Fashionable Gifts for the Trendy Guy on Your Shopping List

Men often get a bad rap for dressing like slouches, especially when what they wear is under their own control. While we all have men in our lives with t-shirts that they’ve owned since the ‘80s; some of us also know men who are trend-setters. The latter can be harder to buy for, as we are anxious to get them something that will please their picky sense of taste. Don’t panic, though, as we’ve got your back (or, really, his back). Read on for fashionable gift ideas for the trendy guy on your shopping list.

A Masculine Man Bag

The man purse is an oft-used punchline but the reality is men need something stylish to store their goodies in just as much as women do. If your dapper dude is a workout fanatic, likes or needs to travel, or commutes into work, he needs a bag that’s both fashionable and functional—and that’s not always an easy task. If you go for a work bag, make sure it suits his work atmosphere and commute, so something leather might not work for someone who gets caught in the rain at least once a week. As for workout bags, you want these to be waterproof on the bottom, stylish on the outside, but also be small enough to store. And when it comes to the weekender, you can’t go wrong with something like this sleek Michael Kors duffle. It’s not the cheapest bag on the market but it will last for a very long time.

A Watch That Works and Wows

If your man is still using his cell phone to tell time, you need to sit him down for a little chat. All grown men should own a watch, and preferably at least one for the active portion of their lives and one that’s more for work and/or going out at night. There are a lot of amazing sports watches that can do everything from tell him where he is if he were dropped in the middle of a desert to timing his next 10-mile hike. If he needs one that will impress both at the office and out at night, check out MVMT leather watches. Bonus: He’ll no longer have any excuses for being late.

Throw Some Shade

Sunglasses are a great gift, as many of us often need them but we don’t think to replace scratched or lost pairs for ourselves. And stylish men like to have a pair for every occasion, so you can’t go wrong. Whether you get him a classic pair of Ray-Ban wayfarers, some sporty Von Zippers for his next time on the slopes, or a pair of classic Burberry sunglasses for the office, he’ll think of you every time he puts them on (and it’s hard to argue with that).

Sneakers

While these have never gone out of style for their pure functionality, there is no doubt sneakers are having a moment. A pair of clean Converse, Adidas, or insanely expensive designer sneakers can even be used in lieu of dress shoes on many occasions. Many men have their groomsmen in these instead of dress shoes on their big days, which surely makes the transition to the dance floor easier. And because they must be clean and flawless-looking to be a proper part of your stylish man’s closet, a new pair of sneaks is never a bad idea. 

He Can Leave His Hat On

Hats are another big part of many men’s lives. While they might not be allowed in the office during the week, he surely dons a variety of them on the weekends. There’s something about a hat that just screams, “It’s time for lounging.” And from a warm beanie for cooler days and/or a ski hat to baseball hats that rep his favorite team and fedoras, there is no shortage of options to choose from.

The trendy men in our lives keep us on our toes when it comes to shopping for them but to that we say: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Buy anything off this list of gift ideas for men and you’ll surely beat Santa at his own game.

Picking Perfect Festive Season Presents

Gift-giving season is a time that’s special for many families and friends, and it’s the perfect opportunity to show the loved ones in your life just how much you appreciate them.

However, it isn’t always easy to pick out the perfect present, especially with so many options available. When you’re stuck in a gifting rut, turn to the professionals, like those at Macy’s, to help you choose just the right gifts for everyone on your list.

“The holidays are a celebratory time when loved ones can come together and show how much they appreciate having each other in their lives,” said Cassandra Jones, senior vice president of Macy’s Fashion. “I truly believe that the perfect gift can bring people together. To enhance that experience for our customers, we’ve created an unparalleled assortment of gift-giving items, from tech to beauty, so that each present is the perfect one.”

Find more gift ideas for the festive season at macys.com/gifts.

For Her

If you’re struggling to find just the right idea for the lady on your list, don’t take a chance on any random beauty product. Instead, give the beauty lover in your life the gift of options with a Macy’s Beauty Box subscription. For $15 a month, she’ll receive five deluxe beauty samples selected by experts, plus a bonus sample and a $5 coupon to use in-store or online on her next beauty purchase.

For Kids

Interactive technology helps get kids off the couch and provides them nearly endless entertainment. Give the children on your gift list the opportunity to dance their way to fun with a piano mat from FAO Schwarz. The 24 keys work just like a real piano, which allows for playing the included selections or creating your own works of musical art. Included with the mat are selections such as Beethoven’s “5th Symphony,” “Chopsticks,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and more.

For Him

Help him revamp his style in one easy step with a Sprezza Box, which makes it simple to add something new and coordinated to his wardrobe. Available in four distinct boxes curated by experts, each contains five items, including accessories such as ties, pocket squares, socks, sunglasses, wallets and money clips. Each box evokes a specific look and feel. Just pick the right one to match your gift list so you can add something new to his style.

