The Friday Read: The Best Gifts for Men, New Mott and Bow Denim & The Perfect T-Shirt

The right way to gear up for a cozy winter weekend — don’t you agree? Faherty Brand gets it.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — ’tis the season to bundle up in style, get your shopping taken care of, and then … kick back with one of the best Christmas beers, right? To help you get started with that first step, might I suggest picking up a Faherty Brand sweater for rugged style and cozy comfort? Something like the essential Faherty Brand Legend Sweater ought to do the trick, don’t you agree? After all, you can never go wrong with a stylish sweater that doubles as a rugged shirt — at least, that’s what I think. You’ll find today’s post is focused on plenty of the best gifts for men, from a well-crafted T-shirt to a new men’s grooming upgrade — there’s no time to waste if you still need to take care of some shopping. Holiday shopping will definitely be on my mind this weekend in NYC, but I’m excited to have some time off to properly take in the sights and sounds of the city.

On that note, I’m venturing into Manhattan on Saturday to fuel up with Birch Coffee, explore Central Park — potentially snapping some photos for my Instagram along the way — and then cap the day off in a big way. I’m heading to a rare evening on Broadway (well, in this case, Off-Broadway) to see a much-hyped production of “Cyrano,” starring Peter Dinklage and featuring music written by none other than members of my favorite band, The National! Lead singer Matt Berninger and his wife, Carin Besser, wrote lyrics for this updated production of “Cyrano,” while brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner (the multi-instrument virtuosos of the band) wrote music. Talk about an incredible combination — and surely, an incredible production! I really can’t wait. What’s on your weekend to-do list? First things first, check out today’s Friday Read.

  • Let’s get down to holiday gifting, shall we? I mentioned above that we’d dive into a great deal on men’s jeans, and that’s in fact the case here with Mott and Bow. The NYC brand is still going strong when it comes to making some of the best men’s jeans, and this season, they’ve got quite the deal on tap:  Get a free tee with any order of denimusing the code HOLIDAY19!
  • now through the end of the month. Want more deals on the best men’s jeans and accessories from this excellent brand? It gets better. Use the code (again, HOLIDAY19!) to get a free scarf or hat with orders over $200. The search for the best pair of men’s denim just got a whole lot easier.
  • Alright, so I’m going to point you toward a major grooming upgrade (and a major grooming gift) for the guy in your life this season. Helpfully, Cardon for Men is launching a limited-edition gift set with a special early preview of two products set to launch in January (those two new products would be the Clay Purifying Cleaners and 3-in-1 Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer). So, that’s a special gift set that also offers an early look at two new potential grooming favorites — what’s not to love about that??
  •  Perhaps you want to pick up a gift for the traveler in your life? Look no further than the richly crafted, well-appointed Tecovas Large Duffle, from the same brand that’s built quite the heritage of making ultra-functional (and stylish) cowboy boots.
  • Speaking of essential gifts, what about the perfect T-shirt? It’s possible now, thanks to General Issue (the work of award-winning designer Susan Woo). This new brand works with factories and like-minded partners in Brooklyn to craft luxurious-yet-accesible basics, resulting in a well-curated line with three items to start. A super-soft short-sleeve tee, a sharp polo, and a casual long-sleeve shawl tee are up for grabs — whoever gets one of these is going to love it, guarnateed.

Alright, that’s going to end my latest rundown of crucial men’s gifts to buy now — there’s plenty more where that came from in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, perhaps you’re interested in reading about even more of the best new menswear releases? From a rugged waxed trucker jacket to the best new leather boots, I guarantee you my latest gear roundup will have something for you (or the stylish fella on your shopping list). Cheers to the season!

Men’s Style Holiday Gift Guide

Editor’s note: Need more shopping help? Check out the Women’s Style Holiday Gift Guide.

OK, so it’s very quickly bearing down on us now — Christmas is coming, and if that’s something you desperately need to shop for at this point, The Style Guide has you covered.  We’ve already talked about how to dress for your holiday party and what to buy her this Christmas, but what about … what to buy him? Him being your dad, brother, father-in-law, significant other — you get the picture. If you’re still shopping for that perfect gift, you’ve come to the right place. Again, a thoughtful gift personalized to the recipient trumps anything on this list — but if there’s some crossover between the two, that’s all the better. Yessir, the good folks at Huckberry have a bevy of picks for everyone from the #menswear fan to the spirits aficionado. For more gift guide action, check out what my friends at The Manual & GearMoose have to say. And weigh in on the below picks via the trusty comments section, or check out style shopping inspiration on Instagram. More importantly — shop on, and good luck!

