Welcome to our annual guide to the best gifts for men, the 12 Guys of Christmas. When it comes to gift guides things can often get overzealous, but this year we’ve aimed to keep ours simple and straightforward — 17 great gifts, at a variety of price points, for every interest. And stay tuned for our stocking stuffer guides. And while we believe that the spirit of the holiday season is quality time with those important to you, that little extra something is never a bad thing. To find exactly what you’re looking for, check out the entire series, updated daily, right here.
The dapper man can be nothing short of a headache. He makes his opinions on Italian tailoring well known; he has a closet devoted to mid-weight coats; he owns jeans made from every single Japanese mill; he compares the patina of leather to a fine Bordeaux. This man appreciates quality of material and handsome construction, but that’s also the difficulty of purchasing his holiday gift. Those timeless, well-made pieces will definitely be a hit, but how to find them? To alleviate the guesswork, we put together a list of gifts that will make any stylish man happy, no matter his depth of wardrobe.
Paul Evans The Martin Wholecut Oxford
Made from a single piece of Italian calfskin leather, this oxford comes in a stately aged cognac finish that will complement your best blue and gray suits. Handmade in Italy, the oxford has blake stitch construction, a leather lining and sleek profile. And, because of Paul Evans’ direct business model, you’re saving hundreds on this quality shoe.
David Coggins Men and Style
David Coggins explores mens’ relationship to identity through clothing in Men and Style. His own essays sit next to interviews with notable men of style — reminiscing on memories of parents and laughing about style faux pas — and the imagined conversation between the men makes for a strong sense of fraternity. Not just your typical “what to wear” advice, Coggins’ book touches on the deeper questions relating to how we choose to dress.
Beyond just comfort and warmth, the sweater is a utilitarian’s dream — if you upgrade one thing each year to prevent a stagnant closet, this should be it. Read the Story
Adidas Originals NMD Runner
After a late 2015 release, the NMD Runner quickly became the it sneaker of 2016. A breathable mesh upper sits upon EVA inserts and boost cushioning. The NMD hugs the foot with a sleek silhouette, and features a durable rubber outsole to take on whatever the streets have to offer. New and stylish, this sneaker is a fledgling classic that will be around for years to come.
Smythson Panama Leather Notebook
Inspired by a portable diary created by Frank Smythson in 1908, this notebook has a cover made from flexible cross-grain leather that can be bent and rolled without losing shape. The paper is notably lightweight and finished with gold edges for a timeless, refined appearance. A journal is essential for most creative pursuits, and an upscaled one makes the perfect holiday gift.
COS Mélange Alpaca-Blend Sweater
A neutral sweater is one of the best cold-weather wardrobe investments. This gray alpaca-blend sweater from COS is definitely a sound one, with a simple crew neck, ribbed trims and a subtle texture. It pairs equally well under a parka for a weekend on the slopes as it does over an oxford for daily office wear. With its soft touch and versatility, this neutral sweater will easily become a favorite among your winter garments.
Salt Optics Pickford Sunglasses
Quality sunglasses are worth spending money on because they feel better, look better and are better for the wearer’s eyes. The Pickford Sunglasses from Salt Optics are made in Japan and feature polarized G-15 glass. The frames have a keyhole bridge that is flattering to a range of face shapes and come in a distinguished matte burlywood acetate colorway.
The F/W 2016 Deveaux collection consists of a refined range of shirts, sweaters, jackets and pants, all made in America. Though each piece in the collection is a study in luxury, the Robe Coat ($3,995) made of Loro Piana cashmere, and the Bomber ($4,995) in black shearling stand above the rest. If understated luxury is your thing, Deveaux is a brand to keep a close eye on in the years ahead.
Drake’s Wool-and-Cashmere Blend Tie
Drake’s ties set the standard by which many other ties are measured. This wool-and-cashmere blend tie is a perfect illustration of why: it’s finished by hand with rolled edges in England, has as subtle texture and a tonal palette that works in a range of situations. Gray tie; gold standard.