Enough with the surprise skydiving lessons or the expensive but so-not-his-look sweaters that are going to sit in the back of the closet gathering dust. The surefire way to please is with gifts that inject a little luxury and playfulness into his everyday activities—whether that’s tossing the ball around in the park or dressing up for a night out with you.
If Mondrian made a toolbox, it might have looked a little like this: a minimalist, glossy, color blocked carrier with a hinged lid and contrasting interior compartments, crafted with care in a four-person factory near Milan.
Make sure your stand-up guy’s shirts meet the same qualifications with a three-size set of custom brass collar stays. Have each one stamped with a monogram, a meaningful date, or a silly nickname or inside joke (he’s the only one who’ll see it, after all).
Inspire a return to good-old-days grooming with a snazzy bow tie, designed by a husband-and wife team in Philadelphia using new, vintage, and deadstock fabrics. It’s the very definition of fine and dandy.
Sure, it's what’s on the inside that counts, but won’t he be delighted to dig beneath his travel size bottles of Kiehl’s and find the flattering, flirty message at the bottom of this water repellent canvas-and-nylon pouch? It’s like the grown-up version of a lunch bag note—that lasts.
A few notches nattier than its nautical-rope counterparts, this braided band incorporates horsehair, leather, and twine for an intriguing twist on a familiar motif.
Ideal for strong, silent types, this understated brass cuff spells out a covert, yet compelling, message—“unite”—in morse code.
Because some bombshells are best delivered in pen and ink, there's grenade-printed stationery, sheathed in incognito kraft-paper envelopes.
Kiss smooch-induced beard burn goodbye with this soothing, smoothing, vitamin-E-infused formula, and resume a regular regimen of romancing your hirsute hunk.
As timeless as America’s pastime itself, this retro ball (modeled after an early 19th century design) is stitched by hand and made from "pull-up" leather, a type that only gets better with age. (If only he could say the same for his standing Sunday-afternoon pick-up games.)
A black-painted pine handle contrasts nicely with this gleaming, gold electroplated tray that’s better for corralling cuff links and colognes than nuts and bolts. His dresser is about to get dressier.
Show him you take his craft-brew connoisseurship seriously with a reusable leather-and-wood holder for the mix-and-match six packs he's always bringing home from the fancy beer shop.
Talk about being groomed for success. Apotheke’s all-natural travel toiletries kit puts six of the boutique grooming company’s greatest hits (charcoal soap, aloe-and-clay shave cream) inside an organic cotton pouch that’ll have him sailing through the packing process—and the security line.
It’s not often you can say of a tech accessory that no two are alike, but in the case of Docksmith’s driftwood charging stations—each made from a totally unique piece of driftwood collected from the Maine coast and carved to fit cables for smartphones and tablets—it’s shockingly, beautifully true.
Marble notebooks might be a thing of the past, but there's no stopping him from disguising his iPad like one.
Some guys would be delighted to receive a gift they could devour. No matter what he's down for (sour? dill? spicy?), this set of pickles will hit a sweet spot.
For the jet-setter: the ideal leather traveling companion.
Halt (suit-) cases of mistaken identity in their tracks with this cheeky, hand-stamped leather bag tag on a sturdy stainless-steel cable. It’s more distinctive than a red ribbon and lends some much-needed levity to the post-holiday-travel baggage-carousel chaos.