Careful consideration is the theme of the season this holiday, from what you’re serving your guests to what you’re wearing to what you’re sipping on (and what’s in your humidor, of course). Holiday gifting for, say, your father, your brother, your brother-in-law – or even a nice splurge for yourself, if there’s time to spare – needn’t be guesswork. From the well-heeled business traveler to the watch enthusiast to the man who appreciates classic style, these are the best holiday gifts on our radar.
The frequent traveler in your life could certainly use an easier way to zip from trip to trip, business meeting to business meeting. While roll-on bags are certainly useful, this sleek duffel bag is actually an easy-to-use, easy-to-pack garment bag as well, especially helpful on quick jaunts.
The essentials in life, especially those that tend to see frequent use – like a stylish leather watch, for instance – deserve place of pride in an office or den. This carefully crafted oak wood display case serves a dual-fold purpose: Easy-access watch storage that adds a sense of refined decor to a lounge or study. A bottom tray also holds other everyday carry essentials.
The Oxford Cloth buttondown, or OCBD, has earned its rightful place in the pantheon of style classics. And any man would do well to own one from a pioneering brand in the world of American menswear, Brooks Brothers. This shirt can be dressed up with a navy blazer and tan chinos for classic style, or worn more casually with a crewneck sweater and blue jeans, and that’s the gift of style that keeps on giving.
Sure, your dad or father-in-law has his trusty slippers he’s worn for years, but perhaps they’re a little worse for the wear – or perhaps a pair is needed for, say, a winter log cabin retreat. Enter the heirloom quality of these handsome plaid slipper moccasins from two storied companies, full of heritage and craftsmanship.
Some things absolutely never go out of style – like sunglasses that exude effortless cool. Let’s double down on that in a major way, since American Optical is once again selling the same model of shades worn by (arguably) the country’s most stylish president, JFK himself. The Saratoga Sunglasses are understated and at home with casual and dressy looks, which should prove the perfect gift for the style enthusiast in your life.
The audio enthusiast in your life deserves nothing but the best – and Bang & Olufsen has long risen to the occasion in that regard. These sleek wireless headphones are plenty stylish as a display piece, sure, but it’s the rich, crystal-clear audio quality – at home or on the go – that makes them a real winning gift.
Even the most devout watch collector in your life might not yet be familiar with the charms of KNOPF. The company blends classic architectural elements into sleek and seriously stylish watches, featuring precise Swiss craftsmanship and designs inspired by iconic Art Deco skyscrapers.
About the author: Beau Hayhoe is a men's style and lifestyle writer based in Brooklyn, New York. He covers everything from menswear to watches, spirits and music. His work has appeared online at Esquire, Maxim, AskMen, Men's Journal, Gear Patrol, InsideHook and more. He's a devoted fan of Red Wing boots, Filson flannel shirts, Buck Mason jeans and a great dram of The Macallan. Follow him on Instragram @beahayhoe.