By Rob Miola
Finding inspired and uncommon gifts for your gent may be challenging. Never fear, you can increase the merriment by stuffing a couple extra tricks up your sleeve. Or rather, in his stocking. This year, don’t leave all the work to Santa Claus; follow our guide to outstanding stocking stuffer ideas.
Zippo Writing Instruments, Case Cutlery “Desk Knife”
If your man is a suit-type, I’ve selected some fitting office accessories to add some of Don Draper’s style to his desk space. Zippo, famed for their history of manufacturing premium cigarette lighters since the 1930s, have expanded their offering in recent years to include awesome lifestyle products. Shown here is a selection of Zippo’s newest first-class pens — certain to command attention sitting on his desk or peaking out above his left chest pocket. Did I mention they come with a two-year warranty? Similarly, W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company, or simply, Case Cutlery, has come to offer a wide range of products since their beginnings in the 1890s. A favorite of mine is the Desk Knife. As Case would attest, this is no ordinary opener! It comes with a stylish leather sheath for safe keeping and features a 154-CM Wharncliffe blade. You’ve got your work cut out for you!
You can pick up Case Cutlery products at Case Dealers nationwide, Earnest Sewn in Manhattan, or at wrcase.com. Zippo products can be purchased at Graffiti Shop in the South Street Seaport, Remington Retail or http://www.Zippo.com.
Zippo Candle Lighter
To arouse romance around your holiday try the candy apple red Candle Lighter by Zippo. It is a sleek, light design that features a soft touch ignition system and adjustable flame dial; and does anything speak romance quite like candlelight? Equipped with this tool, your man can seamlessly set the mood in style.
2011 Vintage Ports from Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca and Croft
To go an extra step, tuck away a bottle of one these 2011 vintage ports beside the candle lighter and he’ll then have all the elements for creating a romantic evening. Shown here are half bottles of recently declared vintage ports from the esteemed houses of Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca and Croft. – All of which would elevate your romantic holiday!
Zippo products can be purchased at Graffiti Shop in the South Street Seaport, Remington Retail or Zippo.com. These vintage ports are available at fine wine stores in Manhattan including Sotheby’s Wine, 67 Wine & Spirits and Garnet Wines.
City of London Bowtie, Merona Tie
When considering his closet, urban accessories make great stocking stuffers and they polish-up a winter look. Bowties, such like this City of London Black Gingham Check bowtie, make bold statements. Bowties give the wearer some of Winston Churchill’s inherent wisdom, and they remain on trend as geek chic persists at keeping en vogue. Gingham plaids are also on trend, and seem to be printed on all types of garments. The Merona Men’s tie exemplifies how playful one can be with color. Both of these are soft, and made of 100% silk. Additionally, on both silhouettes the gingham check pattern is sure to pop against a chambray or classic button down shirts.
2(X)ist Tartan Collection
Of course there are always basics that make excellent gifting contenders! Underwear in particular makes for a practical option during the winter. The Tartan Collection by 2(X)ist was created in fun plaids and solids of holiday hues. It features Long Johns (a must have for the season), Henley tops as well as 2(X)ist signature briefs. There’s no doubt he will definitely appreciate either of these undergarments. Be sure to check out the entire collection at shop.2xist.com.
Both the City of London Bowtie and the Merona Tie are available for purchase at Target stores or http://www.Target.com.
Philip Kingsley Smooth & Shiny Jet Set
For men on the go, giving the gift of travel friendly toiletries is a solid gesture. Mini hotel soaps and shampoos are miles of fun but they don’t do a man’s hair any favors. Named the “Hair Guru” by The New York Times, Philip Kingsley continues to uphold his legacy of creating nourishing and strength-inducing hair products. Enter the Philip Kingsley Jet Sets, travel friendly hair care sets that feature a Philip Kingsley shampoo, Conditioner, and three Elasticizer sachets. Each Jet Set is specific to a certain hair type, and they make the perfect addition to a weekender duffle bag. They also leave your hair feeling silky and strong like Brad Pitt’s infamous mop. No longer will you need to substitute the quality products you left at home with mediocre freebies.
Philip Kingsley products are available online at http://www.philipkingsley.com and at the salon in New York at 16 East 52nd Street.