From stocking stuffers to big ticket items, here are some fabulous gift ideas for the men on your list.
One word: cufflinks. My beloved loves to wear the cufflinks that “the kids” give him every year. Each boy chooses a theme from the year: hockey, soccer, Lego, camping, maps, a special trip, bike chain links, a symbol of their name…. The possibilities are really endless. Etsy and The One of a Kind are my go-to sources. These are a favourite:
Personalized gifts. Last year, we gave my father-in-law and my four brothers-in-law a puzzle made from a photograph of the family cottage. Each family got a different image, but the theme was the same: this is a place that brings us together and holds special memories. Some of us got engaged there, some of us got married there, all of us have loved being there.
Booze. You can be literal or figurative with this. It does not have to be hackneyed. Wondermade makes handmade marshmallows in Bourbon and Guinness flavours.
Check out these awesome Canadian coasters made from upcycled beer bottles. $42 Rebeer by Artech Studios. (Do you see the joke?? It’s Canadian.) They make all kinds of fun things out of recycled beer, wine and booze bottles. Meeting Jennifer Wanless-Craig and Terry Craig was a highlight of attending the OOAK show. Fun people, fun gifts.
For any hockey lover Gordie Howe’s autobiography Mr. Hockey is sure to be a hit. Indigo, $19.00
Make fitness a priority in the new year with the Fit Bit that counts your steps and tracks your calories. My favourite feature is the sleep tracker . . . or in my case the “lack-of-sleep” tracker. Available in a variety of colours including this gun metal at Indigo, $99.95.
Barware is always a fun gift because it’s something you rarely buy for yourself. These Woodland Animal lowball glasses (set of 4) are available at Indigo for $38. If the Canadiana theme isn’t your guy’s thing, the On the Rock Glass and Ice Ball gift set, for $39.50, is a more classic option.
Or to heck with the glassware and go straight for this flask for $25.00 (Indigo) with a quote by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Wine may be more your guy’s thing, and the Corkcicle, an artificial icicle is inserted into the bottle to help keep the temperature just right. Indigo, $25.00.
The curse words may not be everyone’s taste but the final dishes in this book don’t disappoint! Indigo, $18.77.
Cufflinks are a fail safe gift but these are anything but hoo-hum. Handmade of vintage watch movements the Time In Fantasy Longines Steampunk Cufflinks are eye-catching, whimsical and at $98.12 the right price! Etsy.
For the guy who hits the gym after work, the Cote and Ciel Isar Rucksack Twin Touch is the perfect bag. The asymmetrical design includes a padded external document compartment and two internal pouches. Available at these boutiques across Canada for $272: Etoffes, Montreal; J2 Fashion, Burnaby; Lev Boutique, Calgary; UN Luggage, Winnipeg; Nomad, Toronto; Zane, Toronto.
Almost every man is on the hunt for the perfect shave, and Toronto’s Crown Shaving Co. has stepped in to help by creating a line of quality personal grooming products targeted specifically to the men in our life. Its distinctively masculine (okay, black) packaging calls out to “vagabonds, gentlemen and ruffians”. You’ll also feel great knowing that these products are made with natural and botanical ingredients, and are free of alcohol, artificial colours and fragrances, sulfites and parabens. Available at Little House in the City.
For your favourite handyman, Leatherman multi-purpose tools are pretty much perfect. There are many versions to choose from, which can accommodate a wide range of budgets. They invite so much possibility, I kind of want one.
For the explorers and adventurers out there, both of body or spirit, The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander is pretty much a sure thing. With this kind of real life drama, how could this book not be destined to amaze and awaken the imagination? I’m gifting it to my husband.