Top Eight Gifts That Your Man Will Actually Enjoy And Use

The one thing that I CONSISTENTLY see every year around the holiday season is gift guides for men promoting products that are either impractical or tied to the old-school gender stereotypes: gift him a power drill, or a wallet, or a corkscrew ...  This huge disconnect between men's current lifestyle and these recommendations becomes even more apparent when you see similar gift guides promoted by Esquire where men are even classified into categories depending on their likes, i.e. the wine lover, the business man, the gadget lover etc 

How about we just stop for a second and give our men a break and also gift them something that is not going to sit on shelf or garage? That said, upon consulting with my instaboyfriend and asking him the famous Notebook question "What do you want? ", I have come up with the following gift list:

1. THE BOMBER JACKET

Bomber jackets have been all the rage last season and this season's hottest ones are the pilot-style in leather or nylon, with a touch of masculinity. No wonder that men have been enthusiastic about them too. If your man has not caught up with this stylish trend, here is a chance for you to bring him up to date.

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2. THE BRACELET

There are so many cool and modern accessories out there and while necklaces can be difficult to pick for a man, a minimalist modern bracelet may just do the trick and give him a little flaire.

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3. THE MESSENGER BAG

The fact is that phones are larger than ever and when he goes to work he still needs to carry his work laptop, so a stylish messenger bag is both a practical and a much needed accessory, simply because the nylon laptop bags are painful to look at and bulky. I like the leather messenger bags in rich brown colors or with a vintage patina. Go for a simple and practical design. The cleaner the look, the more versatile the bag which means that he will be ale to carry it for years to come.

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4. THE BOOTS

While our shoe racks are always replenished  with several pairs of shoes every season, men are very strategic with their shoes purchases. Also, the average number of shoes a man has is 10-12 in a year, and so, if you buy him a qualitative and practical pair of shoes for the season, not only will he appreciate it but  he will actually wear them (unlike us who wear our new purchases only once or 2 twice  ...at times :-)). Since winter is around the corner, I recommend a pair of waterproof winter boots.

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5. THE SHAVING KIT

There is a misconception that men don't appreciate grooming. In my personal opinion, I think that men are very much interested but they do not like to shop for products. Who would blame them, I myself get nervous every time I decide that it is time to shop for  a new hair spray. The variety out there is confusing and finding the right product can be exhausting and time consuming. 

Find some products that are natural, moisturizing and that smell subtly.  My picks below are very edgy since they have a rustic yet manly vibe, smell oh-so-good and are actually things that your man will use but I bet never thought of buying for himself.

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6. THE BELT

This one is a classic but if you don't shop for a cool belt for him chances are that he won't either. The good news is that he will get a lot of wear out of it so, ideally, you want to get him a simple, qualitative and durable belt that will last a while and go with most of his pants. To ensure versatility, pick a simple design and buckle.

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7. THE BEARD PRODUCTS

With men embracing the facial hair now more than ever in the past 20 years, it is only fitting that they are set for success to look their best rocking their goatees, and more impressive beards and moustaches. Below I have picked some delicately yet heavenly fragrant beard oils that should make your man happy ( both because your noticed and appreciate his facial hair:-))

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8. THE SUNGLASSES

Sunglasses are another practical gift that you can give a man especially if he drives or simply needs the sun protection or a renewed cool attitude :-). While we tend to won serval pairs (to match our jewelry or bag's hardware, for one :-)), I am pretty sure he only owns one or two pairs at best, and if so, one of them is most likely misplaced :-).  So, a cool pair of sunglasses will make an excellent gift. Try the cool matrix vibes ones that a little under $100.

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I hope you enjoyed this post and found my gift ideas for men useful.

To see more style posts, read: How To Style an Off-Shoulder Top In 3 Unique Ways5 Key Points To Consider When Shopping For A Leather Jacket,  How To Effortlessly Turn A Pair Of Leather Pants  Into A Classic Essential.

xx

isabel

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