Some men are simply harder to shop for. Whether you’re dealing with a particularly picky guy or you’re simply stumped on what the special man in your life might want, the holiday season can be a headache. Do you get a well-aged bottle of whiskey? What about a new pair of sneakers? Are cigars still a classy gift?
If you’re dealing with a guy who seemingly has everything, there are still quality gifts you can purchase that will be a welcome surprise this holiday season. Here are a few ideas for the modern man who simply might own a few too many things.
A Quality Fragrance
Colognes, fragrances, and scents are excellent gifts for almost any occasion. From top notes of musk to base notes of yuzu, the combinations for a quality scent are seemingly endless. If you know a man who prefers to be seen in a dress shirt during the daytime, aim for a musk-heavy masculine scent with hints of cypress and spice. It’ll pair perfectly with a glass of scotch and a sport coat. Know a man who’s more carefree? Look for a scent that’s the perfect accessory to their personality. Remember, fragrances like lavender, rosemary, and mint aren’t solely for perfumes.
With all the options available, it can get overwhelming. With smells like ginger, citrus, amber, and the aroma of sweet spice, you may feel dizzy just thinking of a final decision. If you’re looking for a signature scent, you may want to try some Swiss Army cologne. This signature scent is just like its namesake, the Swiss Army knife. It works for just about any scenario. Headed to the club? Spritz this fragrance on. Off to a wedding or high school reunion? Dust some on your blazer. It’s sure to leave a positive impression, whether you’re in evening wear for a special occasion or you’re simply tending to the grill on a nice, warm evening.
A Retirement Account
Are fragrances not your thing? Do scents of bergamot, balsam fir, and cedar make you feel like sneezing? You’re not alone. Luckily, there’s an option for a gift that keeps on giving: a retirement fund. Every guy should own one and, over time, it’ll end up being a bigger gift than it initially seems. Even a small initial amount can end up going a long way so you don’t have to feel as though you’re being stingy with this gift. Just make sure the recipient has easy access to the account and is able to manage it and make deposits as needed.
A Quality Shaving or Grooming Kit
Some men will never turn down a solid grooming kit. For some, it’s one of their key trademarks. While it’s not as buzzy as a bottle of men’s cologne or Eau de perfume, it’s still a perfect gift for the guy who keeps his collar pressed, cuffs tight, and pocket square in order. Look for kits that contain high-quality razors, balms, and oils for those all-important grooming sessions. Make sure you opt for blades that resist dulling. A tailor-made grooming kit can help your man bring out his softer side.
Of course, these aren’t the only options to consider. You could offer to pay for a few months of his gym membership. You could get a deck of cards or a candle from a city you recently visited. For the creatively inclined, you could make a playlist of your shared favorite tunes. When you think of pots and pans, suspenders, smartphone accessories, and casual wear, all it takes is a bit of ingenuity. As long as your gift comes from the heart, that’s what really matters.