Ask Avery: Holiday gift guide pt. 2
blog by Avery Hartmans • November 30, 2012 @ 10:12am
I don’t care what men say: they are impossible to shop for. We’re all familiar with that feeling of dread when it’s time to shop for the guys in our lives, and asking them what they’d like doesn’t always help—the response oftentimes falls somewhere between “I don’t care” and “something cool.”
So what do you buy for boys? Obviously, Sabres tickets aren’t an option this year, thanks to that unfortunate situation with the NHL that’s robbing us of our ice time. But there are still plenty of options to please all types: the musically minded will appreciate rare vinyl or concert tickets, while the electronically savvy may be satisfied with a new tablet or eBook.
But don’t underestimate the gift-giving opportunities in the realm of clothes and accessories. Though some may not be as excited about receiving a sweater when “Halo 4” is an option, there are plenty of boys who will appreciate your eye for knitwear—they do exist, I promise. But just in case you’re struggling with exactly what to buy, I’ve compiled a few options for even the pickiest of men.
Dad’s are difficult to buy for. They may want power tools that you are either too frightened of or not knowledgeable enough to purchase, or they want a new flatscreen that’s way out of your price range. So when all else fails, stick with a tried-and-true classic: a new robe and slippers. Even if that’s what you got him last year — or the year before that, or the year before that — it’s one of those gifts that never goes unappreciated. A warm flannel robe and super-comfortable moccasins are the perfect combination for cold winter nights of watching CHL games and pretending it’s the real thing.
The amateur bartender
Obviously, if this guy is a real bartender, don’t actually buy him this. There’s nothing worse than getting work-related presents on Christmas. But for the guy who just enjoys a well-stocked home bar, cool new tools are the perfect gift. Just be sure to bestow them upon a guy who will fully appreciate a Day of the Dead-themed corkscrew — skulls aren’t for everyone.
The ski bum
For the guy who loves hitting the slopes, a new pair of skis or a season’s pass may be ideal. But if those options are a little out of your price range, some winter apparel may be the next best thing. And I’m not talking about ColdGear leggings or a parka: I’m talking about the perfect outfit for hanging out in the lodge, sipping hot cocoa. Oh, boys don’t think about things like that? Well they should — especially if they want to attract the ski bunnies. And what ski bunny can resist a warm buffalo plaid flannel and an alpine-themed graphic tee? Trust me: a guy who dons this combination won’t have any trouble finding a snuggle buddy.
The classy guy
We all have that man in our life with refined taste and an eye for style. And if you don’t have that man in your life, you should get one. Whether he’s your grandfather, your especially sophisticated brother or your total snob of a best friend, he’s going to want a really nice gift. And what better choice than expensive accessories? Even the native Buffalonian can never have too many pairs of gloves or a warm hat, so these gifts will not go unappreciated. But be sure to “accidentally” leave the price tags on to be sure he notices how much you spent. Subtlety is overrated.
The gentleman caller
Whether he’s a new beau or a fiancé of several years, most guys can appreciate a cool watch. And with one of the new, super-cool matte ones, he’ll be the most fashion-forward guy around. A no-fuss black watch without all the shine and sparkle will probably please most guys, but I can envision it perfectly on one with tattoo sleeves and great taste in music. So if your guy doesn’t fit that description, maybe just get a new boyfriend so you can buy him the watch. I’ve always said loyalty to fashion is more important anyway.
Watch: Adidas, $95
Maybe it’s because hunting season is underway — I only know this from dead deer photos clogging my Facebook newsfeed — but I’ve been really into Earth tones lately. While I’m not cool with head-to-toe camo, I am cool with guys incorporating those colors into their wardrobes. For the guy who spends a lot of time outside — in tree stands or elsewhere — a backpack will always come in handy, even if it’s more badass than practical. And you can never go wrong with shearling-lined Bean Boots — not only are they my favorite boots in the whole wide world, they’ll last a lifetime.