I thought I’d share a few of my favorite gifts for guys. Lingerie aside, there are some good options in here for Father’s Day as well. Some of them are basics, but most indulge vices. I prefer men with vices, and I think gifts should tell the men in your life that you like them how they are.
Except for that $12 haircut. Maybe a little help with that.
Stanley Classic Stainless Steel Flask, $20
The flask that says, “I like Booker’s, and I know how to pitch a tent.” That’s a perfect weekend right there.
He’s a simple guy with expensive taste.
These genius ice cube trays make perfectly square cubes that melt more slowly and look satisfying in the glass. Speaking of which…
Galaxy Crystal Rocks Glasses, $47 each
Crystal glasses that feel heavy in hand. They aren’t cheap, but one of these plus a bottle of whatever he’s drinking makes a nice package gift. Make it a habit, and soon enough he’ll have a set.
If the man in question drinks, investing in his bar is always a sound choice. Call first to ask whether he drinks, and then what he drinks, so you can surprise him with something interesting in that category. (Have a look at my Top Shelf Father’s Day Guide for some options.)
Cowboy syrup. Savory with a bit of kick, and so damn good on whatever you’re cooking.
Ribbon Bottle Opener, $22
Pretty enough to leave out, so he won’t have to go digging for it.
Imco Petrol Lighter, $20
Windproof. Pairs well with the flask.
He likes to cook, and he especially likes to cook meat. This French Oven will remind the kids of his Sunday dinners when it’s their turn to cook with it.
You know how he buys you lingerie for Valentine’s Day, and you joke that it’s really a present for him? You’re right. Formalize the deal.
Sunday New York Times Subscription, $4/wk.
Once a week, a real, live newspaper. One that smells like the morning air and protects the dining room table from damage when he’s gluing something back together.
And in conclusion, if you know where he gets his coffee, pick some up. Nice gesture. Now how about you? Do you find it hard to buy for men, or are there gifts you keep on hand in case a guy friend has late-notice birthday drinks?
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