For the Home

The natural interior decorator on your list likely loves the unique touch of comforting pillows throughout living rooms and dens. Let him or her cuddle up to the cozy style of this decorative pillow from the Martha Stewart Collection, featuring a festive color palette and polar bear perfect for the holiday season. At 18 inches-by-18 inches, it’s the ideal size for curling up on the couch during a chilly day.

For Entertaining

Searching for a gift for the natural entertainer in your life can be difficult if common items like wine glasses and electric bottle openers are already accounted for. An option like a bar cart from Hotel Collection can help make entertaining a breeze for that person on your list who enjoys hosting. With three shelves and wheels for easy transportation, it’s ideal for extravagant parties, small get-togethers or anything in-between.

For the Kitchen

Gourmet gift baskets from Di Bruno Bros. are sure to make an impression for home chefs who might need a little inspiration. Choose a curated basket filled with a wide variety of specialty foods and products hand-selected for top quality. Themes include options like this “Sriracha Foodie,” which comes packed with snacks, toppings and sauces infused with fiery Asian chili flavor in sweet jerky, pickles, gourmet salt, tortilla chips, horseradish sauce, mayonnaise, peachy jam and classic sriracha. (Family Features)

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Wow-Worthy Mother’s Day Gifts

By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor

Buying Mother’s Day gifts year-in and year-out can be a challenge with respect to keeping ideas fresh and unexpected on Mom’s part. I personally love gifting unexpected things—products that may not have been on her radar, but that she’ll absolutely adore and make great use of to simplify and enhance her lifestyle. ‘OMG’ gifts likely to elicit that coveted “Wow!” response all the better. Towards this end, here are some great gift finds I would recommend in this regard:

 

Photo Photography Courtesy of Helena Steele

Photo Photography Courtesy of Helena Steele

Jessie Steele ‘Mommy & Me’ Apron Sets (www.JessieSteele.com) – $32.00

Few aprons exist that make a statement like those from Jessie Steele, a brand that creates stylishly feminine aprons featuring original prints and flattering silhouettes. So beautiful are these aprons, they have appeared on TV shows like Oprah and Desperate Housewives, in feature films and on the runway. It has been over a decade since a few cherished aprons were taken from a drawer and ushering in a new apron aesthetic. Today, Jessie Steele is a global brand sold in over 10,000 stores in more than 33 countries. The company’s Mommy & Me sets make really adorable Mother’s Day gifts. I particularly like the Rosy Pink Polka Dot Ava Apron featuring a classy vintage white polka dot pattern on a rosy pink background with grey trim. A best-selling Jessie Steele cut, the Ava apron features symmetrical waist pockets with removable grosgrain bows, grey bias trimmed edge, scalloped hem, and adjustable ties at the neck and waist. The Pink & Gold Retro Polka Dot Josephine Apron is another adorable option with a touch of glam since the polka dots are enhanced with metallic gold to bring out the sparkle.  With its cute ruffle hem, waist pocket with removable grosgrain bow and adjustable ties at the waist and neck, the feminine Josephine is well-suited for today’s hostess.

Photography Courtesy of Spray Percect

Photography Courtesy of Spray Percect

Spray Perfect Nail Polish (www.BuySprayPerfect.com) – $19.99

This holiday Mom can spray her way to beautiful nails using Spray Perfect, an easy-to-use spray-on nail polish that will leave her nails with a lovely salon-quality polished look. It’s particularly great for gals-on-the go as Spray Perfect dries in under five minutes. The 4-step process is simple: just apply the clear base coat; spray on the polish, apply clear top coat and rinse excess polish off of the surrounding skin. Voilà, great-looking nails in no time. The formula in this product features technology that lets color adhere to nails only while eaisly washing off of skin with just soap and water. The spray-on nail polish is chip and crack resistant, and will last for up to five days after application. With seven colors to choose from—Naked Nude, Sexy Silver, Whimsical White, Racy Red, Passion Purple, Black Beauty and Party Pink—surely there’s an option to fit your mom’s style. Customers receive two colors of their choice plus the Spray Perfect Base and Top Coat. No longer will Mom need to expend the time at the salon for great looking nails. She’ll surely love this time-saving beauty booster.

Photograph Courtesy of Luxie Beauty

Photograph Courtesy of Luxie Beauty

Luxie Rose Gold 30-Piece Brush Book Set (www.LuxieBeauty.com) – $350.00

Here’s a wonderful splurge for those Moms who love their makeup and want it to be applied perfectly every time. The Luxie Rose Gold 30-Piece Brush Book Set will prepare her for any makeup look. It features a pretty soft pink cover with a refined white lining, so it’s fashionable while being rife with function amid all of the brush options contained within. It’s also a suitable size for use at home or while traveling, and the full zipper enclosure ensures the contents remain secure and sanitary. Inside, Mom will delight in the abundance of makeup brushes that are vegan, crafted with animal cruelty-free synthetic and antibacterial bristles that are also soft to the touch and gentle enough for all skin types. Each brush is mounted on a lovely pink handle with rose gold ferrule detailing. With fully 30 pieces of all sizes and purposes in the set, including Luxie’s exclusive lip brush, there’s an applicator for every need. Also attractive is this Luxie Mother’s Day deal: use promotion code LUXE20 for 20% off all Luxie Beauty brand items!