#Menswear: Lanona Shoe Co. Academic Boot — $298

A hard-wearing boot for the menswear fan in your life.

A hard-wearing boot for the menswear fan in your life.

Did you snag a pair of the durable, rugged and Huckberry-exclusive Academic Boot  when it was featured in this site’s rugged fall style ensemble? Yes? No? Thought about it? If you know a guy on your list who loves tough boots for inclement weather, this sturdy, stylish pair from Lanona Shoe Co. is the pair to buy. Consider it a big gift from Santa to supplement smaller gifts, perhaps. They’re a pair of boots to be worn with a classic chambray shirt and slim denim, plus a shawl-collar cardigan … then again, you won’t know unless you buy a pair for yourself too, right? (Wink, wink).

Watches: Luminox P-38 Lightning Chronograph — $379.98

Equal parts rugged, durable and essential for any watch fan.

Equal parts rugged, durable and essential for any watch fan.

Why put this reliable-as-heck, handsome-as-all-get-out P-38 Lightning Chronograph in the “Watches” category as opposed to another menswear option? Well, plenty of us love collecting stylish watches, and if you know an aficionado, watches are a bit of a devotion. It’s a good thing that this Luminox timepiece as sold by everyone’s favorite retail site (that’s Huckberry, duh) is in a league of its own. It’s Swiss-made, with the precision to keep exact time and the durability to pass everything from special forces to diving tests.

Home Goods, Part #1: Southern Lights Electric Original Bell Jar Table Lamp — $89.98

I love lamp. Yes, this lamp.

I love lamp. Yes, this lamp.

So, fear not — that’s indeed a lamp listed on this here gift guide. But not just any lamp. If you’ve got a guy in your life — say, a bachelor who could use some home design help *raises hand* — the Original Bell Jar Table Lamp is an interesting option to consider. It features an exposed Edison-style bulb at its center, not to mention that handsome, old-time aesthetic plenty of us crave in our home layouts. The solid wood base is manufactured in Nashville, while the name plate itself is silk-screened by hand. And the end result? A stylish, handsome table lamp to add some class to the recipient’s home, apartment or office.

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Home Goods, Part #2: Norden 3-Candle Box Gift Set — $84.98

A masculine, subtly stylish candle set for the guy with an eye for design.

A masculine, subtly stylish candle set for the guy with an eye for design.

We’ve got another unique gift offering in the home goods department for y’all here. Candles are a somewhat unlikely present but again, if you’ve got a guy with a space that could a bit of TLC, look no further. Norden makes its finely crafted candles with sustainability in mind — the ceramic vessel carrying said candle can be washed out and re-used. Plus, the ceramic containers are a subtly stylish way to add a bit of visual interest to the lucky gift … getter’s apartment or home. And of course, each candle makes use of a unique, outdoors-y scent.
A great-looking blanket from a company that knows a thing or three about making 'em.

A great-looking blanket from a company that knows a thing or three about making ’em.

We’ll stick with the theme of well-made, premium pieces to upgrade your living space for this great Woolrich blanket. Items like these can be thoughtful touches to spruce up a couch or chair, and this particular blanket does a nice job at sticking with classic colors reminiscent of fine menswear. So, it’s but another option to supplement other gifts you might give. Oh, and Woolrich has been making blankets since the Civil War, so you can’t top ’em.
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Spirits & Libations: Whiskey Peaks Rocks Glasses (Set of 4) — $69.98 OR W&P Design Homemade Gin Kit — $44.98
Know someone who loves a well-made drink? Here are your gift picks, folks.

Know someone who loves a well-made drink? Here are your gift picks, folks.

Let’s say you’re buying for your father-in-law? Often tricky, right? And let’s say said father-in-law loves a good drink — I’d say you can’t go wrong with the neat, entirely unique set of Whiskey Peaks Rocks Glasses, or the even cooler W&P Design Homemade Gin Kit. The gin kit allows you to turn one bottle of vodka into your own blend of gin, complete with all of the ingredients needed to do so — including a secret botanical blend from W&P Design. Oh, and the Whiskey Peaks glasses? Talk about a one-of-a-kind offering — each glass features a raised impression of a different, famed American, well, peak. It’s a neat home design piece and a welcome way to enjoy your whiskey, all in one.

