The holiday season is here and the time to exchange gifts is fast approaching. For some, picking out a gift comes naturally, but others need a little direction. Here are gift ideas for the man in your life presented in different price ranges to fit every budget.
Less than $50
A nice bottle of liquor or wine may strike you as the quintessential “thoughtless gift.” Yet, to a young professional man, the gift always seems to come at a good time. Your man needs some drinking options, either for himself or his guests, this holiday season! But, don’t get a bottle of something that can be found on “special” at the local watering hole. Rather pick up a bottle of something unique. How about a fine bottle of scotch? He will enjoy The Macallan “Fine Oak” 10 Year Old Single Malt, which retails for under $30. Another excellent choice is Van Gogh Vodka for the inner-artist, which can be enjoyed by itself or as a base for his favorite mixed drink. www.vangoghvodka.com . If you want to be a little scandalous this holiday season, try Absinthe which has gained a recent resurgence and can be paired with utensils for a ritualistic drinking experience.
A case of a microbrew beer or high quality seasonal beer will be appreciated without breaking the budget. A case of Samuel Adams seasonal ales are a great choice. www.samueladams.com. But for something a little more unique, try buying a case of Victory, Ommegang or Brooklyn Brewery beer this holiday season.
If your man enjoys the finer things in life, but it is too soon to go overboard on spending this holiday, you might also consider getting him underwear from a high-end retailer such as Burberry. Burberry boxers feature the brand’s iconic pattern, but will not cause you to go broke as it retails for just under $50. www.burberry.com
$50 – $100
Buying your man a wallet is a pretty safe bet because if he doesn’t need one now, he certainly will in the near future. Tumi’s Meridian is a classic black leather wallet, which retails for $98. www.tumi.com . It is functional, durable and timeless. It is also sleek and elegant, which is why it is a great choice as a gift this holiday. Kenneth Cole sells the Durango Passcase, which is also a very nice wallet. The Durango Passcase is a little more affordable than the Meridian retailing for just $60. The Durango is a classic, full grain leather bi-fold wallet. www.kennethcole.com .
Kenneth Cole also sells the Roma Leather Travel Kit for $75, which is perfect for the business traveler. It is a black classic travel bag, which will stay in style for years to come. For the more adventuresome traveler, consider a day pack from Eastern Mountain Sports such as the North Face Borealis, which retails for $79. The Borealis is a versatile backpack great for school, travel or work. It comes in several different colors and has many pockets to hold books or traveling gear.
Another option is to create your own entertainment experience. For under $100, you can purchase tickets to a great show or sporting event. Try www.tickemaster.com for an event near you.
$100 – $500
Men love technology. Don’t be reluctant to feed your man’s insatiable desire to be on top of the latest tech-trends. Unless you’re dating Zack Morris, your man probably already has a phone with MP3 features. But if he doesn’t, you should definitely get him an Apple iPod Touch this season. You can pick up an Apple iPod Touch from Best Buy for about $225. With this gift, your man can play his favorite songs or surf the net on Wi-Fi.
Starting at $499 you can purchase the man who has everything an iPad, which is a device that is more than a smart phone, but not quite a laptop. It is perfect for the traveler who is looking for something to do while on long flights. The iPad allows users to download games, books, music and movies. The touch screen is a lot of fun too and new “apps” are being created on a daily basis.
The ProGlide Power Razor from the Art of Shaving is another great gift choice for the sophisticated man. Typically, the thought of spending $250 on an eight pack of razors seems outrageous. But it is the holiday season and the Art of Shaving has some really nice sets. The Fusion Chrome Collection blends style and performance. The brush has a micro-textured grip surface and sleek design, which adds a pleasant feature to any mans’ daily shaving ritual.
If you are in the $500 plus price range, chances are your man already has the essentials in life so it is time to start thinking outside the box for truly luxurious items.
Rent your man an exotic car for the day. Companies such as Premier Luxury Rentals (www.premierluxuryrentals.net) rent luxury cars for under $1,000 for the day. You can rent your man a Bentley, Porsche or Lamborghini and go out in style.
Gifting original artwork is another option for those buying for the man who has everything. Original artwork is a one in a kind gift that can also be a good investment. Give your man something that is meaningful and unique while supporting art. www.artistrising.com.
If none of the above gifts resonate, you will just have to ask your man plain and simple what he wants for this holiday season.