I know Brian really well. In case you don’t know who he is, he’s my husband of 11 years (together for 17). He is the best dad in the world to our two kids (IMHO). He’s an amazing actor, a director and producer, plus he’s incredibly nice to me, and handsome AF. We really like each other and we try to be thoughtful and considerate but we aren’t big sentimental gift givers. And we are ok with that. I get my video montage of all of our iphone footage of the kids for Mothers Day (the most important holiday of the year) and that’s kinda all I need. But that doesn’t mean I don’t shop a ton for him online for Christmas. And even though I bought 1/10th of these things I figured it was worthy of a gift-guide post.
So what follows is what I love for him as a gift, both in reality and if I were allowed to spoil him. We included a product board and a gallery to accomodate all your viewing desires.
1. Green Down Jacket | 2. Black Stripe Sweater | 3. Brown Suede Boot | 4. Leather Dopp Bag | 5. Nike Hoodie | 6. Men’s Gift Card Bundle | 7. Eye Cream | 8. Tie Set | 9. Pin Dot Necktie | 10. Stripe Necktie | 11. Pajama Set | 12. Navy Beanie | 13. Stripe Scarf | 14. Blue Sweater | 15. Billfold Wallet | 16. Fleece Jacket | 17. Red Sweater | 18. Hanes V-neck | 19. Henley Shirt | 20. Leather Gloves | 21. Navy Sweatpants | 22. Nike Socks | 23. Blue 3/4 Sleeve | 24. Hair Brush | 25. Grooming Kit | 26. Dopp Kit | 27. Leather Briefcase | 28. Green Vest | 29. Red Stripe Sweater | 30. Leather Boots
I LOVE how lightweight, warm and flattering these jackets are so I bought one for Brian and he LOVES it.
Men Ultra Light Down Jacket by Uniqlo – $70
Brian won’t splurge on shoes so these are perfect because they are classic and handsome but so affordable.
Men’s Jay Desert Chukka Boots – Goodfellow & Co. by Target – $45
Buying from Parker Clay makes us all happy because they are such a great socially conscious company – this is so classic.
Axum Dopp Bay by Parker Clay – $68
Gift Card Bundle
This bundle is an insane deal that supports socially conscious brands that Brian and I both love. They also have a women’s version as well. Buy it before it sells out. Basically for $35 you get 5 $50 gift cards to 5 awesome retailers.
Men’s Gift Card Bundle by Nisolo – $35
He wants my eye cream enough to steal it everynight. Here is your own, love.
Rejuvenating Eye Cream by BeautyCounter – $58
A package that is so functional and handsome. I love that tie very much.
The Tie Bar Splattered Gingham Tie Set by East Dane – $31
Pin Dot Necktie
One of my favorite patterns (the dot) done in a subtle way.
Men’s Pin Dot Necktie – Goodfellow & Co. by Target – $20
Because a skinny stripe is so classic, chic and timeless (fine, and hipster)
Men’s Necktie with Pencil Stripes – Goodfellow & Co. by Target – $20
Again with the classic navy stripe – Brian would be so happy to put this on his head.
Men’s Opposite Knit Classic Cuffed and Stripe Hat – Goodfellow & Co. by Target – $7
We don’t ‘scarf’ a lot in SoCal but if we did this would be around our necks.
Howlin’ Bionic Dub Scarf by East Dane – $96
I bought this for Brian last year and the patina is amazing (plus it’s a great company). I personally endorse this wallet.
Henny Billfold Wallet by Parker Clay – $48
Brian always wants layering pieces that aren’t bulky. I trust this brand and how they design their mens clothes a lot.
Men Fleece Long-sleeve Full-zip Jacket by Uniqlo – $20
This is what Brian wears 6 days a week and he needs a refresh often. The white V-neck is both of our favorite shirts on him.
Hanes Men’s 6-pk V-neck T-shirts with Fresh IQ by Target – $14
Brian gets in a V-neck rut, but a henley looks so good on him.
Men’s Standard Fit Long Sleeve Henley T-shirt – Goodfellow & Co. by Target – $15
Living in SoCal we don’t need to splurge on cashmere gloves, so these are perfect for the few occasions he’d wear them.
Men’s Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves – Goodfellow & Co. by Target – $25
Brian wears the same sweatpants everyday and he is due for a new pair. I love this slimmer cut.
Men Dry Stretch Sweatpants by Uniqlo – $20
Blue 3/4 Sleeve
I love this retro tee and think it would be hot on my husband. That is all.
Jonah 3/4 Sleeve by Individual Medley – $42
A man typically doesn’t think to buy a brush for hair. This one is simple, classic and feels utilitarian which I think Brian would like.
Small Oval Wooden Bristle Hair Brush by Uncommon Goods – $35
He wants his own kit for secret grooming. I get it. This is a GREAT affordable one.
Buxton Men’s Large Grooming Kit by Target – $13
While I love the more splurge-y ones, this dopp kit is so classic, functional and more affordable.
Men’s Dopp Kit – Goodfellow & Co. by Target – $15
Brian asked for a good professional bag last year and this is what I got him (in brown). It’s AMAZING.
Parker Briefcase by Parker Clay – $498
I bought him a vest 2 years ago and was shocked how much he wore it (despite how resistant he was at the beginning). I love this one.
The Down Pilot’s Vest by Best Made Company – $218
This guide is making me want to spoil that man. Here are more that I know he would love.
1. Golf Darts | 2. Record Player | 3. Travel Kit | 4. Umbrella | 5. Beverage Sling | 6. BBQ Toolbox | 7. Popcorn on the Cob | 8. Instax Camera | 9. Measure Tape | 10. Sphere Ice Cube | 11. Four-Across | 12. Dice | 13. Notebook | 14. Pen | 15. Brownie Edge | 16. Whiskey Chillers | 17. Dart Set
Brian loves golf. He loves darts. He’ll LOVE this.