If you’re looking for more gift ideas here, we’ve reached the end of this year’s gift guide. Hopefully, you got some inspiration? And knocked out a few choice picks? Subtly stylish gifts like a beautiful Woolrich blanket or a one-of-a-kind table lamp are truly unique items to give this holiday season  — and hey, who doesn’t love a stylish watch  or an investment-worthy pair of rugged leather boots? If you’ve got someone on your list appreciates the finer things in life, premium whiskey glasses are just the ticket — and it gives you a reason to enjoy a glass with them, right? Got questions on what to gift in the days to come? Just shoot me a note on Twitter and we’ll set you right.

What will you be buying and gifting this holiday season?

Men’s Style Christmas Wish List 2015

Editor’s note: To check out past Christmas Wish List posts, click here.

Alright, folks — you know the drill. In just a little over two weeks, Santa’s coming to town (yes, Santa!). And that hopefully means some stylish gifts for us menswear aficionados out there — but more importantly, some great time spent with loved ones. However, it can be pretty sweet undoubtedly to get just what you want under the tree. As to your humble style blogger over here — well, I’ve got my eye on some nice gear as well (just look at my Wish List Pinterest board for starters). Budgetary constraints definitely put some limits on these things the rest of the year, but a guy can dream … right? What’s on your Christmas Wish List?

#1. FRYE Company Grand Tall Lace Sneaker — $288

Antiqued leather and rawhide laces put these sneakers a cut above the rest.

Antiqued leather and rawhide laces put these sneakers a cut above the rest.

If you follow this blog, you’re probably well-acquainted with the fact that I love me a great sneaker (particularly from Brooklyn’s own, uh, GREATS). And throughout the fall and winter, I find myself always on the hunt for a terrific high-top leather sneaker — the style just seems to go well with the heartier textures and colder weather of the season. FRYE is normally known for its rough-and-tumble boots, yet these sneakers look absolutely superb. The rich cognac color would pair well with black, grey or blue denim, and they look dressy enough to wear with a navy blazer and some burgundy cords, too. Alas, they’ll have to stay on the wish list for now.

#2. Apolis Wool Chore Jacket — $328

A versatile color and an updated take on a classic silhouette make this item worthy of the Holiday Wish List.

A versatile color and an updated take on a classic silhouette make this item worthy of the Christmas Wish List.

Yet another item that’s pricey yet drool-worthy, and that’s why it fills out the second spot on this list. Apolis has done a great job combining quality product and an emphasis on doing business the right way. They don’t lose any style points in the process — its outerwear across the board represents updated takes on classic workwear styles, and versatile options ike this olive chore jacket provide great styling potential. That goes for blue or black denim, or even light grey chinos. Its indigo jackets are frequent hot sellers as well, but I think this colorway would be just as versatile — can you hear me, Santa?
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#3. Shinola Runwell 41mm Watch — $550

A football leather strap and a crisp dial are excellent finishing touches for a stellar timepiece.

A football leather strap and a crisp dial are excellent finishing touches for a stellar timepiece.

A Shinola Runwell watch made my Christmas Wish List last year too, and a new Shinola Runwell watch from the American-made brand is more than worthy of inclusion in this year’s edition. Shinola has a penchant for watches of exceptional quality, on top of subtle design touches that create a pleasing overall package. The dark camel football leather strap is one such feature here. The black dial and gold numerals build off the crisp style for which the brand is known, and that 41mm case diameter hits the sweet spot. Again, taking notes Santa?

#4. JackThreads The Bomber — $149.50

Just one of the many Wish List-worthy items from JackThreads' new menswear line.

Just one of the many Wish List-worthy items from JackThreads’ new menswear line.

Two jackets on one Christmas Wish List? Yes, sir — they’re both that great-looking. While this bomber jacket certainly isn’t as cost-prohibitive as the other items on this list, a buck-fifty is still a good chunk of change to throw down — and this is coming from a guy who loves his jackets.  JackThreads has done a tremendous job launching its new menswear line, and it’s filled with modern updates on stylish essentials; one such example can definitely be seen here. This is the kind of jacket I might wear with a great henley and some slim denim on the weekends, or over a knit tie and chambray shirt to work.

#5. Todd Snyder Great Lakes Sweatshirt — $198

A touch of home in a stylish (and expensive) sweatshirt.

A touch of home in a stylish (and expensive) sweatshirt.

