Alright, my friends — welcome to the first of several bits and pieces of holiday content here on the blog. We’re talking men’s style essentials from the likes of Taylor Stitch and more today, but with a twist. Since we’re all on a budget — and all on a time crunch — it helps to knock two things out at once. That is to say, the gear picks below can serve as both Christmas style suggestions for you, along with handy gift-giving picks for the rest of the stylish folks in your life. We’ve got stocking stuffers like Darn Tough socks, we’ve got rugged Danner boots, and most importantly, we’ve got a beautiful shirt from Taylor Stitch. All able to be gifted to someone, or worn by yourself with ease. Happy shopping!
We told you this shirt was something else, right? Taylor Stitch truly leaves no stone unturned when it comes to crafting modern staples to exacting standards — the Leeward Shirt, in a December-friendly shade of Oxblood, is outstanding. Wear it with tough leather boots, slim blue denim and a thermal shirt on the weekend. Buy it for someone, or give it to yourself.
Danner Light Boots — $380
The winter calls for boots that can take a beating — as I found out when I visited the brand in Portland last year, Danner makes some of the best men’s boots out there. Snowstorms don’t stand a chance, and if you really feel like splurging on someone — or yourself — you can’t go wrong.
Raleigh Denim Alexander Jeans — $145.98
There are almost too many good things to count about the Raleigh Denim Alexander Jeans, from the comfort stretch denim to the Big Sur colorway. Perfectly wearable with your new Danner Light boots, yes? And a great way to help your brother upgrade his denim.
Outerknown Transitional Flannel — $88
Made with ridiculously soft brushed organic cotton flannel, this number from Outerknown is surprisingly lightweight (yet warm) and also easy to layer. A laidback-yet-polished shirt you should wear with your favorite denim over the holidays.
Duke Cannon Handsome Man Grooming Can — $75
The guy who has everything surely doesn’t have anything like this. Featuring must-haves like refreshing face wash and solid cologne, the Handsome Man Grooming Can from Duke Cannon is truly a terrific value in terms of men’s grooming essentials.
Upstate Stock American Mohair Beanie — $32
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love hitting up the cozy, stylish confines of terrific coffee shop/American-made retailer Upstate Stock. So, it should come as no surprise that I’m also recommending the American Mohair Beanie to keep you warm this season — it’s also a nice stocking stuffer.
Levi’s 502 Regular Taper Jeans — $59.50
Ahh, Levi’s. That much-loved purveyor of some of the best men’s denim out there. The 502 Regular Taper in particular features a classic cut with just enough of a slim fit. In short, the perfect pair of jeans to wear with a badass winter jacket. They’ll also clean up nice when worn with a white Oxford and some leather moc toe boots for a holiday bar crawl.
Crafthouse Cocktail Mixing Set — $90
Particularly in these cold winter months — and as you get ready to head to or host a holiday or Christmas Eve party — richly crafted cocktails are on the menu. This stylish cocktail kit is a great buy for yourself or the man or woman who likes to imbibe.
SeaVees Indoor/Outdoor Slipper Shoe — $72
Good news for all of us who plan to head home this holiday season — SeaVees has taken the same approach that makes its classic sneakers so great, and applied that to a pair of cozy slipper shoes. Pack these in your bag for Christmas at home, without a doubt.
Wrangler Born Ready One-Pocket Plaid Shirt — $64
A hint of retro style merged with modern cool — that’s the focus of the “Born Ready” campaign from Wrangler, and it results in this sharp plaid shirt that would look great with perfectly faded jeans and classic leather boots at a casual holiday get-together.
Timex Marlin Automatic in Brown Leather — $249
The good folks at Timex keep on delivering the hits — this new edition of the Timex Marlin in particular features brown leather, but the same crisp dial design. Great for your holiday party, and a great gift for the soon-to-be grad in your life (hey, get it out of the way early).
Taylor Stitch Après Hoodie in Navy Hemp Fleece — $118
When you gather around the fire at Christmas, should you wear a stylish zip hoodie? Oh, yes — the Taylor Stitch Après Hoodie in Navy Hemp Fleece proves that. Pair it with slim tan chinos and rugged leather lace-up boots atop your favorite henley — all you need is a fresh cup of coffee.
Darn Tough Brogue Crew Light Socks — $20
You best get acquainted with Darn Tough and the brand’s uniquely American-made socks. The quality is second-to-none, and understated, stylish patterns make these socks a winner this holiday season — especially when you slip off your shoes at your host’s house. Plus, they’re a great stocking stuffer. (Of note: You can also get Darn Tough socks via Huckberry).
Deus Ex Machina Address Workwear Jacket — $98
I appreciate the old-school vibe of a tough workwear jacket as much as anyone — and I guarantee there’s someone on your list who feels the same way. If not? Buy this rugged washed cotton canvas jacket from the custom motorcycle purveyors at Deus Ex Machina, then wear it on cold winter mornings.
Now, we’re wrapped up on this slightly longer edition of The List. Did you find a gift for anyone on your list? What piece or pieces would you snag for yourself? For me, it’s got to be a pair of rugged Danner boots — no questions asked. Be sure to check back on the site often in the weeks ahead as we offer up even more gift-giving suggestions — for both yourself and others. Thanks for reading!