If you’re like us, people are always saying things like “you’re so hard to shop for!” And the reason is that we don’t really think about what we want until it’s too late, and then we end up with a bunch of scratchy socks, bad cologne and fruitcake. This year, make it easier on yourself and everyone else with the roundup below. It features a range of spirits, gear, grooming goods and clothes to satisfy just about every gent’s proclivities. Happy holidays.
Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Añejo ($99): Life’s too short to sip bad tequila. Instead, grab a bottle of this 100 percent blue agave añejo, aged in American and French oak barrels for a flavor that is sweet yet oak-y, smooth yet full-bodied. Salud!
Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum ($30): A true American classic, 92-proof SJ features prominent oak and vanilla flavors with hints of cinnamon and clove spices and goes great with ginger, cola or straight-up. The fact that the brand supports the troops and its sexy bottles nod to tattoo legend Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins are just bonuses, really.
Hudson Whiskey Manhattan Rye ($50): The closest thing to a pre-prohibition-style New York whiskey out there, Manhattan Rye is vibrantly bold, spicy and rustic with honey and coconut notes. No wonder it recently scored a 97/100 at the coveted Ultimate Spirits Competition.
Laphroaig 27 Year Old (£425.10): True Scotch connoisseurs will flock to track down this instant classic, crafted by aging mature Laphroaig in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and refill quarter casks, then hand selecting for a final maturation. The rare result is Laphroaig’s trademark peat smoke with notes of lime and sea salt. Drink this one slowly, friends.
Grand Marnier Cuvee du Centenaire ($205): We are hardly cognac experts, but our taste buds lit up when we got a chance to sample this exceptional blend of refined XO cognacs, aged up to 25 years, combined with the essence of wild tropical oranges. The result is round and velvety with lingering flavors of dried fruit, almonds and honey. Ç’est magnifique!
Mophie Juice Pack Air ($70): Lamenting the life of your iPhone? Meet your slim solution, a protective battery case that’ll give it a whopping 27 hours of life. Oh, and charge force wireless power means you can charge the case itself with just about any wireless charging device. The only thing that’s endangered now is your cruddy “sorry, my phone died” excuse.
Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves ($100): The Hayabusa name has come a long way since that guy who played the heel in Nintendo’s 1986 classic, Pro Wrestling. Just check out these beautiful boxing gloves, which fit great, support the wrists and provide consistent performance and protection, punch after punch.
174HUDSON Pannier Backpack ($80): The gang at New York City’s Priority Bicycles know what cyclists need. And now they bring that expertise to packs with this beautiful bag, which not only features straps for toting on the back but also recessed rear rack clips, enabling you to transform it into a pannier at a moment’s notice. Brilliant!
Kicker Bullfrog BF400 Bluetooth Music System ($400): Tired of Bluetooth speakers letting you down? Get serious with this sturdy, waterproof Bullfrog. It’s got a range of 100 feet, 20 hours of battery life and a built-in FM tuner. You can even charge other USB devices with it. Let the party begin.
Dickies Insulated Eisenhower Jacket ($35 and up): Do you like to mess around with hammers, wrenches and power tools? With a warm quilted lining, pencil pocket and heavy-duty buttons and zippers, this jacket is as no-nonsense as the General/President for whom it is named. That makes it perfect for all kinds of manly activities in or out of the garage. It just happens to look sharp, too.
GROOMING & STYLE
Phillips Norelco OneBlade ($32): Even men with facial hair require grooming. Enter the OneBlade, which will help you keep your beard, goatee, scruff or Lemmy tight. It boasts a replaceable blade that lasts up to four months, 45 minutes of battery life and three trimming combs for precision shaping. Ask Mom for this one, she’ll buy it in a heartbeat.
Duke Cannon Grooming Barrel ($125): How many crappy bath sets have you gotten over the years? Avoid that fate with this barrel of manly products, including several soap bricks, hair wash, shaving cream, face wash, solid cologne, hand balm and after shave that all feels and smells great. Did we mention it comes in a barrel??
Haspel American Optical Aviator Sunglasses ($99): Just a cool-ass pair of shades that are protective, tough and comfortable. We dare you to don these puppies and not hear the Top Gun theme cascade through your brain. Meanwhile all the ladies will hear is “Playing With the Boys.”
To Boot New York Toby Chelsea Boot ($395): To Boot founder Adam Derrick has been producing gorgeous footwear for decades now, and these classic Chelsea boots are just another example. Pairing perfectly with jeans, slacks or a suit, they makes for a versatile, timeless addition to any man’s wardrobe.
TAYLRD Everywear Button Down ($42): TAYLRD’s goal is to simply produce quality garments that look and fit great, and they’ve done it again with this fine 100 percent cotton shirt, which can be worn tucked or untucked. Feel free to roll up the sleeves for a comfy, modern look.
TRAVEL & ADVENTURE
Fresh Clean Tees Subscription ($36 to $42): When you’re on the road, you need a healthy stash of comfortable, reliable t-shirts that look great wear after wear. Sign up for this handy subscription box service and you’ll be good to go from Kalamazoo to Katmandu.
Lords of Harlech Mod Parka in Charcoal ($498): Headed to frosty climes? Arrive in style with this 3-in-1 parka, featuring a water-resistant outer nylon shell, faux-fur trim and a lightweight zip-out jacket for maximum climate control. We’re big fans of this brand, and can never go wrong with houndstooth camo, can you?
Wolverine Jensen Waterproof Boot ($300): The best travel garments are durable and versatile, two qualities that stand out with these boots. A breathable Gore-Tex waterproof lining keeps your feet warm and dry, while the Retro II rubber sole holds steady on all manner of surfaces. Plus, it’s tough enough for motorcycle riding yet stylish enough for a cocktail party.
Cheap Caribbean Beach of the Month Club ($20,000): OK, on the surface this package might sound pricy, but it’s actually a bargain investment in your health, well-being and skin tone. Because we are talking round-trip airfare plus 3- or 4-night stays at 4 to 5 star resorts on a dozen amazing islands including Aruba, Turks & Caicos and Bermuda. In other words, you just bought a year of Instagram envy, amigo.
Eagle Creek Ultimate Adventure Gear Kit ($409): When it’s time to pack up and go, you don’t wanna just stuff a bunch of crap in a trunk like it’s the 19th century. Instead, class up your whole operation with this expertly organized rolling bag, which helps you separate and compress your equipment with optimum efficiency, so you can focus on important matters like selecting the perfect Insta filter.
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