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Entries in Men (9)


Flat Black Cult Vintage Football Tees

We are in the heart of football season (did you see the awesome Pats victory last Sunday night?) and you can show your team spirit with one of these vintage t-shirts from Flat Black Cult.  They aren't offering all of the teams yet, but the ones they are offering are rad.  I'm adding the Broncos shirt to my Christmas list!  All images credit to Flat Black Cult.


2013 Gift Guide for Men

December is just around the corner and I'm starting to think about gifting!  I find Rob impossible to shop for, but here are a few ideas that might work for the man in your life.  Does anyone have any other ideas?  What will you be buying this year?  I seem to be drink-heavy this year, which was unintentional.


#1 - Patagonia Better Sweater - I have two of these and wear them all the time.  They are cozy and warm and come in a range of colors.  They aren't too outdoorsy that you'll be out of place wearing one in, say, Brooklyn (and if you wear one in Denver, you'll just blend in).

#2 - Whiskey Stones - Rob uses these in his cocktails and they seem to work well for keeping a drink cool without watering the drink down.  We store ours in the freezer so they are always chilled and these would make a nice stocking stuffer.  If your man is into making cocktails at home, you could also consider this large, square ice cube tray.  This WSJ article describes in detail why the shape of your ice matters!  If you live in Denver, Williams & Graham even sells their giant ice cubes either at the bar or at Proper Pour in the Source.

#3 - Smathers & Branson Lumberjack Needlepoint Flask - I've already revealed my obsession with buffalo plaid and Smathers & Branson is a brand I love - this combines both.  This is perfect for tailgating, Christmas tree hunting, and general tomfoolery. 

#4 - Barbour Liddesdale Quilted Jacket - My favorite go-to coat for men that keeps you reasonably warm (this isn't a winter coat, but it is perfect for fall and spring) and will always be in style.  This looks just as snazzy with jeans as it does paired for dressier occasions. You can't go wrong with Barbour.

#5 - Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth - The possibilities are endless!  Listen to music or podcasts in the shower, when you are outside doing yard work, when you are camping and don't want to run down the car battery, etc. We have used ours in all of the aforementioned situations and love the convenience and ability to recharge.

#6 - Decanter and Pewter Decanter Tags - Perfect for the liquor aficionado to class up the bar area and don't forget the tags that come in 8 options (including blank so you can customize).  

#7 - Hermetus Bottle Opener & Resealer - Another stocking stuffer item, this not only opens bottles, but reseals them!  I don't know how this technology works, but with the increasing number of craft beers that come in bombers, I think this would come in handy.  

#8 - Penfield Big Bear T-shirt - Just for fun, comes in an array of colors. 

#9 - Leather Koozie - Sure, the foam versions are fun, but why not class it up with leather koozies? J.L. Hulme also offers a version that can be monogrammed! 

#10 - Extracto Coffee - Aside from Monmouth Coffee in London (and they won't ship to the states - I've asked), the best cup of joe I've ever had was at Extracto Coffee in Portland this summer.  Luckily, the beans can be ordered online.  

#11 - Brooks Brothers Manicure Set - For the gentleman who travels regularly, the tools that always come in handy on the road.  You could put one of these together yourself and save quite a bit of money, but these items will always be useful (I use Rob's mini-scissors on every trip).  The kit contains nail and cuticle scissors, a nail file and tweezers.

#12 - The Beer Buckle - Perfect for the social man in your life, this buckle allows him to carry a beer AND have two hands free.  

#13 - Ramp Bamboo Ski Poles - If skiing is on the agenda this year, maybe a snazzy set of poles is in order?  I don't know about you, but I have the random poles that came with my first set of skis and I've never given them much thought.  I like the look of these!


Faherty Brand Swimwear

We've been traveling in Southeast Asia for the past 19 days where the temps rose to triple digits and all I could think of was beaches and summer and air conditioning.  And to what did we return?  A blizzard in Denver.  

I'm taking the turn back to winter personally and trying to think warm thoughts, including of these fantastic swimsuits from Faherty Brand.  I learned of the brand via Vogue and love the prints and the fact that the swimwear fabric is made primarily from recycled polyester from plastic bottles.  They make suits in a variety of cuts for both women and men and the fabrics are inspired by travels to Tahiti, Indonesia, and India.  All images credit to Faherty Brand via the company's website.


Pop Chart Lab

If you received any of the Crate & Barrel Holiday catalogs this year, you may have noticed the fantastic beer chart included in the catalog.  I tore it out for Rob who loved it, but couldn't find its source.  Thanks to B, I now know the detailed chart is from Pop Chart Lab, a book editor and a graphic designer team whose goal is to "render all of human experience in chart form."  Whether it is baseball, alcohols, breweries, coffee, or typography, they seem to have accomplished their goal.  You might just find the perfect gift for someone on their site.  All images credit to Pop Chart Lab.


2012 Holiday Gift Ideas for Men

With Christmas fast-approaching, I've gathered a few of my favorite gift ideas for this holiday season.  Some are silly (the Noël Crewneck Sweater), some have been tested and approved in my household (Dollar Shave Club), and hopefully some are just fun (LEGOS for adults!).  

#1 - LEGO Architecture: Empire State Building Set.  Who says kids get to have all the fun on Christmas morning?  I think it would be awesome to build a LEGO Empire State Building or Fallingwater House.  Image credit to MOMA Store.

#2 - Grey Area Fake Roley by Shelter Serra.  From the designer - “I designed and created the Fake Roley as a homage to the ultimate watch of status, The Rolex Submariner."  I first saw one on the wrist of a college friend who is a founder of Grey Area, but spotted one on my Uncle-in-Law later in the summer.  Hip and ironic and now available in a range of colors!  Image credit to Jordan Doner via Grey Area

#3 - Mighty Wallet!  Rob has a Mighty Wallet printed with the London Underground Map.  He constantly gets comments from people when he takes it out.  Is it the most professional wallet?  Definitely not.  But is it fun?  Absolutely.  The wallets are made of Tyvek® and are tear-resistant, water-resistant, expandable, and recyclable.  Best of all, the wallets are super slim -- perfect for men who put them in their back pocket.  Image credit to Mighty Wallet.

#4 - Sea Bags x Woolrich Harvest iPad Case.  Upgrade your iPad's look with this sturdy case featuring a fall-inspired plaid from Woolrich.  Image credit to Seabags.

#5 - Jack Spade Noël Crewneck Sweater.  This sweater falls into the same category as the Bonobos Tryptopants - seasonal and ridiculously fun.  How awesome would it be to wear this to a holiday party?  Jack Spade has a ton of great clothes and accessories for men, so check out the store for some more serious options.  Image credit to Jack Spade.

#6 - Handmade Copper Flask.  For the man who loves to tailgate or bring a little treat on a winter adventure.  The flask is handmade of pure copper.  This would be great to give with #8.  Image credit to Kaufmann Mercantile.

#7 - McGrady Cable Sweater.  I'm trying to convince Rob to branch out into cardigans and I think this one might be it.  My favorite detail is the woven leather buttons.  Image credit to Jack Spade.

#8 - Leopold Bros. Michigan Tart Cherry Liqueur.  Leopold Bros. is a family owned and operated small batch distillery located in Denver, Colorado.  I rarely drink liquor, but there products are delicious and unique.  We toured the distillery over the summer and sampled almost everything - you really cannot go wrong.  My favorites were the Michigan Tart Cherry Liqueur, the Rocky Mountain Blackberry Liqueur, and the Three Pins Alpine Herbal Liqueur.  You can buy Leopold Bros. products locally, but also can order them online here.  Pair this with a few bar accoutrements.  Image credit to Leopold Bros.

#9 - Swiss Army Tool in Hardwood.  A rustic take on the classic Swiss Army knife and potentially a good (and useful) stocking stuffer.  Image credit to West Elm.

#10 - Leather Head Football.  A football handmade in Glen Rock, New Jersey of leather from Prime Tannery in Hartland, Maine.  Who doesn't love to toss a football around from time to time... and this one is pretty enough to display in the off-season.  Image credit to Unionmade.

#11 - Dollar Shave Club Membership.  Rob joined Dollar Shave Club earlier this year and loves it.  He selected a razor (he went for the $6 middle-of-the-road option) and each month he receives new blades in the mail.  Check it out!  Image credit to Dollar Shave Club.

#12 - Lettuce Turnip the Beet T-Shirt.  I bought this t-shirt for Rob in NYC in 2011.  He's super picky about his t-shirts but this one went over well.  The shirt is soft and the message is witty.  For some other funky t-shirts, check out Denver-based designer Adam Sikorski.  Image credit to Coup via Etsy.