Golf Game Dartboard by Uncommon Goods – $120
Even though we have no records I KNOW Brian would love a record player because its coooooolll.
Crosley Velvet Cruiser Bluetooth Record Player by Urban Outfitters – $99
This is one of those gifts that they don’t think they want or need but are proud that they have.
Leather Luggage Tag and Passport Holder Set – Hearth & Hand with Magnolia by Target – $20
If Brian lived in a different climate this would be a really classic (and classy) splurgey gift.
London Undercover Window Pane Umbrella by East Dane – $100
Beers fit in here and it looks like a yoga bag. THAT IS HILARIOUS
Sling Beverage Cooler by Uncommon Goods – $22
It looks like a tool box and yet it’s a BBQ. This is a GREAT gift.
BBQ Toolbox by Uncommon Goods – $99
Brian is really into popcorn, in a nostalgic way. This is VERY fun.
Popcorn On The Cob by Uncommon Goods – $16
Such a classic style with a modern function. I WANT THIS.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera by Target – $180
For those of you who need to don a fancy measuring tape …
Il Bussetto Leather Tape Measure by East Dane – $70
We like fancy drinks. I want these fancy round sphere ice cubes for said drinks.
Sphere Ice Cube Trays with Lid (Set of 3) by Food52 – $42
Brian (and I) love a group game. This one looks good on a credenza even when not in use (plus our kids love this game)
Wooden Four-Across Game by Uncommon Goods – $60
I don’t know the function of this gift but I want it and it seems like a lovely gift to me.
Wooden Dice Set by Uncommon Goods – $15
I have a million notepads but Brian has none. He would love this for client meetings.
Delfonics Rollbahn Spiral Notebook by East Dane – $15
It’s a nice looking pen without the stupid price-tag.
Delfonics Wood Ballpoint Pen by East Dane – $13
THE BEST BROWNIE EDGES IN EVERY BITE. I know Brian would be PSYCHED about this.
Baker’s Edge Nonstick Edge Brownie Pan by Amazon – $36
He loves golf. And ice. And fancy drinks. Why not?
Golf Ball Whiskey Chillers (Set of 2) by Uncommon Goods – $25
The most beautiful dart board in the world. This is a no-brainer from a very lovely company.
The Monochrome Belgian Dart Set by Best Made Company – $148
Hi, I just ordered the Nisolo bundled gift cards for myself and bf. I can’t wait to use them! Thanks for the rec!
I’m a longtime reader and a UX designer and I just wanted to say, I L O V E those carousels below the gift guides!! They make reviewing/examining your amazing roundups so much easier. I’m delighted and impressed – thank you so much!!
Seconded as a fellow UX designer it makes actually ‘shopping’ your guides so much easier. Well done!
Oh good! i don’t know what UX designer is but i like you guys 🙂
As a UX/UI designer I third this 🙂 (UX = user experience, UI = user interface. So we design for digital products like websites and applications)
I ordered the gift card bundles for myself and my bf too! We aren’t going to exchange gifts this year but this seemed too good of a deal to not jump on it. I didn’t even look at the different brands offerings lol. I just clicked add to cart and done! Im sure we’ll both find things we love without spending too much additional $. Although I had hoped they were physical gift cards so we wouldn’t forget we have them.
Its an INSANE deal. we are boing to do a whole post about it. xx
I just researched all the brands and they are so pricey I wouldn’t buy them even with a $50 gift card. Just thought I’d chime in because the deal appeal is real! It’s just a little above my price range…sad face!
Love this new format! And the ideas too.
What size did you get for Brian in the Green Vest? Thanks!
large .. he hates things that are too fitted and hes kinda broad : )
SUCH a good gift guide!! Thanks for sharing and LOVE that you added prices- makes browsing so much easier! You guys are killing it!! Thanks for the daily inspiration!!!
Someone gave my husband that grooming kit from Target last year. You might not want to recommend it. It’s seriously total crap. The edges of the metal pieces were so sharp I sliced my finger open pretty badly just sliding something out of the case. And nothing else included is worth even the very nominal selling price of that kit.
This is such a cool gift guide. I always have a hard time finding the right one for my man! Totally inspirational!
So this is really random, but its one of my “Wife PSAs”, and now that I see Brian is a fan of Uniqlo i have to share with you. So my husband is semi-obsessed with Uniqlo, everything there miraculously fits him (he has really broad shoulders, and “water polo” player thighs that are so muscular and big its crazy), and the shirts are long enough that the stay tucked in when he lifts up his arms even with his super long torso… Getting to my point, if he’s been wearing those Hane’s undershirts he should REALLY try the Uniqlo Airism and Heat-tech under shirts, again my husband is super obsessed, I’ve told all my guy coworkers about them and they’ve all switched over and are now obsessed as well. Really weird, and random, but thought I’d share with you and everyone else!
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Get the record player!! I got one for my boyfriend last year and it’s a hit! It’s so fun to check out record stores or the record sections in thrift and vintage stores. It’s also fun for kids! It’s prob too young for them now, but I still remember one Christmas playing with my cousin in his basement, listening to his parents’ old records for HOURS. That was easily 20 years ago and it’s still a great memory to think back on.
It can be a fun thing to do together as a family – both finding and listening! Plus it’s an ageless hobby that can be a fun way for Brian (and you of course!) to bond with his kids well into adulthood. I like it so much because it turns listening to music into more of an event than just something on in the background.
And tip for the kiddos – a couple I’m friends with (who have an epic record collection) mute the tv and play records instead when their kid (who’s 2-ish) watches her shows. The kid doesn’t seem to mind and I KNOW the parents don’t.
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