John Willis Hulme founded his leather-goods company in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1905, and today the brand is still making its products—which all come with a lifetime guarantee—in America. This Editor Brief can fit a 15-inch laptop along with other daily essentials. The detachable shoulder strap is handy, but you can also treat it like a briefcase and use the sturdy handles to carry the full-grain leather bag.
Some items aren’t going to come with anywhere near what you want for a shipping option. When we review gear here, we take a lot of factors into consideration and try to make sure everything has a healthy window of shipping and delivery. When you get items on the cheap from overseas, you can expect to still be waiting throughout, and past certain holiday seasons.
The world's first automatic, all-grain homebrewing appliance, Pico is basically a Keurig for beer. Instead of K-cups, it uses prepackaged boxes of grains and hops from dozens of craft breweries to create whatever style of beer you choose. Whether you prefer a Rogue Dead Guy Ale from Oregon or a Whetstoner Session IPA from Vermont, the Pico allows you to brew up a batch at home. And while it's true that you could buy a hefty supply of beer for what the machine costs, there's nothing quite like tapping a keg of liquid you created yourself.
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.
In the mood to gift something majorly luxe? Put a fancy set of playing cards (perfect for at-home date night!) or a gorgeous Gray Malin triptych on your radar. If you're searching for an experience as opposed to a thing, scan the web for a local calligraphy workshop that'll help them turn handwritten paper notes into little pieces of art. Click through to see the entire gift list that'll help you honor one whole year of married bliss.
Okay, this cardigan has over 2,500 reviews on Nordstrom and a 5-star rating. Why don't I own this? It looks like a comfortable blanket disguised as clothing. When it comes to cardigans and sweaters, the limit does not exist for the amount one can own. They make great gifts—especially when they’re this cozy(chic). Not shopping for a cardigan person? Barefoot Dreams also sells a robe. Just saying...
We told you about the best sales, and how you logistically coordinate your budget and shopping days is completely up to you. If you’re not exactly an elitist when it comes to holiday shopping, you’re not alone. Most people don’t really learn how to shop, they tend to panic, make regretful purchases, and hope for the best. To avoid all that drama, this is what to do on each major gift-giving holiday.
One of our favorites for this is Barnes & Noble, considering that they also have a Starbucks located within about half of them. Nothing goes better with books than coffee. They can also utilize it on the drive-thru on the way to work in the morning, so they can get their favorite single-serve cup without spending their own cash. Depending on how much you opt for, you could be the hero that bought them coffee all month long. Some men just get more enjoyment from books than movies, especially if they’re the type of guy who says, “You know, that wasn’t how it happened in the book,” when you guys hit an AMC together. That’s being insightful into their hobbies.
Share Luciana's dream of traveling to Mars by building her space lab with this Mega-Construx™ American Girl Luciana's Space Lab! Partner with Girl of the Year® Luciana and discover "stars" through her telescope, build a robot assistant to help create new gadgets, or calculate a rocket's flight path with her working model rocket launcher. Set includes a buildable space lab, buildable accessories, an articulated Luciana mini figure, and an exclusive activity book. Ages 8 and up.
Christmas candles are an inexpensive gift for the holidays, and you can add a homemade touch by personalizing the wrapping paper. This easy gift is the perfect stocking stuffer (or gift exchange item), and our DIY wrapping paper is easy to customize when you create your own rubber stamps. Plus, friends and family will love the special touch you add to any Christmas gift with homemade wrapping paper.
We understand that you might even be more in the dark than that. People often get gifts for their friends, their crushes who are also acquaintances, bosses, co-workers. For those guys, gift cards are a surefire way to go. It’s thoughtful without being too personal, allowing them to know that you care, that you want to get them something they can use (which is also good for the practical man we described in our last section), and helping to alleviate the anxiety that comes along with the obligation. If you look at our 30 most popular gift cards for men article, you’ll see a slew of different things you can do. We’ve broken them down into a gauge system, allowing you to pinpoint the most practical one to grab.
Here’s a great list of gag stocking stuffers that won’t break the bank. Carry on the tradition of having them open stocking stuffers that will confuse, dumbfound, or make them laugh with this oddball assortment of gifts all for a Hamilton or less. Choose from such profound items as the vengeful narwhal, a dispenser that supplies emergency underpants, and sandwich bags that make it look like your sandwich is wearing a disguise.
This stunning $4 Christmas gift (yes, really) is easy enough for DIY-newbies to create. Purchase four 4-inch flat corner braces from a hardware store. If you can't find brass braces, no worries! You can spray-paint the braces with metallic gold paint. Adhere a brace to each corner of a simple white picture frame using multi-surface adhesive. This metallic Christmas gift is perfect for any modern-design family.
Durable board books for infants personalized with the baby's name and photo make adorable keepsakes, while older adopted children will love seeing their name and photo in print in beautifully illustrated storybooks. For children who just became big brothers and sisters, personalized storybooks remind them they're still loved, and that a new sibling can be fun.
When it comes to exchanging, you might hit restocking fees or shipping fees if you’re going to send it back to an online store or manufacturer. Restocking fees generally apply to electronics or other easily damaged items that need to be inspected and tested before they can be put back on the shelf. Even if you gently opened the box, they can still require new packaging, and again, it’s all depending on store policy. You can pay anywhere from five to twenty percent for a restocking fee, which will require you to fork up some more cash if you’re trying to get a gift of the same caliber.
