December 13, 2010

'Tis the Season: ChiTown Fashionista and Violet Revolution 2010 Holiday Gift Guide for Men

Violet Revolution and I are back with Part 2 of our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide!

Our first gift guide was all about the ladies.  But, of course we couldn't leave out the guys...especially since they tend to be the hardest ones to shop for. Check out our Top 10 Gifts for Men!

Hats and Caps by Goorin Bros ($25 and up): From the dapper gentleman to the cool kid, Goorin Brothers got you covered. With a wide variety of hats and caps, you're sure to find one that perfectly matches the personality of the recipient. Regardless of whether he's into hats, it's difficult to not appreciate the attention to detail that goes beyond just the exterior of the hat and spills over into the interior. You can order online but I suggest you visit them locally to check out the selection in person.

"Get Off Your High Horse" Shirt by Enstrumental ($80): You can always count on Enstrumental to design high-quality, creative shirts. And the "Get Off Your High Horse" (Ego Trip Edition) polo is no exception! Created as a spoof on a certain designer brand's polo, this shirt will definitely garner attention. But, it's also meant to make a statement with a logo that screams "I'm grounded"...literally. It's a limited edition so make sure you grab one before it's too late.

Frames at LabrabbitOptics ($75 and up): Whether he's into one-of-a-kind sunglasses or enjoys rocking the "geek chic" look, there really is no other place to find so many unique frames in one location. The owner, Coyote, is more of a curator - selecting frames that will spark an immediate emotional attachment. The leather shades and vintage designer specs are my favorites for the guys. Locals can visit LabRabbit in Wicker Park. Don't fret if you're not in Chicago, the online shop is well-stocked and organized. Just make sure you don't end up buying a pair or two for yourself.

Reveal Watch by Daniel Will-Harris ($100): If he seems to have EVERYTHING, this is the perfect gift. With a unique display that fades the numbers in and out as time passes, it would be especially intriguing to a Techie. On the flip side, its sleek and understated design would also compliment a businessman's wardrobe while still allowing him to show-off to his friends. And we all know how much men love to do that...

Cufflinks on Etsy ($20-$50): Can a man ever have too many cufflinks? Absolutely not. And the Southernliving26 Etsy Shop gets that. From bar codes to Transformers to logos of entities such as the NBA and Apple, these cufflinks appeal to a man's "cheeky" side. They are great gifts for a man who doesn't take himself too seriously. With prices starting at $20, you can buy multiple pairs - which is great since you won't be able to narrow down your choice to only one.

Shaving Kit ($50):  Does your man travel a lot? Or are you planning a winter getaway soon? How about this shaving carry on kit from The Art of Shaving? They are located at The Shops at Northbridge at 520 N. Michigan Ave. or you can shop online. All the sizes meet airport requirements and come in a plastic carrier.

Fun And Creative Date Guides ($10): How's your dating life been lately? If your answer is pathetic or non-existent, and your guy won't have a bruised ego about this gift, maybe it's time to drop a few hints with a Fun and Creative Date Guide. Whether you're married or dating, these ideas will certainly give your relationship a boost (plus, you might get a fabulous V-Day date out of it in a few months). This could also be a clever gift for your brother, especially if he's younger and just starting to take girls out on dates, or if he just has no skills at planning (a girl can only go to the movies so many times).

Haindpainted Drinking Glasses ($120 for 6): Whether you know a man that likes mixed drinks or has graduated to scotch on the rocks; he can now enjoy his drinks in this set of colorful, handpainted double old fashioned glasses. These are great for a guy who just moved into a new place or is just out of college and looking to add a whole new level of sophistication to his image.

Tretorn Winter Boots ($55-$140): Poor guys. When it's cold and snowy outside, what are they to do? They don't have Uggs or Hunter boots to choose from. In fact, I don't ever recall seeing men's cold weather boots in stores. Help a guy stay fashionable and warm this winter with Tretorn boots (boots pictured are $60) which can be found at HIS Stuff Chicago.

Crossword Puzzle Baseball ($20): What man doesn't love baseball? Test his knowledge with this crossword puzzle baseball from the New York Times. Your man will learn even more baseball trivia to impress his friends! This is ideal for a stocking stuffer, for dad, or even for a male boss or co-worker.

What do you think of our top gift ideas for men? Can you think of any other great gifts for the men in our lives?

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Anonymous Chandra said...

My tech guy has some fabulous techie cufflinks; I just bought some at Nordstrom Rack yesterday (for him), but am also considering the Etsy seller you have listed!


December 14, 2010 at 10:58 AM  

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