Photography Courtesy of Skinn Cosmetics

Photography Courtesy of Skinn Cosmetics

Beauty Sleep Botanical Oil Mist (www.Skinn.com) – $25

Does your Mom crave a good night’s rest? If so, consider gifting her with the Beauty Sleep Botanical Oil Mist from Skinn Cosmetics. This spray mist is formulated with Lavender, Valerian, Chamomile, and Passionflower Oil to help soothe the senses, hydrate skin and reduce the appearance of puffiness. She can just spray this calming and soothing botanical mist on her face, pillow and hair to help enhance a restful night of beauty sleep. This item is part of Skinn Cosmetics’ “Midnight Recovery” anti-aging designed to treat dry, polluted and tired skin. This mist just may become an important part of her night time regimen.

Photography Courtesy of OYOBox

Photography Courtesy of OYOBox

OYOBox Jewelry Organizer (www.OYOBox.com) – Starting at $135.00

Here’s something Mom’s everywhere will surely love, and most likely truly need. OYOBox, a company known for designing contemporary high quality products that help organize beloved accessories, has recently introduced a fashionable and functional jewelry organizer. Modernizing the traditional jewelry box, the OYOBox allows for the storage of contemporary fashion jewelry such as oversized statement rings, bracelets, necklaces and other personal accessories. The jewelry box contains large compartments allowing for the easy storage of those stylish baubles. With a luxurious interior and an aesthetically pleasing exterior—handcrafted to include seven layers of meticulously applied lacquer finish—the OYOBox is available in 8 vibrant colors, including black and wood finishes to compliment any taste, style or décor. OYOBox is a beautifully-crafted style essential Mom is sure to love.

Photography Courtesy of  Clara Kasavina

Photography Courtesy of Clara Kasavina

Clara Kasavina Brianna Clutch Purse (www.ClaraKasavina.com) – $730

This year consider gifting Mom with an extraordinarily elegant heirloom gift that can be passed down through the generations—one that’s worthy of the woman who brought you into this world. Look no further than the glitzy Brianna Clutch by Clara Kasavina, which boasts plush silver shimmering leather adorned with a SWAROVSKI crystal kiss lock clasp. At 10″ x 3″, this elongated leather clutch with hand-sewn silk lining and a drop in double chain will carry all of Mom’s night-on-the-town essentials in drop-dead gorgeous form that’s sure to turn heads her way. Clara Kasavina, the line of luxurious accessories handmade in New York, is renowned for its innovation and meticulous craftsmanship that’s certainly exemplified in the Brianna Clutch design.  Each handbag and clutch is conceived and created with painstaking attention to detail. Designer Clara Kasavina’s partner and husband, Misha Berger, sculpts all the metalwork by hand in the couple’s New York City studio in conjunction with a team of specialized artisans. For 30 years, this celebrated collection of handbags, accessories and costume jewelry have been cherished by celebrities like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Hurley, Rihanna and Catherine Zeta Jones.

Photography Courtesy of Kawsit Inc.

Photography Courtesy of Kawsit Inc.

Pilates Power Gym Pro (www.PilatesPowerGymPro.com) – $365.95
Perhaps the coolest portable mini-reformer that combines Pilates with strength training, the Pilates Power Gym Pro will help Mom achieve at-home fitness at an affordable price. This piece of equipment replaces over 17 gym weight machines for an incredible workout! For beginners to advanced users, a multitude of Pilates and strength training exercises can be done on the cushioned glideboard which, when combined with the hand and foot straps, creates added resistance. The pulleys and springs on the machine enable more range of motion to help you get more results from each exercise. Advanced users can increase the intensity of their workouts with the multiple resistance settings and height elevations available on the Pilates Power Gym. This unique piece of equipment stands out with its 3 to 15 adjustable height levels, depending on which model you get. Yet, it can be easily folded and stored under your bed. According to celebrity Pilates trainer, Kristin McGee, “It’s the most convenient way to get an awesome resistance-based workout in your own home. You can get mega resistance when you raise the platform and take your Pilates workout to a new level.” And, with the use of the cardio rebounder attachment, you can also add an aerobic element to Mom’s Pilates workout while lying down. It’s also great that she can also access Pilates classes online 24/7 via TheFitnessChannel.com.

 

Merilee Kern

Merilee Kern

“The Luxe List” Executive Editor Merilee Kern scours the luxury marketplace for exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events, and notable products and services. Submissions are accepted at www.TheLuxeList.com. Follow her on Twitter here: www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.