘Mericas shorts in a coveted XL size for a “just because” gift. More than just shorts, this apparel makes a serious fashion statement and he finds an excuse to wear them at every occasion where a ridiculous dress code is the slightly bit appropriate, from music festivals to beer pong tournaments. Skies out, thighs out.
It’s no secret that Cori Sue believes that you can never be overdressed or overeducated. Enter the Read Wall gingham button-down, a classic staple sourced from a local D.C. menswear designer that her beau wears nearly exclusively. Whether the man in your life needs a total closet refresh or simply a few new pieces, go with this up-and-coming line for a holiday gift home-run.
Men can be fickle and reluctant to try new things. Becca recommends the Birchbox Men’s Subscription, which supplies your man with a monthly loot of luxury grooming and lifestyle products. It’s perfect to dip his toes into the (well-manicured) waters of MALIN+GOETZ, Marvis, and more!
Social Bitch Amanda Jean is no stranger to the latest technology. She’ll outfit the James Bonds in her life with vintage-style Lighter Cufflinks, which are fully functional and fully awesome. These are perfect to light your fire in the chilliest of winter nights.
Baby Bitch Deirdre is keeping it clean this holiday season and gifting the boys luxe pampering kits such as the Jack Black ‘King of the Road’ set, the Art of Shaving Sandalwood set or the Portland General Store set by West Elm. Movember has come and gone, and there’s no excuse for scruff under the mistletoe!
Business Bitch Emily is working for the weekend and currently eyeing the Montague leather weekender bag from J.Crew, which she’ll gift to her hubbie and promptly borrow.
Now I just need to strategically shield my dad, brother and boyfriend from this post or there will not be any secrets under the tree this year. Here are the Bitches picks for the chivalrous special someones in your life: