A Gift Guide for the Guys

    For this week's issue, I turned to a super cool and in-the-know guy to answer a very difficult question: what to get for a man you love? Below, our friend Yale Breslin, a contributing editor at Life + Times, offers us a mega awesome guys' guide. You won't need to ask the question ‘what should I get him?’ for a while.


    In his 20’s

    Saturdays Surf NYC Tees

    Three friends with a mutual love for riding waves set up their own version of a Surf Shop on Crosby Street in New York. Their tees are understated and pretty damn cool.


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    Etat Libre d'Orange “Don’t Get Me Wrong Baby...” Eau de Parfum

    I recently discovered this line of fragrances and while their bottles and titles may have a retro feel, their scents are completely modern.


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    ZIRH Skin Care

    Start young…the results are everlasting.

    Prices range between $15 - $43

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    JAMBOX by Jawbone

    I’m hooked on this portable device…and he will be too. It’s a sleek looking speaker system that connects to your iPhone, iPod, Blackberry or computer via WiFi and delivers some serious sound. Plus, it’s so small and looks like an oversized piece of Lego.


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    Chick A Dee Smoke Detector

    It’s a necessity – and a conversation piece. And, if he can’t take care of a pet, you’ll please him with this one.


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    SALT Optics

    There’s something about the frames made from this independent California design company that work on any face…really.

    Adler Frame in Asphalt Grey, $340

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    Stump Industries Clock Dock

    I like it when old-school contrasts with modern design, and this iPhone alarm clock kills two birds with one stone.

    Clock Dock, $49

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    Bread and Boxers

    This new line of boxers and tees are basic and comfortable – but in this case, pay attention to the packaging. Who says cool design goes unnoticed?
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    Dockers Alpha Camo Khaki

    Camo is back…thanks to Dockers. He’ll look great (and fashion forward) with a slim fitting black blazer and these new slacks.

    Alpha Khaki in Camo, $64.00

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    In his 30’s

    New York Yankees Cap

    A few of my friends just nail it when giving gifts. I recently received this for my birthday and it’s the perfect item to throw on when you don’t feel like doing your hair. Plus, a Yankees cap looks great with jeans and sneakers…or anything for that matter.


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    Twelve South Book Laptop Case

    I’m paranoid about someone breaking into my apartment in New York; if my computer was stolen, I’d be lost. Completely and utterly. This case for a MacBook looks like a vintage book, and when placed on a bookshelf, it gets lost in the mix. Uh oh. The jig is up…

    BookBook for MacBook Air, $79.99

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    Barbour Jacket

    Classic, timeless and 100% masculine.

    Sporting Ultimate 3 in 1, $699
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    Nike Frees

    My motto: comfort trumps all. These win!

    NIKE Free 3.0 V4 Men’s Running Shoe, $100

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    The ORLEY design team is comprised of brothers Alex and Matthew Orley, and Samantha Florence; together they’ve created modernized designs for classic silhouettes.

    Wild Honey Crewneck in Dark Crimson/Blush, $795

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    Field Notes

    Pen and paper is the way to go.

    Field Notes 80-Page Steno Book, $9.95

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    DODOcase iPad Case

    I clearly am drawn to things that look like books. Here’s a protective case for your iPad…this time from DODO.

    Spring/Summer 2012 DODOcase, $79.95

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    Le Labo Santal Room Spray

    This fresh-smelling and intoxicating room spray can also be used as a fragrance. Just sayin’….

    Santal 26 home fragrance, $125

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    Happy Socks

    Probably one of the ultimate ‘foolproof’ gifts, Happy Socks’ designs are colorful and bold and can make any outfit go from zero to hero with just one inch of an exposed ankle.


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    In his 40’s

    Malin + Goetz Cannabis Candle

    Don’t worry, you won’t get arrested. This 100% legal candle is my go-to gift for those special people in my life. What makes them special? If you get a candle, you’ll know you are.

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    “The Art of Fielding” By Chad Harbach

    It took Harbach ten years to write his debut novel…and it was certainly worth the wait. Perfect for any sports lover, this coming-of-age-tale is centered around baseball, and in Harbach’s case, it’s all for the love of the game.

    Hardcover version, $25.99

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    Customized New Balances

    There are two things I love: comfort and a personalized item of clothing. You can craft your own shoe, choose your own colors, and most importantly, scribe the back of the heel with any two words of your choosing. Pressure’s on!

    New Balance Custom US574, $115

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    Byredo ‘Mister Marvelous’ Cologne

    A subtle yet intoxicating scent. Beware – a little goes a long way.

    Mister Marvelous Eau de Parfum; $145.00 for 50ml and $220.00 for 100ml

    Available at Barneys New York.

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    Sundek Swimwear

    The hemline on men’s swimwear is certainly getting shorter, but Sundek’s surf-inspired beachwear is doing it right.