This isn’t a bag thing, but it also comes with an additional difficulty factor, one that we wanted to flesh out in an entire section. The practical guy has three types of people who are going to understand his hobbies or understand what items will make his career/job easier to perform. They see these gifts as optimizing their life, which is a big up for the happiness factor. The types of people and the reactions they can expect are as follows:
"We got this for a friend as a thank you for some work he had done for us. He lets us know that he… more really liked it. He said that when he opened the box, he smelled MEAT. He added that his wife had her eye on the salmon jerky. Since they had recently traveled to Alaska, the knife was a hit. They'd been debating whether to buy one when they were there and hadn't, so now they have one.” - Julie less
When you pass out Christmas gifts this year, make sure they're cherished for years to come by adding a personal touch. Personalized Christmas gifts make the spirit of the season come to life and feel even more special. Our diverse selection of unique Christmas gifts lets you customize the right present for the right person every time so that everyone on your list can unwrap a smile, whether it's their very first Christmas or their hundredth.
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.
If you’re going for big gifts or small (gifts for 1 year old boys), you’re going to want to hit late February for President’s Day sales. While these tend to apply to major appliances and mattresses, furniture and things of the sort, that could be the perfect thing. If he’s a gamer, and you’re going for a stellar top-budget gift, you could always check out gaming desks or gaming chairs. The trick to utilizing these sales is to see what their doorbuster items are. These are generally things they use to get people in the door (even virtually), and then sell them on great deals on larger items. Some brands even sacrifice making any profit off these items by dropping them so low, just to get you on their site. You’ll also see sales like this come around in late May for Memorial Day sales.
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!
For the fashionista in your life, consider giving her a subscription to the Trunk Club. She can get a rotation of high quality apparel and shoes on a monthly or seasonal basis. The first step is to initiate membership and set up a style profile. She will have the option to consult with a stylist and pre-approve the items before they ship. When the Trunk Club box arrives, she can try on the garments and decide whether or not to purchase them. Wardrobe staples include denim, sneakers, sweaters, and outerwear and range from $40 to $300. Nordstrom backs all inventory. Each trunk has a styling fee of $25.
The traditional colors for the four-year anniversary are blue and green, colors of loyalty and vitality that your marriage is earning as you move from being newlyweds to just plain married people. But instead of investing in the traditional blue topaz or zircon, stones that can seem quite fancy on a still-shoestring lifestyle, consider a unisex multi-strand bracelet made from hand-knotted nylon for a casual take on anniversary jewelry. The bracelet works just as well for men as for women and stands up to water, sun, sports and more. In brilliant shades of aqua with metallic accents, it’s lighthearted but durable, much the way you want your relationship to be.
There are always going to be obvious gift ideas for major holidays like Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day, but have the women in your life gotten the same types of gifts year after year? Do something different! She will always appreciate if you get her a gift, but it’ll mean a lot more if it is something unique that shows you took some time to think about it.
Your guy-in-mind is hungry for gear, but what do you get for the man who has everything? We’re about to dish it out in one of our most comprehensive overviews to date. There’s constantly explosive, cutting-edge technology and innovations, giving you an ample palette of one-of-a-kind gifts to choose from. If he thinks he has it all, he doesn’t know what he’s missing; you’re about to get ahead in this gift-giving game. Here’s everything from top to bottom when you’re buying gifts for men.
Our own elves have selected a remarkable assortment of gifts from some of the most exclusive suppliers from across the United States so that it will be easy to find the best Christmas gifts for all your loved ones. Your choices range from inexpensive yet thoughtful presents to personalized items to those that are customized just for you. You can also find once-in-a-lifetime experience gifts, selections for those who are hard to buy for, gift baskets for every possible interest and monthly gift clubs so the recipient can enjoy their Christmas gift all year!
If you’re zoning-in on their interests, use the knowledge at your disposal to garner a good foundation. If you’ve heard anything in passing, such as, “I’d really like to do this, but I don’t have X to do it with,” you just figured out something vital: they don’t have everything they need to complete their desired tasks, and you now have a much more narrow margin of error. Bonus points if you remember exactly what they said they needed, even if it’s something that’s not inline with your interests.
You want the best for your kids, and these gifts deliver. They are the best things you can put under the tree this year that will have them talking long after the season is over. There are fun gifts like animal flip-flops that leave animal tracks behind, and hoodies that make it look like a monster is eating their head. These are the types of gifts that make Christmas memorable, and create that morning moment you’re looking for.
There are a lot of anniversary gift lists out there. Most hit the major milestones with traditional and modern themes. But this is the one and only, official Hallmark wedding anniversary gifts list. It blends tradition with fresh inspiration, and since we think every year is important, there are creative gift ideas for every single anniversary, from the first to the sixtieth. A couple celebrating anniversaries after that can start all over again!
This is just going to put a big strain on the entire gift-buying and giving process. If you’re a SO, and this is your type of guy, we truly commemorate you for proceeding with all of this in mind. Keep in mind, barring any reaction, that they’re practical and don’t necessarily want overly lavish items. Make it functional, effective in their current life, and try to keep the budget on the lower end.
We’ll start with the one that’s going to make your life the most simple: a gift receipt. These are like Willy Wonka’s golden tickets, giving you free range to correct your error as pain-free as possible. Even with these, you’ll still have to provide a form of photo ID in some places. It’s rare, but it’s something you don’t want to be caught without, especially if you’re stuck in the return line after a major holiday.
"I ordered a crate for my dad's birthday and he loved it! After opening, everyone started looking at… more the Man Crates site to see what crates they would want to have or send to others. I knew I had to check out Man Crates again for Father's day. I thought to myself 'Whats the Father's day equivalent to Mother's day flowers?' and this is it! I cannot wait for it to be delivered to my dad." - Jill less
This adorable chalkboard look photo holiday card is spot on with this year’s trends! The chalkboard background looks just like you remember from grade school and sidewalk signs, and the artful fonts dancing across the right side of the postcard shaped personalized card are the perfect mix of Christmas and whimsy. Featuring traditional Christmas time colors of red and green writing, along...