Slowly but surely, time is running out if you want to buy Christmas presents, yet I know that many still have to get out and get started. While it is always an experience to go out and shop in the stores, it can be very tedious depending on where you live – crowding, limited inventory and sizes, and winter weather can all make the experience unpleasant. For most, the more convenient way to shop is online when time is pressing, and so here is a short Christmas shopping guide with items that may be exactly the right thing for you or a loved one. With express shipping, you should still have time to get a few things before Christmas.
Socks by Mes Chaussettes Rouges
For cold winter days, a pair of special socks may be the perfect gift for the man who cares about details. Good quality socks can be part one’s wardrobe for years. Mes Chaussettes Rouge has a range of luxurious cashmere socks in various colors starting at 49€ / $65. If you are in the market for something in seasonal colors, skip the Christmas sweater and go with a pair of multi-stripe socks in a special winter blend of wool, cotton and nylon.
If you like to entertain, the 25″ shoe horn from Fort Belvedere is not only great for putting on your shoes, but also one of the best conversations pieces / starters I have come across. Hand carved from a genuine water buffalo horn, it is the perfect gift for the man who has everything. $105 for the long version, $65 for the medium horn.
In the last couple of years, “foodies” have been on the rise. While we’re all aware of the American obsession with bacon, you want a more unique gift from the meat category. Consider a selection of Jamón Ibérico de Belotta. This rare Spanish cured ham is so flavorful because the pigs are on a special acorn diet which makes the meat not just darker but simply delicious. First imported to the U.S. in 2007, it pays to order from trusted sources such as Tienda. Full bone-in is $625 but 3 oz. start at $48.
Men who enjoy dressing with classic elegance will love handsewn peccary gloves in chamois yellow, gray or chocolate brown. Inspired by the golden era of the 1930’s, these luxurious gloves not only have the special button closure and are made from peccary leather that will age beautifully, but they are also lined with Alpaca, which keeps your hands warmer than cashmere. $245 lined and $225 unlined. Of course, they come in a beautiful green gift box, so you don’t even have to wrap anything.
Scarves are perfect as a gift set with gloves, but a too-short scarf is undesirable. At Fort Belvedere, we tested various lengths and concluded that 180×30 cm / 72″x12″ was the best format for scarves, so the length will suit more ways of tying. We offer extremely soft scarves in pure cashmere for $195 and also warm Alpaca scarves for $95. Comes in green Fort Belvedere Signature Gift Box
Premium spirits and liquors are all the rage at the moment, and many men have started building bars that go beyond the basics. No matter if it is a shaker, a unique ice cube tray or the right glasses, a good bar is where good entertaining usually begins. We put together a fantastic list for barware earlier in the year, so check it out.
New Years Accessories
If you already know that you will attend a New Year’s Eve party, a hand rolled pocket square with the owners first name initial from the finest Irish linen ($35) and a carnation boutonniere ($30) are the perfect companion to a formal suit / tuxedo ensemble. Both comes in a green signature gift box.
For the Health Nut or Home Cook
If you or your loved one like to cook or wants to try an alternative to the juicing trend, look no further than a Vitamix blender. You may wonder what justifies $500 for a blender (which is what I thought for over two years) however, when we saw what it can do, we were sold right away. Personally, I think it makes the best soups I ever had and the smoothies are likewise delicious. Forget the juicer and all the other kitchen tools, this is the #1 kitchen appliance I would buy if I had to start all over again.
You may think that neckties are not a particular special gift, but then think again – not all ties are made the same. Get one of Fort Belvedere’s Real Ancient Madder ties or wool Challis ties in a size that is perfect for the wearer’s height: there is a tie for the man of modest height, for regular men and for tall men. Well proportioned and handsewn from the best materials in the right length? I guarantee you not many men can say that of their tie collection. $125 in Fort Belvedere gift box.
There are few things that are more masculine than a proper straight razor shave, but even the double edge razors produce a superior results. Of course, you need the right shaving soaps, creams brushes or razors. Take a look at our guides shaving to learn what is the best gift for you. $ 5 – $500
Last but not least, an odd vest is the perfect gift for anybody who wants to make their wardrobe more versatile. Our odd vest guide explains all you need to know. About $200.
What other gift ideas are great for last-minute shopping for the discerning man? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.