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    Gant Yale Co-op Collection Button Down Shirts

    Sure, we share the same name, but Gant’s reinvented Yale Co-op Collection gives a stellar fit to the preppy classics.

    GANT’S Yale Archive Oxford Casual Fit Original Button Down, $115

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    Bottega Veneta Leather Belt

    Everyone needs a simple and classic leather belt – and Bottega Veneta’s black woven leather piece does the trick.

    Nero Intreccio Scolpito, $420

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    ClarinsMEN After Shave Energizer

    It’s gifts like these that guys love, but will rarely purchase for themselves.


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    In his 50’s

    Book Chargers by Richard Neeley

    Here we go again – books and technology.

    Booksi, $48 - $55
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    Budnitz Bicycles

    Built to last a lifetime and created in limited quantities, Paul Budnitz created his line of bikes to jump from A to B while looking good.

    Budnitz No.1 Titanium, $5,600

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    Edge of Belgravia Knives

    Channel his inner chef… or give him a hint to get cracking in the kitchen.

    Edge of Belgravia Damascus Series, $95 - $190

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    Cire Trudon Perfumed Stink Bombs

    These Cire Trudon stink bombs are the distinctly unnecessary folly for the guy who has it all – smash them on the ground and ignite the room with a powerful (albeit good) scent. Whodunit?

    Cire Trudon Stink Bombs, $55

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    FB Collection Beach Towels

    Deemed ‘Not Just a Towel’ – FB Collection’s linen creations bring versatility to a new dimension – scarf, shawl, blanket, sarong, etc…

    Linen Beach Towel, from $145.00

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    Moscot Frames

    Always been a Mad Men admirer? Get one step closer with the help of Moscot’s classic frames.

    Frames start at $225.00

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    Barker Black Shoes

    Custom made and everlasting…one of my classiest friends introduced me to Barker Black – it’s the perfect gift for a refined guy.

    Haraboro Cap Toe In Black Calf, $850

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    Marjorie Skouras Custom Profile Rug

    This is just awesome. Size and colors are up to you – just provide Marjorie with a profile of that special someone and bam….he will be immortalized on his favorite new rug.

    Profile Rug - 9' X 6', $3,500.00

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    Jennifer Fisher Gold Tag

    My mother keeps meaningful keepsakes in her wallet. I try to do the same and thought Jennifer Fisher’s Gold Tag would make a perfect, yet subtle, good luck charm.

    14K Yellow Gold Medium Dog Tag, $550

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    50’s and beyond…

    Hudson’s Bay Company Blanket

    I’m Canadian and there’s something about an HBC blanket that brings forward notions of heritage and nostalgia. Plus it will add a pop of color to any office it lands in.

    Multistripe Point Blanket starts at $275 for Twin Size

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    By Kilian Fragrances

    The best part about By Kilian (besides the magnetic scents) are the bottles; they’re beautifully crafted canisters that you won’t want to throw away.

    Love & Tears by Kilian, Surrender, $295 for first bottle ($125 for refills thereafter).

    Available at Bergdorf Goodman.

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    Aesop Products

    One great gift for the guy who has everything. The Parsley Seed range has two primary functions: cleansing and calming the skin…and suitable for all skin types and all climates. The end result? Exceptionally soft skin.

    Aesop Parsley Seed Skin Care

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    Vanity Fair Postcards

    VF dug into the publication’s archives and selected 100 covers spanning the years 1913 to 1936 and made cards out of them. Simple. Genius.

    Vintage Postcards from Vanity Fair: One Hundred Classic Covers, $25

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    Diptyque Baies Three Wick Candle

    Absolutely heavenly. And everlasting…

    Diptyque Indoor/Outdoor Baies Candle, $275

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    Breville Die-Cast Juice Fountain Elite

    The top of the top when it comes to juicers. What a way to start your workday. Feel free to play – trial and error is key.

    Breville Die-Cast Juice Fountain Elite, $299.99

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    Valextra Passport Cover

    Valextra’s new passport covers will make the check in process a bit more fun….or not.

    $300, Find them at Barneys New York.

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    Hickoree’s Hard Goods Football

    I’m all about a mantelpiece and this football would look perfect wedged between two classic Hardy Boys hardcover books.


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    Ralph Lauren Belgrade Boot

    Power shoes!

    Calfskin Belgrade Chelsea Boot, $750

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    The Row iPad Case

    Two words: classic elegance.

    The Row Black Calfskin iPad Case, $1900

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    Yale Breslin is a New York-based journalist who definitely has his finger on the pulse. He works with Jay Z’s Life+Times producing fashion related content and also works with MR PORTER. He’s interviewed everyone from Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci to director Judd Apatow to literary hero Graydon Carter. A former Digital Director of V Magazine and VMAN Magazine, Breslin has contributed internationally recognized publications and online endeavors including:, T: The New York Times Style Magazine Blog, Wonderland, Industrie Magazine, Cool Hunting, Ralph Lauren Magazine and Dazed and Confused’s Dazed Digital and more.

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