To: My Special Someone

Friday, November 18, 2011

1. Cigar Box Speakers, 2. Monogrammed Handkerchief, 3. Tiffany & Co. Globe Key Ring, 4. Lotuff & Clegg Leather Dopp Kit. 5. Thiers Issard Straight Razor Set

Fair warning: this collection might be the most pricey of the bunch. Of course, any gift you give your baby brother, you can give to your sweetheart, but these are the kinds of gifts that might not work vice versa. I was inspired by gifts I've given to John when I curated this particular collection, so all these presents are man-approved!

For the music lover, there's nothing better than cool stereo equipment. It can be an antique record player, a box set of his favorite band's albums or these exceptionally awesome cigar boxes, converted into speakers! Mad Men chic stereos by Tivoli also get my endorsement for their sleek styling and iPod ready features.

Maybe it's thanks to his Southern upbringing, but John is nearly never without a handkerchief. Why not make a pair of Irish linen beauties even more special with his monogram? And it's not just his hanky that earns a monogram; over the years, John has picked up monogrammed cufflinks, dress shirts, stationery (a favorite gift) and a key ring he promptly lost (but whose replacement, a mangled paperclip, he held onto for years). Since there's a limit to the jewelry your guy will wear (to each his own) and John doesn't wear any at all, I love luxurious accessories he can use every day.

Unless he's a world travel, a dopp kit might not get get daily use but it's a gorgeous gift nevertheless. I'm thoroughly devoted to Lotuff & Clegg, a New England leather company that makes classic, covetable bags that will also be terrific heirlooms. I adore buying gifts for John that he could pass onto future generations, but have plenty of practical use right now. Since he wears a full beard, the straight razor kit I got him a few years ago might not get that much mileage, but he takes care to sharpen and shave using his old fashioned blade whenever we're celebrating something special. It doesn't have to be a straight razor either; The Art of Shaving makes great kits designed to work with easy-to-find blades like Gillette.


Have you already bought your guy his gift? Since John and I are celebrating in two places this year, he's got presents waiting in Providence and Dallas, not to mention gifts hidden in every closet!


Gift Guide by Chelsea of Buckets & Bunches.

28 comments:

  1. i love those speakers! h would probably like them too.. great list! xo

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  2. You had me at plaid heart:) What a perfect roundup, Ive been loving these this week!

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  3. cute- Dr. J and I don't exchange gifts- I love buying them for the monkeys and my nieces and nephew- and I'm done and they are mailed.
    SO done-

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  4. Love this collection of gifts - those speakers are just amazing and I love that key ring; but whats not to love about Tiffany & Co?! So beautiful. Happy Friday!! xo veronika

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  5. Absolutely fabulous!!! Love the Dopp kit!! You coming to Providence??? You will be near me! Would LOVE to finally meet you! Have a fab weekend!

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  6. Those cigar box speakers are so cool and old school. I would love those! :)

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  7. lena-
    i'm truly enjoying your gift guides. i haven't bought (or even thought about it) a single thing yet. but still... you're getting me in the mood.

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  8. I havent even come up with ideas for Jared yet! But now I have a couple :)

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  9. i've really enjoyed all of these ideas... have a great weekend my friend!

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  10. how awesome are those speakers?? hope you have a wonderful weekend, lena!

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  11. Kevin would love those speakers but he really wants a recliner and i feel like I may just give in and buy him one (fingers crossed that I can find that isnt absolutely hideous)

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  12. Your man and my man have similar styles. I'd love the dopp kit- goodness he would love that also. Leather? So man approved!

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  13. The monogrammed handkerchief is perfect for my hubs! Another great list. Happy weekend~

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  14. The Director always wants gadgets. Things that are not always my expertise if you know what I mean. I was safe last year with a ipad but now I have no idea what to get him! xo

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  15. Love these lists...are we getting a pet gift guide :)

    Those speakers are so rad!

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  16. My dad totally has that attachée case

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  17. SPOILED! Those cigar box speakers are awesome. I wouldn't kick those out of my bed for eating crackers!

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  18. I think MY special someone would be thrilled about those Cigar Box Speakers as well ;)

    Hugs and a happy weekend to you!
    Signe

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  19. I am in love with those speakers!! I haven't thought yet of what to get Mark but you've given me a few ideas ;)

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  20. Can you be my personal gift shopper this year please?

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  21. You will be in Dallas? Lena...email me! xo

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  22. buying gifts for guys is always hard!

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  23. This year I'm getting IC a watch! I find him really hard to shop for so he always knows what he is going to get as a gift prior to the day, because I want to make sure he is going to love it!

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  24. The World: www.heifer.org an organization that provides gifts of livestock and training to poor communities and is heading an agricultural relief effort in Haiti this Christmas. Gather your friends together and pool 20.00 each and make a donation. The Christmas spirit will flood you and keep you warm and glowing all winter. xox

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  25. I've enjoyed your gift week so much! so great ideas!

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