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Gifts for Men: For the Sharp Dresser

Posted by Caroline Fong  September 18, 2013 10:30 AM

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Consider this situation: You buy him a tie -- one that you spent over an hour choosing. It’s a nice purple. Or blue. There’s no way he wouldn’t like it, you tell yourself. You present it to him during whatever you’re celebrating. He says he loves it, and it goes to live in his closet never to be seen again.

It’s a thrill when the hubby or boyfriend is a sharp dresser. But what do you buy for the man who knows how to look good, and most importantly, knows how to shop for himself? Gift-buying for guys seems to elicit the most anxiety amongst friends and family.

The go-to gift is a tie, but it can be boring and unoriginal (unless it’s unique and different). To help the sharp dresser in your life looking dapper as usual, wow his wardrobe with the following roundup of accessories:

Problem-Solving Statement Pieces

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HuMn RFID Protection Wallets ($76) are durable and provide easy access to cash. They’re made of both aluminum and carbon fiber plates to prevent RFID skimming, protecting your man’s credit cards and identity. Created by on-the-go two designers, they’re a statement piece despite their light weight.

The COOKOO Connected Watch ($129.95) allows your hubby, boyfriend, or son to get alerts and notifications even when his phone isn't right in his hand. It looks sharp and he won’t have an excuse for missing your call.

Stylish Tech Toy Covers

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Ryan Frank Cork Case for e-Readers and iPads ($33) are made of sustainable cork leather. Nearly every tech lover has an e-Reader or iPad, but not everyone will have a case made of cork. They’re lightweight, soft, durable, and completely unique -- and all without harming any trees.

The ReFleece Large Tablet Sleeve ($32) is another distinct tablet covering, but made of reclaimed fleeces through Patagonia’s Common Threads program. The upcycled and recycled materials come from fleece scraps and old fleece jackets, containing the stories of past adventures and ready to live new ones as great-looking iPad sleeves.

Classic Gifts with a Twist

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And if you must get him a tie, Josh Bach Silk Neckties ($49) are hand finished in the USA and 100% silk. Each necktie expresses individuality and creativity through its clever designs by architect and art director Josh Back, bringing life to the quintessential fallback gift for men.

Wood Thumb Neckties ($39.95) are made from reclaimed redwood in California and will look dashing on any 5’ 10” man or taller. These ties have had past lives -- either as a part of a barn, old warehouse, or sawmill -- but no two ties are exactly the same.

What was the best gift you’ve ever found for your hubby, boyfriend, son, or friend? Share in the comments so that others may learn from your example.

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Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.
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