Just as Shinola nabbed a spot on this list for the second year in a row, so too does Todd Snyder. There’s something about the noted American menswear designer and his penchant for mixing heritage sportswear and contemporary fits, as he continually does with his collaborations with Champion. I have a soft spot for the Great Lakes Sweatshirt in particular, as I love visiting my home state of Michigan. The piece on its own is the epitome of a casual weekend sweater — stylish, versatile and made with what looks to be high-quality washed cotton. Can you ask for much more in a crewneck sweater?

So that about wraps up my Christmas Wish List for this year, although I can say in advance that I’ll certainly be looking forward to spending plenty of high-quality time with my family in sunny Florida in a few weeks’ time. And if in the meantime, one of these gifts ends up under the tree, I certainly wouldn’t be mad about it!

What’s on your Christmas Wish List? Any of the above picks?
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Father’s Day Gift Guide

FathersDayTopperBuying for your old man probably isn’t as difficult as it was living under (or continuing to live under) his roof … right? Take the time to thank your dad or the father figure in your life for his hard work, reliability and guidance (good talk, Dad). A gift is certainly a nice way to do that, although a phone call or visit on top of that are ideal. If you do go the gift-giving route, finding something with sentimental and meaningful value can really be one way to convey your love and appreciation. Tailor that gift to suit the recipient’s interests, and you’ve got yourself a winner — particularly on Father’s Day.

For The Traveling Dad: A Huckberry Field Guide ($17.95 for One, $88.98 for the Full Set)

Buy just one, or buy the whole set -- your call. Packed with tons of unique information.

Buy just one, or buy the whole set — your call. Packed with tons of unique information.

Got a dad or father figure in your life who likes to travel? While a sharp weekender bag is certainly one way to go, a Huckberry Field Guide is a memorable change of pace. These things provide a wealth of information in a refreshingly old-school paperback format.These guides are certainly designed to go lots of different places; they’re packed with interviews, local lore and information, memoirs and hand-drawn maps. Featured cities include cool locales like Austin, Texas and Brooklyn, New York, as well as on-the-rebound Detroit and perennial road trip favorite San Francisco.

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For The “Cool Dad”: GREATS Brand Rosen Sneakers, $49

Durable, very comfortable ... and possibly a good gift for Dad this time around? Photo credit: Liz Todd.

Durable, very comfortable … and possibly a good gift for Dad this time around? Photo credit: Liz Todd.

While not everyone’s dad would be a fit for these sneakers, if you’ve got one on your list who appreciates crisp design and retro styling touches, the GREATS Rosen would be a nice buy. The fit on these is comfortable, the color options offer nice variety in terms of versatility, and the price is hard to beat. Wear ’em with chinos or jeans, and perhaps pick up a pair for yourself if you’d like a discount. An upgraded pair of swim trunks (like these striped board shorts from United By Blue) could also be a great buy.

For The Grillmaster: Bespoke Post “Charred” Box, $45

American-made tools, a tasty hot sauce and some nice smoked wood chips -- everything Dad needs to grill out.

American-made tools, a tasty hot sauce and some nice smoked wood chips — everything Dad needs to grill out.

Simpler alternatives like a nice bottle of barbecue sauce could also hit home for the dad who loves to cook, but the Bespoke Post Charred box offers up the complete package. A word to the uninitiated: You need to hand over your email address to access the site, but that knocks $10 off what would be a $55 purchase without a membership. Like the rest of Bespoke Post’s exceptionally well-curated boxes, it really goes above and beyond — a set of high-quality grilling tools, maple wood chips for smoking meats, and a tasty-looking bottle of hot sauce are yours with purchase.

For The Beverage Fiend: Owen & Fred Carving Leather Coasters, $29

Durable leather makes for a very nice coaster from which to enjoy a hearty adult beverage.

Durable leather makes for a very nice coaster from which to enjoy a hearty adult (or regular!) beverage.

Owen & Fred certainly has a number of gifts worth picking up for Dad, from cheeky money clips to neat pens and sharp notebooks. However, if your dad fancies himself a nice beer or glass of wine, a set of four coasters made from lovely yet durable 8 oz. carving leather could be just the thing to buy. Complete that with a value-added accessory, like the brand’s truly sweet “You Earned It” bottle opener or something like a beer variety pack and that’d be one heck of a gift set. On the more expensive side of things, a dad with a love of old-school style and design could also appreciate this kit from Baxter of California.

What’s on tap for your Father’s Day? Any of these gifts catch your eye?

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Ernest Alexander