Gift Guide 2016: The Guy.

The Best Gifts for Him 2016 - The Stripe Blog

Why are men so hard to shop for? Maybe that’s why I’m single! (Kidding – I’m actually an excellent present giver… if you can’t tell from all these gift guides, shopping for gifts is one of my most favorite things). My dad in particular is the hardest. I never know what to get him! Usually it ends up being cookbooks from iconic New York restaurants (he’s a chef) or a couple of really nice linen or flannel shirts from J.Crew (he won’t buy them for himself). Or a gift certificate to the harmonica store (he plays, and loves adding new gadgets to his collection). This is a round-up of things most guys will love. They’re all classic, stylish, and pretty safe.

To be honest, though, I find the best gifts for guys are experiences. Though it’s been a while since I had a serious boyfriend, I always found that tickets to a show or concert, a nice dinner out, a little trip, or something special that I planned went over best. So maybe do something little (a funny cookbook, whiskey stones) with tickets to something special. (I’d personally recommend Hamilton tickets if you can afford the splurge – it is the best thing I’ve seen in ages… I took myself for my birthday!)

PS – Check out the rest of our gift guides! The best hostess giftsgifts for the traveler, the coziest gifts of 2016, the best gifts for the cat lady (meowy Christmas!), gifts for the girly girl, and gifts for the social media addict/blogger.

Top: BOSS Wool & Cashmere Sweater // Whiskey Cubes // Ray Ban Wayfarers // ’50 Places to Drink Beer’ Book // Nixon Water Bottle // Leather Gloves // Nordstrom Gingham Button Down // Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones // Burberry Check Scarf // ‘Men and Style’ Book // Ugg Slippers

Bottom: Made by Bacon Tee // Sugarfina Bento Box // Hot Stuff Mug // ‘The Sriracha Cookbook’ // Rag & Bone Leather Wallet // Black Suitcase // ‘The I Hate Kale Cookbook’ // Daniel Wellington Watch // Smoked Glass Whiskey Glass // Leather Duffel

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  1. Your gift guides are fantastic, Grace! My partner hates kale…that cookbook would be perfect for both of us since I think I’m the one that ruined it for him with a particularly bad dinner once upon a time (it’s true when they tell you to massage it).

    I gifted an experience to him when we had our daughter this August – a hot air balloon tour that ends with a dinner in the desert! What I wouldn’t do for tickets to Hamilton though…

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  2. Another great guide! I just ordered that ‘Men and Style’ book for my husband yesterday, and I think I might add those gloves. Thanks!

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  3. Totally with you on the experiences — we once did a sushi making class — legit about 10 years ago, and my husband still talks about it! I love pairing a small gift with the experience gift.


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  4. kim:

    The link for the Bacon tee is going to the suitcase – can you fix it – I would love to buy it for my husband.

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  5. Great guide! I’ll take just about everything on here!! Especially the scarf and duffel.

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    • graceatwood:

      I love that scarf! Thanks, Drew!

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