The world may be going digital, but Montblanc is preserving the art of handwriting with a newly released product called Augmented Paper. The kit comes with a StarWalker Ballpoint Pen and a leather envelope holding a digital notebook that translates handwritten notes into digital text on a mobile device. One button transmits the notes to a smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth. So you can start a project in the notebook, return to it on your iPhone, and then shoot it off to your colleagues in an e-mail.
Deciding to go with a stylish clothing-related gift? Hitting Easter sales in mid to late April will blow your mind. These sales tend to focus on women, but assuming that their man is with them, or he’s also trying to look good in his Sunday best, they throw out some excellent sails on formalwear, and “kickback clothes” for the festivities and parties that take place after the actual events of Easter. Whether you’re religious or not, everybody can appreciate these sales.
These are less about function, and more about getting a trophy for a milestone or significant occasion in the guy’s life. Because of that, there’s a lot less expectation on the nature of the gift, but you do need to signify a greater meaning behind it. With that pressure off your shoulders, it’s simple to contour it to the occasion. We’ll give you some examples:
Experience days help remind them that there’s more to life than the mundane that we’re all trapped in from time to time. In truth, it’s one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give, because it shows you took a moment to take an analysis of their likes and dislikes. Buyer beware: don’t get them skydiving lessons if you know they’re afraid of heights. There’s living outside your shell, and then, there’s embarrassing yourself because you didn’t jump out of the plane.
One of our mates received an engraved pocket watch to commemorate him launching his new business, but it was fairly ironic. His business partner spent some good coin on it, engraving it with Maybe now you’ll be on time since he’d been late to every investor meeting to date. It gave some good laughs but was also an extremely thoughtful gift that also doubled as something functional.
A more modern four-year-anniversary gift tradition is to choose an appliance, and that makes sense: Maybe when you registered for gifts, you were afraid of asking for too much, or didn’t know what you would use, or had a vision for what kind of married people you’d be that may not have actually panned out. That’s fine, not all of us are meant to live on homemade veggie juice!
If martinis are more your speed, try these wooden martini glasses. Compared to traditional glassware, wood is a much better insulator and can keep your drinks colder longer. The maker of these says the wood is carefully sanded to be velvety smooth and then it's finished with an FDA-approved sealant so that the wood won't interfere with the flavor of your drink.
Now, we get to the most notorious American shopping holiday, heard ‘round the world: Black Friday. This, along with the predecessor of Thanksgiving Day doorbusters, make up one of the greatest and most iconic shopping experiences in America. In recent years, it’s been rolled-up into a three-day extravaganza with our next addition but still offers some killer digital sales. We’re not going to recommend venturing out into the wild, wild world of Black Friday shopping, but sitting online at home is definitely the way to go.
Most women will hint about things when it gets close to their birthday or a holiday. The hint may not always be about a specific item, but may also indicate how she is feeling or how much she feels comfortable about you spending. No matter what she is saying- listen! It’ll make gift shopping easier and ensures you’re getting her something she wants.
There’s thin ice to tread, though. When a man is conscious of his style, he’s going to take certain gifts with a bit more doubt. This guy requires a bit of extra work to figure out his ideal style gift. If he’s not into boots, and you grab a pair of Chelsea boots for him, it’s going to feel more like, “This is what they want me to wear, not what’s in line with my style.” To avoid that, we have a section further in the guide, all about color-matching with certain skin tones, and their current wardrobe. That’s going to show some real dedication and attention to their style, while still getting something that compliments them.
If pay dates are a restriction, it’s also possible to go 50/50 with another friend, so long as you pay them back after your next paycheck. This can help you reduce mistakes with late orders, and take the weight off your shoulders. Even in precise logistics, there’s a margin of error. Having a bit of wiggle room with your shipping and delivery dates is a good thing.
Whether it's your first or fiftieth anniversary, you want to make it special. Surprise your spouse or significant other with a personalized anniversary gift that shows how well you know and adore them. Custom-made jewelry, personalized wall art and photo frames that commemorate the special day you met or married, are just some of our great anniversary day gift ideas.
We’ve spilled the beans about the different gift categories, everything about style, function, and the whole shebang. Now, it’s time to figure out what you should be focusing on dependent on what event or milestone in their lives that you’re going for. We’ve broken down a few major events in a man’s life where a gift can really make a meaningful impact.
Dads are fun to shop for because they have a wider and more varying group of interests. Not only are they men, but they’re also fathers, which opens the doors to plenty more gift ideas they’re sure to love. Get him one of those awesome helicopters you see in the malls, or a shaving kit to make sure he looks his best each day. You can also get him tools to fix things around the house, or video games to play with the kids.
This is a serious event in his life. He’s worked, planned, and gotten ready for this day for potential years. This calls for something for his business, something that he may one day pass down to his children when they inherit it. Custom frames for their first dollar, posh decorations for their office, or even a nice, strong bottle of top-shelf liquor with a custom label (that’s one they’ll probably bring home, but it’ll mean the world to them in their liquor cabinet).
Choose a pretty Christmas pattern, like poinsettias, and impress your coworkers with a crafty gift that's easy to make in bulk. Roll clay to 1/4-inch thickness on parchment paper and refrigerate for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the clay from refrigerator, keeping it on parchment, and place on an even surface. Press the rim of an ovenproof bowl into clay, and cut around bowl with a crafts knife. Press a rubber stamp into clay to create pattern; if it sticks, lightly oil stamp surface. Lightly oil inside of the bowl used as a circle template. Place clay circle in center of bowl, gently molding it to sides, then place in oven and bake as directed on clay package. Once cool, remove clay bowl from mold and lightly sand edges if necessary. We love this Christmas gift for family and friends, too.
Does the guy on your list identify with any of these? There’s a lot more to grabbing the right gift, but if you can start by pinpointing their primary interests and hobby, and what type of guy they are when it comes to style, you’ll be able to continually narrow down your list. Nobody wants to get a gift that the other person doesn’t absolutely flip over, so as we continue, we’ll minimize the possibility of that happening.